Ferguson, Foxboro Defense Hold Franklin to Stalemate

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Foxboro goalie Kathryn Ferguson makes a diving stick save with six minutes to play, robbing Franklin of a go-ahead goal and preserving a scoreless draw for the Warriors. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FOXBORO, Mass. – Last season, Franklin rolled through the league unbeaten and scored 124 goals on its run to the Div. 1 state semifinal, which was more than double any other Hockomock League team. The Panthers started this season just as potent in front of goal, with 14 tallies in the opening two games.

Foxboro knew exactly what kind of threat the Panthers would pose on Wednesday evening at Sam Berns Community Field and put together a total team effort to keep the Franklin attack at bay. The game plan worked perfectly.

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The Warriors held Franklin to just three penalty corners, the defense stayed packed into the middle, Foxboro threw multiple bodies at last year’s top scorer Kaitlyn Carney, and goalie Kathryn Ferguson came up with a highlight reel stop in the fourth quarter to come away with an impressive 0-0 draw.

“One of the keys to trying to keep the game controlled for us would be our defense and keeping the ball out of the middle and slowing them down as fast as we could,” Foxboro coach Melissa Bordieri explained about her team’s third shutout in three games this season. “I thought we did a really good job of making them do other things and be more creative on the fly.”

Franklin coach Michelle Hess praised Bordieri for putting together a strong plan and the Foxboro players for executing it very well. I was just giving Melissa kudos because that’s how I would’ve played us,” she said.

“They completely packed it in and it was hard for us to generate anything,” Hess continued. “We were super nervous today for some reason. We didn’t play our typical style of play. It was back-and-forth, back-and-forth, not a lot of opportunities and we didn’t take advantage when we did get them.”

While Foxboro was intent on keeping compact defensively, it wasn’t all one-way traffic. In fact, the Warriors had several good chances of their own, including the best look of a tight first quarter when Mya Waryas broke free down the right wing and forced a near post save out of Franklin freshman goalie Devon Barry.

The Panthers were having difficulties getting anything through to goal in the opening 15 minutes. Their best chance came when Raena Crandall charged down a clearance and deflected it off the side of the net. Foxboro’s defense of Catherine Cotter, Macy Quinn, Paige Curran, Val Beigel, and Mia Dinunzio (with help from all the attackers) kept everything outside the circle.

After a tough opening quarter, Franklin seemed to find another gear in the second, but Ferguson was there to back up her defenders.

Carney had a chance in the opening minute of the period that was kicked aside. Seven minutes later, Haley Wernig stole the ball on one end and, after a give-and-go with Carney, raced half the field before forcing another kick save out of the Foxboro goalie. Less than a minute after that, Carney was teed up by Sophia Cuneo for a blast off a penalty corner but again Ferguson was able to get a pad to it.

Right before halftime, Carney again forced her way into the circle and got free for a backhand shot from a tight angle but Cotter was in front to block and clear.

Foxboro gained momentum from going into the break scoreless and carried that energy into the third. Camryn Collins spun and fired a shot towards goal that was tipped just wide of the post by Jennifer Gallagher.

“We have to capitalize on the opportunities we work so hard for,” Bordieri said. “We did a fantastic job against an obviously really strong team, but we’ve got to jump on and capitalize on those too.”

Midway through the third, Foxboro had another good look as Isabelle Chamberlin’s long shot from the left side was kicked away by Barry. The save turned into one of the few transition opportunities Franklin had all night. Shaw Downing raced down the right side, but her cross into the middle was cut out by Quinn in front of a couple of late-arriving Panthers.

Pressure continued to mount, as Franklin grew increasingly anxious about trying to preserve its perfect start to the season. On a corner, Cuneo played the ball out to Carney, who tipped it to her sister Emily for a long shot that was blocked in front. Play stayed alive and Franklin won another corner. This time Kaitlyn Carney took the shot from the top herself and Ferguson came through with a nice stop.

