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Watertown field hockey rolls to 90th straight win

Red Raiders win sectional title

Watertown’s Lauren Sutherland accepts the sectional championship trophy from North director Barbara Damon.


Watertown’s Lauren Sutherland accepts the sectional championship trophy from North director Barbara Damon.

Top-ranked Watertown continued its winning ways Monday, blanking Manchester-Essex, 2-0, in North Andover to win the Division 2 North sectional championship.

The Red Raiders claimed their fourth consecutive North title (and 20th in school history) and extended their winning streak to 90 games.

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Asked about the pressure of carrying a streak that dates to 2008, Watertown coach Eileen Donahue said, “To be honest with you, all season that hasn’t been a factor. We’re such a new unit this year that a long winning streak was the furthest thing from our mind, believe it or not, because we’re still a work in progress.”

Senior Alyssa Carlson gave Watertown a 1-0 lead with about seven minutes left in the first half. Manchester-Essex’s strong defense kept the game close, but Emily Loprete scored an insurance goal for the Red Raiders in the second half.

“We were just trying to work as a unit out there and not panic,” Donahue said. “We wanted to make sure we were able to step up to the plate. Wish we could have scored a little more, but I’ll take the end result.”

Watertown advanced to face Apponequet Wednesday in the state semifinals at Reading High.

Division 1 North final — Leah Cardarelli scored two goals and sister Eleana set up another to help No. 6 Acton-Boxboro hold off Weston, 3-2, and end the Wildcats’ strong postseason run.

“We haven’t been as good on our defense as we should be,” said Colonials coach Mae Shoemaker. “I have a very talented defense so scoring goals is extremely helpful and the girls have been very patient. Their patience really pays off.”

Weston advanced to the North final with victories over top-seeded Beverly and fourth-seeded Chelmsford.

The Colonials will face South champion Walpole Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Reading.

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