Lacrosse - Varsity
Lacrosse Program Overview
The first lacrosse squad at Avon Old Farms was established in 1961, although it was the 1962 squad that benefitted from a competitive slate of scheduled games that best resembled a “varsity” program. Faculty member and Johns Hopkins graduate, John Boyton, was the head coach of the team. This former Blue Jay was assisted by Tommy Tounge, a prior lacrosse player for the Generals of Washington and Lee. Thus, the history of lacrosse at Avon Old Farms began on a strong note.
In more recent decades, the Winged Beavers varsity lacrosse program has gained national recognition under Coach Henry E. “Skip” Flanagan, a true Man of Avon. Having led the Avon team to victory in the Founders League Championship for four of the past seven years against Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Westminster, Kent, Loomis, and Trinity Pawling, Coach Flanagan and his coaching staff have developed a program considered to be one of the most competitive in secondary school lacrosse by NCAA coaches across the nation.
With four separate teams from the freshman squad, Junior Varsity, Varsity B and Varsity, there is a place for each boy who wishes to participate in this challenging and rewarding sport. The focus of the lower levels remains on instruction and conveying sound fundamentals. As one progresses to the higher levels there is far greater competition and emphasis on maintaining a position of visibility in the boys' secondary school lacrosse world.
Avon Old Farms lacrosse has developed into a nationally prominent program with graduates going on to some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. As of fall 2016, several Avon graduates have received All-America status as well as Hall Of Fame honors and have attended or committed to the following institutions:
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The tradition of pride in the game continues as does the emphasis on good sportsmanship, fair play, and balance in life. As the boys break the huddle you will hear them chant "Be the Best." In doing so, they demand of themselves their finest effort not only for the task at hand, but in all of the challenges that come their way in the months and years to come.
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We are excited to announce that Henry “Skip” Flanagan H’18, GP’16, '20 will be our Interim Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach for the 2022–23 school year. Coach Flanagan has a distinguished history at Avon Old Farms. He first came to the school in 1972 and spent 10 years teaching and coaching. Skip then moved to Western Reserve Academy where he was the Head of School and lacrosse coach for 26 years. In 2010, he returned to Avon Old Farms as a Dean and Head Lacrosse Coach until his retirement in 2018. In those eight seasons, Coach Flanagan led the Winged Beavers to numerous Founders League titles and a New England Championship.
Over the years, Skip has coached the English National Team three times in the World Lacrosse Championships, and in the Under Armour All-American game. In 2004, he was inducted into the Avon Old Farms Athletic Hall of Fame and was named the school’s Head Coach Emeritus in 2018. In the broader lacrosse world, Skip was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the Connecticut and Ohio chapters. Coach Flanagan currently serves on the board for the Tewaaraton Award and most recently coached the middle and high school teams at St. Andrew’s in Boca Raton, FL.
Coach Flanagan has influenced thousands of young men during his illustrious career and we are confident that he will be a great resource for our lacrosse players and their families. As a school, we will continue to search for an Associate Head Coach to work under Skip for a year and, ideally, take over the program for the 2023-2024 school year.
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|2||Andrew Chio||A||2024||Houston, TX|
|3||Brendan Powers||M||2022||Skaneateles, NY|
|5||Nicholas Lynch||G||2023||Madison, CT|
|6||Benn Johnston||M||2023||Lake Forest, IL|
|8||Francis Hagood||M||2023||Charleston, SC|
|9||Chris Harland||D||2022||Milton, ON|
|10||Harris Laferriere||G||2022||Chatham, NJ|
|11||William Russler||M||2023||Charleston, SC|
|12||Brian Mullen||M||2023||Rockville Centre, NY|
|14||Colm Barnett||M||2022||Mono, ON Canada|
|15||Zachary Hepworth||M||2023||Goldens Bridge, NY|
|16||Benjamin Wong||M||2023||Auburndale, MA|
|17||Brett Newman||M||2022||Cheshire, CT|
|18||Will Fekete||A||2022||Branford, CT|
|19||John Ryan||M||2023||West Simsbury, CT|
|20||Blake Eklund||M||2022||Tucson, AZ|
|21||Charles Cavo||M||2023||West Hartford, CT|
|22||Tyler Marmo||A||2022||Spring Lake, NJ|
|24||Benjamin Johnson||G||2023||Peoria, IL|
|25||Patrick Walsh||M||2023||Shelburne, VT|
|26||Toby Zeidenberg||A||2022||Guilford, CT|
|27||Walker Johnson||M||2022||Denver, CO|
|28||Kaleb Borg||D||2023||White Rock, BC|
|30||Ryan Hornyak||M||2024||Longmeadow, MA|
|31||Ellis Mcdonald||D||2023||Westport, CT|
|32||Zachary Jepson||D||2022||Bend, OR|
|33||Bennett DellaValle||D||2024||North Haven, CT|
|34||Seamus Rooney||A||2023||Bay Shore, NY|
|35||Jake Furtado||D||2024||Pawcatuck, CT|
|36||Jacob Baumoel||M||2024||New Rochelle, NY|
|37||Samuel Tomak||M||2022||North Haven, CT|
|38||Maxwell Tomak||A||2024||North Haven, CT|
|39||Graham Kelly||D||2022||Mount Pleasant, SC|
|40||Thomas Baldini||M||2023||West Hartford, CT|
|Eliel Mercado||MGR||2024||East Hartford, CT|