At Calvert Hall, boys lacrosse standout Jacob Kelly had another special occasion to celebrate with teammates and family Wednesday afternoon. Last year’s All-Metro Player of the Year made his childhood dream official – he’s going to become a North Carolina Tar Heel.
The Cardinals, the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions, have one of the program’s finest senior classes that includes George Walsh (Ohio State), Zach Green (Maryland), Liam Darragh (Johns Hopkins), Jack Connelly (Towson) and Connor Maher (North Carolina), among others, joining Kelly at the school’s George Young Hall to recognize their commitments.
“It’s definitely a very cool experience, a little bit like a weight lifted off your shoulders finally making it official,” Kelly said. “It’s something you’ve actually put a lot of work toward for a long time and it’s definitely cool to share that with the others… it’s something I’m very blessed to be part of.”
Jacob Kelly, who takes 114 goals and 118 assists into his senior season, joins a long list of Kellys that played at North Carolina, including his father and Calvert Hall coach, Bryan. Jacob Kelly will join his cousin, Timmy, who is currently a junior midfielder with the Tar Heels.
“I went into my recruiting process open minded, trying my best not to think just about North Carolina even though it’s been in my life for so long, obviously [being] the team I grew up loving because of my dad,” Jacob Kelly said. “But once you actually get there, it’s hard to refuse because it has everything you want. Obviously, great academics, which is most important, and then just the whole school in general makes it hard to pass up.”