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, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final– North Attleboro’s offense exploded for three goals, snapping Canton’s seven game unbeaten streak. Gabe Pinhancos opened the scoring in the 12th minute, finishing off a cross from Zach Matracia to put North up 1-0. Leo Charlebois doubled the lead, converting from the penalty spot after Andrew Fontaine drew the foul inside the area. Pinhancos got his second of the game in the 53rd minute, taking a through ball from Conor Danahey to put the Rocketeers up 3-0. Shawn Watters made six saves in net and North head coach Geoff Burgess said John Brennan was huge defensively for Big Red.
Foxboro, 1 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Sharon scored once in each half to pick up a key division win against Foxboro. Jake Teven opened the scoring in the first half, scoring an unassisted goal from just outside the area to put the Eagles up 1-0. Andrew Reyes-Jones doubled Sharon’s lead, converting a long throw from Tyler Hippler to make it 2-0. An own goal with three minutes to play put Foxboro on the board.
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Cullin Anastasia scored inside the opening 10 minutes off an assist from Sam Hyland to set the tone for the Hornets. John Cooney doubled the lead in the 52nd minute, scoring off an assist from Max Gurnon and James Chotkowski iced the game in the 72nd minute off an assist from Anastasia. Nick Ferraz notched his first career shutout with four saves. Head coach Steve Sheridan had high praise for Sam Nugent, Ethan Brill-Cass, Harry Braidt, Jalaj Singh, Jake Tuleja and Gurnon for their defensive play.
Franklin, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Kevin Hall scored the lone goal of the game in the second half on an assist from Noah Scafati to help the Panthers earn the win. Freddie Beckmann recorded the shutout in net for Franklin.
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Stoughton’s Marco Antunes scored his first goal of the season early in the second half as the Black Knights beat Milford. Noah Schulze served in a free kick that Antunes was able to eventually latch on to. Matt Gallagher recorded his second straight shutout of the year. “Milford was excellent and made us play hard for the win tonight,” Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said. “Marco Antunes was excellent and so was my defense.” Milford head coach Brian Edwards said Andre Oliveira and Marcello Panno put in great performances in midfield for the Scarlet Hawks.
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip freshman Avery Snead scored a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes of the game to lead the Warriors, who qualified for the postseason with the win. Snead converted a pass from classmate Chloe Layne for the game-winner in the eighth minute and doubled the lead in the 19th minute, netting a through ball from Julia Massarone from 10 yards out. Riley Magane iced the game on a shot from just inside the area off an assist from Skylah Caruso.
North Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Riley Duserick gave Canton a lead in the first half but North Attleboro’s Aine Mendonca leveled the scoring before the break, scoring on a free kick. North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace said Haley Guertin, Rachel LaBonte and Emily Chiasson played well for the Rocketeers.
Sharon, 2 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Alex Rabb scored a pair of goals, putting Sharon ahead 1-0 just over 10 minutes into the game and then netting the game-winner on a free kick from 30 yards out just before halftime. Ally Filipkowski notched the assist on Rabb’s opener. Foxboro’s Kristen Bortolotti scored on a penalty kick in the first half for the Warriors.
Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Hannah Reiter netted a pair of second half goals to lead Mansfield to the win on the road.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Regan Benton had the shutout for Oliver Ames in Net. OA head coach Britt Sellmayer said Zoe Chazan, Dana Lowney and Kiana Lozzi had strong games for the Tigers.
Milford, 6 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Gabbie Riley and Maggie Boyle each scored a pair of goals while Julianna France and Sydney Morrison each netted one goal to lead the Scarlet Hawks. Olivia Marshall notched the shutout in net for Milford.
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip defended its home court with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-19 sweep of the visiting Bombardiers. Kat Kmetz led KP with 16 service points while Carly Adams had 14 service points and Sydney Phillips finished with 12 service points and had a strong game at the net. Emma Lopez had six kills and Liv Balduf finished with four kills and 10 service points for the Warriors.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Canton dropped the second set but rebounded to get the next two for a 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20 win. “It was a gritty, hard fought battle,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Nicole Poole dished out 21 assists and added six kills and six aces to lead the Bulldogs. Emma Murphy had seven kills six blocks and two aces, Cassie Loftus had her best all around match of the season according to Cawley with five kills and some impressive defensive play. Julia Panico controlled Canton’s defense with 15 digs.
Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final – Sharon won the second and third sets but had to battle all the way to the fifth set to earn the win over Foxboro. Sharon junior Jess Allan led Eagles’ offense with 10 kills along with seven aces. Junior Naomi Topal added nine kills and six aces, senior Faythe Gomolka tallied 17 assists and Cori Jermyn had five aces, six digs and four blocks.
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield picked up the sweep, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, at home against Tainton. Chloe Peters had 14 service points and 20 assists, Jess Haradon had 11 digs and eight service points, Meg Hill added 11 kills and Lexi Gardner chipped in with six service points .
Franklin, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Franklin picked up a big division win in five sets on the road at Oliver Ames. Erin Skidmore led the Panthers with 12 kills while adding 23 digs and a pair of aces. Maddie Kuzio also had two aces while leading Franklin with 31 digs. Lauren McGrath had 31 assists to go along with an ace and Maggie Doyle had six kills and five blocks.
Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – Caitlin Donahue scored a hat trick, netting two goals in the first half as KP held a 4-0 lead by the break. Liz Furfari and Alli Meehan each scored once for the Warriors.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final
Foxboro, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final
Franklin, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Franklin punched its ticket to the state tournament with an impressive win on the road. Sophomores Annie Walsh and Cassi Ronan each had scored two goals and grabbed an assist to lead the Panthers. Senior Kayla Marshall added a goal and senior Caroline Lounsbury had an assist. Franklin sophomore goalie Christina Lucini made four saves to get the win in net. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Dana Lewandowski and Kate Morse had outstanding games through the midfield and on defense.
Stoughton, 5 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber scored a pair of goals for Stoughton, while Kayla Oliviera, Mia Russell and Julia Russell scored once to pace the Black Knights.
Sharon, 167 @ Oliver Ames, 146 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Brady Allbritton and Mark Bissonette shared medalist honors, both shooting 36 for the Tigers. Nolan Donze and Thomas Walsh each shot 37 for Oliver Ames. Sharon’s Andrew Glover and Max Avratin each shot 41.
Canton, 165 @ Attleboro, 178 – Final – Canton’s Joey Vaughan earned match medalist honors after shooting a low-round of 40 for the Bulldogs. Danny Powers shot a 41 and both Jackson Maffeo and Matt Minichiello carded a round of 42. Attleboro’s Corey McKenna shot a team-low 41 on the day.
Milford, 169 @ King Philip, 180 – Final – Ryan Tomaso earned match medalist honors, shooting a round-low 36 for the Scarlet Hawks. Anthony Arcudi shot a 40 for Milford while Danny McLoughlin carded a team-low round of 41 for KP.
Game of the Week – Football
Stoughton, 19 @ North Attleboro, 34 – Final 1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 17 yard pass to Hacmoni Cuevas, Geoff Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 18 yard pass to H. Cuevas, XP missed; (NA) Nick Rajotte 5 yard rush, C. Peterson 2pt pass to Bobby Mylod; (S) Evan Gibb 35 yard pass to Izon Swain-Price, XP missed.
3rd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 13 yard rush, 2pt failed.
4th Quarter: (NA) Zach DeMattio 4 yard rush, XP missed; (S) E. Gibb 7 yard pass to Swain-Price, Josh Cocchi XP good; (NA) Kyle McCarthy 22 yard rush, Devin Slaney XP good.
Attleboro, 7 @ Mansfield, 38 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Joe Cox 1-yard rush, Diogo DeSousa XP good; (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 1-yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Nick Graham 44-yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) A. DeGirolamo 4-yard pass to Hunter Ferreira, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) N. Graham 7-yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) Tyler McGovern 13-yard pass to Elvin Sam, Paul Deluca XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) D. DeSousa 33-yard FG.
Canton, 7 @ Milford, 28 – Final
Franklin, 27 @ Taunton, 8 – Final 1st Quarter: (F) Jake Noviello 33 yard pass to Connor Peterson, XP missed.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jake Wolowacki 23 yard rush, Matt Zucco XP good; (F) J. Noviello 13 yard pass to C. Peterson, M. Zucco XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) J. Noviello 17 yard pass to J. Wolowacki, M. Zucco XP good.
4th Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 24 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, Nuno Camara 2pt rush.
King Philip, 42 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final 1st Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 3 yard rush, Matt Franz XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Sean Garrity 35 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Alex Olsen 65 yard rush, 2pt run good; (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 1 yard rush, 2pt failed; (KP) S. Garrity 75 yard rush, M. Franz XP good; (KP) A. Olsen 2 yard rush, M. Franz XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) Liam Cullagh fumble recovery in end zone, XP good.
Foxboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final– Loubensky Lucas scored a hat trick for the second time this week, giving the Black Knights their third win of the week. Marco Antunes set up Lucas’ first goal, sending in a cross for Lucas to finish with a volley. Brian Peoples sent Lucas in on a through ball for the second goal and Lucas completed his hat trick by cleaning up a rebound. Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter noted the strong play of Tyler Melo and Luis Nascimento. Foxboro sophomore Shane VandenBoom score the lone goal for the Warriors.
Sharon, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final– Sharon took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break after going ahead in the 20th minute but the Rocketeers found the equalizer in the second half. Leo Charlebois tied the game in the 63rd minute after Jeff Gale – in his varsity debut – set it up with a hustle play to force a turnover.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Colby Koch scored off an assist by Jack Bush and Larsen Keys scored from a Tyler Mann assist to give KP a 2-0 lead at halftime. James Gillespie pulled one back late for OA on an assist by Matt Campbell, but the Warriors hold on to stay unbeaten.
Stoughton, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final
North Attleboro, 4 @ Sharon, 0 – Final– North Attleboro junior Haley Guertin netted a hat trick to pace the Rocketeers’ offense on Friday. Ashlyn Gaulin also scored for Big Red while Aine Mendonca and Emma Gaulin each notched an assist.
King Philip, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – The Tigers got goals from Lauren Wright, Gabi McLaughlin, and Abby Reardon in the win.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Bridget McCarthy recorded her 1,000th assist in the win, becoming the first Tiger to do so in program history.
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton notched a 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 sweep in what head coach Pat Cawley called a total team effort. Cassie Loftus led Canton with six kills and three blocks and Casey Shea added five kills and four blocks. Malia Claiborne had four aces and Maria Mackie added three aces and played well at the net. Sharon junior Jess Allan led the Eagles offense with 13 kills, senior Natalie Kane added six kills and two block kills and senior Faythe Gomolka had 13 assists from her setting position.
Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final– Mansfield won the opening set but dropped the second to the visiting Panthers. However, the Hornets bounced back with two straight set wins to earn the match win, 25-10, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18. Mansfield’s Jacey Anderson had 18 service points, Anna Kemp had 19 service point and Jess Haradon played great defense and had 26 digs. Erin Skidmore led Franklin with 11 kills, two aces and 18 digs while Lauren McGrath had 18 assists, five digs and two aces and Meaghan Maguire added three blocks
Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final– Stoughton sophomore Molly Turner tallied 10 assists and head coach Erica Batchelder said Turner was a dominant presence at the net.
Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final– King Philip pulled out a close win in the first set and went on to pick up a sweep, 25-23, 25-17, 25-11. Carly Adams had 19 service points to lead KP and added 16 assists, Sydney Phillips paced the offense with 11 kills, Amanda Loewen added nine digs and Elise Pereira chipped in with four digs.
Attleboro, @ Mansfield, 8 – Final
Sharon, 1 vs. Norwell, 0 – Final – Sarah Schultz scored the lone goal of the game to lead the Eagles to their first win of the season.
Stoughton, 2 @ Brockton, 2 – Final – Mia Russell and Kelly Joyce scored for Stoughton.
Taunton, 1 @ New Bedford, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 143 @ King Philip, 160 – Final – Brady Allbritton was the match medalist, shooting a round of 34 to lead Oliver Ames. Sebastian Ladoulis led King Philip with a 37.
Canton, 172 @ Sharon, 178 – Final – Bubba McNeice earned his first match medalist honor of the season, carding a round of 42 to lead the Bulldogs. Matt Minichiello and Jack Goyetch each shot 43 and Joey Vaughan added a 44. Max Brody and Russ Rapaport each shot 44 for the Eagles.
Attleboro, 28 vs. Cumberland, 14 – Final 1st Quarter: (C) Leonard 2 yard rush, Albetal XP good; (C) Hayes 5 yard rush, Albetal XP good. 2nd Quarter: (A) Sam Corrado 18 yard rush, XP no good; (A) Tyler McGovern 8 yard rush, T. McGovern 2pt pass to James Weir; (A) T. McGovern 1 yard rush, XP no good. 3rd Quarter: No scoring. 4th Quarter: (A) T. McGovern 37 yard pass to J. Weir, T. McGovern 2pt pass to J. Weir.
