By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/10
Henderson senior attackman Ethan Heisman has decided to attend Canadian lacrosse power Hill Academy for a post-graduate year.
Heisman was a first-team All-Ches-Mont League pick last year when he scored 61 goals. This year he has more than 40 goals for the Warriors (6-6).
The Hill Academy is a perennial national power located in Ontario and coached by former Georgetown great Brodie Merrill. The Hill Academy travels down the East Coast to play its games and often faces several Philly teams each year either in games or scrimmages. This year Hill Academy has played Haverford School (21-14 loss) and scrimmaged Conestoga.
Heisman said his father, Bishop Shanahan coach Jon Heisman and the head coach of Black Bear Lacrosse Club, learned that Merrill was interested in Ethan. Most of the players on the Hill’s roster are from Canada, but there is one player from New Jersey and another from Missouri on this year’s team.
“My dad’s friend started talking to (Merrill), who had heard that I was thinking about a post-grad year,” Ethan Heisman said. “My dad got into contact with (Merrill) and it went from there. We sent a couple of tapes and they seemed pretty interested.”
Heisman nearly committed to local Division III power Cabrini, but he has a goal of playing at the Division I level.
“I guess at the last second I decided against (going to Division III) and that I wanted to take another year,” he said. “I am looking at a couple of Division I schools for the following year.
“I have heard a lot of good things about Hill Academy. I definitely want to get a lot stronger and probably a lot faster. They train on and off the field. I need to put on weight. I am 6-3, 175, so I need to bulk up.”
Heisman also said the PG year can only help his academics.
“I want to beef up my GPA and then see how the whole college process goes,” he said.