George W. McGeeney Jr., Chief Operating Officer for US Lacrosse, died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 21.

McGeeney had joined the US Lacrosse staff earlier this month, relishing the opportunity to reconnect with a sport that had such a tremendous influence on his life.

“Our hearts are heavy with the shock that such a passionate, vibrant soul has passed,” said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen. “We were incredibly excited to benefit from George’s leadership, and I have no doubt that his experience and energy would have had a profound impact on our organization’s ongoing development. He will always be remembered as one of our sport’s all-time greats.”

Family and friends are invited to celebrate George's life on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 10:00 am until his funeral service begins at 12:00 pm at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037. Interment is private.

A graduate of Andover High School in Maryland, McGeeney went on to play college lacrosse at UMBC. 

As a sophomore in 1980, he helped UMBC win the NCAA Division II championship, the Retrievers only national championship in any sport. In 1982, McGeeney received the Schmeisser Award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association as the nation’s top defenseman.

After college, McGeeney continued to play the sport at the highest level. He was selected for the U.S. national team in 1986 and 1990 and played for the Maryland Lacrosse Club in the United States Club Lacrosse Association. McGeeney helped the U.S. win gold medals in 1986 (Toronto) and in 1990 (Perth, Australia) when he served as a team captain. He was an all-club selection in the USCLA from 1983 to 1990.

McGeeney was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.

McGeeney’s father, George, helped start the Andover Apaches lacrosse program, and all three of his brothers — Mike, John and Tim — also played college lacrosse. His sister, Connie, was a coach with the Apaches program, a multi-sport athletic organization that continues to serve boys and girls in Anne Arundel County.

“Lacrosse has been such a meaningful part of my life,” McGeeney said earlier this month. “I played on the U.S. team until I was 30 and my kids have played the sport. I’m at a stage of my life where I’ve been looking for a way to give back.”

George is survived by his wife, Astrid McGeeney, and their daughter Mia Sophia McGeeney of Atlanta, GA, his first wife Patrice McGeeney and their two children, Kailey Logan McGeeney of Birmingham, AL, and Hunter William McGeeney of Arlington, VA; and four siblings, Mike McGeeney of Annapolis, MD, John McGeeney of Loveland, OH, Timothy McGeeney of Pennington, NJ, and Connie Baker of Florida; three sisters-in-law, Michelle, Kristin Diane, and Andreina; and three brothers-in-law, James Baker, Otto Seijas, and Ricardo Seijas.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in George’s memory to US Lacrosse, 2 Loveton Circle, Sparks, MD 21152 or on-line at https://give.uslacrosse.org/give/263260/#!/donation/checkout