, Newburyport, MA


June 16, 2014


Newburyport beats Bromfield 7-6 to win Division II State Championship


“We tried to shut her down in the first half, but it wasn’t really working,” Batchelder said. “We didn’t really change anything, I just talked to the girls about having to step up and work harder. This was the last 25 minutes of the season, so it’s now or never.”

Newburyport’s defenders took the message to heart, and what followed was one of the most dominant defensive performances you will ever see in high school lacrosse.

Despite maintaining possession for close to two-thirds of the second half, Bromfield never got an open look at the net. The few shots that did make it through were turned aside by freshman goalkeeper Izzy Sarra, and every time Turchetta touched the ball, three Clippers immediately swarmed around her before she even had a chance to move.

The Clippers finally regained possession of the ball with about six minutes left, and with 5:30 on the clock, Batchelder called timeout to go over her team’s strategy for the final minutes of the game.

“With no shot clock in lacrosse, the stall is an important part of the game and we practice it a lot. And with all the close games we’ve been having through the tournament, we’ve had a chance to practice our stalls in pressure situations,” Batchelder said. “So I just told them five minutes left, this better be the best stall you’ve done all year.”

The Clippers executed the stall to perfection, passing the ball around the perimeter of Bromfield’s offensive zone as the clock slowly ticked down to zero. The Trojans never touched the ball again, and when the final horn sounded, the players poured onto the field, barely able to process what they’d just achieved.

“It’s kind of unreal. We never expected to make it this far,” said senior Julia Kipp, who scored 2 goals and recorded 2 assists on the day. “The fact that we all pulled together and we did it was really so awesome.”

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