Player of the Week: Mike Griffin, King Philip XC

Mike Griffin
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip senior Mike Griffin has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 10 through Nov. 16. Griffin is the 11th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Griffin concluded his stellar four-year cross-country career by winning the Div. 1 All-State Meet at the Gardner Municipal Golf Course on Saturday afternoon. He finished in 16:06, which was seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from Concord-Carlisle (and 20 seconds ahead of teammate Mike Norberg, who finished fifth overall) to bring home the title. His time was nearly 50 seconds faster than last year’s meet at Stanley Park, where he finished ninth overall.

“His state title was the culmination of over three years of hard work and dedication to running,” said King Philip head coach Chris Elgar. “While undeniably he has a natural talent, you could even say gift for running, but that does not credit enough how much his work ethic contributes to his success. One small example was his confidence in a well thought out ‘agenda’ for how to race this course to his best ability. Because he is a student of his craft, he knew exactly what he needed to do on Saturday. He would also be the first person to recognize the support his co-captain and close friend Mike Norberg has on his success. They really help each other reach for the highest of standards.”

Griffin has been a dominant cross-country runner since his freshman season and a few weeks ago brought home his second straight individual title at the Hockomock League Cross-Country Championships at the Wrentham Development Center. The University of Tennessee-commit finished 18 seconds ahead of Franklin’s Tyler Brogan. In four years, Griffin never finished worse than third in the league meet and improved his time by more than 40 seconds from his freshman to senior seasons.

Click here for a photo gallery from the 2019 Hockomock Cross Country Championships.

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: Taylor Harris, Canton Volleyball

Taylor Harris
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Taylor Harris has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 3 through Nov. 9. Harris is the 10th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Harris was the star performer for Canton during its run to the Div. 2 Central title, starring in all three of the Bulldogs’ playoff games, including the Central final against Westboro at Wellesley High. With Harris showing off her all-around game, the Bulldogs reached a second straight Central final and beat the Rangers 3-1 to secure the program’s second sectional title.

“Taylor is an amazing player,” said Canton coach Pat Cawley. “She’s one of the top players I’ve ever coached. Offensively, defensively, blocking she is really a great player…Taylor is certainly in a class of her own.”

In the playoff opener against Tantasqua, Harris sparked the Canton offense with 16 kills. She was also the top hitter in the dominant win against North Middlesex in the Central semifinal, leading the team with 13 kills and adding 12 digs. Against Westboro on Saturday afternoon, Harris demonstrated her overall game to help Canton go a step further than 2018 and secure the Central title. She finished with 20 kills and nine digs in the final.

For the season, Harris led the league with 332 kills and was in the top 10 in the league with 161 digs, while helping the Bulldogs earn yet another Davenport division title. She was also recently selected as the Hockomock League MVP.

Click here for a photo gallery from the D2 Central final.

 

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: Kyle Fitzgerald, Canton Football

Kyle Fitzgerald
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Kyle Fitzgerald has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 27 through Nov. 2. Fitzgerald is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Fitzgerald put in a star performance in Canton’s impressive win against Scituate on Friday night, helping the Bulldogs get a measure of revenge over the team that beat them in the South final last season. Fitzgerald rushed for 167 yards, scored three touchdowns, and picked off a pass as the Bulldogs rolled to a 34-14 victory.

“He’s our leader, he’s the guy we lean on as much as anybody,” said Canton head coach Dave Bohane said of Fitzgerald. “He was dialed in all week, as were all the kids, but Kyle he really appreciates the big stage. He’s an excellent student, a great kid, very well respected by the kids in the school. He gets it, he gets the magnitude of these games.”

Leading by just a touchdown in the third quarter, Fitzgerald intercepted a pass at the Scituate 40-yard-line. On the next play, he burst through the line and broke free for a 40-yard score. He bowled over a defender at the goal line for a seven-yard touchdown that made it 28-0 and then added a 56-yard TD after the Bulldogs recovered an onside kick. Fitzgerald is tied with teammate Johnny Hagan with a league-leading 10 rushing touchdowns this season.

Click here for a photo gallery from this 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.

 

Player of the Week: Abby Hassman, Foxboro XC

Abby Hassman
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Abby Hassman has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 20 through Oct. 26. Hassman is the eighth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Hassman cruised to a dominating victory in Saturday morning’s Hockomock Girls Cross-Country Championships at the Wrentham Development Center. She completed the windy 5K course in a time of 18:52.34, which was nearly 49 seconds better than her nearest competitor, to win the league meet for the second time in the past three seasons.

“Abby has a lot of natural talent, but really dedicated herself to training this summer and season,” said Foxboro coach Joe Cusack. “She set some pretty lofty goals for herself, and winning back the Hock title (which she won as a sophomore) was definitely one of them. She also wanted to run sub-18:00, and did that (at Twilight). With the Divisional meet and All-States coming up, I’m really excited to see what she can do. She’s running with a ton of confidence right now, which goes a very long way in these November meets.”

Hassman jumped out to an early lead on Saturday and by the two-mile mark was out of sight of her competitors. Her time was a full 40 seconds better than last year, when she finished second to teammate Lexi Quinn, and 11 seconds better than her winning time as a sophomore in 2017. During her four-year cross-country career, Hassman has never finished worse than third at the Hock Championship meet and last season helped the Warriors end a long league title drought.

Click here for a full photo gallery from the Hockomock League Cross Country Championships.

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: Jack Paterson, Franklin Golf

Jack Paterson
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Jack Paterson has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 13 through Oct. 19. Paterson is the seventh player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Paterson concluded his regular season in style, shooting a round of 76 at Blue Hill Country Club to earn medalist honors at the annual Hockomock Championships. He finished one shot ahead of Mansfield’s Ryan Dow to win the individual title. With Paterson leading the way, the Panthers took third as a team, just a stroke behind Davenport champion Canton and 13 strokes behind first-place Mansfield.

“Jack has had an incredible year and his performance at Hocks really demonstrates just how great he has been,” said Franklin coach Dustin Picillo. “His average which was top three in the league however he played 10 home matches at Franklin Country Club, which is one of the top three hardest courses in our league. His play at Hocks represented what he has done all year — just going out every match and competing regardless of rain or sun or wind. Great finish to a really strong season for our captain.”

Despite windy conditions, Paterson bested the elite field at the Hockomock Championships to round out a strong regular season that saw him average 38.2 per round, which was fourth best in the league. The Panthers went 14-4 this season, heading into Monday’s Div. 1 South sectional tournament.

Click here for a full photo gallery from the Hockomock League Golf Championships.

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: Lucas Da Silva, Milford Soccer

Lucas Da Silva
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Milford junior Lucas Da Silva has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 6 through Oct. 12. Da Silva is the sixth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Da Silva had an impressive week, as the Davenport division-leading Hawks solidified their position at the top of the league with three wins and moved within one point of securing back-to-back titles. He scored one goal and had three assists this week, providing important moments in all three of the wins, including assists on two game winners.

“Lucas is a really creative player with a high soccer IQ,” said Milford coach Brian Edwards. “His flexibility also allows us to plug him at various positions depending upon where he is needed.”

On Monday, the Hawks rallied in the second half to earn a one-goal win at Canton. Da Silva assisted on a goal by Pedro Joao Da Silva that proved to be the game-winner and handed Milford a 2-1 victory. Two days later, Da Silva controlled the midfield against Stoughton, adding the third goal in a 5-0 win. He closed out the week with a pair of assists in a win at Attleboro. Again he set up Joao Pedro for a goal that turned out to the game-winner and then set up Pedro Araujo for the team’s third.

Milford has already clinched a share of the Davenport title and needs only a draw from its remaining five Davenport games to win the division outright. With his four-point week, Da Silva has moved into a tie for third in the league’s scoring charts with 11 points (four goals and seven assists).

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: Cailyn Mackintosh, Franklin Volleyball

Cailyn Mackintosh
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin sophomore Cailyn Mackintosh has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 29 through Oct. 5. Mackintosh is the fifth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Mackintosh had a busy week setting up the Franklin hitters, helping the Panthers win both games, including a five-set thriller against Bishop Feehan. The sophomore, who has stepped into the setting role that was held last year by HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Lauren McGrath, totaled 67 assists over the two games last week and was strong at the service line for the Panthers.

“For being so young, her volleyball IQ is right up there with everyone else,” said Franklin head coach Kelsey Weymouth. “Getting her feet to every ball and her decision making has been key when we’re in a rut!”

On Tuesday, Franklin rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Feehan in a non-league clash. Mackintosh racked up 41 assists against the Shamrocks and added three aces to help the Panthers win the final two sets and secure the win. Two days later, the Panthers swept Foxboro and again it was Mackintosh that got the offense in gear, finishing with 26 assists in the win.

The defending Kelley-Rex division champions are one back of current league leaders King Philip and Oliver Ames and Mackintosh has been a big part of their aspirations for a repeat. She is second in the league with 244 assists, behind only OA senior Allie Kemp.

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: Anna Beck, Attleboro Field Hockey

Anna Beck
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Attleboro senior Anna Beck has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 22 through Sept. 28. Beck is the fourth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Beck powered the Bombardiers to a 2-0-1 week and helped them move back to .500 on the season. The Bryant University-commit scored five goals and assisted on two others over the course of three games this week, lifting Attleboro off the foot of the Kelley-Rex standings.

“Anna is such a valuable asset to this team, a true leader in every sense of the word,” said Attleboro head coach Lindsay Antunes. “Her drive, determination and love for this sport is nearly unmatchable. She’s always able to provide this team with the lift they need to get the job done.”

Beck started the week with two goals and two assists against Bishop Feehan. Beck scored the eventual game-winner in a 5-0 victory and assisted on goals by Keyara Nunes and Madison Ellis. Against defending Davenport champ Foxboro, Beck created a scoring opportunity that was finished off by Ellis to give the Bombardiers a 1-0 lead in the eventual 1-1 tie.

She rounded out the week with a hat trick against division rival Taunton. Beck scored twice off penalty corners in the first half and then added a late insurance goal with just three minutes to play, as the Bombardiers held on for a 3-0 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.

 

Player of the Week: Tyler DeMattio, North Football

Tyler DeMattio
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro sophomore Tyler DeMattio has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 15 through Sept. 21. DeMattio is the third player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

DeMattio, the North Attleboro quarterback, lifted the Rocketeers to an important non-league win over rival Bishop Feehan on Saturday afternoon, giving Big Red its first win of the season. In just his second career start, DeMattio exploded for four touchdowns, all on the ground, and accounted for 32 of his team’s 38 points.

“Tyler’s performance was one of the toughest individual offensive performances I’ve seen in a player in a long, long time,” said North Attleboro coach Don Johnson. “He refused to lose and elevated the expectations of the entire team.”

After a difficult opening week against King Philip, DeMattio and the North offense struggled in the first half against Feehan. His 20-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter was the only score for the Rocketeers, who trailed 14-7 at the half. The second half was a completely different game, as North’s offense found a rhythm after the break.

DeMattio got the scoring started with a one-yard rush. After Feehan answered with a touchdown, Tom Whalen returned a kick 91 yards and DeMattio punched in the two-point conversion to tie the game. In the fourth quarter, DeMattio put North in front with a five-yard touchdown run and then added to the lead with a one-yard score. He added a 19-yard field goal to seal the 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.

 

Player of the Week: Allie Kemp, OA Volleyball

Allie Kemp
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Oliver Ames senior Allie Kemp has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 8 through Sept. 14. Kemp is the second player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Oliver Ames has started the season with four wins in its five matches and is coming off a perfect three-win week. Kemp started the week with a big performance in a three-set sweep of Taunton, recording her 1,000th career assist in the process. She is just the third player in program history to reach the 1,000-assist club.

“She came in committed and she came in with the goal of getting it right at the beginning of her senior year and then take off once she had it and that’s exactly what she’s done,” said OA coach Chelsea Correia about Kemp reaching the assist milestone. “She really blossomed when she got to 700, 800 assists and she started to think, ‘I could really get there.’ I’ve never seen her so confident after getting that recognition, but bringing that confidence out of her was probably the highlight working with her over her four-year career.”

Kemp finished the Taunton match with 24 assists and added five aces. Two days later, OA swept North Attleboro in its home opener. Kemp was again instrumental in the Tigers’ success, dishing out 26 assists and another five aces. On Friday, the Tigers were on the road again, sweeping Bridgewater-Raynham for their fourth straight victory. Kemp was stellar in spreading the ball around, recording 35 assists on the night and chipped in at the service line with eight aces.

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.