Panthers Minutes From Upset Win, Fall in Overtime

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Victoria Quinn (15) scored a pair of goals for the Panthers, who built a 3-1 lead with nine minutes left to go before Walpole rallied to pull out an overtime win. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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TAUNTON, Mass. – Cassi Ronan picked up the ball inside the 30-yard-line and pushed the ball forward. She weaved her way past a pair of defenders and then touched it past a third to get clear on goal. The Walpole defender eventually caught up to Ronan, but not before she carried the ball nearly 70 yards.

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The defender managed to slow her down but a foul was called, giving the Franklin senior a penalty stroke. She buried the shot, giving the goalie no chance and giving the Panthers a 3-1 lead over the No. 1 seed with just nine minutes remaining in Thursday night’s Div. 1 South semifinal at Taunton’s Tiger Aleixo Stadium.

It seemed like the Panthers, seeded 13th in the tournament, were finally going to end Walpole’s dominance in the rivalry and do it on the biggest stage. But, instead, the goal seemed to wake the Porkers up and they came storming back into the game.

Walpole scored twice in the closing minutes, including a goal with just two minutes left, to force overtime and then added a game-winner eight minutes later to stun Franklin 4-3 and advance to the South final.

“I thought we had it in the bag,” said Franklin coach Michelle Hess. “I thought we completely dominated the first half, dominated 75 percent of the game and in control. They definitely needed to comeback and got a spark, which probably speaks to their experience in tournament play and getting this far.”

Franklin has struggled in recent years against the Porkers, who are a perennial state title contender, but the Panthers weren’t intimidated and played at least an even game through the opening 50 minutes.

The Porkers jumped in front after just three minutes. Christina Luccini (18 saves) stopped the first shot by Molly Weiand, but Emery Murphy was on hand to tap in the rebound. Rather than let their heads drop, the Panthers answered back just five minutes later when Victoria Quinn redirected a shot by Ashley Reutlinger after a quick restart.

Franklin nearly took the lead right away when Regan Paterson got loose behind the Walpole defense, but her shot was saved. A minute later, Paterson pressured the Walpole goal and had a clearance rebound off her and just wide of the post.

In the 18th minute, Quinn and Amanda Lewandowski battled to keep the ball in the attacking zone and it opened up a chance for Quinn but she was unable to put it on frame. A minute later, she had her second of the night by being the first to react on a loose ball in the middle of the crease.

Walpole nearly tied it right after halftime with a quick move from a corner but Luccini came up with a sliding save to keep it out. Maeve Ledwith showed off her game awareness shortly after when she got behind Luccini and cleared a goal-bound shot off the line.

The Panthers nearly doubled the lead with 10 minutes to go. Quinn started the move down the left side with a pass to Paterson, who drove the ball all the way to the end line. She sent a ball towards goal that was tipped at the near post by Reutlinger, but only into the side of the goal. One minute later, Ronan got a head of steam and went on her amazing run to make it 3-1.

“She’s a phenomenal player,” Hess said of Ronan. “She’s strong, smart, and she definitely leads by example. She shows that when you put your nose to the grindstone you can make it happen.”

The third goal seemed to wake Walpole up. The Porkers flipped a switch in the final 10 minutes to put Franklin back on its heels and open up chance after chance.

Murphy got the comeback started with her second goal of the night, tipping in a corner to make it 3-2. Luccini was doing everything she could to keep the Panthers in front. She made a pair of saves to deny the Porkers and the rebound was knocked into the outside of the net by Jessica Tosone.

“She absolutely killed it,” Hess said of Luccini. “She was steady for us during the season but she rose to the occasion and stood on her head in every playoff game. Today was the epitome. She was just lights out.”

With just two minutes remaining, Luccini came out to challenge on a pass through the middle, but Weiand got to the ball first and managed to pull it past the goalie and just inside the post for a tie game.

In overtime, Luccini continued to be the hero for the Panthers, stopping both Audra Tosone and Brooke Skulski from close-range.

“I called a timeout and tried to settle them down a little bit and it worked for a little bit but then I think the emotions just started to rise and we made a few little mistakes. I’m very, very proud of my team.

Unfortunately for Franklin, Walpole looked like it had another gear while the Panthers were tiring. Off a corner, Caileen Quinn ripped a shot from straightaway, through a crowd, and into the back of the net for the win.

“They’re a quick team,” said Hess. “We tried to have our first step to the ball but they definitely have speed. They definitely seemed like they had a little more pep in their step. We were playing a little defensive.”

It is the second straight year that Franklin (13-6-2) has been knocked out in overtime in the tournament. Last year, King Philip went on to win the South title, a feat that Walpole will look to replicate on Saturday afternoon.

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Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/03/18


Today’s games are listed below.

Football – Non-Playoffs
Oliver Ames, 12 @ Norwood, 28 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (N) Solomon Klarou 5-yard rush, Jay Wladkowski XP good.
2nd Quarter: (N) Marc Murphy 51-yard pass to J. Wladkowski, J. Wladkowski XP good; (OA) Nathan Cabral 29-yard rush, 2pt rush failed.
3rd Quarter: (OA) Cam Perron 1-yard rush, 2pt pass failed.
4th Quarter: (N) M. Murphy 32-yard pass to J. Wladkowski, J. Wladkowski XP good; (N) Jason Denehy 12-yard pass to Tim Denehy, J. Wladkowski XP good.

Taunton, 3 @ Brockton, 34 – Final

Boys Soccer
D1 South

#3 Mansfield, 1 vs. #14 Plymouth North, 0 – Final (2OT)Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

#7 Franklin, 1 vs. #10 BC High, 2 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery from this game.

D2 South
#3 Milford, 3 vs. #14 Bishop Feehan, 1 – FinalMilford scored a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes while keeper Josh Orellana made a key save to preserve a one-goal lead and the Hawks went on to pick up the win. Jordan Borges’ left-footed strike from 35-yards out just over two minutes into the game set the tone for the Hawks. Joao Vitor Neiva netted his first goal just minutes later, finishing off a service from Tiago Carvalho at the back post. Feehan scored in the 14th minute to get within one and Orellana made a terrific kick stop in the final minutes of the first half to preserve the lead. Neiva notched his second goal of the game in the 72nd minute to secure the victory. Milford will host the winner of #6 Oliver Ames and #11 Walpole on Tuesday at 6:00 at Milford High.

