Meet an NALL Player: Anthony Kelly

Name: Anthony Kelly

Position: Transition

Height: 6’5

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.

Kelly’s Thoughts

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!