The boys’ ice hockey team at Old Rochester is one of the most unique at the school, as it is the combination of both ORR and Fairhaven High School athletes. Another extremely interesting aspect of the team is that they have several eighth-graders on the team to compensate for the eight players lost from last year’s squad. These eighth-graders provide a lack of experience for the team, but their overall skill level is so high that it effectively cancels out. No more evidence is needed after the boys’
7 – 2 win over the GNB Voc-Tech Bears.
Going into the third period, the boys were up 4 – 1, still within striking distance for the Bears. However, two goals in the span of less than 20 seconds at the start of the third period all but solidified the win for the Bulldogs. Fairhaven’s Mike Lygren scored a hat trick for the Bulldogs, and solo goals were scored by ORR seniors Zack Matthews and Cam O’Connor, along with Fairhaven’s Mason Evich. Eighth-grader Connor Severino, brother of senior Captain Cam Severino, also scored. Freshman Chris Nadeau also played extremely well before turning his goalie duties over to Derek Gibson in the third period.
With the win over the Bears, the boys advance their overall record to 3 – 4 – 2, and their conference record to a perfect 2 – 0 – 0.
The Old Rochester girls’ track team cut it close, but they pulled out a 52 – 34 win against Fairhaven thanks to several performances late in the meet. Going into the mile, the girls were at a deficit where they needed second and third places in the mile just to make it to the final event, the 4 x 400 meter relay. Freshman Rachel Scheub and junior Sammie Barrett stepped up big for the girls, getting the two needed places.
The 4 x 4 was particularly exciting, as it would decide the entire meet. The team of Sam Allaire, Morgan DaSilva, Arden Goguen, and Paige Santos ran a great race and were able to hold off the Lady Blue Devils. With the win, the girls continue their 44 straight conference win streak, and remain undefeated for the season.
By Michael Kassabian