Bulldogs Blitzed By Holliston in D5 South Final

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Canton senior quarterback Johnny Hagan breaks through a tackle from Holliston in the second half of the D5 South Final. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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CANTON, Mass. – After struggling to gain any traction on offense for the majority of the game, the Bulldogs looked they were just about to get back on track.

Trailing 14-7 to Holliston with just under 10 minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs quickly moved into Panther territory and even converted a fourth down that seemingly put the momentum with the hosts.

But two plays later, Canton fumbled in its backfield and Holliston pounced on the loose ball to put an abrupt halt to the drive.

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It was just one of those nights for the Bulldogs, who dropped a 27-14 decision to the visiting Panthers in the D5 South Sectional Final. Canton also hurt itself with nearly a dozen penalties.

“We kind of flirted with that all year, I take full responsibility, we were kind of an undisciplined team and got away with it for many games,” said Canton head coach Dave Bohane on his team not helping themselves with penalties. “Tonight, in a game like this when you get to the sectional championship, we had some bad penalties and we paid for it. I don’t want that to take away from Holliston though, they executed very well like we thought they would. I thought our defense didn’t do a bad job, we just didn’t do enough to move the ball.

“[Holliston] is a good team and they’re going to do well going forward. I’m just super proud of my guys overall. Just an outstanding two years, it’s been great to be apart of it. It’s a sour taste to lose in the final twice but I don’t want to lose sight of all the accomplishments along the way.”

Canton’s fumble summed up a frustrating night on offense for the Bulldogs, who had to punt five times, turned the ball over on downs twice and finished with a pair of turnovers.

The Bulldogs had just forced Holliston’s high-powered offense (entered the game averaging over 30 points per game) to a three and out and started at their own 40 with 9:14 left in the game, trailing just 14-7.

Senior Johnny Hagan (11/26, 124 yards) hit classmate Jace Emma for eight yards on third down, and senior tailback Kyle Fitzgerald (18 carries, 101 yards; four catches, 26 yards) barreled his way for three yards on fourth and one to give the hosts the ball at the Holliston 44-yard line.

But after the fumble with 6:26 left, the momentum swung in favor of the Panthers and they cashed in on their chance. The Bulldogs defense did its part to force Holliston into a fourth and seven from the Canton 34-yard line, but the Panthers elected to go for it.

Matt Arvanitis dropped back and floated a pass up the middle to a wide-open Kevin Lyons, who had released off the line of scrimmage, and the play went for a touchdown to give Holliston a 21-7 advantage with just 3:58 left in the game.

In true Bulldog fashion, the hosts refused to go away without a fight. Canton orchestrated its best drive of the entire game, marching 73 yards on nine plays to find the end zone for the first time on the offensive side of the ball.

Hagan connected with Gersom Rivera for 32 yards on a fourth-down play to keep the drive alive early and then linked up with Cam Sanchez for 22 yards on third down to move deep into Holliston territory. Two plays later, Fitzgerald made a terrific diving catch in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown, bringing the hosts back within a score at 21-14 with 2:09 left in the game.

Canton elected a squib kick up the middle with their entire kicking unit charging but a Holliston player was able to handle the play and the Dogs were whistled for a penalty on the hit, giving the Panthers possession at the Canton 36-yard line.

Holliston running back Tristan Benson (14 carries, 138 yards, two touchdowns) put an exclamation point on a superb second half, running for 28 yards on first down to get inside the 10 yard line, and two plays later plunged into the end zone from three yards out to restore the Panthers’ two-score lead, up 27-14 with 1:44 to go, securing the D5 south crown.

“I think Holliston had a lot to do with the outcome of the game,” Bohane said. “I don’t think we played our best but I don’t want to take anything away from the opponent that played great tonight and deserved to go on to the next round.

“These kids that have played for us have left an incredible mark on the program. I can’t say anything but great things about all of them, it’s been a pleasure to coach them. It’s been such a fun ride for me personally. I’m a proud coach and I just feel bad because they are crushed. We thought we could move on.”

The majority of the game played out as a defensive chess match with the teams trading stops. Holliston had to punt on two of its first three drives and had its other series come to a screeching halt when Robbie Gallery read a screen pass and hauled an interception.

Canton’s offense didn’t fare much better, turning it over on downs on the opening series after starting in Holliston territory, and then had to punt on its second series. Canton moved the ball on its third series, using nine plays to cover 44 yards but there was another big momentum swing when Holliston blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt. The ball ended up in the hands of Holliston’s Teddy Ratcliffe and he returned it all the way to the Canton 32-yard line.

With good field position, Holliston’s offense went to work and found the end zone two plays later. Arvanitis dropped a perfect pass to Christian Schneeloch, who hauled the pass in despite strong coverage, for a 6-0 lead with 9:45 left in the second quarter.

Canton’s next drive was slowed down early by a holding call but Hagan hit Emma down the left sideline for 26 yards to keep the drive alive. The Bulldogs converted another fourth down and moved into the red zone but a pair of incomplete passes resulted in a turnover on downs at the 11-yard line.

Canton’s defense came up with a big response on the next series though. On 2nd and 10 from the 21, senior linebacker Ben Guerini came flying in and landed a monster sack, jarring the ball free. Senior Jahmi Aldin scooped the ball up at the 12-yard line and raced into the end zone for a touchdown. Owen Lehane’s extra point gave Canton a 7-6 lead late in the second, a lead the hosts took into the halftime break.

“That defense kept me up late all week long, a lot of hours,” said Holliston coach Todd Kiley of the Bulldogs’ defense. “There is no weakness on that team, they are a phenomenal football team, one of the best ever I’ve had to prepare for. We’ve been through a lot of games with this program. That team, that coaching staff has done a phenomenal job, we just made a couple more plays than them.

“Our guys dug down and we made a big play when we needed to. Tristan Benson was huge in the second half, he kind of just took it over. Our line did awesome, and how about our defense today? It was just a total team effort. I’m going through all of our kids that made plays tonight, and it’s a long list.”

The Bulldogs had a chance to add to their lead on the opening drive of the second but went backward and had to punt. Holliston started with good field position at the Bulldogs’ 40-yard line and once again took advantage of the strong starting spot.

After throwing for the majority of the first half, the Panthers turned to Benson. The tailback’s speed gave the Dogs trouble, as he had runs of 12 and 19 before plunging in for a 5-yard score, and then the two-point conversion for a 14-7 lead.

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Canton’s ensuing series ended with a three and out after Hagan and Fitzgerald just missed linking up on third down. On the next Canton series, Hagan had a 14-yard scramble erased by a holding call but responded to move the sticks. However, four plays later, a 38-yard pass and catch to Fitzgerald on third down was taken off the board after another hold, and Canton had to punt two plays into the fourth.

“I think they were just a little better in the middle than we thought,” Bohane said. “We’ve been able to stay the course and stay the course, and eventually wear teams down. But in a game like this, kids dig real deep and I give [Holliston] a lot of credit, they are very well-coached. They played hard, and I thought our kids played hard too. It was a good game that got away from us a little bit. [Holliston] does a lot of things offensively to put pressure on you.”

