After being rebuffed early in OT, St. Mary’s senior attackman Barnett nets the game winner against Boys’ Latin; Golini scores four for Saints


by Nelson Coffin

St. Mary’s senior attackman Tyler Barnett would not take no for an answer in overtime against Boys’ Latin on Tuesday afternoon in a key MIAA A Conference tussle.

Having been rebuffed from the doorstep on the Saints’ first OT possession by BL junior goalie Cardin Stoller (13 saves) in the back-and-forth affair, Barnett’s return engagement was much more successful after he drove down the right alley and rippled the net with two minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the extra period.

Barnett, who also netted the go-ahead goal — and three others as well — in a taut 7-6 verdict over Calvert Hall early in the season, had his mind set on ending the game as soon as possible.

“I had to get it back there because he stopped me on the crease in overtime,” the UMBC-bound sharpshooter said. “So they were pressing out, I just got it and went to the goal.”

The winning shot capped a mini-classic of a game that featured six ties and as many lead changes, with neither team being able to get separation from the other once the Lakers recovered from the Saints’ opening three-goal salvo by junior midfielder Nicky Souza, senior defenseman Colin Burlace and sophomore attackman Nick Golini (game-high 4 goals).

St. Mary’s senior attackman Tyler Barnett, shown in a photo from earlier this season, saved his best for last by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Boys’ Latin at J. Duncan Smith Field in North Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon.

It took BL (5-3 overall, 4-3 MIAA A Conference) until midway through the second quarter to draw even, at 5-5, on senior attackman Garrett Glatz’s goal before sophomore midfielder Bobby Keane put St. Mary’s back on top a couple of minutes later.

Boys’ Latin sophomore attackman Jackson Walsh’s goal forged the second tie until senior attackman Dom Pietramala gave the Lakers their first lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.

Golini knotted the score again after the intermission for St. Mary’s (6-1, 6-1) on a feed from junior attackman Will Hopkins that preceded another Glatz strike, assisted by junior attackman Hopper Zappitello, to inch the Lakers ahead again at the nine-minute mark of the third quarter.

Souza’s second goal deadlocked the game at 8-8 entering the final quarter only to have Glatz convert a pass from Walsh to put BL back on top early in the fourth frame.

Barnett, who had been quiet most of the game, powered in a left-handed shot to even the score again with nine minutes remaining in regulation — and it stayed the way for six more minutes until Pietramala found senior Ben Smith cutting across the goal for a quick finish and a 10-9 advantage.

St. Mary’s waited until the final 20 seconds to arrange the final deadlock on Golini’s fourth goal, which set the stage for Barnett’s heroics.

Even though Barnett secured the game-winner, he was happy to compliment the “young guys,” especially Golini and Keane, for their most recent contributions to a team that now stands alone in second place in the conference chase and is virtually assured of gaining one of the five playoff byes.

He also had kind words for the Lakers.

“They’re a good team,” he said. “They came out fighting. We were back and forth there the whole game and we were able to end up on top.”

Elated St. Mary’s coach Victor Lilly intimated that the Annapolis-area schools in the A Conference, St. Mary’s, Severn and Archbishop Spalding, the Saints’ next opponent, may not always be acknowledged among the league elite.

“When we come inside the beltway…we get no respect, but we try to take what we earn and our kids earned this today,” he said. “It was a helluva game between BL and ourselves.”

Boys’ Latin coach Brian Farrell, whose Lakers still have the opportunity to secure a postseason bye, couldn’t find any fault with either team’s hustle and heart.

“It was a great effort from both sides,” he said. “It’s why you play the game and they made one more play than we did. Still proud of our guys, I think they battled as best as they possibly could and St. Mary’s is a good team. Obviously, they’re in the position they are because they make that play. Nothing to hang out heads about. I think we got to use this and build on it and keep moving forward because we have a game on Friday (against Mount. St. Joseph).”

Pictured above: Boys’ Latin senior attackman Riar Schell is confronted by St. Mary’s junior short-stick defender Brogan Stofa in the first half of the Saints’ 11-10, overtime victory in a key MIAA A Conference lacrosse battle on Tuesday afternoon.

ST. MARY’S 11, BOYS’ LATIN 10

SM 3 3 2 2 1 — 11
BL 2 5 1 2 0 — 10

Goals: SM-Nick Golini 4, Tyler Barnett 2, Nicky Souza 2, Bobby Keane 2, Colin Burlace; BL-Garrett Glatz 3, Dominec Pietramala 2, Ben Smith 2, Gavin McClernan, Hopper Zappitello, Jackson Walsh.
Assists: SM-Will Hopkins 2, Owen Barcus, Nick Golini, Tommy Manley; BL-Jackson Walsh 3, Dominec Pietramala 3, Riar Schell 2, Garrett Glatz, Hopper Zappitello.
Saves: SM-Wes Schmidt 8, BL-Cardin Stoller 13.