One of the benefits of playing both Ontario Junior A box lacrosse and NCAA field lacrosse can be the diversity it helps you to build into your game. For Zac Reid, that diversity goes even further than it does for most players in the same situation. Reid was a transition player for the St. Catharines Athletics, His primary responsibilities there tended to be in his own end of the floor, where he was asked to play defense first and look for transition chances when they were there without forcing the issue.
Down at Mercyhurst University, however, his role evolved as a much more offensive one. His senior year in 2013 was his big season. Reid was named All-ECAC First Team midfielder after scoring 29 goals and 14 assists. He tied a semifinals record in the NCAA Division 2 tournament when he scored 7 goals in Mercyhurst’s overtime win over Limestone. His biggest team thrill, though, came a couple of years earlier when the Lakers won the Division 2 national title.
Reid anticipates combining his two roles to earn a spot in the National Lacrosse League, playing solid defense but helping to push the pace and contribute with some scoring as well. He’s hoping the next step on his journey to pro lacrosse comes September 16 when he hears a team call his name at the NLL Entry Draft.
From: St. Catharines, ON
Junior A: St. Catharines Athletics
College: Mercyhurst University
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? My ability to play at both ends. In junior I took on a defensive role the majority of the time, however in college I became more of an offensive threat. I love to compete and will play anywhere on the floor.
One word to describe your game? Versatile
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? I see myself as a transition guy who can get up and down the floor, play consistent defense and chip in offensively as well.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Pat McCready. He’s someone who I had a chance to watch a lot growing up and I always admired his work ethic and style of play.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Winning the 2011 NCAA Division 2 National Championship at Mercyhurst and being named a captain at Mercyhurst during my senior season.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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