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Raptors' postseason dedicated to player's father

East Ridge back up goalie Grant Boyd saw 36 minutes in net during the Raptors 25-2 drubbing of North St. Paul. (Photo by Matthew Davis)

One desire for victory has trumped any win on the field for East Ridge boys lacrosse player Grant Edwards.

His father has been battling cancer, and the team dedicated their postseason to Edwards’ father. One can hope that he will beat cancer as convincingly as the Raptors won their first Section 4 tournament games on May 29-31.

“Our team is like a family, and through these tough times, we want to let the Edwards know we support and care about them,” Raptors coach Aime Caines said.

Edwards and company have also taken care of business on the field. The Raptors throttled North St. Paul 25-2 on May 29 and then doubled up Tartan 16-8 on Saturday, May 31. It earned a berth in the Section 4 title game for the first time in the Raptors’ brief history.

Max Cooper scored a game-high six goals for the Raptors against the Polars on May 29. Mac Webb and Jack Dwyer both put in four scores along with an assist apiece.

“We have a deep team and a lot of players that are hungry for playing time, and when they got the chance, they played well,” Caines said.

Nick Wolter, Evan Woodward and Danny Lowe each netted two goals in the Raptors’ rout. Nathan Scott had three points with a goal and two assists.

Michael Elsbernd picked up a team-best five ground balls for the Raptors, and Bodie Sheehan nabbed four. Johnny Guiton and Drew Nicholson each garnered three.

“We controlled the play and transitioned the ball well,” Caines said.

East Ridge goalie Peyton Bixby split time in net with Grant Boyd. A backup goalie, Boyd made the most of his opportunity in 36 minutes of netminding with only two goals allowed.

Prior to the Raptors’ postseason run, they nailed one milestone after another during the regular season. The Raptors beat conference power Stillwater for the first time, earned the Warriors Cup in beating their South Washington rivals, took second in the conference and posted their best record ever.