WESTFIELD, NJ — The 17-year-old junior at Westfield High School recently committed to play lacrosse at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Whether it is as part of a club or for her school’s varsity team, Maggie Aslanian plays the sport year-round. Aslanian is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.

“She has come out of her shell as both a player, leader and communicator,” said girls’ head varsity lacrosse coach Abby Cohn. “Last season she was a pretty quiet and shy player but has recognized her new role as an upperclassman, and her behavior [has] reflected the qualities of a leader each day.”

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If the season, which is now on hold due to coronavirus, COVID-19, resumes, Cohn said, she anticipates Aslanian will play an important role on the team’s offense.

“Her role in the attack unit is going to be crucial,” Cohn said. “I believe that if our season resumes, Maggie Aslanian will be a force to be reckoned with on our attack. She is a hard-working player, who is determined to conquer any feat and is ready to be a consistent contributor for us. I hope that she will be given the opportunity to do that in 2020.”

Aslanian told TAPinto Westfield she has been playing lacrosse since first or second grade. Lacrosse, she said, is a tradition in her family and so committing to play at Hobart and William Smith Colleges came naturally.

“It has always been a really big dream of mine to play college lacrosse, and I’m following in the footsteps of my dad and brothers,” Aslanian said. Her 23-year-old brother played lacrosse at Hobart and William Smith and her father was also a lacrosse player, she said.

While it remains to be seen if the Lady Blue Devils will be able to return to the field this season, Aslanian and her teammates are hopeful.

“Being an upperclassman this year made me really excited to play,” she said. “This is a great senior class, and the captains have been doing a great job of staying optimistic.”

Aslanian said she has been keeping up her training and practicing lacrosse with her three older brothers.

“I’m taking this time to continue getting in good shape and also just keeping the stick in my hand and trying to play lacrosse as much as I can,” she said.

Aslanian believes that the time away from the field due to COVID-19 will strengthen herself and her teammates when they return to play together.

“The difficulty of this time this will end up making us compete and play harder than we ever have,” Aslanian said. “We won’t take for granted practices, games and scrimmages.”