Wantagh native John Reicherter scored his first career collegiate goal this past Saturday in the Hofstra's men's lacrosse team's season-opening win against Sacred Heart.
Reicherter, a 2011 Wantagh High School graduate, found the back of the net on transition with 40 seconds left in the first quarter to give Hofstra a 5-2 lead. The sophomore defensive midfielder later tallied an assist in the Pride's 14-9 win.
The 6-2 189-pound Reicherter, who earned All-County honors in lacrosse, football and basketball at Wantagh High School, has been seeing increased playing time with Hofstra's defensive midfield unit. Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney said in press conference after Saturday' game he was happy to see a hard working defensive-oriented player like Reicherter get rewarded with a goal.
"That is the ultimate gift to a short stick middie who never gets mentioned," said Tierney of Reicherter getting in the scoring column. "He has been great for us."
In addition to shining in athletics, Reicherter was also recognized for his academics at Wantagh High School by being named to the National Honor Society, the Foreign Language Honor Society and the Business Honor Society. The Finance major was also recruited for lacrosse by Lafayette and Connecticut College.
Reicherter and 19th-ranked Hofstra are next in action at home this Saturday against 15th-ranked Princeton for a 1:30 p.m. faceoff.