Johns Hopkins short-stick defensive midfielder Danny Jones met Virginia’s Will Barrow for only a short time when Jones was about 9 years old, but it left a lasting impression.
Barrow was playing at Virginia, but was giving a lacrosse clinic at his former high school, Baldwin (N.Y.). He wore a Virginia jacket and appeared to be 7 feet tall.
At the time he was also one of the best and fastest midfielders in the country, and African-American.
“I was like 9 or 10 years old,” said Jones, a Baldwin native and junior at Hopkins. “He was a giant to me, the first guy to introduce me to lacrosse. There were other sports heroes at the time like Tom Brady and Ray Lewis. But this was...