Auction For Celtics Tickets – Proceeds To Dana Farber

On top of our fundraising at the 2017 Soccer Charity Event, we’re auctioning off a pair of club seats to a Celtics game later this month! Thanks to the generous donation from Arbella Insurance and Morse Insurance, we have two terrific club seats for the November 30th game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute along with all of the money we raised from our soccer event on Saturday.

To place a bid for the tickets, email your bid. We will update this post with the most current bid.

Current Bid: $400

Last update: 11/19/17, 3:03PM.

Tickets for the Celtics are red hot right now, as Boston is riding a 15-game winning streak after beating Atlanta on Saturday night. Club seats provide a fantastic Garden location for both sports and entertainment. Along with the great views of the action, club seats provide more comfort and leg room than any other seats in the arena. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to Premium Level clubs and restaurants including the Club Lounge, Banners Harbor View, the Premium Club Bistro, and the Patron Platinum Lounge.

About Dana Farber: The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events.

Oliver Ames Falls In Double Overtime In D2 State Final

Oliver Ames boys soccer
Oliver Ames’ Chris Lawrence, Matt Campbell, Nathaniel Cardoza and coach John Barata receive the D2 State Finalist trophy. (Greg Dudek for

By Greg Dudek, Contributor

FITCHBURG, Mass. – Playing in a state final was nothing new for the Oliver Ames High boys soccer team.

The senior-laden Tigers, playing in their third state final in four years, looked to hoist the state championship trophy like they did in 2015.

But in Saturday’s Division 2 state championship match, it played out more like 2014, when OA fell to Concord-Carlisle.

The Tigers had a chance at redemption facing C-C again for the crown, but OA left the door open by not finishing all its first-half chances and the Patriots fought back, securing the game-winner in double overtime to defeat OA, 2-1, at Fitchburg State University’s Elliot Field in the D2 State Final.

“We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities early on,” said OA coach John Barata. “The game should have been over in the first half with two or three goals. Then, the bounces didn’t go our way and all of a sudden momentum started to pick up on their side.

“It was anyone’s battle, going back-and-forth. They’re a great team. They’re well-coached. They have an absolute terrific group of players and we’re pretty excited that we were able to compete with them. We could have had a better outcome if we had put a couple balls away.”

OA (15-3-4) certainly had its share of chances to put C-C (14-2-6) away, but unable to do so, the game went into overtime.

The Patriots dictated play throughout the first overtime and thought they had notched the game-winner twice, only to have each goal in the extra frame called back due to offsides.

OA couldn’t do anything with the new life. In the 98th minute, Cameron Emde-Gerdine worked his way into the box on the left side before crossing it to Logan Dick, who got a knee on the ball to send it into the back of the net to give C-C its fifth state title since 2006.

“Concord-Carlisle seems to have our number right now,” Barata said. “We’ll have to continue to develop as a program to catch up to them.”

Even though C-C leveled the score, 1-1, in the 66th minute when Kyle Jackson stayed with his shot and snuck the rebound inside the left post from the top of the box, OA still had plenty of opportunities to end the contest in regulation.

In the 76th minute, senior forward Jack Sheldon crossed a ball in from the right wing, but nobody was on the other end of it as the ball trickled just wide of the left post.

“We had a lot of chances today,” Barata said. “A few went right past the goalpost and the six (yard box). Some of those might haunt some of the kids, but hopefully it won’t because they should be very proud of themselves. They played a great game and great season.”

OA dictated play in the first half with consistent pressure and it paid off with a goal in the 18th minute.

A long throw-in from senior Chris Lawrence found the head of senior forward Michael Nikiciuk in the box. Nikiciuk flicked the header over the reach of C-C’s 6-foot-5 goalie Davis Van Inwegen as the ball hit the crossbar and dropped into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

“Those throw-ins and set pieces are a blessing for us,” Barata said.

It wasn’t meant to be for OA, though, as its offense only mustered two shots on net. The loss ended the career of 21 OA seniors, who left a lasting impact with their tremendous state-final runs over their careers, including three sectional titles over the past four seasons.

“They’re a fantastic group of kids,” Barata said. “We’ve had a good four years. To get to the state championship three times in four years, programs would love to do that. Some haven’t made it ever. We’re very blessed in that case. (The seniors) did win a state championship and now they’re the top-two team in the state for the second time.”

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/18/17

Today’s games are listed below.

