The week in sports (Updated)

Last week was a disappointing one for Titans fans

Above: Girls Soccer is the Titans’ only traditional team sport boasting more wins than losses at this point in the season, though their record is dominated by ties. (images from Shrewsbury match cropped from tweet by @ARHSAthletics)

Algonquin’s varsity sports had a rough week. The Titans lost 9 out of 13 contests. Only one team scored any wins.

Boys Golf won two of its three games last week, to Shrewsbury (207-210) and Nashoba (201-209). Their 224-211 loss was to Wachusett. So far, the golfers boast the best record for Titans teams this fall – 5-2.

Not all of the teams suffered losses. Girls Soccer tied both of their games last week. (0-0 with Concord-Carlisle and 2-2 with Shrewsbury.) That brings their record to 1-0-3, making them the school’s only traditional team sport with more wins than losses. The Telegram covered the Girls new coach this season, ARHS English teacher John Frederick:

Frederick previously coached the boys’ soccer team at Algonquin for 10 years, leading the then Tomahawks to Division 1 state championships in 2004 and ’05. He also led Algonquin to a state championship appearance in 2006 but came up short of a three-peat, falling to St. John’s Prep. 

For Boys Soccer, last week extended their losing streak. The Boys’ record is now 0-5 following losses to Concord-Carlisle (2-1), Shrewsbury (3-0) and Acton-Boxborough (2-0).

Field Hockey’s record is 1-3 following losses to Wachusett (1-0) and Lincoln-Sudbury (2-1).

For fans of two teams, it was a disappointing follow up to their strong opening week. Girls Volleyball’s losses to Shrewsbury (3-2) and Acton Boxborough (3-0) lowered their record to 2-2.

Football is now 1-1 with its 22-18 loss at Hopkinton.

[Note: I learned through the grapevine that a member of the Algonquin’s team suffered a serious leg injury during Friday’s game. That’s clearly much more devastating than captured by a score.

The team tweeted: “Tough, emotional loss tonight. The boys battled adversity and played until the very end – for each other. #Family”]

Based on a prior article in the Telegram, in the long run, that loss may be less important than the close score.

The article shared the team’s new strategy that may result in more losses this season than last as it battles tougher teams in hopes of making it into the playoffs:

It’s likely that few football-related situations could test the program’s collective patience quite like last season’s disappointment when despite a 6-2 record, the Titans were left on the outside of the inaugural MIAA statewide playoffs, falling victim to a complex algorithm that few local fans can fully grasp.

This season, Algonquin has taken a two-fold approach to doing its best to make sure its postseason invitation arrives.

The first was to ensure that each returning player had that feeling of dejection etched in their memories and used it to fuel what Allen reported was a hard-working summer of improvement. The second was to hunt bigger, better opponents so that the concept of strength of schedule would have no chance of submarining the run to the postseason.

Read more here.

Cross Country’s meets have been repeatedly postponed. The Boys’ and Girls’ first meets are now scheduled for Wednesday, followed by participation in a RI invitational tournament this weekend.

Now, here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week:

Monday, September 19, 2022

4:00 pm – Field Hockey vs. Marlborough  @ Marlborough

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

  • 3:30 pm – Boys Golf vs. Westborough @ Westborough Country Club
  • 5:15 pm – Girls Volleyball vs. Westborough @ Algonquin
  • 6:00 pm – Boys Soccer vs. Westborough @ Algonquin
  • 6:30 pm – Field Hockey vs. Auburn @ Auburn

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • 4:00 pm – Girls Cross Country vs. Shepherd Hill Regional High School @ Algonquin
  • 4:00 pm – Boys Cross Country vs. Shepherd Hill Regional High School @ Algonquin

Thursday, September 22, 2022

  • 3:30 pm – Boys Golf vs. Shrewsbury High School @ Juniper Hills Golf Course
  • 5:15 pm – Girls Volleyball vs. Leominster @ Algonquin
  • 6:00 pm – Girls Soccer vs. Wachusett @ Algonquin
  • 6:00 pm – Boys Soccer vs. Wachusett @ Wachusett Regional

Friday, September 23, 2022

  • 4:00 pm – Field Hockey vs. Nashoba Regional High School @ New England Baseball Complex
  • 5:15 pm – Girls Volleyball vs. Framingham @ Algonquin
  • 7:00 pm – Football vs. Catholic Memorial @ Algonquin

Saturday, September 24, 2022

  • Girls Cross Country @ Ocean State Invitational (Warwick, RI)
  • Boys Cross Country Invitational @ Ocean State Invitational (Warwick, RI)
  • 10:00 am – Girls Soccer vs. Hopkinton @ Algonquin

(To check for changes or find a complete schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV, freshmen, and unified match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.)

Updated (9/19/22 6:25 pm): I updated the information on last Friday’s Football game (including corrected score) after learning that one of their players apparently suffered a serious leg injury.

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