2/7/13 10:22 AM
After the 2013 MLL Supplemental Draft, the Machine added 12 talented players to its already bolstered roster including University of Massachusetts alum and attackman Art Kell, the Machine’s second draft pick and 17th overall.
This Massachusetts native attended Westford Academy and transferred to Bridgton Academy before making his way to an outstanding career at the University of Massachusetts.
Kell earned four varsity letters at Westford Academy before transferring to Bridgton. In addition to lacrosse, Kell participated in other sports such as football and basketball, but was soon given a chance to play lacrosse with the Minutemen.
Kell began his first season powerfully by starting in all 15 season games and became the leading freshmen scorer in 2009. As a sophomore, Kell suffered a foot injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2010 season but not before starting in eight games where he led the team with 33 points, 21 goals and 12 assists. Prior to his injury, he was 12th in the NCAA for points per game (4.13), 19th in goals per game (2.63) and 33rd in assists per game (1.5). Kell went on to play his junior year where he was second on the team in scoring with 40 points and assists (14) and first on the team in goals (26).
During his 2012 senior year, Kell started in all regular season games and scored in 13 of the 16 games. He ranked second on the team in assists and points with 20 and 53 respectively and tied for second for goals with 33. He also helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season (15-0) and a NCAA berth in 2012.
Kell begins his MLL career with the Machine and looks to bring with him to the Machine 2013 training camp a more physical style of attack.
1. What made you choose lacrosse over all the other sports out there?
I like lacrosse over all the other sports because it’s a mixture of all of those sports.
2. When you were little, did you expect to play at the MLL level?
No I didn’t expect to be at this level.
3. What is some advice you would give to those youth players hoping to make it to MLL status one day?
Never give up!
4. Who has been your favorite person to work with up to this point in your lacrosse career?
Gus Bickford, who was my coach during high school at Westford Academy.
5. Who is your lacrosse role model?
Kyle Harrison has been my role model.
6. What is one thing that you try to improve on with your playing style?
I always try to improve on my stick skills to better myself on the field.
7. What are you looking forward to the most in the 2013 season?
I can’t wait to play with old teammates from University of Massachusetts in the MLL, including Tim McCormack and Anthony Toresco.
8. How do you usually spend your offseason?
I usually coach lacrosse.
9. Do you have any game day superstitions?
I play Xbox before every game.
10. What is your typical pregame meal?
Sangich (Sandwich with chips in the middle)
11. How do you prepare for an upcoming match?
I try to get rest plenty of rest!
12. How do you categorize a season as successful?
If you gave your best effort then I consider that a successful season.
13. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The same advice I give youth players – Never give up!
14. What are three words that would describe who you are?
Motivated, Eager and Hungry
Additional Random Facts:
Favorite sport outside of lacrosse: Football
Favorite part about lacrosse: Scoring a goal
Favorite type of food: Mac n Cheese
Favorite restaurant: Chipotle
Favorite place in the world you’ve been to: Ireland
Favorite place you would like to visit but haven’t: Hawaii
Favorite lacrosse moment/experience: 2012 season in college (undefeated)
Most influential person in your life: Mom
Top 3 favorite movies: He Got Game, A Beautiful Mind, Goodfellas
Top 3 favorite bands/artists: Mac Dre, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty
One thing you want to do but never done before: Skydiving
Additional Get to Know the Machine: 2013 Supplemental Draft Picks