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April 4, 2013

A defensive pairing with chemistry

Mombello, Buckley hope to give Newburyport strength in front of net

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Mombello started his Clipper lacrosse career as a short-stick offensive player, then moved to defense to help the team. Having been stopped by good defensemen in the past, Mombello likes ruining opposing players’ days.

“Stopping the other people is kind of enjoyable,” Mombello said.

Buckley, for his part, says he just loves making offensive players miserable.

“Having somebody being upset because you stopped them,” said Buckley. “Or having somebody mad at you because they didn’t get the ball, or you got the ball away from them, or you hit them too hard, it’s just fun.”

With the season about to begin, the fact that both Clippers say they are going to try to enjoy it as much as they can should could spell bad news for opposing forwards.

“Obviously, it is a heartbreaker to leave the school and have our last season,” said Buckley. “But it’s a lot of fun. You get to know all of the people that you’ve been with, you get to make new friendships with new guys coming up. You also have a responsibility to be better than you were last season, and it’s always fun being a senior to give it your all. So you just lay it out and go hard, every single day.”

“Just having this as our last Clipper varsity season together, I think we want to make the best of it that we can,” said Mombello. “Moving the program along (is important). We have a lot of new kids, and we want to make sure everyone does as well as they can to keep the program going.”

Keeping the program in good shape will be a little more difficult for the Clippers this year after their star offensive midfielder, Sam Francis, was been sidelined with an ACL tear in the Thanksgiving football game against Amesbury last fall. But that is where Gaudiano sees an opportunity for his defense to shine.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve really been carried offensively,” Gaudiano said. “We’ve been able to score a bunch of goals. We’re kind of looking at (the defense) now to maybe pull the wagon a little bit before some of our younger offensive players get used to playing varsity and get going.”

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