By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 10/9/11
Massapequa senior attack Kelsey O’Brien has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy.
Kelsey O’Brien log:
High School: Massapequa High School
Graduation Year: 2012
College Choice: United States Naval Academy
Club Affiliation: Long Island Express
Major lacrosse honors: All County 2011, All Conference 2010, Us Lacrosse Women’s National Schoolgirls Team 2011, Johns Hopkins Camp MVP Team
Academic honors: Academic All American 2011, , NYS Scholar Athlete Team Lacrosse 2009-2011, National Spanish Exam Bronze Award 2010, National Honor Society 2011, National Honor Society Officer 2011, Principal’s Honor Roll 2009-2011 (entire year), NYS Scholar Athlete Team Field Hockey 2009-2011, NYS Individual Scholar Athlete Field Hockey 2010
What will you major in/study? Engineering.
Why did you choose the Naval Academy? “I chose the Naval Academy for a variety of reasons. Academics are a huge deciding factor for me, and the focus and importance that is placed on excelling in academics at the academy is one of the reasons I was drawn to the school. This Academy is one of the most prestigious schools in the country, and I will be receiving one of the best educations I could ever ask for. The small class sizes and the willingness of the staff to work with not only their students but with the athletes caused the Naval Academy to stand out for me personally.
Another reason I chose this school is because of its athletics. Playing under Coach Cindy Timchal will be a playing experience like no other. She has such a distinguished career and has built her program at the Academy to be in the top 20 for the past two years, and as a building program, it can only go up. The great things that her players had to say about the staff, the team, the school and the way of life at the Academy were really inspiring, encouraging, and convincing.
The lifestyle and discipline that is part of the Academy was also appealing to me because I believe in what the Academy stands for. The loyalty, honesty, and trust that are put in one’s fellow Midshipman is what I believe makes the Academy such a success. The honor and pride that comes with becoming an Officer in the Navy and serving your country while also making yourself the best you can be is another reason I chose the Naval Academy. There is so much to this prestigious Academy that it cannot be summed up in one short paragraph.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “My high school team’s outlook for this upcoming season is bright. We return most of our starters so we are hoping to start out strong and stay that way. We are looking forward to having a common goal and staying strong not only on the field, but off as well. We plan on winning some big games this year and facing Farmingdale in the County Championship again, hopefully having a different outcome.”
Additional comments: “I would not have been able to accomplish all that I have without the support of my family, junior league coaches/team and my LI Express coaches. The weekend drives to different states to play in tournaments, the coaching that was given to me when I was learning the game, and the endless support through my high school academic and athletic career are just some of the things that my family has done that has led to my success both on and off the field. My team since 3rd grade, the Mis’Chiefs, was an experience I will never forget, we were amazing and it fueled my love for the game of lacrosse. Coach Pat, Coach Rory, Coach Ron, and my dad, Jerry, were instrumental in my development as a player. My LI Express coaches, Coach Allen and Coach Schwalje have helped and guided me in lacrosse since I joined the team, and they supplied me with great opportunities to be showcased in front of college coaches that paid off not only for me but for our team as well.”