Girls Soccer
D1 South

#12 King Philip, 0 @ #5 Mansfield, 2 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

#8 North Attleboro, 0 vs. #9 Weymouth, 2 – FinalWeymouth scored once in each half to pick up the win, putting an end to an impressive Rocketeer season. Sam Hawkins, Emma Gaulin, Kayla Pasquel, Ashlyn Gaulin, and Hayley Ferrin all played well for North Attleboro, which finishes the season at 12-3-4.

#11 Franklin @ #6 Hingham – Postponed to Sunday, 11/4 at 6:30.

#13 Oliver Ames, 0 @ #4 Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final

Field Hockey
D1 South

#3 King Philip, 3 vs. #14 Norwood, 1 – FinalNorwood scored with 15 minutes left to cut the King Philip advantage to just one goal but Claire Lawler scored her second goal of the game to give the Warriors some breathing room. King Philip built a 2-0 lead behind goals from Lawler and Nicole Connor. “It was a huge team effort, both offensively and defensively,” said KP co-head coach Kim Meehan. The Warriors advance to the D1 South Quarterfinals to take on #11 Barnstable (13-5-2) on Monday at 3:45 at home.

#7 Canton, 2 vs. #10 Duxbury, 1 – Final (OT)Canton senior Katie Trerice scored on a penalty stroke six minutes into the overtime period to lift the Bulldogs to a win. Maggie Malloy opened the scoring in the first half, a lead that the Bulldogs took into the second half. Duxbury tied the game with just under 10 minutes to play and Canton defended back-to-back corners with no time left in regulation to force overtime. With the win, Canton advances to play #2 Somerset-Berkley (18-1-0) in the D1 South Quarterfinals on Monday at 6:00 at Somerset-Berkley High School.

#13 Franklin, 3 @ #4 Notre Dame Academy, 1 – FinalFranklin goalie Christina Luccini had a terrific game in net, making nine saves, and the Panthers scored a pair of second half goals to earn the upset on the road. Cassi Ronan gave the Panthers the lead with just under four mintues left in the first half but Notre Dame Academy answered less than two minutes later to tie the game 1-1 at half. Ashley Reutlinger put Franklin ahead midway through the second half with an unassisted tally, and Ronan added an insurance goal on a penalty stroke with just over five minutes to play. Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals to play #5 Plymouth North (16-3-0) on Monday at 4:00 at Plymouth North High School.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/01/18


Today’s games are listed below.

Football – Non-Playoffs
Foxboro, 28 vs. Norton, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (N) Tyler Elliot 12-yard pass to Hunter Murphy, XP blocked; (F) Keyshawn Sanders 44-yard rush, Russell Neale XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Phil Thomas 36-yard pass to Shayne Kerrigan, R. Neale XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) K. Sanders 2-yard rush, R. Neale XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) Mike Luong 5-yard rush, R. Neale XP good; (N) Nate Sicard 5-yard rush, 2pt conversion good.

Attleboro, 24 vs. BC High, 41 – Final
1st Quarter: (A) Justin Cote 1-yard rush, XP failed; (BCH) Brendan Cassamajor 5-yard rush, #84 XP good; (BCH) Kaleb Moody interception return, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (BCH) Jacob Perez 40-yard rush, XP good; (BCH) K. Moody 34-yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (BCH) Bobby Wiesenhahn 2-yard rush, XP is good; (A) Jason Weir 24-yard pass to Alex Rodriguez, 2pt pass failed.
4th Quarter: (A) A. Rodriguez 14-yard rush, 2pt pass is no good; (BCH) B. Wiesenhahn 5-yard pass to Aidan Sullivan, XP failed; (A) J. Weir 11-yard pass to Justin Daniels, 2pt rush failed.

Stoughton, 0 @ Braintree, 26 – Final

Girls Soccer – Non-Playoffs
Milford vs. Hopedale, 3:30

Field Hockey
D1 South

#13 Franklin, 9 vs. #20 Durfee, 2 – FinalFranklin’s offense was nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring seven goals in a big win over visiting Durfee in the playoff opener for both sides. Amanda Lewandowski scored four goals all in the first half as Franklin raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first 22 minutes. Ashley Reutlinger added two assists in a goal in the first half while Victoria Quinn finished with two goals, Cassi Ronan had two assists, Sara Carney had one helper, and Regan Paterson and Olivia Rondeau each scored once for the Panthers. Franklin advances to play #3 Notre Dame Academy in Hingham on Saturday at 4:00.

#16 Mansfield, 0 vs. #17 Scituate, 1 – Final (OT)

#18 Taunton, 2 @ #15 Wellesley, 3 – FinalTaunton took a 1-0 lead in the game and were tied 1-1 at halftime, but Wellesley built a two-goal advantage in the second half. The Raiders scored the first two goals of the second half to go up 3-1 before Taunton made it a one-goal game. Alana Tavares and Cierra Bartel scored for Taunton, Caitlin Connors and Jillian Pagliuca each had an assist, and Emma Sheehan made seven saves in net.

#21 Oliver Ames, 0 @ #12 Braintree, 1 – Final

D2 South
#1 Foxboro, 1 vs. #16 Falmouth, 0 – Final (2OT)Foxboro senior Sophia DiCenso scored the game-winning goal 25 seconds into the second overtime to help the top-seeded Warriors advance to the D2 South quarterfinals. Foxboro will play the winner of #8 Cohasset vs. #9 Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday at 7:00 at Mansfield High School.

Field Hockey – Non-Playoffs
Milford, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalMilford senior Emily Haley scored her first career goal to help the Scarlet Hawks end the season on a high note. Junior Tatiana Martinez also scored in the win while Paige Reisman recorded the shutout in goal.

