From Byfield to Beloit: Matt Kelly’s success on the lacrosse field has traveled cross-country from Triton High School to Beloit College.
A four-year starter for the Vikings lacrosse team, Kelly made a lasting impact on and off of the field before his high school graduation last spring. He was a team captain of the lacrosse and soccer team his senior season, before turning his sights on Division 3 collegiate athletics.
The road would lead Kelly to Beloit College: a small, liberal-arts college in Beloit, Wi. With an enrollment of just 1,250 and a 30 percent involvement rate in athletics among its students, Kelly knew that his impact on the school’s lacrosse program could not only be strong but also appreciated in an environment where sport is engrained in campus culture.
“I didn’t want to go to a big school,” Kelly said. “I liked the fact that Beloit was a small school. The fact that it’s a big sports school was also a big part of it because most of the kids I hangout with are athletes. Also, my Dad went here so that attracted me to this school as well.”
Beloit lacrosse is undefeated in its first three games, due in large part to the offensive production from Kelly. In his first game as a college athlete, Kelly scored the game-tying goal against Elmhurst with two minutes remaining in the contest. Then, with just seconds remaining, he recorded an assist that would be the game winner.
Kelly would back up his game one effort with an impressive game two when taking on Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Mo. He would tally two goals, helping his team pull away to an eventual 17-7 win.
With a goal against Benedictine University on Wednesday, Beloit improved to 3-0 and Kelly’s goal total grew to four.