Mary Pettigrew, a senior defenseman who spent the whole morning chasing Turchetta around the field with Peffer, Lilly Donovan, Kelly Conway, Shannon Tinkham and the rest of her teammates on defense, said she couldn’t believe what had just happened.
“It was amazing. I didn’t think that we could do it,” she said. “Me, Ali, Lilly, Kelly and the rest of the defense, we all worked together in the second half, we picked ourselves up, regrouped and came back out.”
And Peffer, who scored what turned out to be the championship-winning goal, was speechless.
“I cried,” Peffer said. “I couldn’t believe we just did it. We were the underdogs I felt like throughout this whole season and we came out on top and it’s just amazing. I never thought it would happen in a million years.”
In the end, Newburyport claimed its first state championship in program history by coming together as a unit and playing its best lacrosse when the stakes were highest. After starting the year 2-4, the Clippers reeled off 14 straight wins to claim the title, including three in the state tournament where Newburyport came from behind to win in the second half.
Then, with the championship on the line, there would be no need for one last comeback. The Clippers grabbed onto the lead and ran with it, holding on tight until their season-long journey to the top was finally over.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Tinkham said. “I couldn’t think of a better way for it to end.”
Newburyport - 7Bromfield - 6
Julia Kipp: 2 goals, 2 assists
Kelly Conway: 1 goal, 1 assist
Lilly Donovan: 2 goals
Ali Peffer: 2 goals
Sophia Turchetta: 5 goals
Jackie Planchet: 1 goal