Volleyball
D1 South

#8 Oliver Ames, 3 vs. #9 Durfee, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

#10 North Attleboro, 1 @ #7 Brockton, 3 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

D1 Central/East
#9 King Philip, 3 @ #8 Medford, 0 – Final King Philip opened the postseason with a 3-0 sweep over Medford (25-14, 25-8, 25-10) Catherine Waldeck had 11 kills and a pair of blocks, Nicole Coughlan added five aces, six kills, two blocks, and 19 service points, and Shayla Weitzman chipped in with four aces, a kill, and 12 service points. KP will take on top-seeded Newton North (12-2) on Monday at 5:00 at Newton North High School.

D2 Central
#15 Milford, 1 @ #2 Groton-Dunstable, 3 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/24/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 9 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalMansfield senior Steph Kemp was involved in over half of the Hornets’ goals, helping her side clinch at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. It marks the third straight division title for Mansfield, who can win it outright with a draw or win against Taunton. Kemp scored a hat trick and had two assists, Cassidy McMahon added a goal and two assists, and Kerina Geminiani finished with a pair of goals. Melissa Reef, Sarah Sacco, and Kerrin Sears also scored for Mansfield.

Milford, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Anna Tempestoso (on her birthday), Erin Holmberg, and Brianna Gibson each scored a pair of goals as Oliver Ames recorded a big win at home, giving head coach Britt Sellmayer his 400th career win. Tempestoso scored the first two goals of the game, Holmberg found the back of the net twice in a row, and Gibson scored two straight as OA led 6-0 at half.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 7 – FinalAttleboro scored early in the second half to cut Franklin’s lead in half but the Panthers responded with five goals in a 15-minute span to earn a big win. Cassi Ronan and Regan Paterson (from Amanda Lewandowski) scored in the first half to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break. Alex Compton scored for Attleboro to make it 2-1 just two minutes into the second half. Franklin responded with goals from Victoria Quinn (from Paterson) in the 41st minute, Ashley Reutinger (from Lewandowski) in the 45th minute, Paterson just 17 seconds later, Lewandowski in the 50th minute, and Ronan in the 55th minute. Christina Luccini and Anna Jardine each had three saves in net.

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton’s Maggie Malloy paced the Bulldogs to a shutout win over Milford. After a scoreless first half, Malloy scored a natural hat trick in the second half to help Canton earn the win.

North Attleboro, 3 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalKing Philip took the lead just over a minute into the game but didn’t add to its total until the final five minutes of the game. Claire Lawler scored an unassisted goal 1:19 into the contest but neither side found the back of the net over the next 50 minutes. Nicole Connor added the insurance goal on an assist from Meghan MacDonald with 4:59 to play.

Sharon, 0 @ Stoughton, 6 – FinalStoughton’s Morgan Lessa scored her first career goal as the Black Knights rolled to a win at home. Haley Nelson led the Stoughton offense with three goals while Allie Howe found the back of the net twice.

Taunton, 4 @ Mansfield, 2 – FinalTaunton built a 2-1 lead by halftime and never relinquished that advantage on its way to a 4-2 decision over Mansfield. The Tigers had four different goal scorers as Alana Tavares (assist), Jillian Pagliuca, Hannah Blackwell, and Cierra Bartel each found the back of the net. Lauren Torres had two assists and Emma Sheehan made five saves in net.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalFranklin completed its undefeated regular season (17-0) with a 3-0 win over visiting Attleboro (25-9, 25-14, 25-11). Ellie Wisniewski (three aces) had a team-high eight kills while Peyton Arone (two aces), Hailey Sanders, and Lily Galluccio had six kills apiece. Lauren McGrath finished with 26 assists while Emma Clifford ended the game with an ace for the Panthers.

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton clinched the Davenport division outright, its 10th title in the last 11 years, with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-10) win over Milford. Nyah Claiborne played great with 14 service points, including three aces and six digs, Rose Hazam added four kills and had a strong game at the net, and Nicole Brown continued her stellar senior year with 21 assists and three kills.

North Attleboro, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – FinalKing Philip got back into the game with a close third set win but Oliver Ames closed the match out with a big win in the fourth set (25-13, 25-14, 25-27, 25-11). Allie Kemp had a strong game for OA with 40 assists and three aces. Sadie Homer added 38 digs and four aces, Jordan Bosse had 17 kills and six aces, and Grace McCallum finished 12 digs and seven aces for the Tigers. For King Philip, Nicole Coughlan and Catherine Waldeck each had seven kills.

Taunton, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalAfter going up 1-0, Taunton rallied for a 2-1 lead but the Hornets won the final two sets to prevail 3-2 (25-16, 11-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-5). “All of our seniors played a great game,” said Mansfield head coach Melissa Heeden. Abby Sullivan had eight of her 17 service points in the last game to help the Hornets get the win. Greenly Kelly had eight kills and eight service points, Katie Dardinski added five digs and six service points, and Meg Haradon finished with 10 service points.

Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalStoughton overcame a 1-0 deficit to earn a win over visiting Sharon. Delaney Nagel led the Black Knights with 14 kills and 10 blocks, Molly Turner had 10 aces and 16 digs, and Mia Bennett was strong on defense with 26 digs.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/22/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 4 – FinalWill Halben set up two goals and scored one himself, leading the Bombardiers to a big win at home. Halben had two assists in the opening half, setting up sophomore Justin Lurssen twice as the Bombardiers took a 2-0 advantage into halftime. Joey Soucy and Halben scored in the second half for Attleboro.

Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 2 – FinalSharon scored first and last, the final tally in the final five minutes to earn a draw with visiting Foxboro. Junior Michael Baur opened the scoring on a corner kick to put the Eagles up 1-0. Foxboro tied things up with under two minutes to go in the first half when Dylan Barreira finished off a service from Brian Gardner. Gardner put Foxboro ahead in the second half with his first career goal, getting on the end of a service from Joe Cusack. Baur brought the Eagles level with a penalty kick in the 76th minute.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – FinalAfter a scoreless first half, Franklin scored a pair of goals early in the second half to earn a victory over visiting Oliver Ames. Tim Duval opened the scoring for the Panthers off an assist from Nitin Chaudhury. Before the 50th minute, the Panthers added to their lead when Nick Barry set up Donny Tappin to make it 2-0.

