Tom Arrix - CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Tom Arrix was a member of what the New Canaan Advertiser coined the Dynasty Killers, New Canaan’s 1982 boy’s lacrosse team. After many years of coming up short it was Arrix’s 1982 team that set a new course. Coach Howard Benedict methodically built the New Canaan program out of passion, commitment, and pure determination. Tom, a senior Co-Captain on the 1982 team was a classic two-way midfielder who excelled at the highest level in high school, collegiate and club levels. Tom played 3 years of varsity lacrosse at New Canaan High School from 1979-1982. A proud member of the 1982 team which recorded the first ever undefeated season with a 17-0 record beating legendary Wilton three times (first time ever), Lawrenceville and Long Island’s Syosset, Sewanhaka High Schools. Benedict’s team set the course for what has become decades of program success. Arrix help lead the first ever FCIAC and CT State Championships titles for New Canaan. In that same year, Tom received First Team All-FCIAC, First Team All-State and High School All-America honors. His 1982 performance led to being named the 1982 CT Player of The Year. Tom finished his high school career playing in the 1982 CT North-South Senior All-Star game.
After high school, Tom played varsity lacrosse for four years at the University of New Hampshire. He was a 4 year starter at midfield for the Wildcats. During Tom’s time at UNH, the program experienced its biggest successes, including earning the team’s first ever bid to the NCAA Division I National Tournament during his senior year in 1986, when the Wildcats finished ranked #8 in the country. Tom’s performance led to his selection for All New England, and two time Honorable Mention All-America in 1985 and 1986. Tom capped off his playing days at UNH with his selection to the North-South Senior All-Star game in Baltimore, MD.
After college, Tom played lacrosse in the United States Club Lacrosse Association with the New York Athletic Club for 5 years. During this timeframe NYAC played in 2 USCLA club championship games in 1990, 1991.
Tom has been intimately involved in Darien CT’s youth lacrosse program, the biggest in the country of over 1200 kids strong. He has coached for over 10 years and for 3 years, he lead Darien’s Boys House program. Tom currently resides in Darien is married to Kathy Arrix of 23 years, a father of four kids, son Sam at Wake Forest University, Annie a senior at Darien HS plays soccer, lacrosse and is President of The Darien Depot Youth Center who’s attending Wake Forest in the fall, Kit a junior who plays Ice Hockey, Lacrosse and Thomas, a 6th grader who enjoys Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Golf, and Basketball.