Spring is one of the best seasons, especially for the student-athletes at Old Rochester Regional High School. The school offers a variety of different teams, so even an athlete not specialized in a specific sport can go out for it and potentially make the team. Tennis, lacrosse, baseball, softball, and track make for a pretty wide scope, but despite the array of teams, the Bulldogs proved that a larger amount of teams does not always dilute a program’s performance. All sports teams began their schedule this week, and all set the bar high for the remainder of the season.
The boys’ baseball team had an excellent first game against Bishop Stang, where they defeated the Spartans 19-1 in a five-inning game. Junior Pitcher Andrew Ryan only allowed four hits the entire game, and he struck out six players. Ryan also proved he has what it takes at the plate, where he went 3-3 with four RBIs. Tabor transfer and Bulldogs first baseman Zach Perry also had a great game, going 2-4 with a double, a triple and five RBIs.
The lacrosse teams also fared well this week. Last Monday, the boys’ team won 11-2 over Bishop Connolly, led by senior Cam Severino, who scored three goals and four assists in the win. Senior Max Houck had four goals, and Chris Marchisio, Peter Krause, Chad Santello, and Ryan Manning all chipped in with a goal apiece. Sophomore goalie Gerald Lanagan recorded 11 saves in net, proving that he is capable of playing at the varsity level.
Possibly more exciting for the boys was their win against Bourne later in the week. The Bulldogs were down by three goals at the half, but managed to rally back and send the game to overtime. There, Severino, who scored five goals on the game, scored the game-winning goal to advance the boys’ record to 3-0.
The girls’ lacrosse team had an up-and-down week. After losing their season-opener to Bishop Stang, the girls rebounded and had a huge win over Coyle-Cassidy, 18-10. Sophomores Chloe Riley and Camille Filloramo each scored four key goals for the Bulldogs, while freshman Maggie Wiggin scored a hat trick. Ali Grace, Tori Saltmarsh, Alexa Francis, Alison Francis, and Sarah Ryan all pitched in with a goal apiece. With a loss to Bourne later in the week, the girls’ record sunk to 1-2. However, the win against Coyle-Cassidy proves that this team has the potential to do great things this season.
By Michael Kassabian