Genie Simmons Thorndike '82

Class of 2013 
Field Hockey, Hockey, Lacrosse


Genie came to Nobles in the fall of her sophomore year, after playing three varsity sports in 9th grade at Winsor. At Nobles, she made an immediate impact on three varsity squads - field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse. 
In the fall, Genie earned three varsity letters in field hockey and, in her senior fall, she was named All-League after the team accumulated an impressive 9-2-1 record. Genie played fullback, holding the fort on the defensive end of the field with speed, tact and aggressive play.  
Genie started playing hockey when she came to Nobles and emerged as a strong wing and a leader on the ice. A highlight was the 1980-81 season, in which the team accumulated a 10-0-2 record under the tutelage of head coach Mark Harrington.
In the spring, Genie took to the lacrosse field. She was an important leader on the field and the backbone of the team as the main defender down low, the Coverpoint. The Nobles team won the Independent School League title in both Genie’s junior and senior years, and she was named All-League twice. A captain her senior year, she was awarded the Girls Lacrosse Bowl in 1982 and won the Miller Medal for excellence in scholarship and athletics at graduation. 
When asked to reflect on her athletic career at Nobles, Genie explained: “My teammates and I were so proud to play for Nobles. Nobles had strong girls’ teams and we felt we could beat almost any team. I think we played with a calm confidence and great joy. Winning was not everything (although we often won), but we enjoyed the camaraderie of playing for a school we were proud of. I played defense in both field hockey and lacrosse, and I loved that challenge of taking the ball away or playing a top attack player out of the game. They don’t usually keep stats for defense players, but I felt an interception was as exhilarating as a goal.”
Genie went on to play ice hockey and lacrosse at Harvard. She was a four-time letter-winner in hockey and the captain of the varsity team in both her junior and senior years. Again, these accomplishments are even more remarkable when you consider that she started playing hockey in her sophomore year at Nobles. In lacrosse, she was also a four-year letter-winner and starter. She played on three Ivy League Championship teams (1983, 1984, 1985), and co-captained the team her senior year. She was second team All-Ivy in 1985 and first team All-Ivy in 1986. She received The Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Award in 1986, “awarded annually to that senior woman letter-winner, who, through outstanding ability on the playing field and dedication to her sport or sports and qualities of leadership, best reflects the purposeful achievement of Radcliffe Alumnae in every field around the world.” 


A three sport athlete and humble, thoughtful leader, Genie is an excellent representative of a storied era in Nobles athletics history.

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Genie Thorndike