Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Spotlight: Lauren Oberlander

Feb. 21, 2013

Lauren Oberlander is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Kent Place School (Summit, N.J.) this spring. She has recorded 106 goals and 36 assists in three seasons for the Dragons.

As a junior in 2012, Oberlander tallied 33 goals and 15 assists in 17 games, and was named to the U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American team following the season.

Oberlander tallied 54 goals and 14 assists as a sophomore, en route to earning first team All-County accolades. She made an immediate impact for the Dragons as a freshman, recording 19 goals and seven assists in 18 games played.

The right-handed midfielder played club lacrosse for the Metro Lacrosse Club, where she helped lead her team to the Capital Cup title in 2011, and advance to the Lax for the Cure finals in 2012. She was selected to represent NNJ1 team at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament in 2011 and 2012, and in 2010, she was the only freshman selected to represent NNJ2 team. In 2011, she was also chosen to represent the New Jersey All-Stars at the Under Armour All-American Underclassmen Games.

Oberlander stays involved in the game as an assistant coach at Sum It Up Lacrosse, a not-for-profit lacrosse club for third and fourth grade girls. She is also a four-time varsity letterwinner in tennis (2009-12), where she captained the team as a senior. She led her team to the Union County Tournament and state sectional titles in 2009 and 2012. She also earned four varsity letters in basketball (2009-12) and earned the team's Most Improved Player award in 2010.

Off the field, Oberlander is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and participates in BRIDGES Outreach Inc., providing assistance to the homeless in New York City.


"Lauren's great stick and field vision combined with her strengths of speed and quickness will be very effective in our midfield transition. She is an unselfish player who can often be found doing a lot of the necessary behind-the-scenes work in order to set up her teammates for success. Lauren possesses the core character and values we look for in our student-athletes, and this solid foundation combined with an overall desire to learn, ensures her ability to make a difference."


Oberlander photo Lauren Oberlander
Westfield, N.J.
Kent Place School

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"What I really love about the University of Michigan is its spirit and love for its sports. The excitement everyone gets for any of the games is awesome. I also love that along with being a very athletic school, it has great academics."

What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"I think that it is awesome to have such a unique opportunity. It's so cool to be a part of history and it motivates me to represent the University of Michigan the best I can."

How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It has been one of the best experiences of my life meeting these great girls. From meeting them at camp for the first time and then seeing a few of them again on our official visit automatically told me it'd be an awesome time playing with them. I already know that our chemistry will be great on the field as well."

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I really love the college town atmosphere and that there are so many different restaurants and stores."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time was the All-American Showcase. My Metro team played phenomenally together and we won the entire tournament."

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"When I was in second grade, my hometown needed more coaches for the recreation teams. My dad was asked to help out, but it was for third graders and up. My dad said he would help out if I was allowed to play and they decided to let me. I loved the sport right away and have played ever since."

Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"When I was younger, I used to do gymnastics. However, I stopped when I was in fifth grade, but I can still do a backflip."

Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is my sister because she has always set a great example for me. Throughout her life she has challenged herself and has fought to succeed. She inspires me to keep pushing myself to be better at everything I do."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I'm not playing lacrosse, I love to hang out with my friends and relax."

Favorite food ... Pasta
Favorite band/artist ... Wiz Khalifa
Favorite movie ... Bridesmaids
Favorite TV show ... New Girl
Favorite book ... The Kite Runner
Favorite subject/class taken ... Advanced Algebra
Favorite professional athlete ...Eli Manning
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Florida
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Tennis
Favorite holiday ... Christmas

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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)
Sarah Lugo (Feb. 14, 2013)
Margaret Metzger (Feb. 19, 2013)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423