Calvert Hall junior wins C. Markland Kelly Award
by Derek Toney
Like his Calvert Hall College lacrosse teammates, Cole Herbert sacrificed to be a contributor for a historic run this spring. Saturday, he gained the ultimate individual honor.
The junior midfielder was named the 73rd recipient of the C. Markland Kelly Award at a ceremony inside of Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. Herbert was selected by a committee from the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association.
“It feels amazing. To be recognized by all these storied coaches means a lot,” said Herbert. “I give the credit to my team. I wouldn’t do this without them.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is the first Cardinal to be named “Best High School Lacrosse Player in the State of Maryland,” since Patrick Kelly in 2012. Patrick Kelly was VSN’s Boys Lacrosse Co-Player of the Year with cousin Stephen “Bones” Kelly as The Hall won its first MIAA A title since 1997.
Herbert was a key part of the Cardinals’ epic title charge this past season. Herbert had 16 goals and 39 assists for top-ranked Calvert Hall, which became the first team to win three straight championship in the MIAA A, regarded as the nation’s top boys lacrosse league.
“It was an incredible accomplishment. We did for Coach [Bryan] Kelly, the alumni, we did it for each other,” said Herbert, whose team won its 12 league matches (including postseason) by an astounding average margin of 10 goals.
Bryan Kelly said Herbert’s versatility was crucial to the Cardinals’ success this spring.
“He can play great defense, great offense. He was so unselfish,” said Kelly. “He kept his emotions in check.”
One of the nation’s top recruits (No. 6 by Inside Lacrosse) in the Class of 2020, Herbert, an University of North Carolina commit, is also considering football. Herbert currently has an offer from Rutgers.
Herbert was selected the top player among private schools in the North region of the state before receiving the top overall award. Bullis School’s Rob Schain was named the South winner.
In addition to the top honor, companion awards were made in each high school division. Connor Madsen from state champ Patterson Mill was the top player in Class 1A, Glenelg senior attack Michael Doughty won for 2A, Westminster midfielder Chase Buckwalter was the 3A recipient, and Mikey Harmeyer from state champ Severna Park claimed the 4A award.
McDonogh’s Evan Long won the Wynn Award as the state’s top goalie. Former Boys’ Latin School coach and US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Bob Shriver was the keynote speaker.
73rd C. Markland Kelly Awards
C. Markland Kelly Award – Cole Herbert, Calvert Hall College
Private Schools North – Cole Herbert, Calvert Hall College
Private Schools South – Robert Schain, Bullis School
Class 4A – Mikey Harmeyer, Severna Park
Class 3A – Chase Buckwater, Westminster
Class 2A – Michael Doughty, Glenelg
Class 1A – Connor Madsen, Patterson Mill
Wynn Award (State’s top goalie) – Evan Long, McDonogh School
Private High School Coach of the Year – Victor Lilly, St. Mary’s
Public High School Coach of the Year – Jason Bellamy, Patterson Mill
Man of the Year – Clay White, Broadneck
Public High School Team of the Year – Severna Park
Private High School Team of the Year – Calvert Hall College
2019 Kelly Award recipients (from left to right): Mikey Harmeyer (Severna Park; Class 4A), Cole Herbert (Calvert Hall; Private Schools North & Overall Winner), Connor Madsen (Patterson Mill; Class 1A) and Michael Doughty (Glenelg; Class 2A); missing – Chase Buckwater (Westminster; Class 3A) and Robert Schain (Bullis School; Private Schools South, didn’t attend)