Franklin nearly grabbed the opener with six minutes to play. Emily Carney flicked a shot in front that was tipped by Wernig in front. Ferguson (six saves) appeared to be wrong-footed, but was able to plant and dive at full stretch to get her stick to the shot that seemed destined for the bottom corner, preserving the shutout.

“The diving save and then she jumped right up to make sure,” Bordieri said about her goalie’s late heroics, “They’re a quick team. You can’t make a dive like that and lay there.”

It wasn’t the result that she was looking for, but Hess sees positives in her team getting tested like this early in the season. “We all know other teams are going to go after Kaitlyn,” she said. “So, this was a good learning experience for us that we’re going to have to work with the other girls to pick up the slack. It was a really good learning experience for us.”

Foxboro (2-0-1) will be on the road on Friday afternoon to take on Sharon, which is fresh off its first win of the season. Franklin (2-0-1) will also be on the road Friday, traveling to Taunton.

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2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview
Check out our team-by-team preview of the upcoming Hockomock League field hockey season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

Attleboro

2021 Record: 11-6-2
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Round of 32
Coach: Jessica Pink
Attleboro has been a team on the rise for the past few seasons with a couple of tournament appearances and wins over some of the league’s perennial powers. New head coach Jessica Pink takes over a roster that sees a lot of turnover from 2021, but one that she believes is filled with players ready to step in and take their chances in the lineup.

Speed will be the main strength of the Attleboro attack, which will look to transform any turnover into a quick transition. Junior Siobhan Landers returns to the midfield and will be one of the team’s top playmakers and senior Marley Young will be a focal point on the front line. Their combination of stick skills and leadership will help the younger players adapt to the varsity level. Senior Jordan Mooney will play in midfield with Landers and will help set the tone with her energy to keep the Bombardiers on the front foot.

The back line will have a lot of inexperience, but senior Megan Ferreira is a returning starter and she is going to need to keep communication strong and provide cover in the center of the field. Attleboro is working hard to build more familiarity in the defensive unit this preseason. Sophomore goalie Siany Ortiz will be the new starter this season and, despite being an underclassman, has been very vocal in organizing the defense and keeping things solid.

“We have strong, decisive playmakers who haven’t had a chance in past years to make a name for themselves that are ready to compete,” said Pink. “This team is hungry. Coming in this year to take over the program, I have been impressed every day with the attitude and hard work of my players. I know this season will be a lot of growth for the girls coming up from JV this year, but we are ready to show the Hockomock League what we have in store. “

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

Canton

2021 Record: 16-4-0 (Davenport champion)
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 16
Coach: Chrissy O’Connor
Expectations remain high in Canton as the defending Davenport division champions are ready to defend their crown and make another run in the state tournament.

The Bulldogs went 16-4 a year ago before dropping a second-round matchup on the road to Reading in triple overtime. They’ll have to find production to replace all three of their all stats from a year ago, but there is still plenty of key pieces all over the field that puts Canton in a prime position to repeat.

It starts in goal with senior Carolyn Durand, who had a breakout junior campaign and earned HockomockSports Second Team honors. She will have a familiar face defending the cage in front of her with Laura Valkanas back at sweeper. In the midfield, the Dogs have Maggie McCready back in the mix. Freshman Carolyn Schiavo and Izzy Cusack have impressed in preseason so far.

Up top, Canton has its leading scorer back in Assumption-commit Ellie Bohane, who scored 13 goals along with nine assists in the regular season and earned HockomocokSports First Team honors. She will be one of the most dangerous players in the attacking half this season.

“Ellie comes into her senior season with experience and confidence,” said Canton head coach Chrissy O’Connor. “We will look to her for her goal scoring ability and overall leadership on the field.”







Foxboro

2021 Record: 15-6-0
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 3 Round of 16
Coach: Melissa Bordieri
Foxboro came up just two games back in the hunt for the Davenport division title a season ago, and with the majority of the team back this year, the Warriors look poised to challenge for the crown this go around.

