Player of the Week: Brigid Earley, Franklin Lacrosse

Brigid Earley
 
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.

Player of the Week: Gavin Wells, North Attleboro Baseball

Gavin Wells
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro junior Gavin Wells has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 20 through June 26. Wells is the 28th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and eighth in the spring season.

Wells came through with two of the biggest hits of the season for the Rocketeers, including a walk-off against fellow Davenport champ Oliver Ames and a game-saving hit against previously unbeaten top seed Nauset, to help North reach the Div. 2 South semifinal.

“Gavin has been a consistent and steady player for us all year,” said North Attleboro head coach Mike Hart. “He doesn’t get worked up in any situation and came up big for us twice in consecutive games. Down to the our last out of the season against Nauset, with the tying runs in scoring position, we knew Gavin would have a quality at bat to give us a chance to go to extra innings and win it. We’re glad he’s coming back next year!”

In the playoff opener, North faced OA for the third time this season and it turned out to be a slugfest at Community Field. The Rocketeers rallied with six runs in the bottom of the fifth, including an RBI-single from Wells, to seemingly take control, but the Tigers came back with four runs in the seventh to tie the game at 11-11. North loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning and Wells recorded his third hit of the day to plate the game-winning run.

Two days later, North took the long ride down the Cape to take on top seed Nauset. The undefeated Warriors had North on the ropes, down to its final out in the top of the seventh, but Wells delivered again, this time with a two-out, two-run single to center that tied the game and forced extras. North would go on to score eight times in the eighth inning to hand Nauset its only loss and reach the semifinal. He also walked twice and stole a pair of bases between the two games.

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.

Gavin Wells
Gavin Wells 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. Gavin Wells 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.

Player of the Week: Rudy Gately, King Philip Baseball

Rudy Gately
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip sophomore Rudy Gately has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 13 through June 19. Gately is the 27th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and seventh in the spring season.

Gately has been stellar in his debut season for the Warriors and that continued on Saturday morning in the state tournament opener against Quincy. He struck out eight in a complete game shutout of the Presidents, also sparking the offense with two hits and two of KP’s four runs. It was the program’s first playoff win in 12 years.

“Rudy goes out there and throws a hell of a game each inning, so it’s important to get that one, two, three, and then get back in and start hitting,” KP head coach Jeff Plympton said after the Quincy game. “He’s had an absolute hell of a year. He’s got three pitches that just work for him and he keeps people off-balance.”

Gately allowed at least one base runner in all seven innings, but only allowed three Quincy hitters into scoring position. He struck out eight batters, including striking out the side in the fourth inning (two of those coming with a runner on second). He also closed out the sixth and seventh innings with big strikeouts. Gately went 2-for-4 at the plate. He doubled to lead off the fourth and came in to score KP’s second run. In the fifth, he led off with a single and stole both second and third before scoring for the second time in the game.

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.

Rudy Gately
Rudy Gately 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. Rudy Gately 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.

Player of the Week: Katelynn Taylor, Franklin Track

Katelynn Taylor
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Katelynn Taylor has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 6 through June 12. Taylor is the 26th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and sixth in the spring season.

Taylor continued her impressive senior season with a record-breaking week. She set new school records in the shot put (twice) and the discuss, closed out the dual meet season with first place finishes in both events, and then won both at this weekend’s Hockomock Championships at Foxboro High, which helped Franklin take the team title.

