(Photo Courtesy of Lambert Lacrosse)
One of the top uncommitted prospects in the ’22 class, Lambert (Ga.) senior attackman Danny Kesselring, has found his home in the capital of the Empire State with Scott Marr’s UAlbany Great Danes.
The son of a coach, Kesselring has been one of the most exciting and electrifying players in the Peach State, and South as a whole, for the past few seasons now. Starting his career at North Gwinnett, the attackman arrived at Lambert ahead of last school year, and behind a 91-point (62G/29A) point season, helped lead the Longhorns to their fifth state title in program history while also earning First-Team All-State selection and USA Lacrosse All-American honors. He was also named the Forsyth County Player of The Year.
“I’ve always wanted to play in New York. Albany gave me that chance and I took it,” Kesselring said. “Their style of play is very likable and I feel I would fit in great.”
Kesselring said of his visit to Albany, where he got to witness a Danes practice, “The school was great and the lacrosse was even better…Everyone works very hard and they focus on in game situations (in practice) which I liked a lot.”
The 5-foot-7 attackman plays a very exciting lacrosse where each time he steps on the field you are unsure of what he may pull out of his hat. A traditional question mark dodge from X? Bodying up his defender at GLE to create separation and then put in a wild shot? A traditional rip from up top or a cross-field assist? Or maybe even a between the legs feed? Kesselring can and has and has done it all, which makes his style such a unique one and perfect for that free-flowing style of lacrosse that Albany head coach Scott Marr runs.
“I feel like my style of play fits Albany’s very well,” Kesselring said. “They don’t care how you put it in the net as long as it gets there. (The Albany) coaches had told me they could see me playing attack as a freshman or at least be used on the field as long as I show it in practice.”
Currently seven games into the 2022 season, Kesselring and his Lambert Longhorns team are 7-0 with big wins over Roswell, 10-7, and Centennial, 12-7, in a state title game rematch in the past few weeks. Kesselring combined for six goals in those two major battles, tallying four goals against the Hornets and two against the Knights.
While the Longhorns are currently rolling, Kesselring said that there is a lot to improve on and the focus remains on playing their best lacrosse in May.
Kesselring is the 11th player in the Danes 2022 class and sixth on the offensive end. Along with 2023 goalie Landon Whitley (Trinity-Pawling, N.Y.), he is the second Georgia native to commit to the Danes in the two current classes.