If Richard Cook is the father of soccer at North Cross, Chris Pollock is the father of our lacrosse program. Chris played lacrosse at Roanoke College where he was a three-time All-American and the 10th all time leading scorer in the program’s history. After finishing his playing career, the Long Island native coached lacrosse at Patrick Henry High School and at his alma mater. But when his son Christopher Pollock ’14 started kindergarten in 2000 at North Cross, he noticed the school lacked a lax program. “I talked to Will Stacey about starting a lacrosse program at the school. The game was becoming popular in the Valley, and he agreed that it was a good time to bring it back,” he said.
To build a program with big goals, he started small. Chris introduced lacrosse into the PE classes. Then, in the spring of 2002 the school launched a competitive middle school team (middle photo). By 2006 he had a varsity squad that, by the spring of 2010, had grown into a state champion under current head coach Stephen Belderes (bottom photo). It took Chris and North Cross only nine years to build a program capable of winning a state crown. The team has remained competitive. Despite a loss in the state championship games in 2012 and final four loss in 2014, the team has made six straight state playoff appearances.
Lacrosse, however, was not new to North Cross when Mr. Pollock arrived. The school fielded a team in 1975 (top photo) that continued until it was disbanded in 1988. The last few seasons were coached by History teacher Peter Trau who was, oddly enough, Dr. Proctor’s roommate for two years. And the first coach, in 1975, was none other than Richard Cook.
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