CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- On or off the field St. Anne's-Belfield's Emmett Barger brings a different level of intensity to the table.
"Just a competitor, I mean he's a real competitor in everything that he does, whether lacrosse, academics or just playing ping pong with his friends," STAB boys lacrosse Coach Bo Perriello said, "Just a real knack to compete."
"It's just so fast paced and fun," Barger said, "There's a lot of brotherhood involved with it that comes here at St. Anne's that is just unmatched."
That fire on the field is just one of the things passed down through the generations of current Division I players, who came before Barger.
"Those guys, they just kind of introduced me to this school and the tradition here and the program what it's all about," Barger said.
Barger has joined an elite few at STAB as a two-year captain now.
"Someone I know the other players look too as well as the coaches for someone we can rely on, communication between the coaches, but also among the players," Perriello said.
"I try to do everything to set the tempo for the team as a captain and just going out there," Barger said, "Showing all the emotion that I can gets everybody amped up."
But it is not just the on-field intensity Barger adopted from his former teammates.
"The guys that came before me also made it clear that all this stuff on the field is great and you can work so hard and do your best, but you also have to keep up in the classroom and do your best there," Barger said, "I wanted to be a high-level athlete and go to the next level and so that came with working hard in the classroom."
Setting up Barger to play for one of the nation's top programs in Notre Dame, where Barger hopes to continue to set the example for those behind him.
"This last year has all been about just leaving my legacy here at STAB and leaving a good footprint," Barger said.
"Makes it really special to be able to send kids out there and know the expereince they're going to have and feel like Emmett is really got the potential to be great for them," Perriello said.