By Wendell Maxey - King School Sports Information & Social Media Liaison
Kelly Gouin '18 was just four-years old when he picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time and began falling in love with the sport. It's safe to say, it was game over from there.
Throughout his time in youth lacrosse, Middle School, and an accomplished Upper School career, the road up to this point has been paved with lots of hard work, a commitment to King and its community, and the chance to give back to the game along the way.
"Kelly is a game changer on the field and will play anywhere on the field I ask all while pushing the younger players on the team to be the best players they can be," said King School Head Lacrosse Coach, Marc Saracino.
It's funny how fast time can go by, particularly when you are busy making history. About three years ago, Kelly was merely entering his Sophomore year of Upper School with hungry aspirations of growing on the lacrosse field and in the classroom at King. It was then that Gouin's name started going viral to showcase his versatile lacrosse skills thanks to a YouTube page that traced the evolution of his game from the upstart Freshman who tallied 45 points for the Vikings – all while developing with the CT Chargers Lacrosse Club -- to a 70 total point Sophomore season where Gouin earned All-FAA and All-New England honors. The points and accolades (along with the steady YouTube views) have only soared in a Senior year that's seen the 2-year Captain and 4-Year starter become the All-Time points-getter in program history.
Now you can officially call him by another moniker: All-American.
For the first time in King Vikings history, Kelly Gouin has been named a US Lacrosse All-American.
"Kelly is a competitor at each and every point of the game. Every game we play, teams often have to know where he is on the field because he can single handedly change a game with a few big lefty shots all while seeing a lock most of the season. He plays hard and has had to play numerous positions on the field for us. Kelly also broke the all-time King record this year for points and goals in a career which will be hard to match with any player that comes through King," added Saracino. "Kelly deserves this award and I look forward to seeing him continue his success on the lacrosse field next year at Mount Saint Mary's."
A versatile lefty midfielder in both lacrosse (and equally as talented on the football field), Kelly remains adaptable, powerful and composed. In 2017, he was instrumental in leading the King Lacrosse Team to a FAA Tournament Championship and attended the Epoch Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy as a member of the Northeast conference team last summer to polish is craft.
"Thank you to all of the coaches who have played a part in my growth: former Brien McMahon head coach and current Fairfield Warde assistant Mike Epstein, Darien head coach/CT Chargers Director Jeff Brameier. And last but certainly not least, King former head coach Mark McAndrews and current head coach Marc Saracino, along with the rest of the King School staff," said Gouin.
Off the field, Kelly has been highly active in the King Cares program and King community by helping raise funds for Harlem Lacrosse and student-athletes in Houston at Katy Mayde Creek High School, who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Despite the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team falling to FAA foes, Hamden Hall in the Semifinals (12-7) of the New England's McCoy Cup, Gouin remained a Senior leader for the Vikings by once again earning FAA All-League and All-New England recognition.
As Kelly Gouin looks ahead to playing college lacrosse at Mount Saint Mary's this Fall, this is the time life where he can hit pause, reflect on his outstanding accomplishments on the field and in the community, and prepare to write his next chapter beyond King.
It's what All-Americans do.