Feb. 26, 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.
Brooke Pancoast is a two-time varsity letterwinner (2011, '12) and will play her final season at Radnor High School (Radnor, Pa.) this spring alongside future Michigan teammate, goalkeeper Grace Collins.
As a junior in 2012, she helped lead the Raiders to the Central League title and was named to the All-Central League Honorable Mention team. She recorded 48 draw controls, 37 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. During her sophomore season, she tallied 12 draw controls, 21 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers.
The right-handed defender played club lacrosse for STEPS Philly Elite.
Pancoast is also a four-time varsity letterwinner in soccer (2009-12). Off the field, she is an honor roll student and is an active member of the Breast Cancer Awareness Club.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Brooke is an instinctual player with a great understanding of the game. A true defensive specialist and skillful line defender, she has the strong presence and leadership qualities required to command our defensive unit whenever necessary. Brooke's competitive spirit is noticeable on and off the field. Her intuitive guidance beyond the painted lines will be of great value to our program as we look to build a successful Team One."
ACCORDING TO BROOKE
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"What attracted me to the University of Michigan were the athletics and the education it offers. I love how there are multiple teams you can root for, whether its football hockey or basketball. This defines all the school spirit at Michigan and makes being part of a team there extra special. The academics make the opportunity to play at the University of Michigan irresistible."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"I am beyond excited to be part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team and the more I think about it the more excited I get. The opportunity to have such a large freshman class is so rare and is going to make the college experience so much easier and more fun. I also love that we have the opportunity to make our own traditions, which is something I'm definitely looking forward to."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"Getting to know my future teammates has been so much fun. It is such an awesome experience having the opportunity to meet your college friends even before you get there, especially when everybody has been so great and fun. Because of the girls I've met, I definitely feel like I can't wait for college."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I fell in love with the town of Ann Arbor from the first time I saw it. I love the fact that there are great restaurants and stores but you don't feel like you're in a city. Ann Arbor is a lot like the town where I grew up, but bigger, so I know it is a place where I will feel happy and comfortable."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time was winning the district championship my junior year. My freshman year, after being undefeated and winning the state championship, my team lost 11 seniors. When I was on varsity that next year, no one expected much of us. It was great to come back only two years later and be considered the best in one of the most competitive districts in Pennsylvania."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"My hometown is crazy about lacrosse. I also have two older siblings who got into lacrosse, so it was natural for me to start early."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is my sister. Lindsay is the person I look at to see what to do (and what not to do). She's always there for me, she makes me laugh and she's the person I go to for advice. I'm constantly striving to be more like her and I think she's a big part of the kind of person I am today."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I'm not playing lacrosse, I'm usually hanging out with my friends. My senior class is really close so it's easy to find something to do. Other than that, I'm huge on TV so I watch a lot of movies."
Favorite food ... Pizza and mustard on anything
Favorite band/artist ... Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons
Favorite movie ... Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show ... Modern Family, Friends
Favorite book ... Hunger Games
Favorite subject/class taken ... Math
Favorite professional athlete ... LeSean McCoy
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... New Hampshire
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Soccer
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)
Kelly Kubach (Feb. 12, 2013)
Sarah Lugo (Feb. 14, 2013)
Margaret Metzger (Feb. 19, 2013)
Lauren Oberlander (Feb. 21, 2013)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423