Photo: Steve Rizzuto in last year’s playoffs.
It’s playoff time for Belmont High’s spring season’s teams highlighted by both rugby squads finishing the season undefeated and ranked number one in the state Division 1 playoffs.
The defending state champions and number 1 ranked Belmont High Girls’ Rugby will host fourth-seed Needham in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at Harris Field. The 6-0 Marauders defeated the first-year varsity Rockets 84-0 in Needham on April 10, and will meet the winner of the two-seed Lincoln-Sudbury Regional and third ranked Algonquin Regional semifinal held on June 13. The state championships for boys and girls will take place on June 23, place and time still up in the air.
Top-ranked Belmont High Boys’ Rugby will take on the team that knocked the Marauders out of the playoffs last year, St. John’s Prep, on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Harris Field. Belmont defeated the Eagles 38-23 in the season opener on April 11 at Belmont. If they win, Belmont will take on the winner of the match between Boston College High, last year’s champs, and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional on June 23.
The first round game for Belmont High’s Boys’ Tennis (10-6) will be the rubber match with its opponent, Reading Memorial High (11-5) , to be played away on Wednesday, June 6 at 3:30 p.m. The 9th-ranked Marauders and 8th seeded Rockets split the season series at one game each, with the away team winning 3-2. Belmont’s Girls’ Tennis (9-7) will travel up Route 2 to tackle Concord Carlisle Regional (10-4) on Wednesday, June 6 at 3:30 p.m.
They took it until the penultimate game – just like last year – but an 8-6 victory over Weston to conclude a three-game winning streak put the Belmont High Boys Lacrosse team into the playoffs. At 9-9, the 11th-seed boys’ will have a first-round match in Division 2 Central/East on the Rhode Island border as they travel nearly 45 miles to meet sixth-ranked North Attleboro High, 14-4, on Wednesday, June 6 at 4 p.m.
Involved in 10 one-run games out of the 20 played, Belmont High Baseball has earned a reputation of finding a way to walk away with the victory despite sometimes playing less than stellar ball. They will need to pick up their game beginning Thursday, June 7 at 4 p.m. as the 15-5 Marauders will begin the Division 2 North playoffs with a home game at Brendan Grant Field against Middlesex League rivals Arlington High. Belmont swept the SpyPonders this year, winning 3-0 away on April 30 and 9-4 at Grant Field on May 17. If victorious, the Marauders could face another Middlesex team as they will play next week the winner of the Reading vs. Greater Lowell tussle.