Canton football drops its first game of the season to push its record to 9-1. The Bulldogs will host rival Stoughton (8-2) on Thanksgiving at 10:00 AM.

Coelho Lifts Scarlet Hawks Past Shamrocks In Overtime

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Milford junior Leo Coelho dribbles at a Bishop Feehan defender in the second half at Sandwich High. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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SANDWICH, Mass. – For 80 minutes, the Milford boys soccer team knocked and knocked, but couldn’t solve a disciplined and congested Bishop Feehan defense.

Hawks head coach Brian Edwards knew his side needed to make a change, so he quickly obliged when junior Leo Coelho approached him before overtime with a request to play forward.

“He told me he wanted to win this game,” Edwards said. “It made me look really smart but it was all his idea.”

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Edwards moved Coelho from his defensive center mid spot to striker, and the decision paid dividends nearly immediately.

Coelho scored the lone goal of the game just under 90 seconds into the sudden-victory overtime period, handing the second-seeded Hawks a 1-0 verdict over #6 Bishop Feehan.

“I was playing through an injury and it felt like nothing was going to go my way, I felt like it was probably one of my worst games,” Coelho said. “I asked coach if I could play up top in overtime, and he had the trust and confidence to put me there, and I was able to get it done.”

Milford went to work quickly in the extra session, applying pressure as it had done for the majority of the 80 minutes of regulation. This time, the Hawks were able to find the back of the net.

Senior Pedro Araujo hustled to a ball down the right flank, battling a defender off to earn possession. He got the ball on his right foot and fired a cross/shot that was parried away by Feehan keeper Thomas Potenza.

But the ball fell right to the feet of junior Joao Pedro Da Silva, who was quickly surrounded by a trio of Shamrock defenders. Da Silva calmly carried away from goal before sliding a pass to Coelho at the far post, and the junior let the ball come across his body before depositing a shot into the back of the net for the game-winner.

“We had to change something up, the ball wasn’t going in,” Edwards said. “I trust him and he rewarded our faith in him. He played a tremendous game, I thought everyone did. But we couldn’t get the ball in the net. Thankfully we made the play when we needed to.”

While the ball wasn’t going in, it wasn’t for a lack of possession or chances. The Hawks controlled the game from start to finish, putting nearly a dozen shots on frame while limiting the Shamrocks to just two chances, both coming within seconds of each other.

Coelho registered the first serious chance for either side in what was a rare foray into the attacking third. The junior midfielder controlled a clearance, took a touch towards goal, and fired a shot from 25 yards out but his bid clanked off the top of the crossbar and stayed out in the 14th minute.

JP Da Silva took a pass from Lucas Da Silva and forced a save from Potenza, but the Hawks couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing chance. Two minutes later, Coelho found Jordan Borges but his chance went over the bar.

Bishop Feehan’s best three chances all came in the final 15 minutes of half. A cross to the far post eluded the Milford keeper but Chris Tocci was in position to head the first ball up, and Dan Santos cleared the second ball to keep the game scoreless.

The Shamrocks nearly jumped ahead in the final moments of the first half. A lackadaisical play on a loose ball afforded Feehan’s Zach Stephenson possession. He used his speed to get past the Hawks’ defense and rifled a shot alone with the keeper but Milford sophomore Kevin Gomes made the leaping stop.

The rebound bounced to the Shamrocks’ left wing and to the feet of Samir Kassel, who had a good look to bury the rebound, but his chance was denied by Gomes as well to keep the game scoreless

“Kevin has done a good job, we didn’t ask him to do a lot tonight (two saves) but he actually did a nice job coming off his line tonight,” Edwards said. “He snuffed out some chances and he was very decisive when he came off his line. And that’s important against a team like this that’s relying on you to make a mistake defensively so Kevin was big for us.”

Milford continued to control possession in the second half but the Shamrocks often had five or more players behind the ball, making life difficult for the Hawks’ offense that likes to connect on short passes.

The chances still came though as Borges saw his shot go just over the bar in the 44th minute, and Araujo’s header at the far stick was handled in the 50th minute. Potenza came up with a save on a low strike from Borges in the 57th minute and had plenty of time to recover and handle the loose rebound.

“They could have been wearing red and white (North Attleboro),” Edwards said of Feehan, comparing their defense-first approach to that of the Rocketeers. “They played so well defensively. From what we saw leading up to this game, they gave us a very different look. Credit to their coaching staff and players, they were able to adopt a very different strategy against us that was very effective.

“I think we were more frustrated that it wasn’t going in. I think we generated more chances in the second half. I wasn’t happy with the first half, especially defensively, but we adjusted. I thought we were better in the second, and I think we kept our composure.”

After Feehan made a push into the offensive third, Milford countered with one of its best chances. With more space than usual, Coelho pushed forward with possession, using a nice stepover move to get past a defender. He unleashed a shot from 30 yards out that froze the keeper, but it smacked off the post and stayed out in the 58th minute.

“The first half, I think we were all being a little too selfish,” Coelho said. “We were a little too excited, everyone was trying to be the hero. We talked at halftime about playing our game, and if we do that, we can get the job done. They definitely played like North Attleboro, behind the ball, and we had some difficulty breaking it down.”

Milford had a flurry of chances late in the game but couldn’t unlock the Shamrocks with a final product. Potenza made a leaping stop but the rebound was deflected right off Borges’ foot, too hard for him to control in short range.

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Tocci’s cross found the feet of Araujo and he tested the keeper with a low shot but Potenza smothered it. A minute later, Araujo beat his defender to the touchline and fired a low cross across the face of goal to Borges at the far post, but the ball found his weaker foot and was cleared after the first touch, and regulation ended scoreless.

Coelho’s winner sends the Hawks to their first-ever D2 South Sectional Final. The last final appearance for Milford boys soccer was in 1999 when they played in the D1 Central Final.

With Milford as the predetermined site for the sectional final, the Hawks (17-0-2) will end up “hosting” Nauset but as the away team, on Sunday at 3:30.

Oliver Ames Ousted In South Semis By Unbeaten Nauset

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Oliver Ames junior goalie Drew Nickla reaches out to save a cross from Nauset in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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SANDWICH, Mass. – The Oliver Ames boys soccer team entered Thursday night’s D2 South Semifinal with a tall task against unbeaten Nauset.

Despite a spirited second half effort and a saved penalty kick, the Tigers were unable to complete their upset bid, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Warriors after a late goal.

The top-seeded Warriors extended their unbeaten streak to 44 straight games to advance to the D2 South Final against Milford. The last time Nauset lost was in the D2 South Semifinals in 2017 via penalty kicks to OA.

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“I think the second half was much better than the first,” said Oliver Ames head coach John Barata. “I think they took it too us for about 50% of the [first] half, then the rest of it was a little more back and forth. We had some chances but they had more dangerous chances. They are a strong team. They are fast, they want to impose their style of play and they were able to do that. They a very good team, John [McCully] has done a great job. They are #8 in the country for a reason, they are no joke.

