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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 veteran Prep coach, now heading into his 20th year on the job, had every reason to hate Beverly, a city with an established youth program that had his team’s number.

But Roy remembers more than just the losses. He remembers that win.

“It was an excellent game and great to see them win. A North Shore team representing,” Roy said. “As much as I disliked Beverly it was nice to have the state title on the North Shore. I was rooting for Beverly even though they were our enemy. We respected them as an opponent and I remember being glad to be at the game, seeing the stands full at Beverly to watch lacrosse. It was really something because it was emerging, the growth of lacrosse on the North Shore.”

Campbell, a Beverly native, remembers being at the game, too. He was only 12 years old, but he remembers the makeup of that Beverly team.

“I didn’t know them personally, but Larry Kline was one of those goalies who nobody knew what was going on with. He’d be running out of the net and Duxbury was a typical fundamental lacrosse team. The kids from Beverly were out knocking people o ver and playing hard-nosed, in-your-face lacrosse,” Campbell said. “Duxbury was the all-star team that got beat by the blue collar team that outworked them.”

Kline, for the most part, agrees with Campbell’s scouting report for Beverly. They were tough and well-coached with Ginolfi on the sidelines.

“We were a tough, blue collar team with a couple of finesse kids sprinkled in spots where we needed them,” Kline said. “It’s easy to jell when you’re a close group off the field. Whether that always breeds success, I don’t know; for us it did.

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