March 19, 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.
Allison Silber is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) this spring. She helped lead the Eagles to a perfect 57-0 record over the last three seasons.
With Silber in cage, McDonogh won three- traight state and national championships from 2010-2012. The Eagles went undefeated in all three seasons, finishing with an 18-0 record in 2010, 19-0 mark in 2011 and 20-0 record in 2012.
The right-handed goalkeeper also plays club lacrosse for SkyWalkers 2013 Blue. In addition to lacrosse, Silber is also a three-time varsity letterwinner in squash (2010, '11, '12), and four-year co-ed water polo player, representing her team as a captain in 2012.
Collegiate athletics run in the Silber family, as her father, Douglas, was a member of the varsity sailing team at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979-1981.
Off the field, the Honor Roll student is an AP Scholar with Honors, Dean's List student, as well as a member of the Cum Laude Society.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"We are thrilled to have Allison join us as the other half of our dynamic goalie duo on Team One. She is a very technically-sound keeper who possesses a swift reaction time and excellent hand-eye coordination. Vocally strong with a great understanding of the game, she has the key ability to anchor and lead the defensive unit in front of her. Allison hails from one of the best high school lacrosse programs in the country and the winning attitude and championship mentality she has built over the last few years will serve us well as we look to create a championship culture at Michigan."
ACCORDING TO ALLISON
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"I loved how the University was woven into the amazing town of Ann Arbor and I knew that I wanted to live there once I stepped foot on campus. Plus, Michigan has stellar academics and athletics -- the perfect balance. I also was attracted by the size of the school: with a large University I have many excellent opportunities. And then the lacrosse aspect was the cherry on top of the sundae, as I fell in love with the support and love for the athletics, in addition to my awesome coaches and their goals for our lacrosse team."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women's lacrosse team?
"I am so pumped to start the tradition of University of Michigan women's lacrosse. In addition to playing against top schools and playing against my friends, the idea of having the 'firsts' really is exciting. I am looking forward to the challenge."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"I have loved getting to know my teammates. I have met most of them. It was cool playing against them during the summer tournaments and at camp we had a blast playing and living with each other."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I like how the school and town are mixed and how the town is so involved in the athletics; I feel like we will have a lot of fans and support. Plus, when I visited the School of Kinesiology, I liked how there was a family aspect which is very important to me. I also love the town and how there is always something going on. I am thrilled to be able to live there."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment was last spring, playing down at Vero Beach High School with my McDonogh team. The entire town supported them so they had about 2,000 fans, while we had roughly 10. With all of the hype in the town, they made it feel like a championship game and it was a blast playing in it. I will never forget it."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"When I was six, my parents put me into lacrosse clinics. Then I got involved in rec and it took off from there. I have never known life without lacrosse, or at least I don't remember it, and I cannot imagine life without lax."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I love to snowboard. I have been skiing since I was two and snowboarding since I was seven. I also play the clarinet in band. I love to hike, sail, fish and other outdoor activities."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My older brother, Zack, is my role model. He has taught me so much and I tend to learn from him even if he doesn't know it. He sets the bar very high for me so by competing with him, I am forced to work hard in order to achieve excellence. Zack is an amazing, well rounded person and sets very good examples for me to follow if I am lost. He always supports me and I wouldn't be here without him."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"Snowboarding, hanging out with my friends and brother, playing with my dogs, competing with my brother and teaching/coaching younger kids."
Favorite food ... Sweet Potatoes
Favorite band/artist ... James Taylor, Train, or the Zac Brown Band
Favorite movie ... Fools Gold
Favorite TV show ... Royal Pains
Favorite book ... The Da Vinci Code
Favorite subject/class taken ...AP Chemistry and AP Physics
Favorite professional athlete ... Matt Stover of the Baltimore Ravens
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Colorado to snowboard
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Snowboarding and Water Polo
Favorite holiday ... Thanksgiving
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)
Kelly Schlansker (March 12, 2013)
Anna Schueler (March 14, 2013)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423