DiCenso Scores Five, Foxboro Scores Non-League Win

Foxboro girls lacrosse
Foxboro freshman Sophia DiCenso scored five goals in a win against Ashland at Sam Berns Community Field. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FOXBORO, Mass. – Nine minutes into the second half, the game had seemed over. Freshman Sophia DiCenso beat the Ashland goalie under the bar and Foxboro held an 8-2 lead as the Clockers were forced to take a timeout.

But the Warriors only won four draw controls in the game and ever girls’ lacrosse coach will tell you that whoever wins the draws wins the game. The Clockers turned the game on its head with four goals in the next nine minutes to cut the lead to two and set up a frantic few minutes for Foxboro’s young attack.

With Ashland double-teaming the ball at every opportunity, Foxboro looked nervous and a little hesitant, until DiCenso picked out sophomore midfielder Catherine Luciano cutting through the middle for the goal that calmed everyone down and allowed the Warriors to hold on for a 9-6 victory.

“We panicked,” admitted Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry. “I think at that point I had three or four freshmen out there in attack, so we’re young and they need to realize get the ball moving and avoid the double, don’t let it come to you.

“Once that goal happened, we were like okay we can break it.”

DiCenso was once again Foxboro’s key player. The freshman has stepped right into the lineup for the defending league champions and she scored five goals and had that clutch assist in the closing minutes to lead the Warriors.

“She’s obviously our go-to,” said Sherry about DiCenso. “She gets it done on both ends of the field. When she’s on then everyone is on and she’s also a great feeder – she sees the open people and she gets it to them and she gets the ball moving.”

DiCenso got the scoring started three minutes into the game with a shot on the run and then added a second a few minutes later off a free position. She then forced a turnover on the ride and fed it to Ally Curran who ran straight to goal and scored with a backhanded shot.

Freshman Caroline McGeary had an overhand finish to make it 4-0 with 11:30 left in the half and Foxboro seemed to be cruising despite not having won any of the first five draws. The Warriors defense had been stalwart through the opening half, allowing only a few chances for the Clockers.

Defenders Annie McGeary and Hallie Canfield were aided by good pressure from DiCenso and Luciano and fellow midfielders Lauren Flahive and Mackenzie Cusack.

Sherry said, “We were struggling [on draws] and that’s when they were getting their opportunity and thankfully Ashland wasn’t able to capitalize on their offensive possessions but yeah defense kept us in the game in the first half.”

After Ashland got on the board, DiCenso cut through the middle and scored her third of the day. Melissa Lynch (five saves) came up with a big stop on an eight-meter chance and with only two seconds left in the half Curran scored on her eight-meter chance to make it 6-1.

Ashland started the second half with a goal, but Foxboro answered back quickly to regain the momentum. DiCenso scored on an assist by Luciano before Lily Feeney had a goal disallowed for a player in the crease. The Clockers then had a goal taken off the board because of an illegal stick and DiCenso scored her fifth to make it 8-2 with 15:52 left.

Sherry said of the way her team played the opening 40 minutes, “Coming out and getting the shots on net; defense came out strong with sticks up and putting the pressure on them to make the right move; our transition looked the best it’s probably been since the start of the season.”

She added, “I think we played about 35 minutes today, so we need to get to 50.”

The Clockers scored twice from eight meters and once in transition to cut the lead down to three. With 6:07 left and Ashland’s defense scrambling to pressure whoever touched the ball, the visitors tacked on another with a good passing sequence to make it 8-6 and force Foxboro into a timeout.

“We kind of got complacent with our possessions,” Sherry explained, “and we didn’t have that urgency any more. The draws – if you win the draws, then you win the game and thankfully we kept possession longer in attack but they had the momentum going forward for sure.”

Curran nearly got her hat trick with a bouncing shot that clipped off the post and the Warriors started to settle down. Nerves were noticeably calmed when DiCenso flicked a pass over an onrushing double team to a wide open Luciano and the sophomore finished from close-range.

Foxboro (8-2, 5-0) was able to run out the clock and preserve its third straight win. The Warriors will travel to Attleboro on Wednesday.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Girls Lacrosse: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Davenport girls lacrosse
Canton and Foxboro have been the top two teams in the Davenport the past few seasons, but other programs are developing and could challenge them this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON
2015 Record: 7-12
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South first round
Coach: Chrissy O’Connor

There is a new coaching staff for the Canton girls’ lacrosse this season and first-year head coach Chrissy O’Connor is looking forward to surprising a few people with a strong spring.

