Reardon return boosts West Deptford

Posted: April 29, 2013

At some point early in the second half, Mike Reardon lifted his balky right shoulder and tapped his coach on the back.

"He told me he wanted more minutes," West Deptford boys' lacrosse coach Mike Yarusso.

After breaking his right collarbone in his team's final preseason game, Reardon hadn't even gone full-contact in practice before Saturday's game at Haddonfield. This was his first game back, and his playing time was supposed to be spotty.

"The doctors told me it wasn't smart to even play at all this season," Reardon said. "But I told them, if anything, I wanted to come back for this game, against Haddonfield, our biggest rival."

And so he played. And when his team fell behind in the third quarter, he played some more. He scored five second-half goals, including the 100th of his career, in leading the Eagles to a 13-10 victory.

Here's the kicker to the story:

Last season, Reardon's brother Nick, now graduated, also broke his collarbone late in the preseason. Doctors also told Nick that his season was likely over. It wasn't. And in his first game back, Nick, just as Mike did Saturday, netted the 100th goal of his career.

"It's a little weird that it worked out that way," said Mike Reardon, a junior attack. "But watching what he went through made me think I could come back, too.

"And after this game, I feel optimistic. It was a big win. I just hope I can keep adding to the success the team had while I was out."

Saturday's game was back and forth in the first half. Haddonfield (2-7) opened the third quarter with consecutive goals by Drew Tomlinson and Patrick Porter take an 8-6 lead.

That's when Reardon went to work - making the most of some slightly extended playing time.

He is a finisher, a crease player, someone who hangs around the net and has a knack for scoring goals.

"Everybody was working out there," Reardon said. "They were running, spinning, dodging, and finding me in spots where I was able to score."

Reardon scored three goals in third quarter, which ended with West Deptford (10-1) ahead by 10-8. He added two more in the fourth, including his 100th with 52 seconds left in regulation.

"Mike gives us a great inside presence. He changes the way defenses have to play us. And he's a battler - he wants to be on the field," Yarusso said.

His team also benefited from the return of attack Nick Ellis, who transferred back to West Deptford after spending two years at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia and just completed his mandatory 30-day inactive period. Ellis scored four goals.

"Whenever you get two of your better players back in one day," Yarusso said, "that's always a good thing."

West Deptford 3 3 4 3 – 13

Haddonfield 2 4 2 2 – 10

Goals: WD-Connor Smith, Joe Diaco 2, Zach Kaestner, Nick Ellis 4, Mike Reardon 5; H-Drew Tomlinson, Dan Halla 2, Shane Olimpio, Adam Auguliaro, Patrick Porer 5.

Saves: WD-Nick D'Ottavi 10, H-Jeff Sabatini 15.


Contact Chris Melchiorre at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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