Xan Johnston

Stephen Decatur High School senior Xan Johnston recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He was celebrated at the Berlin high school on Dec. 6. Pictured, in back, from left, are Stephen Decatur High School Assistant Principal for Athletics Dr. Curt Bunting, Lacrosse Head Coach Hoffy Hoffman, Athletic Director Don Howard, and former travel Coach Matt McGinnis, and in front with the Decatur senior are Thomas Johnston, left, and former Decatur Coach Scott Lathroum.

(Dec. 14, 2018) The stellar lacrosse program at Lynn University drew Stephen Decatur senior Xan Johnston to the school.

“I decided to choose Lynn due to the high level of lacrosse competition, coaching philosophy and team chemistry,” he said. “I met a bunch of super cool guys on the team and I already knew Decatur alum, Dryden Brous.

“Dryden still plays for Lynn and I am very excited to be able to play with him for his senior season, just like I did at Decatur,” he added.

Johnston committed to the lacrosse coaching staff in the beginning of October and officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Division II university in Boca Raton, Florida, about a month later.

Johnston said he was “super excited that Decatur decided to celebrate my achievement” with a ceremony on Dec. 6.

Johnston received partial athletic and academic scholarships.

“I look forward to help bringing Lynn a Sunshine State Conference championship, as well as a national championship,” the 17-year-old said.

Johnston has been participating in the sport for about eight years. He played close defense for both Maryland Xtreme’s National team and Quiet Storm LC, and plans to take the field at the same position for Lynn.

Although the lacrosse program was a big reason why he chose Lynn University, it wasn’t the only deciding factor.

“I love the 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio and the hands-on learning style that is integrated in classrooms every day,” he said. “I hope to graduate in the top-20 percent of my class and earn my master’s degree with Lynn’s 3+1 program.”

He plans to major in sports management at Lynn and wants to become a sports broadcaster.

Before Johnston heads off to Lynn University, he still has one more season playing lacrosse for Decatur.

“This season for Decatur, my personal goal is to win the [Bayside] Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to help lead Decatur to a Bayside and regional championship,” he said.

This will be his fourth season competing for Decatur. Scott Lathroum coached him during his freshman, sophomore and junior years.

“Xan is a very intelligent defenseman with a lot of self confidence. Xan has a very good grasp on how to make defensive adjustments during the game and most of the time I would agree and make the changes,” Lathroum said. “Xan also plays summer travel lacrosse and that has definitely refined and fine-tuned his game.

“With Xan’s athletic ability, lacrosse IQ and commitment to the game, I know he will be a very successful college lacrosse player,” he added.

Lathroum said it would also be beneficial for Johnston to play with Brous again, as he can serve as a mentor to the incoming freshman.

“I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and Stephen Decatur for allowing me to be in the position that I am at the moment, and am looking forward to the rest of my time at Stephen Decatur,” Johnston said.

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