“I thought we played very well and have a lot of guys that will learn from this experience. They’ll remember how this felt, and the extra work that it takes. We had one or two bad mistakes and they punished us for it. Overall, I thought it was a great second half for us.”

The lone goal came in the 73rd minute of play. A ball over the top found Nauset’s Anthony Lovati, who controlled the ball and took a touch forward despite OA’s plea for handball. Lovati connected with Shavar Champagnie in the area, who was quickly met with a pair of OA defenders on his back.

Champagnie alertly played the ball back to the top of the area where senior Sebastian Headrick calmly ran onto it and placed a shot through traffic and into the bottom corner for the eventual game-winner.

The Tigers quickly switched to three in the back, throwing numbers and services forward, but the Nauset backline used its height to prevent any balls in behind. OA had a corner in the final seconds and put all of the players in the box, including the keeper, but were unable to get on the end of it before a Nauset clearance.

“For the most part we dominated,” said Nauset head coach John McCully. “Don’t get me wrong, Oliver Ames made it difficult for us. It was very difficult for us to get any rhythm today because we’re used to ball dominance. We didn’t have a lot of that, even though we controlled at times. And 0-0…it would have been a crying shame [if we didn’t win].”

OA keeper Drew Nickla was called into action in the 12th minute when Nauset’s Connor Cushing delivered a service to the back post that was met by Lovati but Nickla was perfectly positioned and tipped the bid over the bar.

While changes were hard to come in the first, Oliver Ames’ best opportunity came in the 19th minute. Anthony DaCosta played classmate Kevin Louhis wide on the left flank. Louhis used his speed to beat his defender before poking a cross to the edge of the six-yard box, but the service was in-between DaCosta and Dillon Cupples and a Warrior defender was quick to clear.

Nauset had two golden chances before the end of the half but couldn’t convert. William Schiffer got on the end of a throw-in from Lovati but his chance smacked off the crossbar. Just under 10 minutes later, Nathan Watring set Schiffer up right in front but his shot was over the bar.

Louhis had the first good chance of the second half in the 54th minute. After working his way around a pair of defenders, he cut near the top of the 18 and ripped a left-footed shot but a Nauset defender was able to reach out and make the block. OA’s lone shot on goal came off the foot of Louhis with a low shot from distance that was saved.

“We actually built up in the midfield well at times, but the challenge was then you run into a wall of six in the back,” Barata said. “And they weren’t soft, they come through hard. Ultimately I thought we did well, I am pleased with the guys. I am sad for the seniors because they’ve done a lot of good work for the program. But I thought they went out in a great blaze. It was a close game, they scored with seven minutes left in the game. Problem was, there was no time to bounce back. We pressed, we put everyone up for that last corner but they have a lot of big bodies in there.

“I think the guys did a really good job playing the game and they should leave here with their heads held high. They’ll learn and then we’ll come back, we’ll bounce back.”

The Tigers held the Warriors without a good chance in the run of play for the majority of the second half with strong play from defenders Matthew Nosalek, Jonathan Freeman, Brady deVos, and Harrison Ahearn, along with center mids Matthew Nikiciuk and Colin Milliken. Nauset had a free kick from 20-yards out denied by the wall, and Nickla came up huge with a save on a low shot to his right on a penalty kick in the 64th minute.

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“We were a little worried with the long throws and set pieces against a strong team but today he was pretty outstanding and stellar on all the throws and set pieces,” Barata said of Nickla. “And the PK was a great save.”

Just under 10 minutes after the penalty stop, the Warriors cashed in for the lone goal of the game.

Oliver Ames boys soccer finishes the season at 15-4.

Sixth Annual HockomockSports Charity Soccer Classic

We’re excited to announce that our Sixth Annual HockomockSports.com Charity Soccer Classic will be on November 23rd at Attleboro High School. We currently run two charity events each year (soccer and basketball), and once again this year we will be raising money for Dana-Farber.

Last year, we had such a successful event that we were the top fundraising group for the Kick For Dana-Farber program. In each of the past two years, we’ve taken a Hockomock team on the field before a Revolution game, and then tickets to the game as well. The North Attleboro girls team were honored on the big screen before the game as HockomockSports.com was selected as the Revs “Hero of the Match.” We also won custom training tops that the Rocketeers received for their generous support to the fundraiser.

We are hoping to be one of the top fundraising groups again this season. Our event features a girls game and a boys game that features some of the top talent from the Hockomock League. All participants are selected strictly by our staff and do not have any connection to the official Hockomock League All Stars.

If you are interested in donating to our team, you can click this link or click on the picture above that will take you to the event page, which has a link to our fundraising page.

Please note that we will be releasing the rosters for the games over time, and each team will have 18 players.

We are returning to Attleboro High for the sixth straight season and we are very grateful for their support throughout the years. With construction for the new high school underway, we are asking all players and spectators to park at A. Irvin Studley Elementary School at 299 Rathbun Willard Drive. The entrance gate will be located on that side of the turf field.

If you have any questions, you can contact Editor Ryan Lanigan at ryanlanigan@hockomocksports.com.

MIAA EMass XC Championships: 2019 Hock Results

Below are the Hockomock results from the MIAA EMass Cross Country Championship races held on Saturday, November 9th at the Wrentham Development Center.

Boys

Division 1
Teams

1. St. John’s Prep – 61
9. Franklin – 278
16. Taunton – 417
19. Attleboro – 473

Results
1. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 15:54.9
5. Nicholas Calitri, Franklin – 16:06.7
36. Ty Cali, Taunton – 16:44.0
60. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 17:04.2
75. Declan Walmsley, Franklin – 17:17.1
83. Camden Harrington, Franklin – 17:22.4
85. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 17:24.6
92. Neil Bowie, Attleboro – 17:31.6
94. Ethan Sylvia, Attleboro – 17:32.0
102. Francis Wenner, Attleboro – 17:40.7
107. Shane Cataloni, Attleboro – 17:48.4
108. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 17:49.0
109. Ryan Strawbridge, Taunton – 17:49.1
110. Andrew Cali, Taunton – 17:50.4
116. Zachary Martin, Attleboro – 18:00.4
117. Griffin Sieczkiewicz, Franklin – 18:00.8
122. Zachary Stromfors, Attleboro – 18:04.2
132. Joshua Anderson, Franklin – 18:14.8
153. Alex Towle, Franklin – 18:49.9

Division 2
Teams

1. Concord-Carlisle – 59
7. King Philip – 253
8. Mansfield – 266

Results
1. Mike Griffin, King Philip – 15:34.8
4. Michael Norberg, King Philip – 16:04.6
6. Owen Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:09.1
18. Mike Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:25.8
52. Dan Botte, King Philip – 17:15.0
69. Collin Stevens, Mansfield – 17:24.8
83. Jovan Joseph, King Philip – 17:41.5
84. Ben Giffen, Mansfield – 17:41.9
89. Chris Leonard, Mansfield – 17:44.9
113. Nathan Farkash, King Philip – 18:07.2
119. Ryan Andrews, King Philip – 18:13.6
128. James Schlenker, Mansfield – 18:23.7
137. Tim Corkey, Mansfield – 18:33.9
141. Brendan Weddleton, King Philip – 18:37.4

