After falling a goal shy of an undefeated season at Boys' Latin, Catonsville resident Colin Heacock finished his prep lacrosse career with a flourish Sunday, June 2 when he was named the 2013 C. Markland Kelly Award winner, given annually to the best high school player in the state.
Playing on the same unit with junior Shack Stanwick for the Lakers, the duo combined to score 84 of the team's 268 goals and dished out 75 assists, meaning the attackmen had a hand in 60 percent of the Lakers' scores.
That prolific production made Stanwick and Heacock the most feared tandem in the league, bar none.
The talented twosome had learn how to work in concert with each other for the good of the team, something they did willingly.
"I just try to make plays," said Heacock, who scored 48 goals and added 24 assists this season. "I try to do whatever I can to help the team win. That's all I care about."
Heacock might have had his best two games of the year against defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Calvert Hall.
With the Cardinals leading, 2-1, late in the first quarter during the regular season, the University of Maryland recruit reeled off three consecutive goals to give the Lakers a lead they would keep in a decisive 13-7 victory.
Moreover, with his team facing a 9-4 halftime deficit against Calvert Hall in a playoff semifinal, the 6-foot-2 Heacock scored two of the first three goals in the second half of what turned out to be a 12-10 Laker comeback win.
Calvert Hall senior midfielder Stephen Kelly said his former Lutherville-Timonium Rec Council teammate improved rapidly during his high school career.
"He has that presence on the field," he said. "And he know how to use his body well to get inside. He really hurt us in those games. I just really respect the kid on and off the field."
"He's just a freak athlete," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said about Heacock. "Big, fast, strong, tough. He's been something to watch. He plays hard and works hard, but always with a smile on his face."
Shriver added that having Stanwick and Heacock was an embarrassment of riches.
"They made a formidable team," he said. "It's amazing when you look at the numbers they put up."
Unfortunately for both stars, the MIAA A Conference championship game was an upsetting experience at the hands of the upstart Dons. Stanwick opened the scoring and Heacock totaled all three of his goals in a 6-0 first-quarter burst.
Still, Loyola rallied to win by scoring three times in the final 3:41.
"Loyola played really good defense at the end," Heacock added. "They deserved it."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun