Player of the Week: Sophia DiCenso, Foxboro Lacrosse

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Sophia DiCenso
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Sophia DiCenso has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 9 through June 15. DiCenso is the 34th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the 11th player in the spring season.

DiCenso had a busy week and one that featured success both with Foxboro and with her efforts to make the U.S. U-19 national team. The senior midfielder and University of Richmond-commit missed the Warriors opening playoff game to try out for the national team and this week found out that she had been selected to be part of the squad competing in the world championships. She then returned to Foxboro to score nine goals in two games and lead the Warriors to the program’s first-ever sectional title.

“It was an exciting week for both Soph and the team and I think hearing the news of making the national team was a weight lifted off her shoulder,” said Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry. “Her performance on Friday was lights out! She wanted it for herself, her teammates, her coaches and her community. Her work ethic, passion and selflessness aided in getting us that tough win and our program’s first title!”

Against the top seed Wayland, DiCenso scored a hat trick, helping the Warriors hold on in a wild second half to pull the upset and advance to their second Div. 2 East final in three years. The day before the final, DiCenso found out that she had been chosen to be part of Team USA, and then she went out and scored six times against Medway, including the go-ahead goal with three minutes remaining, to lead Foxboro to the title.

DiCenso, a two-time Hockomock League MVP, eclipsed the 50-goal mark for the season with her nine this week in the playoffs and she is right on the edge of the top 10 in scoring. The Warriors will face South champion Cohasset in the state semifinal.

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: Jack Moynihan, Taunton Baseball

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Jack Moynihan
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Taunton senior Jack Moynihan has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 2 through June 8. Moynihan is the 33rd player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the 10th player in the spring season.

Moynihan tossed a gem in Taunton’s playoff opener against Marshfield, a team that entered the postseason on the back of a pair of wins, including one over top seed Silver Lake. Moynihan shut down the Rams and got the Tigers started on a tournament run (which continued on Monday with a walk-off victory against Catholic Memorial). It was Moynihan’s second straight complete game shutout; he blanked KP with four-hit, four strikeout performance in the regular season finale.

“Jack’s been that guy we’ve looked to all year when we need a dominate performance and he delivered one of the best pitching performances of his career,” said Taunton head coach Blair Bourque. “It couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The last couple of postseason losses put a bitter taste in his mouth and he was excited to get the opportunity to pitch in the postseason again.”

Against Marshfield, Moynihan went the distance in a complete-game shutout. He allowed only five hits and one walk, while striking out 12. Taunton won the game 6-0. It was the sixth win of the season for Taunton’s ace (6-2) and remarkably improved his ERA, which was only 1.32 at the end of the regular season. He was third in the Hock with 54 strikeouts in 47-2/3 innings during the regular season. The Tigers will take on No. 9 seed Xaverian in the Div. 1 South semifinal.

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: Sam Nugent, Mansfield Baseball

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Sam Nugent
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Sam Nugent has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 26 through June 1. Nugent is the 32nd player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the ninth player in the spring season.

Nugent was a major factor in the Hornets bouncing back with a pair of wins this week and securing a return to the prestigious Super 8 tournament for the second straight season. Mansfield (17-5) beat Bishop Feehan and fellow Super 8 hopeful St. Peter Marian to earn the seventh seed and will travel to second-seeded St. John’s Prep on Wednesday afternoon.

“Sam had an incredible week during a time we needed it the most,” said Mansfield coach Joe Breen. “He’s a senior captain that’s leading by example at the most important time of year. We are looking forward to more of this in the postseason.”

Nugent had a pair of hits, including a double, drove in a run, and scored once in a win over Bishop Feehan that got the Hornets back on track after a brief, two-game losing streak. In the regular season finale on Saturday, Nugent went 3-for-3 with a walk against the Guardians, as the Hornets put the finishing touch on their Super 8 resume. Nugent scored smashed a three-run home run to help spark the Hornets’ offense. He twice, stole a base, and drove in three runs to help Mansfield leave Worcester with 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: Alana Tavares, Taunton Lacrosse

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Alana Tavares
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Taunton sophomore Alana Tavares has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 19 through May 25. Tavares is the 31st player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the eighth player in the spring season.

Tavares led the Tigers to three wins this week, helping Taunton finish the regular season with four straight wins and five wins in its final seven games. The Tigers ended up just one win shy of qualifying for the state tournament. Tavares, a three-year varsity player, was dominant this week, scoring 26 goals in the three games, including the 200th of her short career.

“Alana has been a huge contributor to our team over the past three years,” said Taunton coach Kerry Northup. “We are so proud to watch her hit milestones like the 200 goals. As successful as she is stat-wise, Alana is one of the most unselfish players I have coached. She thrives off the successes of others. She tries to set her teammates up for success, even if that means missing an opportunity for herself. She is is great kid both on and off the field, and we are thrilled to hear of her selection for Player of the Week!”

The Tigers started the week with a win against division rival Attleboro. Tavares scored 10 of her team’s 15 goals in the victory and also pulled down eight draw controls. In a big win over Southeastern three days later, Tavares scored seven goals and recorded two assists, hitting the 200-goal mark for her career in the process. The very next day, Tavares added nine goals in a 21-0 romp over city rival Coyle & Cassidy. She also had a pair of assists and seven draw controls in the shutout.

For the season, Tavares is among the leaders in the Hockomock League with 109 points, and one of the top goal scorers with 95 goals this season alone.

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: North Boys Track 4×100 Relay

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North Boys Track 4x100 Relay
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro boys track 4×100 relay team has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 12 through May 19. The North boys are the 30th Player of the Week chosen for the 2018-19 school year and the seventh selection in the spring season.

The four members of the relay team, Liam Conway, Jacob Petersen, Omar Jasseh, and P.J. Gilpatrick, combined to set a new school and meet record in the 4×100 and also brought home three other individual titles at the annual Hockomock League Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held this weekend at Franklin High. In addition to the first place trophies, they combined for a third place, a fourth, and a fifth place in individual events, helping Big Red take third as a team with 91 points.

“This team has run together quite a bit throughout the season, and they have put a lot of work on perfecting handoffs, and that work still isn’t done,” said North Attleboro coach Scott Holster. “They all had great days individually at the meet, but for them to come back and run that time reflected the emphasis they all put on teamwork.”

The 4×100 relay took first with a time of 43.09, which was a full second faster than the second place finishers from Stoughton (44.21). In the 100-meter sprint, Gilpatrick earned his second first place medal with a time of 11.07, narrowly edging out Mansfield’s Greg Water by just one hundredth of a second. Gilpatrick (22.61) and Conway (22.86) finished third and fourth in the 200-meter race, just tenths of a second behind the winner.

It was not only on the track, but also in the field events that the quartet found success. Jasseh earned a pair of individual titles to go along with his first place finish in the relay. He won the long jump with a leap of more than 22 feet, which was nearly a foot farther than his nearest competitor, and the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, seven inches. Petersen took fifth in the triple jump, compiling a distance of 41 feet, two inches.

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 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: Eoin Kelleher, Attleboro Baseball

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Eoin Kelleher
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Attleboro senior Eoin Kelleher Eoin Kelleher has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for May 5 through May 11. Kelleher is the 29th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the sixth player in the spring season.

Kelleher earned a pair of wins on the mound for the Bombardiers last week, as Attleboro beat Milford and Mansfield to move within a victory of qualifying for the state tournament (which Attleboro got on Monday to book its place in the postseason). Kelleher didn’t allow a run in eight innings over two games, and Attleboro pulled out the wins by a combined three runs.

“Eoin has been outstanding for us all year,” said first-year Attleboro coach Steve Dunlea. “He is the type of pitcher that can carry a team. Last week was a perfect example of what he is capable of. Eoin is a hardworking, intelligent player and has tremendous leadership ability. Basically everything you could ask for in a player.”

Attleboro started the week against Milford on Monday and Kelleher came in to throw a perfect seventh inning, including one strikeout. The Bombardiers rallied for a run in the bottom of the frame to walk-off with the win. Two days later, Kelleher was at his efficient best to shut down a potent Mansfield offense. He needed only 72 pitches in a complete game, three-hit shutout of the Hornets. Kelleher escaped a jam in the third inning, getting a pair of ground balls with two runners on, and was dominant from that point forward.

Kelleher is tied for the league lead with five wins this season (5-2 overall) and has a 2.49 ERA over 33-2/3 innings pitched, which is the third most innings thrown in the Hock.

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: Hanna Aldrich, Taunton Softball

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Hanna Aldrich
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Taunton sophomore Hanna Aldrich has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 28 through May 4. Aldrich is the 28th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the fifth player in the spring season.

Aldrich was a vital piece for the Tigers the past two seasons but has really stepped up to be one of the best players in the Hockomock League during her sophomore season. Aldrich has become one of the most feared hitters in the league, leading the league in both home runs and runs batted in, helping the Tigers to an 11-1 start and a league-best 138 runs scored.

“Hanna is a special player who is having a great season for the Tigers,” said Taunton head coach Dave Lewry. “She is doing it all…hitting for average and with power, stealing bases, and playing superb defense at shortstop. Recognition as Hock Player of the Week is well deserved!”

Taunton picked up an 11-0 win over Canton to start the week, with Aldrich going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI. Her best moment came in the second game of the week, anchoring the Tigers to a 6-1 win over Mansfield. The Hornets had a 1-0 lead but Aldrich smacked a grand slam in the third inning, sparking a six-run inning to give Taunton the lead for good. It was Aldrich’s league-leading seventh home run of the season and gave her a Hockomock-best 23 RBI.

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: Matt Lazzaro, Franklin Lacrosse

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Matt Lazzaro
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin sophomore Matt Lazzaro has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 21 through April 27. Lazzaro is the 27th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the fourth player in the spring season.

Lazzaro has had a great start to his second seasons for the league-leading Panthers and is a major factor in the team scoring 155 goals in the opening nine games of the season. He scored a combined 16 points in two games this week, including the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift the Panthers to a first-ever win against BC High.

Franklin started the week with a convincing win against Sharon and Lazzaro scored seven points to lead the Panthers. On Friday afternoon, the Panthers took on defending state champion BC High and Lazzaro had one of the best performances of his young career. He scored six goals and had three assists, recording a point on all but one of Franklin’s 10 goals. In double overtime, he stepped into a low-angle shot and ripped it into the back of the net to secure an impressive early-season 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.

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Player of the Week: Joao Boaventura, Milford Volleyball

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Joao Boaventura
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Milford senior Joao Boaventura has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 14 through April 20. Boaventura is the 26th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the third player in the spring season.

Boaventura, the first boys volleyball player to earn a player of the week nod, had a strong week for the Hawks, who went 2-1 during that span and improved to 8-1 on the season. The senior hitter record 58 kills in three matches, helping the Hawks get off to a strong start to a run of five road games in a row.

“After losing our first match of the season to Minnechaug, Joao stepped up and lead by example in two hard-fought wins against KP and Brockton,” said Milford head coach Andrew Mainini. “In addition to impressive stats, what was most noticeable over those matches was how cool, calm and collected he was in high pressure situations and also how much his teammates look up to him. He’s an exciting kid to work and play with, but what makes him really special is how humble and team-oriented he is as a person.”

The week began with the longest trip in this stretch, as the Hawks went out West to take on Minnechaug, losing a hard-fought, five-set match. Boaventura had 15 kills in the loss with just one attacking error. On Thursday, Milford made a much shorter trip to Wrentham for its first-ever varsity meeting against King Philip, Boaventura showed off his all-around game with 18 kills, six aces, and 12 digs during a three-set sweep of the Warriors. The following day, Milford was back at it again, this time at Brockton. With Boaventura leading the way with 25 kills and 16 digs, the Hawks dispatched the Boxers 3-1.

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: Emma Eberhardt, Sharon Lax

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Emma Eberhardt
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Sharon senior Emma Eberhardt has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 7 through April 13. Eberhardt is the 25th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the second player in the spring season.

Eberhardt, a senior midfielder, was the primary offensive threat for the Eagles during a two-win week, which included Sharon’s first league win of the season. The Lehigh University-commit scored 12 goals, assisted on three others, snagged 13 draw controls, and scooped 13 ground balls, providing the Eagles with an all-around game to push their record to 3-1 this season.

“Emma is a fantastic leader, she has an ability to focus our team, to share her insight on the game, and to get our team pumped up,” said Sharon coach Shara Ginthwain. “She works hard to not only make herself better but to also help younger players improve their games as well. Her lacrosse IQ allows her to read plays anticipate passes, and get to the ball before her opponent. She really can do it all and our team is lucky to have her!”

Eberhardt started the week by helping Sharon beat Canton for its first league win. She was a factor in all eight of Sharon’s goals, scoring five times and assisting on the other three. Two days later the Eagles beat North Attleboro in a non-league game and Eberhardt was once again in the middle of everything Sharon had going on offense. She scored seven of the team’s 15 goals to extend the team’s win streak to three games since the season-opening loss to King Philip.

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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