Mansfield, 1 @ King Philip, 0 – FinalMansfield grabbed the lead late in the first half and fended off the Warriors the rest of the way to grab two points on the road. Freshman Dylan Buchanan headed in a corner kick from Luke Savoie in the 32nd minute for the game-winner. Cam Bovey made eight saves for the Hornets to record the shutout.

Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 9 – FinalMilford junior Walisson de Oliveira scored three goals in the first half as the Hawks picked up a big win at home. de Oliveira finished with four goals and an assist as Milford assumed a 4-0 lead at half. Anthony Salvador and Omar Lema each had a goal and an assist, and Lucas Da Silva and Pedro Da Silva each scored once for Milford. Leo Coelho, Jordan Borges, and Tiago Carvalho all had one assist. Stoughton’s Ted Lucas scored his second goal of the season, heading in a corner from John Neves.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro @ Taunton, 6:30

North Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 1 – FinalCanton scored less than a minute into the contest but North Attleboro was able to pull even before the break, and that’s how the game finished. After the Bulldogs seized a 1-0 lead in the first minute, North Attleboro’s Ashlyn Gaulin scored in the 19th minute off an assist from Kayla Pasqual to level the score. North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace said Haley Ferrin, Lydia Santos, Bri Westcott and Sam Hawkins played well in the middle for Big Red.

Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 7 – FinalFoxboro earned a big win at home and clinched the Davenport division title outright, the program’s first Hock championships since 1993. Lizzy Davis had a goal (assisted by Kailee McCabe) and two assists, setting up Jordyn Collins twice as Foxboro rolled at home. Collins also had an assist, setting up Kenzi Fraser. Kailee McCabe, Katelyn Mollica, and Yara Fawaz all scored once for Foxboro.

Franklin, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalOliver Ames took a 1-0 lead late in the first half but Franklin equalized early in the second half to help the Panthers grab a point on the road. Daniella Ferrini put OA ahead in the 38th minute but Sam Powderly tied things up in the 44th minute on an assist from Anna Balkus. Bre Atwood had 10 saves in net for the Panthers while Emily Meyers and Emma O’Donnell both had strong games in net for the Tigers.

King Philip, 2 @ Mansfield, 1 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.

Milford, 5 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalStoughton’s goal was scored by Gabi Diaz on an assist from Nicole Weir.

Field Hockey
Taunton, 1 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalTaunton scored just seconds into the game and held on the rest of the way to earn the win and punch its ticket to the postseason. Alana Tavares scored 22 seconds into the game on an assist from Cierra Bartel for the lone goal of the game. Taunton coach Liz Hathaway said Jocelyn Pagliuca, Jillian Pagliuca, and Lauren Torres all had strong games and goalie Emma Sheehan made 11 saves for the shutout.

Canton, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – FinalFranklin raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back against visiting Oliver Ames. Regan Paterson (from Ashley Reutlinger) opened the scoring in the 7th minute, Amanda Lewandowski (from Cassi Ronan) made it 2-0 in the 11th minute, and Victoria Quinn (from Lewandowski) scored in the 18th minute for the 3-0 lead. Ronan (from Lewandowski) made it 4-0 midway through the second half. Georgia Costello got the Tigers on the board on an assists from Kayla Lozzi. Anna Jardine had eight saves for the Panthers while Kara Orstrander made 10 saves for the Tigers.

Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 1 – FinalClick here for a recap of this gameStoughton opened the scoring before the midway point of the opening half but Milford knotted the game before the break, and that’s how the game finished. After a good hustle play from Brittani Paul, Haley Nelson put a shot on goal and Allie Howe knocked in the rebound to put Stoughton up 1-0. In the 23rd minute, Milford’s Tatiana Martinez found classmate Kathryn Swineford open in front for the tying goal.

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalKing Philip scored once in each half to earn a hard fought win over visiting Mansfield. The Warriors took the lead in the 18th minute when Claire Lawler found the back of the cage on a pass from Meghan MacDonald. KP added an insurance goal at the midway point of the second half as Alli Meehan scored on an assist from Kate Lindmark.

Volleyball
Taunton, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – FinalAttleboro defended its home court, knocking off visiting Taunton 3-2 (26-24, 25-15, 15-25, 21-25, 15-10). Attleboro won the first two sets but Taunton rallied to tie it 2-2 before the Bombardiers prevailed in the fifth set. Ana Leonardo had 13 assists, six kills, and four aces, Amanda Kadisveskis added seven kills, five blocks, three aces, and three assists, and Chelsea Calcagni finished with eight kills and a pair of aces for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalAfter falling behind 1-0, the Rocketeers rattled off three straight wins to stun the Bulldogs, 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-23). Hayley Gaskin paced the North Attleboro offense while 41 assists with Tatiana Sotelo (22 kills) and Kylie Melanson (18 kills) leading the charge at the net. For Canton, Erin Devine had 10 kills and five blocks, and Nicole brown finished with 28 assists, 20 digs, and four kills.

Foxboro, 0 @ Sharon, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalFranklin took care of business on its home court, handing Oliver Ames a 3-0 loss (25-17, 25-17, 25-18). Lauren McGrath dished out 26 assists for the Panthers with Maggie Doyle (four aces) recording nine kills and Lily Galluccio adding seven kills. Riley Marino anchored the Panther defense with 12 digs. For Oliver Ames, Jordan Bosse had 12 kills, Allie Kemp handed out 20 assists and Sadie Homer finished with 23 digs.

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip defended home court with a 3-0 sweep of Mansfield (25-18, 25-21, 25-11). Shayla Weitzman had a strong game for the Warriors with eight aces, nine digs, and 18 service points, Nicole Coughlan added eight kills and three blocks, and Lily Carlow chipped in with seven digs and a pair of aces. Emily Dardinski led the Hornet offense with six kills, while Greenly Kelly and Olivia McGrath each finished with five kills apiece.

