Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/13/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Foxboro, 7 vs. Dedham, 5 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Franklin @ St. Peter Marian – Postponed to 5/15 at 12:00

King Philip, 10 @ Sharon, 8 – Final (9 inn.) – Jon Rolfe had three hits and was the catalyst in King Philip’s ninth inning. Rolfe walked in the ninth and advanced on a sac bunt from Jack DiCenso. Ben Furfari had a sacrifice fly, Ryan Coulter doubled and Stephen Murray singled to put the Warriors up. Rolfe was a perfect 3-3 at the plate while Coulter and Will Weir each had two hits. Jake Lannigan allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings while Rolfe allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings of relief. Jake Cavanagh closed the game with a strikeout in the ninth.

Mansfield, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Milford vs. Hopedale – Postponed to 5/22 at 7:00

Softball
Foxboro vs. Dedham, 3:45

Milford, 4 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Each time that Milford made a move, Franklin seemed to have an answer on Friday. The Scarlet Hawks took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth only for the Panthers to match it in the bottom half of the inning. Base hits from Olivia Haba and Alyssa DaSilva as well as a sacrifice fly from Julia Arms knotted the game 3-3. Milford’s Jess Tomaso (3-3) belted a solo home run in the top of the fifth but once again, Franklin had an answer. Allie Shea walked and Clara DeCarvalho’s base hit put two on. Junior Alexx Niss connected for a two run double in the inning to put the Panthers ahead 5-4. Caroline D’Aprile struck out four while scattering six hits for the Panthers. Haba came up with three catches in the final innings to help Franklin preserve the win.

Mansfield, 3 @ Needham, 2 – Final – Mansfield cashed in early, scoring all three of the team’s runs on four singles in the first inning. Freshman Mady Bendanillo knocked in one run and Liz Mackin plated the other two in the opening frame. Maddie Letendre struck out five, allowing just four hits for the Rockets, whiling going 2-3 at the plate. Rachel Carafa and Megan Letendre each added a hit for the Hornets.

Oliver Ames, 10 vs. Walpole, 8 – Final – Oliver Ames erased deficits in both the fourth and sixth innings. After trailing 3-0, Oliver Ames rallied for four runs in the fourth to take a lead. Walpole responded with five runs in the top of the sixth to seize an 8-4 lead but the Tigers clawed back again. A one out single from Dalene Gomes (run) started the rally and Emma Papargiris (2-3, run) followed suit with a hit to put two on. A bunt single from Lizzie Miller (run) loaded the bases for the Tigers. Missy Krim (run, RBI) and Rachel Han (3-4, two runs, RBI) each had an RBI single for OA. Victoria Ziner (run, RBI) hit a sacrifice fly to score Krim to tie the game. With two on, Jamie Gottwald (3-4, double, two runs, three RBI) belted a two run home run to centerfield to give the Tigers a 10-8 lead.

Sharon, 10 vs. Ursuline Academy, 4 – Final – Sharon freshman Alli Small hit her first career home run and classmate Jody Goldenberg had an RBI double to lead the Eagles to a non-league win. Senior Clara Cook pitched a complete game for the Eagles, scattering six hits while fanning 10 batters. Senior Jenny Friedman added a pair of hits for Sharon.

Stoughton, 8 vs. Brockton, 6 – Final – The Black Knights raced out to an early 8-0 lead and were able to fend off the Boxers to get the win. Karly Estremera hit a two-run homer to start the scoring for Stoughton and Bri Ferrandiz and Nicole Bodette each racked up two hits. Jeni D’Andrea, Sam Tullis, Gina Carafa, Courtney Campbell, Shannon Flaherty, Bridgette Whalen each had one hit for Stoughton. Shannon Flaherty got the win, pitching seven innings and giving up just two earned runs.

Boys Lacrosse
Milford vs. Doherty – Postponed to 5/23 at 4:15

Girls Lacrosse
Foxboro, 12 vs. Medway, 11 – Final (OT)
Franklin, 12 vs. Grafton, 7 – Final
North Attleboro @ Notre Dame Academy, 4:00

Boys Tennis
Milford vs. Medway, 3:45

Sharon, 5 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – With the win, Sharon boys tennis has clinched at least a share of the Davenport title. With that, the Eagles have now won 37 straight league titles, dating back to 1980. Griffin Fein won 6-3, 6-1 at first singles, Fred Bondar won 6-1, 6-3 at second singles and Han Cui won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles. The team of Adam Dobbin and Alex Romantz won 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles and the pairing of Tilak Mehta and Andre Olivei won 6-2, 6-5 at second doubles.

Girls Tennis
Milford @ Medway, 3:45
Oliver Ames @ Randolph, 4:00

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 0 @ Minnechaug, 3 – Final

Fourth Quarter Rally Lifts Stoughton to Win at Sharon

Jess Greer
Senior Jess Greer (12) scored a game-high 18 points, including four three-pointers, as the Black Knights rallied from a four-point fourth quarter deficit to win at Sharon. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

SHARON, Mass. – Heading into the fourth quarter, first-year Stoughton coach Charmaine Steele Jordan let her team know that she was frustrated. Jordan, one of the program’s all-time top scorers during her playing days, urged the Black Knights to compete for the name on the front of the jersey.

