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June 9, 2014

Newburyport falls to H-W 7-6 in North Finals

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Early in the game, Bourdeau and the Newburyport defense effectively shut down the Hamilton-Wenham offense, and for the entire first half the only General who was able to do anything was senior co-captain Matt Curran, who scored all four of the Generals’ first-half goals.

Newburyport was able to get four goals of its own to go into halftime tied 4-4, but in the second half the offense began to struggle, giving Hamilton-Wenham a chance to pull ahead.

The Generals took a 5-4 lead after sophomore attacker Griffin Webber scored off a pass from senior defender Alex Rogers early in the second half, and shortly afterward Curran scored his fifth goal of the game, and then senior midfielder Brian Shaw scored to push Hamilton-Wenham’s lead to three.

With time starting to run out, Newburyport made one last push to tie the game.

Attacker Mike Shay scored his second goal of the game immediately after Shaw’s goal to cut the deficit to two, and then Matthew Cote scored right to make it a 7-6 game with nine minutes to play.

Newburyport had a number of opportunities to tie the game after that, going on the man advantage three times due to Hamilton-Wenham penalties, but the Generals were able to clamp down and keep the Clippers from gaining the equalizer, capped off by Littlefield’s last stop with time about to expire.

Though the season didn’t end the way they would have preferred, Newburyport will still be able to look back on this season as the best in program history.

Prior to this year, no Newburyport boys lacrosse team had ever reached the North Finals, and Gaudiano said he believes the foundation is now in place to build on this success going forward.

“It was our best season so far,” Gaudiano said. “I think the seniors did a great job as far as their leadership goes, and as far as the roles a lot of these seniors played.

“I can’t say enough about the senior class and hopefully the legacy is our younger guys will see the importance of a good senior class.”

Division III North Finals

Hamilton-Wenham - 7

Newburyport - 6

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