Women's Lacrosse Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jess Angerman

Dec. 6, 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.

Jess Angerman is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Shoreham-Wading River High School (Shoreham, N.Y.) this spring. As a midfielder, she has tallied 65 goals and 77 assists in three seasons for the Wildcats.

As a junior in 2012, she led her team to a 14-2 record and its second New York State Class C championship in three years (2010). Angerman scored 10 goals during their playoff run, recording three goals and a pair of assists in the title game. She was named to the New York State Championship All-Tournament Team and was tabbed Time Warner Cable's Championship Player of the Game for her efforts.

Following her junior season, she was named to the All-Long Island Metro Team 1 and earned all-county recognition. As a sophomore, she earned a spot on the All-Long Island Metro Team 2, was named to MSG Varsity's Top 50 Players on Long Island list and was selected as one of Newsday's Rising Stars. She also earned all-division honors as a freshman and sophomore.

Angerman plays for the Long Island Yellow Jackets lacrosse club, helping lead her team to the U15 national championship. In 2011, she was named to the IWLCA deBeer President's Cup Players Who Stood Out list. She is also a four-time letterwinner in soccer and lettered in basketball in 2012.

Off the field, Angerman is an Honor Roll student, a member of National Honors Society and is active in student government.

Angerman's older sister, Kaitlyn, is a member of the women's lacrosse team at Siena College.


"Jess is an explosive and powerful player with a game-changing mentality and ability. Her confidence is contagious, and she will be an anchoring force among her teammates, while her unique sense of humor will keep everyone smiling."


Jess Angerman
Shoreham. N.Y.
Shoreham-Wading River

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"When I started the recruiting process, I knew I wanted to go to a big school that was prestigious in both athletics and academics, which is exactly what Michigan offers, so when Coach Ulehla invited me to visit, I knew I had to check it out. If you get the opportunity to tell someone you're going to attend the University of Michigan, there's an immediate sense of pride that you can rarely find anywhere else. I can't think of anything Michigan doesn't have to offer, so it didn't take long after I got onto campus before I knew I wanted to be a part of their family."

What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"The first word that comes to mind is incredible. It's an incredible opportunity, at an incredible school, with incredible people. Very few people can say they've been a part of something like this, so I'm very thankful to be given the chance. I can't wait to get on campus with my teammates and coaches and start the beginning to what I know is going to be a great program."

How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to have this experience with. As soon as we got to camp this summer, we clicked instantly. There are 28 of us and we all seem to fit together perfectly. With such a dynamic group of girls, I know it's going to be fun getting to know everyone."

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"One of the first things I noticed about Ann Arbor was everything the town had to offer. They have everything from food, to shopping, to entertainment. No matter what you're looking for, it seems like you're never at a loss in Ann Arbor -- it's the perfect college town."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"This is tough. I've had a lot of memorable moments in my lacrosse career so far, but my favorite would have to be winning the New York State Class C championship in 2012 with my high school team. This was the second time my team had won states, but being a junior it felt a lot more special because I know I contributed a lot more than when we won in ninth grade. A majority of the girls on my team were juniors and some of my best friends since we had been playing together since second grade, so it was really special knowing we accomplished something so great. The boys team in my town had won also, so the support and congratulations we got when we arrived home was unforgettable."

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"When I moved to Shoreham-Wading River in kindergarten, no one in my family knew what lacrosse was. That was a problem, because in my town, if you don't know what lacrosse is, you may as well live under a rock. So, in second grade I joined my first indoor lacrosse league, my coach gave me my first stick, and it's been the biggest part of my life ever since."

Who is your role model, and why?
"This is an unoriginal answer, but I'm going to have to go with my dad. He's definitely where I got my drive, determination and sense of humor. I've never met anyone like this, but he always seems to have everything together. He's probably been the person who influenced me the most throughout my lacrosse career. He always did whatever he could to make me the best I could be on and off the field. When there weren't enough hours in the day, he came with me at 5 a.m. before school to run sprints on the track and even traded in his baseball glove for a lacrosse stick to help me with shooting or stick skills. I don't know if I would have gotten this far without his help and support."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I'm not playing lacrosse, I'm at the beach, traveling with my family, or usually spending time with my friends. Everyone jokes that I live in Amish country because of all the open land on Eastern Long Island, so in a small town like mine we spend most of our time finding something to do on other parts of the island."

Favorite food ... Pasta with ketchup, cucumbers
Favorite band/artist ... Zac Brown Band, Hoodie Allen, Rascal Flatts, Breezy (aka Kelly Kubach)
Favorite movie ... Hot Rod
Favorite TV show ... Hell's Kitchen, Modern Family
Favorite book ... Hunger Games
Favorite subject/class taken ... Math
Favorite professional athlete ... Troy Polamalu
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Bahamas
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Soccer
Favorite holiday ... Christmas

» Wolverines Announce Program's First Recruiting Class (Nov. 21, 2012)
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