Former Notre Dame Academy two-sport star is starring as a lacrosse player for the Skyhawks.
Kelsey Reilly had a decision to make when she was in high school at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. Reilly was the star of the lacrosse team, but she also helped Notre Dame capture the state championship in basketball during her senior year.
The choice between lacrosse and basketball was a difficult one, but her decision to choose the former turned out to be a good one for her and for Stonehill College.
Reilly was just named to the first team of the Northeast-10 All-Conference team and has been a star for the Skyhawks in only her second season. She has amassed 39 points (31 goals, eight assists) and has done enough of the little things to get her noticed among some of the elite Div. 2 lacrosse players in the area.
So, how about that decision?
"I love basketball, and after winning the state title and having to give it up then was difficult. Schools were trying to get me to go for basketball, and I had already picked Stonehill, so it was hard for me to just end there and not play anymore," said Reilly, who still plays intramural hoops at school. "I just though that I would do better with lacrosse and pursue a better school with that."
From the day Reilly arrived on campus and at practice, head coach Katie Conover was looking for her new midfielder to take command of the team. That responsibility, however, was one that Reilly was not all that comfortable with from the get-go.
"As a freshman and sophomore you don't want to overstep the seniors," said Reilly. "It's hard when you are an underclassmen. Even though I may have good talent or be a good player, other people are great athletes as well and you don't want to overstep their boundaries."
Conover can still see Reilly fighting some of those emotions to this day, but it's something that they are both working on together.
"She still considered herself an underclassman, but we never really considered her that way. I think that has been the biggest challenge," said Conover.
Reilly still has two years to be the voice of the team, but her actions on it are speaking loud and clear. She is ranked 18th in all of Div. 2 with 30 caused turnovers from the midfield position this season, and her 36 ground balls have her near the top of the list in the NE-10.
"She has unbelievable field sense," said Conover. "For me, that's kind of an intangible. It's not something you can teach kids, and it's so hard to come by. … All the little things that a lot of people take for granted, but she's just exceptional at them."
It may have been those little things that got her noticed this season, and Reilly said she is pleased to see that her coaches and her competition notice her play.
"It's nice to see that other coaches recognized me for the things that I do," said Reilly. "I like to hustle in the midfield and I was happy to get it and be recognized."