NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

June 13, 2014

'THEY TRUST EACH OTHER'

Newburyport's defense faces its toughest test yet in Bromfield

(Continued)

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

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss
Special Features