By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Connor Kelley, who got his start in Lacrosse as a fifth grader in Northeast Portland, recently broke the record for the most saves in a national collegiate championship game and won other honors for his playing ability.
Kelley, called Seamus or “The Great Wall of Seamus” by team mates, helped lead the Southern Oregon University team to the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League championship. The team then went on to its first Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association championship games at the University of California, Irvine.
Kelley broke the MCLA record with 26 saves in a national championship game even as his team lost to defending champions University of Dayton. He also was named the 2016 PNCLL defensive player of the year, the most valuable player in the 2016 PNCLL conference and the 2016 First Team All-Conference Goalie. He also was named to the 2016 Under Armor Honor Roll, established by a league sponsor.
Kelley first played for Grant Youth Lacrosse, now called Eastside Youth Lacrosse. He went on to be team captain and 2012 most valuable player at Central Catholic High School before becoming Southern Oregon’s goalie.