“She was absolutely magnificent,” Gonnam said of Travers. “And that’s what tournament play is all about. A team that is motivated, a goalie that’s hot. I don’t care what seed you are, it makes no difference at all at that point.”
Both overtime periods came and went with both teams evenly represented and scoreless, leading to the shootout where Lynnfield nailed the first kick and, true to form, so did Newburyport, thanks to senior co-captain Aly Leahy.
“It was a lot of pressure, but we practice them all year,” Leahy said of her PK. “I was just thinking that it is just like practice and put it away in the left corner.”
Lynnfield botched the second kick and Carly Brand hit hers. The Pioneers missed shot No. 3 and Bresnahan sank the corresponding shot. Lynnfield hit the fourth shot, but so did Jaycie Triandafilou and the Clippers were champs once again.
“All of our 10 seniors have been watching (this team) since we were in fifth grade and just to be a part of it and to win championships together like we saw them win is a great feeling,” Leahy said, choking back tears. “We’re making our mark and it feels good.”