U-M Student-Athlete Spotlight: Mae Tarr

Jan. 30, 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.

Mae Tarr is a two-time varsity letterwinner (2012, '13) and will play her final season at Notre Dame Preparatory School (Parkville, Md.) this spring.

After bouncing back from ACL surgery her freshman year (2011), Tarr competed for Notre Dame's varsity team her sophomore year (2012). She registered 30 goals on the season, including a six-goal performance against St. Paul's School for Girls, where current Wolverine Amanda Sutor attended high school. Tarr also netted the winning goal against current Wolverine Emma Guarino and Roland Park Country School, to send Notre Dame Prep to the semifinals against current U-M goalkeeper Allison Silber and McDonogh High School.

Following her sophomore year, Tarr was selected to play for Baltimore Metro Team 2012 in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.

As a junior in 2013, Tarr added 36 more goals to her career total. She was also selected to the Under Armour All-American Underclass Elite Team, where she helped lead the squad to the 2013 Under Armour All-American Underclass Tournament title.

The right-handed attacker also participated in club lacrosse for the SkyWalkers 2014 Blue, where she helped her team finish as Lax for the Cure finalists.

In addition to lacrosse, Tarr also participated in soccer for two seasons at Notre Dame Prep (2011, '12).


Tarr photo Mae Tarr
Parkville, Md.
Notre Dame Prep

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
What first attracted me to Michigan was the atmosphere. From the first time I stepped on campus, I loved the feeling the University of Michigan gives you. Coming from a high school that is based on tradition, Michigan is perfect for me. Everyone is always hyped for every game and the school spirit is amazing. In addition to the atmosphere at Michigan, the academic side of the University is outstanding. Not only will Michigan create a great place for me to learn, but it will also challenge me academically.

What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
I am extremely honored and excited to play for the University of Michigan and help build its lacrosse program. Being a part of Team Two will definitely be a challenge, but a rewarding one.

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
I love how everything about Michigan is above and beyond. Nothing on campus or in Ann Arbor is subpar or average. Everyone at Michigan takes the time to make the facilities state of the art and amazing for its students.

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
My favorite and most recent lacrosse moment is winning the Under Armour Championship this past summer. I played for team Baltimore, which had many of my friends on it, so it was great winning it with them by my side.

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
Before playing lacrosse, I played soccer, softball and basketball. Because softball and lacrosse play during the same season, I had to choose between lacrosse and softball. One year, I decided to take a season off of softball to play lacrosse. I fell in love with lacrosse and haven't played softball since.

Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is my 84-year-old grandmother. Over the past few years, she has taught me to never give up. Being 84 years old, she isn't as active and healthy as she used to be, but she keeps trying and pushes through any obstacles that she faces.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
When I am not playing lacrosse, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite food ... Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Favorite band/artist ... Florida Georgia Line
Favorite movie ... The Town
Favorite TV show ... Friday Night Lights
Favorite book ... The Great Gatsby
Favorite subject/class taken ... Math
Favorite professional athlete ... Ray Lewis
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Ocean City, Md.
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Football
Favorite holiday ... Thanksgiving

• Previous Spotlight: Katie Smesko (1/28/13)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)