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Aug. 9, 2018 — A death in the lacrosse family

Yesterday morning, Chris Barnes, the head girls’ lacrosse coach at Webster Thomas (N.Y.), died after a bout with colon cancer.

Barnes worked with both scholastic lacrosse programs in the town of Webster, located on the south shore of Lake Ontario, a few miles east of Rochester. Indeed, he started both Thomas and crosstown rival Webster Herbert W. Schroeder (N.Y.), not exactly the easiest career path.

But that path bore fruit. Barnes won nearly 200 games as head coach while playing in a league and section featuring regional powers Canandaigua, Pittsford, Brighton, and Penfield. Barnes’ career highlight was getting the Titans all the way to the NYSPHSAA Class A semifinals in 2006, losing to eventual state champion Yorktown.

Off the field, however, his career highlight was his courage in the face of cancer. Media reports in the last day laud his focus and positivity with his players.

“He coached his last game in June and coached our team through the entire season,”  former Thomas athletic director Scott Morrison said. “He was just so positive about everything and the way he fought this is a tremendous example for anybody.”