Seniors Casey Bradley (attack) and Olivia Devoe (midfield) will be the team leaders and the keys to the Bulldogs making a charge at Foxboro for the league title. Sophomore midfielder Molly Colburn and freshman Leah McClellan will be newcomers to watch this year as well.

O’Connor said, “I think the league will be surprised with Canton’s tenacity this season.  They are a confident and smart group of athletes who have handled having a new coaching staff extremely well.  This should be an exciting season for Canton lacrosse.”

FOXBORO
2015 Record: 14-7-1
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 2 East semifinal
Coach: Brittany Sherry

At the end of last year’s Div. 2 East semifinal, Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry was emotional about losing the crop of seniors that had joined the program the same year she began. That group had won four straight league titles and gone further than any other team in program history. But when Sherry was asked about the future, she was confident in the talent coming back and believed that her fifth season could be another title-winning spring.

Senior Melissa Lynch was a standout in goal last year and will be back between the pipes and will have a strong defensive core in front of her including junior Hallie Canfield and senior Annie McGeary. Offensively, Foxboro will be looking for continued development from junior Lauren Flahive and sophomore Catherine Luciano, who will both be asked to fill in for senior Chloe Hurley, who begins the season with an injury.

Young players helped Foxboro on its run to the semifinal and freshman Sophia Dicenso is the next in line to try and make an instant impact for the Warriors. Juniors Ally Curran and Molly Farrell could also be poised for breakout seasons.

All eyes are on the matchup with Franklin in May, as the two teams have won their respective divisions each of the past four years, but Foxboro also has Hingham, Medfield, and Walpole on its schedule as it sets its sights on another tournament run.

MILFORD
2015 Record: 2-16
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jason Gelmini

Milford comes into the new season with a young roster after losing eight seniors from last year’s squad and head coach Jason Gelmini is hoping that the many underclassmen who saw playing time in 2015 will be ready to step into bigger roles in 2016.

The Hawks will be led by senior midfielders Morgan Smith and Julie Dam and senior defender Erin Fleming and Gelmini is counting on his captains to provide leadership. In addition, the Hawks will lean on junior defender Brainna Croteau, junior goalie Hannah Cairney, junior middie Jillian Burley, and junior attackers Taylor Dube and Jordyn Lombardo.

Gelmini said, “We definitely have a young team this year, so our goals are to get better each game and compete each time we step on the field.”

OLIVER AMES
2015 Record: 10-9
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 East preliminary round
Coach: Craig Gardner

Oliver Ames is coming off a strong season in which the Tigers reached the Div. 1 East sectional before falling to Bishop Feehan in the opening round. This year, OA has a lot of returning players who experienced what a playoff run was like and head coach Craig Gardner is counting on that experience to pay dividends this spring.

The Tiger will be led by a strong senior class, including midfielder Erin Fitzgerald and defenders Cassie Gavin and Sarah Lewis. Senior attackers Abby Duvall and Sam Lang will help Fitzgerald provide attacking power while senior midfielder Carly Cidado and junior defender Katie Davenport will help lock things down at the back.

Gardner also noted a few young players that could be impact players this season, including sophomores Sofia Masciarelli, Chloe Kilkelly, and Ariana Waldorf and junior Kendall Clifford. Freshman defender Olivia Piazza will also be a newcomer to watch this season.

“We have a very strong and focused group of experienced upperclassmen athletes, coupled with some strong developing underclassmen athletes,” said Gardner. “The team has great chemistry, which I hope translates into a competitive season for us.”

SHARON
2015 Record: 7-10
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Colleen Manning

Sharon had a program best record of 7-10 last season under first-year coach Colleen Manning, who is expecting the Eagles to take an even bigger leap this year by making the postseason for the first time.

Sharon only has three seniors (Alex Miller, Alexa Levitt, and Heather Seggelin), but plenty of young talent including “top shooter” Alex Rabb, attacker Anna Crosby, and defender Samantha Rabb (all juniors).

Sophomore Sabrina Robbins is drawing attention from colleges and will be a force for the Eagles on draw controls, while freshman Lydia Chase will add a new face to the Sharon defense.