Foxboro, 27 vs. Hingham, 16 – Final 1st Quarter: No Foxboro scoring, two Hingham touchdowns. 2nd Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 9 yard pass to Paul Darcy, John Whitehouse 2pt conversion; (F) M. Clagg 13 yard pass to J. Whitehouse, XP no good. 3rd Quarter: No scoring. 4th Quarter: (F) M. Clagg 21 yard pass to J. Whitehouse, XP no good; (F) Anthony Capachietti 61 yard rush, XP good.
Stoughton, 58 @ Franklin, 19 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, XP no good; (S) Marselis Cox 45 yard fumble return, Dave Cellucci 2pt rush; (S) Izon Swain-Price 8 yard rush, Antonio Amado XP good; (S) Justin Ly 10 yard rush, XP no good. 2nd Quarter: (S) R. Sullivan 5 yard rush, A. Amado XP good; (F) Jake Wolowacki 1 yard rush, XP no good; (F) Jake Noviello 40 yard pass to J. Wolowacki, 2pt no good; (S) R. Sullivan 10 yard rush, XP no good. 3rd Quarter: (S) R. Sullivan 52 yard rush, XP no good; (F) J. Noviello 68 yard pass to Kinley Baird, XP no good. 4th Quarter: (S) I. Swain-Price 40 yard rush, XP blocked; (S) David Bell 34 yard rush, XP no good.
King Philip, 19 @ North Attleboro, 7 – Final 1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 15 yard pass to Bobby Mylod, Geoff Wilson XP good. 2nd Quarter: (KP) Sean Garrity 26 yard rush, Matt Franz XP good. 3rd Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 48 yard pass to Mike Mello, XP no good. 4th Quarter: (KP) S. Garrity 12 yard rush, XP no good.
Mansfield, 3 @ Calvert Hall (MD), 44 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Diogo DeSousa 38 yard field goal good. 2nd Quarter: No Mansfield scoring. 3rd Quarter: No Mansfield scoring. 4th Quarter: No Mansfield scoring.
Milford, 5 vs. Marlborough, 13 – Final 1st Quarter: No Milford scoring. 2nd Quarter: (M) Sean Lehane 36 yard field goal good. 3rd Quarter: No Milford scoring. 4th Quarter: Marlboro safety.
Oliver Ames, 35 @ Bedford, 20 – Final 1st Quarter: (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 1 yard rush, 2pt no good; (OA) K. Gagliardi 20 yard pass to Ralph Delorus, Liston Funai 2pt rush; (OA) Jay Fruci 3 yard rush, L. Funai 2pt rush. 2nd Quarter: No Oliver Ames scoring. 3rd Quarter: No Oliver Ames scoring. 4th Quarter: (OA) K. Gagliardi 12 yard run, Anthony Berksza XP good; (OA) Michael Mulrean 50 yard interception return, XP no good.
Sharon, 22 @ Randolph, 12 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Xavier Hackett 75 yard kick return, 2pt no good. 2nd Quarter: (S) X. Hackett 65 yard interception return, 2pt no good. 3rd Quarter: No Sharon scoring. 4th Quarter: (S) Drew Naisuler 2 yard rush, Aaron Strong 2pt rush good.
Taunton, 28 @ New Bedford, 6 – Final 1st Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 11 yard pass to Max Moitoso, XP no good. 2nd Quarter: (T) TJ Mendes 4 yard rush, N. Leonard 2pt pass to Adam McLaughlin; (T) N. Leonard 20 yard pass to A. McLaughlin, John Teixeira XP good. 3rd Quarter: No scoring. 4th Quarter: (NB) Nigel Palmer 68 yard rush, 2pt not good; (T) T. Mendes 4 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final– Sophomore Nitin Chaudhury played the role of playmaker on Friday afternoon, assisting both of Franklin’s goals. Farley Asmath put the Panthers ahead and Kevin Hall doubled the lead for Franklin, both off of assists from Chaudhury.
Milford, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Click here for a full recap of the game.
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Hannah Link and Sarah Collins each scored goals for the Bulldogs.
Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Nadia Havens opened the scoring for Franklin with a header off a pass by Ellie Teixeira. Haley Guertin scored an unassisted goal to tie it for North eight minutes later. With eight minutes remaining, Kayla Pasquel won the game for the Rocketeers with an unassisted goal.
King Philip, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Milford coach Jay Mastaj credited Rachel LeBlanc with a solid game on defense for the Hawks.
