Totino-Grace Boys’ Lacrosse Culture and Mission Statement:
The Totino-Grace Boys’ Lacrosse team is committed to being a program of integrity and respect. We approach the game of Lacrosse with enthusiasm and determination; embracing that the greatest successes are achieved in life’s greatest challenges. The TG boys lacrosse team above all, is a family. As brothers, we will show our support for one another in our all out style of play. We believe giving ourselves for the good of others holds the highest honor of all. We believe that a team is made of individuals contributing every available asset to the good of team. And as a TEAM, we’re able to move forward to tackle challenges that lie ahead. The program’s number one goal is to produce young men that exemplify integrity, grit, determination, and a zeal for life. We also want our young men to hold each other accountable and embrace high expectations. We want our young man to exemplify the earner. The earner is someone who is willing to do what is necessary to achieve lofty goals and conquer challenges for the good of those around him, as much as for himself. The earner not only achieves one goal, but embraces theupcoming after one is accomplished.
Coach Barter played high school lacrosse at Tabor Academy, MA, where he started as a goalie for three years. He was captain of his team and was awarded All-American honors in 1996. He attended Gettysburg College where he was a three-time All-American, including first-team honors in 1999. He was the first back-to-back Centennial Conference Player of the Year (1999, 2000) and was tabbed NCAA Division III Goalie of the Year in 1999. He was a three-time all-conference first-team selection and finished as the conference’s all-time leader in save percentage (.620) and goals against average (7.02). Coach Barter led the team to four NCAA appearances and three conference titles. In his senior year, was captain of his team. He was inducted into the Gettysburg College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. Coach Barter has coached lacrosse for 15+ years. In addition to coaching lacrosse, he is a father of two and teaches French at TG.
Assistant Coach Schwartz played defense for three years at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, MN. Attending North Dakota State University, he played club lacrosse for two years at close defense and LSM. Following college, he went on to coaching the first two years of the Hutchinson High School boys lacrosse team.
Assistant Coach Halstead was given his first lacrosse stick in 1980, and was taught the basics by Donnie Tillar. He attended James W. Robins High School in Fairfax, VA, where he started as a freshman and played for four years. He was recruited to the Army for football and decide to walk-on to the lacrosse team. He transferred to St John's in Collegeville, MN in 1987, and he helped to start and played for the inaugural St. John’s Lacrosse Team. He has been a coach for Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and the St. Paul Lacrosse youth programs. He also has coached high school lacrosse for the St. Paul Celts and is the current Boys Coordinator for St. Paul Youth Lacrosse.
Assistant Coach Walter played high school lacrosse at Totino-Grace, where he played goalie for a year and then played midfield for the remaining three years. He was captain and was awarded All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2015. He attended Beloit College, where he played FOGO. Coach Walter has played lacrosse for seven years, most of which through TG.
Assistant Coach Rodgers played lacrosse at Totino-Grace, midfield and faceoffs for all four years. He graduated in 2017, and currently attends The University of Minnesota, pursuing a major in Economics. He plays lacrosse for the U of M as a faceoff and defensive midfield specialist. He has worked and coached lacrosse around the Twin Cities area through the U of M and Homegrown Lacrosse since 2015.
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