While the Watertown High School field hockey team has made headlines with a national record setting effort and an undefeated record, two other teams made the MIAA state tournament, and other individual Raiders are competing at the State Level.
Watertown’s girls volleyball team finished 7-15 and made the State Tournament for the second time ever. The Raiders are ranked 31st in the MIAA Div. 3 State Tournament and be the home team in a preliminary round game against St. Mary’s. The game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at Belmont High School. The winner takes on Nipmuc, the second seeded team, in the first round.
In 2016, the Raiders made the tournament for the first time ever, and won a first round game against West Roxbury before losing to to Burlington.
The Raiders finished the 2023 regular season undefeated in 17 games, and outscored opponents 116-0. Watertown got the top seed in the MIAA Div. 3 tournament, and will seek a three-peat, after two-straight State Final victories over Sandwich.
The 17th win of the regular season gave head coach Eileen Donahue her 750 career win. During their run, the Raiders set the national high school record for consecutive shut-out victories at 33, eclipsing Garden City (N.Y)’s previous record set in 1999. The team has now put up 37 straight shutout wins, and a winning streak of 70.
Watertown will host a Round of 32 game against the winner of Marlborough and Montachusett on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at Victory Field. The other top seeds in Div. 3 are second seeded Newburyport (17-1), third seeded Dover-Sherborn (14-2-2), and fourth seeded Sandwich (17-0-1).
The boys soccer squad went 3-1-1 in its final five games to finish with a record of 9-9-2. The Raiders were ranked 19th in the MIAA Div. 3 Power Rankings, as of Oct. 27 (when the team’s record was 9-8-2). Watertown received the 22nd seed, and will travel to play 11th-seed Medfield on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Round of 32.
Watertown’s girls soccer team finished the season with a record of 2-15-1, and will not return to the State Tournament after making a postseason run last year.
Two Watertown golf players made finished in the top seven at the MIAA Div. 3 North tournament at Stow Acres Country Club’s North Course on Oct. 23. James Erickson shot a 78 (6 over par) to tie for fifth, while Connor Jones was a shot behind (+7) to tie for seventh.
Erickson moved on to the Div. 3 State Tournament at Sterling National Country Club on Oct. 30. He shot 85 for 14 over par and finished tied for 27th.
The Watertown boys and girls cross country squads will be competing in the MIAA Div. 2 qualifying meet on Nov. 11 at the Wrentham Development Center. The top seven teams (plus two wildcards from the three qualifying races) will qualify for the Division State Championships on Nov. 18 at Fort Devens. Also, the top 10 runners from a non-qualifying team make the Divisional meet.
The Raiders football team did not make the State Tournament this season, but Watertown (1-7) will host Greater Lowell at Victory Field on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The matchup is the first of three non-league, non-playoff games before the Thanksgiving game against Belmont on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at Victory Field.