2021 Hockomock League Girls Lacrosse All Stars

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

Kelley-Rex Division MVP

Alana Tavares, Taunton

Kelley-Rex Division All Stars

McKenzie Baker, Franklin
Kate O’Rourke, Franklin
Stella Regan, Franklin
Katie Jones, Franklin
Jackie O’Neill, Franklin
Julia Marsden, King Philip
Lily Brown, King Philip
Haley Izydorczak, King Philip
Margo Riley, King Philip
Melissa Shanteler, Mansfield
Ava Adams, Mansfield
Alana Tavares, Taunton
Emily Gannon, Taunton

Davenport Division MVP

Ella Waryas, Foxboro

Davenport Division All Stars

Allie McCabe, Canton
Devan Spinale, Canton
Lilly Vey, Foxboro
Ella Waryas, Foxboro
Paige Curran, Foxboro
Dylan Rappoli, Foxboro
Taylor McMath, North Attleboro
Emma Pereira, Oliver Ames
Liliana Lozano, Oliver Ames
Jenna Goldstein, Sharon
Tess Letendre, Sharon

Honorable Mentions
Isabella Salviati, Attleboro
Sierra Abbott, Canton
Meg Burke, Foxboro
Sydney Hawkins, Franklin
Morgan Cunningham, King Philip
Ann Marie McCoy, Mansfield
Aislinn Bennett, Milford
Aimee Baiungo, North Attleboro
Taylor McAndrew, Oliver Ames
Sally Brouhard, Sharon
Anastasia Lajoie, Taunton

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

Player of the Week: Brigid Earley, Franklin Lacrosse

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By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Brigid Earley has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 27 through July 5. Earley is the 29th and final player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and ninth in the spring season.

Earley came through with some of her biggest moments of the season last week, helping the Panthers see off Chelmsford to reach their first state title game and then nearly coming back to beat perennial power Westwood in the final. Earley, who had not played goalie for Franklin before this season (she played attack as a freshman on JV), allowed less than five goals per game this spring.

“This is her first year playing goalie and look where she brought us,” said Franklin head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino after the state final. “She’s incredible and she made some huge saves on some Div. I shooters and kept us in the game. I’m really proud of her. She learned quick and she led us to the state finals.”

In the state semifinal against Chelmsford, Earley made four saves, including a point-blank stop early in the second quarter the prevented the Lions from tying the game. Franklin proceeded to go on a 5-1 run to take control. Earley saved the best for last, coming up with her most impressive performance of the season on the biggest stage.

She made 10 saves in the game against Westwood, consistently making big stops at big moments to keep the Panthers within touching distance of the nine-time champs. Earley was called into action a lot in the opening half, as the Wolverines ramped up the pressure, but she made saves with her stick, her legs, and her mask to keep Westwood out. She came up with a big stop that kept momentum for the Panthers in the third and then somehow got enough of a shot to send it off the post, which started a break that got Franklin back within one. With the game tied in the fourth, she came up with three big stops from close range that kept the Panthers even going into the closing seconds.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com 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.

 
Brigid Earley
Brigid Earley The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com 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. Brigid Earley The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com 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.

Franklin Battles Back But Falls to Westwood in Final

Franklin seniors Sydney Hawkins, Ali Socci, and Katie Jones and coach Kristin Igoe-Guarino with the MIAA D1 State Finalist trophy. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FRANKLIN, Mass. – As it had for almost all of Thursday night’s Div. 1 state championship game at a packed Pisini Stadium, the Franklin defense came through with another stop when it needed it most, forcing a turnover in a tie game with the clock racing to the final horn. Overtime seemed inevitable.

The Panthers tried to clear from behind the cage, but a slip in the pouring rain and a loose ball in front of an empty goal proved decisive. It was a moment that seemed to happen in slow motion.

Westwood sophomore Ava Connaughton scooped the ground ball and, while falling, found the back of the open goal with just 12.2 seconds on the clock. The Wolverines won the ensuing draw to secure a 6-5 victory and their ninth state championship. Franklin went toe-to-toe with the most successful program in state history, but came up just short in its first state title game appearance.