Maher Four-Spot Leads ‘Resilient’ Hornets Past Foxboro

Caroline Maher
Caroline Maher (4) scored four goals on Thursday afternoon to lead Mansfield to a win over Foxboro and into the state tournament. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Each time Foxboro took the lead on Thursday afternoon, Mansfield bounced right back with the tying goal. And each time it was the Hornets No. 4 that got the telling touch to swing momentum back to the hosts.

Senior Caroline Maher scored all four of Mansfield’s goals in a 4-3 win over the Warriors at Alumni Field and in the process clinched tournament qualification for the Hornets (9-1-0, 8-1-0).

Foxboro took the lead with 18:54 remaining in the first half. Sophia Dicenso assisted on a goal by Caroline Wheatley to put the visitors ahead. Only 1:56 later and it was tied. Maher took a feed from Julia Todesco and finished.

Dicenso pounced on a chance in front of goal with 6:35 remaining in the opening half to again give the visitors momentum but just 4:15 later Maher once again found space in the middle of the Warriors defense to tie it up.

Maher would add two more goal in the second half, one at 26:35 off a corner from Emily Lerardo and the other at 15:44 from Olivia Horn, to build the Mansfield lead to 4-2 and put the Hornets in command.

“We were trying to keep the ball on the outside as much as we could,” said Foxboro coach Melissa Bordieri. “Their strength is in the middle and I knew she (Maher) was going to be tough.”

When asked what made Maher such a scoring threat, Mansfield coach Theresa Nyhan responded, “She is a bull in a china shop. She’s tenacious. She’s a playmaker and a finisher…she’s able to do both and that’s what separates her from the others.

“She scored some beauties today.”

The game’s momentum swung on Maher’s second that tied the game heading into hafltime. It was a pivotal moment with the Hornets on the edge but the Warriors unable to press their advantage.

“As soon as you get the momentum, you have to keep going and kudos to them for keeping going forward and not falling back,” said Bordieri.

Nyhan added, “It was a big momentum shift. We have our little turbo time after a goal where we have to pick it up for two minutes and just caught them back on their heels.”

The Hornets have shown the ability to bounce back at several points this season and Nyhan believes that her team has confidence when faced with adversity that it can find a way to get back into a game.

“We’re a resilient team,” she said. “We know we can score goals, so we didn’t panic. At practice we give up goals all the time and we keep coming back.”

The Warriors also showed resiliency on Thursday. Despite falling behind by two goals, Foxboro continued to push forward and won a corner that Annie McGeary fed out top to MaryLou Long and she blasted it past the defense and goalie Brenna Prior to cut the lead to 4-3 with 11:41 remaining.

“They played with really a lot of poise and they fought back,” said Bordieri. “They kept attacking the ball like I was telling them to, making concerted efforts to mark-up like we practiced, and shut down the middle as best we could.”

She added, “It was back-and-forth and I thought we played well; we just need to eliminate those small mistakes.”

Mansfield hung on for the one-goal victory that clinched the necessary 18 points to reach the state tournament and also kept the Hornets within one game of league leading Franklin with a rematch just 12 days away.

“If we’re really going to contend and go after Franklin then we need every point we can get,” said Nyhan. “So, the one point, the win instead of the tie, could be decisive.”

Before Mansfield can try and get revenge against the Panthers, the Hornets will face Sharon on Tuesday. Foxboro (5-4-2, 4-4-2) will travel to Pembroke on Monday morning.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/08/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Stoughton, 2 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon gave the Black Knights the lead, heading in a service from Noah Schulze. Ponce De Leon then set up Stoughton’s second goal, connecting with a one-two with Jordan Asnes, who finished at the near post. Head coach Aaron Salter said Nick Comeau had a very good performance at center back.

King Philip, 2 vs. Dartmouth, 1 – Final – Ryan Ackles netted a pair of goals in the first half as King Philip handed Dartmouth just its second loss of the season. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Chloe Vieira scored the lone goal for the Bombardiers off an assist by Rebekah Entwistle, giving Attleboro its second win in a row.
Volleyball
Stoughton, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Stoughton picked up a 25-14, 25-13, 25-21 win on the road. Bridgette Whalen had six blocks, five kills, nine digs and 11 service points for Stoughton, Bianca DeSousa had 13 digs, 3 blocks, 10 service points and five aces and senior Ava Siegel added 11 service points and four aces.

