At Newburyport High School, the Big Blue hung in there with the Clippers on their home field. At the half, Newburyport held a slim 4-2 lead. But four straight goals in the second half proved the difference as Newburyport moved on with a 12-6 victory.
It took less than two minutes for Newburyport to take a 1-0 lead. But Swampscott came right back. Richie Sullivan (from Matt Gambale) and Sean Lannon each scored to give the Big Blue a 2-1 lead.
Newburyport peppered Swampscott goalie, Mark McMahon with shots. After several big saves, the Clippers finally started to find the back of the net. Their senior mid-fielder Steve Matses scored three times to give Newburyport a 4-2 lead at the half.
Newburyport scored the first two goals of the second half and appeared to be pulling away. Swampscott’s senior Captains Chris Mason and Sean Lannon would not go down without a fight. They each scored to cut the lead to 6-4. The Clippers came roaring back with three goals for a 9-4 lead just 30 seconds into the last quarter.
Sean Lannon, the NEC South Offensive Player of the Year, would score two more goals as the Blue made one more late push to cut the lead to 9-6.
But Newburyport’s high powered offense proved too much. They closed out the game and Swampscott’s season with a 12-6 win.