Bulldogs Offense Clicks Into Gear Against Taunton

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Canton sophomore guard Maggie Connolly scored 10 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Bulldogs scored a season-high 63 points in a win against Taunton. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – Canton has shown flashes of improvement on the offensive end this season, putting together strong stretches that kept the Bulldogs close with perennial powers like Franklin, Mansfield, and North Attleboro. While there have been good patches, Canton had only reached 60 points once this year, against Sharon, before Friday night.

The Bulldogs clicked on offense for four quarters against visiting Taunton, including a 20-point second quarter, had 10 players get on the score sheet, and had a season high for points in a 63-47 victory.

“We kind of have had spurts throughout the whole year where we show signs of being a good offensive team,” said Canton coach Jim Choquette, “but stretching it over four quarters has been the issue…Today, was all about execution.”

The Tigers had gotten off to a strong start to the game, building an 11-4 lead early on behind five of Lily Patnaude’s game-high 24 points and four from Hannah Moniz. Canton rallied with the final six points of the first quarter to close the gap to just one and had five players with two points apiece in the first, including a layup from Erin Devine, set up by Maggie Connolly.

MacKenzie Handrahan (eight points, nine rebounds) scored on a rebound to start the second and Patnaude buried her second three. Canton scored six straight to take the lead, including a three-pointer by Jess Powers, who was playing her first game of the season after recovering from a knee injury suffered during lacrosse season.

Abby Kingman knocked down a three to regain the lead at 19-18, but the Bulldogs closed out the half with 12 straight points to go ahead to stay. Taunton struggled against Canton’s height, particularly when Handrahan went to the bench with her third foul early in the second.

“It was a close game and we need her in there,” said Taunton coach Walter Harrigan. “We need her leadership and just her hustle and determination and I thought we lost it when Mackenzie went out and we couldn’t regain it.”

Hannah Jerrier scored to give Canton back the lead and then assisted on a layup by Connolly (10 points, 14 rebounds), who added a jumper and pulled down eight boards in the first half alone.

“It’s hard to remember that she’s a guard because she’ll rebound more than anyone on our team, or on their team,” said Choquette. “She missed down here, was the last one down here, and raced back to block the girls’ shot. Her greatest attribute is she never gives up on a play; she’ll never give up for one second.”

Jerrier also assisted on a basket for Casey Shea (six point) in the second quarter, one of 18 assists for the Bulldogs on the night.

Choquette said of the ball movement, “We don’t try to put bigs in one spot or guards in one spot. It’s a motion-based offense where everyone has to be in the right positions and no matter where you are it’s fine for everyone to go.”

Canton kept pulling away in the third quarter, opening the lead out to 18 heading into the fourth. Jerrier was the key to the attack with nine of her team-high 19 in the third. Jerrier had all but five points in the paint (the other five were at the line) and Canton continued to get the ball into the paint, either off rebounds or over the top of the Taunton defense.

“They’re size absolutely killed us,” Harrigan admitted. “Many times we’d have them boxed out and they’d go right up and they’re just so much bigger than us. Give them credit, they were able to rebound well and that was really the difference in the game.”

Patnaude tried to keep the Tigers in the game in the second half, scoring eight points in each of the third and fourth quarters. Harrigan called it a “breakout” game for the sophomore.

“Lily came on strong and we’ve been waiting for that,” he said. “She’s been struggling a little bit this year, but this was a breakout game for her and we’re going to see a lot of good things from her going forward.”

The Canton offense continued to be unstoppable in the fourth. On back-to-back possessions, Shea popped out to the high post and hit Emma Murphy on back-cuts across the baseline for layups. Jerrier added six more in the fourth and Lindsey Barrett and Molly Ludwig came off the bench to knock down jumpers.

Choquette said, “I think a lot of it comes from playing really good defense. They like being aggressive, they like jumping out, they like trapping. When we’re playing defense like that and the excitement of being at home with the crowd and the band, all of that led to a really nice win.”

Canton (3-9, 2-8) will try to keep the momentum going on Sunday against Sharon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. Taunton (0-14, 0-10) will try to bounce back on Tuesday against Stoughton.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/22/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Taunton, 65 @ New Bedford, 46 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Girls Basketball
Canton, 38 @ Dover-Sherborn, 32 – FinalHannah Jerrier scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win for the Bulldogs. Maggie Connolly added a career-high 12 points along with six steals and Casey Shea had four points, eight rebounds, and four blocks for Canton, which broke open a tie game heading to the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raiders 11-5 for its first win of the season.

Mansfield, 49 vs. Bishop Feehan, 63 – FinalClick here for a recap from this game.

