Boys Lacrosse: Player of the Week No. 3

The Haverford School midfielder Peter Blynn is this week's non-Central League Player of the Week.  PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILLYLACROSSE.COM

The Haverford School midfielder Peter Blynn is this week’s non-Central League Player of the Week.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILLYLACROSSE.COM

 

From last week…

Bonus points will be given for quality of competition. Additionally, there will be two categories for me to divide this into. Central League and everybody else. However, Conestoga, Lower Merion and Harriton are still ineligible because of, well, you know by now. That way, it makes for a fairly easy to distinguish dividing lines. Consideration is given basically off of the stats reported to the Daily Times. If you’re a D-man or LSM or SSDM, this does not favor you unless your coach reports that you played out of your mind. Such is life. I won’t forget about those guys when it comes time for All-Delco. Don’t worry about that. Away we go…

Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Player of the Week

(April 8-14)

Peter Blynn, M, The Haverford School – The younger brother of 2012 Daily Times Player of the Year and Brown freshman Henry Blynn, the baby of the family is doing pretty well for himself and the red-hot Fords. This week, he led a 13-11 upset of then-No. 3-ranked Salisbury (Conn.) with two goals and three assists that came on the heels of a one-goal, two-assist game in a 14-2 thrashing of Germantown Academy. Blynn’s role has changed from the beginning of the year and it’s one of many moves that’s paying dividends for the Fords. 

Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Honorable Mention

Matt Cioeta, M. Sun Valley – I’d get used to seeing the Vanguards’ star in here. He scored the lone goal in a 9-1 loss to Downingtown West, but he’s on here for erupting with a six-goal, three-helper game in an 11-4 drubbing of Phoenixville. Sun Valley will go as far as Cioeta takes it, so he’ll need to keep his tremendous pace. 

Dan McNamara, A, Cardinal O’Hara – McNamara and the Lions only had one game this week, but he made the most of it in the form of a four-goal, one-assist day to help O’Hara get back on the winning side of things with a 12-5 rout of West Chester East. 

Matt Ernst, FOGO, Episcopal Academy – About time a FOGO gets some love, right? Ernst was a beast for the Churchmen in a 3-0 week, going 34-43 (79.1 percent) at the faceoff X. Those are numbers reminiscent of 2012 All-American Jon Garino (Maryland). He was 15-16 against Germantown Academy, but he was the epitome of clutch with a 10-for-12 day against three-time defending PIAA champion Conestoga. When the goals are as low as a 5-3 game, you need every extra possession you can get. 

*Before the inevitable wisecrack about Inter-Ac players dominating this list, I’d love to spread the wealth more, but not enough non-Central League teams call in their results. If you don’t report your scores, I have nothing to base it off of. 

Central League Player of the Week 

(April 8-14)

Vince Marra, A, Springfield – He was relatively quiet in an 8-7 heartbreaking loss to Conestoga with only one goal, but Marra spearheaded the Cougars’ miracle comeback against Penncrest. He scored four times, including the overtime winner on a 1 on 1 clearout to help Springfield maintain its footing in the ever-challenging Central League. 

Central League Honorable Mention

Gavin Vanstone, G, Haverford – The Fords took it on the chin from Lower Merion, but they bounced back to post a 7-4 upset win over Garnet Valley that sent shockwaves throughout the league. Vanstone was in the thick of things as he turned away 19 shots sent his way to prevent a Jaguars’ comeback and then he stopped 13 shots to help Haverford beat West Chester Rustin. 

Jake Shapiro, FOGO, Radnor – More FOGO love, this time for Radnor’s go-to guy at the X. He had a goal and a helper, plus a 5-for-8 day on faceoffs, in a 17-0 rout of Upper Darby, but his best work came in an 8-6 win over Ridley. His 12-for-16 day was monstrous for the Red Raiders in a game where they needed every possession they could get. 

Will Ohley, A, Strath Haven – Nice little week for Ohley. All he did was score eight goals and dish out five assists to pace the Panthers’ offense. Strath Haven went 1-2, but the offense was pretty good and a big part of that was Ohley’s play. His three-goal, three assist performance spearheaded an 11-8 win over Marple Newtown. 

– MATT CHANDIK

 

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