Mansfield, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final– In a battle between defending division champions, the match went the full distance. Canton emerged with a 25-23, 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 15-9 win over the Hornets. Hannah Jerrier led the Bulldogs’ attack with 12 kills while Erika Lum and Cassie Loftus combined for 13 kills from the weak side. Nicole Poole put Canton’s offense in motion with 32 assists while Emma Murphy had an outstanding night defensively at the net with nine blocks. Head coach Pat Cawley also noted the strong defensive games from Maria Mackie and Emily Lynch. For Mansfield, Emily Kleber had seven kills, Julia Harrison has 11 kills and 12 digs and Meg Hill had 14 kills and six blocks.
Foxboro, 178 @ King Philip, 168 – Final– Sebastian Ladoulis of KP was the low round of the match shooting a 41. Foxboro’s Logan Sloan was a co-medalist, also shooting a 41 on the day.
North Attleboro, 156 @ Sharon, 160 – Final– Sharon’s Max Avratin had the low round of the match with an even par 36. David Colasanti led North with a 37.
The Bombardiers are hoping to take a step forward and make a dent in the very competitive Kelley-Rex Division. Attleboro picked up a pair of non-league wins last season and is hoping that success can start to translate to league play. Head coach Lindsey McDonald noted the offseason work of juniors Lexi Pereira and Sarah Lynch. Both Pereira and Lynch will play as outside hitters and McDonald said she expects both to bring a lot of power to the attack. Liz Howe, a captain, will be in charge of getting the attack going from the setter position while captain Julya Carlson will anchor the defensive effort for the Bombardiers.
“I am anticipating an improved season for us,” McDonald said. “[Our] captains are providing solid leadership on and off the court and the team has been gelling nicely.”
2015 Record: 16-5 (Davenport Division Champions) 2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central Final Coach: Pat Cawley
Canton has had a dominant run in the Davenport division over the past six years and the Bulldogs are looking to continue that tradition in 2016. Canton has a dozen seniors on the team and will be relying on their experience and leadership to make another run at the division title and in the playoffs. Nicole Poole returns as a second year starter at setter and will be the catalyst for Canton’s offense. Emma Murphy and Casey Shea both have varsity experience and will be important pieces at the middle of the net. One spot that Canton has to fill is at outside hitter and the Bulldogs have a handful of players in the running including seniors Emma Gobbi, Erika Lum, Cassie Loftus, Kelsey Irons, Malia Claiborne and Maria Mackie. Canton is hoping for another year of strong defense with seniors Julia Panico, Kehla Minkin and Emily Lynch all vying for time in the back row.
“We are a senior laden team although most have not seen significant playing time at the varsity level,” head coach Pat Cawley said. “CHS volleyball is a proud tradition and I am confident that this year’s squad will do they can to keep this team competitive and make their senior experience one which they won’t forget.”
2015 Record: 6-12 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Dan Damish
Foxboro is hoping its upward trajectory continues in 2016 after making great strides a season ago. Head coach Dan Damish and the Warriors will rely on its three senior captains – Lindsay Greer, Julia DiCenso and Julie Bridges – to continue to push the program in the right direction. DiCenso will be the starting setter for the fourth straight season and will have Danielle Conlon, the team’s leader in kills last season, at her disposal. DiCenso will also have Greer, Bridges, Ana Sanchez and Molly Crocker as offensive options. Junior Delya Lorquet could emerge as a big threat as a middle hitter as well for Foxboro this season.
“I’m very encouraged with the way the team came into the season in great volleyball shape,” Damish said. “Our top goal is to improve everyday and compete at a high level.”
Coming off the program’s second Kelley-Rex division title in the past five seasons, Franklin will be relying on youth to stay near the top of arguably the most competitive division in all of the Hockomock League’s sports. Senior Erin Skidmore (28 kills in 2015) is making the transition from the middle to the outside and will be a go-to attacking option at the net. At 6’3, junior Meaghan Maguire saw valuable time last year and will be a defensive leader at the net. The Panthers will look to sophomore setter Lauren McGrath to step in to set up the offense.
“This is the youngest team we have had since I started coaching,” head coach Kate Horsmann said. “We have five sophomores who could all be impact players for us this season. The outcome of our season will really depend on how quickly they adjust to the speed of the varsity game and how quickly we gel as a unit.”
