Kellenberg’s Brendan Kelly and Marco Mongelli remembered watching another team hoist the trophy after the 2016 CHSAA AA boys lacrosse intersectional title game. They remembered their senior teammates crying.
With one year left on varsity, they vowed to not go out the same way.
“I never thought I would see someone cry,” Mongelli said.
Added Kelly, “Seeing all the seniors, how broken they all were, it just motivated all of us to work that much harder.”
Seven state championships had come and gone since the CHSAA added a Class AA title game, and Kellenberg had not appeared in one. So that also bore down on Kelly, Mongelli and the senior class.
If any tears were shed after that group’s final high school game on May 30, they were of the joyous variety. The Firebirds finally etched their name into the history books, with a 12-5 defeat of Buffalo St. Joseph’s Collegiate in the state championship game, erasing the pain from their 2016 loss to Fordham Prep.