Taunton, 26 vs. New Bedford, 43 – Final

Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Shawsheen, 6 – Final
Franklin, 0 vs. Pope Francis, 5 – Final

Swimming
Boys
Foxboro, 69 @ Milford, 85 – FinalJames Donoghue, Kevin Decker and Johnmichael Boucher each came in first in a pair of events for Foxboro. Donoghue was first in the 500 free, Decker touched first in the 100 backstroke and Boucher finished first in the 100 breaststroke. Anthony Quarterone, Joshua Site and Thomas VanDell made up the 200 free relay with Decker. Donoghue and Boucher were joined by Shawn McNamara and Dan Egan in the 400 free relay.

Girls
Foxboro 65 @ Milford, 103 – FinalLexi Nelson and Allison Curran both won a pair of events for Foxboro. Nelson was first in the 200 IM and Curran finished first in the 200 free. Nelson and Curran were joined by Faith Perry and Lindsey Nelson in the 400 free relay team that finished first.

Gymnastics
Canton, 109.6 @ Attleboro, 135.8 – Final

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/20/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Sharon, 40 @ Attleboro, 59 – FinalSharon raced out to an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Bombardiers climbed back for with a big second quarter to come within two at halftime. The Bombardiers held Sharon to just 12 points in the second half to earn their fourth win of the season. Jake Dunkley led Attleboro with 15 points. Ricardo Ripley scored a career-high 21 points for the Eagles.

Canton, 53 @ King Philip, 69 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Foxboro, 55 @ Franklin, 67 – FinalFranklin turned a seven point lead (27-20) at the halftime break into a double-digit advantage (50-37) by the end of third quarter. Franklin’s Connor Peterson led all scorers with 19 points while Josh Macchi added 14 points and Paul Mahon chipped in with 12 points for the Panthers. Foxboro’s Andrew Block had a team-high 14 points while Mark Clagg scored 12 points, Joe Morrison had 10 points and Joe Bartucca finished with eight points.

Stoughton, 40 @ Mansfield, 71 – Final Mansfield used a dominate second quarter to stretch a two possession game into a comfortable lead by halftime. The Hornets outscored the Black Knights 21-4 in the second quarter and held a 37-14 lead at the break. Tyler Boulter and Sam Goldberg (six rebounds) each had 13 points while Phil Vigeant added 11 points, with a team-high three three-point field goals. Stoughton senior Izon Swain-Price netted a team-high 11 points.

Milford, 56 @ Taunton, 71 – FinalTaunton freshman Dante Law tied a career-high with 18 points to lead the way for the Tigers. Lou Vendrell scored a season-high 15 points while senior Tommy MacLean finished with 13 points. Milford senior Zack Tamagni led the Scarlet Hawks with 18 points while junior Kayden Kelley had 11 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

North Attleboro, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 59 – FinalOliver Ames raced out to a 18-9 lead after the first quarter and used that lead as a launching point the rest of the way. The Rocketeers got it within nine at the end of the third quarter (40-31) but Oliver Ames finished the game by winning the fourth quarter 19-9. Carter Evin and Jack Spillane each had 16 points for the Tigers while Dylan Mahoney added 14 points. Brent Doherty led Big Red with 14 points while Jonny Friberg added 11 points.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 92 @ Sharon, 55 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

King Philip, 46 @ Canton, 23 – FinalShannon O’Connor led the way for the Warriors with 15 points. Christina Hathaway added eight points for KP in what head coach Martin Crowley called, a “great team win.” Casey Shea was top scorer for the Bulldogs with 10 points.

Franklin, 31 @ Foxboro, 52- FinalAshley Sampson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row, leading the Warriors with 22. Lily Sykes chipped in with 17 for the Warriors.

Mansfield, 54 @ Stoughton, 33 – FinalThe Hornets outscored Stoughton 19-5 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pull out the win. Meg Hill led the way for Mansfield with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and nine blocks. Jen Peel added 14 points, five assists and three steals for the Hornets. Stoughton freshman Shyanne Trinh had a team-high 16 points for the Black Knights while Val Whalen had nine points and eight rebounds.

Taunton, 39 @ Milford, 52 – FinalKate Irwin paced the Hawks with 22 points and Jill Burley added 15 in the win. Milford trailed 32-25 at halftime but took control with an 18-2 run in the third quarter and allowed only seven points in the second half.

Oliver Ames, 45 @ North Attleboro, 46 – Final The Rocketeers avenged a one-point loss in last year’s playoffs by edging the Tigers in a game that had “playoff-like atmosphere.” Ashley Ahern was top scorer for North with 15 points and Kayla Raymond led OA with 21.

