Many talented Silver Lake High athletes ended up extending their sports careers after high school is over, many of them end up competing in college athletics. Sometimes, they end up going to the same schools as one another. There have been instances of athletes who played together in high school being teammates at the college level as well as instances of both the girls’ and boys’ team at a respective school having Silver Lake alum on their rosters.
Although the two played on different teams–the girls team and the boys team at Silver Lake–Allie Crawford and JJ Devine both have something in common: they’re college soccer players at UMass Boston (NCAA Division 3) this season.
Crawford is a key contributor to the women’s team. As of the start of this week, she had started in each of the team’s two games so far this season. She was tied for the most minutes played (190). She had an assist and led the team with 10 shots taken, including seven shots on goal. Although there was no season last year, Crawford was a key player in the two seasons before that. She had 4 goals and 13 assists in 22 games in 2019. The year before that, she had four goals and 14 assists in 22 games.
On the men’s side, JJ Devine is new to the program. The Halifax native is a freshman goalkeeper for the team. Devine has performed well early on in the season. He got a shutout against Salve Regina in his college debut on September 1. He made two saves in the game. Additionally, he played half of the game on Saturday, September 4 against Springfield and didn’t let up a goal.
Devine was a Patriot League All-Star in soccer last year. He also had the opportunity to play football as a kicker for the Lakers because football season was pushed back to the spring.