Men's Lacrosse Receives Program-Record Four NEILA All-Academic Team Selections

A graphic featuring the headshots of Mark Heatzig, Oliver Heins, Eric Pence, and Gavin Vandenberg

South Hadley, Mass. (June 8) – The MIT men's lacrosse team collected an Institute-record four All-Academic Team selections as announced by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Monday. Mark Heatzig '21 (Boca Raton, Fla.), Oliver Heins '21 (Fair Haven, N.J.), Eric Pence '21 (Portland, Ore.), and Gavin Vandenberg '21 (Elmhurst, Ill.) represented the Engineers on the list as they eclipsed the previous program record of three honors which was set in 2016 and tied in 2019. Nominees must have senior or graduate-student standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and must be a starter or significant contributor on the field.

Heatzig, who graduated with a degree in computer science, tallied 52 goals and 18 assists in 34 games. He was named to the 2019 NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and led the conference while ranking 14th in the nation in man-up goals (11) that season. In addition, Heatzig was 10th in the NEWMAC in goals with 34.

Appearing in 28 games, Heins generated 22 goals and three assists. A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team qualifier, he majored in mathematics and computer science while minoring in business analytics.

A defensive midfielder, Pence collected 24 groundballs in 37 games. He was selected to the 2019 NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team, earned a pair of NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team honors, and was a finalist for the 2021 YRL Unsung Hero Award which is presented by the One Love Foundation. Pence majored in electrical engineering and computer science to go along with a minor and a concentration in political science.

Vandenberg produced 37 goals and 15 assists in 39 games and was named to the 2021 NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. A 2020 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team qualifier, he majored in mechanical engineering while earning a minor in economics.

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