Name: Anthony Kelly
Team: Kentucky Stickhorses
Pro Teams: L.A. Riptide, Chicago Machine, Rochester Rattlers, Ohio Machine, Denver Outlaws, N.Y. Titans, Rochester Knighthawks,
Favorite Lacrosse Memory: Winning the GWLL conference Championship at Ohio State and being the first team in school history to make the NCAA Tournament. Also, dressing for my first ever MLL game was a great experience that will always stay with me.
Favorite Pro Player: I don’t really base my game off of anyone in particular. I just try to go out and play hard each and every game. Mark Goers is the one I credit with teaching me how to face-off. The guy is a legend in my mind and I appreciate everything he did for me at OSU. I get to play every year at the Hawaii Tournament with Gary Gait, and that is an honor to strap up with a guy that is a legend and such a great ambassador for the game.
Biggest Strength as a Player: Desire and competitiveness. My goal is to just go outwork my competition every time I step on the field.
Toughest Goalie or Defender You Have Faced: MLL – He was my teammate but the best I know: Mickey Jarboe. NLL/NALL – Again my teammate in N.Y., but Matt Vinc is a machine in the cage and he works extremely hard to continually improve his game. NALL, time will tell but I’ve got to show love for both Pat Crosby and Ginny.
I have played 11 pro seasons between all of the leagues, and 1 Indoor National Team. I have been a 3 time MLL All Star In 2008 I won the fastest shot competition at 109 MPH at the MLL All Star Game In 2006, I was named L.A.’s Newcomer of the Year I am the lowest picked player by a long shot left in the MLL – 2005 supplemental draft #174th pick overall, out of 180. I don’t even think the draft goes past 50 anymore! A stat that I am most proud of considering nobody even gave me a shot to make a team, and I think I have proved a lot of people wrong along the way. After graduating in 2003 I was cut 3 straight years by NLL teams before getting drafted to LA. Most people would have hung it up!