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August 20, 2013

Fantasy Matchups: 2003 Beverly vs. 2010 St. John's Prep lacrosse

Picking a winner between the area's two best-ever lacrosse teams no easy task

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The Duxbury defense was late to slide and Blackwell fired a shot that hit the right post and squirted back through the crease to the left side of the net. Campbell swatted the ball off the ground, like a one-timer in hockey, into the net with seven seconds remaining in regulation.

St. John’s goalie Nick Triano then made a critical stop in overtime, cleared the ball to defender James Fahey and The Salem News Player of the Year for 2010 carried the ball in his long pole the rest of the way, depositing the game-winner.

“I jumped higher when we tied it than when we won. Tying at seven seconds, you gotta be kidding me. I went nuts, as everybody did,” Roy said.

“When James is running down I’m thinking, this is going in. He’s scoring this goal. I was almost ready for it. At that point I was wondering what end I should go to. Do I pile on James or go to Triano?”

After all they had been through, the Eagles knew overtime was their time.

“Once Nick made that great save, James was already on the outlet,” Campbell remembered. “He had scored like four goals with the same play. I’m thinking he’s either shooting or passing to me and either way, we’re scoring.”

Comparing eras

Roy remembers the losses. Three straight years, from 2002-04, Beverly bounced the Eagles in the state tournament quarterfinals. The Panthers also beat St. John’s in each of those regular seasons.

At the time, Roy was trying to build a program. He had athletes all over his lineup back then, but very few of them grew up with a lacrosse stick in their hands. It seemed the Eagles were chasing two teams — Beverly and conference foe Malden Catholic.

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