Stoughton got the message and turned around a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter at Sharon on Friday night to pull out a 52-49 victory that leaves the team just two wins away from a return to the state tournament.

“I was trying to get them pumped up and motivated and to really get over that mental toughness hump,” said Jordan. “It was great to see them rise to the occasion and be like okay, we’re not backing down.”

The Black Knights came out of the huddle with renewed energy to start the fourth quarter and it did not take them long to get back into the game. Bridgette Whalen knocked down the first of two free throws to cut the lead to three and then Alecia Quinones (17 points and 11 rebounds) snatched the miss to save the possession.

Quinones swung the ball around to the top of the circle and senior guard Sarah Quattrucci, who banked in a three-pointer to tie the game at 42-42.

Sharon responded quickly to regain the lead. Sophomore Shira Stoller (five assists) threw a perfect pass through the Stoughton zone to classmate Angela Wallace who finished the layup and was fouled.

Once again it was Quinones that made a big play for Stoughton. The league’s leading scorer (averaging more than 20 points per game) snatched a crosscourt pass and took it the length of the court for a layup that cut the lead back to one.

“She does a nice job reading the quarterback’s eyes,” said Jordan of Quinones, “and she’s got a nice feel for the game, so I’m glad she’s wearing orange and black.”

Jess Greer (game-high 18 points) buried her fourth three of the game to give the Black Knights the lead and Quinones made one of two free throws to make it 48-45. After Alyssa Piazza (11 points, seven rebounds) made to from the line, Wallace knocked down a pair to give the Eagles a one-point advantage. Wallace finished with a career-high 15 points to lead Sharon.

“She was playing AAU in the spring and fall and gained more confidence there,” said Sharon coach Cliff Tomassian of Wallace, who played on varsity as a freshman but was still mentally recovering from a torn ACL she suffered as an eighth grader.

“To see her come out tonight and finish like that and to hit her foul shots, which has been a real problem for her, was awesome to see.”

After an Ava Siegel free throw tied the game, Quinones snatched another defensive board and quickly looked ahead to Greer, who had leaked out, for an easy transition bucket that gave the Black Knights the lead for good.

“For us, there’s one thing I was screaming the whole game was we have to do it with our defense,” Jordan explained. “Teams are going to score but we still have to play tough defense and finish it with a rebound. It turned gears and clicked in and they were able to make it happen.”

When the game began, it looked like Stoughton might be able to run away with an easy win. The Black Knights jumped out to 7-0 lead behind four points from Quinones. Sharon, coming off a 40-point loss to Attleboro on Tuesday, looked shaky but after a timeout started to settle down and finished the quarter with a 7-0 run of its own.

The second quarter unexpectedly turned into a shootout. Sharon got off to a strong start thanks to two quick buckets from Stoller. The point guard started to look for her own shot and to find seams in the Stoughton zone off the dribble.

“I told her at halftime, I told her in the locker room, after halftime, after the game, look what happens when you go to the hoop,” said Tomassian. “When she steps up, we’re a lot better.”

Wallace also provided a spark in the second with six points, while freshman Emma Eberhardt added all four of her points in the quarter. Stoughton countered with its outside game.

Greer knocked down three of her four three-pointers in the second to give the Black Knights a spark and as halftime approached the visitors led by one, until Stoller knocked down a shot from just beyond half-court that put Sharon in front 28-26 at the break.

The third quarter was similar with the two teams trading blows. Quinones scored six in the third, but was matched by Piazza, who scored six of her 11 points in the quarter, and Stoller who knocked down a step-back, fall away jumper to put the Eagles up four.

“We got beat pretty good there in the second game of the season,” said Tomassian, referencing Stoughton’s 57-45 win in December. “I told them in the locker room that I couldn’t be more proud of how physical they played considering how out-matched we were. They battled the whole game.”

Stoughton (7-3, 7-2) rallied in the fourth quarter to pick up the win and to keep pace with Oliver Ames atop the Davenport standings. The Black Knights will face both league leaders next week starting with Mansfield on Tuesday. Sharon (3-8, 1-8) will try to bounce back against Fontbonne Academy on Sunday.

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

Foxboro Shows Physical Side to Beat Stoughton

Ashley Sampson
Ashley Sampson (5) scored 19 points, had six assists, and nine rebounds to lead the Warriors to a tough divisional road win at Stoughton. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

STOUGHTON, Mass. – Coming into Monday’s trip to Stoughton, Foxboro coach Lisa Downs knew that her team was in a for a physical test. The Warriors were shorthanded (missing three players to injuries) and lacked the size of the Black Knights front line, but Downs urged her players to meet the challenge.

Holding a three-point lead early in the second quarter, the Warriors turned the game into a track meet and put together a 14-3 run to break the game wide open. Behind a near triple-double of 19 points, nine rebounds, and six assists by Ashley Sampson, the Warriors met the physical test and rolled to a 66-38 victory.

“Tonight we got a little more physical than normally would,” said Downs. “We held our box outs a little better in the second half and everybody contributed something tonight.”

