Five questions with Alex Heger, goal tender for Robert Morris. (Ed Lee/Baltimore Sun video)
Alex Heger, a junior goalkeeper for the No. 14 Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team, is one of six players ranked in the top 10 in Division I in both goals-against average (7.83, seventh) and save percentage (.610, fourth).
Heger made a season-high 19 saves in Saturday’s 15-5 rout of Northeast Conference foe Mount St. Mary’s.
He discussed how his defense aided his performance against the Mountaineers and what potential future awaits the Colonials (6-2 overall, 2-0 league).
Alex, can you talk about your play today? You had a season-high 19 saves. What was working for you today?
Well, I’ve got to give it up to my defense. They really set me up with good shots from the outside that were pretty easy to take in. The only goals I really let up, I think, were the inside ones. So I think my defense set me up for a good day overall.
Mount St. Mary’s scored the first two goals of the game. What was your mindset at that point?
It’s always a next-play mentality, especially as a goaltender. For our team, that’s what we try to focus on, and then as a goalie, you’ve got to put it behind you and then move on [to] the next play.
You took a shot to a sensitive area during the game. What was going through your mind at that point?
You know, mostly queasiness. But after that, after I kind of pushed that out of my brain, I let the adrenaline take over, and I went back in and started making some good saves. So I just don’t want to let it affect me that much and just keep playing.
We like to pride ourselves in our transition ability. We like to push against teams — fast-pace, up-and-down game play. So I just try to get the ball up as quickly as possible and hopefully our offense can put it in the back of the net.
This team is enjoying unprecedented levels of success. Have you guys talked about how far you guys can take this?
I know our team can take it as far as we want to take it. It’s just putting in the effort and the time. We like to try to put the rankings and all of that stuff out of our heads and just play our game and play our ball.