By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/9/10
Midfielder Ethan Heisman, a 2010 Henderson high graduate who is spending a year as a post-graduate at Canadian power Hill Academy, has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Providence College.
Heisman scored 115 goals the past two years at Henderson as an attackman, earning First Team All-Ches-Mont League in each season. He decided to strengthen his chances of Division I looks by becoming a member of the first post-graduate team at Hill Academy, located in Ontario, Canada.
Heisman, undecided on a major, said he liked the idea of playing in the Big East and felt the Providence coaches showed great faith in him. The Friars’ head coach is former Delaware great Chris Burdick.
“I really like the coaching staff,” Heisman said. ‘They have a good attitude. Obviously they didn’t do too well in their first year in the Big East (0-6 in league, 0-14 overall). There really is nowhere to go but up.
“The coaches were real interested in me. Coach (Keith) Loftus (top assistant) assisted in the recruiting process and I really got to know him. He is very personable. I just want to compete and play in a really good league.”
The Hill Academy PG program has already played four games – one was against Syracuse (non-starters). The team has been practicing regularly since the first day of school and will continue to play games all year. The team features 13 players and also uses players from the Hill Academy varsity.
Heisman, who played club lacrosse for Black Bear, said he was moved from attack to midfield and has totally changed his game from a standstill sniper to a more mobile and all-around player at midfield (see accompanying story).
“Providence wanted me to be primarily a midfielder,” he said. “I am still in the process of making the transition – and it’s not as easy as one would think. It’s a lot different and I am still getting used to it.”