If you drive by Watertown High School you will notice some large numbers posted in the window. These signify the success of the Watertown field hockey team.
The numbers are both large in size – around five feet high – and what the stand for – the Raiders unbeaten streak. On Thursday the number “121” was displayed but Athletic Director Michael Lahiff will have to add another 2 after Watertown defeated Lincoln-Sudbury 7-0 on Thursday afternoon. The game was well in hand after at halftime, when the Raiders held a 5-0.
Lahiff said he came up with the idea to mark the streak, which is the second longest in the nation, ever.
“I checked with Coach (Eileen) Donahue to make sure I wasn’t jinxing her or anything,” Lahiff said.
Last year, the Raiders set the state record with its 94th straight unbeaten game. Later that year they passed the second longest streak of 106 by Oklahoma City Cassidy School.
The longest streak is 153, set by Voorhees Eastern of New Jersey, according to Topofthecircle.com.
Coach Donahue’s Raiders will have to continue the streak through next year to have a shot at the top spot.
Watertown’s last lost came on Nov. 12, 2008, to Hopkinton in a MIAA Div. 2 state semifinal.