Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sarah Lugo

Feb. 14, 2013

Sarah Lugo is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Montini Catholic High School (Lombard, Ill.) this spring. She has recorded 107 goals and 35 assists in her career thus far.

As a team captain in her junior year, she tallied 26 goals and nine assists in seven games before suffering a season-ending injury. During her sophomore year, she scored 42 goals and dished out 13 assists and was named the team's Most Valuable Attacker. As a freshman, she was named MVP of the Chi-town Classic Tournament and earned MVP and Most Improved Player honors at the Lakeshore Lacrosse Tournament.

The right-handed midfielder was selected as a member of the Great Lakes team for the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament. She plays club lacrosse for Northwestern Wildcat Elite Club, where she led her team to the Indian Prairie Tournament (Naperville, Ill.) title and a runner-up finish at the Capital Cup in Downington, Pa.

In addition to playing lacrosse at Montini, she played two seasons of basketball (2010, '11) on the sophomore team. As a high honor roll student, Lugo is a member of National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Student Government, Spanish Club and Youth Ministry. She also lends her time as an assistant coach for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association and volunteers at Bolingbrook Hospital.


"Sarah's swiftness combined with her crafty stick allows her to be a very clever play maker. She can change the course of a game through her ability to win 50/50 balls in critical situations, which involves a competitive spirit and keen intuition that can't be taught. Sarah's strengths have evolved from her true desire to work hard on the field, developing opportunities not only for herself but also her teammates. Genuinely driven by her trust in the team concept, she continually leads by example."


Lugo photo Sarah Lugo
Bolingbrook, Ill.
Montini Catholic

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The main aspect that attracted me to the University of Michigan was the fact that, not only is the school a success in athletics, it's also one of the top academic universities in the nation! It's like the best of both worlds!"

What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"It's truly an honor to be part of Team One. We have dedicated coaches that will push us to be the best we can and lead us through the next four years. It's a privilege knowing that I will be representing the University of Michigan next year!"

How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It's been amazing! Everyone has such different personalities and I know we will have a blast with the years ahead!"

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"The atmosphere is definitely the thing I love most about Ann Arbor! Everyone has a tremendous amount of school spirit and they support the athletics! I also love how the town surrounding Michigan is a big college town! It's going to be a great experience."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"When I came to high school as a freshman, Montini was ranked 13th in the state with no Division I athletes on the team. In my grade, we had five girls start on varsity, three of which have signed already to Division I universities! That year, we moved up nine places, becoming fourth in state and every year since we've been within the top six!"

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"I first got started playing lacrosse when I was in eighth grade at a camp that my high school held for 6th-8th graders. It's called Hoop/Lax -- half basketball and half lacrosse. I was intending on going to Montini to play basketball, but after this camp, I was introduced to my current coaches and they convinced me to try out for a club team. It's funny how things can change so quickly!"

Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I love photography! I love taking pictures, but I'm nowhere near as talented as Regan Anderson!"

Who is your role model, and why?
"I'd have to say that my current role model is Tim Tebow. He has dedication to be the best he could be and he always has faith in God. I remember watching his video when he was drafted into the NFL. The minute he heard his name called for the Denver Broncos, he looked up and said thank you!"

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time with my family, and relaxing at home!"

Favorite food ... Italian, especially pasta!
Favorite band/artist ... Zac Brown Band
Favorite movie ... Parent Trap
Favorite TV show ... The Voice
Favorite book ... The Great Gatsby
Favorite subject/class taken ... Geometry or U.S. History
Favorite professional athlete ... Tom Brady
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Football
Favorite holiday ... Christmas

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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)
Kelly Kubach (Feb. 12, 2013)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423