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John Sexton stands alone as a long stick defender at Lincoln-Sudbury

Joe Cormier, left, felt the heat from John Sexton during Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Acton-Boxboro Lacrosse.
Joe Cormier, left, felt the heat from John Sexton during Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Acton-Boxboro Lacrosse.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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The afternoon before one of the biggest lacrosse games of his high school career, a Division 1 East semifinal showdown against Acton-Boxborough with temperatures in the high 70s, John Sexton was far from sinking into a couch.

Choosing not to rest his legs, and forgoing a chance to relax his mind, Sexton was standing on the sidelines of a seventh-grade Town Pride League lacrosse game, holding nothing but a gallon jug of water.

“Great job; good work; finish strong,” were heard coming from him that morning.

Sexton, perhaps the best player in the state, was finishing out his commitment as a volunteer coach for middle school players.

He’s 5-foot-9, 182 pounds, and he’s ferocious with the stick-check, graceful on his feet and nearly unbeatable one-on-one.

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