Division 3
Teams

1. Milton – 82
6. Oliver Ames – 162
10. Milford – 275
15. Sharon – 405
20. North Attleboro – 534
25. Stoughton – 738

Results
1. Robert Carew, Milton – 15:55.2
11. Kyle Sarney, Oliver Ames – 16:28.8
17. Maxwell Manor, Milford – 16:40.8
21. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 16:45.1
35. Nathan Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:05.9
43. Owen Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 17:11.5
48. Gabe Soares, Milford – 17:18.0
52. Rory McLaughlin, Oliver Ames – 17:22.7
62. Mark Starovoytov, Sharon – 17:32.9
65. Siddharth Reddy, Sharon – 17:34.5
67. James Comisky, Milford – 17:36.5
69. Liam Bennett, Milford – 17:37.4
72. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 17:39.3
73. Christopher Galligan, North Attleboro – 17:39.7
74. Mark Butters, Milford – 17:40.1
79. James Kong, Sharon – 17:46.2
88. Joey Looney, Oliver Ames – 17:56.8
94. Samuel Vilt, Milford – 18:02.3
97. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 18:04.3
102. Alexander Tao, Sharon – 18:10.8
114. Andres Alverez-Romero, Milford – 18:17.9
115. Alex Ramirez, Oliver Ames – 18:19.0
122. Colin Ozturk, Stoughton – 18:23.9
123. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 18:24.1
128. Jack MacLaughlin, North Attleboro – 18:32.1
131. Griffin Gouck, North Attleboro – 18:39.0
135. Casey Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:46.6
138. William Bradley, North Attleboro – 18:49.5
145. Mark Carlson, North Attleboro – 18:55.4
151. Michael Henriques, Stoughton – 19:11.0
157. Sebastian Malek, Stoughton – 19:28.3
161. Robert Currier, Stoughton – 19:37.3
165. Aiden Castillo, Stoughton – 19:44.9
173. Bradley Weiss, Sharon – 20:07.3
175. Joshua McNamara, Stoughton – 20:40.6

Division 4
Teams

1. Newburyport – 68
19. Foxboro – 483
22. Canton – 506

Results
1. John Lucey, Newburyport – 15:57.0
10. Ryan Proulx, Foxboro – 16:58.5
51. Kyle Downing, Canton – 18:02.8
92. Jake Parkman, Foxboro – 18:54.2
98. Peter Milne, Canton – 19:01.3
99. Jack Hernon, Canton – 19:02.1
114. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 19:13.6
121. Nicolas Olson, Foxboro – 19:18.3
126. Liam Cody, Foxboro – 19:21.2
134. Jared Ciora, Foxboro – 19:30.2
137. Nate Palter, Foxboro – 19:32.7
144. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:46.3
145. Elias Jabbour, Canton – 19:49.2
158. Connor Callahan, Foxboro – 20:18.0
170. Sohil Apte, Canton – 21:17.9

Girls

Division 1
Teams

1. Lexington – 86
15. Franklin – 335
17. Attleboro – 417
20. Taunton – 516

Results
1. Lucy Jenks, Newton South – 18:14.0
36. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 20:32.7
51. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 20:55.6
59. Kimberley Esteban, Attleboro – 21:07.9
64. Sarah Giuliano, Franklin – 21:15.6
71. Caitlin Casey, Franklin – 21:31.4
80. Ruth Ann Mulvey, Franklin – 21:51.4
84. Angelina Perez, Franklin – 21:58.5
92. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 22:12.2
94. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 22:15.0
97. Liliana Duffy, Franklin – 22:20.5
99. Tatyana Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:21.4
105. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:37.7
110. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 22:43.7
116. Julianna Parsons, Attleboro – 22:57.9
125. Charlene Peng, Franklin – 23:30.0
128. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 23:36.2
131. Morgan Coleman, Attleboro – 23:40.1
135. Kiley Quinlan, Taunton – 23:52.3
141. Phylicia Dias, Taunton – 24:24.6

Division 2
Teams

1. Concord-Carlisle – 58
15. King Philip – 409
18. Mansfield – 462

Results
1. Emma Kerimo, Concord-Carlisle – 18:40.8
15. Maya Evans, King Philip – 19:40.6
23. Tessa Lancaster, Mansfield – 19:54.9
69. Meg Sherwood, King Philip – 21:03.7
98. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 21:55.5
110. Ava Pisani, King Philip – 22:22.0
115. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 22:28.4
120. Dayna Aubin, King Philip – 22:44.8
121. Abigail Simmons, King Philip – 22:44.9
126. Alexis Divasta, Mansfield – 22:49.5
129. Anne Riley, Mansfield – 22:57.1
130. Devin Anderson, Mansfield – 23:03.1
133. Abigail Meader, King Philip – 23:17.6
141. Erin Regnier, King Philip – 25:00.7

Division 3
Teams

1. Milton – 68
8. Sharon – 234
14. Oliver Ames – 365
15. Milford – 389
16. North Attleboro – 401

Results
1. Olivia Jones, Hopkinton – 18:36.8
5. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 19:27.2
13. Emma Lawrence, Milford – 20:05.1
14. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 20:06.2
20. Meghan Reardon, Oliver Ames – 20:22.5
25. Eliana Boxerman, Sharon – 20:35.5
33. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 20:45.5
43. Sara Comisky, Milford – 21:00.1
61. Melissa Sapini, North Attleboro – 21:31.3
62. Shruti Srinivasan, North Attleboro – 21:32.7
70. Rebecca Lally, Stoughton – 21:43.7
73. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 21:46.5
74. Natalie Kaiser, North Attleboro – 21:46.9
76. Margaret Li, Sharon – 21:49.5
101. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 22:15.2
103. Sydney Kalil, Milford – 22:15.8
105. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 22:16.7
106. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 22:21.0
117. Berta Faktorovich, Sharon – 22:41.5
121. Ava Lerman, Oliver Ames – 22:48.8
123. Ella Isleib, Oliver Ames – 23:09.8
124. Juiette Tao, Sharon – 23:12.5
126. Catherine Hanewich, North Attleboro – 23:28.9
127. Kiersten Chan, Oliver Ames – 23:31.6
129. Kerry O’Connor, Milford – 23:37.7
132. Kate McCormick, Oliver Ames – 23:39.3
133. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 23:48.8
136. Elaine McCarty, Stoughton – 24:08.2
139. Brittany Silverman, Milford – 24:36.8
142. Julia Franey, Stoughton – 24:44.5
145. Jessica Maddalena, Stoughton – 25:13.8
147. Kathryn Watson, Milford – 25:25.0

Division 4
Teams

1. Newburyport – 76
8. Foxboro – 259
16. Canton – 374

Results
1. Isabella Pietrasiewicz, Norton – 18:55.5
3. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 19:19.4
34. Marie Messinger, Canton – 21:25.0
56. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 21:58.8
66. Anya Doherty, Foxboro – 22:14.2
70. Emilia Lacy, Foxboro – 22:21.2
71. Johanna Bouwmeister, Canton – 22:22.2
76. Kayla Wong, Canton – 22:32.4
78. Amy Conley, Foxboro – 22:39.3
98. Erika Boone, Canton – 23:13.1
119. Jessica Hart, Canton – 23:51.3
123. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 24:08.8
127. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 24:16.0
140. Lauren Sullivan, Canton – 24:50.1

Oliver Ames’ Upset Bid Of Barnstable Falls Just Short

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Oliver Ames junior Jordan Bennett tips a ball over a double block in the fourth set of the match against Barnstable in the D1 South Sectional Final. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The Oliver Ames volleyball team was making its first-ever sectional appearance on Saturday evening, matched up with the state’s top program in Barnstable.

