U-M Student-Athlete Spotlight: Molly Fishter

Dec. 17, 2013

Following the signing of U-M's second recruiting class, all 10 members will now be featured in a student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.

Molly Fishter is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2011, '12, '13) and will play her final season at Madison High School (Madison, N.J.) this spring.

Fishter competed for St. Elizabeth during her freshman year, playing in all games, and recording 15 goals and 11 assists. She helped lead St. Elizabeth to its first appearance in the New Jersey State Tournament.

After transferring to Madison High School for her sophomore year (2011-12), Fishter was forced to sit out the required 30 days as a transfer. Upon her return, she helped guide Madison to the second round of the state tournament. Following the season, she was selected to the US Lacrosse High School All-America North New Jersey Team Two. She was also chosen to participate in the 2012 Super Sophs Girls Showcase.

As junior year (2013), Fishter helped her team advance to the second round of states, registering 47 goals and 27 assists. She also recorded 45 draw controls, 18 caused turnovers and 75 round ball pickups. She received several honors for her efforts, including US Lacrosse High School All-America North New Jersey Team One, first team All-Freedom North Division and All-County third team recognition. She was also selected to play for New Jersey in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic Underclass Tournament. Following the season, it was announced that she would represent Madison as a captain during her senior year.

The right-handed midfielder also participated in club lacrosse for Building Blocks Elite 2014.

Fishter was also a four-year member of the varsity soccer team (2010-13). She helped lead her team to the state sectional title her sophomore year (2011).

Collegiate lacrosse runs in the Fishter family, as Molly's brother, RJ Fishter, played lacrosse for Rochester Institute of Technology (2007, '08, '09), and her other brother Jake Fishter currently plays lacrosse for Western New England University.

Off the field, she is a three-year member of the High Honor Roll (2011, '12, '13) and is on track to earn her fourth straight honor as a senior.


Fishter photo Molly Fishter
Madison, N.J.
Madison High School

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"The school spirit really attracted me to the University of Michigan. The huge support for every sporting team makes Michigan that much more appealing. Being a future student-athlete, this was such a large asset because it would only pump me up for an upcoming game. Everyone knows where the University of Michigan is, and the spirit from the student body can be directly correlated with this, and being part of that student body makes me want to encourage every team, just like they will do for me."

What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
Determination comes to mind. I think the more devoted people are to the program, the more it can succeed. From the players, fans, coaches, and supporters, determination is needed. There has to be a goal and every day we must work to achieve it. With positivity and dedication, there are only high hopes for the women's lacrosse program."

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"On the Michigan campus, there is no doubt an urban, city-like feel. But when you look around, there are only students. This is one attraction that really stood out to me -- students are everywhere. It creates the feel that the student body is with you wherever you go, instead of strangers."

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
My favorite lacrosse moment would definitely have to be my first game back from sitting out for 30 days after transferring high schools. Due to NJSIAA rules, when transferring high schools and playing on varsity at the previous high school, it is mandatory that you sit out for 30 days from the start of the first game of the season. Although I could still practice, nothing compared to when I was finally allowed to step back onto the field for our final couple of games. Those were the longest 30 days of my life."

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
I was a fulltime gymnast and soccer player until fourth grade when I decided to quit gymnastics and try lacrosse. There was a clinic in my town because we don't have a girl's lacrosse team and it was then when I decided to quit competitive gymnastics to pursue lacrosse. It was easily the best decision of my life. From the clinic, I kept practicing and decided to ask to join the town's team next door."

Who is your role model, and why?
My big brother Jake is my role model. He seems to be always relaxed, even in the most chaotic situations and always seems to be doing the right thing. He is responsible and has matured into a very well-rounded adult that I strive to become one day."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
I enjoy playing soccer and running when I'm not playing lacrosse. I also love to shop and hang out with my friends any chance I get. I really, really like taking trips to new places and going on excursions any chance I get."

Favorite food ... Chicken Caesar Salad
Favorite band/artist ... Slightly Stoopid
Favorite movie ... Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite TV show ... Friday Night Lights
Favorite book ... Sarah's Key
Favorite subject/class taken ... AP Language and Composition
Favorite professional athlete ... Paul Rabil
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Lavallette, New Jersey
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Soccer
Favorite holiday ... Christmas

» Michigan Inks 10 to National Letters of Intent (Nov. 18, 2013)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)