Heidi Annaheim played a multitude of sports growing up, but luckily for the Kinnelon girls lacrosse team, she decided to focus solely on lacrosse when she reached high school.
Annaheim, a senior captain who has played on varsity all four years, started playing lacrosse in the third grade and also played soccer, basketball and ran track, but lacrosse was hands down her favorite sport.
“I just like the whole idea of everything being so situational and being able to adapt and the speed and being on the team with everyone and relying on all the different positions,” Annaheim said. “It’s a cool feeling.”
When she first started playing for Kinnelon, Annaheim thought that reaching 100 goals would be a great accomplishment, and she reached the milestone as a sophomore. Annaheim graduates with 333 career goals and 123 assists. This season she led Morris County with 109 goals and 55 assists and helped the Colts to the Morris County Tournament semifinals and the North Group I sectional semifinals.
Which is why Annaheim is the 2013 All Daily Record Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
“She’s a great, tremendous all-around player,” Kinnelon coach Jim Lawler said. “Attack, defensively, just an all-around tremendous player. She’s a team player, always looking to help the team and always looking to do things to help us win. She’s always giving 100 percent.”
This season, Kinnelon had the sixth toughest schedule in the state according to laxpower.com and managed to finish at 9-13. Annaheim averaged almost five goals a game and scored a total of 18 goals during the Colts’ MCT run. She also scored 11 goals during the state tournament.
According to Lawler, Annaheim is a great leader whose knowledge of the game and ability on the field really helped to mentor the younger players and helped to make everyone around her better.
“First of all she helps with the drills and the younger players, Heidi is playing at such a high level that she raises everybody’s game that’s playing with her on the field,” Lawler said. “It’s a great motivational force to have someone like that on the field. The younger players look up to her and they want to be able to play with her at her level.”
Annaheim will attend the University of Notre Dame next year, and she’s excited to move on and play a completely different level of lacrosse.
“I think just playing all the time, always throughout the whole year, summer and fall and being in the different situations and knowing how to deal with them will help me,” Annaheim said of how her high school career will help her in college. “Especially this year the division we were in will help because we had higher levels of competition, which is like college, and that helped prepare me.”
Kinnelon will lose eight seniors next season, including Annaheim’s sister Virginia, Nicole Belanger, Haley Femblaux and goalie Carly Cavagnaro, but Lawler believes the legacy Heidi and the rest of his senior class left on squad will resonate for years to come.
“Heidi has been a part of a team this year that has left the idea that we can play with any team and we can compete with anybody and I think that’s what this whole group of senior girls has done,” Lawler said. “They’ve elevated the entire program.”