By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/6/11
Haverford School junior attackman Henry Blynn has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse and enter the admission process at Brown University.
Blynn was a member of a Fords team that went 20-4 last year and shared the Inter-Ac League championship last year with Malvern Prep while taking the Inter-Ac Invitational. He plays for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club and was a Fab 40 pick at the Philly Showcase in 2009 and 2010 as well as a participant in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase in June.
Blynn becomes the 18th member of Haverford School to commit or sign with a Division I program. Twelve are seniors and one of those, attackman Brent Tomlinson, also has committed to Brown.
Blynn, who has been on the Honor Roll throughout high school, plans to major in Energy Physics or Economics. Brown is coached by Lars Tiffany.
“First and foremost, I was looking for the best academic institution available where I would have a great lacrosse experience,” Blynn said. “Brown has a great tradition of liberal arts, and each student is responsible to design their own curriculum.
“Historically, Brown has a rich history of lacrosse. They tied for the Ivy League championship last year and are a program that will be doing some damage in the years to come. The coaches contacted me early in the process and showed consistent interest in me. Coach Tiffany, Kip Turner, and Scott Dalgliesh are a great group of coaches who I will be excited to play for in a couple years.”
Blynn also considered Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale.
Blynn also has lettered in both soccer and ice hockey each of the past two years. In lacrosse last season, he had four goals and 13 assists and was chosen “Next Generation” by Inside Lacrosse magazine.
Besides Tomlinson, Haverford School seniors that have committed or signed with Division I programs are Chris Hupfeldt (attackman, Penn), Joe McCallion (FO/midfielder, Penn) Conor Kelly (goalie, Notre Dame), Goran Murray (LSM, Maryland), Carl Walrath (midfielder, Virginia), Brendan McGrath (midfielder, Princeton), Alex Beatty (defenseman, Princeton), Matt Walters (midfielder, Syracuse), Brent Tomlinson (attackman, Brown), Colin Heffernan (goalie, Dartmouth), Vince Garman (defenseman, High Point) and Grove Stewart (midfielder, Harvard).
Other juniors that have committed include Connor and Warner (defensemen, Georgetown), Zach Rego (attackman, Georgetown), Sam Rohr (midfielder, Penn) and Will McNamara (midfielder/defenseman, Virginia).
Haverford School is expected to be ranked No. 1 in most national polls this year. Blynn and his teammates are fine with the challenge of high expectations.
“Our whole team is really excited for this season,” he said. “Our schedule outside the Inter-Ac is challenging as well as in the Inter-Ac, but we all know to take one game at a time and to not let any of the outside distractions affect us.”
Blynn also wished to thank his family for their consistent support during the recruiting process, as well as Haverford School lacrosse coaches John Nostrant, Mark Petrone and Travis Loving as well as hockey coach Doug Knight. He also thanked Duke’s L.C. coaches Ebe Helm and Jason Christmas as well as former Haverford School coach and current Malvern Prep coach David Metzbower for helping him improve his attack skills.
Note – Student-athletes making Ivy League verbals will have to go through the normal admissions process in the fall of the senior year