Midfielder Drew Supinski from The Haverford School in Haverford, Pa., is the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. The selection was made by Casey Vock of 3d Rising in conjunction with the ALL-USA teams.
Name: Drew Supinski
School: Haverford School; Haverford, Pa.
College: Johns Hopkins
Stats: 53 goals, 10 assists, 57 groundballs
It’s difficult to assess the importance of any single player on this year’s Haverford School roster — a lineup featuring more than 20 players committed to Division I programs.
Looking at the team’s statistics, you might not know where to begin given the tremendous production from a handful of outstanding players. But ask anyone on the sideline or at the team tailgates after its many wins this year, and you’d get the same response: Drew Supinski was the heart and soul of the Haverford squad that finished 26-0 and ranked No. 1 in the Super 25.
An unassuming player who doesn’t necessarily stand out for his size or power, Supinski naturally rose to the occasion when his team needed a jolt.
In the Inter-Ac Challenge finals, facing a powerful Hun School (Princeton, N.J.), Supinski was slid down to attack, and he promptly scored three consecutive goals to help the Fords pull away and ultimately hoist the trophy.
In the last game of the season, Haverford found itself trailing talented Culver Academy (Ind.) in the third quarter, the Fords’ undefeated season on the line. It was Supinski who pulled the Fords within one and then eventually put them ahead, where they would stay in a 13-9 victory.
Attackman Forry Smith, who rode to school with Supinski each day this year, referred to him as an “older brother.” Smith said Supinski’s play had a positive influence on his teammates.
“He just took over from the midfield,” said Smith, now a rising senior who will join Supinski at Johns Hopkins when he graduates. “He and Dox (Aitken) just said, ‘We’re going to work hard, we’re going to get things done and we’re going to have fun doing it.’ ”
Supinski is modest about his influence on the program, saying that each player just strives to contribute.
“I’ll do anything for the team,” Supinski said. “That’s how anybody on our team is. We just want to get on the field.”
A captain and a four-year varsity players, Supinski rotated from his midfield position to attack in crucial situations this year, such as the one against Culver. He played short-stick defense in six-on-six and on man-down. Supinski’s 53 goals,10 assists and 57 groundballs only paint part of the picture for the do-it-all player.
Behind the scenes, he helped the team in more ways than people realized.
“He usually spent the early part of our practices going against the face off guys because he wanted them to be prepared,” said Mark Petrone, the team’s offensive coordinator.
“Quite simply, he is the one guy that could not have been replaced. Clutch player and when he was in we played at a higher level. He became a great shooter and was in at defense a lot. When we needed something different, he played attack and usually ran by a defender and stole passes on rides. He led the team and he listened to coaches.”
Supinski gives the credit for his success back to Petrone, whom he thanked for bringing out the best in his game, especially this year.
“Coach Petrone is just a wizard,” Supinski said. “He knows X’s and O’s so well. He can figure out anything. He knows the kind of player I am more than I do. He really puts us all in great spots. When he puts me at attack, I think he knows what time to do that, and it really helps us out.”
Haverford head coach John Nostrant, who’s also coached Supinski in club lacrosse in the offseason, said Supinski is one of the best overall players he’s ever coached – not only because of his skill, but because of his leadership, his support for his teammates and his dedication to helping the program win.
“Drew is just a guy who’s done it all year long when we needed it,” Nostrant said. “He’s just a great competitor.”