It takes excellence and consistency to go undefeated in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, and that's what No. 1 Calvert Hall showed in claiming this year's title.
Jacob Kelly, a junior attackman and three-year starter, was the tone-setting captain who embodied both traits and showcased his gifted stick skills, agility and game sense.
By the time the Cardinals (17-2) claimed a 12-6 win over defending league champion McDonogh in the title game — wrapping up a season in which they finished 11-0 in league play — Kelly had done a lot of everything in leading the way. He had 47 goals, 44 assists and 42 ground balls — all team highs — with a poised approach. Kelly also caused the most turnovers in the team's riding game.
Regular-season highlights for Kelly included a three-goal, four-assist performance against No. 3 Boys' Latin and the game-winning goal with less than a second to play against Loyola Blakefield to close out the perfect league mark. In postseason wins against Loyola and McDonogh, he scored five combined goals.
"Jacob was the quarterback of our offense," said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly, Jacob's father. "He is one of the smartest players I have ever coached. Jacob is one of the most efficient and well-rounded players we have had at Calvert Hall. He is complete player."
Said Cardinals offensive coordinator Dave Huntley: "He was another coach on the field. He always made the right play at the right time."
The North Carolina commit, who was an All-Metro second-team pick last season, has 114 goals and 118 assists for 232 points and 107 ground balls going into his senior year.