Player of the Week: Lauren McGrath, Franklin Volleyball

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Lauren McGrath
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Lauren McGrath has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 4 through Nov. 10. McGrath is the 10th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

McGrath, a senior setter, was the key piece for a Franklin team that won three tournament games this week, all in five sets, to claim the Div. 1 Central/West title. It was the first sectional title in program history and McGrath was the fulcrum for the Panthers attack, spreading the ball around to Franklin’s array of attacking options, including a program-record 55 assists in the tournament opener against Concord-Carlisle.

“Over these past three playoff games, she has given me 110% for every single ball,” said Franklin head coach Kelsey Weymouth. “She works hard every point to get her feet to the ball. Being the player who never comes out of the game, her head always needs to be in it and over the past few games her drive and passion have reflected on her teammates and it’s awesome to see.”

On Sunday, second-seeded Franklin avoided an upset bid from No. 10 Concord-Carlisle in a dramatic five-set victory. The Panthers won the opening two sets comfortable, but the Patriots battled back with narrow wins in sets three and four. Franklin pulled out a 15-13 win in the fifth. McGrath sparked the Franklin attack with a program record 55 assists.

On Wednesday, the Panthers bounced back from a 2-0 deficit on the road at No. 3 Hopkinton, winning the final three sets, including 15-11 in the fifth, to advance to the program’s second sectional final. McGrath led the way with 42 assists, her second most this year. On Saturday evening, McGrath and the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead against No. 4 Shrewsbury, only to be forced into a fifth set for the third straight match. McGrath (38 assists) was outstanding again for the Panthers, picking the right hitter for each situation, especially during a dominant 15-5 fifth set. McGrath was second in the league with 426 assists during the regular season.

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.

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Player of the Week: Mike Griffin, KP Cross Country

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Mike Griffin
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip junior Mike Griffin has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. Griffin is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Griffin put in a stellar performance at the annual Hockomock Cross-Country Championship at a rain-soaked Wrentham Development Center last Sunday morning. Griffin won the boys’ title in a time of 15:54.67, narrowly beating second-place Tyler Brogan by just one second with a strong kick down the final straightaway. With Griffin leading the way, KP finished third overall as a team.

“Mike is an outstanding student-athlete that has, through dedicated hard work, earned the respect of his teammates and his competition,” said King Philip coach Chris Elgar. “This is particularly true of the friendly rivalry between himself and the equally talented second place finisher (Tyler Brogan of Franklin).” Brogan won the dual meet match-up to start the season, but then Griffin finished first in the remaining meets, including the rematch between the two on Sunday. Elgar added, “Mike finished first in the remainder of the dual meet season and is excited to build on his Hock performance at the divisional championships and beyond.”

Griffin has had a strong three years on varsity for KP cross-country and track. His performance at this year’s league meet was 13 seconds faster than his time from last year, when he finished third, despite the course recovering from the previous day’s heavy rains and what the runners described as a slow opening mile. Griffin showed his strength in the closing stretch, as he stayed ahead of Brogan in the race to the finish line.

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.

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Player of the Week: Delaney Nagel, Stoughton Volleyball

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Delaney Nagel
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Stoughton senior Delaney Nagel has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 21 through Oct. 27. Nagel is the eighth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Nagel, a middle hitter for the Black Knights, had a big all-around week to help Stoughton finish up the regular season with three wins, finishing just one game back of Canton in the league title race and with 15 wins overall. Nagel was influential at the net on offense and defense and at the service line to extend Stoughton’s win streak to five games heading into the postseason.

“Delaney has always been a strong presence in the middle for our team but really stepped it up this week,” said Stoughton head coach Erica Batchelder. “She came up huge serving against Milford, she dominated the net against Sharon, and the finished the week against Spellman with 12 kills and 5 blocks. She is one of those quiet players that just works hard and does what she needs to do to help the team. She steps up big under pressure. Delaney is just a happy-go-lucky kid that never complains, supports her teammates, and is always in a great mood. She is a pleasure to coach and always has everyone laughing but when she gets in her game mode, there’s no stopping her.”

Nagel opened the week with an impressive performance at the service line in the decisive fifth set against division rival Milford. She had seven aces in the final set alone to lift the Black Knights to the win. Two days later, Nagel had a strong game at the net, with 14 kills and 10 blocks, to help Stoughton overcome a first-set loss to Sharon and win 3-1. She wrapped up the week on Friday, combining with Molly Turner for 23 kills in a sweep of Cardinal Spellman.

For the season, Nagel is tied for the most blocks in the Hockomock League with 80 (along with Canton’s Erin Devine). She is also third on the team with 125 kills.

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.

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Player of the Week – Nate Morreale, Mansfield Golf

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Nate Morreale
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield sophomore Nate Morreale has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 14 through Oct. 20. Morreale is the seventh player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Morreale led the Hornets to a victory at last week’s Hockomock Golf Championships at Blue Hills Country Club. On a windy, cold day, the sophomore shot a four-over round of 76 to take medalist honors and help the Hornets take home the team title as well. Morreale finished three strokes ahead of classmate Ryan Dow and Corey Carter of Sharon. Jason See added an 85 for the Hornets, who finished with a team total of 240, which was nine strokes better than second place Oliver Ames.

“Nate has been an incredible asset to the program this year,” said Mansfield head coach Chris Hall. “In need of two wins over the last week of the season to qualify for the state tournament, Nate put the team on his back. Nate’s attention to detail and competitive nature are just a few of his exemplary skills. He is only a sophomore and is always looking to improve in order to distance himself from the rest of the competition.”

Morreale also shot well in the final dual meets of the season. He shot a 38, tied with See and fellow sophomore Joseph Gormley in a four-stroke win over division rival Franklin on Tuesday. Morreale also shot the low round of the day, carding a 36, as Mansfield knocked off Oliver Ames by four strokes and Milford by 19 strokes in a tri-meet on Monday. That win pushed the Hornets into third place in the Kelley-Rex. Morreale finished the regular season with a scoring average of 41.5

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.

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Player of the Week – Cincere Gill, Mansfield Football

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Cincere Gill
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield sophomore Cincere Gill has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 7 through Oct. 13. Gill is the sixth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Gill sparked the Mansfield offense to its highest scoring output of the season on Friday night against Attleboro, helping the Hornets win a thrilling shootout that clinched at least a share of the program’s first league title since 2013. Gill rushed for 100 yards on just 10 carries, scored three touchdowns, and also made a huge catch on a fourth and long play on Mansfield’s final drive that kept the Hornets alive. On defense, Gill broke up a pair of Attleboro passes, including one in the end zone.

“Cincere is off to a great start with his career here,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding. “He works hard in practice and gets better every week. He’s made some big plays for us already and he’s become an impact player as a sophomore that we will go to in big situations. He has great speed, he runs tough, and he has the intangible instincts of great vision in the open field.”

Gill opened the scoring on Mansfield’s first possession of the game, taking a sweep to the left and racing in for a seven-yard score. With 1:09 left before halftime and the game tied at 14-14, Gill put the Hornets back in front when he cut back against the grain on another sweep, found a seam, and scored on a 31-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Gill hit the end zone for a third time, breaking around the edge for a 21-yard score that gave Mansfield a 34-21 lead with 8:43 to play. Gill is currently tied with North Attleboro’s Brendan McHugh for the league lead with nine rushing touchdowns and has nearly 400 yards on the ground this year.

Attleboro rallied with back-to-back touchdowns and took a one-point lead with only 1:39 remaining. Mansfield had one last chance to get the win but faced fourth and 10 from its own 26. Senior Aidan Sacco bought time in the pocket and looked deep over the middle to Gill, who went up and snagged the pass (despite good coverage) for a 28-yard completion that kept the drive alive. Three plays later, the Hornets scored the game- and title-winning touchdown.

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.

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Player of the Week – Colby Pires, Milford Football

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Colby Pires
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Milford junior Colby Pires has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 1 through Oct. 6. Pires is the fifth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Pires and the Milford offense found their footing on Friday night against Sharon in a 42-7 win, earning the Hawks their first victory of the season and opening their league account this fall. Pires was the star for the Hawks, tossing four touchdown passes and throwing for over 200 yards to get Milford into the win column. He went 13-for-16, hitting touchdown passes of 13, 25, 37, and 51 yards. He had three different receivers (Sean Lehane, Brendan White, Hugo Lopes) catch a touchdown pass.

“Colby has continued to improve each week not just as a quarterback, but as the leader of our offense,” said Milford head coach Anthony Vizakis. “His execution and success throwing the ball Friday night can be contributed to his tireless work ethic in practice day in and day out.”

Pires completed 17-of-26 passes on the night. He threw a pair of touchdowns to Sean Lehane (who also caught one the week before) and one each to Hugo Lopes and Brendan White. Coming into the Sharon game, Milford had scored 40 points as a team and with Pires leading the way eclipsed that total on Friday alone. The junior signal caller is now the league leader with nine touchdown passes on the season, two more than division rivals Johnny Hagan and Nick Raneri.

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.

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Player of the Week – Dylan Barreira, Foxboro Soccer

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Dylan Barreira
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro junior Dylan Barreira has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 24 through Sept. 30. Barreira is the fourth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Barreira exploded for 12 goals in two games last week to take over the league lead in points and goals and help the Warriors to a pair of victories that has them creeping back up the Davenport division standings. After scoring only twice in the opening five games of the season, Barreira recorded back-to-back double hat tricks and now has a league-high 14 goals entering this week’s games.https://hockomocksports.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/MorseIns_Wallpaper4.jpg

“Dylan was disappointed to have to miss two games so he was eager to get back out on the pitch and contribute,” said Foxboro head coach Joe Franchino. “I am looking forward to seeing what he brings this week against Franklin, North Attleboro, and Bishop Feehan.”