Stoughton, 3 @ Milford, 2 – FinalStoughton prevailed with a 3-2 win on the road over Milford. Delaney Nagel went on a tear at the service line, finishing with seven aces in the fifth set to help the Knights grab the win. Amaya Morris led the Black Knights offensively with 14 kills and 12 blocks, while Molly Turner and Hanna Holden combined for 21 kills.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/15/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Canton, 1 @ Braintree, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 3 vs. Milton, 3 – Final

King Philip, 0 vs. Bishop Feehan, 2 – Final

North Attleboro, 4 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery of this game.North Attleboro found the back of the net three times in the first half and went on to add one more in the second half to beat Stoughton. Alex Pfeffer opened the scoring in the 7th minute, one-timing a cross from Andrew Tolfa. Five minutes later, Joe Hilf and Joey Coscarella combined at the top of the area, the latter converting his chance inside the box. Matt Mordini set up the third goal with great hustle, tracking down a ball right on the end line and finding Alvaro Martinez-Calvo at the far post. James Sales added a fourth goal on a rebound in the second half. Nolan Gerome had 21 saves in net for the Black Knights.

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Taunton, 2 – FinalOliver Ames outscored Taunton 3-1 in the second half to earn two points on the road. OA opened the scoring when Jimmy Keane found the back of the net on an assist from Brady deVos. Taunton tied the game just before the break to make it 1-1 heading into the second half. Niko Byron opened his account for the season to put OA ahead, finishing a service from Colin Milliken. Sean Flaherty (assisted by Kevin Louhis) put the visiting Tigers up 3-1 but Taunton cut the deficit to just one with 16 minutes to play. But Milliken iced the game, converting a penalty kick to make it 4-2.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalAttleboro scored three goals in the second half to pull away from the Tigers, avenging a shutout loss to the Tigers earlier this season. The Bombardiers led 1-0 at the break before OA tied it early in the second. Anna Beck, Hannah Webster, Emelia Westwater and Emma Briggs each scored once for Attleboro.

Canton, 6 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery of this game.

Foxboro, 5 @ Milford, 0 – FinalLily Daly and Sophia Lowe each scored twice as the Warriors pulled away from the Scarlet Hawks in the second half. Sophia DiCenso also scored for Foxboro, which led 1-0 at half.

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – FinalFranklin set the tone early, scoring twice in the opening five minutes, in a big 5-0 win over Mansfield. Victoria Quinn had both of the first two goals, the first assisted by Amanda Lewandowski just 86 seconds into the contest. Quinn made it 2-0 on assists from Ashley Reutlinger and Regan Paterson just before the five minute mark. Lewandowski (from Reutlinger) made it 3-0 at the midway point of the first half. Paterson (from Lewandowski) made it 4-0 in the 36th minute and Quinn completed the hat trick with an unassisted tally in the 39th minute. Christina Luccini made nine saves for the shutout and FHS head coach Michelle Hess said Maeve Ledwith had a fantastic game defensively and Cassi Ronan had a great game controlling the field from the center mid position.

Sharon @ North Attleboro, 6:30

King Philip, 4 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalKing Philip scored a pair of goals in each half to earn a shutout win on the road at Taunton. Claire Lawler scored both of KP’s first half tallies, both off assists from Alli Meehan, Lawler opened the scoring in the 7th minute and then made it 2-0 in the 10th minute. Cristina Gifun (assisted by Meehan) struck less than five minutes into the second half to make it 3-0 and Meehan capped the scoring in the 46th minute, converting a pass from Nicole Connor.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalOliver Ames senior Sadie Homer recorded her 1,000th career dig as the Tigers rolled to a win at home (25-16, 25-19, 25-10). Homer, who had 37 digs, is just the second player in program history to reach the 1,000-point club. Caitlin Cavanaugh had 12 kills, Jordan Bosse added 10 kills, and Grace McCallum chipped in with six aces for OA. Attleboro’s Amanda Kadisveskis had five kills, three blocks, and an ace, Chelsea Calgagni finished with 11 kills and six digs, and Jessica Matheson had 13 digs for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 3 @ Stoughton, 2 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

Foxboro, 1 @ Milford, 3 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery of this game.

Mansfield, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalMansfield became just the third team to take a set against the Panthers this year, winning the second set to make it 1-1 but Franklin notched convincing wins in the next two sets to get the win (25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13). For the Hornets, Greenly Kelly had nine kills and eight service points, Sam Sternberg had eight digs and eight service points, and Ashley Santos chipped in with five kills.

King Philip, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – FinalTaunton won a tight second set but King Philip didn’t let the momentum swing to the home team, taking the match 3-1 (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-13). For the Warriors, Catherine Waldeck had 15 kills and a block, Nicole Coughlan added seven kills and two blocks, Shayla Weitzman finished with eight digs and two aces.

Sharon, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalAfter splitting the first two sets, North Attleboro earned the win by taking the next two sets against Sharon (25-10, 21-25, 25-14, 25-20). Hayley Gaskin set the offense in motion with 40 assists while Tatiana Sotelo had a career-high 22 kills for the Rocketeers.

Golf
Attleboro @ Dighton-Rehoboth, 3:30

Franklin, 162 @ Stoughton, 187 – FinalFranklin was led by medalist Quentin Faro, who carded a low-round of 37. Matt D’Errico added a 39 for Franklin, and Gerard Collins and Jake Peterson each shot a 43. Stoughton was led by Josh Hough win a 42.

Sharon, 175 @ Stoughton, 187 – FinalSharon’s Corey Carter earned medalist honors, shooting a 37 to pace the Eagles to a win over Stoughton at Easton Country Club. Max Brody added a 42 for the Eagles and Nathan Daley carded a round of 45. Josh Hough led the Black Knights with a round of 42.

Oliver Ames, 158 @ Mansfield, 154 – FinalMansfield earned its biggest win of the season by upsetting visiting Oliver Ames. OA’s Nolan Donze had a medalist round of 35 but Mansfield got contributions from Nate Morreale (36), Jason See (37), Joseph Gormley (40) and Ryan Dow (41) to get the win. Thomas Walsh added a round of 39 for the Tigers and Tate Hadges and Sam Becker each shot a 42.

Milford, 173 @ Mansfield, 154 – FinalNate Morreale carded a round of 36 and Jason See shot a 37 to pace the Hornets to a win over visiting Milford. Joseph Gormley added a round of 40 while Ryan Dow chipped in with a 41.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/11/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Canton @ Braintree – Postponed to Monday, 10/15.
Oliver Ames @ Taunton – Postponed to TBD.

