In 2019, the St. Paul’s men’s lacrosse team will get a much needed boost on offense as Seth Higgins, a junior midfielder, has transferred to play for coach Trey Whitty’s Crusaders.
Higgins comes from MIAA -B conference powerhouse, Gersetll Academy. Higgins helped lead the Falcons to win the conference title last season. Seth, along with his older brothers, Ben and Jacob, helped build Gerstell Academy into championship program and were instrumental with lifting the Falcons from the C- conference to the B- conference. The Higgins brothers also excelled in other sports while at Gerstell Academy.
Recently, the Looney’s club lacrosse member announced his verbal commitment to play college lacrosse for Charley Toomey at Loyola University (MD. )
The Peace Report caught up with Seth and got his thoughts on his collegiate choice, his move to the mighty A- conference, and what type of stick he’s currently playing wall ball with to get ready for the upcoming season.
Here’s the Q&A with Seth Higgins
PRLB: Why did you chose Loyola to play college lacrosse?
Seth Higgins: Loyola is a place that offers great academics, a very competitive lacrosse program, and a coaching staff that I just loved and got along well with. It is a school that I can see myself attending, beyond lacrosse, and is apart of the Baltimore area where I want to work after college.
PRLB :How has the transition been going from Gerstell Academy to St. Paul’s?
SH: It has been a challenge but I love everything about my new school. Im very thankful for what Gerstell has taught me and the opportunities that were provided, but also I’m really happy I switched to St. Paul’s; which has welcomed me in, and made me feel apart of their community in such short time.
PRLB: Are you eager for MIAA — A conference competition or are you a little nervous at all?
SH: Im extremely excited to get to play in the MIAA-A conference, and help St. Paul’s win in any way I can. It is arguably one of the best conferences with some of the hardest competition in the country, and I see it preparing me a lot for playing lacrosse at the next level — especially with the new college rules being implemented.
PRLB: How’s it feel to know that you and your brothers, Ben and Jacob, well play at a high collegiate level?
SH: It is very humbling to know we have had or will have the chance to play at a high collegiate level, and only makes my brothers and I want to work harder. Speaking for the three of us, it has made us grateful for all the coaches who believed in us, and the countless hours we worked on our craft feel worthwhile. Also there is a sense of personal satisfaction in making our loved ones proud. We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for them, or the opportunities and life lessons that lacrosse has presented us.
PRLB: What’s currently the top song you like to listen to right now?
SH: I like a lot of different music, but I am a country fan at heart. I would say my favorite song drifts by the month, but right now it’s an oldie by John Brown called “I Got You (I Feel Good)”.
PRLB: Tell us what kind of sticks your playing with right now to get ready for the upcoming season?
SH: I currently use two Warrior Evo 5 heads, strung identically. My sticks are relatively light, and have little to no whip and a shallow mid-pocket. In the near future, I am moving to Under Armor heads but debating whether or not I want to string them regularly or switch back to traditional.
PRLB: What are your goals for this season?
SH: My biggest goal this season is to walk away feeling that I made an impact on the St. Paul’s program, regardless of how many points. I am excited to play with a great group of guys and try to help them get back to that final four matchup, and ideally win the championship. I of course want to get better along the way and develop even more skills, as well as knowledge of the game in order to prepare for the next level.
PRLB: How would you describe the recruiting process?
SH: The recruiting process is very interesting, and is different for everyone. I am very thankful for the opportunities and schools who were interested in me, but it ultimately came down to what I wanted at heart. Growing up in a hotbed area for lacrosse, exposure on the field was everything, but grades are just as important. It makes it a lot easier for a coach to have confidence in you when not only a good lacrosse player, but are also preforming well academically and behaving in and out of the classroom.