Barreira caught fire on Monday at Stoughton, scoring all six of his goals in the first half to put away the Black Knights. Foxboro went on to win 7-0. Four of Barreira’s goals against the Bombardiers were assisted by Nic Beigel. On Wednesday, Barreira continued his torrid pace with three goals in the first half against visiting Attleboro and then added a second hat trick after halftime, as the Warriors rolled to an 8-2 victory.

He took a three-goal advantage in the league’s golden boot race into Monday’s games and Foxboro has upped its record to 3-3-1 with a three-game unbeaten streak and is two points behind North Attleboro for third in the division.

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.

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Player of the Week – Ashlyn Gaulin, North Soccer

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Ashlyn Gaulin
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro senior Ashlyn Gaulin has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 17 through Sept. 23. Gaulin is the third player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Gaulin, who led North Attleboro in scoring last season, has been on fire at the start of the year and scored seven goals and recorded four assists in three games last week. With Gaulin leading the line, North earned seven points as a team. The Rocketeers remain unbeaten (3-0-2) on the season and the two-time defending Davenport champs are tied with Foxboro at the top of the division standings.

North Attleboro coach Bill Wallace said of Gaulin, “Ashlyn has taken on a leadership role this season, and her play on the field reflects this. She knows we lost a lot to graduation and she is working hard to keep our play at the same level!”

North started the week against Sharon and Gaulin recorded six points for the second time this season, as the Rocketeers rolled to an 8-0 win. Gaulin had four goals and two assists against the Eagles. Two days later, Gaulin set up Kayla Pasquel for the opening goal in a 1-1 tie with Attleboro.

On Saturday, Gaulin recorded her third hat trick of the season and added an assist as well in a 9-0 victory over Taunton. Gaulin currently has 17 points (11 goals and six assists), which puts her two ahead of King Philip’s Chloe Layne for top scorer in the league. North currently has 26 goals as a team, which is just one behind the league-leading Warriors.

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.

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Player of the Week – Alli Meehan, KP Field Hockey

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Alli Meehan
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip senior Alli Meehan has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 10 through Sept. 16. Meehan is the second player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Meehan, King Philip’s top returning scorer from last season, has gotten off to a strong start to 2018 and has helped the Warriors to a perfect 5-0 start, including three wins in the last week. After a dominant 2017, KP has already established itself as the team to beat this fall and has outscored teams 29-1 over its first five games. Meehan scored five goals and assisted on three others in the three games this week.

“Alli has phenomenal stick work and excels at moving the ball around defenders, and is an extremely powerful shooter,” said King Philip co-head coach Erin MacDonald. “Alli also has a worth ethic that is unmatched – she always works hard and gives 110% effort.”

King Philip started the week against perennial North power Acton-Boxboro, which was ranked No. 4 in New England coming into the game. Meehan assisted on the opener, scored an unassisted goal, and then assisted on a goal by freshman Meghan MacDonald, as the Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back, eventually winning 4-1.

The following day, the Warriors beat Kelley-Rex division rival Franklin 4-0. Meehan scored a hat trick in the win over the Panthers, scoring unassisted goals midway through each half and then wrapping up the win with a goal off a Dana Truini assist. On Friday, KP completed a perfect week with a 5-0 shutout of Milford. Meehan had a goal and an assist in the victory.

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.

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Player of the Week – Luke Savoie, Mansfield Soccer

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Luke Savoie
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Luke Savoie has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 3 through Sept. 9. Savoie is the first player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Savoie had a huge week for the Hornets, scoring a pair of hat tricks and tallying six of the team’s seven goals, as Mansfield racked up a pair of wins to start the season. The senior midfielder scored the game-winner against Foxboro in the league opener and then scored the game-winning goal against Dartmouth just two days later.

“Luke’s play this week has been unbelievable,” said Mansfield head coach Steve Sheridan. “He has put himself in all the right positions to score and has capitalized on almost all of his chances.”

In the season opener against Foxboro on Wednesday, Savoie helped the Hornets jump out to a 2-0 lead inside of 15 minutes. He scored the opening goal on a 30-yard free kick and then was first to a rebound in the box. After the Warriors battled back to tie the game, Savoie finished off a corner to put Mansfield back in front with just 10 minutes remaining.

On Friday night against Dartmouth, Savoie gave Mansfield a 2-0 lead in the first half when he scored off a long throw. Dartmouth cut the lead in half before the break, but in the second half Savoie scored with a header and then completed his second hat trick in as many games with a goal off a free kick by Tommy Lanzillo.

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.

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