Drafted by the Rochester Knighthawks in the fifth round, 46th overall, in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, Black Wolves defenseman Zac Reid saw limited time in the league before joining New England as a free agent in October of 2015.
“I spent a year on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, I had injured my ankle so I missed my entire rookie season,” he explained. “The following year I was on the practice roster in Rochester and I played in two games. I became a free agent in the offseason. New England had reached out to me and offered me an opportunity and I jumped on it.”
The 6-foot-1 Reid spent some time on the practice squad for the Black Wolves before cracking the active roster halfway through the 2016 season. He saw action in nine regular season games, scooping up 35 loose balls and recording three points on two goals and one assist. In three playoff games, Reid dished out one assist and scooped up six loose balls. Now entering his second season with New England, he is looking forward to building on 2016.
“The confidence that I was able to develop and the chemistry with the other defensive players will be the biggest thing this year,” he said. “We essentially return the entire lineup on the defensive end with the exception of one or two players, so that chemistry that we were able to develop and the systems that we were able to build on is what I think we will need to bring with us moving forward into this year.”
A USILA Honorable Mention All-American and national champion during his collegiate career at Mercyhurst, Reid brings a competitive spirt and strong work ethic to the defensive corps for New England.
“I’ve always taken that blue collar approach to everything I do, whether it is work, or school or just life in general,” he explained. “When I’m out there, I’m not the flashiest player but I like to keep things simple and work hard and that takes care of itself.”
In the second week of training camp, Reid is excited to see how the team continues to gel and improve.
“Developing that chemistry with teammates, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and adjusting to the speed of the game, is important,” he explained. “I like getting back into game situations and being exposed to things you wouldn’t see in practice.”