But just making an appearance wasn’t enough for the fourth-seeded Tigers. In fact, Oliver Ames did something that very few teams have been able to do in the South Final over the last decade: they pushed the Red Raiders to the limit.

Oliver Ames twice rallied from one-set deficits, including a late comeback in the fourth set to force a decisive winner-take-all fifth set. But second-seeded Barnstable showed why they are considered the best program in state history, grabbing an early lead in the final set and never looking back to secure a 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9) win and the program’s 10th straight D1 South Sectional title.

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“I told them to take it one point at a time and to enjoy it because this could be it,” said Oliver Ames head coach Chelsea Cunningham. “Even though it was, this was the best they have ever played. I’m so proud of all of them. I couldn’t ask for anything more. They played so calm, they celebrated together and they picked each other up. And every set was close. After the first set, we evaluated every situation and how we wanted to approach it. The girls persevered under a lot of tough pressure. To even go to five, it was phenomenal to watch and we got to entertain the crowd.”

In their decade of dominance, Barnstable has dropped a total of just three sets in the sectional final game. New Bedford forced the Raiders to five in 2010 while Bishop Feehan grabbed one set in the 2014 final. Barnstable hadn’t dropped a set in the sectional final in the past four years.

“We’ve gone to five every match, I couldn’t believe it,” Cunningham said. “We’ve just taken it one point at a time in every match. We switched it up on the offense to makes sure everyone was an option and to just prepared that the ball was going to come back over. They were feisty, they were prepared…we were an underdog, no one expected us to go this far. And the girls just fed off that energy.”

OA showed early on they were ready to compete by keeping pace as junior Jordan Bennett placed a tip over the block for a kill, then forced a two-touch on a strong serve, and junior Caroline Flynn (10 kills) forced an error after a good hit to bring the Tigers within two, down 11-9.

Barnstable responded with a 6-2 run and ended up taking the first set 25-17.

But the Tigers responded in a big way, opening the second set with a 7-0 run, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game. Senior Ryley McNeeley tossed a kill off the block, senior Allie Kemp (36 assists, 11 digs, two aces) landed an ace, and senior Jordyn Vella (six blocks, five kills) came up with back-to-back blocks to give the Tigers the early lead and the momentum.

The lead ballooned to 14-6 when senior Jordan Bosse (11kills, two aces) landed two kills in a three-play span, and Flynn hit above the block and to the floor for a kill, forcing Barnstable to take their second timeout early in the set.

Barnstable made it interesting early by cutting the deficit to three at 14-11 but Oliver Ames answered with a 7-3 that included two blocks and kill from Vella, another ace from Kemp, and a block kill from Bosse that denied a right-side attack from the Raiders.

Oliver Ames looked primed to even the score at one apiece when it went up 24-17 behind a net call, but the Raiders showed why they are so difficult to beat with flawless play over the next six chances. Barnstable won all seven of those points, helped along by a pair of OA errors, to get within one down 24-23 but a service error allowed OA to clinch the point and the set, making it 1-1.

“That’s a great program, Chelsea has done a great job,” said longtime Barnstable coach Tom Turco, who won his 700th game with the victory. “This is probably one of the biggest sectional championships that we’ve won.”

Barnstable built an early 8-5 lead in the third set but OA wouldn’t break, responding with a 6-2 run that featured a kill and ace from Bosse and two kills from Flynn to take an 11-10 lead. The teams traded points for a good chunk of the set, with the teams tied at 11, 12. 13, and 15. Barnstable gained the slightest advantage with a quick 5-1 run as junior Caroline Kiehnau gave the Raiders a huge boost with a handful of kills off Tiger blocks.

Oliver Ames got with three on three occasions, down 21-18 after a nice tip kill from Bennett after a big dig from Alison Barth (40 digs), down 22-19 after a kill from Flynn, and down 23-20 on a nice spot push from Flynn. The Tigers even got within two at 23-21 when Sarah Morley delivered an ace and at 24-22 behind a Bosse kill, but a nice dump by the Barnstable setter on the second touch caught OA off guard for a 25-22 win in the third set.

The fourth set played out similarly to the third, but even closer throughout. Barnstable led by two early on by an ace from Bosse, two kills from Bennett, and a kill from Flynn on a nice back set from Kemp helped OA tie it at 11-11.

OA jumped in front by two on a huge block from McNeeley on an outside attack from Barnstable and a kill from Flynn for a 13-11 advantage. OA remained a point ahead while the teams traded points but Barnstable finally earned consecutive points helped by a service error to make it 20-20 to force a timeout.

“I just told them its a game to five, and I asked who’s going to get there first? They told me that they were and that’s exactly what they did,” Cunningham said. “We committed to it as one and it was awesome.”

Barnstable took three leads, 21-20, 22-21, and 23-22 but the Tigers refused to give up. Bosse and Bennett had black to back strong swings for kills, and then Bosse got a kind roll off the top of the net, falling over into Raiders’ territory for a 25-23 win, forcing a fifth set.

The experience of Barnstable paid off as they picked up an early lead. After Vella put OA up 1-0, Barnstable won eight of the next points that featured two blocks from the Raiders and two balls that fell just out of the reach of OA defenders.

The Tigers played well after the switch with Bosse getting a kill and Bennet landing a big block and a kill, but Barnstable also played well and extended its lead to 13-6. In true fashion to how they played the entire match, OA still didn’t fold as a hitting error and a double block from Vella and Flynn got the Tigers within five, down 13-8.

But Barnstable was able to grind out two more points and secure their 10th straight sectional title.

“I think [the underclassman] are even more committed to continue persevering and making these seniors proud,” Cunningham said. “I think they are ready to work hard to fill the big shoes that are leaving this program and I think next year will be just as exciting.”

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Meanwhile, the senior class leaves behind a lasting legacy that includes bringing the program to new heights. That group includes Jordan Bosse, Ryley McNeeley, Allie Kemp, Alison Barth, Jordyn Vella, and Mary Davenport.

“This is my first group to graduate as head coach,” Cunningham said. “I saw them as freshmen, I saw the potential, and I knew they were going to be something special and they didn’t let me down in that aspect. We’re going to miss them dearly and they know they left such a prominent and positive mark on this program. They should be nothing but proud of themselves.”

Oliver Ames volleyball finishes its best season in program history with an 18-5 record, its first-ever Kelley-Rex title, and the furthest the team has gone in program history.