It did not start well for the Warriors, as Stoughton imposed its style of play on the game and controlled the glass. Bridgette Whalen scored four of her team-high eight points in the first and Jess Greer scored all five of her points. Whalen (nine rebounds), her sophomore sister Val (eight points, 13 rebounds), and sophomore Jordan Motley (five points, 10 rebounds) were dominating the paint.

Foxboro needed a spark and turned to its shortened bench. Lauren Flahive came in to bank in a jumper and then stepped further back to bank in a three that gave Foxboro a 10-8 lead. After four straight from Stoughton, Sampson buried a three and then found Cassidy Harrison for a jumper to make it 15-14 after one.

In the second, Foxboro broke the game wide open. The Warriors forced 16 turnovers in the first half and started to play the game at the frenetic pace that they prefer.

Sophomore Grace Tamulionis provided the offensive spark. She knocked down a quick release jumper then followed it with a straightaway three off a Sampson offensive rebound. After Ava Siegel knocked down a shot from deep to cut the lead back to six, Tamulionis quickly answered with another three from the corner.

In addition to her eight points, Tamulionis also helped turn the rebounding numbers in favor of the Warriors with 16 boards for the game. Downs said, “I asked her to be more and more physical every game especially against a Stoughton team that has a little more size advantage.”

“She got a little frustrated at herself but reacted well to what I was asking of her.”

Harrison stepped in to finish off the half with a three and another jumper in transition and Foxboro held a 37-23 lead at the break.

When asked what changed in the second quarter to break the game open, first-year Stoughton coach Charmaine Steele Jordan replied, “For us I think it was the little things like talking on defense, help defense, rotating. Some of the shots that they got were second, third, fourth opportunities and for us it boils down to little things like five white jerseys rebounding.”

Stoughton was not helped by senior Alecia Quinones picking up two quick fouls and sitting most of the first half. She returned in the third but picked up her fourth foul just 40 seconds after halftime and was limited to just two points for the night.

“It just wasn’t her night tonight,” said Steele Jordan. “She had a target on her back with all those fouls so she couldn’t be as aggressive as she normally is, so that’s unfortunate.”

Stoughton scored the first four points of the third, including a layup for Quinones, but then Foxboro answered right back with an 11-0 run. Sophomore Shannon Smally scored all six of her points in the quarter and chipped in with five rebounds, as suddenly Foxboro had the edge in the paint.

Downs said, “You can never relax ever against Stoughton, but once we settled down a little bit and started building our lead coming out of halftime we gave up the first basket but then never looked back.”

Foxboro went into the fourth leading 49-29. In the final quarter, the Warriors turned to sophomore Lily Sykes, who scored all six of her points in the fourth and added four assists, and Harrison, who knocked down a pair of jumpers. Flahive also knocked down a jumper to finish with seven points, one of eight Warriors to score on Monday.

“We can never rely on one or two players a night,” said Downs, “but if we can come out with three or four or five players out there contributing we’ll be a tough matchup for most teams.”

Julia Foye and GiGi DeNapoli each hit threes in the fourth for the Black Knights, but Stoughton could never get momentum to try and cut the lead.

“Foxboro is good but I don’t think they’re 30 points better than us,” said Steele Jordan. “Our shots didn’t fall, we had a lot of turnovers, which we can improve on and I think they probably out-rebounded us.”

She added, “It’s the beginning of January so there’s a lot of basketball left to play. We’ll keep building.”

Stoughton (3-1, 3-1) will get a quick turnaround with a non-league game against Fontbonne Academy on Wednesday. Foxboro (4-1, 3-1) will get four days off to prepare for Friday’s meeting with Milford.

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

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/04/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
King Philip, 53 @ Attleboro, 69 – Final – Four different Attleboro players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Milliken’s 15 points and seven rebounds. Nate Douglas added 14 points, Jake Dunkley added 13 points and Lucas Boucicaut had 12 points. Kyle Murphy had 13 rebounds for the Bombardiers. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 12 points for King Philip.
Oliver Ames, 66 @ Canton, 47 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Tim Kelley scored a game-high 17 points, junior Dylan Mahoney dropped 14 points and seniors Connor Moroney and Shawn Cardoza each scored 10 points for the Tigers. Tony Harris had a team-high 16 points for Canton. 
Stoughton, 41 @ Foxboro, 63 – Final – Senior Alex DuBrow dropped a game-high 18 points, senior Jonathan Carnino scored a career-high 14 points and senior Jason Procaccini scored 10 points. Brandon Teixeira had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Black Knights. 
Taunton, 57 @ Franklin, 53 – Final – Taunton outscored Franklin 20-10 in the final quarter to secure the win. Five different players scored in double figures for Taunton: Quan Roberson had 14 points, Tommy MacLean had 11 points, four rebounds and seven assists, Carlos Borrero had 11 points and five assists, Dominique Smith had 11 points and six rebounds and Jose Mercado had 10 points and eight rebounds. Franklin’s Tim Prunier had 15 points and four assists, sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points and Kevin Gill had 10 points for the Panthers. 
Milford, 62 @ Sharon, 55 – Final (OT) – Milford’s Anthony Arcudi came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points, all coming in the 4th quarter and overtime. Dimitry Torres led the Scarlet Hawks with 16 points and Dwight Anderson had 12 points, including 10 from the free throw line. Ricardo Ripley had 15 points for Sharon and Tyler Smith had 12 points. 

North Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final – Christian Weber led Mansfield with 13 points while Phil Vigeant had nine points, Sam Goldberg and Max Boen each have eight points and Tyler Boulter had seven points. North Attleboro’s Brent Doherty had a game-high 17 points while Jonny Friberg had eight points. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 21 @ Oliver Ames, 55 – Final – Sophomore Abby Reardon had a team-high 12 points and junior Francesca Calabraro chipped in with nine points for OA. 

Foxboro, 66 @ Stoughton, 38 – Final – Ashley Sampson paced Foxboro with 19 points, six assists and nine rebounds. Cassidy Harrison helped out with 16 points for the Warriors and Grace Tamulionis had eight points and 16 rebounds. Val Whalen had eight points and 13 rebounds for Stoughton, while Bridgette Whalen had eight points and nine rebounds. Foxboro broke open a three-point game with a 14-3 run to end the first half and 26-9 through the end of the third quarter.

Franklin, 50 @ Taunton, 32 – Final – Lauren Rudolph was the top scorer for the Panthers with 15 points and Carli Koffinke added 11 for Franklin.

Attleboro, 55 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro in her second game back from injury with 21 points. Sarah Deyo added 18 for the Bombardiers. KP was led by Sam Madden with eight points.

Mansfield, 39 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final – Jackie Carchedi scored 19 points to lead the Hornets. Meg Hill added six points and seven rebounds for Mansfield. North was led by Emily Peters with nine points and 10 boards.

Sharon, 39 @ Milford, 31 – Final – Alyssa Piazza had a double-double for the Eagles with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sharon also got 11 points apiece from Charlotte Ransom and Emma Eberhardt and five steals from Shira Stoller.
Hockey
Taunton, 7 @ Apponequet/Connolly, 5 – Final

Girls Basketball: Davenport Division Preview 2015-16

Alecia Quinones
Alecia Quinones (13) and Stoughton have a new coach and will be hoping to get into the mix for the league title with the likes of Foxboro this winter. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2014-15 Record: 4-16 (2-14)
2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Jim Choquette

There has been significant progress made in the three years that Jim Choquette has been in charge of the program and he is hoping that this year “will be another step forward” for the Bulldogs. Canton comes into this winter with momentum after winning four games down the stretch of last season and, as Choquette explained, narrowly missing out on a handful of other wins.

Senior captains Meaghan Hunter (who did not play high school basketball until her sophomore year) and Shannon Foley will be the leaders of the team and counted on to get the team into its offense. Junior Emma Murphy is back for her third season on varsity and she continues to develop as a post player. As Choquette noted, Murphy has already started 40 games in her Bulldogs career, so experience is not an issue.

Junior Casey Shea will join Murphy in the post and she is another player that continues to develop. Sophomore Hannah Jerrier had a big season with her AAU team at Mass Premier and Choquette thinks that she is primed for a breakout season along with classmate Jess Powers, who emerged at the tail end of last season.

The Bulldogs will also look to incorporate a pair of freshmen into the system with Erin Devine, who Choquette said has already grown to 6-foot-3, and incoming point guard Julia Hamilton, who may be a star in the making.

“There’s a lot of buzz about this team,” he said. “The girls have really bought into the system. Now we just have to learn how to win those close games.”

Foxboro

2014-15 Record: 21-3 (14-2)
2014-15 Finish: Reached the Div. 2 South final
Head Coach: Lisa Downs

Experienced is not generally an adjective used when describing a team that is going to start four sophomores at the beginning of the season, but all four of the underclassmen in Foxboro’s starting lineup saw significant playing time during the Warriors’ run to the sectional final last year. With HockomockSports.com Player of the Year and Hock MVP Kat Tamulionis graduated, the ball is now going to be in the hands of these young players and they will be given every opportunity to produce.

The primary ball-handler will be sophomore Ashley Sampson. Sampson had a breakout rookie season in which she became one of Foxboro’s best weapons off the bench and showed no fear against even the best teams in the league and the state. Classmate Lily Sykes will join her in the backcourt and adds another good shooter and defender at the guard position. Cassidy Harrison will be the lone senior in the starting five and will provide shooting on the wing.

Sophomore Grace Tamulionis showed tons of potential last season and is a versatile forward that can step back and shoot and has the size to crash the boards. She will be joined in the post by classmate Shannon Smalley, who head coach Lisa Downs said had a great summer. Downs also noted that junior Lauren Flahive could come off the bench as a defensive option and senior Carolynn Will is another option as a shooter at the forward position.

Foxboro could see a big boost a couple of weeks into the season if junior small forward Kristen Bortolotti returns from a concussion suffered during soccer. In the meantime, Downs has no concerns about turning to her underclassmen. She said, “It’s so important that they had a year of experience. Kat [Tamulionis] was good for them because she had confidence in them and they played like it.”

MILFORD

2014-15 Record: 7-13 (5-11)
2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: T.J. Dolliver

Milford enters a new season with a new coach. T.J. Dolliver moves into his first head coaching position at the high school level, after being an assistant for boys’ coach Paul Seaver, and he is “excited” by the potential that the Hawks have shown in the opening weeks of practice and during the opening game of the season (a 44-21 win over Hopedale).

