The Newburyport boys lacrosse team looks set to return to the state tournament this year, and Matt Kelleher is one of the main reasons why.
The junior attacker is having an outstanding season for the Clippers so far, having scored 32 goals on the season in just seven games. He’s continued to improve as the season’s carried on as well, as he has scored at least 4 goals in each of the past five games, including two occasions where he scored 8.
Kelleher was also a Daily News All-Star in hockey this past season, and next year he figures to be one of the team’s best players as the Clippers try to get back to the tournament again after falling in the first round this past winter.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Matt talks about his lacrosse and hockey careers, which sport he considers to be his main focus, and what lies ahead in his future.
You were a star on the hockey team and are one of the main guys on the lacrosse team. How long have you been playing the two sports and which one would you call your primary focus? “I’ve been playing both since I was young. I started hockey in kindergarten and I’ve been playing lax since I was in fourth grade. I’d say lacrosse is probably my No. 1 sport, I’m really focusing on that now, but I take both very seriously.”
Do you play any other sports? “I played baseball up until eighth grade, but it conflicted with lacrosse so I dropped that, and I used to play soccer too.”
What has been your career highlight? “Last year against North Reading we went into overtime, and I was lucky enough to score the winning goal. That really meant a lot to me.”