To say Owen Reda has been immersed in lacrosse almost since birth would not be an overstatement.
“I was introduced to lacrosse when I was really little by my dad (Richard Reda) who played at Virginia in the ’80s,” said Reda, a senior midfielder at Pleasantville High School (N.Y.). “My sister (Meghan) plays at Fairfield University and my brother (Kevin) coaches at Fairfield Prep.
“Lacrosse has always been a huge part of our family and something that we all can do together.”
Soon, he will be the latest member of his family to take his talents to the collegiate level.
Reda verbally committed to Union College, a decision first reported when it was made earlier this week by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider expanded coverage section.
Reda, a right-handed, two-way middie who excels in the transition game, has come back strong from a torn ACL.
While he has the physical skills to excel at Union, he’s also become a student of the game.
“Being around lacrosse since I was very little has allowed me to develop a high lacrosse IQ and helped me to take control as a quarterback on the field,” he said.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was really looking for a place that had a good balance of academics and athletics and trying to find the best spot where I would have a well-rounded college experience both on and off the field. Somewhere I could get a good education and play lacrosse at a high level.
After visiting and doing an overnight, it was pretty clear to me that Union was where I wanted to go.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
After I tore my ACL a bunch of schools gave up on my recruiting process. In the end, I was between Middlebury and Union. I also visited and considered Connecticut College and Siena.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
The area of my game that I am trying to work on the most would probably be dodging, the game is always changing and I think that the more dodges I am able to do successfully, the more valuable I am to the team.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for our town team in the summer, the Hudson Valley Spartans, and attended Blue Chip 225, Top 205 and New England 150 in the summer as well as National 175 and the Philly Showcase in the fall.
Any final thoughts?
I just want to thank my high school coaches Chris and Bob Kear for all of their help as well as (Union Head) Coach (Paul) Wehrum and (Union Assistant Coach Derek) Witheford for sticking with me despite my knee injury.
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