#34 Henry Ing
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As fun-loving as he is clinically insane, Henry has spent many of his early weekends Cruzing around Pittsburgh and exploring the local neighborhoods. Some say he’s trying to find the best espresso shot in the city. I personally have a hunch that he’s trying to find a friend for Petey. Regardless, we hope this crazy kid finds what he’s looking for.
2023 Ultiworld Defensive Player of the Year
The sidelines erupted in appreciation. At the sound of the cheering, one of the coaches watching the other semifinal asked me what happened. “Henry doing Henry things,” I said. That’s all that needed to be said. Henry Ing has been so reliably incredible that his name works as shorthand for anything outrageous that can happen on an ultimate field.
But as we take stock of the season, it’s worth unpacking the phrase “Henry things.” A list of qualities the phrase entails: the straight line speed of a TGV, the lateral agility of a spider, the projectile power of a trebuchet, the vertical of a flea, the field vision of a championship birder. Those “Henry things” translate into a collection of showstopping on-field moments that can only be found together in the portfolio of a single player in the division. Ing’s body of work includes jukes that make handler defenders look as off-kilter as a Picasso portrait, skies that dwarf everyone else in the picture, perfectly programmed heat-seeking hucks, red zone dominator sets that could have been YouTube tutorials, bids that drew comic book onomatopoeic – WHAM! ZOWIE! – up from the turf, lock-and-key downfield and reset shutdowns. There simply wasn’t anyone else like him in 2023 – or maybe any other year either.
Ing’s raw offensive statistics from this year’s College Championships are on the modest side – 10 goals, eight assists. Don’t let them fool you .1 The impact he had on the field for Pittsburgh’s run to quarters was gargantuan. And shapeshifting. He pushed Pittsburgh forward in every conceivable way: Ing was an all-purpose hero.
Our voters, faced with such a complete package, almost unanimously selected him. But his well-rounded, thrilling game doesn’t encapsulate all of who he was on the field. The ribbons on the package are the heart, leadership, and grace he demonstrated throughout his dominant campaign. He commands not only the air, the reset space, and the lanes with his prodigious skillset, but also the respect of his teammates and opponents for the way he carries himself throughout competition. An example in all respects, Henry Ing is without a doubt the 2023 D-I Men’s Player of the Year. Go ahead and add it to the list of Henry things.
2023 Ultiworld 1st Team All-American
Ing has also taken huge strides as a defender with another year of recovery under his belt after a 2019 knee injury. His lateral quickness and fast twitch instincts are even more impressive than pre-surgery. If he guards you downfield, you might as well just bow out – just like all the other contenders for the top awards spot had to do when matched up against him.