Palos Verdes senior attack Aidan Westley has been accepted to MIT and says he is “almost positive” he will commit and continue his lacrosse career with the NCAA D-III Engineers. According to U.S. News, MIT ranked eighth nationally in admissions selectivity in 2014, admitting only 7.9 percent of applicants.
“I’m incredibly excited and honored to have the opportunity to go,” Westley said via text message. “It was my No. 1 choice. I was pretty nervous about getting in, because the college app process can be kind of unpredictable.”
The only thing that might divert him from MIT would be an acceptance from Yale or Dartmouth, his other two favorites, where he would try to walk on to the lacrosse team.
“I am probably going to wait and see what they say,” he said, “but I’m almost positive that I’m going to MIT.”
Westley is the seventh member of the Sea Kings to commit to an NCAA school. Last May, he scored five goals and had two assists in Palos Verdes’ 12-7 win over Crespi in the L.A. title game. He had three goals in the semifinal win over Westlake a few days earlier, and he had three more in PV’s U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section title game loss to St. Margaret’s.
“Aidan is a natural finisher,” coach Jimmy Borell said via email. “He’s great on ball and great off ball. He has a lightning quick release, and he may be a lighter frame [6-foot-0, 150 pounds] but don’t be fooled — he’s a true testament that toughness isn’t necessarily the guy who hits the hardest, but the guy who pops up after every hit.”
Westley led the Sea Kings in scoring as a junior last spring, totaling 76 points on 55 goals and 21 assists. He was named first-team All-Bay League for the two-time league and L.A. bracket champions. As a sophomore, he earned second-team All-Bay League.
“He is an extremely hard worker,” Borell said. “He went from the JV-B team his freshman year to starting varsity his sophomore year!”
In the offseason, Westley is a member of West Coast Starz, FCA National and Brady’s Bunch clubs.