The Barrington High School boys’ lacrosse team picked up a huge win Wednesday afternoon, April 17, taking down Moses Brown, 10-9, in the Eagles’ home opener.
After seeing a four-goal lead in the third quarter turn into a one goal deficit, the Eagles rallied to stun the Quakers, holding on for the win, despite playing a man down for two of the final four minutes of the game.
Barrington’s junior goaltender Adam Thompson made several key stops in the final minutes with the Eagles playing a man down.
“[We had] really good goalkeeping by Adam, [he] made some great saves when we needed them,” said head coach Bill LaBelle. “I told our offense to play possession [in the final minute]; maintain the ball. We [didn’t] need a goal; we just needed to run time off the clock. It was a bit nerve-wracking at the end there.”
Barrington opened up the fourth quarter with a spectacular behind-the-back goal by junior Joe Lombardi just 13 seconds into the quarter, set up by a line drive pass from just over center by Sam Vetromile, to give Barrington a 9-7 lead.
After a slashing penalty on senior Gerard Lecerte, Moses Brown cut the lead back to one on the man-up, but the Eagles regained the two goal lead off another Vetromile feed to Lombardi.
Another penalty on Barrington with 3:41 to go gave the Quakers another advantage, and with just over three minutes to play, they cut the lead to one again. However, the Eagles’ defense stepped up in the final minutes, denying every Moses Brown chance to come away with the victory.
“We could have quit but we didn’t; we were getting good goals when we needed them and played very solid defense,” said LaBelle. “[Moses Brown is] a good team, they [make comebacks] on a lot of teams, but our guys stayed focused and didn’t quit.”
After a quick Moses Brown goal to start the first quarter, Barrington was able to take advantage of a Quaker penalty, tying the game on the man-up with a goal by sophomore Jake Slye, assisted by Lombardi, with just under six minutes to play in the quarter.
Moses Brown took advantage of a man up of their own to take a 2-1 lead with 3:05 left in the quarter, but consecutive last-minute goals by Slye and junior Patrick Judge gave Barrington a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter would be all Barrington.
The Eagles struck less than two minutes into the frame when Slye found sophomore Andrew Blau to put the Eagles up 4-2. An unassisted goal two minutes later by Slye gave Barrington the 5-2 lead, and another score later on by Lombardi, assisted by Vetromile, gave the Eagles a solid four goal lead heading into the half.
Moses Brown rallied in the third quarter, drawing two Barrington penalties in the first six minutes, and scoring four consecutive goals to tie the game at six.
The Quakers took their first lead of the game with 2:16 to play in the third, but the Eagles regrouped and produced two more goals, the first with 21 seconds to play when senior Bowen Lee found Lombardi, and again with just nine seconds to play, on a unassisted score by Blau, to keep the Eagles in the lead heading into the final quarter.
The Eagles moved up to 3-1 on the season with the win, while the Quakers dropped to 0-2. Barrington’s next game will be Monday, April 22, when they head to North Kingstown, while Moses Brown will travel to face North Kingstown on Friday, April 19.