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“I’m so proud of this group,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “We’ve been in that situation before and for them to battle back against a really, really good Westwood team was amazing. I thought our ‘D’ was amazing, Brigid, they just made one more play than us on the offensive end. It happens, but I’m really proud of the girls, they played amazing.”

In the opening minutes of the game, it didn’t look like a dramatic finish would be in the cards. Franklin looked nervous, making uncharacteristic turnovers and being tentative in front of goal. Kaitlyn Carney had the first chance of the game from the opening draw, but was denied on a dodge from the left side by Westwood goalie Anya Holland.

The Wolverines started strongly and took a quick 2-0 lead inside the opening 2-1/2 minutes. Ashley Mackin, Westwood’s star and a Johns Hopkins-commit, played provider, feeding first Lindsey Diomede and then Connaughton for goals.

 

Franklin’s defense, led by Sydney Hawkins, Anna Grasso, and Ali Socci, was soaking up endless pressure in the first, as the Wolverines seemed to have the ball for the vast majority of the opening quarter. The Panthers also got a big boost from junior goalie Brigid Earley (10 saves), who made a big kick save to deny a point-blank chance and then took one off the mask from Kella McGrail.

“This is her first year playing goalie and look where she brought us,” Igoe Guarino said of Earley, who started as a freshman attacker on JV and volunteered to step in between the posts to fill a need this season. “She’s incredible and she made some huge saves on some Div. I shooters and kept us in the game. I’m really proud of her. She learned quick and she led us to the state finals.”

Three minutes into the second, Westwood added a third and looked like it might be able to break the game open. Mackin was again the provider, finding Kate Deehan on the cut through the middle. After Earley made another big stop to deny Lillian Hancock after a free run through the heart of the defense, Mackin got her first of the night on a sidearm snipe.

Franklin needed to find something positive on the offensive side of the ball. After several missed opportunities from eight meters, Kate O’Rourke found a crucial breakthrough on a free position with 4:43 left in the half. The Panthers went into the break down 4-1, but still hanging in and still with a shot at the title.

The hosts picked up a big early goal in the third to build momentum. Stella Regan picked out Carney cutting through the middle and her lefty finish found the top corner.

Mackin got her fourth assist of the night, this time setting up Jane Gaffney in front to restore the three-goal lead, but the Panthers looked like they had more life than the opening half.

Earley helped out again, getting enough of a Mackin rip from distance to send the ball just over the bar. Three minutes later, Regan was able to drive into the middle from the right side and finish over the top of Holland to make it 5-3.

With the clock winding down in the third, Earley got a piece of yet another shot, which caromed out to Kenzie Baker. She snagged the ground ball, got it to Regan, who moved it on to Carney at midfield. The sophomore instantly attacked, splitting a pair of defenders, racing 50 yards, and then firing into the top far corner with just 17.4 to go.

It was a stunning goal at the perfect moment to send the Panthers into the fourth with all the momentum and ramp up the energy in the crowd. It was also the moment that the heavens opened and it started pouring.

Four minutes into the fourth quarter, the comeback was complete. Carney played provider this time, driving towards the cage from the right side and seeing Jamie Tanner at the back post. Tanner was able to make a nice catch in traffic, spun, and finished over Holland to tie the game at 5-5.

Westwood had its chances to go back in front, but Earley continued to play at another level. Mackin fed Deehan in front but Earley stayed tall to make the stop, then she denied Diomede from close range, and took one off the midriff after Mackin got open in the middle. Baker had the best chance down the stretch for Franklin, but Holland (four saves) came up with a big stop.

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In the end, it took an unlucky bounce to separate the two teams. Franklin (18-1), which is only seven years removed from its first sectional title, showed just how far it has come as a program. The Panthers wanted to show that a title game appearance was no fluke and that they were on the same level as the best in the state.

“I’m just so proud for all the alumni who set the culture standards before and brought us inch-by-inch,” said Igoe Guarino. “We have a great youth program, the girls work incredibly hard not just in season but out of season, and I think they just left a legacy no matter the outcome of this game.

