ORR girls lacrosse team’s historic season ends in state semifinals

Jun 13, 2018

The Old Rochester Regional High School girls lacrosse team’s first season playing in Division I was an historic one.

The team's season came to a disappointing end Tuesday in the Division I South semifinals, as the Bulldogs lost to Wellesley High School 14-3.

But Tuesday’s loss was only the second in a season filled with many triumphs.

After being moved up from Division II after the 2017 season, the Bulldogs defied many expectations on their way to final four, going head-to-head with some of the best teams and players in the state.

After their decisive 17-6 win over Milton High School at home in the first round of the playoffs, Head Coach Scott Tavares said his team was playing with “a chip on our shoulders” because the girls were ranked sixth in the tournament despite their impressive 19-1 record in the regular season.

“To go 19-1 in the regular season and get the six seed … We didn’t get our fair shake,” Tavares said, adding that his team was “on a mission.”

The Bulldogs then hit the road to play third ranked Duxbury High School, a perennial lacrosse power house, in the quarterfinals.

Tavares’ team pulled out a thrilling 14-13 win, upsetting the Dragons on their home field and advancing to the semifinals.

Despite falling to Wellesley on Tuesday, the Bulldogs proved this season that they belong amongst the elite teams in the state.