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Tim Barile’s connection to Division I lacrosse started well before he even picked up a stick for the first time.
His father, Drew, was an All-American at traditional high school power Loyola Blakefield back in the days when Baltimore was acknowledged as the premier hotbed for lacrossse — the 1980s.
That honor has long sincee belonged to the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut, and that’s where Tim plays, as an attackman/midfielder at Red Bank Catholic HS (NJ).
Drew Barile went on to play at Loyola University. Tim Barile will also be playing at the Division I level, having committed to VMI, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
“Coming from the Towson area, my father’s life was lacrosse,” Tim Barile said. “So, when I was in first grade, that’s when I first picked up a stick given to me by my dad and from that point, I knew that this sport would be special to me.
A 100-point career scorer, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Barile, a lefty, is a pure finisher. He plays travel for Team United.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Tim on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
The main factors of my decision to commit to VMI were that I wanted to achieve the best education possible while having the chance for playing for an up and coming D1 program. The disciplinary aspect of the school really drew me in and the fact that as a freshmen I can make a huge impact really grasped my attention.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Loyola, UMass-Lowell, NJIT, Hartford, Sacred Heart and Salisbury State. I also visited NJIT.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My IQ/vision and versatility. Even though I am a lefty, I am fluid with both hands. I have played faceoff middie and played attack for my spring team where I was relied heavily on and still am.
My style of play is a mix of conservative(settle ball when needed be) and aggressive(push transition.) I dodge to score first and then if that doesn’t work, dodge to feed.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
My explosiveness coming out of my dodge and north-south dodging.
What other sports have you played?
In high school, I also played football freshmen, sophomore, and junior year. I was a wideout, cornerback, and punt returner for Red Bank Catholic.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
United Lacrosse NJ 2015 Black and we participated in 4 tournaments. F4 Philly Classic, UP Lax, Long Island Classic, and United’s Capital Clash at UAlbany.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my dad for introducing me to the sport at a young age and giving my advice constantly throughout my career. Through him, I have grown to love the sport and will prosper in the future because of it. Overall, he has been there for me both on and off the field and without him, I would not be where I am today.
Also, I would like to thank Coach (Steve) Carcaterra and Coach (Ric) Beardsley with Team United for really pushing me in the recruiting process and getting me to reach me to my full potential during summer tournaments.
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