Elite, versatile players typically will do whatever it takes to help their team be competitive and win.
Fairfield Prep junior Mason Reale certainly fits that mold.
Last season as a sophomore, Fairfield Prep coach Graham Niemi touted Reale as the team’s best midfielder and he ended up with 23 goals and 25 assists. This season, to help generate more offense, Reale was the Jesuits’ attackman and responded by leading the team with 60 goals and 35 assists.
“Hard work has contributed to my success,” Reale said. “But it’s really been the work of a lot of coaches I’ve been exposed to from my youth lacrosse days to now that has helped me get better. Over the years, I developed speed and quickness and it’s been my main strength as a player. It has allowed me to become a good goal scorer. But I always wanted to do more than that and contribute to my team in other ways. I worked hard to become a good playmaker. I have also worked hard on improving passing the ball. I believe it’s all of those skills that have combined to make me a good player.”
Reale led the Jesuits to the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament title. He had three goals and two assists to lead Fairfield Prep to a 12-10 win over rival Cheshire. In the CIAC Class L tournament, the Jesuits advanced to the quarterfinals where they lost 9-7 to New Canaan.
“The SCC championship game was my best game of the season,” Reale said. “Cheshire is one of our biggest rivals and that was a big win for us, especially since it was our 14th title.”
Fairfield Prep ended up 14-7 for the season and ranked No. 7 in the final 2018 GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Lacrosse Poll.
“It was a little disappointing to lose in the Class L quarterfinals,” Reale said. “We really wanted to win both the SCC and Class L titles. But looking back, overall the season went well. We all worked well together on the team, we shared the ball well and picked each other up when needed.”
Reale is a two-time All-SCC and All-State selection, was named the SCC Division I Co-Player of the Year along with Michael Jeffery and is a U.S. Lacrosse All-American.
While Reale has one more season with the Jesuits, he has already made an early verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Villanova.