“Katelynn entered this season determined to win the Hockomock Championship and break the Franklin school records in both the shot put and discus and she accomplished it all,” said Franklin coach Mark Rudolph. “What’s best is that she is a competitor and throws best in the biggest, most competitive meets. Katelynn still has so much potential and she is just scratching the surface of what she can accomplish. I’m so thrilled that Katelynn is going to continue her throwing career at Springfield College”

Taylor, who was recently named Franklin’s Hockomock League Scholar-Athlete, started the week competing in the Jim Hoar Invitational at Gordon College and broke the school’s 27-year-old shot put record with a throw of 34’0.25”. She won both the shot put and the discus in the final dual meet of the season against Attleboro, completing a perfect 5-0 record in both events as the Panthers took second in the Kelley-Rex division (one game behind Mansfield). On Saturday, Taylor achieved her goal of winning the title at the league meet. Her throw of 35’11” broke her own record that she had set just six days prior and she also set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 108’5”, both throws were good for a first-place finish. Taylor will compete in the Div. 1 Sectionals this weekend at Hingham High.

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.

Katelynn Taylor
Katelynn Taylor 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. Katelynn Taylor 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.

Player of the Week: Paige Curran, Foxboro Lacrosse

Paige Curran
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro sophomore Paige Curran has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 30 through June 5. Curran is the 25th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and fifth in the spring season. She is also the second straight athlete chosen from Foxboro.

Curran, the league’s leading scorer, had another big week to help the Warriors extend their win streak to nine games and secure the outright Davenport division title for the ninth straight year. With 15 points (nine goals and six assists) last week, Curran improved her totals for the season to 40 goals and 28 assists. She leads the league in points (68) and is second in both goals and assists.

Taking on division rival North Attleboro, the Warriors convincingly won both games by a combined 37-12 score line and clinched the league title. On Tuesday, Curran helped Foxboro pull away from North in the second half. She played a role in half of Foxboro’s goals, scoring five times and dishing out four assists. In the next day’s rematch, Curran was back at it with six points (four goals and two assists), as Foxboro rolled to a big win.

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.

Paige Curran
Paige Curran 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. Paige Curran 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.

Player of the Week: Athena Li, Foxboro Tennis

Athena Li
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro freshman Athena Li has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 23 through May 29. Li is the 24th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and fourth in the spring season.

Li has been impressive in her first varsity campaign, racking up wins at first singles for the league-leading Warriors. Last week, Li went 3-0 and lost only one game to help Foxboro move closer to another league title. The Warriors are now two wins away from regaining the Davenport division title for the first time since 2015.

“Athena is a truly special player and has done an amazing job at first singles for us this season,” said Foxboro head coach Jon Montanaro. “As a freshman, she has not only won all 10 of her matches against some tough competition in the Hock, but has lost only two games all season. Her success is no surprise; she’s one of the hardest workers on our team. She’s a highly intelligent player, maneuvering her opponents around the court with both consistency and accuracy. As talented as she is on the court, she has an even better personality. She’s been a great asset to our program and we’re lucky to have her on our team.”

The week started with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Stoughton, but Li looked solid at first singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. She followed that up with an even better performance the next day, winning her match 6-0, 6-0 as Foxboro took the 4-1 win as a team. On Thursday, Li continued to dominate, again sweeping her match in straight sets without giving up a game and Foxboro won 5-0.

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.

Athena Li
Athena Li 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. Athena Li 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.

Player of the Week: Matt Lazzaro, Franklin Lacrosse

Matt Lazzaro
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Matt Lazzaro has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 16 through May 22. Lazzaro is the 23rd player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and third in the spring season.

Lazzaro has been dominant at the start of the season, as the spearhead of Franklin’s league-leading attack. The Penn State-commit and 2019 All-American scored 13 goals and had 11 assists over three games last week, helping the Panthers dispatch North Attleboro and sweep title rival King Philip to move a step closer to another Kelley-Rex championship.

Franklin has scored 127 goals as a team this season, which is 36 more than second-place Foxboro, and Lazzaro’s playmaking has been a big part of that success. Against North to start the week, Lazzaro scored three goals and had a pair of assists in a 20-4 win. In a feisty game at King Philip, Lazzaro accounted for nearly all of Franklin’s goals in a 16-8 win. He scored six times and added five helpers, despite KP keeping a close eye on him throughout. Two days later, Lazzaro was at it again, scoring four goals and adding four more assists, as Franklin completed the sweep and took control of 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.