King Philip had another strong campaign a year ago and are looking to repeat it in 2016. The Warriors have six returning seniors and all are expected to play important roles for KP this season. Senior captain Carly Adams will set the offense in motion from the setter position, senior captain Emma Lopez will be a key piece in the attack from the outside hitter spot and senior captain Angela Vellante will be a defensive specialist in the back row for KP. Senior Amanda Loewen will also be a key piece to the defense as the team’s libero. Senior Liv Balduf will help balance the offense as a rightside hitter while Molly Croke will help bolster the team’s defense. Junior Sydney Phillips, another returner from last year’s squad, will be an attacking option as an outside hitter.
“I expect us to be a strong team once again this year,” head coach Kristen Geuss said. “We have lost significant depth at the outside hitter position from last year but am encouraged by how our returning players have stepped up and progressed during our practices.”
The Hornets will look to follow up a historic one with another strong showing and they have some experienced players to do so. It will start with defense for Mansfield, who return one of the top liberos in Jess Haradon and one of the top middle blockers in Meg Hill, the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Mansfield will have to replace some key pieces but senior Chloe Peters will be tasked with setting up the offense while junior Julia Harrison, who saw some minutes as a sophomore a year ago, will be one of the Hornets’ outside hitters.
“We have five great seniors who have been working hard to lead the team,” head coach Melissa Heeden said. “They are a great group of girls. We have some work to do to fill in from the six seniors who graduated last year, but a are really looking forward to the season.”
2015 Record: 9-11 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Linda Zacchilli
The Scarlet Hawks just missed out on the playoffs a season ago but with Linda Zacchilli back on the bench, Milford could be right in the mix for the Davenport title. Offensively, Milford will need some need faces to step up after its top three kills leaders graduated. Junior Kelley Reichert is back after 66 kills last season and senior Stefani Chiarelli and junior Juliana Tracy will both factor into the offense as well. Both of Milford’s setters – Lauren Zouranjian (301 assists) and Allie Collins (198) – are back for 2016, which should help the Scarlet Hawks’ offense flow. Libero Kyra Alves is back after being a strong point in the defense last year as well.
2015 Record: 11-11 2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal Coach: Jeff Crins
The 2016 season will be a bit different for North Attleboro compared to a year ago. The Red Rocketeers now compete in the Davenport division and their attack has been bolstered by the addition of Amelia Murphy. Murphy was a top offensive player in the league a year ago at KP but has since transferred to North Attleboro. Murphy will be an attacking option along with junior Katie DeMontigny (100 kills last season) and Tori Melanson, who will also be a presence defensively at the net (82 kills, 70 blocks in 2015). North Attleboro will need to fill in the role of setter with Taylin Shultz graduated. Gabby Duva and Lindsay Howlett will be two key defensive players for the Rocketeers this season.
2015 Record: 7-12 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Chelsea Correia
Oliver Ames has a strong mix of experienced players returning this Fall and are looking to take a trip back to the postseason after missing out in 2015. Senior captain Bridget McCarthy, in her fourth year on varsity, returns as the starting setter while fellow captain Alyssa Gavin returns as a top defensive option in the back row along with Rachel Foley. Junior Emma Petrillo will be one offensive option for the Tigers as an outside hitter, junior Katherine Flynn will be another as a right side hitter. Juniors Maya Fetcho and Kayla Raymond will rotate as offensive threats from the middle of the net while sophomore Sadie Homer will be the Tigers’ starting libero this season. Other names to keep an eye on include juniors Caroline Cavanaugh, Jacqueline Kander and freshmen Allison Kemp and Jordyn Vella.
“If we commit to it, I think we can rise to many challenges, prepare for all possibilities, and make the most of everything,” head coach Chelsea Correia.
2015 Record: 2-16 2015 Finish: Missed playoffs Coach: Andrea Lovett
New head coach Andrea Lovett is excited about the direction the Sharon volleyball program is headed and is hoping 2016 will be the first step in the right direction. Senior captain Faythe Gomolka returns this year as this the team’s versatile setter and has a great rapport with senior captain and middle hitter Natalie Kane. Seniors Marni Heitin, Luba Korn, Gesi Molla and Jonathan Dickerman will all factor in for the Eagles this season as well. Junior Jess Allan, now in her third year on varsity, will be an attacking option as an outside hitter while classmate Cori Jermyn will be an attacking option from the right side.
“As a new head coach, I am excited to work with the team on developing a more aggressive mindset and working on some more complex offensive systems to raise our level of play and be competitive in the league this year,” Lovett said.
