Here’s a look at how Bulldog sports teams fared in their second week of play. It was an especially good week for golf, field hockey, and cross country.
Football: Much was expected of the Bulldogs this week in their home opener on the heels of a 34-0 loss to Cardinal Spellman. While there was improvement this week, the effort came up slightly short in an 8-6 loss to Fairhaven. QB Cam Hamilton (Jr.) rushed for 74 yards and threw for 46 yards including a touchdown to tight end Grant Reuter, also a junior. Sophomore running back Harry Smith continued his positive development, running for 70 yards on 12 carries. However, the big story this week centered on the players off the field, as the Bulldogs were missing a number of valuable senior leaders. Among those dealing with injuries were Sean Hopkins, Earl DeMello, Darien Dumond, and Seth Gomes. This Friday, ORR travels to Apponequet as they seek their first win.
Boys’ Soccer: The Bulldogs’ week started with two matches with no goals scored, one against Fairhaven and one against Seekonk. A scoreless tie against Fairhaven saw junior goalie Sam Henrie continue his superb season in the net. The defense remained sharp, as it’s been all season. The 2-0 loss against Seekonk on Wednesday saw the offense struggle a bit. Against Dartmouth on Saturday, the boys faced a tough D-1 non-conference competitor. They lost the game 4-1 but had an admirable performance against such an intense program. Senior Brett Noone linked with fellow senior Shane Desousa for the Bulldogs’ lone goal. They have three games this week, including what Noone describes as a “big one” against Dighton-Rehoboth on Monday, September 21.
Girls’ Soccer: The Lady Bulldogs got off to a great start last week with a 3-0 win over Fairhaven as the offense and defense continued to show off their skills. Sophomore goalie Caitlyn Kutash recorded a scoreless game, while her younger sister Jillian Kutash, a freshman, notched her first varsity goal. Senior captain Amy Bichajian had two assists, and fellow captain Sarah Beaulieu (senior) and sophomore Leah Przybyszewski added goals. Some of the younger players, including the Kutashes, helped the girls notch a 2-2 tie against Seekonk on Wednesday. Freshman Maddie Demanche had a goal while sophomore Maggie Adams added an assist. At Dartmouth on Saturday, Beaulieu continued to ignite the offense as she scored a goal and assisted Jillian Kutash for another. Demanche also scored again, but the outcome was a 3-3 tie. Senior Autumn Carter made eight saves in goal as she continues to be part of an effective goaltending rotation for the Lady Bulldogs. This week, the girls have games against Dighton-Rehoboth and Wareham.
Boys’ Cross Country: Slotting runners 1-8 in the tri-meet against Fairhaven and Seekonk on Tuesday, September 15, the ORR boys ran away with the opening meet, no pun intended. Both meets were won by a score of 15-50, the best possible score the winning team can achieve. Freshman Adam Sylvia (16:18), sophomore Evan Tilley (16:23), and junior Connor Farney (16:24) paced the Bulldogs on Seekonk’s 2.65 mile course. Next up is Bourne and Dighton-Rehoboth on Tuesday, September 22.
Girls’ Cross Country: The dominance of ORR girl’s cross country was on display for the 2015 season last Tuesday, as the girls took the first nine spots in the tri-meet against Fairhaven and Seekonk. As expected, standout seniors Maddie Meyer (17:35) and Nina Bourgeois (17:53) led the way on the 2.65 mile course, followed by junior Avery Nugent. Next Tuesday, the girls take on Dighton-Rehoboth and Bourne at Bristol Aggie High School.
Volleyball: The Lady Bulldogs met their match as the Blue Devils of Fairhaven won a close 3-1 game on Monday. The ORR girls lost two of their sets by just two points. The strong senior core bounced back on Wednesday, September 16, with seniors Maddie Lee, Olivia Bellefeuille, and Hayli Marshall highlighting the attack. Lee led the team with 13 kills, while Bellefeuille had 20 digs and Marshall recorded three blocks. The girls defeated Somerset-Berkeley in five sets on Thursday, and they will take on Dighton-Rehoboth and Wareham this week.
Golf: ORR recorded a 152-126 win over Bourne as senior captain Jared Nye shot a fantastic game, going 2-over on the par-35 nine-hole course at the Bay Club. Sophomores Jason Gamache (4-over) and Jacob Yeomans (6-over) followed Nye in the Dogs’ 4th straight victory. Against Wareham on Wednesday, the undefeated season continued with a 161-74 victory. Sophomore Collin Fitzpatrick joined Yeomans and Gamache on Wednesday, as they all shot a 39 (4-over par), followed by junior Tyler Mourao, who shot a 40 in the landslide victory. The match occurred at the Bay Pointe Country Club in Onset. At home facing GNB Voc-Tech on Wednesday, the Dogs’ put up some excellent scores, including a 34 from Gamache and a 35 from Fitzpatrick, two of the best performances seen from Bulldog golfers in recent memory. Mourao followed with a 39 as the boys smoked the Bears 170-64. They have a home match against Case and an away match versus Dartmouth this week.
Field Hockey: The girls began this week with a 2-0 victory over Seekonk on the road. Junior Alexis Parker assisted goals to both sophomore Arissa Francis and junior Sophia Church, who have been the team’s two most productive players thus far. Sophomore Sophie Hubbard led the charge against Wareham on Friday with two goals. Freshman Gates Tenerowicz and sophomore Riley Goulet combined to shut out the Lady Vikings while other goals came from sophomore Ainslee Bangs, Church, and senior Jane Kassabian. Up next for the girls is New Bedford High on Monday, September 21.
Below are the overall fall team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of September 20.
Boys’ Cross Country: (2-0-0)(2-0-0); Girls’ Cross Country: (2-0-0)(2-0-0); Golf: (6-0-0)(6-0-0); Football: (0-2-0)(0-1-0); Volleyball: (3-2-0)(2-2-0); Field Hockey: (3-0-1)(3-0-1); Boys’ Soccer: (2-2-1)(1-1-1); Girls’ Soccer: (2-0-2)(2-0-1)
By Patrick Briand