Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/23/13
Courtesy of Michigan Sports Information
This is part of a continuing series of features on Philly girls that have signed with the first recruiting class at Michigan, which begins Division I play in 2014. Click here for link to duPhily’s story and all previous recruit spotlights on Michigan’s women’s lacrosse page
Sophie duPhily is a three-time varsity letterwinner (2010, ’11, ’12) and will play her final season at Kennett High School this spring. The right-handed midfielder has tallied 106 goals and 170 assists in three seasons for the Blue Demons.
As a junior, duPhily was named Kennett’s Offensive Player of the Year with 66 goals and 46 assists. She also earned All-Ches-mont League second team and Academic All-America honors, and was named to the All-Area Attacker list. Following the season she was also selected to the Philly Region team for the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.
In her sophomore season, duPhily led Kennett and the Ches-Mont League with 67 assists and also scored 31 goals, earning the team’s most improved player honor. She was the highest ranked underclassman in the Philadelphia Region in assists, ranking third overall and ranked 12th nationally in helpers.
As a freshman duPhily made an immediate impact, registering nine goals and a team-best 57 assists. She was recognized as an ESPN Rise All-Star Lacrosse honoree following the season, and currently plays club lacrosse for Phantastix.
She is also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and earned two varsity letters in field hockey (2011, ’12). She captained the basketball team in her junior and senior seasons and was an All-Conference selection as a junior (2011-12).
As an honor roll student, duPhily is a member of National Honor Society and was voted vice president of her senior and junior class.
ACCORDING TO MICHIGAN COACH ULEHLA
“Sophie has a workhorse mentality and possesses the strength, endurance and speed necessary to be successful in the midfield at the collegiate level. Her leadership and character are equally as strong, setting the stage for her to develop into a fundamental player who will help us transform Team One into a top Division I women’s lacrosse program.”
ACCORDING TO DUPHILY
Sophie duPhily, Midfield, Chadds Ford, Pa., Kennett
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
“After visiting many schools, the University of Michigan’s commitment to student-athletes made it a clear choice. I knew I wanted a big school, but I also wanted a close-knit athletic department that would help its athletes succeed in both school and athletics. I also was attracted to the town of Ann Arbor. Seeing the excitement that has already formed around the lacrosse program made me excited and sure that Michigan was for me.”
What are your thoughts about being part of Michigan first women’s lacrosse team?
“It is going to be a challenge and require a lot of hard work, but it is something that’s going to go down in Michigan Athletics history and be remembered for a long time. The coaches and all of the players are amazing and I can’t wait. After seeing how much time and effort the University has already put into this, I’m very excited to get started and help lay the foundation for the many years of Michigan women’s lacrosse to come.”
How has it been getting to know your future Wolverine teammates?
“I think the coaches did a good job of recruiting a variety of personalities that share a common goal. It has been great to meet players from all over the country who have also decided that the University of Michigan is the place they want to be.”
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you’ve seen so far?
“There is so much pride and tradition that makes up the University, and Ann Arbor is the center of it all. My official visit was on the weekend of the Michigan State football game and I have never seen so many people at one place in my life. The town has a great feel with lots of community spirit. I feel it is going to be a home away from home.”
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
“Last season, my high school team, Kennett, won in double overtime against Downingtown West, a very strong lacrosse team that destroyed us the year before. It was an awesome team win that gave us a lot of confidence and was proof of how far we had come in just one year. At Michigan, we are going to be a team of freshmen placed into a very tough lacrosse conference. I can’t wait for us to pull off our own upsets.”
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
“When I was about nine years old, a friend took me to a college lacrosse game at Temple University, where her older sister was playing. At that time in my life, I was focused on soccer and basketball, but after seeing that game, which to me was like a combination of the two, I wanted to give lacrosse a try. I joined a travel team in fourth grade and have been playing ever since.”
Do you have any talents or hobbies that you’re willing to share? If so, please explain.
“I really enjoy skiing. My family has been skiing out west my whole life so I started when I was young. A few of my favorite ski areas are Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Park City, Utah.”
Who is your role model, and why?
“LeBron James is my role model because not only is he amazing at basketball, but I think he has a personality that a lot of people overlook. He had to handle an amazing amount of pressure at such a young age, and although he has made mistakes along the way, he has admitted them and continued to persevere. He values the people that have been closest to him since he was a kid and works really hard to achieve his goals.”
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing lacrosse?
“I love playing basketball. It’s one of the most fast-paced and athletic games I’ve experienced. In my free time, I really enjoy spending time with my friends and listening to music.”
Favorite food … Chocolate covered strawberries
Favorite band/artist … Passion Pit and M83
Favorite TV show … One Tree Hill
Favorite book … To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite movie … Miracle
Favorite subject/class taken … 60s seminar
Favorite athlete … LeBron James
Favorite place to visit/vacation … Skiing in Lake Tahoe
Favorite sport besides lacrosse … Basketball
Favorite holiday … Thanksgiving (great food and you still have the anticipation of Christmas)