Canton, 3 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Canton was paced by Elizabeth Hamilton’s 21 kills and 13 digs to get a 25-12, 25-20, 26-24 sweep. Nicole Poole had 30 assists and seven digs, Olivia Devoe added 12 digs and middle blockers Emma Murphy and Rye Verille combined for 12 kills and two blocks and hit over .400.

Foxboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield picked up a sweep at home, 25-16, 25-0, 26-24. Meg Hill paced the offense with 11 kills, Sarah Mullahy had seven kills and Olivia Broyles added four kills.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip picked up a 22-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 win. KP’s Gwen Uyrus led the way on offense with 17 kills, Josie Rowean added 11 kills, Emma Lopez had four kills and Micaela Murray added four aces and six digs. 

Milford, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final

Sharon @ North Attleboro, 4:45
Field Hockey
Stoughton, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final – Allie Pierce gave Attleboro the lead inside the opening tewo minutes on assist by Quincy Harding. Seven minutes into the second half, Olivia Schlehuber scored off a penatly corner to tie the game. Down a player, Attleboro got the winner from Emily Houle with 10:52 to play.

Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – The Panthers scored a pair of goals in quick succession midway through the second half. Caroline Lounsbury put Franklin ahead off an assist from Kelsey McPhee and one minute later, Dana Lewandowski converted a pass from Taylor Reutlinger. Samantha Jones notched her seventh shutout in net with three saves. 

Foxboro, 3 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Foxboro opened the scoring on a goal by Caroline Wheatley but Caroline Maher leveled the score two minutes later. With six minutes left in the first half, Sophia Dicenso again put Foxboro ahead but four minutes later Maher scored to tie it. Maher scored two straight goals in the second half, but MaryLou Long finished a pass from Annie McGeary with 11:41 left to make it 4-3.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – The Warriors scored a pair of goals in the first half and held on after Oliver Ames scored early in the second half. Liz Furfari scored on an assist from Courtney Foley and Casie Curtin scored off an assist from Alli Meehan. Missy Krim netted OA’s goal in the second half, assisted by Hannah Friend. 

Sharon @ North Attleboro, 3:45
Golf
Oliver Ames, 158 @ Taunton, 160 – Final – Brian Lambert carded a 38 and Steven Tasho had a 39 for Oliver Ames. Taunton’s Ryan O’Berg was the match medalist with a 36.

Milford, 170 @ Canton, 164 – Final – Canton’s Jackson Maffeo and Joey Vaughan each shot 40 for the Bulldogs while Danny Powers added a 41. Milford’s Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, shooting a 38. 

Attleboro, 181 @ King Philip, 166 – Final – King Philip’s Danny McLoughlin was the match medalist, shooting a 40. 

Mansfield, 211 @ Franklin, 212 – Final (5 cards) – Mansfield’s Jason Hindman shot a 38 for the Hornets, Matt Chirichiello shot 39 and David Norris carded a 42. Matt Dao and Kacey Donahue each shot 38 for Franklin

Stoughton, 193 @ Sharon, 162 – Final – Sharon was led by Sam Shah, who shot a 38 on the day. 

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/29/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Mansfield, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Chris Elsner picked up his sixth assist of the season, finding Brad Eames for the opening goal just seven minutes into the game to give the Hornets the early lead. Cullin Anastasia doubled the Hornets’ lead just seconds before the halftime before off an assist from Jareme DiLirenzo. Michael Kirejczyk made five saves in net and got strong performances from Harry Braidt, Max Gurnon, Nick Hyland and Elsner in front of him. 

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon finished off a long throw in from Josh Mitchell in the first half but Canton freshman Paul Corcoran scored his first career goal to pull the Bulldogs level. 

Taunton, @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Tyler Mann scored the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes off an assist from Joe Kellett and then Mann returned the favor less than 10 minutes later, finding Kellett on a corner kick. Will Weir also scored a first half goal and Cam Mullins added a fourth for the Warriors early in the second half. 

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Junior Thomas McCormick set up a goal in both the first and second halves to push OA to a key divisional win. McCormick assisted on Keegan Nutt’s goal in the first half and then McCormick set up Jack Sheldon in the second half.
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Alle Bezeau, Stephanie Kemp, Jen Kemp and Katie Bongarzone all scored second half goals to give Mansfield head coach Kevin Smith his 100th career victory. Paige Medeiros scored for Attleboro. 

