The Barrington High School boys’ lacrosse team shut down North Kingstown on Friday night, 13-5, under the lights at Victory Field.
The Eagles never trailed in the contest, leading by two, four, six, and finally eight goals at the end of each quarter, respectively, easily handling anything the Skippers tried to send their way.
Juniors Pat Judge and Joe Lombardi led Barrington in scoring, each netting hat tricks, while Lombardi added four assists and Judge tallied three. Barrington goaltender Adam Thompson dominated the entire game, stifling any momentum shift that North Kingstown seemed to be reaching for.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, taking advantage of an early Skippers penalty just under four minutes into the first quarter, with junior Sam Vetromile blasting a feed from sophomore Andrew Blau past North Kingstown goaltender Connor Cirillo to put the Eagles on the scoreboard.
Barrington added to the lead less than two minutes later on a goal by Blau, with an assist by Lombardi, and again with two minutes left in the quarter on the first Lombardi-to-Judge score of the night. North Kingstown’s Cameron Fugere finally beat Thompson with less than a minute to go to give the Skippers their first goal and end the first quarter 3-1 Barrington.
The Eagles showed the same offensive tenacity in the second quarter, once again capitalizing on penalties by the Skippers, this time a two-man advantage, with Lombardi scoring his first goal of the night off a pass from Judge five minutes into the period. Barrington increased their lead to 6-1 over the next two minutes, with a goal by senior Connor Provolo, assisted by Blau, and an unassisted score by senior Bowen Lee.
North Kingstown’s Steven Fallon scored the Skippers’ second goal of the night with 3:19 remaining to make it a 6-2 Barrington lead, but two costly penalties in the final 40 seconds would come back to bite North Kingstown in the second half.
Just 12 seconds into the start of the third quarter, the duo of Lombardi and Judge combined for their third goal of the evening, with Judge beating North Kingstown’s Cirillo to get the second half started right. Lombardi tallied another goal off his own a minute later off a pass from sophomore Jake Slye, and the Eagles were rolling with a 8-2 lead. The Skippers’ Fallon scored again with just under 10 minutes to play in the quarter, but another North Kingstown penalty led to the fourth goal by Judge and Lombardi, this time Lombardi scoring on the man-advantage.
North Kingstown tried to gain some momentum with an unassisted goal by Liam Rial with 7:05 left in the frame, but the Eagles stormed right back with goals by Lee and Blau to increase the Barrington lead to 11-4. The Skippers’ brought in one more goal to end the third quarter, a shorthanded score by Fugere, but it would be too little too late.
The fourth quarter was dominated by the Eagles, with Thompson shutting the door on any chance the Skippers’ attempted. Barrington added a couple more goals in the period: Judge’s third on a pass from Lee to complete the hat trick, as well as an unassisted score by senior Ben Becker, who jumped up from the defense to march down the field and beat the goaltender, to solidify the win for the Eagles.
With the win, Barrington currently sits at 7-3 overall, good for second place in Division I, and three games behind undefeated LaSalle. The Eagles have an important week coming up, as they will play their home finale against Bishop Hendricken, who is a half-game back of the Eagles, and on the road in their final game of the regular season again LaSalle; both games having strong postseason implications. The game against Hendricken will be Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. under the lights, while the Eagles will travel to LaSalle for their season finale on Thursday, May 16.