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April 25, 2014

SECOND-HALF STRUGGLE

Clippers sink late, lose to Masco

(Continued)

Masconomet sophomore Molly Gillespie gave the Chieftains some insurance with under four minutes to play, but facing a two-goal deficit, the Clippers finally gathered themselves and began to mount a comeback.

Less than a minute after Gillespie’s goal, Kipp beat the Chieftains’ defense and scored an impressive goal while falling down to bring the Clippers to within one, and on the ensuing faceoff the Clippers regained possession and had several chances to tie the game.

Unfortunately, Newburyport was unable to get a quality shot off, and once Masconomet regained possession of the ball, all they had to do was hold on until the final horn sounded.

“We just didn’t come out to play hard in the second half. We went through the motions instead of taking control of the game, which is what we talked about at halftime,” Batchelder said. “We turned it on in the last three minutes, but unfortunately it was too late.”

Kipp finished with 4 goals for the Clippers, Couturier had a goal and an assist, and Peffer scored a goal. On the Chieftains’ side, Fahey finished with 2 goals and an assist, Kathleen Gillespie and Collins each had 2 goals, and Molly Gillespie scored one.

Newburyport now stands at 2-4 on the year, while Masconomet improves to 5-2. The Clippers will be back in action today when they host Pentucket at 10 a.m.

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