As far as the other underclassmen go, Batchelder highlighted the improvement of Ryan and Fortier as a key development for the team.
“Courtney started the year on JV, and with injuries and such we pulled her up. Now she’s starting and she’s a huge part of the defense, and she’s had to learn a lot,” Batchelder said. “Liz is a freshman, she’s had to learn a ton this year going from youth lacrosse to a varsity level lacrosse.”
Ultimately, Batchelder said that no one player has served as the anchor that holds the whole unit together, and that’s why they’ve been so successful. Newburyport’s defense has confounded opposing defenses all season by becoming greater than the sum of its parts. And even faced with its toughest test on the biggest stage, the Clippers know they can count on each other to get the job done.
“It’s been a really long season, so we spend literally every day together,” Donovan said. “So we kind of have to get along, and with that comes the trust.”
Division II State Championship
Newburyport vs. Bromfield
Tomorrow, 10:30 a.m., Nickerson Field