The Warriors have two of their biggest offensive threats back in the mix led by 2021 HockomockSports Underclassman of the Year Mary Collins, who scored 15 goals and added 18 assists. Foxboro will also feature Mya Waryas up front, who was second on the team with nine goals and eight assists in the regular season. Val Beigel and Mia Dinunzio will be key pieces in the midfield again this year.

Defensively, there are more familiar faces with Katherine Ferguson back in the cage and Catherine Cotter returning to a defensive unit that gave up just over a goal a game last year. Freshman Kathleen Staruski will push for minutes in net as well.

“The Hockomock League is historically a very competitive and experienced group of teams and I believe one of the best leagues in the state for our sport,” said Foxboro head coach Melissa Bordieri. “This year will be no different…so we have our work cut out for us, no doubt, but this group has been working hard this offseason and now in preseason. They are a gritty and determined group, so I am very optimistic about how we will perform as a team.”

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

Franklin

2021 Record: 20-2-0 (Kelley-Rex champion)
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Final Four
Coach: Michelle Hess
Franklin had one of the most dynamic offenses last season, not only in the Hockomock League where they went 16-0, but also one of the best in the entire state as they reached the Division 1 state semifinals.

What’s good news for Franklin is bad news for everyone else: the Panthers have nearly their entire attacking group back ready to make another run at a state title. The offense will be anchored by Kaitlyn Carney, the 2021 HockomockSports Player of the Year, who scored a league-best 37 goals and added 18 assists. Franklin also has dynamic forward Shaw Downing back fresh off a 20-goal, nine-assist season a year ago. The attack will also feature junior Sophia Cuneo, sophomore Haley Wernig, and sophomore Raena Campbell.

One area that will have some new faces is the defensive unit after the Panthers lose two of the best defenders in the league in Kendall Jones and Kate O’Rourke. Head coach Michelle Hess is looking for Ella Mahoney to anchor the group after starting last year while freshman Devon Barry joins Megan Sullivan and Chloe Strassner as the goalies on the roster.

“After graduating five seniors and winning the Kelley-Rex Division, we are looking forward to defending our three-year title and working hard towards being four-peat champions,” Hess said.




King Philip

2021 Record: 12-5-2
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Round of 32
Coach: Kaitlyn Wilder
There are a lot of new faces on the roster for King Philip this season, as the Warriors make a push to unseat Franklin from the top of the Kelley-Rex division and win the league title for the first time since 2018. First-year head coach Kaitlyn Wilder, who takes over for Lisa Cropper, will still have plenty of experience to call on with 18 seniors in this year’s squad.

Offensively, KP will once again lean on junior midfielder Kelly Holmes to set the tone. The team’s leading second-leading scorer in 2021 was instrumental in pushing the Warriors into the attack. Junior Mara Boldy (12 goals and eight assists last year) will join up with Holmes to give KP a potent forward line and classmate Nicole McDonald is poised for a bigger role in the attack. Junior Bridget King will be a key player in transition and sophomore Abby MacDonald could be ready for a breakout year in the midfield.

The Warriors were strong on the defensive side of the ball last season, allowing only 17 goals in 19 games, but that was a senior-laden group and new players will be counted on to step in this fall. Seniors Lauren Barriero and Charlotte Raymond will give the relatively inexperienced group valuable leadership and provide much-needed communication on that end of the field. Goalie should be a position of strength for KP this year with seniors Haley Bright and Samantha Sweetman both back between the pipes.

“Preseason has been great so far, we have a big roster with talented, hardworking field hockey players,” Wilder explained. “Looking to use our big roster to our advantage, utilize our senior leadership to help them, and the underclassmen to excel this season.”

Mansfield

2021 Record: 4-13-2
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 32
Coach: Theresa Nyhan
Mansfield has battled through back-to-back difficult seasons, and even though the Hornets qualified for the state tournament based on the new statewide rating system a year ago, the Hornets are looking to have a big bounce-back campaign in 2022.

