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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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).
Hingham 3, Hanover 1 — Sophomores Blake Murphy and Nick Lynch, and senior Brendan Erickson, each scored for the Harbormen (3-0).
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.For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.