Second Half Surge Sends Foxboro Past Seekonk

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Foxboro’s Jaime Notarangelo tries to get past a Seekonk defender in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FOXBORO, Mass. – The Foxboro field hockey was in firm control throughout the first 40 minutes of its playoff-opening contest with Seekonk, applying constant pressure without allowing the visitors near any time on the attack.

In fact, the Warriors had racked up nearly a dozen penalty corners and peppered the Seekonk net with shot after shot.

But all the 4th seeded Warriors had to show for it was a 1-0 lead over 20th seeded Seekonk.

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“It’s the tournament so it’s anyone’s game on any given day,” said Foxboro head coach Melissa Bordieri. “All it takes is a couple of breaks or a couple of bounces the other way.”

Fortunately for the hosts, the constant attack finally paid off as the Warriors found the back of the net four times over the final 20 minutes of play to earn a 5-0 win over Seekonk.

“I saw [Seekonk] play [its preliminary game],” Bordieri said. “It was 1-1 at the half, and Bourne dominated, [Seekonk] didn’t get a lot of corners but they still won. I told that to the girls at halftime, 1-0 is not good enough. We can’t sleep on that team, and sure enough, the first two minutes of the second half they were down our end.”

Foxboro sophomore Kate Collins squeaked a shot through on a tough angle, just getting the ball across despite a good effort from a Seekonk defender to try and clear it to give the hosts a 1-0 lead just under seven minutes into the game.

But that would be the only time the Warriors would solve the Seekonk goalie and defense for the first half. While the chances came in droves, the goals didn’t follow until the second half.

Collins’ corner connected with Molly McElhinney, who dished it off to Ella Waryas for a hard shot that was saved in the 12th minute. Collins found Jaime Notarangelo on a corner in the 24th minute, but once again the shot was saved.

And five minutes later, Ella Waryas smacked a hard cross that connected with her younger sister Mya, but the shot skipped just wide of the post. While Foxboro had six shots on net and eight penalty corners in the opening half, it also saw nearly a dozen shots go just wide.

“The last game, I think two of our four goals came on penalty corners. So I can’t wait to review the tape to see what was going wrong. It’s execution. Whether it’s the shot getting off and we’re not putting it away in front of the net, or we’re stopping our own ball, or we’re wide left or wide right…so we’ve gotta clean that up.”

Seekonk had a rare foray into Foxboro’s half early in the second half but was quickly denied by Warrior junior defender Shannon Egan, putting the hosts back on the attack.

After both Lauren Foster and Notarangelo had chances denied in the opening 10 minutes, Foxboro finally broke through to double its lead.

Collins sent a corner to McElhinney at the top of the circle, who quickly moved the ball along for a one-timer from Foster. After the initial stop, Notarangelo forced the keeper into another save at the near post. After a scrum in front of the net, Collins was able to bury her chance from in close to make it 2-0.

From there, the proverbial floodgates opened for the Foxboro offense.

Two minutes after Collins’ second goal, she helped orchestrate another. This time, her pass to McElhinney resulted in a hard shot that was redirected by Notarangelo for a 3-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Ella Waryas smashed a shot on net that was saved by Mya Waryas was there to clean up the rebound for a 4-0 lead with 9:15 left.

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And the Warriors capped the scoring with 6:21 to go when Brooke Connolly finished off a pass from Notarangelo for a 5-0 advantage.

“For me, no, maybe after the fifth,” Bordieri said after asked if the second goal gave her any relief. “I think the second goal changed things for the girls. I think once they played with more confidence, once they relaxed they played much better.”

Foxboro field hockey (13-1-5) will host #5 Cohasset (14-4-1) on Sunday at 11:00 AM.

Canton and Foxboro Share Spoils in Title Showdown

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Foxboro goalie Hannah Trombly makes a save during the second half against Canton. The Warriors scored in the first half but the Bulldogs answered in the second to secure a 1-1 tie. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – Foxboro and Canton have finished as the top two teams in the Davenport division in each of the past three seasons. The Warriors won two of those three titles, but the largest margin that has separated the teams at the end of the year has been three points. This year is no different.

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Once again the two rivals entered Tuesday night’s title showdown at WWII Veterans Memorial Field as the top two teams in the Davenport and with the Bulldogs holding a slim two-point edge. Both teams would have four league games remaining after Tuesday and none would be against teams with winning records, so this felt like Foxboro’s best chance of trying to catch the league leaders.

