NEWBURYPORT — Coming off Monday’s thrilling 11-9 victory over Norwell in the state semifinals, the Newburyport girls lacrosse team had yesterday off to help freshen up for Saturday’s date with Bromfield in the state championship game.
“We don’t play until Saturday, so I wanted to give them a mental break, let them have the day to themselves,” said Newburyport coach Catherine Batchelder. “I know the underclassmen are still in school, they have tests coming up, so I figured it would be good to give everyone a mental break.”
Batchelder said that once the adrenaline from the win started to wear off, the players were all exhausted. She said the game was so physical and intense that when the girls got on the bus, it took nearly half the trip home before the music came on and everyone started singing.
Now, with everyone rested and ready to go, the hard work begins. The Clippers will practice today, tomorrow and on Friday before heading down to Boston University for the biggest game in program history.
The Clippers will surely have their hands full. Last night, western champion Bromfield beat east champion Wayland 9-8 in their state semifinal matchup when attacker Sophia Turchetta scored her seventh goal of the game with 30 seconds left.
Bromfield was the top seed in the west and will enter Saturday’s final with a record of 21-1. Prior to beating Wayland in the state semifinals, they beat St. Bernards 17-5 in the west quarterfinals, Groton-Dunstable 14-13 in the west semifinals and Grafton 10-8 in the west championship game.
Bromfield’s victory also denies the Clippers a chance to exact some measure of revenge on Wayland. Last year, Newburyport faced Wayland in the quarterfinals of the state tournament and got blown out 17-8. Batchelder said it would have been fun to get a chance to avenge that loss on the biggest stage.