Behind a renewed enthusiasm, a youthful energy boost, and strong team speed, the Hornets look ready to challenge for the division title, this season in the Davenport division. The team is led by seven seniors that bring experience to each layer of the field. It starts with senior Lily Danehy, a three-year starter in goal for the Hornets. One of the most experienced netminders in the Hock will be the backbone of the defense while classmates Fadila Krieche and Audrey Murphy are returners on defense.

Senior Danni Cuzzi and junior Lola Varricchione both bring speed and experience to the Hornets’ midfield unit. Up front, Mansfield will look to improve its scoring output and will turn to Rose Maher, Ava Adams, and Kristin Kipp to apply pressure on opposing defenses.

“The team intends on turning things around this year,” said head coach Theresa Nyhan. “The Hornet squad is young, fast, and enthusiastic!”

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

Milford

2021 Record: 1-17-0
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Jenna Casello
Milford has a new head coach this season in Jenna Casello and she’s hoping to push the program in a positive direction as they navigate a daunting Hockomock League schedule.

The Scarlet Hawks have 10 seniors on the roster this season and will lean on their leadership and guidance, both on and off the field. Casello will look to her three captains — Hailey Beagle, Jordan Douglas, and Ashlynn Ringo — to lead the way. Ringo will be a player to watch this season as she patrols the midfield, playing a crucial role in helping the Milford back line while also organizing and orchestrating the Hawks’ offense.

Up front, senior Kay Wheelock is set to provide pressure on opposing defenses. Although new to the center forward spot, Casello has liked what she’s seen so far and the team will be looking to target Wheelock up front.

“Being a new coach this year, I am hopeful that I will have a positive impact on the team and lead them in the right direction this season,” Casello said. “We will have a fresh new start and are ready to show off our skills in the Hock. One strength for us this year will be using the entire field. Throughout our preseason we have been working on not only stretching the field vertically but horizontally as well. Our midfielders are constantly scanning the field and looking to transition the ball as needed.”




North Attleboro

2021 Record: 7-9-3
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 32
Coach: Karen Folan
With the majority of the roster intact from a season ago, North Attleboro is looking to take a big step forward and make some noise in their first season back in the Kelley-Rex division.

The Rocketeers are loaded with experience all over the field, especially in the attacking half. Senior center forward Julia Puccio starts her fourth year on varsity and emerged as one of the most dangerous scorers a season ago. She was third in the Hock with 23 goals last season and earned HockomockSports First Team honors. She’ll be joined on the left wing by classmate Caroline Folan (nine goals, five assists), a three-year member of the team that is often the catalyst of the attack with her strong passing.

North has a lot of veterans in the midfield with seniors Ava Spencer and Caitlin Vacher along with juniors Kelsey Thompson and Emily Burnham – all four saw valuable minutes last season and will help North both defensively and offensively. In the defensive half, junior Gracie Leary had a breakout season in net and had a great offseason preparing for this year. In front of her are returning varsity members and seniors Rory McGinley, Maddie Bailey, Ava McKeon, and Ella Luistro.

“This group has played together for some time and they have developed strong skills throughout their careers,” said head coach Karen Folan. “The chemistry and camaraderie they have off the field, shows on the field, with cohesive passes and strong communication.”

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

Oliver Ames

2021 Record: 11-7-2
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 16
Coach:
With key returners spread out all over the field, new head coach Alex Sylvia is looking to continue the momentum that the Tigers have had the past couple of seasons.

The Tigers won the Davenport division two seasons ago and had a thrilling overtime playoff win last year before bowing out in the second round to top-seeded Masconomet. Sylvia, who played collegiately locally at Stonehill College, will have contributors from all four classes, including senior Julia Maclaine. Maclaine is a seasoned veteran that plays the full length of the field, a key piece of the defense as well as a dangerous attacker with the ball. She’ll be joined by junior Megan Crabtree in the midfield, both of which are returners.

Up top, junior Erin Cottam is one of the top scoring returners from last year after scoring 14 goals and registering seven assists. She will be one of the main options for OA up front and freshman Kayla Kenney has impressed so far in the preseason and will be a key new addition to the attack. Defensively, OA has some veterans on the back line with senior captains Olivia Stevens and Abby Welz. They have a lot of varsity experience and will anchor the defense in front of junior goalie Olivia O’Rourke.

