LaCrosse Isabella Kelty Canfield
Although she’s already scored more than 100 goals, Canfield sophomore lacrosse player Isabella Kelty says her most memorable highlight this season was the Cardinals’ first playoff victory.
Canfield defeated Baymont in the first round of the playoffs. It was only the Cardinals’ second season for girls lacrosse.
“It was a great game, said Kelty, an attacker. “We beat them by 15-16 points. It was good to get past where we made it my freshman year.”
The Cardinals advanced to play Chagrins Falls.
“They are a really amazing team,” Kelty said. “It was good to go against someone very advanced [in skill]. They’ve been playing since they were [very young].”
Canfield lost, but Kelty said the playoff victory gives the team hope. The team is taking strides even though most of the players haven’t been exposed to lacrosse for too long.
“I didn’t grow up playing lacrosse, it was kind of a middle school thing,” Kelty said, adding that her friends “thought it would be something fun to try.”
One of her friends is Mara Guerierri, whose mom, Melinda, is now the Cardinals’ varsity coach.
“We went in my coach’s backyard and we started grabbing sticks, seeing what it was like to pass around, shoot,” said Kelty of her seventh-grade introduction to the sport. “And then it grew.”
As a freshman, Kelty scored 57 goals. She added 43 more this season.
Kelty said she loves the excitement of lacrosse.
“It’s a very energized sport, there’s always something going on,” she said. “You always have to be moving, there’s not one point in the game where you [can] be standing still. Your feet always have to be moving.
“I like being active and I like moving around. Playing with all my best friends” is a bonus.
She’s happy Melinda Guerierri took over the program.
“She really supports us in all things, not just lacrosse,” Kelty said.
Kelty said many of the returning players are experimenting with travel lacrosse.
“I am really excited for next year,” she said.
Kelty also swims. Butterfly and freestyle are her races.
English and art are her favorite subjects.
“I love writing,” she said.
— Tom Williams