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Avery F. Blake

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1979


Swarthmore College

Avery F. Blake, Jr. follows his father, Avery Blake, Sr. into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Like his father, Avery Blake, Jr. completed most of his lacrosse accomplishments in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where he attended Swarthmore High School and Swarthmore College. In high school, he won four varsity letters in lacrosse. Blake brought four years of winning success to Swarthmore College from 1950-1953 when he led the small school to four consecutive Pennsylvania-Delaware League Championships. 

While earning a varsity letter all four years, Blake was selected on the All-America teams in each of his four years at Swarthmore. He was an honorable mention selection in 1950, a third team selection in 1951, and a first team selection in 1952 and 1953 as an attackman and a midfielder. Blake culminated his lacrosse career in 1953 as a co-captain of the North in the 1953 North-South Game. 

Continuing his lacrosse career after college, Blake played box lacrosse with the Swarthmore Indians for 10years before turning to field lacrosse with the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club for six years, Maryland Lacrosse Club for three years, and the San Marino (California) Lacrosse Club for another three years. In later years, Blake moved to California and was active in starting new lacrosse programs in the state. Avery was inducted into Swarthmore College's Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away in September, 2013.