D3 State Semifinal

#1 North Attleboro, 29 vs. #2 Tewksbury, 21 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Brendan McHugh 1-yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (T) James Connolly 39-yard pass to Braden Hiltz, 2pt pass good; (NA) Chad Peterson 51-yard pass to B. McHugh, G. Wilson XP good; (T) J. Connolly 8-yard pass to B. Hiltz, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) Nathan Pearce 5-yard rush, C. Peterson 2pt pass to Nolan Buckley.
4th Quarter: (NA) B. McHugh 56-yard rush, G. Wilson XP good; (T) J. Connolly 15-yard pass to Brandon Winn, 2pt rush failed.

Boys Soccer
D2 State Final

#4 Oliver Ames, 1 vs. #8 Concord-Carlisle, 2 – Final (2OT)OA senior Michael Nikiciuk gave the Tigers’ a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of the game, heading in a long throw in from Chris Lawrence. Concord-Carlisle scored the tying goal in the 68th minute and then scored the game-winner in the 98th minute in double overtime.

Boys Soccer
2017 HockomockSports Soccer Charity Classic (@ Attleboro)

Team Lanigan, 8 vs. Team Perry, 9 – Final

Girls Soccer
2017 HockomockSports Soccer Charity Classic (@ Attleboro)

Team Lanigan, 3 vs. Team Perry, 6 – Final

Oliver Ames Claims Third South Title In Four Years

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Oliver Ames’ Matt Alvarado (right) celebrates his second half goal with Mason Galbato (left) and Cam Vella (center). (Ryan Lanigan/
TAUNTON, Mass. – Coming off its biggest win of the season in the D2 South Semifinals against top-ranked Nauset, Oliver Ames head coach John Barata was admittedly a little worried how his Tigers would come out on Tuesday night against Pembroke in the sectional final.

But those worries were quickly erased as the Tigers came out firing, dictating the play throughout the first half. OA took the lead just before the halftime break and then added two more in the second half to earn a 3-0 win over the sixth-seededa Titans, giving the fourth-seeded Tigers their third D2 South crown in the last four years.

“That’s where the experience kicked in for us,” Barata said. “We knew that even after winning such a big game, it was just one game and the next big game was this one. Having won that one and losing this one, [the Nauset win] wouldn’t have meant much. So it was very important coming out firing, and we did.”

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the Tigers were ready to go. With 21 seniors on the roster, Oliver Ames is stacked full of playoff experience.

The Class of 2018 witnessed the Tigers win four playoff games, including the sectional final, in 2014, their freshman year

In 2015, a handful of those seniors – then sophomores – played vital roles in five postseason wins including a win in the D2 State Final. And last year, they picked up experience in two more postseason games.

Now in the program’s 16th playoff game since they were freshmen, these seniors had no trouble getting going from the start.

“It’s a great senior group, it’s a group I’ve been with since kindergarten and first grade,” Barata said. “We knew it was a special group coming through, and we’ve had similar groups and have similar groups coming, but it’s been a special bond. For me, it’s been nice to see them succeed and now hold their own title up, not with senior groups. They’ve done it on their own.”

Less than a minute in, the Tigers had two goal scoring chances. Senior Chris Lawrence’s throw somehow flew through the area without a recipient. And seconds later, senior Mason Galbato chipped a service in but senior James Gillespie’s header was saved.

Three minutes later, senior Matt Alvarado found Gillespie at the far stick but his header just went over the bar. Two minutes later, Gillespie’s low shot just missed the far post after senior Michael Nikiciuk had set him up via a low centering pass.

In the 18th minute, Lawrence launched another long throw that slipped through the keepers’ hands but Brian Flaherty cleared the loose ball off the line to prevent the Tigers from taking the lead.

Flaherty gave the Titans their best chance of the first half. OA senior keeper Jack Carroll did well to clear away a cross, but the loose ball fell to Flaherty who floated a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards out.

But the momentum didn’t shift as OA continued its pressure. Alvarado touched a ball over the top that Pembroke tried to shield back to the keeper but strong pressure from senior Nathaniel Cardoza nearly gave the Tigers the lead.

A minute before half, the Tigers cashed in on a corner kick. Senior Jack Sheldon drove the corner right to the six-yard line where Cardoza rose up and nodded his header inside the near post for a 1-0 lead.

“We felt like we should have opened the game up much earlier,” Barata said “It made it a battle and we knew it was a going to be a difficult contest but we should have opened the scoring much earlier and much more frequent. But [Pembroke] made some adjustments, then we made some adjustments [in the second half] and got control back.”

