Brooke and Kelly Boyd have St. Paul’s girls lacrosse opponents seeing double.
The identical twins are key midfield attackers for the No. 14 Gators and will take their tandem act to Virginia in the fall. Veterans of the Skywalkers club program, the twins were IAAM A Conference All-Stars last season and are listed among ESPN High School’s Top 100 seniors. Brooke is No. 19 and Kelly, No. 54.
Both ‘A’ students considering majoring in business, the Boyds, 18, spend most of their time together and have been honing their lacrosse skills in the back yard since they were 5. They also played doubles for the Gators’ tennis team.
Which of you is older?
Brooke: Me, 30 seconds.
Kelly: I don’t think it’s 30 seconds.
Brooke: Maybe a minute.
Kelly: It doesn’t count. She always holds it against me. It’s barely anything. You were in the world a minute more than me, that doesn’t give you an advantage (laughs).
Do you have battles out at the back yard goal?
Kelly: When we were younger whenever we got a free second, we would just always be outside either passing around or taking each other one-on-one. It definitely helps when you have that automatic partner who’s always available.
To what level have you been competitive?
Brooke: We’re actually working together to get each other better when we’re outside practicing, instead of competition. We help each other with our stick skills and just constant repetition of things, getting our passing and stuff as good as it is now. It’s more that than competitive.
Kelly: And I can always count on her for honest feedback, like really honest, brutally honest.
What other sports did you play?
Kelly: Growing up I played tennis and I swam a lot, but in high school, we decided to focus just on tennis in the fall and lacrosse in the spring and then take the winter off to train. We’ve been doubles partners for tennis since freshman year on varsity and we’ve really enjoyed that.
Brooke: I think it’s helped instead of being three-sport athletes having the winter off to train for lacrosse. I think it’s hard on your body to do that every season especially at the level of varsity. It really helps to take the winter off.
Of course, I have to ask about the twin thing. Do you have a special feel for each other on the field?
Brooke: Definitely. It’s been noticeable to even spectators since we were probably in third grade. We just have this connection. I don’t even have to look up. I know where she’s going to be and I always feed it to where she’s going. It’s almost magical. I can’t really explain it. Other twins understand it, not really from the sports aspect but just emotions too. Everything’s just like in line and it works out on the field really well.
Kelly: We spend so much time together, probably every single second of our life growing up, so every aspect of our life is in sync. We just always connected really well like that. Then practicing outside all the time just makes it feel natural when you get on the field. She can always anticipate my cut before I even make it. Sometimes the ball ends up in my stick before I even realize I was cutting. Sometimes I have to have to take a step back and realize how weird it is. I don’t know how it happens.
What do you do separately?
Kelly: Socially, we hang out with a lot of the same friends.
Brooke: But I have a boyfriend so that takes me away a little bit.
Kelly: We pretty much do everything together.
Brooke: We have a lot of the same interests, mostly all of the same interests. In college, we won’t be rooming together. We’ve roomed together for 18 years.
Kelly: I think it’s time to try a new roommate (both laugh).
Was there any chance that you would choose different colleges?
Kelly: We didn’t even consider it, because we knew it was such an advantage the way we play together.
When you went to Virginia did coach Julie Myers like the package deal?
Brooke: We were on the earlier end of recruiting, so it was easier for teams to have two open spaces.
Kelly: A lot of coaches were very open to taking both of us right away.
Brooke: We visited and I didn’t even think twice about it. I didn’t think that was how it was going to be at all, because I had heard stories from older girls, but I went to the campus and I met the coaches and right after we got in the car, I’m like, “Mom, Dad, we want to go here.”
Kelly: I knew it too. The coaches were awesome and my dad actually went to Virginia, so he told us stories about the academic side of it. He didn’t play sports, but we had been to the school before. I knew I liked the campus. It’s gorgeous. I didn’t know anything about the lacrosse program until I got a little bit older, but we just both loved it right away.
Brooke: We called the next day and committed.
What are your roles on the field this year?