Quint Kessenich: Newcomers to watch in college lacrosse
The kids are better than all right.
In college lacrosse, freshmen have the opportunity to step right onto the stage and make an impact.
And across the board they are doing just that, from the best teams in the country (Notre Dame) to the worst (Michigan), from the most established (Johns Hopkins) to the newest (Marquette).
Keep an eye on these guys for the next four years:
—By Quint Kessenich, For The Baltimore Sun
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Jack Kelly, goalie, Brown( Brown University Athletics / March 1, 2013 )
The goalie position is one of the easier transitions for freshmen. Yes, the shots are faster and more accurate. The significant challenge occurs in the direction of the defense and clearing the ball. The position equates to playing safety in football — you can survive on instincts, but true mastery comes with comprehension of schemes.
Kelly started in high school for just one year, sitting behind Duke's Kyle Turri, before winning a state title for West Islip (N.Y.). "From the first practices in the fall, Jack has been commanding the defense, which is remarkable for a freshman," coach Lars Tiffany said. "He's really strong in the clearing game."