With only one loss between Old Rochester Regional’s boys (12-1) and girls (11-0) lacrosse teams, the two squads are making their push toward the state title in the South Sectional tournament.
Competing in the boys Division 2 circuit, the Bulldogs entered the tournament as the third seed thanks to their 10-1 regular season record. With only 16 teams in the event, there were no byes, so ORR kicked things off in the first round with a 14-3 win over No. 14 Martha’s Vineyard on June 18.
That win gave the Bulldogs another look at South Coast Conference opponent Apponequet, which entered the tournament as the sixth seed. The Bulldogs made sure there was no way their perfect 2021 record against SCC opponents was ruined in the quarterfinals of the South Sectional tournament, knocking off the Lakers, 20-3, on June 21.
Garrett Salit has been ORR’s leading scorer through the first two postseason games. After scoring three times against Martha’s Vineyard, Salit scored four goals against Apponequet. He also had an assist in each game. Brendan McIntire also scored three goals against Martha’s Vineyard, which he followed up with a two-goal outing against the Lakers. Tyler Cardinal, Will Tirrell, Ben Austin, and Steve Arne each scored twice against Apponequet, and Ryan Quinlan did the same against Martha’s Vineyard.
The Bulldogs advance to the semifinals on Thursday, June 24, to take on the winner of No. 2 Sandwich and No. 7 Scituate.
Coincidentally, ORR girls lacrosse is set to play No. 9 Scituate next in the Division 1 South Sectional tournament after having eliminated No.17 Marshfield, 11-6, on June 21.
The top-seeded Bulldogs were led in their first-round win by Maggie Carroll, scoring four goals and assisting three others. Kelly Quinlan also played a big part, finishing with a hat trick in the victory. Maddie Wright scored two goals for the Bulldogs, Lindsay Durgin assisted three and scored one of her own, and Meghan Horan scored once and logged an assist in the win.
The Bulldogs will face Scituate on Wednesday, June 23, at home at 4:00 pm in the Division 1 South Sectional quarterfinals.
Old Colony Boys Lacrosse
The Cougars earned a first-round bye with their No. 1 overall ranking in the Division 3 South Sectional tournament, but they could not advance past the quarterfinals. Old Colony’s 13-6 loss to No. 8 Fairhaven was not due to a lack of effort on Will Harrop’s part. He scored every one of the Cougars’ goals. Old Colony finishes the season 9-3.
Old Rochester Regional Boys Tennis
The Bulldogs cruised through the first round, sweeping a familiar opponent from the SCC, No. 19 Fairhaven, 5-0. Marc Pothier and Christian Noble Shriver swept first and second singles, respectively, and Jacob Haldey came back to win at third singles after dropping the first set. Prosser Friedman and Markus Pierre didn’t lose a single game in the first doubles match. Max Vivino and Riley Farrell nearly did the same at second doubles, winning 6-1, 6-0.
ORR then ran into a longtime nemesis in No. 2 Dover-Sherborn. Entering the match a perfect 15-0 on the season, Dover-Sherborn swiftly ended ORR’s campaign with a 5-0 finish in the Division 3 South quarterfinal. With their 1-1 showing at the tournament, the Bulldogs finish the season 8-2.
Old Rochester Regional Girls Tennis
The Bulldogs ran into a tough opponent in the first round as the No. 9 seed, falling 5-0 to No. 8 Monomoy. With the loss, ORR finishes the season 6-2.
Old Colony Baseball
The Cougars earned a preliminary round bye as the fifth seed in the Division 4 South tournament, but they struggled to hold down No. 12 Seekonk in the first round. The 14-3 defeat marked the end of Old Colony’s 8-4 season.
Old Rochester Regional Baseball
The Bulldogs worked their way past the .500 mark with a 9-6 win in the preliminary round of the Division 3 South Sectional, but they ultimately could not stay there. No. 14 ORR went on to lose 19-0 to No. 3 Medfield in the first round, finishing 5-6 on the year.
Old Colony Softball
After winning 21-3 in the preliminary round against No. 20 Avon, No. 13 Old Colony ran into a much tougher opponent in No. 4 Abington. Even though Abby Orzechowski struck out seven on the mound, the Cougars could not hang with the higher-ranked opponent, losing 11-1 in the first round.
By Nick Friar