New season, new league for Dartmouth sports teams
This year’s new sports season is bringing with it an extra change: A brand new league.
In the past, Dartmouth High teams have been competing in the Old Colony League against rivals Bridgewater-Raynham and Barnstable.
Starting this year, however, the OCL is no more — replaced with the newly-formed Southeast Conference. The new league still includes B-R, but Barnstable is out. Now, Dartmouth High will compete for league titles with Brockton, Durfee, and New Bedford High Schools.
“Being in a new league this year, it’s going to be interesting and a change for us,” said field hockey coach Beth Arguin.
Things are looking promising for the team, Arguin noted. About 40 girls tried out for varsity and JV teams.
“We’ve got a lot of talented kids,” Arguin said. “They’re making this part of our jobs [making cuts] very difficult, because it’s not like these kids can’t play.”
In girls soccer, coach Scot Boudria does not anticipate it will be a big change, especially given how confident he is about his team. This season, he has 15 athletes on the varsity team — nine of whom are returning from last year.
“One thing about the team that I like to have is we can go in pretty confident, and welcome the challenges,” Bourdria said. “If you have a competitive face, that just makes you stronger for states.”
The girls soccer team will take on its new league rival, Brockton High, on September 12, 6 p.m., for its first game of the season. The field hockey team also opens the season with a league match-up against New Bedford High on September 4 at 4 p.m. Both are away games.