One of the most impressive things to know about Housatonic graduate Heather Kearns as an athlete is that she started playing lacrosse as a freshman and improved enough in four years to be talking with the Southern Connecticut State University coach about playing at the Division II college level.
She was All- League in the Western Connecticut Lacrosse Conference (WCLC) after scoring 53 goals as a junior and 50 more this year, along with 10 assists.
“It’s really like basketball with a stick,” says Kearns, who’s been playing basketball as long as she can remember. “The defense and footwork are similar; that’s what my coach (Spike Magyar) always says.”
Kearns also starred as a volleyball player and an All-State basketball player at Housy.
“I’m thinking of playing basketball and lacrosse (at Southern) if I can,” Kearns said.
Lacrosse is intriguing because some of its skills are so unique, despite any similarities to basketball. Anyone who’s ever tried to catch or throw a ball with a lacrosse stick knows the difficulty begins right there.
“The main thing we practice is catching and throwing,” says Kearns.
Kearns began her lacrosse career as a defensive midfielder. By her sophomore year, she was a full-field midfielder.
This year, she and her classmates were the nucleus of a 12-3 team.
“One of our highlights was playing Pomperaug, a much bigger school than Housy, to overtime,” Kearns said.
“Basically, the whole starting lineup was seniors; we were all friends. I wouldn’t have gotten this far in my career without them and my coaches.
“Our fans were incredible this year; we had so many.”
Kearns graduated with a 3.6 GPA this year. She’s deciding between education (math) or nursing as careers to pursue at Southern.