There is only one senior on the roster, but the Hawks gained a lot of experience last year. The focal point for the Hawks offense (and for opposing defenses) will be sophomore guard Kate Irwin. The dynamic lefty has quickness, vision, and shooting touch and she provides Milford with a spark on both ends of the floor. She will get plenty of help from junior forwards Nicole Dahlgren, Christine Pye and Brianna Croteau.

The lone senior on the roster is Jill Powers, who knocked down a couple of threes in the season opener. Sophomore forward Gill Valanzola will add depth at the forward position and junior guards Emma Liskov and Jill Burley will give Irwin help in the backcourt. Dolliver is also hoping to get sophomore Emily Piergustavo back at some point this season to help the Hawks spread the floor with her shooting.

Dolliver appreciates the depth and versatility in the Hawks roster this season and is already worried about making sure he spreads the minutes around to get everyone a chance on the court. “It’s exciting being at the head of the program,” said Dolliver. “We’re having a lot of fun. It’s about defense first and we make sure to keep them working hard.”

Oliver Ames

2014-15 Record: 12-9 (10-6)
2014-15 Finish: Reached the Div. 2 South first round
Head Coach: Elaine Clement-Holbrook

The Tigers finished second behind Foxboro in the Davenport last year and expectations are high that this Oliver Ames team will challenge the Warriors again this winter. Team chemistry seems to be as high as ever in the Tigers group with a smaller roster of just nine players that have battled illnesses and other obstacles during the two weeks of preseason practice. Head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook is hoping that her team will rally around each other and can make a good start to the season.

Although she has missed a few days of practice with illness, junior Francesca Calabraro is going to be the player that OA counts on the most this season. Calabraro was the team’s leading scorer last season and also one of the league’s best in picking up steals. Calabraro is lethal on the break and that is a key to how the Tigers like to play. Sophomore Kayla Raymond, who saw plenty of time as a rookie, has shown the potential of being a top scorer and a force on both ends of the court.

Senior captain Kaitlyn McCarthy was credited with holding things together for the Tigers during the tumultuous opening weeks of practice and she is joined in the leadership role by fellow captain Sam Bamford who is a tenacious defender at the point guard position. Junior forward Niyera Mitchell gives the Tigers size and athleticism in the middle. Hannah Carroll and Abby Reardon will add depth at the guard position.

There may not be a lot of players on the varsity roster this season for OA, but Clement-Holbrook  believes this may be the closest her team has been. She said, “There is a lot of energy in the gym and a level of enthusiasm that shows they want to be out there. I hope the players can come together and find support from each other on the court.”

Sharon

2014-15 Record: 5-15 (4-12)
2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Cliff Tomassian

In his first season in charge, Cliff Tomassian took over a program that had reached the sectional final at UMass Boston for the first time in decades but one that lost its three best players including HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Karlie O’Driscoll. The Eagles were competitive throughout the season, particularly on defense, but struggled on the offensive end and missed the tournament, something Tomassian believes can change this winter.

If Sharon is going to improve on offense and make a charge at the postseason then the Eagles will need a full season out of senior forward Alyssa Piazza. The team’s leading scorer last year has missed portions of each of the last two seasons, but when she is on the court is a strong post scorer and dominant rebounder. Tomassian said, “When she’s on the court, she’s one of our most productive players.”

Sophomore guard Shira Stoller will also be back this year and Tomassian has urged the point guard to look for her own shot more and take some of the pressure off Piazza. With a point guard that can get to the basket and a forward that can score in the post, the perimeter should open up for Sharon and that is where seniors Ashley Mukasa and Charlotte Ransom can excel as spot up shooters.

The Eagles will once again be counting on young players to acclimate to the varsity level quickly, including sophomore Jessica Allan and freshmen Emma Eberhardt and Veronica Wallace. “Once the girls get used to the physicality of the varsity level we’ll be fine,” explained Tomassian. “Our expectation is making the tournament.”

Stoughton

2014-15 Record: 3-14 (3-13)
2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Charmaine Steele-Jordan

After three decades in charge, Janet Sullivan stepped down as the head coach at Stoughton and the program turned to someone who knows all about the program to step in this winter. Former Stoughton player and 1,000 point scorer Charmaine Steele-Jordan, who played at Quinnipiac and was an assistant coach at Boston University, takes over and had already brought a buzz to the Black Knights heading into the season. “There couldn’t have been a better place to fall,” said Jordan about the chance to take over at her alma mater.

Senior Alecia Quinones gives Steele-Jordan a weapon to work around. The forward has the size to match up with opposing post players and the athleticism to match up with wings. On offense she also adds versatility with an improving jump shot and good moves on the block. Fellow senior Jess Greer is the primary ball-handler and can also knock down the three.

Senior forward Ava Seigel is the third captain this season and is another important cog on both ends of the floor. Senior Bridgette Whalen and sophomore Valerie Whalen will add more size and strength in the paint for the Black Knights. Defense was always a strength of Stoughton and that will certainly continue under the new coach.

Last season, the Black Knights struggled in the half-court offense and Steele-Jordan has already introduced a much higher pace to the team during the first couple weeks of practice and is hoping that Stoughton can get up and down the court to get points in transition. She explained, “We want to get up and down the floor and only set up when we have to. We want to be able to press and try different things this year.”

