Darien Lacrosse Stars Matheis, Barker Undergo Surgery

Patch.com--Darien, Conn. —June 16, 2011

If you're going to need surgery, best to have it done with a friend.

That was the situation facing Darien lacrosse standouts Case Matheis and Clay Barker, who had operations performed Wednesday at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Matheis underwent a procedure to repair a torn meniscus, while Barker was in surgery for a torn ACL.

The surgeries were performed by David Altchek, who rebuilt Barker's shoulder two years ago after he dislocated it in the Turkey Bowl.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to have surgery with a buddy," quipped April Barker, Clay's mother. "They were scared, but they helped each other get through it."

According to Barker, the recovery time for her son is three to six months.

Barker said it will depend of how quickly her son's body heals and how hard he is willing to work in rehabilitation.

At best, it would seem that Clay won't be able to start playing until mid-September.

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