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

While Pembroke picked up some of the play to begin the second half, the Tigers withstood the pressure. The best chances for the Titans came on a scramble in front off a corner kick, but OA did well to clear it.

The Tigers finally found an insurance goal in the 71st minute. Sheldon gained possession on the right flank near the corner flag. He was able to beat his defender along the line, drawing the defense out. He slid a pass right to the penalty spot where Alvarado calmly blasted a right footed shot into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

“We talked about going into a defensive formation or not, but at the end of the day, we had so many chances it just didn’t make sense to go into a cocoon and have them come at is. So we decided to not do it and it paid off. We were able to get the two at the end.”

OA put the game away for certain just two minutes later as Gillespie was rewarded for a great run with a service into the area. His shot was saved but Nikiciuk was right on the doorstep to tap it in for a 3-0 lead.

With the win, Oliver Ames boys soccer (15-2-4) advances to the D2 State Championship to take on North sectional champion Concord-Carlisle (13-2-6) on Saturday, with a location and time to be announced. It is also a rematch of the 2014 final, a 1-0 win by the Patriots.

“We look forward to playing them again, they are a fantastic team,” Barata said. “They have five state titles, they are a juggernaut in high school soccer. They are the bar that everyone tries to be. I know Ray [Pavlik] well, he’s a fantastic coach. I hope we give them a great game.”

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/14/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
D2 South Final

#4 Oliver Ames, 3 vs. #6 Pembroke, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

Girls Soccer
D1 State Semifinal

#5 King Philip, 1 vs. #2 Westford Academy, 2 – FinalKing Philip erased a one-goal deficit in the first half to level the game by the break, but the Grey Ghosts used a counter-attack to score the winner just over midway through the second half. Sophomore Avery Snead headed in a corner kick from Emma Corcoran in the 39th minute for KP’s goal. Click here for a photo gallery of this game.

Field Hockey
D1 State Semifinal

#2 King Philip, 0 vs. #1 Andover, 1 – FinalAndover scored the lone goal of the game on a penalty stroke with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Abby Campbell had eight saves in net for King Philip.

Player of the Week – Abby Campbell, KP Field Hockey


Abby Campbell
By Staff

King Philip senior Abby Campbell has been selected as the Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 5 through Nov. 11. Campbell is the 10th player selected for the 2017-18 school year, first field hockey player to be selected, and third King Philip athlete to be chosen this fall.

Campbell has anchored one of the best defensive units in the state and helped the Warriors win three playoff games last week, including the D1 South Sectional Final on Saturday afternoon at Taunton High School. In the quarterfinal round, Campbell had 10 saves against a strong Needham team. The Warriors advanced with a 5-2 win over the Rockets. In the semifinal round, Campbell turned away seven shots with the lone goal allowed coming on a penalty stroke. KP edged the Dragons 2-1.

“Abby has been stellar in net during the regular season and into the postseason,” said King Philip head coach Liz Hathaway. “She is a terrific keeper with excellent clears, glove and stick saves, and smart decision making in the net to anchor our defense.”

In the sectional final, Campbell and the KP defense had one of its best performances of the season. The Warriors shut out top-ranked Somerset-Berkley’s high powered offense. Campbell made nine saves in the win, and along with the defensive unit, turned away 11 penalty corner chances by the Raiders in the second half alone.

King Philip takes on North sectional champion Andover on Tuesday night at Braintree High School in the D1 State Semifinal.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.


MIAA EMass XC Championships: 2017 Hock Results

Below are the Hockomock results from the MIAA EMass Cross Country Championship races held on Saturday, November 11th at the Wrentham Development Center.


Division 1

1. Lowell – 66
10. Franklin – 284
16. Attleboro – 463
22. Taunton – 610

1. Tristan Shelgren, St. John’s Prep – 15:14.75
14. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 16:16.12
25. Alexander Boedeker, Attleboro – 16:35.91
43. Paul Linehan, Franklin – 16:47.28
71. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 17:15.70
72. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 17:17.25
73. Mitchell Regan, Franklin – 17:17.83
83. Hayden Goldsmith, Franklin – 17:23.90
90. Ty Cali, Taunton – 17:29.50
100. Camden Harrington, Franklin – 17:36.70
103. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 17:42.98
112. Daniel Becker, Attleboro – 17:54.70
114. Luis Oliva, Attleboro – 17:57.70
116. Nick Raffa, Attleboro – 18:00.37
122. Michael Hagen, Franklin – 18:17.01
130. Matt Wills, Attleboro – 18:27.19
139. Matthew Reilly, Attleboro – 18:40.09
145. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 18:49.36
155. Lucas Desousa, Taunton – 19:00.77
157. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 19:04.95
163. Matthew Letourneau, Taunton – 19:14.82
164. Timothy Gallerani, Taunton – 19:20.05