“For years to come, this is the standard for Franklin lacrosse,” she continued. “We lost to the best in the state by one, we’ll be back.”

Franklin Beats Chelmsford, Heads to First State Final

Franklin’s Kate O’Rourke scores a goal on a low shot in the final minute of the third quarter to restore a two-goal lead. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FRANKLIN, Mass. – As the clock ran down under six minutes to play, Franklin held a three-goal lead in Tuesday night’s Div. 1 state semifinal at Pisini Stadium and the Panthers held possession. Before they could advance up the field, the officials stopped the game. Lightning in the distance caused a delay that stretched to nearly an hour.

When play resumed, 5:25 was all that stood between Franklin and a spot in its first ever state title game. After the Panthers ran a minute off the clock, Chelmsford forced a turnover and converted it into a goal on the other end. Now it was only a two-goal game. Another chance a minute later went inches wide of the post and Stella Regan chased it down behind the cage to win possession.

Franklin had the ball and 3:33 on the clock. The Panthers showed great patience and vision to keep the ball moving in the attacking half of the field, running down the clock despite Chelmsford pressuring every pass. Franklin held on for the 11-9 win, handing Chelmsford its only loss of the season and ending a long wait to play for a state title.

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“It’s awesome,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “I think it’s been a long time coming. I think this group has worked extremely hard and they deserve it. They’re all in, so we’re really excited for Thursday.”

This spring, Igoe Guarino’s alma mater Boston College also ended a long wait for its first national title, with Franklin’s Annie and Erin Walsh on the roster, and the former Eagles star is hoping that mojo can carry over to the Panthers as well.

“I kind of feel like Boston College,” she said. “They went to the national title three times and they won it on the fourth, so maybe we can do the same.”

 

The hosts came roaring out of the gates, winning four of five draws in the opening quarter and quickly jumping out to an early lead with three goals in less than two minutes.

Kenzie Baker won the opening draw of the game, got the ball upfield to Kaitlyn Carney, who then fed Katie Jones in the middle for a goal after just 13 seconds. Exactly a minute later, up a player, Kate O’Rourke was able to score from eight meters to double the lead. Twenty-four seconds after that, Regan picked out Katie Peterson cutting through the middle to make it 3-0.

Chelmsford answered 30 seconds later with a side-arm finish by Sofia D’Agostino, but things settled down after that frenetic start. Franklin almost added one midway through the first, but Jackie O’Neil’s free position shot was saved. Peterson kept possession, but Carney had a goal waved off for being in the crease. The Lions also had a chance from eight meters but Brigid Earley (four saves) made the stop.

The Lions cut the lead to one early in the second and had a good look to tie it but Earley robbed Leah Green from point-blank range. Baker restored a two-goal cushion when her pass to Jones cutting across goal eluded everyone, including the goalie.

After the lead was cut back to one, Franklin went on a run to grab control of the game. Right from the draw, O’Rourke found O’Neil for a goal. Regan then spotted Jamie Tanner, who went with an overhand finish to beat Chelmsford goalie Morgan Wright (seven saves). O’Rourke and Baker each added free position goals to give Franklin its largest lead of the game.

Chelmsford got one back but trailed 8-4 at the break. Maybe it was a momentum boost because in the third quarter the visitors rallied.

The Lions scored three straight goals to get the lead down to just one. With 3:04 left in the third, O’Rourke again drove right at the goalie on an eight-meter try, going low to get a crucial goal. In the closing seconds, Franklin called timeout to set up a play. Peterson swung the ball to Baker, who moved it on to Jones. The pass into the middle was high, but Carney made a great catch and was able to finish in one motion to make it 10-7 with just 2.1 left in the quarter.

“That’s a theme,” Igoe Guarino said about teams coming back in the third quarter against the Panthers in the postseason. “There’s ups and downs of every game and we survive. We have players who can make big plays to help turn it around like Kaitlyn grabbing it and putting it in. I think we’re used to ups and downs and teams go on runs it’s just who can outlast.”

