Megan Devlin sat down at Ocean City High School's sports banquet earlier this month, surrounded by her teammates, and had no idea that she was about to be given an extremely prestigious award.
Devlin, a midfielder for the Ocean City girls lacrosse team, was one of two local girls selected to the 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American team. Millville's Felicia Branagan was also selected.
This is the first time an Ocean City girls lacrosse player has been selected.
"It is such an honor and I am so excited," Devlin, a senior at Ocean City, said in a phone interview only a few hours after receiving the news.
A U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American team member is a player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, represents a high standard of academic achievement and should also have made significant contributions of service to the school and/or community.
"(Megan) is a tremendous athlete and a well-rounded individual who balances academics and sports," said Ocean City coach Matt Lane.
Both players were named first-team Press All-Stars this season.
Devlin, 18, finished the 2012 season with more than 100 goals and 75 assists while maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average.
Ocean City won the Cape-Atlantic League championship with a league record of 15-1 and was 16-4 overall this season.
Devlin's contribution to charity included participating in the Challenger Program, Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and a walk to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis.
She will play next year at NCAA Division III The College of New Jersey, which lost in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals this season.
Branagan, Millville's goalie, was with a friend when she was told that she had been selected to the team.
"There are so many applications," Branagan said. "I feel so honored."
Branagan, 18, started all four years for Millville, was a first-team CAL all-star the last two years and helped the team to an 11-6 record this season.
Branagan had 201 saves this season and set a school record with 691 career saves. Her final GPA was 3.75.
"She (Felicia) has put a lot of time into making herself a really good player," Millville coach Claudia McCarthy said.
Branagan coached younger athletes in field hockey and lacrosse, volunteered at a local gym teaching swimming and did walks that benefited children with cancer.
Branagan will play at Division I Central Connecticut State University next year.
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