By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/24/16
Unionville 2018 midfielder Veronica Hineman has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Duke University.
Veronica Hineman profile:
High School: Unionville High School
Grad year: 2018
College Choice: Duke University
Club affiliation: Ultimate Goal Lacrosse
Lacrosse Honors: Under Armour Underclass All-American (2016), US National Tournament Philly Team 1 (2016), US National Tournament Philly Team 5 (2015), Chesmont All-League 2nd Team (2016), DLN All-Area Girls Lacrosse – Honorable Mention (2016), Duke Lacrosse Camp All-Star Game Selection (2016)
Academic Honors: National Honors Society, Distinguished Honor Roll
What will you major in/study: Undecided
HS team’s outlook for 2017: “I am excited to see what this season brings. There are many strong players returning and we will be welcoming a new coach to the program. I think that we have the potential to win the Ches-Mont title and to go far in the state tournament with hard work and determination.”
Why I chose this school: “In the beginning of the recruiting process, I knew that I wanted to go to a school with both a high-level of education and a high-level of lacrosse. Duke University offers that and so much more. The campus is absolutely beautiful and filled with passionate people with a ton of school spirit. I love the tight-knit team dynamic that coincides with hard work and determination. Coach (Kerstin) Kimel, (Lauren) Morton, (Lars) Keil, and (Morgan) Heisman have so much knowledge and passion for the game of lacrosse, and I can’t wait for them to coach me and to help make me into the best player and teammate that I can possibly be. Most importantly, Duke University offers some of the best academic programs in the country and provides an unlimited amount of resources to its students. Duke University’s prestigious academics, elite athletics, and abundant amount of school spirit is more than I could ever wish for in a school.”
People to thank: “I would like to thank my club coach, Heather Wentz, for believing in me, pushing me, and supporting me in all aspects of the game. My teammates, for having my back and for their endless motivation. Coach (Kerstin) Kimel, for giving me this amazing opportunity. My high school coaches, Lisa Aikman and Jackie Farmer, for building up my strength and confidence as a player and for teaching me how to be a presence on the field. Their honesty and unconditional support has helped me to improve and to become not only the player, but also the person that I am today. I would also like to thank Jenny Duckenfield (National Tournament Team Philly coach) and Joe Tornetta (Under Armour Underclass All-American Team Philadelphia head coach) for coaching me at the elite level and supporting me in my recruiting process. Next, I would like to thank Michele DeJuliis. For the past year, not only did she guide me through this crazy recruiting process and respond to my infinite number of texts and emails, but she also encouraged me to work harder and harder every time I stepped on the field. Lastly, I would like to thank my family for believing in me in everything that I do, for providing me with all of the tools that I need to be successful, and for teaching me the importance of a strong work ethic.”
Other colleges considered: UConn, Drexel, Duquesne, Gettysburg, UMass, UPenn, Temple
Longstreth Women’s Sports, the official sponsor for Phillylacrosse.com girls’ recruits, congratulates Veronica Hineman. Longstreth specializes in equipment, uniforms and apparel for women’s sports. Longstreth carries a huge selection of all the best women’s heads, handles, goalie gear and player accessories – including shoes and apparel. Visit longstreth.com for directions and information.