Feb. 5, 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.
Sara Kramer is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Clearview Regional (Mullica Hill, N.J.) this spring. The right-handed defender has tallied 47 goals and 12 assists for the Pioneers.
As a team captain her junior year, she helped lead Clearview Regional to the South Jersey Group IV championship and an appearance in the state tournament. The Pioneers finished the season with a 17-5 record, including a 15-4 mark in conference play. She recorded 35 goals, seven assists and averaged 2.5 ground balls and nearly two caused turnovers per game. Following the season, Kramer earned a spot on the All-Olympic Conference first team and All-South Jersey first team.
After leading Clearview Regional to a 14-4 record in her sophomore year, Kramer received All-Olympic Conference first team and All-South Jersey second team recognition. Kramer made an early impact as a freshman defender for the Pioneers and was named the team's Rookie of the Year.
When not competing in lacrosse or basketball for Clearview Regional, she also plays club lacrosse for South Jersey Select. She helped her team win the Northern RISE Girl's Lacrosse Showcase in Massachusetts.
She is also a four-year letterwinner in basketball (2009, '10, '11, '12), where she was a All-Olympic Conference first team selection and team captain as a junior. She also led her team in steals, rebounds and blocks, en route to being named the team's Most Valuable Player. College lacrosse runs in the Kramer family, as her mother, Rita, was a two-year member of the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams at West Chester University.
As an honor roll student, Kramer is a member of National Honor Society and Varsity Club.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Sara is a remarkably solid athlete who possesses all the fundamental elements of a great defender at the collegiate level. Her footwork, agility, intuitiveness and competitive attitude shared with her sheer will to win is sure to be a strong driving force on Team One. Sara is a go-getter, an ambitious and determined student-athlete, whose potential to develop and mature in ways that will make a decisive difference in our program is evident."
ACCORDING TO SARA
Mullica Hill, N.J.
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The opportunities they offer the student-athletes."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"I am truly honored and ecstatic to be a part of the amazing opportunity to put Michigan on the map."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It has been awesome; they are all so nice and fun. I can't wait to spend the next four years with them."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"What's not to like about it?"
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"Winning the South Jersey Group IV championship for the first time in my school's history."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"My elementary school art teacher (also the assistant coach at my high school) tormented me about playing. I would always blow her off, but then finally when I got to high school I figured I would try it out, and I fell in love."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I can ride a unicycle and juggle at the same time."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My older brother; I've looked up to him since I was a little girl. He works so hard at everything he does and would give you the shirt off his back."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, hanging out with friends and family, going to the gym, riding my unicycle, and playing any other sport for fun."
Favorite food ... Chicken Caesar Salad
Favorite band/artist ... Kenny Chesney
Favorite movie ... Bridesmaids
Favorite TV show ... Criminal minds
Favorite subject/class taken ... Anatomy
Favorite professional athlete ... Tom Brady
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... My beach house down the jersey shore
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Basketball
Favorite holiday ... Christmas, I love how pretty everything looks lit up.
Previous Student-Athlete Spotlights
Regan Anderson (Dec. 4, 2012)
Jess Angerman (Dec. 6, 2012)
Sara Beach (Dec. 11, 2012)
Emily Braun (Dec. 13, 2012)
Allie Breitfeller (Dec. 18, 2012)
Bianca Brueckner (Dec. 20, 2012)
Natalie Carti (Jan. 8, 2013)
Grace Collins (Jan. 10, 2013)
Kim Coughlan (Jan. 15, 2013)
Madeline Dion (Jan. 17, 2013)
Sophie duPhily (Jan. 22, 2013)
Hadie Evarts (Jan. 24, 2013)
Caroline Fitzpatrick (Jan. 29, 2013)
Emma Guarino (Jan. 31, 2013)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423