“I am excited for the season as the head coach this year,” Sylvia said. “During tryouts, I witnessed amazing talent, and now our team is strong and ready to work for this entire season. Each player understands their role and is ready to work toward their goals.”

Stoughton

2021 Record: 4-13-0
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Caitlin Jamiel
For the first time in over 40 years, Stoughton field hockey will have a new head coach on the sidelines. Caitlin Jamiel takes over for the legendary Dan Mark and she will be leaning heavily on the returning players.

After moving to goalie for the first time last year, Stephanie Costerio (109 saves last year) is back in the cage for the Black Knights with much more experience under her belt, and she will be the backbone of the defense.

Jamiel will also look for guidance from her four captains: Kerry Driscoll, Andrea Khouzami, Carly Sanda, and Katherine Giroux. Driscoll was a key piece of the defense last season, Khouzami patrolled the midfield, and both Giroux and Sanda were a part of the Stoughton offense.

“We will be relying heavily on our returning captains to show their maturity on the field, and lead our young team through difficult moments,” Jamiel said. “We have a lot of energy coming into our program this season, and we are so looking forward to building our program into a competitive one.”

2022 Hockomock League Field Hockey Preview

Taunton

2021 Record: 5-11-2
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Liz Hathaway
With a blend of experience and new faces, Taunton is hoping to compete in a very deep Kelley-Rex division and push for a spot in the postseason.

Senior Kaysie DeMoura is fresh off a super season with the state champion softball team and is looking to carry some of that success onto the turf with the field hockey team. She burst onto the scene last year as one of the top box-to-box players in the Hock and finished as the team’s leading scorer with four goals and six assists. She’ll look to work with senior forward Caelyn O’Leary (six goals, one assist) to give the Tigers a dynamic 1-2 punch offensively. Sophomore Caroline Vallarelli has impressed with a strong skillset in the midfield so far this preseason.

There will be some familiar faces on the defensive end, but some changes as well. Junior Jasmine Lucier, who previously started on defense for the Tigers, will make the transition to goalie this year. Head coach Liz Hathaway notes that Lucier has worked very hard during the offseason and has established herself in between the pipes. Taunton will lean heavily on Thal Nogueira, a smart defender that has been the anchor of the defense for the past few seasons. They are a great ball tackler with a great sense for defensive position.

“We are a young team, we graduated seven starters from last season,” Hathaway said. “We have a strong returning defense and a young forward line that have stepped up during the preseason. Our younger players are really looking to make a name for themselves and working hard. Our team has worked hard and is looking forward to the season ahead.”

Hockomock Field Hockey: Players to Watch in 2022

2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch
North Attleboro senior Julia Puccio will be one of the players to watch this season in the Hockomock League. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Player are listed alphabetically

2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch

Ellie Bohane, Senior – Canton

After graduating its top scorers from 2020, Canton went into last season needing someone to step up on the offensive end and Bohane came through to help the Bulldogs get back to the top of the Davenport division. Speedy with strong stick skills, Bohane led Canton with 13 goals and nine assists during the regular season and was in the top 10 in the league in points. Not only is it tough to get the ball off Bohane’s stick, but she finds the right spots around the cage to get scoring chances and is a good finisher when the ball finds its way to her. The Assumption-commit’s aggressive play was a key component of Canton’s attack, which was fourth best in the Hockomock last year. The Bulldogs have always been a strong team on the defensive side of the ball and will be hoping that Bohane can continue finding the back of the net to help them make a run at a second straight title.

