CBS 3 Springfield Feature On Art Kell's Return - UMass Athletics

CBS 3 Springfield Feature On Art Kell's Return

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Sometimes the thrill of winning can quickly turn into the pain of injury. 

"I knew that something was wrong, I was definitely in a lot of pain but we were in a big game, playing Hofstra, I believe they were #7 in the country," says Art Kell. "After the game, when I woke up the next morning, I couldn't even put a single bit of pressure on it, so obviously I knew when I woke up, I was in trouble."


Sometimes the thrill of winning can quickly turn into the pain of injury.

"I knew that something was wrong, I was definitely in a lot of pain but we were in a big game, playing Hofstra, I believe they were #7 in the country," says Art Kell. "After the game, when I woke up the next morning, I couldn't even put a single bit of pressure on it, so obviously I knew when I woke up, I was in trouble."

Art Kell broke his foot last March during the Minutemen's upset of Hofstra. He missed the last 6 games of the season.

"It really hurt us and changed a lot for us on the offensive end," says head coach Greg Cannella.

"He's a great player, he draws a lot of attention from the defense, and we all said we need to step up in our moments. Unfortunately, it didn't work out as well as we wanted to," says sophomore Will Manny.

UMass was 6-2 before his injury. It went 2-4 the rest of the way. But head coach Greg Cannella says he knew Kell would rebound coming into this season.

"He's a pretty motivated guy, self-motivated guy, it doesn't take a lot for us to get him going, so again, I was very confident in his ability to do that," Cannella says.

After a few months on crutches, with his foot in a protective boot, the attackman got back on the field. And now, the junior is back up to speed.

"My foot is back at 100 percent, I feel great. When it happened, I got the surgery done right away, and really, I don't even notice it anymore," Kell says.

Kell is tied for the team lead in goals, with Will Manny. The two are leading the Minutemen on the stat sheets, and in the standings. UMass sits at 8-3.

"It's a competition but everyone knows it's a team effort and that's what we need to do, win as a team," Manny says.

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