Girls Soccer
Taunton @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD.

Field Hockey
Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip built a 2-0 lead by halftime but had to hold off a rally from Franklin to earn the win on a rainy afternoon. Alli Meehan scored twice in the first half, the first set up by Meghan MacDonald in the sixth minute and the second assisted by Abby Nixon with 16:59 left in the half. Franklin’s Ashley Reutlinger opened the scoring in the second half to get within one but MacDonald (assisted by Paige Berdos) answered for KP. Victoria Quinn scored Franklin’s second goal with an assist from Amanda Lewandowski. Makenzie Manning made 11 saves in net for KP while Anna Jardine made eight stops for Franklin. Kate O’Rourke had an outstanding performance defensively for the Panthers.

Attleboro @ Mansfield – Postponed to TBD.
Canton @ Foxboro – Postponed to Friday, 10/12 at Forekicks Taunton.
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to TBD.
Stoughton @ North Attleboro – Postponed to TBD.
Oliver Ames @ Taunton – Postponed to Friday, 10/12.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalMansfield defended home court with a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-17, 25-14). Greenly Kelly had 11 kills and eight service points, Emily Dardinski had eight kills, and Abby Sullivan added 12 service points for the Hornets.

Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalThe Bulldogs had a strong team performance, leading to a 3-0 win on the road at Foxboro (25-12, 25-13, 25-10). For Canton, Julia Minichiello had a great day with 13 digs and three aces. Ally Irons, Emily Morrison, and Bella Touzos played good defense, Sydney Gallery, Nyah Claiborne and Liz Bickett were strong at the net, and Jackie Morrissey distributed the ball well.

Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalStoughton took the first two sets and finished the game with a win in the third set to pick up the victory over the visiting Rocketeers (25-18, 25-13, 20-25, 25-17). For Stoughton, Delaney Nagel was strong at the net with 11 kills and six blocks while Molly Turner played impeccable behind the line with 16 kills and a total of 25 service points.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalOliver Ames won a marathon of a third set to complete the sweep at Taunton (25-23, 25-5, 32-30). Jordan Bennett had a strong game defensively for the Tigers, Sadie Homer had 38 digs, Allie Kemp added 28 assists, Caitlin Cavanaugh had 16 kills, and Grace McCallum chipped in with 12 digs and three aces.

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 2 – Final

Golf
Attleboro @ Foxboro – Postponed to TBD.
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield – Postponed to TBD.

Milford, 180 vs. Nipmuc 187 – FinalJustin Applebee led the way for the Hawks with a low round of 43 and Alex Klosen shot a round of 45.

Sharon @ Taunton – Postponed to TBD.
Stoughton @ Canton – Postponed to Wednesday, 10/17.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/03/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Field Hockey
Sharon, 0 @ Attleboro, 5 – FinalAttleboro built a 4-0 advantage at halftime and never looked back in a win over the visiting Eagles. Anna Beck led the offensive charge, netting three goals while Amanda Burns and Genevieve Takian each found the back of the net once for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – FinalTaunton took a 1-0 lead into half and had a 2-1 lead in the second half but Canton scored two straight goals to grab two points on the road. Caitlin Connors gave the Tigers the lead on an assist from Rosemary McGrath. After Canton tied it, Alana Tavares put Taunton back in front on an assist from Hannah Blackwell. Emma Sheehan had 10 saves in net for Taunton.

Foxboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – FinalFranklin’s Ashley Reutlinger scored at 1:11 of the second half to help the Panthers earn a tie against Foxboro. Reutlinger’s goal was assisted by Regan Paterson. Christina Luccini made 10 saves in net and Marissa Canesi had a strong game defensively for the Panthers.

North Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 7 – FinalKing Philip’s Claire Lawler and Alli Meehan each had three points as the Warriors rolled to a big win at home. Meehan scored a hat trick while Lawler scored once and had two assists. Kate Lindmark also had multiple points, notching two assists while Meghan MacDonald (assist), Dana Truini (assist), and Nicole Connor (goal) each had one point.

Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final

Volleyball
Sharon, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. After a back and forth contest, Attleboro broke into the win column with a 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 11-25, 15-11) decision over Sharon. Ana Leonardo paced the offense with 15 assists and four kills, Amanda Kadeseveski had five blocks, four kills, and two aces, and Chelsea Calcagni had 10 kills, six aces, three digs, and a block for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalCanton went on the road and earned a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-23, 25-16) over host Taunton. For Canton, Taylor Harris had 11 kills, two aces, and 12 digs, Erin Devine added six kills and three blocks, Nicole Brown had 14 assists, 11 digs and five kills, and Megan McDonough held the defense together and tallied 20 digs. For Taunton, Kamila Cuevas had a strong game at the net with nine kills and Hailey Sullivan made her presence felt in the back row, with 26 passes and six digs.

Foxboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalFranklin improved to 10-0 overall this season with a 3-0 win over Foxboro (25-12, 25-13, 25-16). Ellie Wisniewski (five aces) and Peyton Arone (two aces) paced the offense with seven kills apiece, Riley Marino had 13 digs, and Lauren McGrath continued to have a strong season with 27 assists.

North Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip defended home court with a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-12, 25-21) over visiting North Attleboro. The Warriors were led by the strong attacking trio of Nicole Coughlan (11 kills, 11 service points), Catherine Waldeck (eight kills, three blocks), and Kristen Masse (five kills).

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalOliver Ames fended off visiting Milford to earn a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-15, 25-23). Jordan Bosse had a strong game for the Tigers, recording 13 kills, 10 digs, and two aces. Sadie Homer added 28 digs and Allie Kemp finished with 25 assists for the Tigers.

Stoughton, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – FinalStoughton picked up its seventh win of the season, earning a 3-1 (25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 25-16) over Mansfield. Molly Turner led the way for the Black Knights, recording 21 service points including eight aces, 13 kills and 18 digs. Hanna Holden and Mia Bennett were strong on defense, combining for 42 digs in the win. For Mansfield, Greenly Kelly had 11 kills and eight service points while Katie Dardinski and Abby Sullivan each had eight service points.

