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Local lacrosse legend tapped for university hall of fame

National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member Avery Blake adresses the Gold Country Stampede lacrosse team. Blake passed away Sept.13
Submitted photo by Bruce McDowell |

For Avery Blake Lacrosse is far more than a game. It’s a passion, a lifestyle and a legacy.

That legacy will expand when Blake is inducted into the Swarthmore College Hall of Fame in October.

“A lot of good things have happened to me because of lacrosse,” Blake said. “I’ve been lucky that way.”

From 1950-53, Blake led the Swarthmore Garnet to four consecutive Pennsylvania-Delaware League Championships and was selected to the All-American team all four years, making the All-American first team in 1952 and 1953. Blake remains the only Swarthmore athlete to be named to four All-American teams. Blake also played on the football team while at Swarthmore.

Blake, a 1979 inductee to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, played for his father at Swarthmore, who coached there for 28 years. Blake’s father is also a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, class of 1961.

“I have lacrosse in my blood,” Blake said.

Blake was dominant in the sport because he started playing at such a young age and against tough competition. At the age of 13, he was competing during practices with and against college players on his father’s teams.

While in high school, Blake helped start up his school’s lacrosse team and went on to earn four varsity letters in the sport.

After Blake completed his time at Swarthmore College, he went on to play lacrosse for the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club, the Maryland Lacrosse Club and the San Marino Lacrosse Club.

The longtime lacrosse player, coach and advocate currently lives in Penn Valley and has been instrumental in the emergence of Lacrosse in Nevada County through the Gold Country Stampede.

To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, call (530) 477-4232 or email him at wford@theunion.com

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