Division 2

1. Wellesley – 68
4. Mansfield – 168
13. King Philip – 301

1. Ryan Oosting, Arlington – 15:51.52
7. Mike Griffin, King Philip – 16:01.82
9. Kalin Petrov, Mansfield – 16:08.55
14. Kevin Crawford, Mansfield – 16:15.22
31. Mike Norberg, King Philip – 16:43.12
40. Patrick Heavey, Mansfield – 17:00.46
42. Collin Rice, Mansfield – 17:03.04
60. Alex Hagen, King Philip – 17:24.18
63. Paxton Howard, Mansfield – 17:26.71
64. Cullen Lancaster, Mansfield – 17:27.08
93. Eric Delorenzo, King Philip – 17:51.67
110. Dan Botte, King Philip – 18:06.77
123. Peter Sullivan, Mansfeld – 18:15.90
138. Samuel Paige, King Philip – 18:36.77

Division 3

1. Wakefield – 48
7. Oliver Ames – 255
8. Milford – 280
12. Sharon – 296
18. North Attleboro – 383
25. Stoughton – 774

1. Matt Greatorex, Wakefield – 16:09.01
7. Jack Kalil, Milford – 16:24.09
14. Jason Windvogel, Oliver Ames – 16:48.03
23. Zane Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 16:58.98
26. Liam Monahan, North Attleboro – 17:01.77
34. Anthony Distauro, Milford – 17:17.61
38. Grant Fawcett, Sharon – 17:25.10
46. James Kong, Sharon – 17:31.06
49. Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:35.77
51. Alexander Starovoy, Sharon – 17:35.88
61. Julian Dixon, North Attleboro – 17:44.02
72. Gianni Panno, Milford – 17:50.23
77. Alexander Foote, Oliver Ames – 17:58.05
78. Max Manor, Milford – 17:58.61
80. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 18:01.82
81. Jared Osofsky, Sharon – 18:02.99
89. Chris Berthrong, Milford – 18:07.88
90. Tom Flood, North Attleboro – 18:08.96
91. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 18:11.50
92. Kevin Osowski, Oliver Ames – 18:11.56
96. Brendan O’Shaughnessy, Milford – 18:13.97
99. Prem Malkan, North Attleboro – 18:18.77
101. Robert Macinnis, Oliver Ames – 18:19.90
107. Skyler Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:23.68
110. Owen Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 18:26.92
113. Jack Clarke, North Attleboro – 18:35.25
119. Bradley Weiss, Sharon – 18:41.33
125. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 18:55.22
126. Will Eckhart, Stoughton – 18:55.64
143. John Greene, Stoughton – 19:21.52
146. Gabri Pardo Cota, Milford – 19:23.12
168. Evan Connor, Stoughton – 20:25.84
170. Ethan Freedman, Stoughton – 21:08.25
172. Marcos Amado, Stoughton – 21:20.11
175. Joshua McNamara, Stoughton – 21:31.37

Division 4

1. Newburyport – 89
13. Canton – 335
25. Foxboro – 642

1. Sam Acquaviva, Newburyport – 15:59.78
15. Colin Messinger, Canton – 17:09.53
36. Jack Healey, Canton – 17:48.87
48. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 17:58.72
63. Trey Lawson, Foxboro – 18:09.38
115. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:03.24
121. Jack Hernon, Canton – 19:12.92
128. Andrew Salvatori, Canton – 19:21.63
140. Paxton Downs, Foxboro – 19:39.40
143. Nate Palter, Foxboro – 19:45.24
146. Joseph Anderson, Foxboro – 19:46.93
150. Jake Parkman, Foxboro – 20:00.06
154. Patrick Piscitelli, Foxboro – 20:23.77
156. Matt Floyd, Canton – 20:27.64
162. Sam Pollack, Foxboro – 20:44.43


