Dec. 13, 2012
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.
Emily Braun is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Grand Rapids Catholic Central (Grand Rapids, Mich.) this spring. She has tallied 210 goals and 108 assists, while helping her team compile a 57-11-3 record in three seasons as an attacking midfielder.
As a team captain during her junior season, she helped lead the Cougars to a 20-5 record, including a 3-1 mark in the playoffs. After recording 80 goals and 25 assists, she was named first team all-state, first team all-conference, and also garnered honorable mention All-America honors.
As a sophomore, she led her team to the MHSAA Division II State championship, registering five goals and five assists in the state title game. She was also part of the Cougars' second-straight Ottawa-Kent Conference championship team (2010, '11). The team's success combined with 79 goals and 37 assists earned Braun first team all-state and first team all-conference honors.
She earned the first of three first team all-state and first team all-conference honors as a freshman after tallying 51 goals and 21 assists, contributing to the team's 19-3 overall record.
Braun played club lacrosse for Rapid Lax, where she helped her team go undefeated in the 2011 deBeer IWLCA President's Cup in Naples, Fla.
She is also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and two-time letterwinner in basketball (2009, '10).
Off the field, Braun is an Honor Roll student, an Academic All-American and Academic all-state selection, as well as a member of the National Honors Society.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Emily is a confident student-athlete with a strong desire to be successful. She possesses an athletic persistence that quietly and efficiently challenges those around her to be at their best, which will function as a vital source of encouragement and inspiration for our team. Emily is proud to be one of three athletes representing Michigan on our roster and she will serve as a great ambassador for the sport in her home state."
ACCORDING TO EMILY
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The academic excellence attracted me to the University of Michigan. Living in Michigan, I am granted the chance to attend a prestigious university that is only hours from my home. Michigan will provide me so many opportunities throughout the four years I will be a student, as well as years that will follow."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"Being one of three Michiganders on the team, I cannot be any more excited to represent the state I was born in and have lived in all of my life. It is such a tremendous opportunity to have been given the privilege to be on the first women's lacrosse team and for that I feel grateful and blessed."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"During my official visit weekend, I had the opportunity to get to know twelve amazing girls from across the country, who will soon become some of my best friends. Spending a weekend with them this fall was so much fun and we have kept in touch through Facebook and group messages."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"I love the vibrant atmosphere of Ann Arbor. Having visited during both the winter and fall, I was able to see how the town adjusts to the different seasons. During football games, the whole town is painted in Maize and Blue and streets are packed full of families, friends, and students tailgating outside of the Big House. During the winter, I visited the farmer's market and Zingerman's deli where I saw the diverse culture of Ann Arbor."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment of all-time was winning the state championship my sophomore year. Knowing that I was a part of the best team in the state was such an amazing feeling and the sense of accomplishment is something I have never experienced before."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"During seventh grade, my now best friend moved from New York to Grand Rapids, Mich. Her older sister started the program at my high school. Our families became friends so naturally I joined the lacrosse team with her at a local school because my junior high did not have a lacrosse team at that point. I started playing in seventh grade at Forest Hills."
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you're willing to share? If so, please explain.
"I enjoy cooking and baking in my spare time."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is my grandpa, Doug Johnson. He has taught me so much and I have always looked up to him."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I am not playing lacrosse, which usually only happens during the winter, I enjoy snowboarding. My family takes annual trips where we spend the weekend skiing and snowboarding at resorts in northern Michigan."
Favorite food ... Chips and salsa
Favorite band/artist ... Coldplay
Favorite movie ... Step Brothers
Favorite TV show ... Modern Family
Favorite book ... Hunger Games
Favorite subject/class taken ... Science
Favorite professional athlete ... Misty May Treanor
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Naples, Fla.
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Volleyball
Favorite holiday ... Christmas
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423