By Matt Jenkins
---- — Setting the all-time Peabody High lacrosse scoring record at home would have been nice for senior Keifer Heckman. Getting the job done in a game played at Bryant University was a decent consolation.
Heckman scored four goals and added four assists in Peabody’s 15-4 win over Smithfield, R.I. on Saturday. Heckman broke Greg Welch’s record of 225 points on a first-quarter goal.
The Tanners were on an overnight trip to Rhode Island where they got to meet Division 1 Bryant University coach Mike Pressler and his team, thanks to former Peabody lacrosse standout and Bryant captain Bryan Molk. Peabody then practiced on Bryant’s field on Friday and played against Smithfield on the same field Saturday. The Peabody team then watched Bryant win its game against Sacred Heart.
The weekend was a huge success for Peabody, but Heckman’s record-setting performance was the highlight.
After his eight-point night, Heckman stands at 231 points.
“It was pretty great,” Peabody coach Anthony O’Donnell said. “He tied it on a pass to Nick (Ouellette) and then broke it when he scored off a pass from Nick.”
Ouellette also had a huge game for Peabody (7-4) with four goals and four assists. Eric Hennessey contributed two goals and one assist, Jeremiah Manfra scored twice, and Josh Fiore added one goal and one assist. Bobby Caproni and Reed Foster also scored goals for the Tanners.
“We watched Bryant practice for an hour and a half, then we got to practice right after. We saw the speed of college practice and how everyone was going 100 percent. We didn’t have the same speed, but our speed was so much better,” O’Donnell said. “We were on point and excited. It was great to see that. To start the game on Saturday we were still on that level. It was pretty impressive. I think we kind of scared them because we looked so good in warmups. We started with our foot on the pedal and didn’t stop the whole game.”