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April 27, 2013

No excuses for Clippers

Newburyport marches on without top player

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Healey has had the biggest transition to make moving up from defensive mid to midfield proper but he likes the new altitude.

“It’s sort of a big change,” Healey admits of moving to the mid. “Because I’m usually not really working the plays. I’m just bringing the ball down and tossing it to (Matses and Bajako). It’s a little bit different, you know. It’s giving me a new perspective.”

New kid on the first line, Bajako has been looking to his elders for guidance.

“Being new, it’s a little bit difficult,” says Bajako, who came up from the junior varsity squad last year. “I just kind of have to go play-by-play. Look to Tyler, he has a lot of experience.”

Matses has been impressed by what he has seen from his squad so far and has high expectations.

“I think if we (continue to) incorporate Mike Shay, Matt Kelleher, Nick Federico, and these two, we’ll be fine,” Matses says of Bajako and Healey. “If we continue our plays, continue to play as a team, I think that this is our season.”

The next big test for these Clippers will come in North Reading on Tuesday.

“Last year, North Reading bumped us out of the CAL title,” says Healey. “We have them next and we want to come back and get that. Hopefully we can change that this year.”

Once the Hornets are out of the way, the biggest game of the first half of the season will be at home on Friday, May 10.

“We’ve never beat Masco in program history and I think this is the year (as well),” says Matses. “They lost a lot of seniors and we only got stronger.”

“We play Masco soon,” Francis nods. “Hamilton-Wenham is always good. Swamscott and Austin Prep are good this year. We have some real tests coming up.”

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