Watertown Takes Down Manchester-Essex to Win the Field Hockey North Section Title

The Raiders got a goal in each half to defeat Manchester-Essex in the North Section final.


In a scene that has become familiar in the field hockey world, Watertown High School claimed another MIAA Div. 2 North Section trophy, Monday.

With the 2-0 win over Manchester-Essex, the Raiders won the school's 20th section title. Watertown coach Eileen Donohue said she was pleased her team came away with the win.

"I am happy with the end result. This type of game, I am just glad we won," Donohue said. "We had to adjust to the way they played. We worked the ball around well, but it is just a matter of finishing a little more."

Watertown got a goal in each half, and controlled the play much of the section final at North Andover High School. Senior Alyssa Carlson scored the first goal with 8 minutes left in the first half when she bit a ball that dribbled through a crowd and past Hornets' goalie Maddi Birstrong. 

With 17 minutes left in the second half, sophomore Emily Loprete struck a shot from near the top of the circle which found the back of the net. 

Manchester-Essex nearly tied it up a minute later, but the Hornet shot went wide of the Raiders' net.

Manchester-Essex applied pressure on Watertown at times, but Donohue said the Raiders did a good job stopping the Hornets attack.

"We were stopping their key people, which is huge," Donohue said. "They really couldn't get going."

Watertown moves on to the state semifinal against Apponequet on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Reading High School.


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