U-M Student-Athlete Spotlight: Katie Melvin

Jan. 23, 2014

Following the signing of U-M's second recruiting class, all 10 members are being featured in a student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.

Katie Melvin is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2011, '12, '13) and will play her final season at Harriton High School of Lower Merion, (Rosemont, Pa.) this spring. She has helped lead the Rams to a 65-11 overall record over the last three seasons, and enters her senior year with 170 goals and 51 assists.

As a junior in 2013, Melvin led her team to the Central League and PIAA District 1 championships, as well as the PIAA state title. Melvin totaled 84 goals and 15 assists to help Harriton finish the season with a 25-2 record. Following the season, she was awarded for her efforts, being named to the All-Central League second team and All-Main Line Area second team by the Main Line Times.

During her sophomore season, Melvin helped the Rams finish runner up in the Central League and take third place in the PIAA District 1 Tournament. She netted 55 goals and dished out 17 assists, en route to earning All-Main Line Area honorable mention honors from the Main Line Times.

Melvin made an immediate impact as a freshman, helping Harriton clinch the Central league title, as well as fifth place in the PIAA District 1 Tournament.

The right-handed attacker also participated in club lacrosse for Quaker City. In addition to lacrosse, Melvin is also a four-time varsity winner in soccer and basketball. In basketball, she is a three-time All-Central League second team member and averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game as a junior.

Off the field, Melvin is an Honor Roll student.


Melvin photo Katie Melvin
Villanova, Pa.

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
Michigan has the perfect combination of academics and athletics that I was looking for in a school, and the immense amount of spirit is another great factor. I'm extremely excited to become a part of the Michigan community, and to wear the block M that I see so many alumni wear everywhere.

What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
I'm extremely excited to become a part of the Michigan women's lacrosse program and to be a part of building it. Being a part of Team Two is fantastic because Team One will lay down a great base, and then we get to come in and help them build on top of that.

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
I love the feeling of community that I get when I'm in Ann Arbor. I love that there is such a sense of spirit throughout the entire town, not just the campus. It's also really great that there's always so many sports team that are doing well, so there's always a game to go to.

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time would easily be winning the PIAA state championship last year. It was not only my favorite lacrosse moment of all-time, but also one of my favorite moments of all-time in general. It was such a wonderful feeling, knowing that all of the hard work my team and I had put in was finally paying off.

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
I first started playing lacrosse because it was sort of a rite of passage where I grew up. There was a youth league that almost every girl played in at one point, and I started in fourth grade. Unlike most of the girls that stopped before high school, I continued playing because I loved it so much.

Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
I don't have any real talents, but some of my favorite hobbies include reading and playing both soccer and basketball.

Who is your role model, and why?
Ever since I was younger, my role model has been Mia Hamm. Aside from all of her awards and accomplishments, I always looked up to the fact that no matter what obstacle was put in front of her, she still persevered.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
When I'm not playing lacrosse, I love to spend time with my friends, as well as participating in other sports, such as basketball and soccer.

Favorite food ... Pasta
Favorite band/artist ... Beyoncé
Favorite movie ... Silver Linings Playbook/Hunger Games
Favorite TV show ... A tie between The O.C. and "Awkward"
Favorite book ... The Hunger Games Series
Favorite subject/class taken ... Psychology
Favorite professional athlete ... Mia Hamm
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Santorini, Greece
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Basketball
Favorite holiday ... Thanksgiving

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Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)