Kendall Keahey’s road to Division I lacrosse came through a suggestion.
It came from Ric Beardsley, the former Lakeland (NY) High School standout and four-time Syracuse University All-America defenseman.
Beardsley, a co-worker of Keahey’s father, Keefe, at PAETEC Business Communications in Syracuse at the time, suggested Kendall give lacrosse a try.
Keefe Keahey was an all-conference offensive guard at Slippery Rock University in 1984 who had a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I got introduced to lacrosse through Ric Beardsley,” Kendall Keahey said. “He suggested that I try out lacrosse and see if I liked it or not.”
Now, five years later, the answer to that is now quite apparent.
Keahey, a sophomore midfielder at Liverpool High School (N.Y.), verbally committed to Fairfield University, a decision first reported at Twitter.com/joe_lombardi.
“I heard this kid (Kendall) was a pretty good athlete, so I suggested lacrosse for him,” Beardsley recalls.
A 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander, Keahey is indeed an athletic player with outstanding stick skills who excels in transition.
“I am very glad for Kendall,” Beardsley said. “He is a great young man. Not only on the field, but in character as well.”
What were the main factors in your decision?
The academic opportunity that I will have upon graduation. Also, the chance to play at a school that I feel can contend for a national championship.
The location is great and the fact that I have family near by also helps.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Army, Colgate and Hofstra. I also visited Albany and Ohio State.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would say my greatest attribute would be my athleticism and work ethic. I like to run and gun and play in transition.
Who have been some of the biggest influences on you during your development as a player?
Biggest influences would have to be Kyle Harrison, Jovan Miller and John Ranagan.
What were some of the big showcase events you participated in last summer with Team United?
I attended the Buckeye 100, Hofstra’s Blue and Gold Camp and Albany’s showcase, along with many tournaments.
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