Golf
Attleboro, 172 @ Mansfield, 158 – FinalMansfield sophomore Ava Haggis was the match medalist, shooting a 38 to pace the Hornets to a win at Norton Country Club. Sophomores Nate Morreale, Ryan Dow, and Jason See each shot a 40 for the Hornets. Attleboro’s Ethan Johnson had a team-low round of 40 while Ben Wood carded a 42.

Canton, 161 @ Sharon, 153 – FinalSharon senior Corey Carter and sophomore Ethan Skelly each shot 2-under par to pace the Eagles to a key division win over Canton. Carter and Skelly each shot 34, senior Max Brody carded a 41 and senior Sam Fergenbaum finished at 44. Canton’s Chris Lavoie had a team-low round of 38, Tommy Dimock and Mike Leonetti each shot 40, and Ryan Nolte added a round of 43 for the Bulldogs.

Taunton, 189 @ Franklin, 167 – FinalMatt D’Errico earned match medalist honors as the Panthers notched a win at Franklin Country Club. D’Errico shot a round of 40 to pace the Panthers while Gerard Collins chipped in with a 42 for Franklin.

Foxboro, 161 @ Milford, 172 – Final

North Attleboro, 161 @ Oliver Ames, 150 – FinalOliver Ames defended its home course with a win over visiting North Attleboro. Nolan Donze and Thomas Walsh shared team medalist honors, each finishing with a round of 37 to lead the Tigers. Steve Heino and Ryan Bock each shot 38 in OA’s win. Matt Wanless earned match medalist honors, leading the Rocketeers with a 35.

Boys Cross Country
Taunton, 50 @ Franklin, 15 – Final

Girls Cross Country
Taunton, 35 @ Franklin, 20 – FinalFranklin senior Julia Fenerty earned her first career cross country win and the Panthers swept the top three spots in a win over Taunton. Fenerty crossed in 19:21 while Kat Walbert and Sydney Hawkins took second and third, respectively, for the Panthers. Taunton’s Kailey Melito-Santos was the top finisher for the Tigers, taking fourth overall.

Top 10: 1. Julia Fenerty (Frank, 19:21) 2. Kat Walbert (Frank, 19:25) 3. Sydney Hawkins (Frank, 19:37) 4. Kailey Melito-Santos (Tau, 19:59) 5. Sarah Giuliano (Frank, 20:02) 6. Lily Valcovic (Tau, 20:15) 7. Olivia Weber (Tau, 20:15) 8. Olivia Dias (Tau, 20:16) 9. Mary Viera (Frank, 20:17) 10. Nia Mainer-Smith (Tau, 20:43).

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/20/18


Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Sharon, 1 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Stoughton, 0 vs. Quincy, 4 – FinalQuincy scored twice in each half to pull out the victory. Sophomores Nolan Gerome and Mateus Ribeiro made their first varsity starts for the Black Knights and Fabio Ponce de Leon made his return from injury to help bolster the Stoughton midfield and create several scoring opportunities.

Girls Soccer
Taunton, 1 @ Sharon, 2 – Final Emily Griffin and Maxine Gordon scored the goals for Sharon to help the Eagles pick up their first win of the season. Jessie Taurnoff had an assist for the Eagles. Emily O’Gara scored the Taunton goal, assisted by Khy Camaro. Izzy Anslow made four saves in the loss.

Stoughton, 1 @ Quincy, 7 – FinalMaggie Veliotis scored the lone goal for the Black Knights.

Field Hockey
North Attleboro, 1 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalAnna Beck scored with a penalty stroke in the second half for Attleboro’s goal.

Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalAlli Meehan scored both of the goals for the Warriors to help KP win the battle of defending league champs. Meehan scored the first goal after nine minutes with an unassisted run through the Canton defense and the second off an assist from Nicole Connor. Grace May made two saves in the win and Sammy Robinson played well in the KP defense.

Foxboro, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalSophia DiCenso scored a hat trick and Jaime Notarangelo added a goal for the Warriors. Hannah Stryke scored with two minutes remaining in the game off a Maggie Woods assist. OA was helped going forward in the second half by Brynna Courneen, Cassie Gennis, Kayla Lozzi, and Woods.

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 8 – FinalAmanda Lewandowski led the way for the Panthers with two goals and two assists to help Franklin pull away in the second half. Regan Paterson had a hat trick and Victoria Quinn and Cassi Ronan each had a goal and an assist for the win. Ashley Reutlinger scored once and Emma DiPhillipo had an assist, while Anna Jardine had five saves in the win. Kayla Laboy made 11 saves for the Black Knights.

Sharon, 0 @ Taunton, 6 – Final

Milford @ Mansfield, 3:45

Volleyball
North Attleboro, 3 @ Attleboro, 2 – FinalNorth took the fifth set 15-9 to pull out the victory. The Rocketeers won 25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 25-27, 15-9. Chelsea Calcagni had eight aces, one dig and nine kills in the loss, while Ana Leonardo had five aces and 16 assists and Amanda Kadesevskis had five aces, four kills, and three blocks for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – FinalCanton won 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 25-15 in a back and forth match. The Bulldogs battled back from 20-12 and 24-20 down in the opening set thanks to strong serving from Julia Minichiello. KP also led 11-4 in the second set and went on to even the match. Canton held on to win the final two sets after several lead changes. Erin Devine had nine kills and eight blocks in the win and Megan McDonough had 15 digs. Canton also got five kills and 15 digs from Taylor Harris, while Nicole Brown had a strong all-around game with 18 assists, 13 digs, and five kills. Caroline Robertson had eight kills for the Warriors, who also got seven kills and three aces from Nicole Coughlin, five kills from Katherine Waldeck, and three kills and two digs from Kat Kmetz.

Foxboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalOA won 25-18, 25-14, 25-14. Sarah Litwack had 20 assists and led the Tigers on and off the floor in the win. Sadie Homer had 27 digs and three aces and Jackie Raymond had nine kills, six aces, and three blocks in the win.