2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch

Kaitlyn Carney, Senior – Franklin

Franklin is coming off a dominant, historic season and Carney was the driving force behind the Panthers winning a third straight league title and reaching their first state semifinal. The reigning HockomockSports.com Player of the Year led the league in scoring for the second straight season, and the 55 goals she accounted for (37 goals and 18 assists) was more than all but two other teams. Carney is known for her intensity in the midfield, tracking back to win possession and then turning it instantly into attack. Her physicality is tough for teams to match and she has a powerful shot that makes her a threat anywhere in the circle. With strong stick skills to get past defenders and the vision to get the ball to her teammates around the cage, Carney draws the attention of all opposing defenders and opens up space for the rest of the team to attack. Franklin will be eyeing another Kelley-Rex title and another deep tournament run and Carney will again be the engine in the Panthers midfield to push the team forward.







2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch

Mary Collins, Junior – Foxboro

Collins stepped up in her first full season for the Warriors, as the sophomore forward led the team in scoring and helped them make a run to the state quarterfinal. With a year of experience under her belt, Collins will be counted on this fall to build on that breakout season and get Foxboro back on top in the league. The reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year scored 15 goals and registered 18 assists in 2021. A quick, direct player, Collins was a threat whether carrying the ball from midfield or attacking the cage on corners. She has a strong shot and is a creative finisher in the crease, popping up in good spots for her teammates to find her. When defenses collapse on her, Collins has the vision and skill to pick the right pass and play a teammate into a good scoring chance. Foxboro always has league title aspirations and if Collins can once again be among the league leaders in scoring, then the Warriors might end up wearing the Davenport crown at the end of the season.

Erin Cottam, Junior – Oliver Ames

Oliver Ames is coming off another strong season and will be looking to challenge for the Davenport division title this season under new head coach Alex Sylvia. The Tigers graduated their top scorer from last season in Georgia Costello but the offense is in a good spot with junior Erin Cottam back in the fold. Cottam is a dangerous player with the ball on her stick and has great instincts inside of the circle. She’s coming off a 14-goal season as a sophomore and will be a main focus in the attack this year. She’s a threat on every corner and opponents will have to make sure they know where she is at all times. Not only can she punish defenses with her goal scoring ability, but she can find open teammates as well and be a playmaker (seven assists).




Lily Danehy, Senior – Mansfield

There aren’t many goalies in the Hockomock League who have played as many varsity minutes as Mansfield senior Lily Danehy. She made her debut as the starter for the Hornets as a sophomore and has been a mainstay in the cage since. She has allowed fewer than goals goal per game on average over the past two seasons and, after making 99 saves in the truncated 2020 season, she was third in the Hock last year with 188 saves. Danehy has shown she isn’t afraid to be aggressive and make her presence known in the circle, coming out and attacking the ball when needed. And when she’s on her line, she’s quick to react. Mansfield is aiming to have a bounce-back year and make the state tournament, and having a veteran like Danehy in net will be a big boost.

2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch

Shaw Downing, Senior – Franklin

Last season, Franklin scored 124 goals, which was more than double the next highest total (Attleboro’s 61). Downing was one of the players that stepped up and propelled the Panthers on a historic run to their first state semifinal. A clever finisher around the cage and an aggressive attacker who will pounce on any loose ball, Downing scored 20 goals and added nine assists last season, finishing sixth in the league in scoring. With a strong shot that makes her a threat anywhere in the circle, Downing seems to have an innate sense of where the ball is going to rebound and the quickness to jump on the chance when it comes her way. Franklin will be seeking a fourth straight league title this year and Downing’s goal scoring should have the Panthers confident that they can add another deep tournament run as well.

Caroline Folan, Senior – North Attleboro

North Attleboro is a team to keep an eye on this season because the Rocketeers have so much of their roster back from a year ago. After experiencing some growing pains throughout last season, North qualified for the state tournament before a first-round exit in a close match with #7 Reading. Not only is most of the roster back, but North has some of the most dangerous attacking options in senior Caroline Folan and classmate Julia Puccio (see below). Folan is entering her third year as a starter and has great chemistry with Puccio, giving the Big Red a formidable attacking duo. Her ability to carry the ball and then fire accurate centering passes will be key in setting North’s offense in motion. The Kelley-Rex division is loaded every year but don’t be surprised if North makes some noise this year.




