The Spotlight: Sean Barrett


Photo courtesy of Sean Barrett, Edit by Josh Polansky

With spring sports well underway, senior athletes are entering the home stretch of their high school sporting careers. With that in mind, Sean Barrett’s impact on the varsity lacrosse team has certainly been felt thus far.

After being brought up to the varsity team for the postseason as a freshman, Barrett has continued to grow and thrive as a player. Barrett was inserted into a major role right away as a sophomore and has been one of the Owls’ cornerstone players ever since. After registering 14 goals and six assists last year, Barrett is tearing up opposing defenses this season, already nearly matching his scoring totals last year, as he currently has 13 goals and 15 points overall through ten games.

In the eyes of Head Coach and Economics Teacher Bill Leighley, Barrett is simply being rewarded for his tireless effort and dedication to the game. “Sean is one of those special players that can be described as a ‘gym rat’ … [he is] someone with a special internal fire that pushes [him] constantly to improve [his] game. He has an inner drive that is rare these days in high school athletes because they are so often pulled in many directions. Sean rarely missed a box lacrosse session at 6:00 am this past winter while he was contributing in a huge way to the success of the [Nassau County Class A runners-up] basketball team.” Likewise, Barrett’s teammates gave him high praise for his commitment to the betterment of the team. “Sean always gives 100 percent, no matter what the score is,” commented senior midfielder and faceoff specialist Jake DiBenedetto. “Sean has definitely made me a better player by pushing me to go harder [during practice],” said DiBenedetto. “Sean inspires others to follow him,” said senior goalie Kevin Loonie. “He clears the ball well, creates space, gets ground balls, and, as a result, puts the ball in the cage. He also has helped me to remain calm on clears… I know I will have him coming down for the ball,” added Loonie.

As much as he enjoys the game and coming to practice daily, Barrett cherishes the community and culture surrounding Lynbrook lacrosse and the significant impact it has had on him. “My biggest takeaway from Lynbrook lacrosse is coming to work [each and every] day with a positive attitude after being put down or losing. My teammates and the community play a huge role in my experience because the lacrosse team means a lot to this town and my teammates and I get to represent that” said Barrett.

Barrett will be playing lacrosse next year at SUNY Cortland, where he will seek to utilize his experiences as a member of the Lynbrook lacrosse family in order to thrive at the next level.