Frank Kelly
Frank Kelly

The Boston State Men's Lacrosse team's defense was one of the nation's best in the early 1970s and Frank Kelly was a big reason for it. He is the only defender in school history to be named All-New England twice to go along with a pair of Colonial League All-Star selections. The greatest defensemen to ever play for the Warriors helped them to a 28-9 (.757) record in his three-year career, including a 23-3 mark over his final two campaigns. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player during the 1971 season when it was 12-1 and routinely was assigned to opponent's top scorers throughout his career. He was so adept at maneuvering through the defensive zone, that Hall of Fame coach Gordie Webb dubbed the transitional move the "Kelly Clear". The shutdown defender started all 37 games of his career and helped the Warriors to the Colonial League crown as a senior and their first appearance in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship Tournament. The 1972 graduate led the defense that established a school-record for fewest goals allowed per game in 1972 at four. His legend includes such milestones as the first defenseman in school history to net a goal and the first to record an assist.