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It was a groundbreaking season for the Pleasantville boys lacrosse program. The Panthers won a Section 1 (NY) title for the first time in history, and beat defending state champion Bronxville twice during the season, including in the sectional final.
Pleasantville is now a couple of weeks away from that achievement, but the milestones continue.
Brian Reda, a attackman, became the first freshman in program history to give a verbal to a college program when he committed late last week to Fairfield University, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Reda is a lefty feeder/finisher who is a strong shooter and dodger.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Brian on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Fairfield is a great fit for me both academically as well as for lacrosse. I have family ties to Fairfield as well as a great connection through Long Island Express North. I really like the lacrosse atmosphere at Fairfield with the new stadium and especially really like the coaches.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I visited other schools such as Loyola as well as Providence. I was only considering about five schools total in the end.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My ability to find the open man off of a dodge as well as shooting from outside and finishing around the crease.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Working on shooting on the run as well as improving my off hand and being able to shoot with pressure on my hands with my off hand.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I have played lacrosse my whole life my father was an All-American at Virginia in the ’80s and I have been around the sport my whole life as my sister Meghan and brother Owen both play or played in lacrosse and my oldest brother Kevin coached for a few years at Fairfield Prep.
I also play football at Pleasantvile High School in the fall and used to play basketball.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play on Long Island Express North and went to Legacy Showcase, Philly Showcase, UNC showcase.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
I want to thank my high school coaches Chris Kear and Bob Kear for helping me on Varsity this year.
I would also like to thank my club coach Chris Schreiber for helping me the whole way through my recruiting process as well as Mike Chanenchuk who also helped me with recruiting. Long Island Express has help me a huge amount with committing and getting me into many showcases and helping me talk to schools.
I would also like to thank my high school team for a memorable season as well as my Express team for helping me along the way and getting to play along side a bunch of excellent lacrosse players. Finally I would like to thank my family for giving me the opportunity to play on a good club team and providing support along the way.
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