For a list of 10 Players to Watch in Hockomock League girls’ basketball this season, click here.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D1 South
#12 King Philip, 1 @ #5 Mansfield, 2 – Final – Senior Jake Staples scored with just over 10 minutes left off a Max Gurnon free kick to lift the Hornets. Kevin Bouck scored in the first half for Mansfield to make it 1-0 while Mike Rowe leveled the game shortly into the second half. Mansfield advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #4 Needham on Sunday, 11/8 with a time yet to be announced. 

#7 Franklin, 5 vs. #10 Marshfield, 0 – Final – Austin Kent hooked up with Nick Parent twice in the first half, as Parent finished off a pair of corner kicks to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break, Kevin Hall made it 3-0 off an assist from goalie Henri Guilmette, Kent made it 4-0 off an assist from Cam LeBlanc and Farley Asmath made it 5-0 off an assist from Brian Czuba. Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Brockton on Saturday, 11/7 at 6:00. 
Girls Soccer
D1 South
#11 North Attleboro, 3 @ #6 Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hana Caster scored a hat trick for the Rocketeers to lead North to a come from behind victory in the Div. 1 South opening round game. OA took the lead twice on a Jess Robarge goal from a corner and a Delaney Benton penalty, but both times Caster scored to equalize. She scored the winner with seven minutes remaining. North will face the winner of Franklin and Walpole.
D2 South
#14 Foxboro, 0 @ #3 Canton, 2 – Final – Tessa Cudmore scored less than a minute in and Hannah Link added a second midway through the second half to lift Canton. The Bulldogs advance to the D2 South Quarterfinals and will host #6 Medfield (11-4-4) on Saturday, 11/7 at 4:00. 
Field Hockey
D2 South
#12 Foxboro, 0 @ #5 Monomoy, 1 – Final
Volleyball
D1 Central West
#6 Franklin, 3 vs. #11 Wachusett, 2 – Final – Franklin rallied from a 2-1 deficit, winning a marathon fourth set and then pulling out a win in the fifth set to get the 18-25, 25-21, 13-25, 30-28, 15-13 win. Head coach Kate Horsmann said Erin Skidmore had clutch serving down the stretch in the vital fourth set, finishing with a pair of aces and eight blocks. Dayna McCue had 46 serve receives, 25 digs and six aces and Beth Neal had 13 assists, six kills and six aces. Franklin advances to the D1 Central West Quarterfinals and will travel to #3 Natick (14-2) on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:00. 
D1 South
#7 Taunton, 3 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 0 – Final – Taunton advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Mansfield (14-5) on Monday, 11/9. The game is currently scheduled for 7:00. 

#9 North Attleboro, 3 @ #8 Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final – After dropping the first set, North rallied for three straight. The Rocketeers advance to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #1 Barnstable (18-1) on a date and time to be announced. 
D2 South
#11 Stoughton, 0 @ #6 Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton bowed out of the postseason with a 23-25, 19-25, 10-25 loss. Bridgette Whalen had 20 digs, 15 service receptions, five kills, eight service points and two blocks, Bianca DeSousa had 12 digs and 16 assists and Valerie Whalen finished with eight digs, six kills and six service points.

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D1 South
#12 King Philip, 1 @ #5 Mansfield, 2 – Final – Senior Jake Staples scored with just over 10 minutes left off a Max Gurnon free kick to lift the Hornets. Kevin Bouck scored in the first half for Mansfield to make it 1-0 while Mike Rowe leveled the game shortly into the second half. Mansfield advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #4 Needham on Sunday, 11/8 with a time yet to be announced. 

#7 Franklin, 5 vs. #10 Marshfield, 0 – Final – Austin Kent hooked up with Nick Parent twice in the first half, as Parent finished off a pair of corner kicks to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the break, Kevin Hall made it 3-0 off an assist from goalie Henri Guilmette, Kent made it 4-0 off an assist from Cam LeBlanc and Farley Asmath made it 5-0 off an assist from Brian Czuba. Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Brockton on Saturday, 11/7 at 6:00. 
Girls Soccer
D1 South
#11 North Attleboro, 3 @ #6 Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hana Caster scored a hat trick for the Rocketeers to lead North to a come from behind victory in the Div. 1 South opening round game. OA took the lead twice on a Jess Robarge goal from a corner and a Delaney Benton penalty, but both times Caster scored to equalize. She scored the winner with seven minutes remaining. North will face the winner of Franklin and Walpole.
D2 South
#14 Foxboro, 0 @ #3 Canton, 2 – Final – Tessa Cudmore scored less than a minute in and Hannah Link added a second midway through the second half to lift Canton. The Bulldogs advance to the D2 South Quarterfinals and will host #6 Medfield (11-4-4) on Saturday, 11/7 at 4:00. 
Field Hockey
D2 South
#12 Foxboro, 0 @ #5 Monomoy, 1 – Final
Volleyball
D1 Central West
#6 Franklin, 3 vs. #11 Wachusett, 2 – Final – Franklin rallied from a 2-1 deficit, winning a marathon fourth set and then pulling out a win in the fifth set to get the 18-25, 25-21, 13-25, 30-28, 15-13 win. Head coach Kate Horsmann said Erin Skidmore had clutch serving down the stretch in the vital fourth set, finishing with a pair of aces and eight blocks. Dayna McCue had 46 serve receives, 25 digs and six aces and Beth Neal had 13 assists, six kills and six aces. Franklin advances to the D1 Central West Quarterfinals and will travel to #3 Natick (14-2) on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:00. 
D1 South
#7 Taunton, 3 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 0 – Final – Taunton advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #2 Mansfield (14-5) on Monday, 11/9. The game is currently scheduled for 7:00. 

