Springfield College Men’s Lacrosse: Can Reynolds Become One of the Greatest Keepers the Pride Has Ever Had?

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Via Mark Finerty
He started his Springfield lacrosse career as a sophomore, and Jake Reynolds has potential to finish his career with over 400 saves. The second year goalkeeper out of Scituate, Mass. has established himself as one of the Pride’s best players – the anchor of the Springfield defense that holds the opposition to little resistance against an offense that features Tom Hurley, Jack Vail, Ty Daugstrap, and Dom Abate.

In his sophomore year, Reynolds appeared in 16 games, and was the starting keeper for 13 of those contests. His goals allowed on average (GAA), registered at 8.50, and finished the season with a 60 percent save percentage. His career high in saves at the time, came in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Reynolds stopped 19 shots in a nail-biting contest against No. 9 Middlebury, that last for three overtimes, with the Pride eventually coming out on top 11-10.

Reynolds would finish his sophomore campaign with 166 saves. After starting nine games in 2017, he has already registered 133 stops with five games to play, and is on pace to at least tie that mark. Reynolds has boosted his career high in saves to 21 this year, and has garnered Defensive Player of the Week Honors four times.

But how does the second year goalie stack up against the all-time great Pride keepers? If 166 is the number for saves that is put under the microscope, Reynolds would have to double his total saves next year when comparing his sophomore total and projected total for junior year. The program record for most saves in a single season is held by Tim Grant (1991) who collected 295. If Reynolds was to add 100 extra saves next year compared to his sophomore year, that would give him 266 saves, still 31 short of Grant. Though such a season would launch him into second place all-time.

On the all-time saves list, Reynolds has already cracked the top 10, with 299 total stops. He is currently ranked at No. 9 and can climb as high as No. 6 if he posts a senior season with 165 saves. Regardless of where he stands as one of the Pride’s all-time goalkeepers, Reynolds will be a key instrument for Springfield’s contention through the next two summers.

 

 

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