Kelly was the straw that stirred the drink this spring for the area’s top-ranked squad. The junior attack is Varsity Sports Network’s Player of the Year.
Kelly finished with 44 goals and 47 assists for the Cardinals (17-2 overall), who won the MIAA A Conference, widely regarded as the nation’s toughest boys’ lacrosse league. The Towson school defeated 2016 champ McDonogh School in the title match at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field.
After losing in the 2016 quarterfinals, Jacob Kelly said The Hall, which previously claimed the crown in 2012, was determined to take the ultimate step this spring.
“We wanted to get it done for the seniors this year,” he said. “We had a great senior class that laid the foundation.”
Coming off an impressive sophomore campaign (36 goals and 40 assists), the heady Kelly became the Cardinals’ psuedo point guard, playing more from behind the goal. Calvert Hall, which had an assortment of offensive threats, averaged a goal more this season (12.8) from 2016 (11.6).
“He’s so efficient. He doesn’t try to do too much,” said Cardinals coach Bryan Kelly. “He plays within the flow of the game.”
The nation’s No. 7 player in the Class of 2018 by Recruiting Rundown, Jacob Kelly was the C. Markland Kelly Award winner for northern Private/Independent schools in Maryland. He’s committed to the University of North Carolina, where father Bryan was an All-American defensemen on the 1991 national championship team and cousins Patrick and Stephen, VSN’s co-Players of the Year in 2012, played on the 2016 Tar Heel national title squad.