Lacrosse is in Hannah Keating’s blood. Growing up in a large family in Gladwyne, Pa., it was a sport she and her siblings were passionate about, with several of them going on to play at the Division 1 level in college.
When it was her turn to be recruited, several universities came calling, but it was Harvard that caught her eye. After playing in only six games as a freshman, Keating had a breakout sophomore year, finishing fourth on the team in points (26) and tied for third in goals (22).
Now, with Harvard’s offseason coaching change, she gets the opportunity to play for one of her idols, Devon Wills.
Position: Attack | Year: Junior
Hometown: Gladwyne, Pa.
High school: Agnes Irwin School
Pregame meal: “The night before, definitely pasta, like spaghetti with meatballs. In the morning of (a game), I always have a bowl of Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal.”
Practice drill: “We play this drill called add-in drill. It’s a man-up attack drill. We have to move the ball super-fast and you get a quick shot. It’s really fun.”
Vacation spot: Florida
Song: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Actor/actress: Ryan Reynolds/Sandra Bullock
Movie: “Good Will Hunting.” “It’s so funny, I hadn’t seen it until after I committed (to Harvard). I watched it with my dad. … I’ve watched ever since like 15 times.”
TV show: “This is Us”
Phone app: Instagram
Book: “The Harry Potter series for me, and then I recently read ‘Girl on the Train.’ I watched the movie before I read the book.”
Sport other than lacrosse: Soccer
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Athlete: Carson Wentz
Article of clothing: Shoes, sneakers
How did you start playing lacrosse?
“I’m the last kid of six, and I have two older brothers, Danny and Michael, who played lacrosse at Duke, and one of my sisters, Caroline, played at Duke. Another older brother, Connor, just played at Penn. I was kind of born with a stick in my hand, and it was kind of a no-brainer that I would start playing when I was young.”
What was it like growing up with your siblings and having the same passion?
“It was really fun. From what I can remember, being really young, I was always on the sideline of games wearing Duke outfits and Penn outfits and watching their success at that level. Now, they’re on my sidelines watching me play, so it’s come full circle. It’s competitive but fun having everyone support each other. We all watch the games on TV together and dress up in different schools’ (apparel). It’s been awesome growing up in a family so involved in sports because it brings us closer, for sure.”
What was the recruiting process like, and how did you decide on Harvard?
“I always thought I’d go to Duke because it’s where most of my family went, and I grew up on campus. I visited other campuses and fell in love wherever I went. I was starstruck by (Harvard). I came into Boston with my parents. I met the coaches and girls on the team, and everybody was so smart and well-spoken. I saw how close they were. I’ve always loved being in the city and wanted to be a little bit away from home. It definitely was scary going rogue from where my siblings went, but it was exciting because they were super supportive.”
What has it been like to be recruited by one coach and now having to adjust to a new one?
“It was definitely surprising and an adjustment. We didn’t know for so long who the coach was going to be. Coach (Lisa) Miller was great. She stuck with me. I had some injuries my senior year of high school and my freshman year, and she didn’t give up on me. Coach (Devon) Wills is one of the most respected players in the world. Growing up she was one of my role models. Having her as a coach has been incredible. This year has been nothing but amazing with her as a coach.”
Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus and why?
“I would probably say Adams House, which is the house I was placed in with my friends in my grade. It’s where we live together and spend the most time together.”
What was the most interesting class you took?
“I would say a class I’m taking this year: ‘Money, Markets and Morals.’ It’s taught by Professor Sandel. He’s pretty well-known around Harvard and the entire world. It’s on what it sounds like, but it’s a bunch of controversial concepts I never thought about in high school. It’s been forcing me to think in a different way.”
What are your future goals?
“I definitely am looking at jobs and internships for the summer. I interned at a law firm this past summer and, hopefully, I’ll apply to law school.”