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DANVERS — The loss, a 7-4 quarterfinal defeat to Newton North, the 22nd seed in the Division 1 North tournament, resonated all summer with every player at St. John’s Prep.
When they reunited in August, in the hallways and the weight room at St. John’s Prep, the players focused on one game: an opening day matchup against Catholic Conference rival, and defending Division 1 state champion, Xaverian Brothers.
When the opener finally arrived, the sizzle turned to fizzle, particularly for the 13 Prep seniors, in a 6-5 loss.
Since that humbling opener, the Eagles have not endured that feeling again, ripping off 16 straight wins (through Wednesday’s 13-0 mercy-rule victory over visiting Everett), including a 7-3 triumph at Xaverian.