Gymnastics
Attleboro, 136.6 @ Franklin, 126 – FinalAttleboro’s Emma Humphrey (36.7) scored a 9.4 on bars, a 9.4 on floor, 9.0 on the vault and 8.9 on beam to lead the Bombardiers to the win. Franklin sophomore Mia Lizotte was not far behind at 36.3, scoring 9.2 on floor, vault and beam and 8.7 on bars.

Girls Basketball: 2016-17 Davenport Division Preview

2016-2017 Davenport Girls Basketball Preview
Shannon Smally (15) of Foxboro and Val Whalen (14) of Stoughton battle in the post in one of last season’s Davenport division meetings. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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2016-2017 Davenport Girls Basketball Preview

CANTON

2015-16 Record: 6-14 (3-13)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Jim Choquette

The Bulldogs continue to add to the program both on the court and on the bench with former Canton and UMass Boston star Olivia Murphy joining the coaching staff this season to help out with the freshman team. It is a sign of the continued growth of the program under head coach Jim Choquette, who is hoping that the momentum built at the end of last season will carry over to this year.

Senior forward Emma Murphy returns after a league all-star season and will be joined on the front line by returning starters senior Casey Shea and juniorHannah Jerrier, who was an honorable mention for all-star last winter. Adding depth on the front line will be sophomore forwards Molly Ludwig and Erin Devine, who lacks inexperience but adds significant height.

Jess Powers is recovering from an injury suffered during lacrosse season and her return will add more scoring punch to a deep and quick backcourt group. Sophomore Julia Hamilton is back to run the point for the Bulldogs and will be joined by classmate Maggie Connolly, junior Lindsey Barrett, senior Taylor Carrington, and junior twins Lillian and Evelyn Carrington. This group will allow Canton to keep defensive pressure high all game long.

“Our strengths will be scrappy defense and rebounding on both ends,” said Choquette. “our goal is to improve each game and be playing our best headed into the last part of the season…the faster we find chemistry the faster we’ll find the win column.”

FOXBORO

2015-16 Record: 15-7 (11-5)
2015-16 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South quarterfinal
Head Coach: Lisa Downs

Despite a lot of youth in the lineup, Foxboro has been one of the top teams in the Davenport division for several seasons and this year should be no different, as the Warriors enter the winter with very high expectations and as one of the favorites for the league title.

A lot of the interest in the Warriors stems from the continued development of junior point guard Ashley Sampson, who has turned into one of the best all-around guards in the Hockomock and is the player that the Foxboro offense flows through. Sampson has plenty of help in the backcourt with classmate Lily Sykes, who offers scoring from the perimeter, and seniors Lauren Flahive, Riley Collins (back after an injury), and Hailey Maling, who are all strong on the ball defenders.

In the front court, Kristen Bortolotti is back after missing last year with an injury and will add speed and a strong mid-range game. Junior Grace Tamulionis is another matchup nightmare for the opposition with her size on the boards and on defense and her ability to step outside and shoot the three. Junior Shannon Smally continues to improve and gives the Warriors an inside presence, while newcomers Chelsea Gibbons and Abby Hassmancould make big contributions for the Warriors.

“The girls have been playing together throughout the summer and fall and this familiarity should work to our benefit this season,” said head coach Lisa Downs. “We will continue to focus on our running game and our defensive efforts and I am fortunate to have the players that not only buy into this system, but, also appreciate this pace.”

MILFORD

2015-16 Record: 9-11 (5-11)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: T.J. Dolliver

After missing out on a playoff spot by one game a season ago under first-year head coach T.J. Dolliver, Milford enters this winter with high hopes of making the leap into the postseason with a deep and versatile roster that has gained a lot of experience together over the past few seasons.

The enthusiasm for the Hawks begins with dynamic junior point guard Kate Irwin, who has shown the ability to get to the basket at will, draw defenses to get open looks for her teammates and also be a pesky on the ball defender. With Irwin creating open shots, junior Emily Piergustavo’s return after missing last year with an injury will be a big boost on the perimeter along with senior guard Jill Burley.

Milford will also have plenty of players to contribute on the glass and in the paint. Senior Nicole Dahlgren, a two-year captain, is a strong rebounder but can also step out and hit threes as can junior Jess Tomaso. Five-foot-8 senior Christine Pye, 5-foot-11 junior Gillian Valanzola, 5-foot-8 senior Emma Liskov, and 5-foot-10 Juliana Tracy give Milford an imposing group of front line players.

“These girls have been playing together for a while and their team chemistry is amazing,” said Dolliver. “We are starting to learn the minor details of offense and defense in order to give our team a better chance of success.”

NORTH ATTLEBORO

2015-16 Record: 11-10 (9-7)
2015-16 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South tournament
Head Coach: Derek Herber

The Rocketeers head into their first season in the Davenport division with eight returning players from last year’s team that was two points away from a first round victory in the Div. 2 South tournament against Hock rival Oliver Ames.

