Dec. 20, 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.
Bianca Brueckner is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, '11, '12) and will play her final season at Weston High School (Weston, Mass.) this spring. She has tallied 86 goals and 78 assists, while helping her team compile a 38-17-2 record in three seasons as an attacker.
Brueckner has continued to elevate her offensive production throughout her years on the varsity squad. As a junior, she tallied a career-high 78 points, on 35 goals and 43 assists.
As a sophomore, she scored 38 goals and dished out 30 assists, helping her team register a 15-4 record. Her 13 goals and five assists as a freshman helped lead the Weston Wildcats to an 18-4 record and a trip to the Division II semifinals.
She helped her team capture back-to-back Dual County League Small championships in her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Brueckner played club lacrosse for Revolution Lacrosse. She is also a three-year letterwinner in field hockey and two-time letterwinner in basketball. As a senior, she was named team captain for field hockey, and will also serve as a captain during her senior season of lacrosse.
As a three-year Honor Roll student, Brueckner earned Academic All-America honors following her junior season of lacrosse.
ACCORDING TO COACH ULEHLA
"Bianca's height and power will be key assets on our attack, adding another dimension to our already diverse offense. She brings an excellent transition game with the ability to shoot and score from the outside with speed and accuracy. Bianca leads by example with an unwavering dedication and resilient work ethic."
ACCORDING TO BIANCA
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"When I visited Michigan, I was immediately attracted to the school spirit and the sense of pride shown by all the students -- everyone was wearing something Maize and Blue on campus. And even at the airport in Detroit, people would walk by one another and say, 'Go Blue!' I am so lucky to be able to attend a school with that kind of spirit combined with world-class academics."
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan's first women's lacrosse team?
"I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to be on the first women's lacrosse team at Michigan. I really can't wait to spend time with my teammates and start to build our own unique women's lacrosse traditions into the program. After graduation, when I come back as an alum, I will know I was a part of building something great for the University."
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
"It has been really awesome getting to know my future Wolverine teammates. Everyone has something unique that they bring to the team, and I am so excited to get to know them better. I know that my teammates will be friends that I have for the rest of my life."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"Even though Michigan is a large University, both the campus and Ann Arbor have a small-school feel. Ann Arbor has great restaurants and shops, but everything feels like it is a natural part of the campus."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My freshman year in high school I fractured my growth plate in my ankle during basketball season. Because of this, I was unable to try out for lacrosse and I was immediately placed on the freshman team. When I was finally cleared to play, I busted my butt and within a week I got moved up to varsity."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"In sixth grade, I was reluctant to play lacrosse because I had to wear a skirt (I was a tomboy) but my mom signed me up anyway -- and thank goodness she did!"
"I LOVE to play field hockey and basketball."
Who is your role model and why?
"My role model is my high school varsity field hockey coach, Laura Galopim. She has always given me support on and off the field, and taught me what it meant to be on a team that could achieve great things together. Even when I was going on recruiting trips or to lacrosse tournaments, she would reach out and see how I was doing, or tell me good luck. I will always be grateful for her."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"I enjoy going into Boston with my friends, shopping, and traveling with my family."
Favorite food ... Pasta!
Favorite band/artist ... Taylor Swift
Favorite movie ... Bridesmaids
Favorite TV show ... The Walking Dead
Favorite book ... The Hunger Games Trilogy
Favorite subject/class taken ... Social Science
Favorite professional athlete ... Tom Brady
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... St. Tropez, France
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Field Hockey
Favorite holiday ...Christmas
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423