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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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“However, if we go to 2010 in my opinion, with the evolution of lacrosse I just think the quality of lacrosse was better in 2010 than it was in 2002 and 2003. The culture has changed so dramatically even in a seven- or eight-year span. The quality of Eastern Massachusetts lacrosse is higher.”

Overall, it’s hard to question whether or not the level of skill in Massachusetts lacrosse has improved. What’s hard to judge is heart and toughness. And Beverly had a lot in those departments.

“The competitor in me wants to say, yeah I do think we’d beat them. Anyone would say that, but I do believe it,” Kline said. “That group at Beverly, the majority of us were on the same select team. We traveled a lot and played some of the best teams in the country.

“I think we had the talent, but I know that we worked hard. If you have the ability and you work hard you’ll have success at any level. There are no doubts that group would have worked five years earlier or five years later against the Prep."

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