2013 SALEM NEWS BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The news was hard to take for everyone surrounding Peabody senior attack Keifer Heckman, but somehow he seemed to keep the moment in perspective.
Heckman, after leading the state in scoring, was not named an All-American after a vote by the Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Coaches’ Association. The names on the list were mostly players from teams that were considered to be the best in the Commonwealth. Peabody finished 11-10 after losing to B.C. High in the East Division 1 preliminary round, and Heckman’s teammates and coaches hoped he would receive the prestigious honor.
“It was really hard for me to take, as well as everyone in the program,” Peabody head coach Anthony O’Donnell said. “Yet Keifer had the best quote of all ... he said, ‘Don’t worry, coach; I’ll make them sorry they didn’t choose me by becoming an All-American in college.’”
For four years, Heckman consistently stood out on the offensive end for the Tanners. As a senior, he scored 78 goals and dished out 48 assists for 126 points. He played at a high level no matter who the Tanners were matched up against and was Peabody’s leading scorer for three years, twice being named a first team Northeastern Conference all-star and once making the second team.
He will continue playing next year at Southern New Hampshire University.
“Game in, game out, Keifer produces. No matter who we played, Keifer seemed to get six points. He makes everyone around him better and is truly a leader for the Tanners’ lacrosse program,” O’Donnell said. “His inner drive, competitive nature and will to win is unmatched. he has a great knowledge of the game, teaches others and is very unselfish on and off the field. He is truly a pleasure to coach.”