When it comes to offense, Air Academy has no shortage of weapons.
Sophomore Erin Todd leads the way with 74 goals and is one of four Kadets with at least 26 tallies. Sophomore Miranda Beal sits atop the team’s assist chart with 43, and three of her teammates have recorded at least 22.
But coach Sean Harmon credits a senior who isn’t among the top five in goals or assists for making the offense go.
One thing is certain — as a midfielder, Katie Reid has been at the heart of another remarkable lacrosse season at Air Academy.
“What she does doesn’t always show up on the stat sheet, but she does all the little things someone has to do for a team to win,” Harmon said.
Winning hasn’t been a problem for the Kadets, who have scored more than 250 goals in compiling a 14-1 record and the third seed in the playoffs. Reid’s role in the offense goes beyond scoring — much like a point guard in basketball, she’s asked to push the ball forward and find her open teammates.
“We can’t score all those goals if we don’t have the ball,” Harmon said. “Katie is the one helping them get the ball. It really is one of the most important jobs in lacrosse.”
A starter at midfield since she was a freshman, Reid received plenty of on-the-job training at center during Air Academy’s state championship run in 2009.
“Midway through last season, we started thinking about the next year,” Harmon said. “Fortunately, because we were up early in a lot of games, we were able to substitute her into that spot a lot in the second half.”
The move has been anything but a disappointment for Reid, who lists patience and speed as her two biggest assets in the sport. And it’s not like she never finds the scoring column. A season-high three goals and three assists last week against Pine Creek gave Reid 12 goals and 14 assists.
“My main job is to be a positive force for the team,” said Reid, one of only three seniors on the roster. “I try to cheer everyone on and encourage them. This sport can be very demoralizing at times, so I want to keep it upbeat and fun for everyone.”