The Warriors got off to the perfect start, playing like a team that knew it needed the win, and jumped out to a one-goal lead, but the Bulldogs turned the game around in the second half and it finished 1-1. That leaves Canton holding its own title destiny entering the final two weeks of the regular season.

“We took a few minutes to get going,” admitted Canton coach Chrissy O’Connor. She noted that things changed after the break, “Totally felt like we had a little momentum. We were correcting some of the things we had gotten wrong. We made some adjustments and overall I was happy with how we played, but unfortunately with Foxboro things end in a tie.”

Canton had a couple of early looks with a cross through the crease and a chance for Shayna Johnson that the senior had bounce off her foot right in front of goal, but the first half largely belonged to the visitors.

Nine minutes into the game, the Warriors took the lead. Jaime Notarangelo created the opening with a run down the right side, something that would become a theme of the half, and she squared it into the middle. After a couple of deflections, the ball dropped to Brooke Connolly and she knocked it in.

Meg Aldrich had a chance to equalize for the Bulldogs after a rush right through the middle of the Foxboro defense, but it was kicked aside by goalie Hannah Trombly (two saves).

The Bulldogs struggled to contain Notarangelo and the Warriors looked to get her the ball on the right wing as often as possible. After the senior midfielder raced past players on both teams, she cut inside and forced a save out of Canton goalie Riley O’Connor (seven saves). A minute later Mikayla Cloherty had a go from distance that was kicked away as well.

“Jaime played out of her mind,” said Foxboro coach Melissa Bordieri. “She was phenomenal. You could see how much she was digging and kept trying. Her ball control tonight was outstanding.”

Inside the final 10 minutes of the half, Canton started to stem the tide and gain a foothold in the game. Maria Femia opened up a chance for Erin Lane, but her shot just went wide and couldn’t be held in at the end line by Ellie Bohane.

The momentum that the home team built at the end of the first half carried over at the start of the second.

It only took four minutes after the break for Canton to find the tying goal. After a corner was cleared by Foxboro, the Bulldogs charged back at the goal again and Kaitlyn Goyetch found room in the left channel. Her backhand effort flicked up over Trombly’s shoulder and the goalie could not keep it out.

“It’s that extra spark of energy,” said O’Connor about Goyetch. “She’s able to flip that switch and when she does and when she gets to that second gear then everyone follows and it raises the level of play on the field.”

Canton took control of the game in the second half. The hosts had the ball in front of Trombly for seemingly the entire 30 minutes, but Foxboro had a handful of chances as well. Notarangelo created the opening with another run down the wing and her cross to Mya Waryas at the back post was kept out by O’Connor, who then scrambled the rebound off the line. Ella Waryas then set up Notarangelo in front but the redirection was blocked by the goalie at close range.

Carly Fitzgerald had a shot from long range that forced Trombly into a stop and the rebound was left in front for several Bulldogs, including Femia, Lane, and Meghan LaBelle, to have a swat at.

Bordieri said, “They put serious pressure on. I couldn’t even see the play, just saw the ball come flying out of the circle, so defense came up big in a lot of places. But, it has to be consistent. We didn’t play 60 minutes tonight and it resulted in another tie.”

Femia was the primary creator for Canton and was a constant menace when in possession. She nearly created the winner with a run up the left side and a cross to Grace Nourse at the back post, but Lauren Foster got in the way to deny the chance.

“She’s a gamer,” O’Connor said about Femia. “She’s a game time player and she wants to get it done and usually she makes things happen. I thought we were in the right positions, I thought the offense was there, we were right there, but they were right there with their defensive stands.”

Riley O’Connor was forced to come up with one more big stop before the end, as Nicole Bubencik had a shot through traffic that was sneaking inside the post until the goalie stuck out a toe to keep it out.

“A tale of two halves,” said Bordieri. “They came out flying in the second half and found us flat. I just felt like we couldn’t find that momentum we had in the first half, we couldn’t continue it and they did a really good job of taking that momentum and running with it.”

Canton (8-2-3, 8-1-3) will try to hold its lead in the division against Stoughton on Thursday, while Foxboro (8-1-5, 6-1-5) will try to keep the pressure on when it hosts Milford.

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