Player of the Week: Chris Lavoie, Canton Hockey

Chris Lavoie
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Chris Lavoie has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 23 through Feb. 29. Lavoie is the 23rd player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the 12th for the winter season.

Lavoie has been Canton’s top goal scorer all season and he had an impressive start to the playoffs with four goals in two games, as the No. 1 seed Bulldogs sealed a seemingly annual return to the Div. 2 South semifinal at Gallo by beating league rival Taunton and playoff rival Medfield.

Lavoie, who was a critical piece of last year’s state title run, started this postseason with a hat trick in a 4-0 victory over Taunton, despite the best efforts of Taunton goalie Sean Bunker. Lavoie added the second goal in a 6-2 win against Medfield on Saturday, finding the top corner with a wrister from the left circle. He nearly added to his goal total in the third period but hit both the bar and the post. During the regular season, Lavoie led the league with 23 goals and added eight assists. His 31 points was tied for fifth best 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.

Player of the Week: Colby Pires, Milford Basketball

Colby Pires
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Milford senior Colby Pires has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 16 through Feb. 22. Pires is the 22nd player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the 11th for the winter season.

Pires was instrumental in Milford winning a pair of games last week to close out the regular season and head into the playoffs with momentum. He recorded a career-high 41 points in a win against Tantasqua and then hit the game-winning shot in the closing seconds against Wellesley to secure the title at the annual Scarlet Hawks Classic.

“Colby has been everything and more for this program over the past three years,” said Milford head coach Paul Seaver. “A three year varsity player, a two time captain, a two year starter, he has tirelessly put it in the work, time and effort every single day. He’s seeing that hard work directly pay off from both an individual and team standpoint and is playing the best basketball of his career heading into the postseason of his senior campaign. I am so proud of him.”

On Monday night against Tantasqua, Pires was on fire right from the opening tip. He knocked down three shots from beyond the arc and had 14 points in the first quarter. After scoring eight points in the second, Pires knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the third and closed the game with 10 points in the fourth quarter. He scored two-thirds of the team’s 67 points in the win and added eight rebounds.

The senior guard added 11 points in the tournament final against Wellesley, including the two most important. He hit a turnaround jumper with 3.5 seconds on the clock to put Milford ahead 47-45. The Hawks added two more at the line to win the title and deny the Raiders a playoff spot. Pires is averaging more than 12 points per game for the Hawks, who host Westboro in the Div. 2 Central playoffs on Friday.

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: Ali Brigham, Franklin Basketball

Ali Brigham
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Ali Brigham has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 9 through Feb. 15. Brigham is the 21st player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the 10th for the winter season.

Brigham, the reigning Hockomock League MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year, powered Franklin to another dominant week, as the Panthers closed out a perfect run through league play and made a statement with a big win against fellow Div. 1 state title contender Bridgewater-Raynham. In the process, Brigham has closed in on 1,600 career points, putting her in range to pass Kelly Meredith’s school scoring record (male or female) of 1,632.

“Ali has transformed our program,” said Franklin coach John Leighton. “She is a special athlete who draws the attention of every opponent. Yet, she welcomes the challenge. Ali has looked out of double teams to create offense through her teammates. As a coach it is very rewarding to have a player of Ali’s caliber who is always seeking to improve.”

The week started with the Panthers clinching the outright Kelley-Rex division title by sweeping the season series with Oliver Ames. Brigham led all scorers in the game with 22 points. Two days later, Franklin completed a 16-0 league campaign with another big win against Attleboro. Brigham was dominant on Thursday, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the first half alone, on her way to 28, 15, and five blocks.

On Saturday night, Brigham and the Panthers made a statement with a 17-point win against B-R in the opening round of the Comcast Classic. The George Washington-commit rose to the challenge and scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the win. Coming into this week, Brigham was the league’s leading scorer at more than 20 points per game for the unbeaten (19-0) Panthers.

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: David Peters, Stoughton Track

David Peters
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Stoughton senior David Peters has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 2 through Feb. 8. Peters is the 20th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the ninth for the winter season.

