BRAINTREE — The one common trait of dominant teams is they play each minute of a game with intense ferocity regardless of the score.
The Watertown field hockey team put on an intensity clinic, dispatching Dover-Sherborn, 4-0, in the Division 2 EMass title game at Braintree High and extending the program’s unbeaten streak to 114 games.
“You have to do that no matter what,” said Watertown coach Eileen Donahue. “We knew Dover-Sherborn has come back before so you can never let up.”
Dover-Sherborn controlled play in the opening minutes, getting a quick penalty opportunity and recording a shot on goal, but that was its only shot of the half.
“We needed to be a little more poised,” said Donahue. “They were doubling and tripling us so the girls had to give it up a little sooner.’’
Watertown junior Rachel Campbell turned defense into offense by collecting a loose ball in her zone and carrying on a break before firing a rocket from 30 yards out. Raiders teammate Mikayla Paone was able to get a stick on the shot and deflect it past the Dover-Sherborn goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.
Watertown (22-0-0) took control of the game, forcing play deep into Dover-Sherborn territory and earning more penalty opportunities before cashing in just before halftime.
Raiders sophomore Ally McCall collected the penalty corner entry pass on the far side and whistled a beautiful pass to junior Alexandra Doggett at the top of the circle, and she found the back of the net.
Despite the lead, Watertown never let Dover-Sherborn (20-2-0) back in the game, playing excellent team defense and maintaining possession for much of the second half while allowing only two shots for the game.
“From the forwards all the way back, for us to work, we need everyone on the attack and everyone on defense,” said Donahue.
Watertown’s continued attack resulted in a goal from Kourtney Kennedy, who pounced on a rebound that had hit the post and flipped it into a wide open net with 13 minutes left.
Five minutes later, junior Emily Loprete capped the scoring when she outworked everyone else on the field for a loose ball in the slot, which she was able to bang home through a crowd.
Watertown advances to play Auburn in the Division 2 state final at WPI on Saturday.