Senior Ashley Ahern is a three-year starter at guard and was the team’s leading scorer last winter. Ahern will be the player that gets the offense going, but she will get plenty of help from her classmates, Emily Schromm and Samantha Taggart. Schromm was one of the top defenders in the league and can stretch a defense with her outside shooting and Taggart can play all three guard positions and led North in assists last year. In the paint, senior Caroline Collard is the team’s leading rebounder and showed a soft touch around the basket.

North can also look for improvements from sophomore Julia Feid, who got valuable minutes as a rookie last year, senior Liz Morehouse, who adds depth in the post, and juniors Julia Santos, who both brought athleticism off the bench at the wing positions. Sophomore forward Mackenzie Roberts is a newcomer who adds size and outside shooting and junior Emily Pastore can step in at all three guard positions.

The Rocketeers have plenty of experience on the roster and will be one of the favorites for the league title at the beginning of the season. While head coach Derek Herber can count on a number of returning players, he hopes to “mix in a few new faces into the lineup to help with depth.”

SHARON

2015-16 Record: 5-15 (3-13)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Cliff Tomassian

Sharon is another team that has been building with youth and has created a lot of depth on its roster and, despite losing three of its top four scorers from last winter, has garnered preseason hype as a potential sleeper to make a return to the postseason for the first time since the Eagles made a run to the Div. 2 South final in 2013.

The Eagles will be hoping for an improvement on the offensive side of the ball, which was a challenge at times last winter. Junior point guard Shira Stoller, a three-year starter, is continuing to improve at limiting turnovers and looking for her own shot as well as setting up teammates. One of the players that benefits from Stoller’s ability to get into the lane is sophomore Emma Eberhardt, who was third on the team in points as a rookie and continues to develop into a consistent wing scorer.

Sophomore Veronica Wallace has emerged as one of the top backcourt defenders during the preseason and is one of the fastest players on the Sharon roster. Senior Ana Crosby, who is also a standout on the soccer and lacrosse fields, is another player that is continuing to improve and will have an increased role this season. Freshman Kaitlyn Wallace is a newcomer to watch and could have a bigger role to play over the course of the year.

“Our defense is going to have to be our key in order to compete, and our girls know that,” said third-year coach Cliff Tomassian. “We get our best looks on offense off of great defensive stands. Our girls are going to have to be patient and vigilant on both ends and be ready to take chances.”

STOUGHTON

2015-16 Record: 7-11 (7-9)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Charmaine Steele Jordan

The Black Knights lost six seniors to graduation but this offers plenty of opportunities for a new crop of younger players to get playing time and learn the system of second-year head coach, and former Stoughton star, Charmaine Steele Jordan.

Two of the players that will be counted on most this season are junior forwards Val Whalen and Jordan Motley, who are two of the best rebounders in the league and can also get out on the break and score in transition. Their development in the half-court offense will be a key for Stoughton making a playoff push in the Davenport division this season. Senior Lili Njiem is another player that could make a big impact, as one of the team’s three captains.

The Black Knights will have as many senior as freshmen on this year’s roster (three) along with four sophomores and three juniors, so the foundation for the future is in place. Shyanne Trinh, Lexi Baptista, and Aliyah Wright are the three newcomers to the program who will be hoping to make an instant impact.

“So excited for the upcoming season,” said Steele Jordan. “We lost six seniors so there is lots of opportunity for our players to step up. Our returnees from last year will contribute for us despite being pretty young.”

The 2016 Hockomock League Volleyball All Stars

Below are the official 2016 Hockomock League Volleyball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Sydney Phillips, King Philip

Hockomock League All Stars

Lexi Pereira, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Emma Murphy, Canton
Erin Skidmore, Franklin
Madison Kuzio, Franklin
Sydney Phillips, King Philip
Amanda Loewen, King Philip
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Ally Zagami, Milford
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Amelia Murphy, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Jessica Allan, Sharon
Valerie Whalen, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Elizabeth Howe, Attleboro
Casey Shea, Canton
Danielle Conlon, Foxboro
Meaghan Maguire, Franklin
Angela Vellante, King Philip
Chloe Peters, Mansfield
Allie Collins, Milford
Lindsay Howlett, North Attleboro
Kayla Raymond, Oliver Ames
Faythe Gomolka, Sharon
Riley Bagley, Stoughton
Kayli Fagan, Taunton

Bulldogs Bounced By Hopkinton In D2 Central Final

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Canton’s Emma Murphy (9) blocks an attack from Hopkinton in the first set of the match. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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WELLESLEY, Mass. – As many teams in the Hockomock League and surrounding area know, Canton is atop defensive team year in and year out.

2016 was no different as the Bulldogs relied on its defense to clinch its 10th straight Hockomock League title and second consecutive trip to the D2 Central Final.

But as good as Canton’s defense is, top-seeded Hopkinton had a superior offense.

The Hillers used a well balanced attack to score a 3-0 win (25-14, 25-17, 25-17) over the Bulldogs and claim the D2 Central sectional title.

“We’ve stayed in all of our matches this year and we’ve won matches because of our defense,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. “They’ve done a great job day in and day out. But Hopkinton was shooting from all barrels today, we just couldn’t keep up. We had a couple blocks but in general it was just too quick for us.”

Hopkinton offense made it tough for Canton. The Hillers consistently had at least two attacking threats at the net and at many times, all three spots had top hitters. Add in the fact that both of Hopkinton’s outside hitters — Amanda Gilbert and Julia Canestrari — showed off the ability to hit cross court and line shots consistently.

“We mix it up as much as we can,” Hopkinton head coach Margie Grabmeier said. “We work hard at having a very versatile offense. Any of them can go in and play different positions, middles can play outside, outside can play opposite, opposites can play middle. They’re all just very strong and versatile.”

Hopkinton created separation early on the opening set, using a 5-0 to break a 4-4 tie. Gilbert and Mikayla Pucci each had a kill and Canestrari had a kill and an ace to force a timeout from Canton. The Bulldogs kept it close, down 13-10 but Hopkinton rattled off five straight points, capped by a kill from middle Jill Czerepuszko on a quick set.

The Hillers went on to take the set 25-14.

Canton stayed even with Hopkinton in the second set, the teams being tied 2-2, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, and 8-8. But once again, the Hillers created the separation they needed with a quick run. A 10-3 spurt put the top-seed up 18-11, an advantage that Hopkinton held for the rest of the set. Kills from Canton’s Cassie Loftus (four kills) and Casey Shea brought the Bulldogs closer but Hopkinton took the 25-17 win.

“When we’d finally go on a run we’d miss a serve or hit the ball into the net,” Cawley said. “We made some unforced errors but all the credit goes to Hopkinton, they are such a great team. Offensively, defensively, they are good. I thought Emma Murphy did a great job at the net when we were able to get her the ball, she was able to put it down. Cassie Loftus came off the bench and had a couple of quick kills to give us some spark. We just couldn’t sustain it.”

Loftus had a pair of early kills in the third set but Hopkinton’s offense came roaring to life. A 10-1 run turned an early tie into a 12-3 advantage for the Hillers. Canton had a 5-0 run of its own to get within four at 16-12 but Hopkinton answered with a 5-1 run of its own.

Murphy (six kills, two blocks) finished off a set from Nicole Poole (14 assists, 13 digs) to bring Canton within five late but Hopkinton won the next three points on kills from Canestrari to win the set 25-17, and the match.

“We altered our lineup for each set to try and get different matchups and for a little while it was working,” Cawley said. “Hopkinton just kept putting the pressure on, we couldn’t run our offense. That was basically the name of the game.”

Canton volleyball finishes the season 18-4 and as D2 Central Finalists for the second straight year. It marked Canton’s fourth trip the sectional finals in the past five years, despite the Bulldogs returning just two players who saw meaningful minutes a year ago.

“I told the kids nobody in the world expected us to be here except for us, we had faith in ourselves,” Cawley said. “It was a whole new team, we only had one and a half positions back from last year. That left five and a half to replace, including the libero. They all played a little bit last year but very few minutes for most of them.

“I’m so proud of this team. Honestly I think I’m the most proud of this team of any team that I’ve had in 10 years and we’ve reached this point many times. I can’t take anything away from them, we’re a blue collar team, they worked day in and day out. We started the year with a bad loss to King Philip and honestly, we didn’t know what we had. But they worked and worked, we deserved to be here. Unfortunately we didn’t give our best showing today but I think the credit goes to Hopkinton.”

Canton Sweeps Milford To Return To D2 Central Final

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Canton’s Casey Shea (31) attacks the ball in the first set against Milford. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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CANTON, Mass. – During the second set of the D2 Central Semifinal between Hockomock rivals Canton and Milford, Bulldogs head coach Pat Cawley had to call a timeout with her side trailing.

The Bulldogs had been in this situation before. In fact, it was just a couple weeks ago when Canton hosted the Scarlet Hawks for their second regular season meeting. In that much, just like Wednesday’s showdown, Canton won the opening set in relatively convincing fashion.

During the October 20th showdown, the Scarlet Hawks rallied to win the second set.

