Name: Ryan Kelly
High School: Honeoye Falls – Lima
Club Team: FCA Northeast Region Team
Where and when did you first begin playing lacrosse?
I started playing in 3rd grade for the Honeoye Falls – Lima youth team. I remember that year I played both lacrosse and baseball… In 4th grade I gave up baseball and have never looked back.
Why did you choose to attend John Carroll University?
2014 is JCU’s Inaugural year as a varsity program. I thought it would be pretty cool to be a part of a new program and was really drawn to Coach Small’s and the rest of the coaching staff’s enthusiasm and drive to create a competitive program within the NCAA. Also, their early morning practices worked with my prospective Biology/Pre-med major. John Carroll is perfect fit for me both academically and athletically.
What are you looking forward to most at the next level?
I am looking forward to being able to continue my lacrosse career at the collegiate level and hopefully making a name for myself with in division 3 lacrosse. I am prepared for the challenge.
What are your future goals beyond college lacrosse?
My plan after lacrosse, at this time, is to peruse a medical degree and work towards becoming a pediatrician. I hope to spend some time abroad, possibly in the Peace Corps. I don’t plan to ever give up lacrosse and hope that one day I will have the opportunity to coach.
Can you provide some insight into your experience with FCA, when did you join the program? How did you hear about the program? What was one of your favorite memories?
My involvement with FCA began in the summer of my Freshman year, because I was too old to play for the club team that I previously played for. A couple of my teammates from HFL played for FCA and told me that it was a great program and about how much they really liked playing for them, so I ended up choosing FCA. FCA has provided me with so many great memories, I don’t know how to choose just one. The coaches that I have had, and my teammates that I have played with for the past three years have made my experience with FCA both memorable and competitive. I would have to say that my favorite memory would have to be winning the championship at Stowe in 2012 and the whole team swimming in the creek after.
What advice do you have for any future FCA players about the recruitment process?
I was really small until my Junior year (about 5’4” 130 lbs) and I lacked the confidence to contact college coaches because of my size. I should have acted earlier on colleges that I was interested in. I did get noticed by several college coaches my Junior year playing for FCA. John Carroll University saw me at the Syracuse Shootout. My advise would be to have confidence in yourself, find a club team that you can commit to and one that will commit to you and just play hard and don’t make excuses. Regardless of your size coaches want to see the heart and dedication that you put into your game, size isn’t everything. I am now going into my Senior season at 6’ 165 pounds.
What is your greatest strength as a lacrosse player? What is one part of your game you are focusing on getting better at before attending John Carroll University?
I would have to say my greatest strengths as a lax player is my inside roll and my ability to finish. I will be working on being as fluid with my left hand as I am with my right during my senior season. I will also be in the weight room getting stronger.
What is your favorite tailgate food?
Can HoHo’s be counted as tailgate food? If so they would definitely have to be my favorite, nothing beats them.
Who is one lacrosse player that you have learned a great deal from?
I can’t say that I have learned a great deal from any one player in particular. I take a little bit from every player that I have ever watched, played with or played against. There is always something to learn wether it is from a younger teammate or a pro, I am always watching and learning.
What other lacrosse clubs have you played for over the years?
I started playing for Resolute Force in 6th grade and continued for 3 years, at that time the club only was available through 8th grade and that is when I joined FCA.
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