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Haverford College names Heisman (@wchendersonlax), McNamara (@fords_lacrosse) as assistants

Wednesday, 16th January 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 1/16/19
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Former Cabrini USILA All-American and Scholar All-American Ethan Heisman (Henderson) and former Virginia and St. Joseph’s standout Will McNamara (Haverford School) have been added to the coaching staff at Haverford College.

Ethan Heisman (left), Will McNamara

Heisman played at Cabrini where was a three-time All-Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) honoree. He was additionally named to the CSAC All-Academic Team and the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. As an attackman, Heisman finished his college career with 114 goals and 44 assists (158 points) in 57 career games.

During his undergraduate career, Heisman helped lead the Cavaliers to four straight CSAC Championships and three NCAA Tournament victories. Over his first two seasons at Cabrini, he was coached by current Haverford College head coach Nick Taylor who was the lead assistant on the 2013 and 2014 championship teams at Cabrini.

In addition to his playing experience, Heisman has spent seven years working with Black Bear Lacrosse as a Camp Director and Club Youth Coach where coached children ages 6-16. He graduated from Cabrini with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in sports management.

McNamara played lacrosse at The Haverford School and was ranked as the No. 1 midfielder in the country and third overall recruit. He was an Under Armour All-American and two-time ESPNU All-American during his high school career where he was also a standout on the basketball court and soccer field.

McNamara went on to become a team captain at the University of Virginia and appeared in 43 of the team’s 45 games as an SSDM from 2015-17. He helped guide the Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and graduated from Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English during the spring of 2017. He is currently pursuing an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business where he will graduate from that program in the spring of 2019. During his final season of college eligibility, McNamara joined the Hawks’ where he helped guide the team to a runner-up finish in the NEC Tournament and earned NEC All-Tournament honors as a regular in the midfield. After his college career, McNamara was signed to the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ practice squad for Major League Lacrosse in June of 2018.

In addition to his work in college lacrosse, McNamara has also been involved with Harlem Lacrosse as both a coach and tutor within the Thomas K. Finletter School in Philadelphia. He was also a member of Virginia’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Athletes Committed to Education (ACE) during his undergraduate tenure.

Haverford College 2019 schedule

After making the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2018, the Haverford College men’s lacrosse team has released another challenging slate of games for the upcoming 2019 season. The Fords will host nine games on Swan Field this coming spring under newly-appointed head coach Nick Taylor. Of the Fords’ 15 contests, six will be against teams who played in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.

A familiar face will lead off the 2019 schedule as the Fords open with Cabrini (Feb. 16) for the seventh straight season. The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round a season ago. Haverford’s home opener is set for Wednesday, February 20 against Gwynedd Mercy. Haverford is 3-0 all-time in the series which began in 2015. Haverford will also host NCAA qualifier Eastern on Saturday, February 23. The Fords are 6-2 all-time against the Eagles and have won the last two meetings in the series. Haverford closes the month of February with a trip to Stockton (Feb. 27). Haverford has also won two straight in this series and is 15-2 all-time against the Ospreys.

Swan Field will be the place to be in March if you want to see the men’s lacrosse team in action as five of the Fords’ six games will be on their home turf. Up first will be a March 2 battle with Randolph-Macon. Haverford is 2-6 all-time against RMC, but has won the only home contest (2016) in that series. The last three contests have each been decided by two goals or less. Haverford wraps up non-conference action with NCAA qualifiers Kenyon (Mar. 9) and Stevens (Mar. 16). The Fords will meet Kenyon for the first time since 1995, while Haverford is 4-3 all-time against Stevens but looking to snap a three-game skid against the Ducks. Stevens advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago.

Haverford begins Centennial Conference play on March 23 by hosting McDaniel. The Fords are 11-5 since 2005 against the Green Terror and looking to avenge a road defeat during the 2018 season. Muhlenberg comes to town on March 27. The Fords have won four straight against the Mules and are 19-5 all-time. Haverford will also host Gettysburg in a rematch of last year’s Centennial Conference semifinal (Apr. 13). The Bullets advanced to the NCAA Final Four after defeating the Fords 7-5 in the conference tournament. Haverford will also host Swarthmore (Apr. 27) to close the regular season slate. The Fords defeated the Garnet last year to clinch a playoff spot which has been on the line each of the last three times these teams met. The Fords are 27-18 all-time against Swarthmore and hold a 16-6 advantage in the home contests.

Road trips around the Centennial Conference will include Franklin & Marshall (Mar. 30), Dickinson (Apr. 6), Washington College (Apr. 13), and Ursinus (Apr. 20). Dickinson is the defending Centennial Conference Champion and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season while the Diplomats also made the conference tournament in 2018. Haverford’s key 9-7 victory over Washington was just its fourth over the Shoremen in program history as that night contest always seems to bring out the best in both sides. Haverford has won two straight against Ursinus, but needed overtime in 2017 and won by just two goals last spring. The Fords are 12-5 all-time against the Bears.

Haverford went 7-8 overall last season with a 4-4 record in Centennial Conference contests. The Fords made their first Centennial Conference Tournament appearance since the 2011 season, qualifying for the conference playoffs for the seventh time in school history. Haverford graduated 13 players from last year’s team, but returns five starters. That includes second-team All-Centennial Conference goalie Dylan Slack and honorable mention All-CC middie Ben Frost. Both Frost and Stephen DeLeo tied for the team lead with 21 goals scored during the 2018 season.

Sat. 16 at Cabrini 12:00 PM
Wed. 20 Gwynedd Mercy 4:30 PM
Sat. 23 Eastern 3:00 PM
Wed. 27 at Stockton 7:00 PM

Sat. 2 Randolph-Macon 12:00 PM
Sat. 9 Kenyon 3:00 PM
Sat. 16 Stevens 1:00 PM
Sat. 23 McDaniel * 3:00 PM
Wed. 27 Muhlenberg * 7:00 PM
Sat. 30 at Franklin & Marshall * 12:00 PM

Sat. 6 at Dickinson * 3:00 PM
Wed. 10 at Washington College * 7:00 PM
Sat. 13 Gettysburg * 12:00 PM
Sat. 20 at Ursinus * 3:00 PM
Sat. 27 Swarthmore * Senior Day 3:00 PM

Wed. 1 TBA at TBA % Centennial Conference Semifinal
Sat. 4 TBA at TBA % Centennial Conference Championship

* Conference % Post season

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