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Summer wraps for Eastside boys lacrosse team

Members of the Eastside Mavericks boys lacrosse team huddle up after a timeout in a tournament game in Chicago this summer. Submitted Photo by Mike Dopkins.

Another summer has passed for the South Washington County boys lacrosse conglomerate known as the Eastside Mavericks -- and according to coach Rich Limpert, it was a season well spent.

"It went really well for us," he said. "We had 30 guys, 26 of which were new to this level, so we really wanted to build for next year and I was very happy with how things went."

Eastside, made up of players who will be attending one of District 833's three high schools this fall, took fourth place in its Homegrown Lacrosse summer league, played on weeknights at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Four Eastside players -- midfielders Jacob Matenaer and Nate Dopkins, attacker Mike Koprucki and goaltender Connor King represented the Mavericks in the Homegrown All-Star game, "ripping it up" according to Limpert.

Eastside finished off its summer by nearly cracking .500 at the premier Chicago Challenge tournament in July.

"We went 3-5 on the weekend, coming back after going 1-2 on the first day and 0-3 on the second day," Limpert said. "The switch went on the third day."

The weekend was a great team-building event, according to Limpert, as Eastside looks to keep their players together in a District 833 co-op for the spring high school league season for another two years.

"It looks like (the Minnesota State High School League) will allow it," Limpert said. "We're hoping for a decision on it in the next couple months."

Limpert, coach of the Woodbury High School varsity team which has had both WHS and Park High School players and prospectively now East Ridge High School students within its ranks noted that if things go as planned, the program will begin three prep teams of freshman and sophomore students this spring.

Each prep team will separately represent their individual schools at a lower level for the next two seasons before all three schools go their own varsity ways by those players junior and senior seasons.

"We really appreciate the support we've gotten from the communities and each school's activities directors," Limpert said. "We all want to do what's best for the kids, not just split up for the sake of splitting."