NEWBURYPORT – With just one loss midway through the year, the Clippers have already sailed their way to program history.
If their sixth-straight win wasn’t impressive enough, considering who it came against is sure to raise some eyebrows. Wednesday’s 14-12 win over Marblehead was Newburyport’s seventh win on the season and first victory against the Magicians in program history.
“It completely built up our confidence immensely,” said Newburyport senior defenseman Drew Bourdeau. “They’re a division-II team that we have never beaten. I told the guys before the game that every year we lose to three teams: Masconomet, Hamilton-Wenham and Marblehead. I said we want to show Massachusetts that we are legit, and that’s what we did by beating them. It proves how good we can be when we are playing to our ability.”
With just one new member of the team, much of the Clippers have played together year-round and know their responsibilities. In fact, many of Newburyport’s roster has played with each other since the fifth grade.
“We have been playing with each other since fifth grade, and we play in the summer together,” Bourdeau said. “Some of us play with each other in different leagues, and we practice with each other on weekends. We find a field, grab a bag of balls and just shoot around. It has helped to build chemistry.”
Though Newburyport has only fallen in one contest this year, that one loss may prove costly. Losing 10-6 to Masconomet, due in large part to two key absences, could end up costing the Clippers the Cape Ann League title.
“We wish we had that game back,” Bourdeau said. “We were missing Mike Shay and Jon Bajco, and we lost by four. With those two, it would have been a much different game. I wish we could play them twice because that loss could be a deciding factor in whether or not we win the CAL. I wish we could have that back.”