2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch

Kelly Holmes, Junior – King Philip

Holmes was the breakout star for the KP attack last year, as the midfielder turned in a stellar 2021 to be the team’s top playmaker. Covering ground from one end of the field to the other, Holmes scored eight goals and dished out 10 assists, keeping the Warriors in the league title race for most of the season. Now that she has a full season of experience, Holmes could be poised for a breakout year, setting the energy level and being a leader for the Warriors in the middle of the field. Talented with the ball on her stick and with the speed to burst past defenders, Holmes has the all-around game to be a threat on offensive and defensive corners and she can turn any opposition attack into a quick transition going the other way. The Warriors want to give Franklin a challenge for the league title this fall and Holmes is one of the returning players that KP will be leaning on to try and end the Panthers’ run at the top.

Siobhan Landers, Junior – Attleboro

There are a good amount of new faces on the field – and one new on the sideline with new head coach Jessica Pink – after the Bombardiers graduated a talented senior class. That class was responsible for Attleboro’s top five scorers from last year, including Hockomock League MVP Madison Ellis, HockomockSports Second Team selection Sarah McMahon, and all stars Olivia Hillman and Emelia Westwater. That’s over 40 goals and 40 assists from last year’s squad that’s gone so Pink will be looking at a combination of returners and new faces to replicate that offensive success. One key piece back in the midfield is junior Siobhan Landers, who had a solid campaign as a sophomore a year ago. She scored four goals and had two assists in the regular season and will be a key box-to-box player for the Bombardiers in 2022. Landers is a speedy player with strong stick skills that will make a lot of plays for Attleboro this season.

2022 Hockomock Field Hockey Players to Watch

Julia Puccio, Senior – North Attleboro

North made it back to the state tournament in 2021 and Puccio was the driving force for the Rocketeers. The three-year starter finished with 23 goals and five assists, which was in the top five in the league during the regular season. Seemingly as fast with the ball as without, Puccio is tough to contain when she gets into pace and her aggression in the midfield helps North regain possession and quickly turn it into a transition opportunity. She has strong stick skills and is a good finisher inside the circle, but Puccio puts as much energy into tracking back and helping out on the other end of the field. Quick thinking near goal and creative finishing make her a tough player for defenses to read because it’s hard to predict what kind of shot will be coming. The Rocketeers will head into the Kelley-Rex this fall and Puccio remains the key player for North to push the top teams in the division and make a run back into the postseason.

2021 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars

Below are the official 2021 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Madison Ellis, Attleboro

Hockomock League All Stars

Olivia Hillman, Attleboro
Emelia Westwater, Attleboro
Ava Haggerty, Attleboro
Carly Fitzgerald, Canton
Erin Lane, Canton
Sarah Cunningham, Canton
Ellie Bohane, Canton
Kate Collins, Foxboro
Val Beigel, Foxboro
Mary Collins, Foxboro
Kaitlyn Carney, Franklin
Kate O’Rourke, Franklin
Kendall Jones, Franklin
Shaw Downing, Franklin
Kelly Holmes, King Philip
Sydney O’Shea, King Philip
Lily Brown, King Philip
Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield
Maddie Hunt, Milford
Julia Puccio, North Attleboro
Caroline Folan, North Attleboro
Georgia Costello, Oliver Ames
Ava Costello, Oliver Ames
Zofia Bangs, Stoughton
Kylie Thorpe, Taunton
Em Gannon, Taunton

Honorable Mentions
Sarah McMahon, Attleboro
Payton McDonough, Canton
Mya Waryas, Foxboro
Sophia Cuneo, Franklin
Molly Piller, King Philip
Maddie Brown, Mansfield
Stephanie Wong, Milford
Kelsey Briere, North Attleboro
Lily Gaskill, Oliver Ames
Natalie Kessler, Sharon
Kate Bulger, Stoughton
Kaysie DeMoura, Taunton

Below are the official 2021 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars and honorable mentions, selected by the coaches in the league. 2021 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars