On June 29, AJ Barretto will take his lacrosse talents from Tullai Field at St. Paul's to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Growing up, Barretto enjoyed playing many sports, but it was after his dad's recommendation that he decided to pick up a lacrosse stick. The St. Paul's senior goalie has played lacrosse for eight years and found his niche in the cage six years ago.
After attending Harford Day School, Barretto made the move to St. Paul's in 2012, and one year later, as a sophomore, Barretto made the varsity team.
In addition to his lacrosse career as a Crusader, Barretto also played club for Maryland Lacrosse Club and was a member of St. Paul's varsity soccer team.
This summer, the West Point bound goalie will play in the Maryland All-Star game and the Under Armour All-America game.
PressBox: What do you find most challenging about playing goalie? What is your favorite part of the position?
AJ Barretto: The hardest part is probably the communication part when you have to call out the defense while trying to track the shots.
My favorite part about playing goalie is how much momentum can shift from a big save or play and how it can spark the team.
PB: What's your favorite St. Paul's lacrosse memory?
AB: My favorite lacrosse memory is definitely playing Boys' Latin this past year and beating them for the first time in my career.
PB: What does the Boys' Latin/St. Paul's rivalry mean to you?
AB: It is a very special and intense rivalry, and I am honored to have been a part of it. Both schools have storied lacrosse programs, and there's nothing better than a Boys' Latin and St. Paul's showdown.
PB: You've been selected for the Under Armour All-America Game. How did you hear the news, and what are you looking forward to about the game?
AB: I received a call from the people at Corrigan Sports telling me that I had been selected. I am looking forward to playing with -- and against -- the best lacrosse players in the country, and I am honored to have been selected.
PB: What do you like most about playing for head coach Rick Brocato?
AB: Coach Brocato is not only a great lacrosse coach, but he is also a great person. Coach Brocato is always there for you, on and off the field, and he cares about your progress on the field and also in becoming a better all-around person. He is not only the best lacrosse coach I've had, but also one of the biggest role models in my life.