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East Ridge boys lacrosse: Raptors crush North St. Paul 18-1 in season opener

East Ridge put aside any concerns about their offensive output for one game.

They piled on the goals in an 18-1 win over North St. Paul to open the season on Monday, April 14. On a chilly night at Polar Field, the Raptors offense looked as on fire as ever in spite of losing the firepower of their graduated seniors.

“It’s a good start,” Raptors coach Aime Caines said. “We started this program four years ago, and it’s our fifth year, so we want to make some noise this year. “I think the team that we put together for the varsity level has the ability to do that.”

Killian Wilson had five points on four goals and an assist to lead the black-and-gold. Jacob Wetterstrom scored three goals.

“We were pretty much able to run around and execute our plays well,” Wetterstrom said.

Evan Woodward, Grant Edwards, Randy Wilson and Mac Webb each scored two goals to help the Raptors run away with the game. Wilson also went 5-1 on face-offs, and Drew Nicholson won three.

“Our attack really filled the net tonight,” Caines said.

Max Cooper, Johnny Guiton and Nathan Scott each knotted a goal in the victory. Bodie Sheehan picked up four ground balls. Defensively, the Raptors helped eighth-grade goalie Peyton Bixby allow just one goal.

“I thought they did outstanding,” Bixby said of the defense.

Bixby picked up his first win of the season in goal. He played in net for the Raptors last year as the second varsity goalie during his seventh-grade year. This season, Bixby takes over the starting role full-time.

“I think having him for six years at the varsity level is going to make our program that much stronger,” Caines said.

Bixby moved from Washington state with his family during elementary school. He first picked up the sport there and has excelled since.

“He’s kind of a phenom,” Caines said.

Bixby had seven saves and allowed four goals in their 8-4 win against Rochester Century on Tuesday, April 15. The Raptors pulled ahead to stay with a four-goal second period in the home win.

Randy Wilson and Edwards each put in two goals for the black-and-gold. Jack Dwyer, Webb, Wetterstrom, Killian Wilson and Wyatt Haas each knotted a goal. Sheehan have seven ground balls, and John Lloyd picked up four.

Up next, the Raptors play at Stillwater on Wednesday 7 p.m. and host Woodbury on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

-Matthew Davis