Matt Lazzaro
Matt Lazzaro 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. Matt Lazzaro 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.

Player of the Week: Kelsey White, Taunton Softball

Kelsey White
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Taunton senior Kelsey White has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 9 through May 15. White is the 22nd player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and second in the spring season.

White has gotten off to a dominant start for the undefeated Tigers, earning the win in three of Taunton’s four games and providing a big bat in the middle of the order. Showing no effects from the knee injury that would have kept her out last spring, the Villanova-commit struck out 28 batters in just 11 innings of work over three games. White has been nearly unhittable and the main reason for Taunton allowing a league-low two runs and amassed a league-high plus-48 run differential.

“Kelsey definitely didn’t waste anytime settling right in and getting to work this past week,” said first-year Taunton head coach Carrie Consalvi. “She was dominate on the mound for us accumulating 37 strike outs, while splitting some time with freshman Sam Lincoln. Her work ethic is unparalleled to no other, and her desire to have the ball every second is a motivating force for her team.”

After tossing a shutout of Stoughton in the season-opener, White followed that up with a 16-strikeout game against Attleboro, while driving in one at the plate. The next day, in the rematch with the Bombardiers, White started as the DP and went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. She came in to pitch the sixth inning, in relief of freshman Sam Lincoln, and struck out the side. Two days later, White was back in the circle to start against Canton and allowed only one hit and struck out nine in three innings. She was also 3-for-3 with a homer, four RBI, and three runs scored.

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.

Kelsey White
Kelsey White 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. Kelsey White 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.

Player of the Week: Andrew Middleton, Canton Baseball

Andrew Middleton
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton junior Andrew Middleton has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 2 through May 8. Middleton is the 21st player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and first in the spring season.

Middleton got his first career start in the season opener against Attleboro and the senior pitcher made it a memorable one. He tossed a perfect game against the Bombardiers, striking out 16 batters in the process. Canton picked up an impressive 3-0 to kick start the spring season following a two-year wait to get on the field.

“He was dominant from the first pitch, striking out the side in the first,” said Canton head coach Ben Shuffain. “We had talked about a pitch count of around 80 for his first game and after the fourth we had a quick talk and at that point I knew he was locked in. Just an overall incredible performance.”

Getting the ball on opening day, Middleton showed no rust from the long layoff between high school seasons. He struck out every Attleboro starter at least once and faced the minimum of 21 hitters over seven innings. Every batter that Attleboro sent to the plate, except for one pinch hitter, struck out against Middleton. He threw 88 pitches, 62 for strikes. Although he didn’t have a hit, Middleton helped his own cause by driving in two of Canton’s three runs.

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.

Andrew Middleton
Andrew Middleton 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. Andrew Middleton 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.

Player of the Week: Jordyn Collins, Foxboro Track

Jordyn Collins
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By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Jordyn Collins has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 18 through April 24. Collins is the 20th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and seventh in the fall II season.

Collins took advantage of the fall II season to get an extra couple of weeks on the track and showed off the speed that made her a league champion in the spring of 2019. The Bryant University soccer commit won a pair of events at this week’s league championship meet, helping Foxboro take fifth place overall as a team. The Warriors took home 47 points, 2.5 points behind fourth-place Mansfield.

Continuing her success from the dual meet season, Collins placed first on both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. She finished the 100 in a time of 12.1, which was 0.2 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. In the 200, Collins clocked in at 25.2, which was more than a second faster than the nearest runner (her sister Camryn, a freshman, took third in the 200 with a time of 26.9). She also won both races in each of the five dual meets, as Foxboro took home the Davenport division’s dual meet title. Collins was then apart of the Foxboro 4×100 relay team, helping the Warriors place third overall with a time of 52.2 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.

Jordyn Collins
Jordyn Collins 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. Jordyn Collins 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.