Old Rochester girls’ lacrosse has wasted no time establishing its dominance. The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 (3-0 South Coast Conference) on the season after blowing past Mansfield 13-9 on Monday, with Madison Cooney scoring six goals as she continues to lead this offense.
But the success is not solely a result of her scoring.
In fact, Old Rochester head coach Scott Tavares expressed that face-offs have been crucial to the team’s success. That’s where Megan Shay and Maggie Carroll have dominated.
“We’re well-balanced. We’ve been playing well in all phases of the game,” Tavares said. “A lot of it starts with winning face-offs, and we’ve been able to pretty much control and dominate the draw. You score a goal and you win the face-off, you can go right back on offense. So that’s been helpful.”
Winning games by 17 goals, like Old Rochester did in the 18-1 win over Bourne, displays the firepower this team possesses. Katherine Tracey had three in that one to go with her two assists, while Cooney had five, Carroll had four, and Shay finished with three.
But the defense has been just as dominant, limiting shots from going toward goalie Gates Tenerowicz, who had 11 saves against Mansfield and five against Bourne.
“Our defense … we’re young back there,” Tavares said. “But we’re very athletic. Mary Butler and Caroline Thomas have been playing extremely well, causing turnovers and overall being in charge back there.”
After hosting Fairhaven on Wednesday, the Bulldogs will visit Apponequet on Friday at 4:00 pm. They then have a quick turnaround when they visit Falmouth Academy on Saturday at 11:00 am.
Old Rochester boys’ lacrosse has not had the same start, losing three of its first four contests (1-1 SCC), most recently at the hands of Bourne in an 8-7 loss. Pat Kiernan scored four in the loss and had an assist. Alex Lorenz scored twice in the Bulldogs’ loss.
Old Rochester hosts Apponequet on Friday at 4:00 pm.
Old Rochester baseball had a big win over non-league opponent Coyle-Cassidy on Monday, with a 4-1 final.
Mike Kennefick scored twice and had himself a triple. He was knocked in both times by James Dwyer, who finished with three RBI and a double.
The Bulldogs host GNB Voc-Tech on Friday at 3:45 pm.
Old Rochester girls’ tennis remains undefeated on the season, having beaten the always impressive Apponequet 4-1 and following that up with another 4-1 win against Stang.
Danielle Nutter won the second singles match 6-0, 6-2 and Grace McCarthy won third singles 6-1, 6-1.
The Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SCC) finish their week with a home match against Dighton-Rehoboth on Thursday at 3:30 pm.
Old Colony girls’ lacrosse won its first four games of the season, with the last one being a 15-4 blowout against Norton.
The offense was spread out, with five Cougars scoring in the win. Raquel Rodrigues led the way with four, while Rachel Baker, Mya Medeiros and Elana Sargent each had three to their name.
Following Wednesday’s road matchup at Bristol Plymouth, the team is back in action at home against Upper Cape on Monday at 3:30 pm.
Old Colony baseball has continued its strong start with a 5-2 record (3-0 Mayflower Athletic Conference).
Freshman phenom Reese Vandal continues to tear the cover off the ball, hitting .522 with a .593 on-base percentage and 11 RBI. He only trails senior Lucas Ferreira (.667) in on-base percentage, but leads the team in average and is tied for the lead in RBI.
He is tied in RBI with senior Drew Sullivan, who’s hitting .458 with a .517 on-base percentage. He also leads the team with seven doubles.
Freshman Ryan McGuiggan has been most dominant on the mound, being one of three Cougars – sophomore Mikias Noyce and junior Jacob Worden being the others – to pitch in three games.
Over McGuiggan’s nine innings of work, he’s struck out 13, though he’s walked 10. He’s almost averaged a hit allowed per inning, surrendering eight. But with his swing-and-miss ability, he’s been able to post a 2.33 ERA, best on the team among pitchers who’ve thrown in more than one game.
Old Colony hosts Cape Cod Tech on Saturday at 1:00 pm, followed by another home game against Upper Cape on Monday at 6:00 pm.
High School Sports Update
By Nick Friar