On Wednesday night, after Cawley’s timeout, Canton erased a six point deficit with a 14-2 run and went on to win the second set, and then the third in impressive fashion to score a 3-0 win. With the win, Canton advances to the D2 Central Final for the second straight season.

“We came out strong in that first set, we were really on fire, working together and I think we threw [Milford] off their game a little bit,” Cawley said. “I reminded the girls about a couple weeks ago. Volleyball is like that – teams come out flat and can pick it up. Volleyball is never over until the end. I reminded them but we were still flat to start the second. I called the timeout to calm them down – it’s such a mental game. I told them to work one point at a time and to their credit, that’s what they did and then we went ahead.”

While Milford held a 12-6 lead, one of Casey Shea’s team-high nine kills sparked Canton’s run. An ace from Erika Lum tied the set at 12-12 and an ace from Julia Panico gave Canton its first lead of the set since the opening point at 14-13. Canton stretched its second set lead to 20-13 before Milford chipped away. The Scarlet Hawks won three straight points with the set on the line but a service error gave Canton a 25-20 win.

Canton started the match with a pair of kills, setting the tone for the rest of the way while also getting Canton’s crowd – “the best crowd we ever had in Cawley’s 16 years – into the match early on.

An ace from Maria Mackie forced Linda Zacchilli to call timeout with her squad down 10-4. Canton stretched the lead to double digits behind a pair of Milford errors but the Scarlet Hawks made a run at the end of the set to make it close. An ace from Ally Zagami brought Milford back within five (19-14) but Canton closed with a 6-2 run, punctuated by a block kill from Shea and outside hitter Hannah Jerrier.

Shea and fellow middle Emma Murphy (eight kills, three blocks, no errors) were the key pieces in Canton’s offense. Setter Nicole Poole (17 assists, 13 digs, two kills) spread the offense around nicely but the Scarlet Hawks struggled to stop Shea and Murphy in the middle.

“Our game plan this year is middles – they are our stronger players. Our outsides have come on stronger during the second half of the season too,” Cawley said. “There’s only one attacking player on this team that played significant last year at all, Emma Murphy in the middle. Casey Shea played on the weak side last year so we moved her to the middle.

“Everybody else is new so it’s been a learning process. In 20 matches, I’ve probably had 15 different lineups. It’s the epitome of team, we don’t really have any star players besides Nicole – she’s been our backbone, she’s awesome – everybody else contributes in whatever way they can.”

With the momentum of its side after winning the first two sets, Canton raced out to a quick 6-0 lead in the third set. A kill from Murphy and a kill from Shea sandwiched around a handful of Milford errors put the Bulldogs up 16-4.

At one point during the set, Canton had three straight attacks blocked, but each time had a player there to cover. It was that one play that showed how well Canton handled the match defensively.

“You’re going to win volleyball games by doing the small things, whether it’s covering the attack, picking up tips, chasing down balls – those are the things that win games,” Cawley said. “You can pound as much as you want but that can’t win a match on its own — it’s all the small things.”

Canton finished the final set with a 25-9 win, the majority of the Bulldogs’ early points come off errors from the Scarlet Hawks.

“It wasn’t our day, we really didn’t bring our ‘A’ game,” Zacchilli said. “And we have been playing very, very well lately – even in practice. We’ve been really sharp, the kids have been focused. I had said to my coaches I was surprised we hadn’t seen the deer in the headlights look in the first two playoff games because none of the kids have tournament experience. I saw that look tonight. There were some nerves out there and when you get to this point, everyone is good. They’re going to score their points, they’re going to get the ball to the floor but when we have our opportunity, we can’t hit it into the net, we can’t make unforced errors.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Canton, they played very well. But we made a lot of unforced errors on easy balls and hit a lot of balls into the net on good sets, which we haven’t been doing.”

In her first year back at the helm, Zacchilli was pleased with the first year – taking a team that missed the postseason a year ago to the D2 Central Semifinals.

“I’m very pleased with the season as a whole,” Zacchilli said. “The kids were great, the senior leadership has been amazing. I’m really glad I kept all of the seniors. Even the seniors that are more practice players, they helped to make this team. We had 10 kids in the rotation too and I normally don’t have that many but we had a lot of kids that deserved to be out on the floor. I don’t think there’s one player on the team that hasn’t made progress from day one until now and that’s what it’s all about.”

Zagami led Milford with six kills and six aces, Allie Collins had eight assists and Kelley Reichert had five kills and 18 digs.

