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Jack Kelly

School

Brown University

Position
Goalie
Major
Economics

Classroom

Jack Kelly posted a 3.44 GPA while concentrating in economics. He was an Academic All-Ivy selection in 2015.

Character

“To meet this man once is to understand the depth of his focus and concern for others. Jack has the proverbial ‘it’ that we all strive for as we search out true leaders: absolute commitment to the team and its objectives while maintaining an empathetic and others-focused care for his teammates and loved ones. It came as no surprise to anyone in our program that he was twice resoundingly voted as a captain for Brown Lacrosse. It would be trite to say Jack leads by example. He is the textbook example of leadership, with the truest of ideals and a strong backbone to say and stand up for the unpopular but right thing. Both the coaching staff and his teammates look to Jack for motivation and resiliency in the face of the significant challenges encountered on and off the field. Jack has literally and figuratively faced a barrage of shots as our goalie the past four years. He has never backed down, but instead has proven himself to thrive under this pressure.” - Christopher Humm, BU Director of Athletic Communications

Community

“Jack is the face of the Brown program, representing both a fearless competitor and a trusted friend. He is the rare two-time captain in lacrosse, serving in this role both his junior and senior years. As a leader, Jack has spearheaded our program’s efforts in both the local and the international communities. He has organized the Brown team with both smaller outreach programs, such as our time spent at the local at-risk Vartan Gregorian Fox Point Elementary School, as well as our broader-scoped efforts that include our annual 36 Hour Run. For the past two years, Jack’s opinion has been leaned on heavily as the program chose to support Room to Read and the Rumie Initiative. The two events built a school library in Nepal in 2015 and fundraised the purchase of nearly 200 tablets for Syrian refugee children in Turkey, respectively.” - Christopher Humm, BU Director of Athletic Communications

Competition

Kelly was a 2015 USILA All-American and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, as well as a four-year starter. Kelly led the Ivy League and ranked 11th nationally in saves per game (11.53), while his save percentage of .554 led the Ivy League and was 14th nationally. He was named the NCAA Defensive Player of the Week, the Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week and the Ivy League Player of the Week after coming up with 21 spectacular saves in Brown’s 15-6 win over No. 10 Cornell. Kelly made 14 first-half saves against the Big Red and held Cornell to just two second-half goals, while making seven saves. He proved to be the difference in Brown’s 10-8 win over No. 9 Princeton with 15 saves. Kelly had 15 saves in games against Quinnipiac, Penn and Dartmouth, while turning aside 14 shots against Michigan. In 2014, he led the Ivy League with 11.21 saves per game, the ninth-best in the nation.