Kelly was drafted from Brown University and is the current starting goalie for the Denver Outlaws
BOSTON – Major League Lacrosse and Cascade Lacrosse have named Denver Outlawsgoalie Jack Kelly as the 2016 Cascade Rookie of the Year, as voted by MLL Head Coaches and General Managers.
The 2016 MLL rookie class is full of talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Jack Kelly, on the other hand, added defensive strength to the Denver Outlaws and led the team to six consecutive wins to end the regular season.
Drafted from Brown University by the Denver Outlaws in the 7th round with the 57th overall pick in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, Kelly entered the League in Week 8 ready to contribute to the team. In his first game with the Outlaws, he made 13 saves on 31 shots in a close loss to the Florida Launch. After splitting time in the next game against Rochester, the rookie jitters disappeared.
In Week 10, Kelly made 16 saves in the win against the New York Lizards and was named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game. This game sparked the Outlaws’ six-game winning streak. The next game, against the Launch, Kelly made 12 saves on 18 shots for a 67% save percentage and won Coca-Cola Player of the Game and Cascade Rookie of the Week honors.
During his eight regular season games, Kelly won Coca-Cola Player of the Game three times, Cascade Rookie of the Week honors twice and Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors once. Kelly finished the regular season with 109 saves and a 54.5% save percentage.
Finishing behind Kelly in the voting process was Charlotte Hounds attackman Ryan Brown with 38 points. Following behind Brown was Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder, Myles Jones.