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Kelly Berger joined the Retriever staff as an assistant coach in July 2007 after an outstanding four-year playing career at James Madison University.
Berger was a four-year starter and two-year team captain at James Madison, where she led the Dukes in scoring in each of her last three seasons and finished her career in 2007 ranking second all-time in career goals (184) and points (262) and third in assists (78). That season, she helped lead the Dukes to a 13-5 record and the Colonial Athletic Association finals, where she scored four goals in a 15-13 loss to Hofstra.
A highly decorated midfielder, Berger is a two-time IWLCA All-American and three-time IWLCA All-South Region team member. She was named CAA Player of the Year in 2006, and she was selected to the All-CAA First Team in each of her last three seasons. Berger was also named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2006, when she scored six goals to lead the Dukes to the league championship.
A Tewaaraton Trophy nominee in 2007, Berger was also named MVP of the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game, when she led the south squad to an 18-8 victory with four goals and an assist. She was a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Developmental Team in 2005-06, and she is currently a member of the Elite Team.
Berger was named James Madison team MVP in 2005 and 2006, and she earned team Rookie of the Year honors in 2004. She was also a finalist for the Greater Madison Athlete of the Year in 2007.
ďKelly is an energetic, hard-working coach who knows what it takes to compete at the highest level,Ē Connor said. ďIím confident that she shares my vision for a successful program and thus will help bring UMBC to the top level. Iíve known Kelly and her family for a long time, and I know lacrosse is a huge part of her life, and Iím excited about having the opportunity to work with her.Ē
Berger graduated from James Madison in May 2007 with a degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport management. A native of Jessup, Md., she attended Hammond High School, where she graduated as the schoolís career scoring leader. Her brother, Stephen, was a three-time All-American at Division III Washington College and currently plays for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse and is a member of the U.S. Menís National Team.