Feb. 12, 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.
Kelly Kubach is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at William Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) this spring.
Kubach earned William Penn Charter's Coaches Award as a junior and was named a Philly Lacrosse Showcase Fab Forty All-Star as a sophomore.
An honor roll student, she is also a four-year letterwinner in soccer (2009, '10, '11, '12), where she earned second team All-Inter-Ac honors, and is currently playing her third season of varsity basketball for the Quakers. She also plays club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal Pennsylvania.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Kelly is a strong defender both mentally and physically who carries a tough-as-nails attitude. She has the distinct ability to create a world of chaos for opponents while remaining in complete control. With swift feet, a keen sense of field awareness, and a confident and communicative leadership style, Kelly will serve as an anchor for our defensive unit."
ACCORDING TO KELLY
William Penn Charter
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"When I started looking at schools during the recruiting process, I knew I wanted big, I knew I wanted a program that would push me academically, and I knew I wanted a spirited community, so when the opportunity arose, the University of Michigan was a no-brainer."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"Among my many thoughts on being a part of something so special and unique, I mostly think about being proud and honored to be a part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team. It is a rare opportunity to be a part of the foundation of a tradition, especially one that will last and become so great. I can't wait to be a part of Team One and take on all that is ahead of us."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"Shout out to Coach Ulehla on this one -- I really couldn't have imagined a better group of girls. The first time we all met at camp this past summer, we all clicked so effortlessly. I really love the girls both on and off the field, and I can only see great things in our future together."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"Ann Arbor is the perfect college town -- it has everything to offer. On my visit, everyone was walking around, it was busy, the restaurants and shops full of people, and it just felt full of life and comforting. And then, obviously, you have the spirit of Ann Arbor, I absolutely love the spirit of the town; you never feel like a stranger."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time had to be when my club team beat TLC for the first time ever in a nail-biting game. I've never seen my team play so well together, and I think when you are playing with some of your best friends, who also happen to be your teammates, and everything just comes together on the field it's a great feeling. Although it was not a championship game or anything extremely important, it felt great to come out with your team as the underdogs and really prove your talents."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"A good family friend and old neighbor, Jami Wilus, was an awesome lacrosse player and is now a coach. She initially introduced me to the game and was always someone to look up to and learn from."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I like to think that I am a pretty good singer. Jess Angerman can back me up on that."
Who is your role model, and why?
"I'm going to have to include both of my parents as my role models. My mom is so admirable because of how selfless she is. She dedicates all of her time and energy to my sisters and me, driving us from practices and games, always cheering us on as our number one fan. My whole life I thought this was something parents were just expected to do, and when I realized it was not, I felt truly blessed to have her in my life always supporting me and being there every step of the way even beyond sports. Then there is my dad. He taught me everything I know when it comes to being an athlete and has always pushed me to be the best I can be. He opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that come with hard work. My parents have, and always will be, essential components on the road to my success in life."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I'm not playing lacrosse or any other sport I love just hanging out with my family and friends. I especially love being down the shore hanging out on the beach."
Favorite food ... Cheese fries
Favorite band/artist ... Mumford & Sons
Favorite movie ... Batman
Favorite TV show ... Pretty Little Liars
Favorite book ... Hunger Games
Favorite subject/class taken ... World History
Favorite professional athlete ... Alex Morgan
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Naples, Fla.
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Football
Favorite holiday ... Christmas
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)
Tess Korten (Feb. 7, 2013)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423