BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The 21-year-old man killed in a boating crash in West River over the weekend was a student and lacrosse player at Anne Arundel County Community College, the school said Monday.

Nick Barton attended the school from 2019 to Spring 2022 and was a three-year member of the school’s men’s lacrosse team, the school said in a post mourning the loss. He was a midfielder who played in 29 career games with 39 goals and nine assists.

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Nick was a great player, but that’s not what’s important,” said head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Stanilaus. “In the three years that I was blessed to know him, he made huge strides in the classroom. Nick made everyone around him better, myself included. I am so grateful our paths crossed. We will forever miss his presence, but will never forget the leader he was becoming.”

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Barton was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2021 and Spring 2022, the school said.

Police responded Saturday evening to West River near Parish Creek after a boat struck a channel piling. The impact of the collision caused all six occupants to be ejected from the boat and into the water, and Barton did not resurface. His body was found after a search, police said.

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CBS Baltimore Staff