After Reed Sothoron was not selected in June's Major League Lacrosse collegiate player draft, the St. Mary's Ryken graduate was disappointed but not heartbroken.
Sothoron, a two-time all-American goalkeeper at Towson University, holds out hope that his impressive college career will be rewarded. And if not, he knows there will be other opportunities.
Sothoron was a first-team All-Met as a senior at St. Mary's Ryken in 2000 while playing for his father, John Sothoron. When Reed joined Towson as a freshman, he took over a position his dad manned from 1969 to '72. The Sothorons became the first father-son combination to play in the program.
Reed Sothoron was invited to the Warrior Major League Challenge, a pre-MLL draft showcase game last month in Fairfield, Conn. The game featured 40 of the country's best seniors. He played a half, but a sub-par performance hurt his chances of being selected.
"There are only six teams in the league, so it's really hard to make it," Sothoron said. "I played pretty crappy up there. That didn't help."
Sothoron still hopes to play in the MLL, however. He, his dad and Towson Coach Tony Seaman are optimistic about the league's expansion draft, which will be held in the fall or winter. With the MLL expected to add four teams in a western expansion, Sothoron is a solid candidate to be drafted.
"Both of my assistants play in the MLL," Seaman said. "They told their coaches that Reed should have been drafted."
John Sothoron, who also was an all-American at Towson, chose a hands-off approach to watching Reed play in college and left the coaching to Seaman.
"He was real supportive," Reed Sothoron said. "No matter whether we won or lost, he never really pressured me, which was nice."
"I was strictly there cheering him on," John Sothoron said. "I did my coaching in high school with him. I know how it is when you're a coach."
Reed's play at Towson flourished with experience. His save percentage improved each year, from 46.7 percent as a freshman to 60.8 percent in 2005, the fifth-best percentage in Division I among goalkeepers with at least 10 games played.
Reed Sothoron and Seaman agreed that playing time early in his career fostered invaluable confidence. Seaman said Sothoron's consistency was one of the Tigers' biggest strengths on defense.
Consistency "was something he worked very hard on," Seaman said. "He was able to focus on being consistent for the whole 60 minutes."
Sothoron has always had quick hands, which made up for what he lacked in size at 5 feet 9.
"He's quicker than I ever was," John Sothoron said. "He's quick as a cat. I can't explain Reed's quickness. He's been that way his whole life."
Reed Sothoron's plans will keep him involved in the game he loves. He is working at lacrosse camps this summer and playing in several tournaments with friends. He plans to return to Towson in the fall to complete a degree in mass communication and serve as a student assistant coach.
If his name is called in the expansion draft, he'll be happy to apply his college experience in the professional ranks.
"If I get drafted, that'd be cool," Sothoron said. "If not, no big deal."