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The Herald-Mail 2009 All-County Lacrosse Team

Barr, Salisbury help raise Saints' standards

Barr, Salisbury help raise Saints' standards

June 07, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

SAINT JAMES -- Numbers don't lie, but they don't always tell the whole truth.

The figures give a great indication of why Saint James School's Jordan Barr and Caroline Salisbury are The Herald-Mail's All-County boys and girls lacrosse players of the year. Still, there is more to it.

While the pair combined for 140 goals and 67 assists for the Saints' two successful teams, the two seniors have left indelible marks as they leave the Saint James campus for the final time.

Barr and Salisbury have established standards that the Saints will use to strengthen the programs for years to come.

"(Jordan) brought goals and assists but he was also a leader and a captain," said Saint James' first-year coach Benjamin Louchheim, who is the All-County boys coach of the year. "He knew what we wanted to do and was always a step ahead. He was like having a coach on the field."

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"(Caroline's) skill level was incredible," said Saints coach Millie McKeachie, who is the All-County girls coach of the year. "She can work with either hand and had the ability to come up with the ball in key situations. She's an inspiration to our team."

While Barr and Salisbury were at Saint James, they were able to do great things.

For Barr, this season was the culmination of the best of circumstances. He continued the Barr family's long lineage at the school by accounting for 55 goals and 32 assists to lead the Saints to an 11-5 record and a trip to the Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament semifinals.

"I got everything I could ever want by coming here," said Barr, a three-sport star for the Saints who will play lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College. "I came here looking to play under a good coach like Mr. (Paul) Salit, who is probably the best coach I ever had. Mr Louchheim, along with Mr. (Evan) Gilbertson (as the offensive coach), helped me a lot. They ran a lot of the offense through me and it gave me a lot of confidence."

Louchheim's style for physical checking and Gilbertson's for constant movement fit Barr's game, allowing him to draw from his football and basketball experiences.

"We always encourage the players to play other sports," Louchheim siad. "I coach the defense and basketball helps with the slides. Lacrosse is a game of angles and football helps with that."

The change of coaches this season changed the Saints' offense. The switch challenged Barr as the center of the attack.

"I did feel a lot of pressure early and it showed in my play," Barr said. "The more I gained trust in Mr. Gilbertson, the better things got. After our trip to Florida, we had a steady progression of improvement."

Barr admits he has a lot to be thankful for through his Saint James playing career, starting with the support of his parents and grandfather, Dave Barr, the school's former football coach and athletic director. Then there are the education and leadership qualities he acquired for his future.

"This will all prepare me for everything in life, for more than lacrosse," he said.

And it will help Louchheim to prepare for the future of Saint James lacrosse without Barr.

"You don't replace Jordan. You have different players who do different things and you find a way to use it," Louchheim said. "Jordan just made things a lot easier. This senior class was a close-knit group. I absolutely want to be back to work with coach Glibertson and (Chris) Milmoe. We are trying to build a foundation."

For Salisbury, versatility and early experience allowed her to repeat as the county's best player.

"She grew up with four brothers and played lacrosse with them in a guy's league," McKeachie said. "That gave her a lot of skills and allowed her to take on whatever came up. She is very creative in getting open and using dodges."

Despite collecting 85 goals and 35 assists, along with 91 ground balls, Salibury was a team player, using herself as a decoy to help the rest of the team that went on to finish 13-2.

"In years past, the offense revolved around her," McKeachie said. "This year, we had more girls going to the cage and learning to do things for when she is graduated. She was good at using either hand and we worked on going each way in practice."

Salisbury's deft abilities led her to career totals of 290 goals and 105 assists and a scholarship to play at Cornell.

"My goals coming into high school was to always move on and play Division I lacrosse," Salisbury said recently.

The Barr and Salisbury eras have ended at Saint James, but the Saints still have so much to look forward to.

"I told the kids that this was the best team I have ever been associated with," McKeachie said. "They all wanted to come out to learn something and have fun doing it. As soon as the season was over, I started thinking about next year. The underclass learned from our seniors and we have a great senior class coming."

Other members of the All-County Boys Lacrosse Team include:

Goalkeeper

Nick Beardsley, Saint James: Senior keeper made 185 saves and had a 6.3 goals against average. Will play at St. Mary's College next year.

Defense

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