Oakmont Regional's field hockey team, matched against a Watertown program sporting an incredible resume, battled gamely from start to finish in Saturday's Division 2 State final, but it wasn't quite enough. Raider's sophomore Emily Loprete midway through the first half and the Watertown defense held firm against determined Spartan pressure, laying the groundwork for a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Worcester State University's Coughlin Field. The championship was the fourth in a row for Watertown, which extended its winning streak to 92 games. The last team to defeat the Raiders (23-0-0) was Hopkinton in the 2008 state tournament. Watertown has beaten Oakmont in three of the last four state finals, including last year, 3-1. "We've started peaking the last couple of games - the girls go out and just play field hockey," Watertown coach Eileen Donahue said. "The winning streak has not been the focus. It's a brand new program. We have enough to deal with getting our skill level up and to understand the game. To this day, many of our girls have not seen a college game." The Spartans finished 18-1-3, their last loss prior to this year's final coming against Watertown in last year's championship game. Oakmont has won the Central Mass. title three of the last four years. "Our girls couldn't have played any better - there isn't anything that they did wrong at all," Oakmont coach Leanne Roy said. "They played a hard game and they rifled shots on net. They passed and they went to every ball. That's what we came here to do. I'm absolutely ecstatic about their performance today."
Watertown 1, Oakmont 0
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Ashburnham
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.