Madi Devries, a rising senior for Capistrano Valley High School, has committed to play Division 2 lacrosse for the University of Findlay in Ohio.
Devries cites academic opportunity, team chemistry, and coaching philosophy as her reasons for choosing Findlay.
“Over spring break, I had the chance to visit the University of Findlay and catch a game” Devries states. “I really connected with the girls on the team and with Coach Simko. I love her coaching style and the way the team meshed and played together. Also, Findlay has a great reputation for pre-med and science, which is what I am planning on studying. I’m looking forward to playing great lacrosse with my new family—and also getting a great education at an outstanding university.”
Capistrano Valley head coach Ryan Gustafson echoed similar excitement for what Devrie’s future holds.
“I am extremely happy for Madi and her family on her commitment to the University of Findlay” Gustafson stated. “Madi has played for me for the last four years and shown the drive and work ethic to become a great collegiate lacrosse player. Madi is one of those players that is first one to practice, and the last one to leave. Madi had the dream as a freshman to become a college lacrosse player and she achieved that. I’m really looking forward to seeing her progress this season as she leads the Capo Valley Cougars!”
Throughout her varsity career with the Capistrano Valley, Devries has registered 61 goals, 7 assists, 144 draw attempts, 42 ground balls, and 7 takeaways. Last season, Devries helped propel the Cougars to a berth in the Southern Section South Division playoffs, where they fell to Foothill 15-4 in the opening round. The Cougars ended the season with a 9-8 overall record.
The University of Findlay Oilers concluded the 2017 season with a 7-11 overall after dropping a 13-7 decision to Indianapolis in the first round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.