2015 Record: 10-11 2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round Coach: Erica Batchelder
The Black Knights had a handful of talented players graduated from last year’s team but there is hope for optimism because of who is back this year. Stoughton’s kills leader junior Val Whalen is back for her third year of varsity after registering 129 kills a season ago. Junior Jordan Motley and senior Riley Bagley will also be big pieces of Stoughton’s attack this season after slamming 84 and 77 kills, respectively, in 2015. The biggest challenge for Stoughton will be finding players to step up in other areas. The team’s ace and assists leader from last season, Bianca DeSousa, the team’s leader in blocks and digs, Bridget Whalen, and the team’s leader in serve receives, Ava Siegel, all graduated. First year head coach Erica Batchelder will be looking to players to step up into those roles.
2015 Record: 15-9 2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Final Coach: Toby Chaperon
Taunton turned a successful regular season and a fourth place finish in the Kelley-Rex into one of the more memorable seasons in Tigers’ history. Taunton made a run all the way to the D1 South Final before falling to eventual state champion Barnstable. It will be a tough task to repeat with the amount of players that Taunton graduated, but the Tigers are up for the challenge. Taunton will need a new setter to step up after graduating Tatum Speicher, one of the top in the area at the position. Offensively, Emily Moor (team-high 254 kills in 2015) is back for her senior season while junior Sam Reaume (69 kills), senior Abby Waldron (69 kills) and senior Delaney Powell (26 kills) are all back after making an impact at the net a season ago.
Players to Watch
Players are listed alphabetically
Carly Adams, King Philip – King Philip was a dangerous attacking team a season ago and Adams, the team’s setter, was the big reason why. Adams will be a catalyst in getting the Warriors’ offense going this season.
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro – There aren’t many players in the league with the experience that DiCenso has. Now a senior captain, DiCenso is in her fourth year as the starting setter for the Warriors and will be a key piece of the offense this season.
Jess Haradon, Mansfield – Haradon really impressed defensively in her first year on varsity and looks to do the same in 2016. The senior will look to continue as a defensive specialist after leading Mansfield with 264 digs a season ago.
Meg Hill, Mansfield – As just a sophomore, Hill led the Hornets in kills (222), and blocks (74). Now a year older, expect another strong attacking year at the net for the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year.
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames – McCarthy is another four year varsity player and will likely eclipse a setting milestone this season. OA has a handful of young attacking options but things will be easier for them with McCarthy as the setter.
Emily Moor, Taunton – Moor had the most kills in 2015 for players returning this season, which is good news for Taunton. As the Tigers look for new names to emerge in other spots, they can rely on the consistent offense of Moor.
Amelia Murphy, North Attleboro –North Attleboro graduated a great attacking threat in Sara Youssef but now have KP transfer Amelia Murphy at the net. Murphy has the ability to hit around the block, which is very difficult for defenses.
Nicole Poole, Canton Canton has been the team to beat in the Hock for a good stretch now, including last season with Poole setting up the offense. Canton will need new names to step up as attacking options but having Poole as the setter will make things easier.
Erin Skidmore, Franklin – Franklin is in need of some players to step up as attacking options and Skidmore is looking to be one option as she moves from the middle to the outside. The Panthers have a good balance this year and Skidmore looks to be one of their top attacking options.
Val Whalen, Stoughton – The junior returns after leading the Black Knights in kills a year ago. If the Black Knights can find a replacement at setter, Whalen could be a tough player to stop this season.
Today’s games are listed below. Game of the Week – Football
Stoughton, 14 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 19 yard rush, Jake Gibb XP good. 2nd Quarter: No scoring. 3rd Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, J. Gibb XP good. 4th Quarter: No scoring. Football
King Philip, 15 @ Attleboro, 25 – Final 1st Quarter: (A) Cam Furtado 40-yard pass to Brendan Nunes, Owen McKenna XP good; (A) Furtado 2-yard rush, XP blocked. 2nd Quarter: (A) Furtado 27-yard pass to Alex Silva, 2-point conversion no good. 3rd Quarter: No scoring. 4th Quarter: (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 3-yard rush, Zach Boari XP good; (A) Nunes 5-yard rush, XP blocked; (KP) John DeLuca 10-yard pass to R.J. McCarthy, DeLuca to Leo Munafo for 2-point conversion.
Canton, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 14 – Final 1st Quarter: (C) Jake Ragusa 5 yard rush, XP no good; (C) Joe Bires 22 yard rush, XP good. 2nd Quarter: (C) J. Bires 1 yard rush, Woanyen Mahn 2pt rush; (C) Dennis Ross 1 yard rush; XP good. 3rd Quarter: (C) W. Mahn 35 yard rush, 2pt fail; (OA) Charlie Ryan 1 yard rush, 2pt fail. 4th Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 45 yard rush, XP fail; (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 60 yard rush, Leandro Moro 2pt rush.
