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Walking around campus in the fall, winter or spring, it was impossible to miss Geoff Fox. He was outside Mann Dining Hall, throwing a lacrosse ball off the wall in steadfast repetition. Thud, thud, thud — it was the sound of determination and progress.
When the fields were clear of snow, Geoff would cut a stark image on Evans Family Field, taking shot after shot by his lonesome on a portable net. Using both hands and multiple angles, he would ping every corner with marksman-like accuracy.
“I did a lot of extra work outside of practice,” Geoff noted, reflecting on his routine. “I would practice wall ball at least two hours extra. And then it’s a lot of not just understanding the offense that we run, but understanding the defenses that we play against, so you can pick them apart and know where they are going to be. It was a lot of extra training.”
All that hard work, well, it wasn’t for naught.
Geoff will graduate as the program’s all-time leading scorer this spring, totaling an eye-popping 208 points in just 43 games on the varsity level. Combining an electric first step with well-oiled skills, Geoff had the habit of leaving his defender in the dust en route to the cage.
“Although I’m small, it’s my speed that’s my main attribute,” said Geoff, who also starred as striker on the School’s varsity soccer team in the fall. “The defenders have a six-foot pole, but if I get by them with my speed, they still can’t reach me. A lot of times the stick is in front, so they will get a penalty trying to hit me or just wrap it around me. Usually, I’m most effective when playing from behind the goal.”
Geoff will continue his career next season at Clark University, a Division III school in Massachusetts that went 13-5 this year before losing to Springfield College in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference final.
“My goals are primarily to play to the best of my abilities, listen to the coaches and get better as a player,” Geoff said.
Of course, it won’t all be about lacrosse.
“I’m mostly going to Clark for academics, but I just love playing lacrosse,” Geoff said. “It’s a good side hobby and keeps me on track of things. When I’m playing sports, I’m more on top of my schoolwork.”
As for getting immediate playing time, Geoff is taking a measured approach.
“I’m a competitor, so obviously I want that starting spot as a freshman, but that’s not as likely,” he said. “But Clark did graduate over 15 seniors (on the lacrosse team) this year, so there are opportunities and openings there.”
Based on his past track record, it won’t be long before Geoff breaks through and makes his mark.