BYFIELD – Newburyport took round one of this week’s home-and-home showdown with archrival Triton, as the Clippers beat the Vikings 14-12 in a thrilling game that almost saw Triton complete a huge comeback.
Newburyport led Triton 9-6 at halftime, by which point Clipper stars Ali Peffer and Julia Kipp each already had four goals each, but after the Clippers extended their lead to 12-7 early in the second half, the Vikings started to fight back.
Triton scored four unanswered goals to cut the deficit to one, and with about 10 minutes left the Vikings found themselves down only 12-11 with all the momentum on their side.
But it wasn’t to be, as the Clippers tightened up on defense and managed to maintain possession of the ball for most of the remainder of the game. Newburyport wound up scoring a couple more times, and though Triton was able to get one more goal, it wouldn’t be enough as Newburyport secured the 14-12 win.
“We fought back hard and Newburyport just held us off at the end,” said Triton coach Stacey Beaulieu. “They got control of the ball late and we couldn’t get it back, they did a really good job with their stall.”
Peffer finished as the game’s leading scorer 7 goals, followed closely by Kipp, who had 5 goals and 1 assist. Triton’s top scorer was Megan Muldowney, who had 5 goals, followed by Nikki Sullivan, who had 2 goals and 2 assists.
The other scorers for Newburyport were Lily Donovan and Brenna Williams, who each had a goal, and Kelly Conway, who had an assist. Triton’s other scorers included Sarah Ganzenmuller and Skyla Lewis, who had two goals each, Lily Dow, who had two assists, Jess Greaney, who had one goal, and Jean Martin, who had one assist.
Both goaltenders were strong in net as well, as Newburyport’s Izzy Sarra finished with 10 saves and Triton’s Emma Cashman made nine.