When former Covenant standout Luke Heinsohn enrolled at Washington & Lee four years ago, he went to Lexington with a storied family legacy to live up to.
Heinsohn's grandfather coached football at Washington & Lee and is in the Generals’ hall of fame. Heinsohn’s father, Eric, graduated from Washington & Lee in 1983 and his sister, Angie Carrington Murphy, played soccer and lacrosse for the Generals and is in the school's hall of fame.
“It wasn’t just one thing that led me here to Washington & Lee,” said Heinsohn, who graduated from Covenant in 2009. “It was sort of the perfect storm of a number of factors that led me here.”
Heinsohn has continued the family legacy at Washington & Lee —and then some. He has excelled as a dual-sport athlete for the last four years, playing football and lacrosse for the Generals.
He wrapped up his stellar football career at Washington & Lee last fall. Starting in every game for his final three seasons as the Generals' running back, Heinsohn racked up 3,517 career yards. Heinshown rushed for 1,253 yards and 22 touchdowns during his senior season while leading the Generals to an 8-3 record. Now Heinsohn is wrapping up his collegiate athletic career by leading the Generals’ mens lacrosse team in the NCAA Division III tournament, which began this month.
“My body has gone through a lot throughout my eight athletic seasons,” Heinsohn said. “Just battling injuries is tough enough and I am so thankful for everything I’ve been blessed with here at Washington & Lee.”
Heinsohn’s success has extended beyond the gridiron.
Entering the 2013 lacrosse season, Heinsohn, a midfielder, was a three-year letterwinner for W&L.
“No success has ever gotten to [Luke’s] head,” Washington & Lee lacrosse coach Gene McCabe said. “He’s handled his athletic career with poise and maturity and he loves playing both football and lacrosse.”
Heinsohn switched from quarterback to running back after his ninth grade year at Covenant and played midfield on the lacrosse team, which was not a surprise seeing that another family member also had success with the sport.
Heinsohn’s older brother, Bo Carrington, who graduated from Covenant in 2004, went on to play lacrosse at Duke and prepared Heinsohn for the college experience.
“I was very competitive with [Bo],” Heinsohn said. “Growing up, he always stuck me in the lacrosse goal because he wanted someone to shoot on.”
Heinsohn and his Washington & Lee lacrosse team won their NCAA Division III first-round tournament game this past Wednesday. The Generals host Salisbury on Saturday in the second round.
In 20 games played this season, Heinsohn has recorded 25 points, which includes 11 goals and 14 assists. Heinsohn has also recorded three overtime game-winning goals in his career, two of those coming this season.
After graduating this spring, Heinsohn will leave the small town of Lexington and head north to Washington D.C., where he has already accepted a job at Walker and Dunlop as an Underwriting Analyst.
To some, that challenge might be daunting, but to Heinsohn, it’s just a new chapter in what has already been a busy but successful life.
“He’s going to do in his career after college what he’s done here at Washington & Lee,” McCabe said. “He’s going to make everyone around him better while also staying grounded and humble.”