Q&A with Calvert Hall graduate Timmy Kelly on Under Armour All-America Classic, family lacrosse tradition, North Carolina.
Recent Calvert Hall graduate and lacrosse standout Timmy Kelly has followed an impressive trail. Like his cousins, Johnny and Stephen, and his brother, Patrick, he completed a stellar career as a Cardinal and got selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Classic.
Kelly will represent the South team in the 10th annual game Friday at 8 p.m. at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. From there, he'll join Stephen and Patrick at North Carolina, where he earned an athletic scholarship.
For a second consecutive season, Kelly battled various injuries but stayed on the field and produced. In earning All-Metro first-team honors for a second straight year, he finished with 54 goals and 39 assists as a senior. He closed out his four-year career with 148 goals and 123 assists.
Kelly plans to study business at North Carolina and is getting a primer this summer as a salesman for Cutco, which sells kitchen knives. His busy summer plans also include coaching a youth lacrosse team, working out to get ready for North Carolina, and continuing to share his lacrosse wisdom with his younger brother, Jacob, who played varsity as a freshman at Calvert Hall this spring.
How does it feel being chosen to play in this prestigious game?
It's a huge honor and I'm lucky I got selected to play. I'm really grateful. I think it's going to be a really fun event. My brother played in it, too, and he said it was one of the best times he's had. So I'm honored and just looking forward to getting out there and playing.
What does lacrosse mean to you?
I love the game. I just think it's really fun. I think a lot of times we lose sight whenever we play because we're always working and it becomes like a job almost. But I love playing. There's so much to love about it. It's a fun sport to play and a fun sport to watch.
Playing much of the past two seasons with various injuries, what did you learn about yourself?
Coach [Bryan] Kelly was always big on team first and you second. I think I'd like to say I did that and learned what it was like to be a good teammate. It's however you can help. There was a couple games where I may have had just one goal or whatever and it wasn't how much I produced, but that I was there. So it was more like anything can help.
The Kelly family has a remarkable lacrosse tradition at Calvert Hall, what is it like being part of that?
It's awesome. It's definitely a legacy and I'm glad to be a part of it. I had a great time with all of them. I learned a ton from Patrick, learned a ton from Johnny and so on. Hopefully, I taught some stuff to Jacob. Yeah, keep the legacy going. I love it. It was a good time.
How excited are you to get down to North Carolina?
I'm looking forward to it. My older brother goes there, my cousin goes there, so I'll get down there with them and hopefully get after it. I'm really working hard this summer, hopefully staying injury-free and continue to work out and get better.
Was North Carolina the easy college choice because most of your family has played there as well?
That was about the only thing keeping me from North Carolina, maybe wanting to do something different from my family. I went down there with the mindset that I wasn't going there [because] all my family goes there. Then I went and it was like 'Oh my gosh, this place is unbelievable.' Great school, great academics, coach [Joe] Breschi is an awesome guy. So it worked out perfectly.
What else do you enjoy doing?
I'm a big outdoors guy. Love fishing. It's awesome. I enjoy working out. I love to snowboard. I don't like watching TV. I don't even have an X-Box — I just can't do it.