Kelly Horning pursued a spot on the Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team with the same determination the stat-stuffing senior pursues every draw control, ground ball, caused turnover and goal when the game is on the line.
The Laytonsville, Md., native admitted she wasn’t heavily recruited early in her high school career. She didn’t start playing club lacrosse until her sophomore year, and while many of her classmates were making their Division 1 commitments, she was taking trips to visit her lacrosse-playing older brother, Charlie, in Connecticut after he transferred to Fairfield from Villanova.
Something connected with her there.
“I honestly didn’t know what Fairfield was,” she said. “I went up to visit my brother and decided I love this place. It’s on the beach and I love the beach. But at that time, I hadn’t really gotten looks and Fairfield wasn’t interested.”