College Sports: Pitcher Earns Win, High Jumper Wins for Bridgewater, Senior Signs to Play Field Hockey

Former WHS player Anthony Panza got the win for Framingham State’s baseball squad. (Courtesy of Framingham State Athletics). A pair of former Watertown High School athletes have excelled in college sports recently, and another will be playing at the next level next year. Baseball

Anthony Panza, a WHS grad, closed out a shutout for Framingham State on April 7, and notched a win for the Rams over Bridgwater State. The decision was the first win for the senior, who has two saves in eight appearances along with 22 strike outs, just one walk, and an ERA of 0.00.

Watertown Grad Named Rookie of the Year in Region by

Hamilton College AthleticsWatertown grad and current Hamilton College player Taylor Lambo was named’s Region 1 Rookie of the Year. The following announcement came from Hamilton College Athletics:

Hamilton College women’s basketball forward Taylor Lambo ’26 (Watertown, Mass./Watertown HS) was selected the 2023 Rookie of the Year in Region 1 by earlier this month when the NCAA Division III basketball website announced its all-region teams.

Lambo was also voted to the third team in the region. She is the only first-year athlete on the all region team in Region 1, which includes the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference and the North Atlantic Conference. Lambo was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and made the all-conference second team in early March. She led the Continentals in scoring with 13.6 points per game and was second with 8.2 rebounds per game.

Watertown Has Lucky 13 Athletes on Winter All-Star Teams & One Division MVP

Charlie BreitroseWatertown senior hockey player Jack Dickie was named the Middlesex League Freedom MVP in 2023. Here he celebrates after he scored the game winner in the Round of 32 State Tourney game. The Watertown Public Schools announced the Watertown High School athletes that made the Middlesex All-Start teams. See the announcement below:

The Watertown Raiders capped off a strong 2022-2023 winter sports season with 13 athletes capturing Middlesex League All-Star honors. Fresh off a run to the Division 3 semifinals, three members of the boys hockey team were honored for their performances. Senior Jack Dickie was named Freedom Division MVP, while fellow seniors Aiden Campbell and Casey Williams picked up All-Star nods.

Watertown’s Run in the Hockey Tourney Scuttled by Scituate in State Semi

Charlie BreitroseWatertown junior Jack Dickie coms around the Scituate net in the MIAA Div. 3 Final Four game in Bourne. BOURNE — The Watertown/Wayland boy’s hockey team appeared to have one more moment of magic up its sleeve after grabbing a tying goal in the final minutes of the MIAA Div. 3 Final Four game, but the “puck luck” was not on the Raiders’ side and the Sailors will be skating for the State Title after a 4-2 win capped by an empty net goal. Charlie BreitroseWatertown junior Maricio Souza skates up ice against Scituate in the State Semifinal.

Watertown Hockey Returns to Cape for State Semi, History is On the Raiders Side

Charlie BreitroseIn 2015, Watertown defeated Norwell in the State Semifinal at Gallo Arena. That night Watertown junior Tyler Gardiner celebrates scoring the first goal in the 3-0 victory. The Watertown High School boys hockey team will be back on the Cape Saturday night playing for a berth in the State Final. This is not the first time the the team has been in this position, and the Raiders hope that history repeats itself. Saturday night at 7:40 p.m., the fifth-seeded Raiders (14-6-3) take on top-seeded Scituate (19-4-2) in the MIAA Div.

Last Second Goal Lifts Watertown into Hockey State Semifinal

Charlie BreitroseWatertown junior Mauricio Souza scored the gamer winner with seconds remaining in the Elite Eight Game against Nauset. Here he celebrates a goal against Southeastern Regional in the First Round. A breakaway goal with five seconds left in the MIAA Div. 3 Boys Hockey Elite Eight vaulted Watertown/Wayland past host Nauset, 3-2, and into the Final Four for the second straight season. Just as it appeared the game played at Charles Moore Arena in Orleans would head into overtime and the puck in the Nauset offensive zone, junior Mauricio Souza grabbed the puck, skated down ice and buried the puck in the Warriors’ net to clinch the win for the fifth-seeded Raiders.

Watertown Grad Named Conference Rookie of the Year for Play at Hamilton College

Hamilton College AthleticsWatertown grad and current Hamilton College player Taylor Lambo was voted NEASC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the. Year. The following announcement was provided by Hamilton College Athletics:

Hamilton College forward Taylor Lambo ’26 (Watertown, Mass./Watertown HS) has been selected the 2023 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year by the conference’s coaches. Lambo also made the all-NESCAC second team and was one of 10 players who received all-conference honors. She is Hamilton’s first rookie of the year since the Continentals joined the NESCAC for basketball for the 2011-12 season.

Watertown Hockey Blows Past Dracut, Books Trip to the Cape for State Quarterfinal

Charlie BreitroseWatertown junior James Erickson celebrates scoring a hat trick against Dracut/Tynsboro in the Round of 16 State Tournament game. Having survived a double overtime in the first round of the MIAA Div. 3 State Tournament, the Watertown High School boys hockey team skated to a relatively easy victory Saturday night, putting half a dozen goals on the scoreboard against Dracut/Tyngsboro. The Raiders won the Round of 16 game 6-2 at John A. Ryan Arena. Watertown Coach John Vlachos was confident his players would be ready.