Feb. 28, 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.
Maggie Paul is a two-time varsity letterwinner (2011, '12) and will play her final season at Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.) this spring.
As a junior in 2012, she helped lead the Zebras to a 14-3 record, including a 10-3 league record, as well as a No. 6 ranking in the New England region. In her first year on varsity as a sophomore, Middlesex went 14-2 overall and 11-2 in league play, earning a No. 2 ranking in the New England region.
Paul plays club lacrosse for Revolution Lacrosse and has spent three seasons with the Black Team -- the top team for Revolution Lacrosse. She is also a four-time varsity letterwinner in field hockey (2009-12), where she led her team to the New England Tournament finals in 2011 as a starting forward.
College athletics run in the Paul family, as her father, Jonathan, played lacrosse at Dartmouth College, her mother, Jennifer, was a member of the track and field team at Dartmouth College, and her older sister, Elizabeth, is a current freshman on the women's lacrosse team at Amherst College.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Maggie is a remarkable athlete with a tremendous amount of ability as a defensive midfielder. Her raw quickness and strength combined with her resolute positive attitude and tireless work ethic will allow her to develop and grow exponentially in our first year as a program. Maggie has the perceptive ability to adapt optimistically to her surroundings. We will look for her to utilize her insightfulness to help drive her teammates in the classroom and on the field, as we begin to set the foundation for Michigan women's lacrosse."
ACCORDING TO MAGGIE
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"What attracted me most to the university is the overall energy and school spirit. I love that everybody bleeds Maize and Blue, and I really got a very supportive vibe from all of the people on campus."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"I am extremely excited about being a part of the very first women's lacrosse team at the University of Michigan. I think it is such an honor and a privilege that we all get to share this incredible experience together, and I know it will be one that we take with us throughout our lives."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"I absolutely love my future teammates. They are all fun, enthusiastic and down to earth girls who I really enjoy hanging out with. Our official visit was one of the most fun weekends I have ever had because of the chemistry of the group. I can't wait to get to know everyone more!"
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I love that although Ann Arbor is a city, it isn't overwhelming at all. It definitely is not a quiet, boring town, but it does have a feeling of community, despite the thousands of students."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time is when my team was playing in a fall tournament and it was probably about 45 degrees outside. We were scheduled to play the 'best' team that we had ever faced. We ended up beating them in overtime when I assisted my teammate and she scored behind the back."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"I have been playing lacrosse since second grade. My dad has always been very passionate about lacrosse, and he began coaching my older sister's third grade team when I was in second grade. I remember going to the practices to 'help' my dad out. I honestly cannot remember a time in my life when lacrosse wasn't a part of my routine. I knew that it was something I truly loved from a very young age."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I am able to slalom waterski, which means you only use one ski. It has always been a passion of mine because I grew up on a lake. I also do pottery in my free time."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is my older sister because she has always been an incredible example for me to follow in her footsteps. She is determined, hardworking, intelligent, funny and an incredible athlete."
"I love playing field hockey, singing and running."
Favorite food ... Pork Fried Rice
Favorite band/artist ... Sammy Adams
Favorite movie ... Along Came Polly
Favorite TV show ... The Bachelorette (guilty)
Favorite book ... Pride and Prejudice
Favorite subject/class taken ... History
Favorite professional athlete ... Tom Brady (Go Pats!!!)
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Spain
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Field Hockey
Favorite holiday ... Fourth of July
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)
Brook Pancoast (Feb. 26, 2013)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423