Women's Lacrosse / Midfield / Junior / Chevy Chase, Md.
Majors: History and Pre-Med
Maya De Jonge is a junior midfielder on the Maroon women's lacrosse team. As a regular starter, De Jonge has tallied four goals, two assists and four ground balls so far this season.
Head Coach Kate Robinson: "Maya has been instrumental in our early success during our inaugural season. Currently, we are 5-0, and she has showed contributions both on and off the field. Although her statistics may not show it, Maya has been a menace on our ride (full-field press) and has been a calming presence during games to her young teammates. At practice, she is encouraging, positive and a great teammate. She (as well as the other leaders) has been such an important contributor to our young program and our success is a reflection of her consistent hard work."
Teammate Jordan Coan: "Maya was the first person I was exposed to on the University of Chicago campus and is the primary reason I wanted to come here. She is the complete embodiment of what this school and the lacrosse program aims to be. Maya never fails to be supportive, dedicated, curious, and hard working in every task she takes on whether that be on or off the field. In the team environment, she pushes everyone to run a little harder, take the extra second on a shot, or call louder on defense. She has an extensive athletic intuition and possesses an unparalleled level of fitness that allows her to be an extremely influential player on the team. Even though I have only had the pleasure of playing with Maya for half of a season, she has been one of the best teammates and captains I have ever had because of her deep commitment to her team and the sport."
De Jonge Quick Facts
- In her free time, Maya likes to read, hang out with friends (play Scrabble), and hike or watch the sunset. She also recently started volunteering at the NICU as a baby cuddler.
- Maya completely tore her hamstring when she was doing the splits during a dance number in her middle school musical performance of Aladdin.
Other WAA nominees
Isabel Maletich (Women's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Isabel of course won the NCAA championship this weekend in the long jump and came back the next day to place sixth (All-America as well) in the triple jump. Her performance this weekend was a big surprise in terms of where she was seeded in the meet. However, we have known all season that she was capable of a great performance in this meet. Isabel had a very rocky start to the indoor season after having her appendix removed just before the beginning of the season. She missed our first few meets and got behind with her conditioning due to doctor’s orders. Since coming back, she has been showing steady improvement and this weekend showed what a great competitor she is. She had a great series of jumps in the long jump, highlighted by lifetime-best performances. In the triple jump on day two, Isabel had a hard time finding the board and scratched her first two attempts. She needed a good mark on her third attempt to advance to finals and did just that. In finals, she moved up into sixth place again showing a great deal of confidence, not panicking after the fouls."
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