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Division 2 field hockey: Watertown beats Auburn for fifth straight state title

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WORCESTER — Ddynasty is used to describe a team that dominates its league and division for multiple seasons. After winning its fifth consecutive Division 2 state championship Saturday, and extending its unbeaten streak to 115 games, the Watertown field hockey team has become one of the best high school field hockey dynasties in the nation.

Sophomore forward Mikayla Paone scored off a feed from Rachel Campbell to lead the Raiders to a 1-0 victory over Auburn at WPI.

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“It was a really great pass from Rachel, such an exciting moment. I was there at the right time,” said Paone.

The speedy Campbell broke away and carried the ball up field into the circle before being approached by several Auburn defenders. Campbell pushed the ball to a wide-open Paone, who knocked it in the net with 12:18 left to play.

The Raiders definitely look different this season compared with the last few, with only one senior on the team and the starting lineup consisting of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.

Watertown’s inexperience never showed as it beat the Rockets to almost every free ball, and forced the majority of play in Auburn’s territory.

Alexandra Doggett, Emily Loprete, and Campbell led the offensive attack, drawing 12 corners for the Raiders.

Watertown coach Eileen Donahue said that every state championship win is different and exciting.

“These girls hustled, hustled and hustled,” said Donahue, who finished her 28th season at Watertown. “They made up for where we were lacking in things. They had the determination and will. I’m excited for these girls. For many of them it’s their first time being a state champion.”

As for her team’s experience, Donahue said age doesn’t matter.

“Youth doesn’t mean anything. Whoever deserves to be out there is out there,” she said. “They happen to be young, but now they are state champions.”

The Rockets picked up the play in the second, drawing five corners, but could not capitalize.

The Raiders impenetrable defense limited Auburn to zero shots on net the entire game.

“We’ve worked so hard all season,” said Doggett. “It’s finally paid off.”

Donahue, who was named the National Coaches Association Coach of the Year in October, has a 115-0-3 record over the past five years.

With all but one player returning next year, the Watertown field hockey dynasty may likely continue.

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