D2 Field Hockey: Watertown 3, Oakmont 1
November, 19, 2011
By Matt Noonan | ESPNBoston.com
WORCESTER, Mass. -- In a rematch of the 2009 Division II state finals, Watertown once again ended Oakmont’s season on a down note, as the Raiders beat the Spartans, 3-1, and earned their third straight championship, and fifth in 10 seasons.
“[It feels] awesome. I don’t even have words right now,” said Watertown senior forward Erika Kelly.
“I’m very proud of all the girls in the whole entire program. They worked really hard, and it’s been a long journey for us this year,” said Watertown head coach Eileen Donahue. “We replaced a lot of people and they fought for it all year, and I’m very proud of them.”
The Raiders controlled the momentum from the opening whistle, as freshman Allie Dogget directed a shot toward Oakmont’s cage, which was redirected by senior Lauren Giordano for the score.
Watertown’s offense then tallied numerous offensive shots, but couldn’t muster their second goal until Erika Kelly dribbled through Oakmont’s defense and flicked the ball past Spartans junior goaltender Kalya Costa, with three minutes remaining in the opening half.
“The forward lineup has [a] really good flow. We’re all really close and we just know where each other is all the time, and it really helped us on [our second] goal,” said Kelly.
In the second half, Kelly recorded her second goal of the contest when senior Meaghan Kelly connected with her in the box to push Watertown’s lead to three goals.
“Just scoring two goals on my last game was just really the best feeling you can ask for [and] just knowing you’re leaving with a good name,” said Erika.
Coach Donahue commended Kelly’s goals, as well as her team mentality too, which was exhibited throughout the entire season.
“She’s more concerned about the team results and it was evident by the third goal, how that ball went from one to another and clearly all three of them could have scored, but they were more about where the better opportunity and that’s what our program is all about,” said Donahue.
Oakmont eventually managed to record a goal during the closing minutes, as junior Kathryn Nutting connected with Devan Wirtanen for the Spartans only point of the match.
“This team didn’t give up, my team today, they never gave up,” said Oakmont head coach Leanne Roy. “They didn’t hang their heads, and kept on pushing and driving forward.”
The Raiders regrouped following the Spartans only strike, as well as dashed any hopes of a comeback for Oakmont, as the defense kept the ball out of their box
“Our team defense and our team defense with our forwards helping us as well pressuring," Donahue said. "I think our pressure on the play helped us tremendously, so that Oakmont couldn’t get off all [their] shots."
With the win, the Raiders have now won 69 games since losing their last match against Hopkinton in the 2008 state semi-finals.
“It feels pretty good right now [to have won three years in a row]," Donahue said. "It’s very, very nice, and it’s not easy and playing all these teams throughout the season, regular season prepared us for this moment. I’m glad they got this great moment.”