Athlete Spotlight: Braden Reilly

Soft-Spoken Junior Is a Beast on the Lax Field 
McLain Hirschbuhl 
Staff Writer 
Junior Braden Reilly is a kind person and an excellent student. To most of those who have met Braden, he is also very quiet. However, on the lacrosse field, he is a warrior: a fierce, aggressive player who has no problem checking his opponents to help his team win. 

Braden is one of the school’s 16 three-sport athletes. He plays basketball and soccer, as well as lacrosse. He still manages to find time to focus on his studies in honors-level classes.

“It's hard balancing school work with sports,” he said, while talking about what it’s like to be a three-sport athlete. Braden started lacrosse for the same reason most kids in seventh grade start playing a sport: his friends were playing. However, he soon began to love it. He loves how many skills are required and how it is a healthy outlet for his frustrations. 

“Most players who play attack are usually small and fast. I'm not very small, so I use my size to my advantage and try to ‘bully’ people,” Braden said, explaining his strategy in the game. 

Braden's teammates often admire him for his dedication and loyalty. “He's always got your back if someone wants to fight you” during a game, junior Robby Williamson said.

He is also very respectful of his coach and works hard during practice. His teammates say he never complains while completing any task that is ordered by his coach. “He's an outstanding player,” Coach Hanson said. “He takes command of the field. He is not afraid to put himself out there and take a shot.” 

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.