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Lizards' Jeff Reh anxious to learn at pro level

Jeff Reh’s first week with the New York Lizards wasn’t very eventful. He and the rest of the team’s new draft picks went to their first practice together and watched as the Lizards fell to the Florida Launch, 13-10, on Friday.

But Reh is excited for what the future holds with the Lizards, who selected him along with seven other college seniors in last month’s Major League Lacrosse draft.

The midfielder was selected 70th out of 90 players. From Sound Beach, Reh played collegiately at Stony Brook.

He said he’s looking forward to learning from the likes of Paul Rabil, Greg Gurenlian and the team’s other accomplished veterans.

“I was only really around those guys for two days, but you can just tell that the sport means a lot to them,” Reh said. “They like to have fun. I want to implement those same characteristics into my game as well.”

Reh is joined by 14th pick Austin Pifani (defense, North Carolina), 43rd pick Scott Firman (defense, Syracuse), 52nd pick Tucker James (attack, Bryant), 62nd pick Thomas Zenker (midfielder, Duke), 79th pick J.D. Recor (attack, Marist), 88th pick Joseph Catalanotti (defense, Adelphi) and 90th pick Jack Carrigan (defense, Loyola-Maryland).

Brown’s Dylan Molloy, a Setauket native and graduate of St. Anthony’s, was selected No. 1 overall by the Launch.

Reh said he found out the news while on his way to a wedding with his family. Lizards coach Joe Spallina texted Reh, whose father coached with Spallina at Rocky Point, to break the news.

While Pifani and Firman earned playing time in the loss to the Launch, Reh and the rest of the new draft picks watched from the sideline. Reh said he knows he has to earn his spot on a team of talented veterans.

“I’m just trying to go to practice and show them that I’m worthy of playing,” said Reh, who went to Miller Place. “When my shot comes, I just have to perform.”

He played in 14 games for the Seawolves this season, tallying 12 goals and eight assists. He also picked up 24 ground balls and notched six caused turnovers.

NEXT UP: Lizards at Launch, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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