Talk about from the cradle to the stick, Garrison Forest star freshman midfielder and future Terp Kennedy Lynch comes about her lacrosse honestly.
She may be one of the rare athletes we'll encounter that actually got to watch a parent play a college sport, her father Mike, at Hampden-Sydney College (Farmville, Va.), where he played lacrosse and first introduced her to the game.
Her father, a Canadian, returned to school late, and Kennedy was the big beneficiary.
“I actually went on his official visit when I was two years-old,” Kennedy Lynch quipped. “And I watched him play until I was four years-old. He actually has a story where he brought me to practice one time, sat me on my car seat on the sideline at about two years-old, and a ball just slammed me on the side of the car seat.”
The family would remain another two years at the college, where Mike later coached. Father, Mike, was 21, and still coaches the sport to this day.
The freshman midfielder's high school regular season ended yesterday with a playoff loss to Severn. It was her second year at Garrison Forest. This season Lynch amassed 18 goals, 8 assists, 15 draw controls and 25 ground balls.
Lynch committed to Maryland in December after a tour of some of her finalist schools.
“I just loved it so much. Every other school that I ended up visiting I just....I always thought about it, compared it to Maryland,” Kennedy Lynch said.
Those schools were Florida, Ohio State and Maryland for visits, while also recruiting her were Virginia, Johns Hopkins, Boston College, Loyola and others.
The family visited last fall as well for the Terps-Iowa football game at Byrd Stadium, and was blown away by the personal touch they got in their recruitment by Cathy Reese.
Lynch had first visited campus that same month, September, but that was just with her father. So she brought the entire family down for the Iowa game, when she received her offer. She had only been to the campus once before, for a club tournament.
“Everyone had such spirt, and the student section was just crazy,” Lynch said. “I loved the student atmosphere, and the campus was really nice, it was the perfect size. And everyone I met was so nice and supportive of the process.”
Lynch said the program’s national title legacy obviously played a big part, too.
The 2018 standout plays club lacrosse for the prestigious Skywalkers 2018 Blue Team, a local program her father coaches in, among others locally, and she also plays field hockey and basketball at Garrison Forest. In basketball, the school won the 2014-15 IAAM championship.
In the classroom, Lynch has a 3.1 GPA, and hopes to study business at college.
Lynch is a physical, two-way middie with excellent speed and field awareness. She started every game this year as a frosh, and she also coaches the Kelly Post Clinic (ages 5-6).
Lynch was born in Altamonte Springs, Fla., but spent some of her early childhood in Virginia following her pops career at the very tender age.
This past summer, she spent two weeks playing for Team Canada U-19, where she was the youngest player.
“I am definitely a transition player. I am a good defender, and really aggressive, and get really angry,” Lynch said with a laugh of her game.
As for such an early college pledge, she said it has its plusses and minuses.
“One of the negative parts about it is I am looking forward to it already. So I have to think about it a lot, as I still have three years before college,” Lynch said. “But then on the positive side, I know I am already done, and it actually helps me play with more confidence because I used to not be as a confident as a player. So just knowing that it is all done helps me play with a little more confidence.”
Joining her in the freshman class of early commits to Maryland are Julia Hoffman (McDonogh) and Sarah Ayers (St. Paul's), while from the Long Island, NY area are frosh standouts Madison Riley and Madison Sanchez.
“And actually, I knew most of them before from either tournaments or camps, and now we’re friends on social media obviously,” Lynch said. “And I talked with Julia Hoffman before a few times locally.”
Off the field, Lynch enjoys time with family, friends, and her field hockey and basketball in addition to lax, “so I am definitely always busy. And I am just a very social, outgoing person.”
Meet Terps Lacrosse Commitment Kennedy Lynch
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