#9 North Attleboro, 3 @ #8 Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final – After dropping the first set, North rallied for three straight. The Rocketeers advance to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will travel to #1 Barnstable (18-1) on a date and time to be announced. 
D2 South
#11 Stoughton, 0 @ #6 Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton bowed out of the postseason with a 23-25, 19-25, 10-25 loss. Bridgette Whalen had 20 digs, 15 service receptions, five kills, eight service points and two blocks, Bianca DeSousa had 12 digs and 16 assists and Valerie Whalen finished with eight digs, six kills and six service points.

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/30/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
D1 South
#8 Attleboro, 14 @ #1 Xaverian, 47 – Final
1st Quarter: (X) Devon Piccinin 60 yard rush, Matt Rogers XP.
2nd Quarter: (X) Michael Pina 4 yard rush, Rogers XP; (A) Brendan Nunes 53 yard rush, Elijah Lewis XP; (X) M. Pina 53 yard pass to Peter Thorbahn; Rogers XP; (A) B. Nunes 12 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
3rd Quarter: (X) M. Pina 13 yard pass to Coby Tippett, XP failed; (X) M. Pina 30 yard pass to C. Tippett, 2pt failed.
4th Quarter: (X) M. Pina 10 yard pass to C. Tippett, Rogers XP; (X) D. Piccinin 70 yard rush, Rogers XP.
D2 South
#4 Mansfield, 29 vs. #5 Natick, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Connor Finerty 2 yard rush, Anthony DeGirolamo pass to Hunter Ferreira 2pt good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Brian Lynch 3 yard rush, Diogo DeSousa XP; (N) Christian D’Antonio 78 yard pass to Chuck Jacobson, XP blocked.
3rd Quarter: (M) Nick Graham 3 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP.
4th Quarter: (M) Joe Cox 3 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP; (N) Malik Williams 5 yard rush, Matt Carey XP.
#6 King Philip, 0 @ #3 Needham, 24 – Final
D3 Southeast
#7 Sharon,  7 @ #2 Dartmouth, 44 – Final
Sharon scoring:
4th Quarter: (S) Matt Cancian 2 yard rush, Josh Rotman XP.
D3 Southwest
#2 North Attleboro, 35 vs. #7 Bishop Feehan, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 78 yard pass to Brodey Barr, XP no good; (NA) Nick Morrison 2 yard rush, 2pt good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 48 yard pass to Bobby Mylod; Connor Flynn XP; (NA) N. Morrison 1 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
3rd Quarter: (NA) 5 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
4th Quarter: (BF) Jason Medeiros 3 yard rush, Josh Cayer XP.
#5 Stoughton, 21 @ #4 Walpole, 20 – Final
1st Quarter: (W) Steve Cuqua 2 yard rush, Alex Caskie XP.
2nd Quarter: (W) Lovevindjy Salvant 27 yard rush, A. Caskie XP; (S) Jake Gibb 1 yard rush, J. Gibb XP; (S) J. Gibb 47 yard pass to Ryan Sullivan, J. Gibb XP.
3rd Quarter: (S) Christian Hill 25 yard rush, J. Gibb XP.
4th Quarter: (W) S. Cuqua 29 yard rush, XP no good.
D4 South
#2 Foxboro, 30 vs. #7 Dennis-Yarmouth, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (DY) Jacob McCarthy 27 yard pass to Andrew Jamiel, XP no good; (F) John Cronin 33 yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (F) Ronnie Martin 1 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: (F) Darren Kelly 57 yard pass to Austin Ryan, J. Cronin XP.
4th Quarter: (F) D. Kelly 2 yard rush, J. Cronin XP; Rob McCoy 99 yard interception return, J. Cronin XP; (DY) J. McCarthy 10 yard pass to Jonah Arsenault, 2pt rush.
Non-Playoffs
Canton, 33 vs. Sandwich, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Woanyen Mahn 1 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP.
2nd Quarter: (C) W. Mahn 14 yard rush, T. Monagle XP; (S) Sam Whittle 3 yard pass to Jason Mullin, Jake Carter XP; (C) Jake Ragusa 9 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: W. Mahn 1 yard rush, 2pt failed; (C) J. Ragusa 2 yard rush, T. Monagle XP.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Franklin, 16 vs. Brookline, 21 – Final
1st Quarter: (B) Kay Gakimani 1 yard rush, XP good; (F) Nick Yelle 24 yard field goal
2nd Quarter: (B) K. Gakimani 2 yard rush, XP good; (F) Jacob Wolowacki 4 yard rush, N. Yelle XP.
3rd Quarter: (B) Maxin Boeghman 8 yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) Luke Gordon 79 yard pass to Will O’Reilly, 2pt failed.
Milford, 49 @ Taunton, 30 – Final
Oliver Ames, 7 @ Hingham, 33 – Final
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ New Bedford, 4 – Final
Volleyball
Stoughton, 3 vs. Fontbonne Academy, 0 – Final – Stoughton qualified for the postseason with the 25-14, 25-20, 25-18 win. Bridgette Whalen had eight blocks, 13 kills, 18 digs and three aces, Ava Siegel had 13 service points and seven aces and Bianca DeSousa added 12 digs, 11 service points and four aces.
Field Hockey
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 8 – Final
King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – Kelsey McPhee scored the game winner off of stopped pass from Dana Lewandowski with just under four minutes to play in the first half. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper credited KP goalie Abby Campbell with an outstanding game after the Panthers outshot KP 24-3. Cropper also praised the play of Taylor Reutlinger and Kenzi Pleshaw. 

