Martinez goes national: freshman heads to U.S. Lacrosse national tournament


Madison Ayres

Freshman Devyn Martinez carries the ball up the field. She will represent North Carolina in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.

There are many exceptional athletes at Northwest, but very few of them are able to compete at a national level. In this selective group is a freshman lacrosse player representing North Carolina in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament in Baltimore.

Devyn Martinez is a breakout star on the successful girls’ lacrosse team this year. With 96 goals and 43 assists, she has 139 total points in the season. She is currently ranked second in the state for total points and ranked the number one freshman in the nation, according to MaxPreps. Her father, Joe Martinez, attributes this to her passion for the sport.

“She’s truly happiest on a lacrosse field for practice and games,” Joe said. “She loves to study the game and play it to the max. She’s always looking for something new to try.”

Martinez gives credit to her teammates, notably the midfielders, for her high statistics this year.

“The atmosphere helped to give each person confidence, and it led to more opportunities for goals and assists,” Devyn said. “This is just a reflection of the team; I’m just doing my job. Without the rest of the squad, this doesn’t happen.”

Martinez started playing lacrosse when she was in third grade and has played for seven years. Growing up in Long Island, the level and speed of lacrosse was very different. In her hometown, Martinez went to the same school as Nikki and Jamie Ortega, who went on to play at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectfully. Nikki also played on the U19 U.S. National Team.

“I was able to train with them (the Ortegas) and get tips from their coaches and them,” Devyn said.

Being able to represent Northwest and North Carolina excites Martinez because girls’ lacrosse is still growing in the state.

“To be able to represent our school on this team is amazing,” Devyn said. “I’m excited to see how we match up against the other states.”

Regarding the U.S. Lacrosse Nationals, 20 girls are chosen to represent North Carolina at the tournament on Memorial Day weekend. She was one of five attackers selected and one of three freshmen on the team.

“To be selected was awesome because the competition picked up the pace of the game,” Devyn said. “To make the team as a freshman was beyond words; I was so happy, and it gave me confidence and drive to get up every time I fall because it will pay off.”

Martinez is also going to be representing Team Carolina, North and South Carolina combined, on the 2022 team in Delaware at the National Lacrosse Classic.

Her father says Devyn receives a lot of support from family, friends and teammates.

“My wife always says it takes a village.”