By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/22/12
Malvern Prep All-American senior goalie Matt Barrett is optimistic he will be able to play in the 2013 season after recent surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Barrett, who has committed to Virginia and this fall was named the top Rising Senior Young Gun Goalie by Inside lacrosse, injured the knee in a football game vs. highly-ranked La Salle a month ago. His surgery went as planned and doctors said he should recover quickly because only he ligament was torn and the knee had no other complications.
“They said when they looked at the MRI that they didn’t see any other damage to anything but the ACL,” said Barrett, an All-Phillylacrosse.com pick last year who helped lead Team Philly to its first Under Armour Underclassmen championship and the Duke’s L.C. to a Champ Camp crown. “It was a clean tear and when they went in for the surgery they kind of looked around said it was as good as it could be.”
Barrett said his rehab is going well. He is off his crutches and walking with a brace.
“I had begun to strengthen the knee even before surgery,” he said. “After surgery, you lose a lot of muscle mass. I was off it for six days, but then the pain went down and now I try to rehab twice a day.
“I am usually in the training room for an hour or so every day after school trying to strengthen my recovery time. So far so good; the swelling is down and flexibility is good. (Getting on he field at) mid-March is my goal, I think I can do it.”
Barrett, a two-way starter on the line in football, injured the knee while pursuing a La Salle player following a fumble.
“Our offense fumbled, a La Salle kid picked it up and started running to the end zone,” Barrett said. “I was running after him and someone hit me at a weird angle. I tried to gain my balance and my foot went into the turf in a weird way.
“I felt my knee give out. I fell down and tried to get back up. I couldn’t put any weight on my knee; I knew it was pretty bad. Our trainer knew what it was.”
Barrett said he was disappointed about missing the rest of the football season and had not even thought about lacrosse at the time.
“At that point I wasn’t thinking about lacrosse,” he said. “It was a shock. I was really upset because I was having a great year and I was having a lot of fun. That was the upsetting part.
“The lacrosse part was devastating. All I can do now is work hard and get back They said if I can handle the rehab I can get back that quickly (to play in March).
“I am not going to sulk about it. I am off the crutches, but I can’t walk on it. Still, there is no pain; I left the painkillers.”
Barrett said the Friars are optimistic that they can improve on a somewhat disappointing 8-10 campaign in 2012.
“I think this year we’ll do a lot better because we are having more fun on the field,” he said. “I have been playing with these seniors for longer than I can remember and I know how good we can be when we play together.”
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