Canton volleyball will take on top-seeded Hopkinton (19-2) on Saturday, at 4:00 at Wellesley High School in the D2 Central Final.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/31/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Canton, 4 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final Canton erased three different deficits on the road to get the point while Stoughton qualified for the state tournament with the draw. Jordan Asnes opened the scoring on a volley into the far corner off a cross from Brian Peoples. Canton leveled the game to send the teams into the halftime break at 1-1. Stoughton regained the lead after a great through ball from Asnes for a nice finish into the corner from Tyler Melo. The Black Knights made it 3-1 when Loubensky Lucas found John Ortiz in the six yard box. Canton responded with a pair of goals to level the match at 3-3. Stoughton responded instantly as Lucus lifted the ball over the defense and Marco Antunes finished nicely into the corner. Canton tied the game with just over a minute to play to finish 4-4.

Milford, 0 @ Sharon, 3 – FinalSharon built a 1-0 lead by halftime and added two more in the second half, going unbeaten against Davenport foes this season. Ben Stamm and Andrew Reyes-Jones each scored off an assist from Spencer Hall while Marques Benton found the back of the net off an assist from Oliver Hu.

Girls Soccer
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 7 – Final

Milford, 0 vs. Holliston, 3 – Final

Volleyball
Canton, 3 vs. Quincy, 0 – FinalCanton finished the season with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-16 sweep against Quincy. Emma Murphy led Canton with nine kills and no errors, hitting .529. Nicole Poole had 24 assists and 20 digs while Casey Shea and Emma Gobbi combined for 14 kills.

Stoughton, 3 @ Fontbonne, 1 – Final

Golf
D2 State Final
Oliver Ames placed sixth out of 13 teams at the MIAA D2 State Final, held at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Mass.

Teams
1. Westwood – 312
2. North Andover – 314
3. Duxbury – 317
4. Nauset – 318
5. Belmont – 320
6. Oliver Ames – 324
7. Nipmuc – 325
8. Dighton-Rehoboth – 328
9. Wellesley – 335
10. Winchester – 325
11. Southwick – 341
12. Belchertown – 343
13. Grafton – 359

Individuals
Ryan McGarry, Oliver Ames – 78
Robbie Congdon, North Attleboro – 79
Mark Bissonnette, Oliver Ames – 80
Brady Allbritton, Oliver Ames – 81
Nick Lombardi, Oliver Ames – 85

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/28/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Playoffs
Division 1 South
#8 Franklin, 0 @ #1 Xaverian, 42 – Final

Division 1A South
#8 Attleboro, 21 @ #1 King Philip, 51 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Shane Frommer 25-yard rush, Cole Baker XP good; (A) Tyler McGovern 28-yard pass to Elvin Sam, Paul DeLuca XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) John DeLuca 85-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (KP) J. DeLuca 9-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) T. McGovern 35-yard pass to Cam Furtado, P. DeLuca XP good; (KP) J. DeLuca 6-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 3-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (A) T. McGovern 5-yard pass to Steve Hamerski, P. DeLuca XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 3-yard rush, C. Baker XP good; (KP) G. Fernandez Safety; (KP) Andrew Gelsomini 46-yard rush, C. Baker XP good.

#4 Mansfield, 35 vs. #5 Marshfield, 45 – Final
1st Quarter: (Marsh) Jack McNeil 54 yard rush, XP missed; (Marsh) Jackson Phinney 4 yard pass from J. McNeil, 2pt failed.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (Mans) Anthony DeGirolamo 28 yard pass to Hunter Ferreira, Diogo DeSousa XP good; (Marsh) J. McNeil 62 tard rush, J. Phinney 2pt pass to Brendan Ward); (Mans) Nick Graham 4 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (Marsh) Neil Parry 70 yard pass to Mike Catanoso, J. McNeil 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (Mans) A. DeGirolamo 32 yard pass to Kristian Conner, D. DeSousa XP good; (Marsh) J. Phinney 6 yard rush, J. Phinney XP good; (Marsh) Neil Parry 65 yard interception return, 2pt failed; (Mans) A. DeGirolamo 15 yard pass to H. Ferreira, D. DeSousa XP good; (Mans) N. Graham 6 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.

D2 South
#3 North Attleboro, 33 vs. #6 Whitman-Hanson, 8 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 5 yard rush, Geoff Wilson XP good; (NA) Bobby Mylod 41 yard rush, G. Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Nick Rajotte 25 yard rush, XP failed; (NA) C. Peterson 25 yard pass to B. Mylod, G. Wilson XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 27 yard pass to Mario Bresko, XP failed.
4th Quarter: (WH) Ethan Phelps 31 yard pass to Ryan Kenndey, 2pt pass conversion.

