Kelsey MacDonald now in Plymouth State Hall of Fame

Kelsey MacDonald (center) held her Plymouth State Hall of Fame plaque accompanied by aunt Karen Van Riper, grandmother Millie MacDonald, and her parents, Russ and Mary MacDonald.Mother Father — Photo courtesy of Kelsey MacDonald

Kelsey MacDonald was inducted into the Plymouth State University (PSU) athletic hall of fame on Saturday, October 13. Ms. MacDonald, class of 2007, is a former two-sport all-star for PSU. She was two-time all-conference in soccer and earned three straight Little East Conference lacrosse player of the year awards. Ms. MacDonald still holds NCAA Division III career records for ground balls (387) and caused turnovers (222) and ranks second in draw controls (313). She established all PSU standards for ground balls and draw controls, and ranks fourth on the school’s career scoring list with 156 goals, 56 assists, and 212 points, according to a PSU press release.

During her senior year, Plymouth State honored her with the Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year award. She graduated from Plymouth State magna cum laude in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She was one of six individuals chosen for this year’s induction into the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

A native of Oak Bluffs, Ms. MacDonald, attended the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, where she was a four-year varsity player in lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. She graduated in 2003. She is now living in Durango, Colo., where she is in her third year as Fort Lewis College women’s head lacrosse coach.

Ms. MacDonald said that her parents, Mary and Russell MacDonald who both coached at MVRHS, inspired her to excel in sports and to become a coach.

“It is an honor being inducted into the Plymouth State Hall of Fame. My four years at Plymouth meant a lot to me,” said Ms. MacDonald in a press release from Fort Lewis. “Being able to compete at Plymouth on both the soccer and lacrosse teams has played a huge role in the person I am today. My experience at Plymouth State jump-started my coaching career and made me realize it was something I wanted to pursue.”

Before going to Fort Lewis, MacDonald coached for two seasons in 2009 and 2010 at Wellesley College.