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Kelly Berger

Kelly Berger


Position: Midfield
Hometown: Columbia, Md.
College: James Madison '07
Height: 5'4"
Birthday: 2/24/1985

Teammates on Kelly

The definition of a true midfielder…extremely fit and extremely fast…consistent on both ends of the field…really helps in transition game…has gotten better and better every year…so fierce…her commitment to training and preparation is inspiring.

U.S. Team

  • Gold medalist at 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario
  • Scored eight goals and added three assists in seven games
  • 2008 Prague Cup Touring Team
  • U.S. National Team (2006-08, 2009-13)
  • U.S. Developmental Team (2005-06, 2008-09)


  • IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America first team (2006), third team (2007)
  • CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament MVP (2006)
  • All-CAA first team (2005-07)
  • Finished college career as James Madison's second all-time leading scorer with 262 points (184 g, 78 a)
  • Aimee Willard Award for top collegiate player at US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament (2005)
  • Led Dukes in goals, assists and points in 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons
2007 18-17 48 24 72 22 27 16
2006 20-20 59 34 93 50 16 28
2005 16-15 41 16 57 40 12 23
2004 19-15 36 4 40 37 12 6
Total 73-67 184 78 262 149 67 73

Getting to Know

  • Nickname: Bergs
  • Twitter: @KellyBerger
  • Other sports played in high school: Soccer, basketball, and dance
  • Favorite lacrosse player: That’s a tie for Paul Rabil and Stephen Berger
  • Favorite athlete from another sport: Ray Lewis
  • Best advice received from a coach: Simply: “Outwork everyone.”
  • Strengths as a player: Speed, athleticism, and aggression.
  • What should every player at your position be able to do on the field: In the midfield there is a lot of running, so the first thing you have to keep up along with your stick work is staying fit. You have to be able to react at a quick speed and you cannot dwell on any play to look, because you are expected to turn that switch again and help with the next play.
  • Game-day ritual: I wear the same t-shirt the night before the game to bed!
  • Tip for young players: Keep the stick in your hands but be sure to continue to enjoy other sports and gain experience through other sports.
  • Best lacrosse moment: Winning the CAA Championship at JMU my freshmen year. A come from behind win that I truly believe never could have happened without every one of us doing our part.
  • Fun fact: I almost decided to play basketball in college.

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