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Lacrosse player not holding back on hope

Shaylah Devlin aims high with plans for college and life afterward

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Highlands Ranch senior Shaylah Devlin took a class in forensic science, which piqued her interest in solving crimes.

Devlin, who plays girls lacrosse for the Rock Canyon co-op team, has had no problem in solving defenses. She leads the team in goals and is one of the goal scoring leaders in the Continental League.

“I am going to play Division I lacrosse at American University in Washington, D.C.,” said Devlin, who played lacrosse for ThunderRidge as a freshman, plus was on the Highlands Ranch field hockey and poms teams. “I haven't decided what I want to do after that — either get an internship in the White House or an internship in medical because I've always wanted to go into medical stuff, or because of my forensic class I am thinking about going into the FBI and crime-scene stuff.

“Goal scoring all comes from my teammates, without them I couldn't score. You've just got to chase it in, have no fear and take the shot. It's all about opportunity and if you have the opportunity, it's open and people set you up and you to go in and score. I'm having a pretty good year. It's fun.”

Key stats:

After the first six games, Devlin had 25 goals and seven assists for 32 points.

Coach's take:

`She is a great kid, hard worker and great student. She really popped out this year with her leadership abilities. She looks good going in as a freshman to Division I next year.'

Jason Barbosa,

Rock Canyon girls lacrosse coach

Q&A with Devlin

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Tom Brady. He's a great athlete and I look up to him. He continues to win and beat the odds.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

A perfect lacrosse game would be obviously ending with a win and usually at least three goals, more assists and draw control.

Do you have any pre-competition rituals or superstitions?

I have a ritual with my cleats. They are kind of like sock cleats and I don't tie them on. It is kind of a superstition. I stared a new ritual of drinking a Body Armour energy drink before every game.

Is winning ground balls or face-offs more important in girls lacrosse?

They are both equally important because if the ball is on the ground we want to pick it up and if the ball is up in the air on a face-off we want to get that to get possession and have the opportunity to score.

Girls lacrosse has been labeled a non-contact sport, but is it?

It's not full contact like boys but we can make contact. Girls get aggressive so we do have contact out there. The refs either let it happen or they don't.

What would you change if you could about girls lacrosse?

I would make it more contact. It makes it more fun. It just makes the game more competitive.

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