Raiders’ Donahue wins 500th game
The numbers associated with Eileen Donahue’s 26-year career as coach of the Watertown field hockey team were already staggering. Eleven state championships, 18 Division 2 North championships, and 22 Middlesex League titles, just to name a few. But after yesterday’s 5-0 win over host Melrose, you can add one more: 500 career wins.
When the game ended, the celebration began.
“It was nice,’’ said Donahue, a physical education teacher in the Watertown school system. “Mr. [AD Michael] Lahiff was there. There were flowers, nieces, and nephews. And I had a zillion texts from anyone who couldn’t make it.’’
The win improved the Raiders to 17-0-1 and boosted their unbeaten streak to 62 games, a streak that includes the last two Division 2 state championships.
“I’ve been fortunate and I’ve had some really good coaches and players to work with. It’s been a lot of work,’’ said Donahue, who has a career record of 500-30-45.
Yesterday, Watertown got goals from five players with Lauren Giordano, Erika Kelly, Emily Loprete, Meaghan Kelly, and Alyssa Carlson all scoring.
After the postgame congratulations, Donahue’s family headed to a restaurant to continue the celebration. And Donahue? She stayed behind to watch the junior varsity game and take the bus back to Watertown.
The rest of the celebration could wait.
Andover 5, Haverhill 0 - Junior forward Jaclyn Torres had a hat trick for the unbeaten Golden Warriors.
Bishop Feehan 7, Dighton-Rehoboth 0 - Annie Galvin scored three goals, helping the No. 6 Shamrocks roll past the Falcons.
Medford 3, Everett 0 - Olivia Simmons scored all three goals as the undefeated Mustangs secured the Greater Boston League title for the third year in a row.
Because of today’s forecast and the expected course conditions, the MIAA has postponed Monday’s Division 1-3 state golf championships. A makeup date will be decided Monday.