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LILJ Interview with St. John’s Commit: Robert Barrera

Sports are known to bring families together in the best way possible. In the case of Long Island Lutheran High School lacrosse player Robert Barrera, he learned the game from his father. Ever since learning lacrosse from his father, he has loved playing every minute of it. “My love for lacrosse has really grown over the past year. Last April, I switched positions and it has been great ever since.” The change Robert was talking about was from defense to long-stick midfielder. This move improved his game a lot more and made him one of the best players on his team.

Last season, Robert had 15 ground balls, 2 goals, 5 assists, and 7 points. With his senior season approaching, he has one goal when it comes to his overall game. “I’m trying to get into the twenties for ground balls. I love playing transition, so getting the ball gives me another minute on offense.” With his goal of getting more ground balls, he hopes to use this aspect of his game to help the team win it all. “We are trying to win the Private Schools Athletic Association (PSAA). That is our biggest goal.”

With Robert always putting the team first and putting up impressive numbers, it is not surprising to see that big lacrosse programs were calling his phone. He did however have two requirements that he was looking for when choosing a college. “I was looking for a school that was not too big but somewhat close to home.” He found that perfect match when he committed to St. John’s University in Queens, New York to join head coach Jason Miller’s team. “I first got acquainted with the team through the assistant coach Dan Paccione. He saw me play at a showcase. From there, Coach Miller and I went on a tour together of the school and it was phenomenal.”

What is more phenomenal than committing to St. John’s is that Robert will be playing in the Big East Conference against schools like Providence, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Villanova. Even with the stiff competition in the Big East, Robert is excited for the challenge. “I can’t wait. It is going to be crazy. Big stadiums, taking planes everywhere, and I hope it’s going to be the time of my life.” Robert is ready to step onto campus in the fall and begin his college career however, he has business to handle and that is having an outstanding senior season and winning the conference championship for Long Island Lutheran High School.


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