Dec. 4, 2012
With the 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.
Regan Anderson is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at St. Margaret's Episcopal School (Dana Point, Calif.) this spring. She has tallied 129 goals and 61 assists, and she averaged 3.0 ground balls per game, in three seasons as a defensive midfielder.
As a team captain in 2012, she led the team with 39 goals and 24 assists and averaged 4.4 ground balls per game. Following her sophomore and junior seasons, she was recognized on the All-Trinity League first team and earned second-team honors as a freshman.
Anderson was selected to represent California in the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She also plays for XTEAM lacrosse club and has successfully competed in many of the top recruiting tournaments across the nation. She played an integral part in XTEAM capturing the championship each of the last two years at the Sandstorm Tournament held in Palm Springs, Calif.
Also a four-time letterwinner in soccer, she was recognized as one of Orange County's Top 2011-12 Multisport Athletes by Orange County Varsity.
Off the field, Anderson received Headmasters Honors for having a grade-point average of 3.75 or above. Additionally, she is an Honor Committee member and active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Regan is a natural leader and athlete who will no doubt flourish and thrive both on and off the field in a creative, inspiring and challenging environment like U-M. Her quickness and tenacity as a lacrosse player, combined with her strong work ethic and desire to strive, is going to be a valuable combination for our team."
ACCORDING TO REGAN
Dana Point, Calif.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"At the University of Michigan, I didn't have to make any compromises. I was attracted to the emphasis that Michigan puts on both academics and athletics. I wanted to be pushed on the field and in the classroom, and I knew I could expect that at Michigan."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"It is a huge privilege to be a part of the first women's lacrosse team at the University of Michigan. We have amazingly dedicated coaches, who I know will expect us to be the best we can be as players and as people, and I could not be more blessed to have the opportunity to be a Wolverine and represent the University of Michigan."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It has been so much fun getting to know my teammates! Everyone has such unique personalities, and I know they are a group of girls that will be some of my best friends long after college."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I love the seasons! It may seem strange, but the 75-degree Southern California weather can get monotonous after a while. I also love the school spirit. Anywhere you go, you can expect a warm smile and a familiar, 'Go Blue!'"
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all time?
"Some of my favorite lacrosse moments have been coaching young girls. Southern California is a non-traditional area for lacrosse, but it has been an honor being a part of the growth the sport has had here, and I hope to be a part of the same growth the sport will have in Michigan."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"I got involved in lacrosse in sixth grade in an attempt to fulfill a phys. ed. requirement. Funny how things like that work -- I would have never guessed then that I would be here today."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I love art! I believe Natalie Carti has already named me as the team photographer, and Coach Jen (Valore) has one of my photos set as her desktop background. It's been a passion of mine and one that I hope to pursue in college."
Who is your role model and why?
"John Wooden is a huge role model for me. I attended the same church growing up, and he has always been someone I look up to. Coach Wooden taught me to work hard and have integrity in every aspect of my life."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I love going to the beach with my friends, going on hikes with my family and spending time and shopping in Los Angeles with my older brother, who lives there."
Favorite food ... Sushi
Favorite band/artist ... Beyoncé
Favorite movie ... the Bourne Series
Favorite TV show ... Keeping up with the Kardashians
Favorite book ... The Great Gatsby
Favorite subject/class taken ... Studio Art
Favorite professional athlete ... Tim Tebow
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Monte Carlo
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Hockey
Favorite holiday ... Christmas!
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423