Jan. 14, 2014
Following the signing of U-M's second recruiting class, all 10 members are being featured in a student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.
Devon Maltz is a two-time varsity letterwinner (2012, '13) and will play her final season at Ridgewood High School (Ridgewood, N.J.) this spring, representing the Maroons as team captain.
She has helped lead Ridgewood to a 40-8 overall record in the last two seasons, including a 10-2 league record.
In her sophomore and junior years (2012, '13), Maltz led her team to the Bergen County championship and New Jersey Girls Lacrosse League Stars Division title. Her sophomore season, where she tallied 23 goals and 10 assists, was highlighted by winning the New Jersey Group 4 North State title and finishing the season ranked No. 15 nationally. During her junior season, she recorded 10 goals and one assist, leading Ridgewood to the New Jersey Group 4 North Sectional crown, as well as a national ranking of No. 20 to cap the season.
As a freshman, Maltz competed on the freshman team at Ridgewood, representing the Maroons as team captain.
The right-handed midfielder also participated in club lacrosse for the STEPS ELITE.
In addition to lacrosse, Maltz is also a two-time varsity letterwinner in soccer (2011, '12), where she earned All-League honors in 2011.
Off the field, Maltz is a member of the National Honor Society, High Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.
ACCORDING TO DEVON
Ridgewood High School
What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
"I was looking for a big school with a great academic reputation and a lot of school spirit. I also wanted to attend a school with big time athletics, so Michigan seemed like the perfect fit. Also, my father went to the University of Michigan, so I've grown up as a big Maize and Blue fan."
What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
"I look forward to helping the Michigan's women's lacrosse program become as successful as many of the other sports at Michigan. I want to make Michigan women's lacrosse a perennial powerhouse, where it will be one of the top programs in the country year after year. I can't wait to be challenged by the coaches and other players to make Michigan one of the best."
What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
"From what I've seen and experienced so far, I love Michigan and Ann Arbor! I really like the size of Michigan and the spirit the students have. I love walking down the streets and seeing Maize and Blue. I also really like how the University of Michigan is in a city. It is in a great location where there is a lot to do."
What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
"My favorite lacrosse moment was winning the Group 4 State championship my sophomore year, and qualifying to be a semifinalist in the New Jersey state tournament of champions. It was amazing to be able to be a major contributor as a sophomore on such a great team."
How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
"I started playing lacrosse in my town's junior lacrosse program in the third grade. Ridgewood is a big lacrosse town and I wanted to be a part of that. I always liked to play team sports involving a lot of running so lacrosse seemed like the perfect sport for me."
Who is your role model, and why?
"My role model is my mother. She always dives head first into her challenges and is determined to be the best mother, wife, and person she can be. She sets the bar high for herself and strives to be the best every day. My mother turns something bad into something good and is always putting smiles on peoples' faces. She has taught me so much and always pushes me to be the best I can be."
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
"When I'm not playing lacrosse, I enjoy playing other sports, such as soccer and basketball with my friends. I also enjoy skiing with my family and friends in the winter, especially out West, and spending time at the beach."
Favorite food ... Chicken Parm
Favorite band/artist ... Imagine Dragons
Favorite movie ... The Blindside
Favorite TV show ... Grey's Anatomy
Favorite book ... Now You See Her by James Patterson
Favorite subject/class taken ... Math
Favorite professional athlete ... Tom Brady
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... Mexico
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Soccer
Favorite holiday ... Halloween
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