ORR Sports Thrive in Final Regular Season Games

Here is a summary of this week’s sports at Old Rochester Regional.

            Boys’ Lacrosse: In their first game of this past week, the Old Rochester lacrosse team played Dartmouth and won 11-5 during their senior night. Despite a rough first quarter where the Bulldogs allowed the Indians a 3-0 lead, Old Rochester eventually bounced back. Within the final three quarters, the Bulldogs defense only permitted Dartmouth two more goals. With seven different scorers to aid them, Old Rochester had 11 goals. Landon Goguen scored three goals and two assists. Charles Tirrell and Corey Lunn both had two goals, while Patrick Saltmarsh, Parker Truesdale, Alex Lorenz, Patrick Kiernan, and Finn McCain all achieved one. Nate King played one of his best games with 21 saves in net. The Bulldogs played North Attleboro later in the week and lost 14-2. Goguen and Lunn had the only two goals for Old Rochester. They were assisted by Tirrell and Truesdale. King had 19 saves. The Bulldogs finished their regular season 13-4, 9-1 SCC. They were also co-champions of the South Coast Conference.

            Girls’ Lacrosse: The Lady Bulldogs played Dartmouth last Wednesday in the pouring rain and won 11-7. Old Rochester started off the game strong by coming out and gaining a 4-0 lead. Soon the Indians began to score, but the Bulldogs held them to only seven goals. Despite the unfortunate weather, Old Rochester’s offense was hot. Tayler Lee paved the way with four goals. Three players – Emily Hiller, Maddy Cooney, and Ali Hulsebosch – each scored two goals. Katherine Tracy had one goal. In their second game of the week, the Lady Bulldogs played North Attleboro and lost 19-10. Hulsebosch was the leading goal scorer with four goals. Lee and Hiller each had two goals, while Tracy and Cooney both managed one. Old Rochester finished the season 17-2, 10-0 SCC. They began as this year’s undefeated South Coast Conference Champions.

            Boys’ Tennis: Coming off their first loss of the season, the Old Rochester boys’ tennis team swept past Dartmouth 4-1. Due to the severe rain, the match was moved to indoor courts where all singles and doubles matches were played as pro matches. Sam Pasquill was the only loss of the day at first singles. Both singles teams and both doubles teams beat their Indian counter partners. Alex Bilodeau won 8-0 at second singles and Jahn Pothier triumphed 8-1 at third singles. Maxx Wolski and Josh Lerman managed an 8-2 win at first doubles. Colin O’Malley and Ray Williams played together at second doubles and won 8-3. The Bulldogs finished their season as undefeated South Coast Champions. Their record was 18-1, 14-0 SCC.

            Girls’ Tennis: Despite a strong fight, the Lady Bulldogs lost to Bishop Stang 3-2 in a non-conference game. Delaney Pothier and Danielle Nutter lost at first and second singles. The first doubles team of Emma Collings and Kinsley Dickerson triumphed over their Lady Spartan counter partners at first doubles. Delaney Soucy and Charlotte Cole also won at second singles. With two wins and two losses for both teams, the third singles match was the deciding factor. Unfortunately, Kate Downes swept passed Old Rochester’s Zoe Bilodeau, which cost the Bulldogs the match. In their match against Apponequet, the same scenario occurred, but there were much greater stakes. If the Bulldogs won this match they would win the South Coast Conference, but if they lost the match, they’d be forced to share the championship with Apponequet. Again, Pothier and Nutter lost at first and second singles. Collings and Dickerson played well and earned themselves a victory over the Lady Lakers at first doubles. Soucy and Cole were also victorious over their opponents at second doubles. Again, both teams had two wins and two losses and the third singles match was the deciding factor. Despite a solid effort, Bilodeau was not successful over Apponequet’s Sam Turcotte. This 3-2 loss meant that the Lady Bulldogs would be forced the share the championship of the SCC. Old Rochester won one match this week over Dartmouth 3-2. The Lady Bulldogs notched wins from second singles player Nutter, their first doubles team of Collings and Dickerson, and their second doubles team of Soucy and Cole. Old Rochester ended their season with a record of 13-5 and earned themselves the co-champions of the South Coast Conference.

            Softball: The Lady Bulldogs won three of their four games this week, including a postseason-clinching victory against Case. Wins against Apponequet, Case, and Wareham earned the Bulldogs their first postseason berth since the 2010 season. Ashley Soares continued to pitch well for Old Rochester, as she did not allow more than four hits in any of her three victories. To go along with the dominance on the bump, the Bulldogs continued to provide phenomenal support at the plate. Standouts this week included senior Olivia Labbe, who went 4-4 in a win against Case and 2-4 against a good Diman Vocational team. In addition, junior infielder Sophie Hubbard contributed with two hits and two runs-batted-in against Case, as well as a 4-4 outing against Wareham. The Bulldogs finished off their season at 14-7.

            Boys’ and Girls’ Track: Both the boys’ and girls’ track team competed over Memorial Day weekend at the Divisionals. There was a great amount of pressure for the Bulldogs because they wanted to win after winning in the winter season. Dany Renwick placed first in three events: hurdles (14.54 seconds); high jump (6-4); and pentathlon (3,373). Eli Spevak and Harry Smith earned second and third place finishes in the hurdles. Spevack also placed second in the 400 hurdles where he managed a personal best of 56.78 seconds. Matt Brogioli also earned a personal best in the long jump when he jumped 21-1.25 meters. Jacob Cafarella placed seventh in the javelin (143-04) while Adam Sylvia notched a fifth place finish in the mile (4:28.97). Meg Hughes won the 400 meters (58.22 seconds) and finished in second place in the mile (5:13.19). Brooke Santos earned second in the pentathlon (2,506) and notched a fifth place finish in the 100 hurdles (16.06 seconds). Rachel Demmer was right behind Santos in the 100-meter hurdles and managed and eighth place (17.15 seconds). Kelsey Holick placed fifth and earned a personal best in the discus (94-11). Madisen Martin was fourth in the javelin (108-03). Old Rochester’s 4×100 relay team of Smith, Caffarella, Spevack, and Will Garcia placed first and ran a school record (44.6 seconds). The 4×400 relay team, which consisted of Spevack, Anthoney Childs, Sylvia, and Tyler Kulak earned fourth (3:35.08). Old Rochester girls’ 4×800 team finished in second place and beat a school record (9:49.44). This team was composed of Hughes, Martin, Avery Nugent, and Samantha Ball.

By Alexandra Hulsebosch


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