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 6 – Final – The Bulldogs created a number of chances, according to coach Kate Howarth, and had five different players score goals in the win. Meaghan Hunter scored twice for Canton, which also got goals from Hannah Link, Riley Duserick, Sarah MacQuarrie, and Sarah Connelly. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Krista Michienzi off a cross from Mia Greene. 
Foxboro, 5 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Riley Collins scored a hat trick for Foxboro and Hannah Burns and Hailey Maling each scored once. 

King Philip, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime behind goals from junior Francesca Calabraro and senior Delaney Benton. Junior Kiana Lozzi added a second half goal for the Tigers. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Katie Brown, Kristen Franzini and Nichole Dahlgren played well for the Scarlet Hawks. 
Volleyball
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final
Field Hockey
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Olivia Horn found the back of the net twice to pace Mansfield to a key divisional win over Attleboro. Caitlin Whitman and Brianna Puccia each scored once for the Hornets.

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Angela Connelly’s goal with 2:39 left in the game lifted Stoughton to its first win over Canton in over a decade. Mia Russell scored Stoughton’s first goal.

Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final – Annie McGeary scored a hat trick for the Warriors. 

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Senior Samantha Jones made nine saves in net to get the shutout as Franklin bounced back from its first loss of the season. Freshman Annie Walsh scored a pair of goals while senior Kelsey McPhee, sophomore Christina Quinn and freshman Cassi Ronan each scored once. 

Taunton, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip netted a pair of goals in the second half to break a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. Courtney Foley scored twice, one assisted by Christina Hathaway and one by Casie Curtin. Liz Furfari netted an unassisted goal for KP. 
Cross Country
Boys
Attleboro, 22 @ King Philip, 33 – Final

Milford, 25 @ Canton, 30 – Final – Canton senior Mark Clancy broke the course record time, finishing in 16:08 to beat the old record by 13 seconds. Canton’s other finishes were sophomore Jack Healey in fourth (17:09), senior Courtland Priest in sixth (17:41) Thomas Cahill in ninth (18:04) and Andrew Salvatori in 11th (18:27).

Foxboro, 44 @ Oliver Ames, 19 – Final
Mansfield, 20 @ Franklin, 35 – Final
North Attleboro, 35 @ Taunton, 20 – Final
Stoughton, 45 @ Sharon, 16 – Final
Girls
Attleboro, 50 @ King Philip, 15 – Final – King Philip took the first five spots in the race with sophomore Erin Quinn leading the way in 20:41. Erica Layne, Leia Quinn, Nicole Jutras and Brianna Aubin also finished in the top five. 

Milford, 34 @ Canton, 25 – Final – Canton’s Cat Song set a new course record (17:57), smashing the previous record (19:26) but nearly 90 seconds. Olivia Stevens finished fourth (22:13), Ally Chin finished fifth (22;21), Emily Orkin in seventh (22:35) and Margaret Polsgrove (22:54) in eighth. 
Foxboro, 41 @ Oliver Ames, 20 – Final
Mansfield, 42 @ Franklin, 18 – Final
North Attleboro, 22 @ Taunton, 39 – Final
Stoughton, 49 @ Sharon, 15 – Final
Golf
Milford, 104 @ Stoughton, 122 – Final (6 holes) – Ryan Tomaso, Anthony Arcudi, Riley Lynch and Tylor Renaud were the top four finishers for the Scarlet Hawks. Eoin Doherty was the top finish for Stoughton.

Sharon, 176 @ Canton, 156 – Final – Junior Pat Duggan and sophomore Danny Powers each shot 39 for the Bulldogs, who qualified for the state tournament with the win. Junior Jackson Maffeo added a 39 and Jack Goyetch shot 41 for Canton. Sharon’s Jordan Chabot shot a team-low 39. 

Taunton, 200 @ King Philip, 203 – Final – After being tied at 159 through four cards, the match was decided on the fifth card with Taunton edging KP by three strokes. Mario Wilson and Kaynel Gonsalves each shot 39 for Taunton while Justin Proto shot a 40. For King Philip, Mickey Riley was the match medalist with a 37 and sophomore Danny McLoughlin added a 38. 

Oliver Ames, 158 @ Attleboro, 175 – Final – Steven Tasho and Brian Lambert each carded a 39 to lead the Tigers to a win. Tyler Letendre shot a 40 for Attleboro.

North Attleboro, 166 @ Mansfield, 164 – Final