Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Spotlight: Tess Korten

Feb. 7, 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.

Tess Korten is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at North Shore High School (Glen Head, N.Y.) this spring. The right-handed attacker has tallied 103 goals and 52 assists throughout her three seasons for the Vikings.

As a junior at North Shore, she helped lead the Vikings to their second straight Nassau County Championship and a 14-3 overall record, recording a total of 55 goals and 36 assists. Following the season, she earned All-Nassau County recognition.

During her sophomore season, she registered 37 goals and 13 assists, including three goals and an assist in the championship game to help North Shore defeat Locust Valley and capture the title. She earned All-Conference accolades following the season.

Korten plays club lacrosse for the Long Island Libert. She is also a two-year letterwinner is field hockey (2011, '12), where she earned All- Conference honors after leading her team to the 2011 Long Island regional game. North Shore was defeated by the Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats, who were led by future Wolverine teammate Jess Angerman.

College athletics run in the Korten family, as her brother Maxwell is a current freshman on the cross country and track and field teams at Moravian College (Bethlehem, Pa).

As a Honor Roll student and scholar-athlete, Korten is also a member of National Honor Society and National Foreign Language Honor Society.

"Tess is a swift and speedy attacker with a prolific dodging ability, who also possesses the skill of precision in feeding and shooting. She is a visionary player who has the capability to score on command and her ready-for-action disposition makes her a strong force to be reckoned with on the field."


S. Kramer Tess Korten
Glen Head, N.Y.
North Shore

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The University of Michigan has an unbelievable academic reputation. The extremely high standards of this prestigious University, matched with the incredible achievements the athletic program has had, made the University of Michigan an ideal choice for me."

What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"I am honored to be a part of the inaugural women's lacrosse team for the University of Michigan. I am ecstatic to know there will be 27 other freshmen all dedicated and hardworking because this gives our team and the program, as a whole, great things to look forward to. I cannot describe how excited I am to be a part of Team One."

How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It has been an unbelievable journey already from when we first met at camp over the summer. When we all met at the summer camp, it was crazy to get a glimpse of what our future team would consist of and how in just a short amount of time we would be a family. Even though there were almost 25 girls, we all clicked as if we knew each other for years. When I visited Ann Arbor for the third time on my official visit, it was amazing to not only be on the campus again, but also to see my future teammates and share this unbelievable experience with them. After a quick three days I could honestly say all of the girls on my official have become family so I cannot fathom what the next few years will bring."

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"The first time I visited Ann Arbor, I was simply blown away and to say the least, overwhelmed, by the enormous facilities and beautiful buildings. I went on my official visit to a hockey and football game and it was amazing to see how tight knit the Michigan community really is."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all time definitely has to be winning the county championship with my high school team this past season in my junior year. Our team knew that it wasn't going to be an easy game and it would be dependent on every single second down to the last whistle, since we played our rival team, Cold Spring Harbor. We had worked so hard and all that we had done in the season and throughout the entire year really paid off."

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"Before and during middle school, I used to play tennis but I was always missing the team aspect in the sport, so after a while it got monotonous and that's when my dad convinced me to make the switch over to lacrosse. I have to give credit to one of my first coaches I ever had, Amy Appelt. When I first started playing lacrosse in seventh grade, I began to go to indoor lacrosse clinics where Amy really got me interested in the sport, so I would definitely say everything blossomed from there."

Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I don't have any crazy talents but I do love to bake."

Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is Danielle Etrasco, my LI Liberty club team coach for several years and a current student at Boston University. Not only has she had an amazing career and is a current senior on the women's lacrosse team at BU, but she has really taught me how to be an effective leader on and off the field."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"Spending time with family and friends, either going to the beach, concerts, or to New York City."

Favorite food ... Nutella and poppers (Nutella filled Zeppoles)
Favorite band/artist ... Jack Johnson, Hoodie Allen, Maroon 5, Don Omar, Michael Telã and PSY
Favorite movie ... Cool Runnings, Home Alone and The Notebook
Favorite TV show ... By far, Modern Family
Favorite subject/class taken ... AP Psychology
Favorite professional athlete ... Ryan Lochte
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Arezzo, Italy
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Just Dance on Wii
Favorite holiday ... Christmas

» Wolverines Announce Program's First Recruiting Class (Nov. 21, 2012)
» Michigan Women's Lacrosse Team One Interactive Google Map

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)
Sara Kramer (Feb. 5, 2013)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423