Feb. 4, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's lacrosse head coach Jennifer Ulehla announced the addition of Ali Barzyk from McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) to the Wolverines' 10-person recruiting class on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The second recruiting class in program history will begin competing for the Maize and Blue during the 2015 season.
Ali Barzyk will conclude U-M's student-athlete spotlight series, which has broken down each future Wolverine, on and off the field, since the signing of U-M's second recruiting class.
Barzyk is a three-year member of the junior varsity team at McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) -- the nation's top girl's lacrosse program -- and will play her final season for the Eagles this spring.
As team captain in 2013, Barzyk led McDonogh with 30 goals and 54 assists on the season. She also averaged a team-best 6.2 ground balls per game and caused 4.6 turnovers per outing.
The right-handed midfielder also participated in club lacrosse for Skywalkers 2014 White. At the DeBeer President's Cup, she was named to the Inside Lacrosse Players to Watch List. Following her sophomore season, she was tabbed No. 10 on the 2012 ESPN High School Lacrosse Lax Inception Top 20 List.
In addition to lacrosse, Barzyk is a two-time letterwinner on the varsity field hockey team (2012, '13), where she earned the team's 2012 Most Improved Award and represented her team as captain in 2013. She is also a three-time letterwinner in varsity indoor track (2011, '12, '13). In 2012, she was named an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) All-Star and received the team's Coaches' Award.
Off the field, the Honor Roll student is a member of the McDonogh School Rollins-Luetkemeyer Leaders Program.
ACCORDING TO ALI
Owings Mills, Md.
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The University of Michigan has such a diverse community, and incredible support within the athletic department. I immediately fell in love with the energy for sports on campus, combined with the strong academic opportunities that Michigan offers. I'm a big fan of school spirit, and I love the tradition and family-like atmosphere of the University, especially on game day."
What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
"I'm so excited to be part of the next step and continue to build the tradition of Michigan lacrosse. The coaches' enthusiasm for the team is so awesome, and I'm looking forward to contributing to the great potential. I can't wait to join the intensity of the program!"
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"Ann Arbor is such a cool city because it has so many shops and restaurants that make it the perfect size for a college town. The area has such an energized atmosphere during football games, and I can't wait to explore it more it next year."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"My dad encouraged me to play in third grade when some of my friends tried it out, and I immediately loved everything about the game."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I love doing art -- I got the interest and creativity from my dad who is a graphic designer. I also know how to Irish dance. I took lessons when I was younger."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My parents are my role models because they have shown me how to work hard in order to reach my goals. I admire my mom's thoughtful and driven personality, and my dad's strong work ethic and selfless character. I aspire to be like them because they are extremely dedicated and supportive of my siblings and me."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I enjoy listening to different kinds of music, working on art, and hanging out with friends and family. I also love to run, bike, watch movies and try out new sports when I have free time."
Favorite food ... Raspberry White Chocolate Pancakes, from Miss Shirley's Café (Baltimore) ... they are life changing
Favorite band/artist ... Dave Matthews Band
Favorite movie ... Dark Knight Rises
Favorite TV show ... Modern Family
Favorite book ... Unbroken
Favorite subject/class taken ... Social Entrepreneurship
Favorite professional athlete ... Tom Brady
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... San Francisco and the Adirondack Mountains
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Field Hockey
Favorite holiday ... Christmas and St. Patrick's Day
Previous Spotlight: Mae Tarr (1/30/13)
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