Raiders Defeat Bishop Fenwick in First Round of State Field Hockey Tournament

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Charlie Breitrose

Watertown senior Gabby Venezia goes around a Bishop Fenwick defender in the First Round State Tournament win at Victory Field. Venezia scored a goal and had an assist in the 4-0 win.

Charlie Breitrose

Watertown senior Gabby Venezia goes around a Bishop Fenwick defender in the First Round State Tournament win at Victory Field. Venezia scored a goal and had an assist in the 4-0 win.

A 4-0 win over Bishop Fenwick gave the Watertown High School field hockey team a good start in its effort to win the school’s 10th straight MIAA State Championship.

The Raiders, top seed in the Div. 2 North Section bracket, hosted the first round game against the 17th-seeded Crusaders Friday afternoon at Victory Field.

Senior Gabby Venezia started the scoring for Watertown with a goal 6:19 into the first half. She scored on a restart in the Bishop Fenwick end when she fired a powerful shot, which hit Fenwick goalieĀ Lauren Wilkinson’s pad, flew into the air, landing near the line and rolled into the net.

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Watertown junior Ally Kennedy brings the ball up field in the First Round State Tournament game, as Emily Campbell runs ahead of her. Kennedy scored a goal and added an assist against Bishop Fenwick.

Catherine Connors doubled the lead with 2:56 left in the first half when she scored off a corner. Junior Ally Kennedy assisted on the tally.

In the second half, Kennedy scored a goal of her own, when the shot she fired from near the top of the circle deflected and arced into the back of the net with 14:54 left in the second half. Venezia got the assist.

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Watertown’s Shannon Hughes tips in the Raiders’ fourth goal in the State Tourney win over Bishop Fenwick.

With 6:40 remaining in the game, the Raiders passed the ball around the circle, and Connors found Shannon Hughes alone on the back door. She tipped the ball in to make it 4-0.

Watertown improves to 17-0-1 on the season, while Bishop Fenwick (9-9-2) ended its season, having previously beat Tewksbury in the preliminary round.

The Raiders host the North Section quarterfinal at 10 a.m. on Sunday, when they take on ninth-seeded Ipswich, a 3-2 winner over Pentucket.

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Watertown’s Emily Campbell battles for the ball against Bishop Fenwick in the first round State Tournament game Friday at Victory Field.

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