The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.
Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.
“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”
Regnier, a two-year captain and four-year varsity player, certainly made his impact on the Indians. Head Coach Pete Burgess said he was the key to the program.
Burgess will have a tough time replacing him as Regnier’s versatility allowed the Indians to use him all over the field.
“He is big and physical and always looks to shut down the opposing teams best scorer,” Burgess said. “More then that he was a leader on and off the field.”
The Indians went 6-9 this past season, missing the playoffs by one game. Despite that, Regnier was named All-County, the highest honor besides All-American, for a second straight season.
“Tyler was a huge reason why we won six games,” said Burgess. He said the Indians “had a very tough schedule this season” and had to “play some of the toughest teams in Long Island.”
Regnier earned academic all-county honors as well his coach said.
“When I visited (Rutgers), it was just the atmosphere, it felt like home, it was perfect,” said Regnier, who will be studying criminal law and justice. “Signing there has been my biggest accomplishment so far.”
Burgess believes Regnier will succeed at the college level, but thinks he has to continue to work on his footwork and his foot speed. However, he said Regnier is so big that he can make up ground quickly with his long strides.
“The biggest difference between high school lacrosse and college is the speed,” he said. “I think he will adapt and hopefully have a nice college career.”
Burgess knows Regnier will put the work in, stating that he is always in the weight room or on the field perfecting his game. He says there is no questioning his dedication.
Burgess said Regnier is good at fielding ground balls as well as taking the ball away from the opponents and leading the offense into transition.
“Even though he plays defense he would get the ball down field and give our offense plenty of opportunities,” he said.
Regnier finished the year with four goals and three assist.