Newburyport certainly has building blocks for the future with Shay and Kelleher set to return for two more years. Guthro and defenseman Drew Bourdeau — both juniors — can certainly build on their promising performances in yesterday’s game. Several seniors like Francis, Mombello, Robert Cataldo, Seb Hardin, Matses and Alex Buckley, among others, certainly left their mark on a program that has logged a record of 58-14 over the last four seasons.
“We went into the season without Sam Francis, and we took a rash of injuries at midseason,” Gaudiano said. “To their credit, they got this far. It’s tough on the seniors. But that’s how the tournament goes. You win one, and it only gets more disappointing. It’s tough because this was a winnable game, but the bounces didn’t go our way.”