Delbarton senior Will Reynolds only started playing lacrosse in the sixth grade, but since then he’s become one of the best defenders the Green Wave has had on the field.
A captain this season, Reynolds helped anchor a defense that allowed only 189 shots on goal as Delbarton started the season 17-0. The Green Wave outscored opponents 204-77 and allowed 10 goals in a game only once this season, a 10-8 loss to Seton Hall Prep in the Non-Public North A semifinals, a game in which Reynolds had to sit out because of mononucleosis. He was also named a 2013 U.S. Lacrosse All American and the Defender of the Year.
“He’s probably one of the best defensemen I’ve ever seen and one of my best friends off the field,” senior midfielder Matt Killian said. “I love playing with him, the defense was a cohesive unit because of him, in the Seton Hall game he couldn’t play and that was the lone loss of the season.”
Which is why Reynolds is the 2013 All Daily Record Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Reynolds was a baseball player as a child and didn’t pick up a lacrosse stick until the sixth grade.
“All my friends played, my brother played, I was always into baseball, I would make fun of them for playing lacrosse,” Reynolds said. “But when I picked it up they needed an extra guy for a game and I decided to just play, I had never played before and I loved it right away.”
Reynolds, who also plays football for Delbarton, said that he started out playing defense with a short stick and as he progressed he tried out every position on the field but “defense was my position. It utilizes every talent that I have, foot work, speed, reaction time, every skill set that I thrive in, you use it on defense.”
As a junior, Reynolds helped Delbarton to the Non-Public A title and a berth in the Tournament of Champions final. This season, the Green Wave won the Morris County Tournament title and despite falling short in its quest for a second state title, finished as the top team in the state according to laxpower.com.
“This was the best season I’ve been a part of, talentwise,” Reynolds said. “It was a shame that it ended early, especially because I couldn’t play, I couldn’t help out, but it was a great run, I loved all the guys, coaches were great, some of the games like Chaminade you’ll never forget, just moments like those make it a great season but I wish it would have ended differently and ended on a win.”
Reynolds will continue his lacrosse career at Princeton in the fall, a school both his parents, older brother and grandfather attended. While he’s excited to start a new chapter and to play with experienced college players like St. Anthony graduate Tom Schreiber and under the Princeton coaches, he’s hopeful that what he’s done at Delbarton will resonate in the future.
“We won last year, went to the state championship twice in football, Tof C last year,” Reynolds said. “It’s a shame I never got a ring but I had a great four years. It’s great to get our team to a national ranking, for years coming after me that’s going to attract kids and that’s kind of the legacy I leave, I guess I kind of captained my team to number one.”