If the lacrosse equipment company Brine had made diapers, Boulder's Connor Fox would have been wrapped in one upon his birth. His father, former Brine CEO Sean Fox, would have made sure of that.
As it went, Connor Fox grew up back east with a lacrosse stick in his hand and he always knew that if college lacrosse became an option he'd look toward the Big East first and foremost.
On Wednesday during BHS' National Signing Day ceremony, Fox was one of 12 Panthers to make their college choices known, and for Fox the destination is Division I Georgetown.
The Hoyas are in a state of revival and Fox wanted to be a part of that. But the rigorous academic atmosphere of Georgetown also prompted him to put off joining the program until 2017, and he'll attend preparatory school next year upon graduating from BHS.
"I'm thrilled because since I was a young boy it was my goal to play Division I lacrosse and take me to places academically where I might not have had a chance otherwise," said Fox, who also strongly considered his father's alma mater, Hobart, along with Syracuse, Rutgers, Notre Dame and some others. "Georgetown lacrosse is making waves again. It's cumulative years of hard work finally paying off."
For Boulder coach Collin Knowles, Fox represents the first of what hopes to be many future signings for the BHS program under his guidance.
"His process didn't really start looking at schools like Georgetown, but he kept putting in the work and was able to turn into one of the top recruits in the country," Knowles said. "I'm fired up for him, just seeing him set goals and achieve them. He took some lumps but kept working."
While Fox is returning to a familiar place by going back east, senior swimmer Josie Valette ultimately decided she wanted to stick close to home, and the University of Denver gave her an opportunity she could not pass up.
She's competed at the DU complex often over the years, and with some former club teammates already enjoying their time with the Pioneers, Valette said it was a fearless choice.
"I wanted to get out of Colorado and see something new, but when I went on my recruiting trip I really loved the team," Valette said, adding Missouri and San Diego were possible destinations. "I realized I could bus home really easy, too.
"I think I'm sticking with mostly sprint stuff, but I'll probably mix up the strokes sometimes, too."
Julia Barry, fencing, Notre Dame
Mick Bartholomew, swimming, Kenyon College
Gabriella Bell, volleyball, Smith College
Hannah Dorris, swimming, Pomona College
Mia Dorris, swimming, Brandeis University
Conner Fox, lacrosse, Georgetown
Jenny Granston, swimming, Macalester College
Laura Greer, soccer, Amherst College
Chris Nicholson, swimming, University of Pennsylvania
Jess Tierney, soccer, University of Puget Sound
Kenzie Tierney, soccer, Whitman College
Josiane Valette, swimming, Denver University