Division 1

1. Lowell – 72
6. Franklin – 212
13. Attleboro – 319
16. Taunton – 421

1. Caroline Barry, Newton South – 18:26.95
10. Nicole Clermont, Franklin – 19:34.12
26. Katherine Hartnett, Franklin – 20:07.80
28. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 20:13.54
34. Shea Jamieson, Attleboro – 20:19.61
52. Brianna Cummings, Franklin – 20:45.92
53. Jamyang Lhadan, Attleboro – 20:48.27
60. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 20:55.28
66. Katrina Walbert, Franklin – 21:00.04
74. Lusia Oliva, Attleboro – 21:13.03
75. Mackenzie Wildrick, Attleboro – 21:13.37
78. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 21:18.74
86. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 21:34.35
93. Ella Gutkowski, Franklin – 21:45.33
96. Tat Mainer-Smith, Taunton, 21:50.57
102. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 21:55.06
103. Brandi Osborne, Franklin – 21:55.55
110. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 22:17.45
113. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 22:20.54
125. Ellen Marshall, Attleboro – 22:50.65
143. Ziqin Wong, Taunton – 23:41.66

Division 2

1. Concord Carlisle – 61
16. King Philip – 462
19. Mansfield – 516

1. Grace Connolly, Natick – 17:40.87
70. Margaret Riley, Mansfield – 21:05.87
71. Nina Sitarski, King Philip – 21:06.87
72. Erin Quinn, King Philip – 21:06.93
93. Isabelle Crocker, King Philip – 21:38.17
106. Abigail Dunne, King Philip – 21:53.40
108. Sarah Doyle, Mansfield – 21:56.86
109. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 21:57.29
114. Valeree Bunora, Mansfield – 22:00.53
115. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 22:00.78
120. Lilia Angelone, King Philip – 22:11.93
121. Dayne Aubin, King Philip – 22:12.47
132. Leia Quinn, King Philip – 22:34.56
153. Abigail O’Brien, Mansfield – 23:53.37
154. Meredith Cowan, Mansfield – 24:15.35

Division 3

1. Tewksbury – 48
8. Oliver Ames – 228
9. North Attleboro – 259
13. Sharon – 314
18. Milford – 497

1. Bridget Mitchell, Milton – 18:22.23
7. Elizabeth Peckham, Oliver Ames – 19:21.00
30. Angela Kaiser, North Attleboro – 20:24.33
32. Stephanie Hawkins, North Attleboro – 20:30.35
42. Anna Morrison, Sharon – 20:47.35
43. Megan Leary, North Attleboro – 20:49.40
44. Olivia Timbone, Oliver Ames – 20:49.61
51. Madeline Peckham, Oliver Ames – 20:53.99
53. Maria Gieg, Sharon – 20:58.16
59. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 21:06.92
60. Charis Maccuish, Oliver Ames – 21:08.85
65. Gabriela Chong, Milford – 21:14.51
66. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 21:15.05
67. Chloe Kikelly, Oliver Ames – 21:15.49
69. Catherine Griffin, Sharon – 21:22.21
73. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 21:30.92
77. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 21:37.83
82. Jordan Willis, North Attleboro – 21:45.85
87. Sydnee Hyacinthe, Stoughton – 21:57.54
90. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 22:03.22
93. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 22:16.49
100. Margaret Li, Sharon – 22:38.38
102. Jamie Kessler, Sharon – 22:49.94
103. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 22:53.96
105. Sara Comisky, Milford – 22:59.53
115. Kate Donahue, Milford – 23:44.87
116. Julia Franey, Stoughton – 23:46.94
120. Katie Manning, Milford – 24:06.16
121. Cate Hanewich, North Attleboro – 24:12.99
122. Theresa Billo, Stoughton – 24:13.02
124. Lily Thibeault, Milford – 24.26.95
131. Emilia Bontempo, Milford – 25:35.42

Division 4

1. Westwood – 79
8. Foxboro – 217
19. Canton

1. Madaket Nobili, Nauset – 18:30.85
6. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 19:07.61
10. Lindsey Nelson, Foxboro – 19:46.95
57. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 21:32.54
68. Nicole Yeomans, Foxboro – 21:46.90
91. Chloe Pennacchio, Canton – 22:20.58
98. Emma Cunningham, 22:35.07
105. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 23:03.56
117. Jenna Moyle, Canton – 23:14.25
129. James Polsgrove, Canton – 23:33.95
133. Jill Finn, Foxboro – 23:45.48
135. Ally Chin, Canton – 23:56.49
141. Julia Mellen, Foxboro – 24:17.33
145. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 24:30.94
156. Maggie Dunn, Canton – 25:15.66