Senior attacker Ailish Kelly is set to begin her final season for the Bayport Blue Point Lady Phantoms. The Stanford commit is wrapping up a stellar high school career before she takes her talents to the west coast. She was introduced to the game of lacrosse at a young age and comes from a family of talented athletes. Read more about Ailish as she talks about some of the highlights of her career thus far and who she is as a player in a recent interview with the LILJ.
Q. What are you most looking forward to as you begin your final season at Bayport?
A. This is my final season with Bayport, which is so crazy to think about. I am most looking forward to spending time with my teammates and hopefully winning a championship. Our team is very close. We have so much fun together on and off the field. I think it is important to build relationships off the field, that trust then translates onto the field. With that in mind, I look forward to being with my teammates, winning games and making great memories together.
Q. How did it feel winning the County Championship last season?
A. Winning the County Championship last year was an amazing experience. It was definitely the highlight of my lacrosse career so far. Winning Counties showed how all the hard work our team put in throughout the year paid off. Not only was it a special moment for our team, but for my family too. It was the first and last time that my three sisters and I were on a team together. Being able to share that season and moment with them was really special.
Q. How did you decide on continuing your lacrosse career at Stanford?
A. During my recruiting process I was looking for a school that provided great academics and great athletics. I wanted a school that would nurture me as a student as well as an athlete. Stanford made that possible with an impressive combination of top tear academics and athletics.
Q. How would you describe yourself as a player?
A. I would describe myself as a versatile and competitive player with many different strengths. I am sneaky in the sense that I can find small spaces to cut and dodge. I believe I have great feeding ability as well as field vision which allows me to make the right decision on where to pass, cut or finish.
Q. Who are some of the people that have helped you get to where you are today?
A. Many people have helped me get to where I am today. One would be my Dad. He introduced me to lacrosse. When I first started in kindergarten, he was my coach all through youth league. My Mom, who is always supportive and encouraging. I can always hear her cheering from the sidelines. My coaches and trainers, Coach Gick, Coach Levy and Coach Russell, have taught me many invaluable lessons. I can also attribute my successes to my fellow seniors. I have been playing with these girls since kindergarten and we are all very competitive. This competitive atmosphere has pushed me to be the best version of myself.
Q. What are you going to miss most about playing for Bayport?
A. I will miss being a Phantom. I will miss playing for my hometown, which I have played for since kindergarten. I will miss playing with my friends and playing in front of my neighbors and teachers.