WESTFIELD, NJ — A hard worker on the field and the classroom, a captain for the boys varsity lacrosse team has been breaking records on his way to Brown University, his coach said.
Senior Devon McLane is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. McLane with his 212 career points now ranks first in Westfield High School’s history for scoring and second for assists at 119, said head coach Patrick Tuohy.
“He’s one of the best players on the team and in the state,” Tuohy said. “He’s a fantastic teammate and is really fun to coach.” McLane, 19, helped lead the Blue Devils to a 17-7 victory against Scotch Plains-Fanwood on March 29, and his success has continued since then.
“We have a lot of good talent on the team and my hopes are very high for the rest of the season,” McLane said. “We have yet to get that ‘big win’ but we have some great opportunities coming up in the next two weeks with games against Chatham, Summit and Delbarton.”
McLane, who during his freshman year committed to Brown University, is no stranger to lacrosse, having started the sport as a youngster.
“I have grown up my entire life with a lacrosse stick in my hand and around the game,” McLane said. “It’s honestly my favorite thing to do, and I love everything about it. I would say what I enjoy most about the game is being out there in the field when the pressure is on in big moments with my friends.”
McLane has drawn on a family tradition of playing lacrosse. Both his father and uncle played together at Westfield during the 1980s, winning two state championships, he said.
His coach has seen that success carried forward. “He’s a great leader with a tremendous work ethic,” Tuohy said.
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