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalThe Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-13 victory. Ellie Wisnieswki had seven kills and nine digs for the Panthers. Maggie Doyle had five kills and five solo blocks and was a force at the net for Franklin. Hailey Sanders and Peyton Arone each added five kills, libero Riley Marino had 10 digs and a pair of aces, and setter Lauren McGrath had 30 assists and five aces for a very balanced Franklin attack.

Milford, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – FinalThe Hawks won the match in four sets (21-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-22). Greenly Kelly had 14 services points for the Hornets, while Emily Dardinski had 10 kills and Olivia McGrath had six kills in the loss.

Sharon, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – Final

Golf
Oliver Ames, 151 @ Attleboro, 155 – FinalDespite Attleboro’s lowest team score of the season, OA pulled out the victory by four strokes. Thomas Walsh led the way with a one-under round of 34, while Jared Spillane, Ryan Bock, Bradley Powers, and Tate Hadges all shot rounds of 39. Ethan Johnson matched the low round for Attleboro with a 34 and Jake Moulton shot a 38. Ben Wood shot a 40 and Jack Handy a 43 for the Bombardiers

Canton, 169 @ King Philip, 168 – FinalKP pulled off a 1-stroke win against Canton to even its record on the season. Nate Ihley shot a 39 to lead the way for the Warriors, matched by a 39 from Canton’s Mike Leonetti. Kayla Schuberth, Jared Curran, and Jack Hastry all shot rounds of 43 for KP. Mike Gobbi and Thomas Singleton each carded a 43 for the Bulldogs and Ryan Nolte shot a 44.

Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 206 – FinalMatt D’Errico shot the low round of the day for Franklin, carding a 39 in the win.

Milford, 193 @ Foxboro, 176 – Final

North Attleboro, 169 @ Stoughton, 184 – FinalLuke Bainton of Stoughton and Jillian Barend of North shot co-medalist rounds of 40. Aidan Weir and Matt Wanless each carded a 42 in the win.

Second Half Surge Helps Canton Edge Franklin

Canton field hockey
Canton’s Katie Trerice looks to make a clearance while Franklin’s Cassi Ronan applies pressure. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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CANTON, Mass. – While the majority of Hockomock League teams have hit the field, court, or links over the past two weeks to get their seasons underway, the Canton field hockey team has been left watching.

Between hot weather and thunderstorms, the Bulldogs have had their first game pushed back on a couple of occasions.

Canton finally began its 2018 season on Friday afternoon and used a late surge in the second half to pick up a 2-1 win over visiting Franklin.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

“It was our first game, had a very long preseason I think it took them a little while to get out of drill mode and get into game mode,” said Canton head coach Chrissy O’Connor. “We made some changes on the field and once it kind of clicked, then they started to get more comfortable.

“The past few days have been tough, the longer you wait, it can get stale. Practices get a little boring and they just want to get out there and play. The first half they were figuring things out a bit and then the second half of the second half they really started to click and work well together.”

Trailing 1-0 in the second half, the Bulldogs came to life at the midway point. After fending off pressure from Franklin over the first 15 minutes of the second half, Canton turned on the pressure.

After earning a penalty corner, Canton’s Meg Aldrich served a pass in. Maria Femia was able to put it back in, Molly Cummings deflected it along, and senior Maggie Malloy cleaned up the loose ball to make it 1-1 with 12:50 to play.

Canton kept its pressure up and found the back of the net again just over a minute later. Malloy had her first shot denied by Franklin goalie Christina Luccini but the Panthers defense was unable to get a clearance.

The ball popped back onto the stick of Malloy, who pushed it forward some and then unleashed a hard shot at the near post that put the Bulldogs up 2-1.

“She’s a gifted goal scorer but she’s always a great motivator,” O’Connor said of Malloy. “She’s a hard worker and she kind of brings everyone along with her. I think that energy will translate to the younger players and they’ll start picking it up a little bit just based on her play.”

Franklin’s best chance at an equalizer came with just over six minutes to go. Senior Cassi Ronan split a pair of defenders and sent a pass into the area to Ashley Reutlinger but Canton defender Allie Gefteas made the clear.

“We let down a little bit,” said Franklin head coach Michelle Hess. “That’s something we’ve been working on because we get a little too comfortable. We let down and [Canton] completely capitalized. We’re still learning to bounce back, we let down once and then again right away. Hopefully, we can work on some transition stuff and have them get right back in the game.

We have two starters out so we had a little bit of a different look today and for it being the first time, they did pretty well. But once we get healthy I think we’ll be more solid in the middle and in transition.

It was a back-and-forth contest early on but little chances for either side. The Bulldogs had the best two chances early but couldn’t get a chance on net.

A shot from Maggie Malloy was deflected in the 9th minute but freshman Erin Lane couldn’t get to the loose ball before it skipped over the end line. Ten minutes later, Kaitlyn Goyetch found Femia in front but Franklin freshman Kate O’Rourke did well to break the play up before a shot.

The first shot on goal came from Reutlinger in the 22nd minute, forcing a save from Canton sophomore goalie Riley O’Connor. On the ensuing corner, Reutlinger linked up with Ronan and the senior lofted a shot perfectly over the goalie and just under the bar for a 1-0 lead.

Canton nearly tied it just three minutes later when Goyetch found Malloy in the middle but Franklin goalie Anna Jardine closed the pads at the perfect time to deny the chance. Malloy had another chance two minutes later but Franklin’s Elizabeth Clark thwarted the bid.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Before Canton took momentum in the second half, Franklin was just inches away from doubling its lead. Ronan’s shot was deflected by Olivia Rondeau and found the stick of Stephanie Bell. But Canton’s Rose Malloy was positioned perfectly on the goal line to knock the shot away.

“We have a very young starting team, we lost some good talent last year.,” O’Connor said. “It’s about getting comfortable with each other and filling in some spots. Even coaching-wise, we’re figuring out where everyone fits. I think we spent part of that game doing that but we’re glad they were able to come through with the win.”

Canton field hockey (1-0 Hockomock, 1-0 overall) is back in action on Monday when it hosts Stoughton at 7:00. Franklin (1-2, 1-2) hits the road to visit Mansfield on Monday afternoon.