Hornets Swarm Past King Philip Into D2 South Final

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Mansfield senior quarterback Jack Moussette throws a past in the first quarter against King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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MANSFIELD, Mass. – The past two seasons, the Mansfield football team has had its hopes of competing for a state championship dashed by rival King Philip.

The Hornets weren’t going to let that happen again this year.

Mansfield senior quarterback Jack Moussette tossed four touchdowns in one of his best performances of the season and junior Cincere Gill accounted for four total scored to help the Hornets roll to a 34-6 win over #3 King Philip.

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“I was just trying to make the most of my opportunities,” said Moussette, who completed 12-of-17 passes for 230 yards. “We run the ball the majority of the time but Coach Redding told me ‘I trust you, go out there and do your thing tonight.’ I just tried to do the best I could. We had a great game on the ground and in the air, it was overall a great team win, I’m really proud of the guys. The offensive line stepped up big when we needed them too.”

While the Hornets have won the past two regular season meetings (28-27 in 2018, 15-13 this season), the Warriors have been the ones with the last laugh. KP knocked off Mansfield 13-11 in the semifinals in 2017 and celebrated with the D2 South trophy on Alumni Field last season after a 10-7 triumph.

“We’ve won the last two regular season games to win the league title but back-to-back losses, when you’re this close to Gillette…the guys have been waiting a year for another chance,” said Mansfield head coach Mike Redding. “We got the monkey off the back in the league, the playoff thing was like a gorilla on our back. It would have been another long year if we blew this one. But being home, being healthy for a change in the playoffs has made a difference. We’re doing it in all three phases right now and with confidence.

“Every year we play them we seem to get seven and get stuck. Last year in the playoffs, we got seven early and didn’t score. This year we got seven and didn’t score until the end. We harped on that, get to 14, get the 14-point lead, build off that. Tonight we got more than that which is great but extending the lead was critical.”

Mansfield made it clear early on that repeating that feat would be a tough task. After a punt and a red zone turnover, the Hornets got on the board on their third series.

Moussette hit Danny Rapoza (three catches, 58 yards) for 32 yards on first down, and four plays later, used play action before connecting with Gill (five catches, 107 yards, three touchdowns) out in the flat and the junior used his speed to race inside the pylon for a 7-0 lead with 11:54 left in the second quarter.

The Hornets’ defense helped set up the next score. Nico Holmes and Chris Graham combined for a tackle for loss, and the front seven helped pressure King Philip quarterback Robert Jarest (8-for-23, 107 yards, touchdown) into a throwaway that was flagged for intentional grounding.

Stuck at their own 11, KP chose a quick kick from Jarest on third down trying to flip the field. Mansfield took over at the KP 46-yard line and quickly cashed in. Gill faked outside to shake his defender and Moussette delivered a pass on the mark for a 46-yard touchdown with 9:19 left in the second quarter.

“It’s a lot of people to cover and I think their quarterback has come along,” said King Philip coach Brian Lee. “He’s the one piece that’s the difference for them right now. He’s getting better and better, it was tough. It’s a lot to defend, and on a short field, you’re asking for trouble.”

Makhi Baskin broke up a third down pass on KP’s next drive and the Hornets took over at their own 32-yard line with 7:12 left to play in the half. Vinnie Holmes (12 carries, 70 yards) broke off a 17-yard run and Gill hauled in a 27-yard pass but Mansfield was faced with a third down when they entered the red zone.

Moussette faked to his right before dropping off a pass to the left on a screen to Everett Knowlton. Junior TJ Guy came up with a big block to spring Knowlton for an 18-yard touchdown, and Michael DeBolt’s third of four successful extra point attempts gave the hosts a 21-0 lead with 3:41 left in the quarter.

“We had a great night throwing, and I think that was the difference,” Redding said. “Jack was on, we had some good matchups with Cincere [Gill] out as a receiver, Danny [Rapoza] did a good job. I think that was the difference was our ability to throw the ball. We ran pretty well but we had to throw it.

“And our defense was lights out, and the field position was a pretty big factor with the kicking game. We fed off the field position, defense got stops. Now you can take chances on offense because you have four downs. Things went our way from the beginning.”

Mansfield nearly added more points before the break with runs from DeBolt and Nick Marciano helping get the Hornets inside the red zone. But a pass fell through a receiver’s hands in the end zone and KP sophomore Crawford Cantave snatched the interception with under a minute to play.

King Philip looked to have a bright start to the second half when Jarest connected with Alex Behling for almost 30 yards down the sideline but a holding call erased the completion and two plays later, Marciano came up with an interception to give Mansfield the ball back with good field position at the KP 23-yard line.

Four plays later, Gill took the handoff, cut up field and found the end zone with an 11-yard touchdown, and a 28-0 advantage with 7:59 left in the third quarter.

“One thing that was a little disappointing was that we got beat up, we got out-physicaled, out-played,” Lee said. “I’m not sure what was so different this time than last time but it definitely was a big difference. When they are out in front, they get on you. You have to keep it close with them. They are loaded, they have a lot of guys. They are coached well and they believe.”

The Warriors put together their best drive of the game in response. Jarest had a first down pass to Behling and Ryan Halliday (13 carries, 47 yards) barreled his way for a first down. Jarest linked up with Behling again for a 42-yard gain to get inside the red zone.

On the next play, Mansfield’s Joe Plath broke up a pass intended for KP’s Drew Danson, but the loose ball was hauled in by Andrew McKinney along the back of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown.

Sophomore Mark DeGirolamo recovered an onside kick attempt from the Warriors, and the Hornets needed just three plays to strike. DeBolt hauled in a 19-yard pass, Holmes grinded out nine yards, and Moussette connected with an open Gill for a 24-yard touchdown, and a 34-6 lead with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

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“We have great receivers,” Moussette said. “Cincere is unbelievable, I worked all summer with Danny Rapoza, I think he’s one of the most underrated players in the league. We have guys on the sidelines like [Joe] Cappelletti that can come in and make plays. We’re loaded with weapons and coach is doing his best to get everyone involved.

“This means the world to me. We got up in the summer every day at 5 in the morning to work out. Our main goal is to win a state title and we wanted to beat KP. We were lucky enough to do it twice this year, I couldn’t be prouder of the team. We really battled and put it all together to show everyone what we’re all about.”

Mansfield football (8-1) will play at top-seeded Natick in the D2 South Final, but the date and time have yet to be posted by the MIAA. King Philip (7-2) will enter the non-playoff pool for one week.

King Philip Knocks Off Quincy In Five Set Thriller

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King Philip’s Catherine Waldeck swings at a ball in the opening set against Quincy on Wednesday. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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QUINCY, Mass. – An early deficit, the momentum against them, and their backs against the wall with the season on the line.

Those were just some of the obstacles the King Philip volleyball had to overcome on Wednesday evening on the road at Quincy.

King Philip fell behind 1-0, saw momentum swing to the hosts when the Presidents erased a 2-1 deficit to force a decisive fifth set, and then rallied when Quincy was just two points from a victory.

