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Field Hockey Defeats Rival Apponequet in Pivotal Game
ORR Sports Update
By Michael Kassabian
Here is a look at the second week of results in scheduled games for all ORR athletic teams.
Football: This week, the Bulldogs competed in their first conference game for the season against Case, in which they dominated 46-0 and proved that they could still compete in the SCC even after a tough graduation. Old Rochester steamrolled over the Case Cardinals even in rainy weather, jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead and never looking back. Running-back Darien Dumond led the team with three touchdowns and accounted for 175 offensive yards in the first half alone. Junior Sean Hopkins also played well, scoring two touchdowns, and senior Quarterback Alex Aruri and sophomore Mike Morris each added single scores for the 2-0 Bulldogs. The ORR defense also played well, holding Case to just 92 yards and continually capitalizing on turnovers from the Case offense, which could not seem to keep their hands on the ball. The boys' next game will be home against Bourne on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 pm.
Field Hockey: The Lady Bulldogs had a strong opening to their week with an easy 2-0 shutout over Fairhaven, but the real story of ORR athletics was the girls' impressive 3-0 victory over SCC powerhouse Apponequet. The Apponequet field hockey program has been extremely successful the past few years, stealing the SCC crown from Old Rochester for the past two years. Though the Lady Lakers lost a significant portion of their team, they were still expected to be a strong contender for the SCC and possibly state title. But thanks to strong performances by senior Devyn O'Connor and Goalie Mya Lunn, the girls not only defeated their conference rival, but held them to no goals. After a scoreless first half, O'Connor scored twice for ORR and Darby Nolet added a single score to give the Lady Bulldogs the upper edge. Lunn made five saves in net, and sophomore Midfielder Hannah Guard made an impressive stop in the backfield on a pivotal Apponequet drive. The win over Apponequet was even more impressive considering that it marked the first time since 2012 that the Lady Lakers had lost a regular-season game.
Boys' Soccer: The boys' soccer team suffered their first loss of the season this week to conference rival GNB Voc-Tech in a 3-0 shutout. The rest of their week was a little more positive, as they easily defeated both Fairhaven and Wareham in shutouts. Against Fairhaven, the boys won 1-0, with Alex Sousa providing the lone goal of the game and Melvin Vincent stopping eight shots in net. The boys followed the victory up with a 6-0 blowout over the Wareham Vikings. Sophomores Mason DaSilva and Tim Dix combined for three goals, with DaSilva notching two and Dix adding one. Four Old Rochester boys played goalie for the game and shared the shutout: Vincent, Stephen Burke, Theo Assing, and Evan Santos.
Girls' Soccer: The Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated this week, defeating GNB Voc-Tech, Wareham, and Fairhaven. The girls defeated GNB Voc-Tech 2-0 thanks to goals from Camille Filloramo and Amy Bichajian, and handily beat Wareham 6-0, this time with Kaleigh Goulart leading the team with a hat trick. The girls finished off their week with 2-1 victory over Fairhaven. The fact that the Lady Bulldogs have only allowed one goal in the past five games serves as a testament to how impenetrable the ORR defense is, led by Mikayla Demanche, Arden Goguen, and Nicole Gifford.
Golf: Like the girls' soccer team, the Old Rochester golf team also remained undefeated this week, defeating two important SCC title contenders in Fairhaven and Dighton-Rehoboth. In both games, Jacob Durocher led the way, scoring a 38 to lead the Bulldogs to a 133-94 victory over Fairhaven, and a 36 in a 166-135 victory over DR. Collin Fitzpatrick, Jackson Mitchell, and Zach Peterson also shot well in both games. The win over DR was especially important, as they are usually one of the teams to beat on the road to the conference championship.
Volleyball: The Lady Bulldogs continued their early season struggles this week, losing all three of their games to conference teams. The girls were shut out 3-0 both against GNB Voc-Tech and Fairhaven, but did manage to get on the board in a tight 3-2 loss to Wareham. Old Rochester won the first and third games (25-18 and 29-27, respectively), but were not able to hold on. Hopefully the girls will be able to shake off the early losses and claim their first victory of the season.
Below are the overall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of September 7.
Football: (2-0-0) (1-0-0); Field Hockey: (4-0-0) (4-0-0); Girls' Soccer: ( 5-0-0) (5-0-0); Boys' Soccer: (4-1-0) (4-1-0); Golf: (4-0-0) (4-0-0); Volleyball: (0-5-0) (0-5-0); Boys' Cross Country: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Girls' Cross Country: (0-0-0) (0-0-0).
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