Jan. 17, 2013
With the U-M women's lacrosse program's first recruiting class in the books, all 28 members will now be featured in their own student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.
Madeline Dion is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Annapolis High School (Annapolis, Md.) this spring. She was selected to represent the Panthers as a team captain during her senior season.
As a junior, Dion recorded 60 goals and 12 assists, helping the Panthers to an 11-1-2 league record. She ranked second in the country in overall points during the 2012 season and was selected to Maryland's Top-15 Players to Watch List. The right-handed midfielder was named to the All-Anne Arundel County first team and first team County Coaches Team, and also earned County Athlete of the Week and MVP honors.
During her sophomore season, she tallied 46 points on 37 goals and nine assists, which ranked 11th in the county. She received second team All-County and second team County Coaches Team accolades for her performance that season.
Dion plays club lacrosse for CC Lax Black. She is also a four-time letterwinner in indoor track and field and earned a varsity letter in cross country as a freshman in 2009.
Off the field, Dion is an honor roll member and is the recipient of the Minds in Motion Award, given annually by the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) to students statewide that achieve a 3.25 grade-point average or above while participating in interscholastic athletics.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Maddie is an exceptional midfielder with tremendous speed and quickness. She competes with a resilient attitude and an aggressive yet composed style of play that is unbeatable. Her remarkable strength in both leadership and athleticism will combine to serve as an integral part of the success of our program."
ACCORDING TO MADELINE
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"What attracted me to the University of Michigan was not only the athletics, but also the academic prestige. I've always dreamt of attending a diverse school that's big on athletics, but that is also academically challenging; and the University of Michigan blew all of the other schools out of the water when it came to those things."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"I still haven't quite grasped the fact that I'm actually going to be a part of "Team One". Just knowing that I will be on the very first women's lacrosse team at the University of Michigan is such a unique and surreal thing and I feel so lucky to be given the opportunity."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"I haven't yet met all of my future teammates, but I met a few of them on my official visit and we got along so well! I have gotten to know the rest of them through a Facebook page and I've noticed how alike we all are. I think coach Jenny and coach Valore both did a really good job with recruiting and I'm excited to start playing with them next year."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"What I like about Ann Arbor is how much it reminds me of home. Ann Arbor is such a pretty town with so much to do and I'm always so anxious to go back. My parents love it too and I'm so excited for the rest of my siblings to visit. "
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time would have to be last season when my high school team beat a team that wins the state championship basically every year. It was the first time we had beaten them in seven years and no one believed that we could do it, but we proved them wrong. We held them scoreless in the whole second half and it was such an amazing feeling for all of us. I'll never forget that game."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"I first started playing lacrosse in first grade."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My role models are my parents. Having eight kids is obviously a huge responsibility, but they manage to handle it exceptionally well. They have been guiding me through this whole recruiting process, and their hard work and encouragement has helped me create this incredible opportunity for myself."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I'm not playing lacrosse I enjoy running, hanging out with my friends, and spending time with family."
Favorite food ... Sushi
Favorite band/artist ... Taylor Swift
Favorite TV show ... Pretty Little Liars
Favorite book ... The Hunger Games
Favorite movie ... The Guardian
Favorite subject/class taken ... Psychology
Favorite athlete ... Tom Brady
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Myrtle Beach
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Basketball or football
Favorite holiday ... Christmas
Previous Student-Athlete Spotlights
Kim Coughlan (Jan. 15)
Grace Collins (Jan. 10)
Natalie Carti (Jan. 8)
Bianca Brueckner (Dec. 20)
Allie Breitfeller (Dec. 18)
Emily Braun (Dec. 13)
Sara Beach (Dec. 11)
Jess Angerman (Dec. 6)
Regan Anderson (Dec. 4)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423