Peters won three events at this weekend’s Hockomock League Indoor Track Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track Center and helped the Black Knights win the boys’ team title with 107 points, 37 more than second-place Mansfield. It’s the first time since 1994 that the Black Knights won the championship meet. This is the third time that Peters has been named Player of the Week, earning the honor in both indoor and outdoor track last year.

After winning one event and finishing second in another at last year’s indoor championships, Peters took it to another level this winter. He won the 300 meters in a time of 35.94, edging out Canton’s Jonathan Chery by .17 seconds. Peters also won the long jump, which he finished second in last year, with a leap of 21-03.25. It was a foot longer than he jumped at last year’s Hock meet.

Peters also repeated as the league champion in the 55-meter hurdles. He finished in a time of 7.41 seconds, beating out his teammates Christopher Ais (7.96) and Anthony Pizzano (7.97), as the Black Knights swept the top three places in the event.

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.

Click here for a photo gallery from the Hockomock Indoor Track Championship meet.

 

Player of the Week: Morgan Foltz, OA Swimming

Morgan Foltz
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Oliver Ames senior Morgan Foltz has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. Foltz is the 19th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the eighth for the winter season.

Foltz won four titles (two individual and two relays) at the annual Hockomock League Girls Swim Championships held this past weekend at Milford High. She was a major factor in OA’s dominating team performance, as the Tigers won the team title for the second year in a row, setting five meet records in the process.

The day started with OA establishing a new meet record in the first race. Foltz took the lead leg and set a strong pace in the 200-yard medley relay that finished in a time of 1:53.09. She came for the 50-yard free and set a new record with a time of 24.91, finishing a second ahead of the next swimmer. She also won the 500-yard free by a second, finishing with a time of 5:20.94.

Foltz helped OA close out the meet with another win, this time taking first in the 400-yard free relay. She swam the third leg as the the Tigers finished in 3:41.77, nearly 13 seconds faster than the second place team.

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: Olivia Maffeo, Canton Hockey

Olivia Maffeo
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton freshman Olivia Maffeo has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 19 through Jan. 25. Maffeo is the 18th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the seventh for the winter season.

Maffeo has been a standout for the Bulldogs this winter in her first season with the program and she was instrumental to Canton going 1-0-1 this week. The rookie defenseman had five points in the two games, including a four-goal game on Saturday, and continues to be among the top scorers in the league, despite playing along the blue line.

“Olivia is one of the most naturally skilled players that I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Canton coach Dennis Aldrich. “She has reached the level that she is at with her relentless work ethic. Olivia’s competitiveness is second to none and she is still a humble team player. She just loves to compete and win!”

The Bulldogs rallied with a pair of late goals to earn a tie at Medway on Wednesday. Maffeo had an assist to help Canton earn the non-league point. On Saturday night, Maffeo powered the Bulldogs back into the win column. She scored all four of the team’s goals in a 4-1 victory against Hingham.

Maffeo now has a league-high 16 goals to go along with three assists. She leads the Hock with 19 points for the first-place Bulldogs, who are two points ahead of Franklin in the league title race. She is also strong in her own zone and part of a deep Canton defense that has allowed a league-low 14 goals in 13 games and recorded six shutouts this 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.

 

Player of the Week: Adam Landstein, Sharon Wrestling

Adam Landstein
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Sharon sophomore Adam Landstein has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 12 through Jan. 18. Landstein is the 17th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the sixth for the winter season.

Landstein continued his strong season at 106 pounds, setting the table for the impressive season that the Eagles are having as a team. Landstein went 4-0 with four pins this week, as Sharon dominated Milford to stay in a first place tie with Foxboro and North Attleboro in the Davenport division and won twice in a quad meet at Marlboro.

“He won the Peckham tournament as the No. 3 seed and was 4-0 this week with four pins,” said Sharon coach Jeff Sonis. “His pin Saturday against St. John’s Shrewsbury in the final match put us ahead 41-37.”

After his four wins this week, Landstein improved his individual record to 24-4 and helped Sharon improve to 17-2 as a team. Following his pin in a 57-11 win against Milford, Landstein added three more pins in Marlboro. He grabbed one in a win against Masconomet and had the decisive pin in the win against St. John’s. He also had one in a loss to the hosts. The Eagles head into a showdown with Foxboro this week with the most dual meet wins in the league.

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: Sam Stevens, Mansfield Basketball

Sam Stevens
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Sam Stevens has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 5 through Jan. 11. Stevens is the 16th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the fifth for the winter season.

Stevens scored in double digits in all three games for the Hornets this week, helping Mansfield bounce back from its loss to Franklin by winning three straight and staying in a first place tie atop the Kelley-Rex division. Stevens came in as Mansfield’s second leading scorer, but he led the team in points in two of the three games this week, including a 26-point night against Milford.

“Sam had a great week against three tough opponents,” said Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan. “He averaged just under 20 points in those games with six rebounds, while shooting 56% from the three-point line.”

Mansfield opened the week with a trip to Foxboro and found itself trailing the Warriors at halftime. Stevens helped start the second half comeback with a three as part of an 8-0 run that got the Hornets back even at the start of the third quarter. He finished with 14 points and four rebounds and he knocked down a contested three to put the Hornets up 10 in the fourth.

Stevens followed that strong second half performance with a big night on Wednesday at Milford. He scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds, as the Hornets again found their rhythm after the break and put the game away. On Friday at Oliver Ames, Stevens was at it again, scoring 19 points in another win. He scored seven points in the fourth to help the Hornets turn a one-point lead into a double-digit 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: Nick Piazza, Attleboro Hockey

Nick Piazza
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Attleboro sophomore Nick Piazza has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 29 through Jan. 4. Piazza is the 15th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the fourth for the winter season.

Piazza put together an impressive week between the pipes for the Bombardiers, keeping Attleboro in games against two of the league’s powerhouse programs. He limited Mansfield and Canton only one goal apiece (the second goal against the Hornets was scored on an empty net) and no goals when skating five-on-five. He made a total of 77 saves in those two games.

“Nick’s play in net has resonated a quiet confidence within our team,” said Attleboro head coach Mark Homer. “Nick’s physical play is complimented by his mental awareness and hockey IQ, when playing in high intensity situations. He is the type of goaltender who makes most saves look easy.”

Mansfield was held without a goal until four minutes into the third period and its sixth power play of the game. Piazza made at least nine saves in each of the three periods and finished with 30 total. On Saturday, Piazza was even better against the defending Div. 2 state champion Bulldogs. He stopped 47 shots and was only beaten late in the third period by a shorthanded breakaway. It was Attleboro’s closest game with Canton since moving to the Hockomock League. In the previous four meetings, Canton had scored a combined 26 goals.

Although Attleboro lost both games last week, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively, Piazza gave his team a chance to win both games with his solid performances and drew rave reviews from both of the opposing coaches. For the season, Piazza has a goals against average of 1.50, has saved 146 shots, and saved 94 percent of the shots he has faced. Attleboro has allowed only 10 goals, tied with Canton for the fewest goals against in the league.

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: Eddie Marinilli, Canton Wrestling

Eddie Marinilli
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Eddie Marinilli has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 22 through Dec. 28. Marinilli is the 14th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the third for the winter season.

Marinilli became the first Canton wrestler to earn two individual titles at the prestigious George Bossi Holiday Tournament in Lowell. As the third seed at 152 pounds, Marinilli upset the No. 2 seed on his way to the individual crown. This is the third time in as many years that Marinilli has been named a Player of the Week during the wrestling season.

Marinilli started the two-day tournament on a roll. He earned first-round pins over his first three opponents, from Weymouth, Wellesley, and LaSalle Academy (R.I.). In the quarterfinal, he pulled away from his opponent from Haverhill with a big third round, pulling out a 13-6 victory. In the semifinal, against the second-seed from Chariho (R.I.), Marinilli grabbed a 5-0 lead in the third period and held on for a 5-2 win. He dominated the final against the four-seed from Chelmsford, winning 8-1 to secure his second title in Lowell in three years.

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.