Earley came through with a big stop on Kate Krueger two minutes into the fourth, but multiple efforts to clear went array and the Lions capitalized. Julia Pitts got Krueger the ball on the edge of the crease and this time she didn’t miss.

The score stayed the same until just under seven minutes to play. Regan was able to get the ball to Peterson in space. She drove towards the cage and with the goalie aggressively chasing passes had a lot of space to shoot at. Peterson made no mistake and put the hosts up 11-8.

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Even lightning delays couldn’t slow down Franklin (18-0), which will now host South champion Westwood on Thursday night. Not only is this a chance to make history by winning a state title, but also to earn a rare win against a program with a long history of being one of the best teams in the state.

“Beat the best right?” said Igoe Guarino, who also battled the Wolverines in the state semifinals while winning two state titles as a player at Framingham. “Westwood is just a powerhouse, but we’ll be ready. We know they’re fast and like to double and they have some really good players.

“We’re definitely going to have to play better than we did today. I think our team has yet to play a complete game, so maybe they’re saving it for the end.”

Franklin Back On Top, Wins First East Title Since 2017

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Franklin celebrates at the final whistle. The Panthers beat Concord-Carlisle to secure their first East title since 2017. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin found itself down 4-2 after one quarter in Friday afternoon’s Div. 1 East final at Pisini Stadium against Concord-Carlisle. It was the first time this season that the Panthers had trailed after a quarter, but it didn’t take them long to get back into a more familiar position.

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With six of the next seven goals, Franklin turned the game around in the second quarter, grabbing a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. The Panthers limited Concord-Carlisle to just two goals in the second half and held on for a 12-9 victory, avenging semifinal losses to the Patriots in each of the last two seasons and winning the program’s first East title since 2017 (also against Concord-Carlisle).

“Just cause we were down didn’t mean we want to force,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “We knew we’d get our looks and I think their patience, their going for the right things, anyone can step up, that’s the whole thing, if anyone can score then you don’t need to force anything because there are always going to be options.”

Franklin senior defender Sydney Hawkins added, “We know every single girl on this team is capable of making that game-winning play and that’s what is going to take us all the way.”

It was the Patriots who seemed to have the edge early in the game. Concord-Carlisle won four of the first five draws and was able to get into the heart of the Franklin defense, drawing free position opportunities. Audrey Mirak opened the scoring from eight meters just a minute into the game.

Franklin answered back 45 seconds later when Kate O’Rourke dodged from the top of the crease, side-stepping her defender to get a good shooting angle. The Patriots came right back with two goals, one from Mirak from eight meters and the second from a Becca Dibble shot to the corner.

 

O’Rourke saw a free position chance get saved and Brigid Earley (five saves) was able to deny Sarah Creamer on the other end. With 5:29 left in the first, Katie Jones made a nice pass to the cutting Jackie O’Neil to cut the lead to one.

Concord-Carlisle came storming back. Earley made two huge saves, blocking Lily Hudner’s free position and then getting a piece of Dibble’s shot. The Patriots regained a two-goal lead with 2:21 left in the first, as Dibble squeezed a shot inside the post from a tight angle.

After struggling on the draw early, Igoe Guarino made a change, putting Stella Regan on the spot with O’Neil, Katie Peterson, Kenzie Baker, Jamie Tanner, and others charging after the ball on the wings. It seemed to work, as Franklin took control of the draws in the second quarter and grabbed momentum as well.

Igoe Guarino said, “We made a big adjustment on the draws, which I think was a big turning point. I said to them, whoever wins the draws is going to win the game. They’re just such gritty players and if you tell them they need to win this draw, then they’ll win it.”

O’Neil got her second goal of the game with a bouncing shot from a free position 90 seconds into the second quarter. Following a yellow card to the Patriots, Franklin took advantage of the extra player, as Kaitlyn Carney bullied her way to the cage to tie the game.

Dibble continued her strong game, scoring again to put the visitors on top, but Franklin got two goals in a minute to go ahead for the first time. Peterson got the first with a lefty shot on the run, bouncing it past the goalie. Tanner then put the Panthers in front, going with a high finish from eight meters.

