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Watertown field hockey team bounces back after historic loss

Watertown, MA: September 13, 2017: The number 184 is still on the window of the Athletic Director's office at Watertown High School, reflecting the number of consecutive wins by the field hockey team before they finally lost earlier this week. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).
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No. 184 is still prominent on the window of athletic director Mike Lahiff at Watertown High, saluting the national-record nine-year unbeaten streak by the school’s field hockey team. The Raiders lost to Winchester, 3-0, on Monday. But Lahiff said the number will stay up for the rest of the season to acknowledge the great achievement.

WATERTOWN — For the Watertown field hockey team, seeing its historic, best-in-the-nation 184-game unbeaten streak snapped Monday changed nothing about the Raiders’ approach.

“Every single day is important,” senior captain Maddie Leitner said. “A new day, a new game.”

After beating Arlington, 4-0, at Victory Field Wednesday afternoon, the Watertown players tried to take Monday’s loss in stride, despite it being the first of their high school careers.


Senior captain Jonna Kennedy received some valuable advice from her sister, Kourtney, a freshman at the University of Connecticut and a player instrumental in Watertown’s success until she graduated last year. Jonna said Kourtney told her: “Now we’re forgetting about that game. It’s over. It’s done.”

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Fellow senior captain Sydney Poulin joined Jonna Kennedy almost in unison: “We’re focusing on today and tomorrow’s practice.”

“That game is over,” head coach Eileen Donahue echoed. “We’re always focusing on the [next] practice. In practice we had to work on our defensive play. Still need a lot of work. And that’s all we can do.”

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Her team ahead, 3-0, at halftime of Wednesday’s game against visiting Arlington, Watertown head coach Eileen Donahue kept the focus on the work ahead, not looking back.

The defense looked strong Wednesday, shutting out the Spyponders and limiting Arlington to just five shots. Senior Lauren Petrillo (who also had a goal in the win) and junior Gabby Venezia frequently forced turnovers.

“We knew we had to work hard,” Poulin said. “We came out strong in the first half.”


As for the second half?

“It could have been a lot better,” Kennedy said. “We need to work on being more consistent when we play.”

The three captains believed the biggest lesson they took from Monday’s loss was the need to sustain their intensity and focus.

“We always have to come out hard,” Leitner said. “We’ve known that the past three years, it’s always been the same way. That game didn’t change anything.”

Needham 5, Braintree — Senior Stella Pace tallied one goal and two assists for the 17th-ranked Rockets (4-0).


Wellesley 4, Milton 0 — The Raiders (4-0-1) were paced by two goals and an assist from junior Meredith Clay.

Boys’ soccer

Mansfield 2, Stoughton 0 — Seniors Cullen Anastasia and Sam Hyland scored for the Green Hornets (2-0-2).

Holliston 1, Medfield 0 — Junior Johnny Paecht scored the lone goal for the Panthers (3-1).

Carver 5, Hull 1 — Freshman Dominique Craig recorded a hat trick while fellow classmate Mike Sawicki had two goals of his own for Crusaders (2-2).

Norwell 6, Middleborough 3 — Senior captain Ty Studley notched a hat trick for the Clippers (4-1)

Hingham 3, Hanover 1 — Sophomores Blake Murphy and Nick Lynch, and senior Brendan Erickson, each scored for the Harbormen (3-0).

Boys’ cross-country

Dover-Sherborn 27, Westwood 32 — Junior Zach Conant led all runners on the 5k course with a time of 17:56.

Boys’ golf

Bishop Stang 99, New Bedford 41 — Junior Caleb Ikkela shot a 3-over 39 for the Spartans (2-1).

Hingham 256, Whitman-Hanson 279 — Senior Rich Miller earned medalist honors with a 1-under 35 for the Harbormen.

Shrewsbury 213, Shepherd Hill 227 — Shrewsbury’s Matt Rossi and Shepherd Hill’s Dan Brooks shared medalist honors at 3-over 39 at The Haven. Shrewsbury is 4-2-1, Nashoba 2-1-1 and Shepherd Hill 0-3.

Girls’ soccer

Rockland 3, East Bridgewater 0 — Grace Oliver (2 goals) continued her early season tear and Maryn Monett netted a goal to power the Bulldogs. Maddie Blonde, Taylor McSweeney, and freshman Kendra Peretzman registered assists.

Mansfield 6, Stoughton 0 — Junior forward Cassidy McMahon had a hand in four scores (two goals, two assists) from the No. 5 Green Hornets.

Norwell 3, Middleborough 1 — Senior Emily McKenna and Bridget Coffee each tallied a goal and an assist for the No. 9 Clippers (4-0)

Newton North 2, Framingham 0 — With goals from junior Abigail Dobies and senior Shemara Van Kuijlk, the Tigers improved to 2-2.

Saint Joseph Prep 5, Cathedral 0 — Junior forward Fiona Thompson led the way with two goals for the Phoenix (1-1).

Thayer 5, Dana Hall 1 — Junior forward Brittany Raphino provided three goals for Tigers (1-0).

Natick 11, Norwood 0 — Freshman forward Keri Onorato notched her first varsity goal as the No. 10 Redhawks (3-0) cruised at home.

Wellesley 3, Milton 2 — Senior Caitlin Chicoskee and sophomore Charlotte Freniere carried the offensive load for the Raiders as they picked up their first win of the season.

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