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Athletics Hall of Fame

Jen Lane '88

Class of 2015
Field Hockey, Tennis

 

Jen Lane was a two-sport star at Nobles during her four year career. In the fall, she played left wing on the Field Hockey team for three years. She also co-captained the squad during her senior year, but it was during the spring that she truly left her legacy as an all-time great Nobles athlete.

Lane was one of the best tennis players in New England as a freshman, reaching a #1 New England Lawn Tennis Association (NELTA) ranking in the 16 and under division. She continued to improve her game as the competition improved throughout her career, eventually attaining a #1 NELTA ranking in the 18 and under division as well. In her four years on the Tennis team, Lane was not only undefeated; she never lost a single set. Toward the end of her career, she preserved this impressive statistic by coming from behind in a set against Milton and surviving a late scare. This dominance earned her four All ISL and three Boston Globe All-Scholastic awards and winning one team ISL title in 1985. More than all of her awards and accomplishments, when asked about her years on the tennis team, Lane remembers, “Before any big match, Tim Carey gave out little knick-knacks; pebbles, acorns or other small objects. These were meant to serve as a calming influence to remind you that you were a part of the team and got you in the competitive spirit.” Even years later, she has retained these keepsakes.

After Nobles, Lane continued her success on the larger New England and national tennis circuit. She was the New England Women’s Tennis Champion in 1987, 1989, and 1993 and held a National #1 U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) ranking in the Women's Open division in 1989. That same year, she also won USTA National Open Women's Doubles Championships with Nobles teammate Katrina Greenman Driscoll ’87. During this stretch, she also played in the number one spot in both singles and doubles for all four years at Boston College, eventually serving as the team captain her senior year. Lane qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship in 1990, and Doubles in 1990, 1991, and 1992. In recognition of her incredible career, she received the Boston College Heights Athletic Achievement award in 1992, which is given annually to the “Eagle who performs at an outstanding level in both the classroom and on the playing field.” She was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. At the time of her induction to the Nobles Hall of Fame, she was the Big East record holder for most career No. 1 flight titles.

Even having accomplished all of this, Lane maintains her “most important” tennis moment came in 2010 when she partnered with her father, Henry Lane, to win the USTA National Father-Daughter Ultra Senior Grass Court Championships. They entered the tournament once her father turned 80, meeting the minimum age qualification for the Senior division. It is his first and only USTA tournament, and proved that Jen Lane’s tennis accomplishments are still ongoing.

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2015 Hall of Fame Jen Lane '88