Carney was a playmaker from behind the cage, as she picked out Peterson cutting down the middle for a 7-5 lead. After seeing her initial shot saved, Carney scooped the rebound and then hit Peterson again cutting through the heart of the Concord-Carlisle defense. Audrey Marik scored back-to-back goals to get back within one, but Carney got a crucial free position goal seconds before the break to make it 9-7 at halftime.

Things got much tighter in the second half. The Franklin defense, led by Ali Socci, Anna Grasso, and Hawkins, was able to contain the Patriots much better, limiting their chances to get the ball on goal.

“We were sending to the top dodge every time and that seemed to work really well and it was also just communication and all being on the same page,” Hawkins, an MIT-commit, explained. “That’s the great thing about defense is we all get to talk together out there and to really move as a unit.”

Franklin was creating fewer chances as well, as the Panthers started to focus on patience and possession. Carney had a chance early in the third only to be called for being in the crease and having a goal taken away. The Panthers pushed the lead to three with a pretty give-and-go goal. Regan passed to O’Neil on the edge of the crease and she gave it right back to Regan cutting down the middle for the finish.

The visitors were not going to go quietly. Mirak added another free position goal with 3:04 left in the quarter and Concord-Carlisle had another chance from eight meters right at the end of the third but the clock ran out before the teams could get lined up, which proved to be a critical missed opportunity.

O’Rourke had a good look a minute into the fourth, but it was saved. A minute later, Creamer scored from eight meters to make it a 10-9 game. O’Neil, who had little impact in the semifinal, picked the bottom corner from a free position for her third goal of the game, putting Franklin up two.

“Whoever is out there, it could be anybody’s night and they all have each other’s backs, which is awesome,” said Igoe Guarino. “It could be every single person on any given day, which is so powerful to have. You can’t face guard, you can’t do a game plan because everyone’s a threat.”

Off the ensuing draw, the Patriots had a break but Earley came up with a huge stop. The Franklin defense was making plays, collapsing quickly, and coming up with all the ground balls. With 4:52 to go, O’Rourke had another chance, this time finding the corner for her second goal, which put Franklin in control up by three goals.

With the lead and with an extra player after a yellow card, Igoe Guarino urged her team to ignore the goal and just hold the ball to run out the clock as the excitement built on the home sidelines.

“I feel like this has been a long time coming and the fact that it was C-C just makes it that many times greater,” said Hawkins. “They’ve got us the last two times, but I have a really good feeling about this team. I’m super excited.”

Franklin (17-0) will face the winner of the North sectional (No. 1 Masconomet or No. 2 Chelmsford) in the state semifinal on Tuesday.

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Franklin Shows Patience to Beat L-S and Reach Final

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Franklin celebrates a first half goal in the D1 East semifinal against Lincoln-Sudbury. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – After outscoring opponents 279-44 during the regular season, Franklin was used to running away with games, scoring early and often, and being largely untroubled as the clock was rapidly winding down. Things are a little tougher when the playoffs roll around.

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The Panthers were reminded of how hard it is to close out a state tournament game when Acton-Boxboro made things interesting with a fourth quarter comeback in the first round.

It was a lesson well learned, as Franklin showed much better control of the ball throughout Wednesday afternoon’s Div. 1 East semifinal with rival Lincoln-Sudbury at Pisini Stadium, pulling out a 10-7 win and booking a spot in the sectional final.

“We watched that on film and watched our impatience and our poor decision-making and I was kind of tough with them on that, even though we won, so they could learn for this game,” Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said about her team learning from the previous round.

“They learned so much in one day. I thought we dominated possession, made good decisions. A lot of credit to my sophomores, who it’s their first year playing and they were able to pick that up.”

Franklin demonstrated its willingness to work for the best shot right from the opening draw. After forcing a turnover, Franklin started to work the ball around, making sure everyone had a touch, and forcing the L-S defense to move from side to side.