Stoughton, 2 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said goalie Kara Ploss was outstanding with eight saves to help the Black Knights get a point. Mia Russell and Courtney Campbell scored for Stoughton. Elena DelloRusso scored Milford’s first goal and Jessica Palmer added a second off an assist from Nicole Fokas. 

Taunton, 1 @ Mansfield, 6 – Final

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/29/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – North Attleboro claimed the Leach and Garner Cup with a 5-3 advantage on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw. Brendan Matracia saved a penalty in the shootout and Matt Coscarella scored the final PK for North. Coscarella and Zach Rodrigues were named the game’s MVPs.
Sharon, 2 @ Canton, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalWith the draw OA wins the outright Davenport title. Nathaniel Cardoza scored with six minutes remaining to earn the draw. Chris Romero opened the scoring for the Tigers in the first half and had two others called back. Devante Teixeira equalized in the first half and then assisted on Anthony Barreira’s go-ahead goal early in the second.

King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – King Philip sophomore Tyler Mann put the Warriors up a goal with just over 10 minutes left to play but just a minute later Nick Parent headed home a service from Austin Kent to knot the game at one. 

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first half, Mansfield scored twice inside the opening minutes of the second half. Jareme DiLorenzo opened the scoring off an assist from Nick Hyland then Charlie Rogers doubled the lead off a feed from Brad Eames. Michael Kirejczyk made eight saves to record his 10th save, which is a single season record for Mansfield. With the win, the Hornets clinch the program’s first ever outright Hockomock title. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon scored an early goal, converting a shot at the near post while sophomore Tyler Melo doubled the lead off a cross from junior Jeremy Fishman. Head coach Aaron Salter said Kyle Silverman made an outstanding save at the end of the match to keep the clean sheet. With the win, Stoughton qualified for the state tournament for the second straight year. 
Girls Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Rebekah Entwistle scored the lone goal of the game for the Bombardiers to win the Blue-Red Cup. Kayla Merritt had the assist. Madison Brown (Attleboro) and Hana Caster (North) were named the game’s MVPs.

Sharon, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Shannon Foley and Sarah MacQuarrie each had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs. Lilah Sullivan had Canton’s other goals.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalRiley Collins and Carolynn Will scored the goals for the Warriors in the second half to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Dana Lowney scored the OA goal on an assist from Francesca Calabraro.
Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Alexis Stowell opened the scoring off an assist by her sister Victoria. Jess Kroushl added a second off an assist by Alexis Stowell and Halle Atkinson scored an unassisted third.

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Alana Vincent scored the winning goal for the Tigers with six minutes remaining to clinch a playoff spot. It was Vincent’s second goal of the game. Sam Tichelaar also scored for Taunton. Jackie Carchedi and Jill Savoie each scored for the Hornets. 

Milford, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Katie Brown and Kristen Franzini scored the goals for Milford. Rachel LeBlanc and Maggie Boyle each had assists. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Amelia Cochran off an assist from Emmie Sprague. Marissa Williams and Alecia Quinones both played well in net for the Black Knights according to head coach Tara Daniels. 
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton got the win at home with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 victory. Sarah Reissfelder had six kills and Nicole Poole paced the offense with 23 assists and added 12 digs. Canton head coach Pat Cawley said Emma Gobbi, Kaitlin McCarthy and Kelly Dever played well at the net.

Foxboro, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – With the match tied 1-1, KP picked up the a vital win in game three and walked away with a  25-11, 16-25, 27-25, 25-21 win. Josie Rowean led the way with 16 kills, Gwen Uyrus added six kill, Amelia Murphy and Emma Lopez each had four kills and Micaela Murray had seven digs. Franklin’s Aubrie Kutil had 10 kills, Beth Neal had 19 assists, seven kills and two blocks and Alyssa Shea had seven kills.

Mansfield, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalWith a win and a loss from Franklin, Mansfield clinched a share of the Hockomock League’s Kelley-Rex title, the program’s first ever Hockomock League title. Mansfield picked up the sweep with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-19. Cathryn Heavey had 31 assists, Sarah Mullahy had 17 service points, Meg Hill had 15 kills and Jess Haradon finished with 10 digs. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had eight blocks, 10 kills, 11 digs, 11 service points and fives aces and Valerie Whalen with five blocks and seven kills.