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Trailing 13-12 in the final set, the Warriors won three straight points when senior Kiley Sullivan dumped a second ball to an open space in the Quincy back row, junior Lily Carlow dropped in an ace into the center of the court, and senior Kristen Masse drilled a line shot for a kill that clinched a 3-2 (21-25, 25-14, 25-14, 18-25, 15-13) win for #2 King Philip over #3 Quincy.

“They’ve worked so hard all season, day in and day out,” said King Philip head coach Kristen Geuss. “We’ve had some close games along the way. This game could have gone either way, it really could have. I think that game three gave us a lot of confidence. I know we lost game four but they knew they could it. And they fight to the end, and that’s impressive. Regardless of the outcome tonight, I couldn’t ask for anything more, they’ve been working hard.”

The fifth set was a rollercoaster symbolic of how the entire match went. Quincy jumped ahead with a quick 4-1 lead but the Warriors battled back with a 7-3 run that included a big block from Catherine Waldeck (21 kills, five blocks), aces from Emma Brooks (13 digs, three kills) and Masse (eight kills, four digs), and a double block from Nicole Coughlan (11 kills, three aces, two blocks) and Giovanna Fruci.

After switching sides, the Warriors twice took multi-point leads but Quincy wouldn’t go away. Waldeck had a big block and a kill to take an 11-8 lead but back-to-back points from the President made it a one-point game again.

Waldeck rose up and slammed a free ball down after a good defensive play from the Presidents for a 12-10 advantage but Quincy grabbed momentum back after a service error and a kill, tying it at 12-12.

After a timeout from Geuss, Quincy got a kind roll on a swing that just made it over the net and fell to the floor for a 13-12 lead, forcing Geuss into another timeout.

“I just told them, ‘we can do this.’” Geuss said of the message in the timeout. “We talked about how no ball touches the floor, we had been there before and we can do it again. We struggled with our serves at times so we needed to get our serves over and in. And we did it.”

An errant pass on a serve receive pulled Sullivan out of position but she alertly pushed the second touch deep into Quincy’s side, and with the defense pulled in, the ball fell to the floor to make it 13-13.

Carlow followed up but delivering a dipping ace right over the net and between the front and back rows to put KP on the verge of the win. After handling a Quincy swing, Sullivan set Masse up and she placed a perfect shot down the line for the win.

“We’re deep,” Geuss said of having so many players make plays down the stretch. “We work on these situations in practice and we talk about how not everything needs to be a kill. You look for the open spots, play smart. Sometimes it’s better to play smarter than to play harder.”

The opening set went back-and-forth with each team trying to feel the other out. The teams were tied six times over the first 22 points. King Philip had its largest lead behind a block from Waldeck, and then a double block from Waldeck and Ali McNamara to go up 17-12.

But Quincy fed off the energy of home court advantage and rallied with a 7-2 to knot the game at 19-19. KP won the next two points on back-to-back kills from Sullivan and Masse but Quincy won the final six points to secure a 25-21 win and a 1-0 advantage.

King Philip grabbed a small cushion early and held onto that for the majority of the match. A quick 5-2 burst midway through the set that featured a pair of kills from Waldeck gave King Philip a 15-10 advantage, and the Warriors never looked back from there. KP finished with a 10-4 run with Coughlan getting a pair of kills and using a strong serve late that helped clinch the win.

“Our defense, they’ve played well all year long,” Geuss said. “They are the start of everything. They don’t get the glamour but they set everything up for us.”

The momentum carried over for the Warriors, and they put on a stellar performance in the third game to take a lead in the match.

KP raced out a 15-5 lead with Waldeck, Coughlan, Carlow, Brooks (back row), and McNamara all recording kills early in the set, and Lauren Peterson chipping in with an ace and a handful of strong sets.

Quincy picked up a little steam late in the set but King Philip finished it off behind a tip kill from Waldeck, a block kill from Coughlan, and an ace from Brooks for the Warriors’ second straight 25-14 win.

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“My two middles have been incredible the whole year,” Geuss said of Waldeck and Coughlan. “They are our go-to players. We have some strong outsides but our middles have gotten it done all year so whenever we can, we go to our middles.”

The fourth set resembled the first, with it being close throughout before Quincy pulled away. Besides an early lead, KP’s only advantage came at 14-3 after a terrific save on a loose ball from Sullivan. But Quincy took the lead with a 6-2 run and never looked back, eventually winning 25-18.

King Philip volleyball (18-4) is back in the D1 Central/East Sectional Final and will take on #4 Boston Latin (14-6) on Saturday at Wellesley High with the start time still to be determined.

Canton Cruises Past Southeastern In Playoff Opener

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Canton freshman Emily McCabe battles for possession in the second half against Southeastern. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The Canton girls soccer team might have just made it into the state tournament, but the trials and tribulations of the Hockomock League schedule have the Bulldogs prepared for anything this postseason.

That tournament run started on Tuesday afternoon with the 14th-seeded Bulldogs earning a dominant 8-0 win in the rain on the road against third-seeded Southeastern.

While the Hawks entered with just two losses in 14 games played, their schedule paled in comparison to the vigorous slate of 18 games that Canton played throughout the 2019 season. Of the eight losses the Dogs had this year, six came to playoff teams and the other two to two teams who missed the tournament by one game each.

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“When you look at the games we play throughout the season, we play really good Division 1 schools the entire season,” said Canton head coach Kate Howarth. “A lot of those games, like the OA and Milford games, we were in it until the end but let in a late goal, those were the things we really had to tighten up and make sure we correct those because that’s how you lose games in tournaments but I think the fact that we’ve had those games and experienced those adverse moments, now we know we can’t do that again.

“I know our seed wasn’t great because of games like that but I think it prepared us for this. Moving forward, I think we’re in a good spot. All the good teams we see throughout the year prepare us for when we come into the tournament.”

Canton had eight different players find the back of the net, with six coming in the opening 40 minutes to seize a commanding lead of the match.

After testing the Southeastern keeper just once in the opening 10 minutes, the Dogs flipped a switch and peppered the net with 11 shots over the final 30 minutes, with six chances finding the back of the net.

The goal parade began in the 11th minute after junior Mia Gilmore won a battle at the top of the box, took a touch towards goal and blasted a low shot to the far post for a 1-0 lead.

It took just four minutes for the Bulldogs to add to the tally. Sophomore Gabby Herivaux took advantage of space in front of her and ripped a shot from distance that sailed over the keeper’s head in the 15th minute.

Junior Elisa Diletizia jumped onto a perfectly played through ball in behind the defense in the 20th minute, going in alone on the keeper and sliding a shot past her for a 3-0 lead.

After over 10 minutes without adding to its tally, Canton found the back of the net three times in the final 10 minutes of the half to take complete control.

In the 34th minute, junior Olivia Rodman showed off her speed by racing past a pair of defenders down the right wing, cutting into the area and blasting a shot that forced a corner kick. On the ensuing corner, Gilmore put a service into the area and Rodman was there to clean it up to make it 4-0.

