NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Sports

May 2, 2014

Port lacrosse continues to roll

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.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China
Special Features