The Brunswick School (Conn.) has accomplished a rare feat — namely, two Class of 2016 standouts who have committed to major Division I programs.
The first commitment came when Reilly Walsh, a transfer from New York Class C state finalist Bronxville, decided on Duke.
The second came late last month when sophomore midfielder John Fox verballed to the University of Virginia, a commitment first reported when it was made on Sept. 24 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Fox is an agile and athletic player who excels on faceoffs and who possesses an outstanding work ethic.
What were the main factors in your decision?
It’s a great school with great academics that without lacrosse is extremely tough to get into. My uncle (midfielder Drew Fox) played at UVa and I have always grown up watching and rooting for them. UVa has always been my ideal place to play.
Along with that, when I visited UVa, I knew it was right for me. The town of Charlottesville is awesome, the coaches are unbelievable and the players are extremely good guys. It is a perfect environment to go to school.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Dartmouth and Penn. I visited both.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Strengths as a player is probably athleticism and work ethic on the field.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Shooting on the run, everything about my off hand and I can always improve the fundamentals and shooting in general.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I was introduced to lacrosse by my dad (Rod Fox) in kindergarten. I have played basketball and football my whole life as well.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for the Connecticut Charger Bolts. Summer/fall recruiting events: Delaware Blue Hen MVP Tournament, Prep School Showcase, Moonlight Showcase, Baltimore Summer Kickoff, CrabFeast, National Invitional Best of the Best, Philly Invitional Team Showcase, Terrapins Shootout, Nat Invite 175 – summer and fall.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and driving me all over the country for tournaments and showcases.
I would also like to thank my brother Tim for always pushing me and always being there to shoot with me on the weekends.
As well, I would like to thank my Uncle Drew, for everything he has done for me in lacrosse.
Also would like to thank my Brunswick Coach, David Bruce, for everything he has done for me as a player and in the recruiting process.
I would like to thank Marty Sands and Coach (Mike) Velez. Marty has been my coach since first grade and has taught me a lot about the game. He did everything he could to get every player on our team noticed and in the best position to be recruited. Coach Velez has coached me for the past two summers and he is a great coach and a great person who elevated our whole team’s game.
Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates on Brunswick and Bolts. Both teams are a unreal group of kids who I love to come to practice everyday and be around.
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