“I had a lot of girls on the team that I looked up to,” Hefferan said. “The girls ahead of me were passionate about the team.”
That passion seemed to lead to positive results on the field. The Clippers logged a combined record of 46-7-8 over the last three seasons. This season was the first of the last three in which the Clippers did not earn a Cape Ann League championship. However, the team finished the regular season strong with a record of 7-0-1 in the last eight games. Newburyport did not allow a single goal in that stretch.
“It was different this year,” Hefferan said. “In the beginning, we all struggled to take on a leadership role. We discovered where the power lay, and we all came together. It was challenging because our younger girls are a little quieter. We didn’t do as well as in past years, but we did well given the situation.”
Hefferan started playing field hockey in fifth or sixth grade at a camp at St. Michael’s. She later played in an after-school program at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport before joining Seacoast United. Despite playing for several coaches with several different teams, she considers her mother her biggest coaching influence.
“She’s always pushed me ever since I started,” Hefferan said. “She knows how much I want this. Sometimes it’s frustrating having your mom be your coach, but she’s always a coaching influence.