Any one of the three accomplishments would be a career justifier, but Kara Heck cashed them all in, hitting the trifecta the last couple of weeks.
The sensational sophomore on the mighty Eastern Regional High School field hockey team first scored her 100th career goal two weeks ago.
Then, last week, she helped the Vikings win another state championship.
And, over the weekend, Heck committed to play field hockey at Boston College.
“It has been a big week with the state game and everything with my team and my accomplishments,” Heck said. “It is exciting and good accomplishments and its not something that happens every day.
“I think in the future I will look back and be proud.”
Heck delivered three goals and one assist in the state championship 8-0 win over Bridgewater-Raritan at Bordentown High School on Saturday. For the Vikings, it was the 19th straight state crown, including the last 13 against Bridgewater-Raritan. The 19-straight is the longest state title winning streak in the country.
“It’s a great accomplishment for the teams who have gone through the Eastern program for 19 years,” Heck said. “It is something that pushes you to continue the streak of state championships.”
Eastern (23-0-1) was last year’s Tournament of Champions runner up, losing in overtime to West Essex. It was the first time since 2010 the Vikings didn’t win the T-of-C.
“Yes it does,” Heck said when asked if last year’s final loss serves as motivation. “We will have a different opponent but we are keeping hard.”
The Vikings, who have won a staggering 20 state titles, earned the top seed in this weeks T-of-C, followed by Oak Knoll, Rumson-Fair Haven, Haddonfield and Moorestown.
The only blemish on Eastern’s record this year was a 2-2- tie in mid-September at Oak Knoll.
Eastern will play Moorestown, a 7-1 winner Monday over Haddonfield in the play-in game - on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Rancocas Valley High School. The T-of-C final is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Kean University.
Eastern edged Moorestown 3-2 in mid-October. The Vikings beat Haddonfield 6-0 in late September. But Heck knows this is the postseason with the one-and-done pressure.
“Together as a team we will play just as hard no matter who we play,” Heck said. “We did play both of them, but the opponent doesn’t change us.”
In the state final, Heck gave the Vikings a 4-0 lead on a penalty stroke early in the second half. She then completed the Hat Trick only a minute and a half apart for her 56th and 57th goals of the season with over 20 minutes left in the game.
“I wouldn’t say double-teaming me, but they had a girl marking me, but that didn’t affect the team,” Heck said. “Everyone stepped up and different girls scored and that shows my teammates are strong.”
Heck, who has 112 career goals, netted 55 goals as a freshman to lead the state and the Vikings to the Group 4 State Championship.
Last year, the Vikings lost consecutive games during the season after not suffering a setback in the previous six seasons.
“Last year, I guess you can say was a down year for Eastern with three losses during the season,” Heck said. “But this year we came back strong and it definitely gave us fire.”
Heck is also a member of the United States U-19 Indoor and Outdoor Field Hockey National Teams. And, her field hockey club team, WC Eagles, won the U16 National Club Championship in mid-July.
“I play pretty much year round, whether club or in the U.S. program,” Heck said. “And plying year round greatly improves my play.”
And now she can play without the burden of worrying about making her college decision.
“I just felt very comfortable with the staff and the campus so I felt it was the perfect fit,” Heck said about Boston College.