By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/12
Haverford School senior attackman Henry Blynn has been named the Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Co-Player of the Year for 2012.
Blynn, who shares the honor with Conestoga’s Miles Thomas, had 60 goals and 32 assists this year to lead the Fords to a 21-2 record and a second straight undefeated Inter-Ac League championship. Blynn’s efforts helped Haverford School earn the No. 1 spot in the PA Media Lacrosse and Phillylacrosse.com rankings and a place among the top 10 in every national poll.
Blynn, who is headed to Brown University, earned US Lacrosse All-American honors and the Inter-Ac Most Important Player, or the league’s MVP award. But heading into this year, not many – except for Blynn – would have expected such a breakout year.
In 2011, when Haverford School was an undefeated national champion, Blynn was a reserve vying for time in a star-studded lineup. But he never questioned his abilities and worked harder in the off-season to prove himself for 2012.
“Personally, I knew I could produce,” he said. “I knew everyone believed in me, I just never got to show it off until this year. I believed in myself.
“Getting the chance to play more was huge. Last year I committed myself to an off-season weight training program. I was playing three sports – also soccer and hockey – so I was in the weight room at 7 a.m. before school. I made the commitment to get stronger and faster before the season; I couldn’t let my teammates down.”
Clearly, Blynn did not let them down.
Playing against one of the nation’s toughest schedule, Blynn had one stretch of six straight three-goal games, that included the key overtime winner over Episcopal Academy when the two teams met for a first-place Inter-Ac showdown. The biggest highlight was a seven-goal, two-assist masterpiece against three-time state champion Conestoga in a 13-8 victory at the Katie Samson Festival.
How did Blynn do it? His off-ball skills, strength and shooting touch played perfectly into assistant coach Mark Petrone’s motion offense as the Fords took on a different personality from the mighty 2011 squad.
“Coming into this season we knew that we could be something special; just as special as last year,” said Blynn. “The goal was again going undefeated and to keep Haverford School’s standard high.
“We knew right after our scrimmages against Georgetown Prep and Calvert Hall that we could have even more chemistry than last year. We might not have had the superstars, but we worked together better than any team I ever saw and we believed in each other.”
Blynn admits it was tough to close the season with a 15-11 loss to Episcopal Academy in the Inter-Ac Invitational. He prefers to give the credit to EA and said it did not diminish the amazing success his Fords enjoyed.
Besides the win over Conestoga, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation for several weeks, Haverford School went 4-0 against MIAA teams and finished first in the state rankings for the third consecutive year.
“Only three other Haverford School teams have gone 8-0 in the Inter-Ac before us,” he said. “The loss to EA did not ruin the season. We exceeded people’s expectations.”
Haverford School coach John Nostrant said Blynn put in the time to make himself a better player.
“He worked so hard to get bigger and stronger,” said Nostrant. “A lot of kids don’t understand that just playing on club teams is not enough.
“Henry fine-tuned his game and took it upon himself to work with our strength and conditioning coach. He deserves everything he got.”
Tuesday, July 17 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ and Girls’ Team Coaches of Year, High Honorable Mention selections
Wednesday, July 18 – Philylacrosse.com Boys’ Attackmen, Girls’ Attack-Midfield
Thursday, July 19 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Midfielders/LSM, Girls’ Midfielders 1
Friday, July 20 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Defensemen, Girls’ Midfielders 2
Saturday, July 21 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Goalies/FO, Girls’ Defenders, Goalies
Sunday, July 22 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’, Girls’ High Honorable Mention teams
Monday, July 23 – Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey Boys’, Girls’ teams
Tuesday, July 24, Phillylacrosse.com northern Delaware Boys’ team, Girls’ Players of Year
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