Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Spotlight: Kelly Schlansker

March 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 Schlansker is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season Niskayuna High School (Niskayuna, N.Y.) this spring. She has tallied 77 goals and 55 assists and helped the Silver Warriors register a 45-12 record over the last three seasons.

As a junior, she tallied 31 goals and 17 assists, helping her team finish with a 12-5 record. Following the season she earned All-State second team honors and was selected to play in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament with the Upstate Adirondack Team.

During her sophomore campaign, her 25 goals and 20 assists helped lead Niskayuna to a 17-3 record, en route to its second straight Suburban Council Section II and New York State regional titles. She was named an All-State honorable mention selection for her efforts.

As the only freshman on varsity in 2010, she recorded 21 goals and 18 assists to help lead her team to a 16-4 overall mark.

The left-handed attacker also plays club lacrosse for the Albany Elite Lacrosse Club, where she helped lead her team to tournament victories at Baldwinsville (N.Y.) and Harvard.

Collegiate lacrosse runs in the Schlansker family, as her brother, Brian, plays lacrosse at Bryant University.


"Kelly is an extremely versatile attacker and a threat on multiple levels. A lefty, who is adept at going both left and right, Kelly is just as dangerous working around the crease as she is up top. Through her quickness and agility, she is able to thread needle-like passes to set up her teammates with the same proficiency and ease that she is able to dodge and eliminate defenders to create a driving lane to the cage and find the back of the net. Kelly's strengths stem from her excellent field vision. Her overall game sense will be very valuable to Team One."


Schlansker photo Kelly Schlansker
Glenville, N.Y.

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The awesome academic and athletic reputation of the university, as well as the great sense of school pride."

What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"It is very special and exciting to me to be able to say that I am one of the 28 girls who has been chosen to be a part of Team One at Michigan."

How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It has been very exciting getting to know the girls all across the country that I will be playing with at Michigan."

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I really think Michigan is a beautiful place and has a lot to offer. I think the resources available for the student-athletes are some of the best I've seen."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"Playing in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament and the day I found out that Michigan was interested in me as a prospective student-athlete."

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"My two older brothers influenced me to start playing lacrosse, so I decided to follow in their footsteps and I am glad I did."

Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I am a creative person and I enjoy art."

Who is your role model, and why?
"My father is my role model. I really admire him because he is a very hard worker and has supported me and encouraged me to always do my best."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love to golf and go fishing with my brothers."

Favorite food ... Pizza
Favorite band/artist ... Darius Rucker
Favorite movie ... Miracle on Ice
Favorite TV show ... CSI Miami
Favorite book ... The Last Song
Favorite subject/class taken ... English
Favorite professional athlete ... Victor Cruz
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Bermuda
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Golf
Favorite holiday ...Christmas

» Wolverines Announce Program's First Recruiting Class (Nov. 21, 2012)
» Michigan Women's Lacrosse Team One Interactive Google Map

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)
Maggie Paul (Feb. 28, 2013)
Lauren Pryor (March 5, 2013)
Kathy Quigley (March 7, 2013)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

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