Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly was not the least bit surprised his son, Daniel Kelly, had a breakout game against top-ranked McDonogh April 21.
The freshman scored five goals and showed the poise of a seasoned upperclassman during Calvert Hall's 11-9 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Eagles. As McDonogh focused on shutting down attackmen Jacob Kelly (North Carolina) and JT Bugliosi (Ohio State), Daniel Kelly was not afraid to take advantage of the extra space and put his shots on goal.
"I told my wife the day before the game that I felt that Daniel would have a big game," Bryan Kelly said. "I felt that they would really focus on Jacob and that would open things up for him as well as JT on the attack. If you key on anyone of our attackman, it can allow things to open up for the other two. I was not surprised that Daniel rose to the occasion. He is a very gifted and coachable player, and he loves the big game."
As the head coach's son, Daniel Kelly has been around the Calvert Hall lacrosse program most of his life. As a result, he was comfortable on the big stage against McDonogh, which is the defending conference champion and the nation's No. 1 team in several preseason polls.
"God has gifted Daniel with great hands, and he is a very good shooter and knows how to get open," Bryan Kelly said. "I do think that him being around the program and watching so many great players come through Calvert Hall, he has learned a lot. Daniel has a very good lacrosse IQ."
In addition to Daniel Kelly, his brother Jacob Kelly and Bugliosi, the Cardinals are getting contributions from players up and down their roster. Bryan Kelly said the team's leadership has played a vital part in bringing that talent together and for the early-season success.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Centennial Defender Laurie Bracey
Centennial High School senior defender Laurie Bracey was recently named to the 2017 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game. Bracey continuously locks down the opposition's top attacker and is a consummate leader on the field. Bracey plays club ball for Hero's 2017 and has committed to the University of Maryland, currently ranked No. 1 nationally in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse.
How excited were you when you found out you were named to the 2017 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game?
Laurie Bracey: I was elated to be awarded with the prestigious honor of being named an Under Armour All-American and selected to participate in the 2017 senior game. It has always been a dream of mine to participate in that game and be dubbed one of the best high school seniors in the nation.
What goals have you set for yourself in your final year at Centennial?
LB: The most integral goal for my senior year at Centennial was to just have fun. I think it's important to enjoy the sport you're playing and let everything else fall into place regarding scoring, turnovers and other aspects of the game. Another goal this season was to remain healthy, as to maximize my level of play during the summer in anticipation for college lacrosse.
What went into your decision to attend the University of Maryland?
LB: It's not surprising to know that I had been dreaming of playing lacrosse at University of Maryland since I was a little girl. I had attended all their games, hung their posters on my wall and received autographs from all the great lacrosse stars who played there over the years. I was over the moon to hear that [Maryland head coach] Cathy Reese was interested in me playing at the top ranked school for D-I lacrosse, and on my visit in my freshman year of high school, I soaked in as much information about the school as I could get along with my father. During dinner that night, we spoke as a family regarding the academic vigor of the school and discussed how attending University of Maryland would affect my dream of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. We collaboratively decided that attending Maryland would be a perfect fit for me academically and athletically, and I called Coach Reese later that evening to let her know.
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7. St. Paul's
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