For Cortland Heneveld, the decision to play his collegiate lacrosse was hardly a rash one.
After all, the Midshipmen have been front and center in the East Hampton High School rising junior midfielder’s mind for several years now.
His oldest brother, Heath, graduated from the Naval Academy in 2011 and is now in SEAL Qualification Training.
Another brother, Austin, an attackman, just finished his sophomore year on Navy’s lacrosse team, registering goals against Army, Colgate and Lafayette.
Cortland Heneveld, named the rookie of the year in Suffolk this past season, is a righty with good size (6-foot-2, 203 pounds), speed and athleticism. (He was the starting quarterback on the Bonackers’ football team as a sophomore last fall, leading the team in rushing touchdowns and earning a spot on the Suffolk County All-Division team.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Cortland on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I always wanted to attend Navy and serve my country. My oldest brother graduated in 2011, just finished BUDs and is in SEAL Qualification Training. I hope to follow a similar path. My brother Austin is playing for Navy and having such a great time. They have a new coaching staff, strong underclassmen, and next year they are going far. Very far.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
My first choices were schools with a strong NROTC, such a UNC, or, of course, another military academy such as Army. I was also looking at playing football for a few other schools.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am big for my age, but I am also fast. I see myself as a playmaker, creating a turnover and making something from nothing.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Without a doubt, both my brothers. They have taught me everything about hard work, leaving nothing on the field, integrity, honor and commitment.
What are your thoughts on following your brother’s path to play lacrosse at Navy even though you won’t be teammates at the college level?
Well, we talked about that today. He is very excited that I will know all the upperclass players, which is very cool, as they are all his friends. Austin might go Navy Pilot, so there is a small chance he might be around to work with the team after graduation, as pilots are delayed getting to school.
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