WHS Sports: Raiders Earn Two Victories Over Belmont, Football Falls

Two Watertown High School teams beat archrival Belmont last week, while the Raiders struggled on the football field. Boys Soccer

The Raiders boys soccer team not only beat the Marauders Friday, but the 1-0 victory gave them their seventh win in a row. Junior Nicholas DiPace’s second half goal proved to be the winner for Watertown in the game played at Victory Field on Friday afternoon. The Raiders have not let in a goal in the last four games

Watertown improved to 7-2-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the Middlesex League. Field Hockey

The Watertown High School field hockey team has also gone on a long winning streak, winning eight in a row, including a 3-1 win over Belmont last Wednesday.

Watertown Field Hockey Opens Season Next Week

The Raiders won the North Section title in 2018 but fell short of winning the state championship. The 2019 campaign begins in the first week of September. The Watertown High School field hockey team will be seeking to retake the State crown in 2019 after falling in the playoffs, last year, for the first time in nearly a decade. The Raiders, who are coached by soon-to-be hall of fame coach Eileen Donahue, have a scrimmage at Div. 1 power Walpole on Sept.

WHS Field Hockey Coach to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Watertown field hockey coach Eileen Donahue speaks to her players. Donahue will be inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The following announcement came from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association:

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is honored to announce that head field hockey coach at Watertown High School, Eileen Donahue, will be inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame this year. This fall, Donahue will begin her 33rd season at the helm of the Watertown High School field hockey program — a team she’s led since 1986. Her tenure with Watertown is full of record-breaking performances and a dominance enjoyed by only a handful of coaches in the history of high school sports.

See the Raiders Who Made the Middlesex All-Stars This Fall

Watertown had a baker’s dozen of athletes in four sports make the Middlesex League All-Stars in the Fall season. Boys Soccer – MVP: Alex Egan; All-Stars: Luke Murphy, Chris Iannetta, Alex Egan, Jafiah Edwards, Rodrigo Freitas, Ruben Sara

Girls Cross Country – Lakshmi Thangaraj

Field Hockey – MVP: Gabby Venezia; All-Conference: Gabby Venezia, Ally Kennedy, Olivia Lampasona; All-Stars: Catherine Connors, Shannon Hughes

Boys Cross Country – Jack Barry

Two Watertown Players Named to All-Scholastic Field Hockey Teams

Watertown High School seniors Gabby Venezia, left, and Olivia Lampasona made the All-Scholastic Teams named by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. A pair of Watertown High School field hockey players made the All-Scholastic teams as named by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Seniors Gabby Venezia and Olivia Lampasona made the prestigious team named by Boston’s two major papers. 

Venezia scored 22 goals for the Raiders and added 10 assists. The midfielder was named the Middlesex League’s Most Valuable Player and made the Middlesex League All-Stars for the second straight year. She will be playing in college next year at Holy Cross.

Two Watertown Field Hockey Players Sign Letters to Play in College

Two members of the Watertown High School field hockey team will continue playing the sport when the move on to college next year. 

Monday afternoon, Gabby Venezia and Catherine Connors signed letters of intent to play in college. Venezia will be playing at Holy Cross, while Connors will join the team at Stonehill College. Watertown Head Coach Eileen Donahue thanked Venezia and Connors for their leadership this season, along with fellow co-captain Olivia Lampasona, Venezia and Connors were good examples to their teammates, Donahue added. “Both played any position they were asked to play, they always put the team’s needs ahead of individual needs,” Donahue said. “They only knew one way to play, it was to play all out.”

Watertown Field Hockey’s 9-Year Tourney Win Streak Ends With Loss in State Semifinal

BRAINTREE — Something happened Tuesday night for the first time since George W. Bush was in the White House — the Watertown High School field hockey team lost in the State Tournament. 

The Raiders’ nine-plus year, 49 game State Tournament winning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to Dennis-Yarmouth in the MIAA Div. 2 State Semifinal. After one-goal wins in the past two rounds, Watertown again found itself in a dogfight. The Dolphins strategy of packing in on defense and playing for a counterattack frustrated the Raiders in the first half. One of Dennis-Yarmouth’s forays into Watertown territory resulted in two straight corners.

Watertown Faces High Scoring Dennis-Yarmouth in State Semifinal

Once again, the Watertown High School field hockey team is back in the state semifinal, and for the second straight year they face a tough Dennis-Yarmouth. 

Tuesday night’s matchup pits two unbeaten squads. The Raiders come in as North Champs with a record of 20-0-1, while the Dolphins — champions of the South — carry a record of 18-0-3. Watertown won its 11th straight North Section title on Saturday, and the team seeks its 10th straight MIAA Div. 2 State Championship. The road has not been as easy as past years.