Henry Grass breaks Section 1 career scoring record
The Bronxville senior had three goals and four assists for Bronxville
CROTON-ON-HUDSON – Henry Grass was a little uncomfortable with the extra attention.
There are scorers who carefully track each goal and every assist, but the Bronxville senior has never focused on the numbers. When he set up Robbie a Westerfield goal in the second quarter of a 20-5 win over Croton on Thursday, Grass became the leading scorer in Section 1 history and was immediately mobbed by teammates.
It’s probably a good thing Broncos coach Tim Horgan let Grass know about the record in advance.
“I don’t like that kind of notoriety,” said Grass, a Johns Hopkins signee who has 244 goals and 151 assists since beginning his varsity career in eighth-grade.
The record belonged to Yorktown legend Tom Nelson for three decades. He graduated in 1983 with 393 points, one more than his older brother, Tim. Both went on to star collegiately at Syracuse.
“I’ve only heard about the Nelson brothers,” Grass said. “I heard they were great players, so it’s a great feat, but we have to finish up the season. It’s a personal achievement, and we’re a team, so I’m thinking more about winning another state championship.”
The achievement will likely take on greater significance with the passing of time.
“Henry is a 17-year-old kid and doesn’t understand how big this is,” Horgan said. “I know he’s very proud and realizes it’s not something that’s easy to do because the record’s held for 32 years, but I think now that he’s got it, people will tell him about who he’s passed and he’ll learn more about what it means.”
The subject will undoubtedly come up at family gatherings.
“I never really put a lot of stock in it,” said Tom Nelson, who’s now a division manager for a national paving company in Syracuse. “The one thing I do is remind my brother that I have one more goal than he does, and I can still do that. I think it’s great somebody else gets to hold the record now, it’s just unfortunate he’s going to Hopkins.”
There’s a family connection for Grass, too.
His older brother, Jack, was the leading scorer at Bronxville until Henry came along. The sophomore at Johns Hopkins is red-shirting this spring because of a back injury and was on the sideline Thursday. He will be hearing about the record every now and then.
“Yep,” Henry said. “I’m going to start tonight. … It was an awesome experience learning from him, and it was always easy to play with Jack because he is so good. And once he graduated, I got the keys to the offense and took it from there.”
Grass has benefited from going deep into the postseason with the Broncos each of the previous four springs.
“He will definitely let me know about this, but he’s had an awesome career and it’s been fun to watch and be a part of,” said Jack, who graduated with 325 career points.
Bronxville, the defending state champions in Class C, was looking to help Grass along, but nobody forced the ball in his direction or interrupted the flow. Grass assisted Michael Crawford on the game’s first goal and fed Ara Atayan on the second. He scored make it 4-1 five minutes in. Grass netted a second goal late in the first to make it a 6-2 lead, then moved even with Tom Nelson when he found Atayan in the final seconds of the quarter.
The pass to a wide-open Westerfield came with 9:53 to go in the second quarter.
“I thought we were just playing our game,” Grass said. “Everybody was congratulating me after I got the record. The defensemen and Alex Harwood all came running down, so it was fun, I guess. I know Section 1 has a lot of history, so it’s great surpass the people on that list.”
Nelson checked in to see if the record was indeed broken and sent a congratulatory e-mail to Grass on Thursday evening.
Bronxville senior Henry Grass now tops Section 1’s list of all-time scorers.
Henry Grass Bronxville/Johns Hopkins (2011-15) 244 goals 151 assist 395 points
Tom Nelson Yorktown/Syracuse (1981-83) 138-255-393
Tim Nelson Yorktown/Syracuse (1978-81) 137-255-392
Chris Bocklet John Jay/Virginia (2005-08) 218-132-350
Alex Weber Fox Lane/Penn (2002-05) 207-119-326
Brett Miranda Ossining/Manhattan (2004-07) 218-107-325
Greg Peters Greeley/Georgetown (1991-94) 188-135-323
Rob Hommel Nyack/Sacred Heart (2000-03) 223-97-320
John Hess Nyack/Princeton (1991-94) 166-149-315
Jordan Rabidou Somers/Loyola (1999-2003) 184-128-312
Rob Kavovit Yorktown/Syracuse (1991-93) 152-158-310
Dave Snyder Brewster/Syracuse (1996-2000) 193-116-309
Dave Marr Yorktown/Johns Hopkins (1990-92) 128-180-308
Billy Kurisko Nanuet/Wagner (1985-87) 226-75-301
Sean Lindsay Lakeland/Panas/Syracuse (1997-2000) 198-100-298