#5 Milford, 0 @ #4 Stoughton, 34 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 4 yard rush, R. Sullivan 2pt rush; (S) Izon Swain-Price punt block, fumble recovery in the end zone, XP missed; (S) Jason Joseph 60 yard fumble return, Josh Cocchi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 3 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP.
3rd Quarter: (S) Evan Gibb 1 yard rush, XP missed.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Non-Playoffs
Canton, 27 @ North Quincy, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Dan Dillon 37 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NQ) Rush touchdown, XP failed.
3rd Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 4 yard rush, XP missed; (NQ) Rush touchdown, XP good.
4th Quarter: (C) D. Dillon 34 yard rush, T. Monagle XP good; (C) D. Dillon 28 yard pass to Tony Harris, T. Monagle XP good.

Foxboro @ Cardinal Spellman – Postponed to 10/29 at 1:00.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Hopkinton, 22 – Final

Taunton, 27 vs. Brookline, 0 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 1 yard rush, John Teixeira XP good; (T) TJ Mendes 4 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
3rd Quarter: (T) T. Mendes 1 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
4th Quarter: (T) Brevan Walker 2 yard rush, XP failed.

Boys Soccer
Canton, 1 vs. Mansfield, 0 – Final Griffin Roach scored midway through the second half to lift Canton to a win at Gillette Stadium. With the win, Canton qualified for the state tournament.

Foxboro, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalKing Philip scored a pair of second half goals to finish the regular season with a win. Mike Rowe scored the game-winner, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area. Tyler Mann doubled the lead, taking a pass from Jason Florio and finishing alone against the keeper.

Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 0 vs. Canton, 0 – FinalWith a point, Mansfield clinched a share of the Kelley-Rex division title along with Oliver Ames. This marks Mansfield’s first ever Hockomock League title for girls soccer.

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 3 – Final

Volleyball
Canton, 3 vs. Duxbury, 2 – FinalCanton rallied from a two deficit to pick up one of its most impressive wins of the season, 19-25, 17-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13. “After falling behind two sets to none, we came out giving it everything we had and battled for the next three sets,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Cawley said Nicole Poole was the team’s glue, dishing out 37 assists and picking up 18 digs and two kills. Casey Shea and Emma Murphy were strong in the middle with 12 and 11 kills respectively – each with two blocks. Erika Lum was outstanding with 13 kills and 21 digs. Julia Panico was great in defense with 27 digs.

Mansfield, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalNorth picked up the non-league sweep 25-23, 25-22, 27-25. For Mansfield, Meg Hill had 10 kills and eight service points. Chloe Peters had seven service points and 25 assists and Jess Haradon had 20 digs and eight service points.

Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalVal Whalen led the offense for the Black Knights with 13 kills.

Taunton vs. New Bedford, 5:15

Field Hockey
Canton, 2 vs. Dover Sherborn, 3 – Final

Foxboro @ Monomoy – Postponed to 10/30 at 9:30AM.

Milford, 1 @ Ashland, 2 – Final

Sharon, 0 @ Norwell, 2 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/26/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final

Volleyball
Taunton @ Attleboro, 6:00

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalStoughton picked up a win over Canton for the first time in program history with a 3-1 victory. Val Whalen led Stoughton’s offense with 18 kills while Molly Turner had 14 assists. Christina Gelin, Riley Bagley and Whalen combined for over 70 digs. Canton’s Emma Murphy and Casey Shea each had nine kills and Emma Gobbi added four kills. Nicole Poole finished with 26 assists for the Bulldogs.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalMansfield defended home court with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 sweep. Emily Kleber paced Mansfield with 10 kills while Jess Haradon had 16 digs and nine service points and Chloe Peters had 28 assists.

Sharon, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Franklin, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip notched a 25-21, 24-26, 25-13, 25-22 win over Franklin. Sydney Phillips had 17 kills and two blocks, Carly Adams added 21 assists and three kills, Amanda Loewen had seven digs, Emma Lopez chipped in with nine digs and Angela Vellante and Molly Croke combined for 11 digs. For Franklin, Maddie Kuzio had 39 digs, Erin Skidmore and Maggie Doyle each had eight kills and Meaghan Maguire notched six blocks.

Field Hockey
Taunton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalTaunton had four different players find the back of the net to get the win. “The team played very well both offensively and defensively,” Taunton head coach Liz Hathaway said. “This was a total team victory and everyone brought their A game.” Kya Enos, Lauren Torres, Annie Tate and Lianda Duarte scored for the Tigers. Duarte, Torres and Enos each had an assist as well. Emma Sheehan earned the win in net with seven saves.

Canton, 0 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

Foxboro, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final

Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – FinalFranklin sophomore goalie Christina Lucini made 14 saves and junir Kate Morse had two saves herself as Franklin clinched the Kelley-Rex title. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Kayla Marshall, Caroline Lounsbury and Dana Lewandowski all had strong defensive games for the Panthers.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final

Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 8 – Final