 

It took almost five minutes, but that ball and player movement paid off with the opening goal. Katie Peterson picked out a cutting Kaitlyn Carney in the middle of the defense and the sophomore bounced a shot up under the bar to make it 1-0.

Two minutes later, it was Stella Regan that provided the assist from behind the goal to Carney sitting out in front for a quick finish. Less than a minute later and it was Carney free again in the middle, taking a pass from Peterson, twisting her body to get square to goal, and completing her hat trick for a 3-0 lead.

It could’ve been four, but Katie Jones saw her point-blank effort denied by L-S goalie Catrina Tobin (six saves).

Franklin’s offense can be patient because any one of the seven players up front can provide the finish. Kenzie Baker got into the act with a dodge from the right side and a lefty finish that made it 4-0 in the second quarter. After Katherine Wolin got one back from an eight-meter shot, Peterson fed Jones for a sidearm finish and a 5-1 edge.

“It doesn’t matter what middie line, we have four attackers that play and then we have kids who can come off the bench and play too,” Jones explained. “We’re seven people who trust each other and play for each other and it’s definitely something that separates us from other teams.”

Carney added her fourth of the game with a high finish on a cut from the left. L-S star Sophia Brindisi, who was denied twice in the second on good saves by Franklin goalie Brigid Earley (four saves), finally got on the board with a bounced finish, but the Panthers answered back in the closing seconds of the half when Regan’s pass to Carney took a deflection and wrong-footed the goalie.

“Any seven who are in are threats, whether it’s feeding, scoring, and that balance has helped us so much,” Igoe Guarino said. “We’re not relying on one or two people who can be shut down. I thought the L-S back row was excellent and they really forced us to use all our weapons.”

Leading 7-2 at the break, Igoe Guarino emphasized that the Panthers still had 25 minutes of work to do before they could start thinking about the final. It was good advice considering the history of epic games with L-S that always seem to go right down to the final whistle.

The Warriors were down but certainly not out and put together a comeback in the third. Tobin started the quarter by saving a Baker free position effort, giving her teammates a little boost of energy. Brindisi scored a free position goal and then circled all the way around the goal before finding the back of the net with a sidearm shot. Two goals in 39 seconds cut the Franklin lead to just three.

Kate O’Rourke had a good look from an angle but Tobin kicked it aside and Carney tried to add another goal but it was stopped by a combination of defenders and the L-S goalie. The Warriors got one more in the final second of the third, as Wolin assisted on Nicola Donlan’s strike to make it 7-5 heading to the final quarter.

With an early free position goal, Baker restored a little momentum to the home side, although Brindisi wasted little time responding with her fourth goal of the night to make it 8-6. Two minutes later, O’Rourke found Jamie Tanner open on the far side and she went with a low-angle shot through the five-hole.

Tobin and Earley traded big saves to keep it a three-goal game with time starting to wind down. Wolin was able to score a free position goal with 2:08 to play. L-S won the ensuing draw and had a chance to get back within one. The Franklin defense came through with a big turnover, Tanner getting in the mix to scoop the crucial ground ball.

“Jamie Tanner is an animal,” said Igoe Guarino. “She does whatever you ask and she’s not super-flashy, but ground balls, draws, face-guarding, any little, gritty role she will do and she’ll put 100 percent of herself into it. She was clutch today for sure.”

The Panthers were able to use up the final 1:49 off the clock and Baker completed her hat trick, firing into the empty net as the horn sounded.

Franklin (16-0) will now host No. 7 seed Concord-Carlisle on Friday afternoon in the D1 East final. This will be the fourth straight season that the teams have met in the playoffs, with the Patriots knocking Franklin out at the semifinal round each of the last two years and the Panthers beating C-C in the East final in 2017.

Jones saw action against Concord-Carlisle as a freshman, but a knee injury limited her to a cameo appearance in the 2019 semifinal. Now, as a senior, she is relishing the chance to be back out on the field at least one more time.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” she said. “I think it’s a little bit of a revenge game but I think we’re all just excited and we’re really grateful to be out here. I mean, after you lose a season, and I lost two with an ACL, you don’t take anything for granted.”

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