Road to Gold in Finland: Calvert Hall lacrosse standout Stephen Kelly shares his journey at the U-19 world championships

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Calvert Hall lacrosse standout Stephen Kelly is in Turku, Finland this month  as a member of the U.S. under-19 men’s national team, which is competing in the Federation of International Lacrosse U-19 men’s world championships.  The U.S. has won all six titles since the tournament began in 1988.  Kelly, a two-time first-team All-Metro midfielder, will share his experiences with a daily blog as he tries to bring home a gold medal.  The U.S. opens play on Friday against Australia.    

Hello everyone! My name is Stephen Kelly and I am a local midfielder for Calvert Hall and a midfielder for the USA U-19 Men’s Lacrosse Team. Our team has just begun a journey that we are hoping to end with a gold medal around our necks.

Over the next few weeks I will be updating daily our experiences and challenges we face as we go after a World Lacrosse Championship in Turku, Finland. It all began today when, after a long eight-hour flight, we landed in Helsinki, Finland at 9 in morning.

As we got off the plane everyone was very tired, especially because of the seven-hour time difference in Finland, as it felt like it was 2 in the morning. Luckily, our team got some more rest on a two-hour bus ride down to Turku, Finland and finally arrived to Petrea, the institution where we are staying for the next two weeks.

After getting checked in we ate our first meal in Finland, which surprisingly was pretty good, as we were given a pasta and beef dish. We also had some time to interact with some of the England and Australia lacrosse players, the two other teams staying at Petrea.

After getting settled in, we walked down to the fields to have a short walk-through practice and get some of the jet lag out of our systems. After a good but light practice, our team is now back in the dorms and getting ready for dinner. The team is still getting adjusted to the time difference but hopefully tomorrow we will be in the full swing of things as we have a couple practices to get ourselves fully prepared.

I’ll be back on tomorrow to let you guys know how our real first full day goes. Thanks for tuning in and go USA!

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