A minute after the goal, freshman Emily McCabe connected with junior Paige Drury at the top of the box. After a touch to get some space, Drury’s low strike snuck past the keeper for a 5-0 advantage. And then just before halftime, senior Lauren McCabe fired a shot from the right side of the box that found the back of the net to make it 6-0.

“It took us a minute to get going and I think the first 15 minutes or so we’re shaky,” Howarth said. “We had to tighten things up and play more disciplined. Once we did that, we started to get the goals. We started to play balls in and put shots on frame. Once we do that, we’re a pretty dangerous team. As far as scoring, we have a lot of weapons but it’s all about staying organized from front to back and playing an entire 80 minutes.”

The Hawks had a pair of chances in the opening 40 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior forward Katie Micale raced onto a ball in behind the defense in the 23rd minute but Canton keeper Elyse Broderick came charging off her line and forced the shot wide. Broderick also denied Micale with a save two minutes later.

With a large lead, Howarth was able to rest her starters for the entire second half.

Canton added to its lead in the 51st minute when Drury made a nice run to force a poor clearance from the Hawks’ defense. The ball ended up on the foot of junior Jenna Parrella, and she looped a high shot just under the bar for a 7-0 lead.

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The Bulldogs capped the scoring in the 78th minute as Han Hong played a perfectly weighted ball between defenders to sophomore Fay Gallery, and Gallery made no mistake with a blast into the back of the net.

“It can carry over from here,” Howarth said. “We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had a lot of kids score, we aren’t relying on just one or two players. We have five girls that are around 10 goals. We have a solid team environment where everybody contributes all the time. It doesn’t always happen but when it does it’s really beneficial for a team.”

Canton girls soccer (11-8-0) advances to the D2 South Quarterfinal and will travel to play #6 Somerset-Berkley (13-5-1) on Thursday at 6:00.

Oliver Ames Earns Overtime Win Over Franklin

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Oliver Ames’ Allison Evin (left) is mobbed by teammates following her game-winning goal against Franklin. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – “Big girl soccer.”

That was just one of many positive mantras Scott Dolan was known for, and it was the perfect way to describe Monday evening’s clash between #8 Oliver Ames and #9 Franklin.

Eighty minutes wasn’t enough to decide the physical contest between the two league rivals, with neither team willing to give an inch.

But finally, in the 89th minute, OA sophomore Allison Evin delivered the game-winner with a perfectly struck shot to the far post, just sneaking inside the far post into the side netting to give the Tigers a 1-0 emotional overtime win over the Panthers.

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“I felt like we could score one goal we had a chance,” said Oliver Ames head coach Britt Sellmayer. “The last time [Franklin] gave up a goal was forever ago. They had 12 shutouts in the last 13 games and the only team that scored against them was KP and they only got two. They are just so hard to break down because they have such quality players back there.”

Dolan, a longtime OA assistant coach, passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 48. Whether it was at the high school, with Legacy Soccer Club, Easton Youth Soccer, or a local camp or clinic, Dolan had a strong impact on all the members of this year’s Tigers squad. Even when Dolan worked at the college level, he was always on the OA sideline for the playoffs.

“I’m just very happy for the girls, it’s been a very emotional week,” Sellmayer said. “Come tournament time, Scotty would always be here. I could say something that they’ve heard all year long but I could have Scotty tell them and they’d listen. And then he’d be there to help me with my coaching too.

“A kid could make the worst play in the world and Scotty would say ‘Hey darling, don’t worry about it, this is what you have to do.’ And make them feel like a million bucks. Just a big booming voice, just a super guy.”

Evin’s game-winner was the first goal that the Tigers scored against the Panthers this season. The two sides battled to a scoreless tie in Easton in early October while the Panthers earned a 2-0 decision in one of the final games of the season.

“We won one, we tied one, and now they’ve won one so you can’t get much more even than that,” said longtime Franklin coach Tom Geysen. “[Oliver Ames] was the better team tonight. They were able to force us into some things that we haven’t done since the beginning of the year, so kudos to them.”

Chances were few and far between throughout the 80 minutes of regulation. The Tigers had five corners and put four shots on net but all were handled by Franklin keeper Bre Atwood. OA keeper Emily Meyers was equal to the task, handling four corners and three shots on goal by the Panthers.

Sophomore Lauren Sellmayer connected with classmate Camryn O’Connor on a throw, but her cross was partially blocked. That led to a clearance from the defense but it was intercepted by Evin just outside the area. She took a touch around a defender and rifled a shot just out of the reach of Atwood’s diving attempt to give the Tigers a win.

“That was [a big girl soccer goal],” Sellmayer said. “[Evin] cramped up and I was sitting her for a little bit but in overtime, we just went with it. There were moments Allison wasn’t giving us a lot of defense but she couldn’t move. It was a trade-off so we went for it.”

The limited number of chances had a lot to do with strong defense from both sides. Even when it looked like there might be a chance for a shot, a defender would often intervene.

Evin and O’Connor linked up in the 10th minute with the latter giving the hosts their first shot on goal. Atwood tipped away a corner kick from Abby Hodges in the 28th minute and came up big again in the 35th minute when OA’s Emma Pereira lofted a ball over the defense but Franklin’s Sabrina Addi help shield the ball and the keeper was there before Erin Holmberg could pounce.

Franklin’s Riley Fitzpatrick got in behind the defense in the 9th minute but Pereira was quick to get back and win possession back. Sydney St. Marie sent a shot just wide of the net in the 21st minute, and Erin Quaile’s bid from distance was handled easily in the 32nd minute.

Panther freshman Norah Anderson made a terrific recovery in the 58th minute, getting back in time to take away a shot from Holmberg from inside the area. On the other end, Franklin’s Sam Powderly smashed a shot wide of the post after taking down a clearance.

The Tigers were close to a winner in regulation when Katie Gibson linked up with Holmberg at the far post but her point-blank chance was saved by Atwood to keep the game scoreless and force overtime.

“We talked about it halftime but we weren’t able to do it…we needed to play the ball wide over the defender, and the forwards who made the initial pass need to make a run,” Geysen said. “But we never got the ball up in the air and make them change them what they were doing.”

A nice give-and-go between Quaile and Carly Alston resulted in the former putting a shot on target to start the overtime period, but that would be it in the attacking end for Franklin.

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Two minutes later, OA almost had a winner when a ball was played into the area that eluded Atwood, causing a little scrum in front of the net but Anna Balkus and Bridgette Ginley helped clear the line and keep it out.

After starting the season with one win in its first four games, Franklin lost just once in its final 13 games. And in the span, the Panthers allowed just three goals.

“We started 1-3 and I wasn’t sure how the rest of the season would go,” Geysen said. “We made the change to put Anna [Balkus] in the back and that changed the whole defensive scheme for us. That’s when we started to play better. If you play well defensively, you’re in every game. We only gave up two goals twice, the first was an early game to Canton and the second one was KP, and they’ll score two on anybody.”

Oliver Ames girls soccer (14-4-1) will look continue to play “big girl soccer” when it hits the road on Thursday to visit top-seeded King Philip. Franklin finishes at 12-5-1.