Mansfield, 24 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 12 yard pass to Mike Arnold, Diogo DeSousa XP good. 2nd Quarter: (F) Nick Yelle 33 yard field goal. 3rd Quarter: (M) D. DeSousa 16 yard field goal. 4th Quarter: (M) Connor Finerty 16 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Nick Graham 80 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.
Taunton, 20 @ North Attleboro, 44 – Final 1st Quarter: (NA) Nick Morrison 58 yard rush, Connor Flynn XP; (NA) C. Flynn 7 yard rush, 2pt fail. 2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Flynn 24 yard field goal; (NA) N. Morrison 6 yard rush, C. Flynn XP; Nick Rajotte 3 yard rush, Connor MacIver XP; (T) Collin Hunter 34 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, 2pt fail. 3rd Quarter: (T) C. Hunter 33 yard pass to A. McLaughlin, C. Hunter 2pt pass to A. McLaughlin; (NA) N. Morrison 55 yard fumble return, C. Flynn XP. 4th Quarter: (T) C. Hunter 8 yard pass to Michael Fernandez, 2pt fail; (NA) N. Morrison 50 yard rush, C. Flynn XP. Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Hatim Brahimi broke open a scoreless game with a goal in the 52nd minute for the Panthers. He then assisted on a goal by Kevin Hall, who added a second in the final minutes of the game.
Canton,1 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Anthony Barreira put the home team up in the first but Canton’s Sam Papakonstantino leveled the match before the break.
Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – In a battle of two of the top teams in the Kelley-Rex, neither side was able to find the back of the net. Mansfield coach Steve Sheridan credited goalie Michael Kirejczyk with a strong game in net for the Hornets.
Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Sharon’s Oliver Hu scored the lone goal of the game with just over 10 minutes to play, converting a pass from Lucas Allaria in the 70th minute. Mike Da Silva made five saves in net for the Scarlet Hawks.
Taunton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Gareth King scored a pair of goals inside a five minute span, lifting the Rocketeers to their first win of the season. Taunton took the lead in the second half but just 15 seconds later King finished off a through ball from Gabe Pinhancos. Three minutes after that, Kevin Aguilar set up King for the game winner.
Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Keegan Nutt, junior Thomas McCormick and senior Chris Romero all scored goals in the first half as the Tigers built a 3-0 lead at the break. Sophomore Matt Alvarado set up classmate Cam Vella for the lone goal of the second half. Max Bamford, Nathaniel Cardoza and Vella each had assists. Girls Soccer
Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Alexis Stowell netted a pair of goals, Emily Foley scored a goal and had an assist and Emily Spath and Abigail Gipson each scored once. Jess Kroushl, Halle Atkinson, Victoria Stowell and Meghan Dieterle each had an assist.
Foxboro, 0 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Canton’s Sarah Collins scored an unassisted goal for the lone strike of the game to lift the Bulldogs to a win.
King Philip, 1 @ Mansfield, 9 – Final– Mansfield’s offensive exploded for nine goals, led by a hat trick from junior Hannah Reiter. Alle Bezeau scored a pair of goals, Emma Oldow had two goals and an assist, Jen Kemp scored once and had an assist, Bryn Anderson netted a goal and Emma Goulet and Jackie Carchedi each notched a pair of assists.
Milford, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Kristen Franzini netted both of Milford’s goals while Emily Duquette had a strong game in goal with nine saves for the Scarlet Hawks.
North Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Taunton scored first in the opening half but Haley Guertin, off an assist from sister Grace Guertin, leveled the score just over 10 minutes into the second half.
Oliver Ames, 7 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Francesca Calabraro had a hat trick and added an assist for the Tigers. Jackie Mills added two goals and an assist and Lauren Wright and Annabella Walsh each scored goals. Delaney Benton chipped in with three assists. Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin’s Caroline Maguire had seven aces and added four kills and a pair of blocks to lead the Panthers. Maddy Kuzio had four aces and a pair of digs and Lauren McGrath had 10 assists and three aces for Franklin.
Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Canton got the sweep on the road 25-15, 25-14, 28-26 and clinched its sixth straight Davenport Division title and ninth straight Hockomock League title overall, dating back to before the division split. Olivia Devoe had yet another strong game on defense with 15 digs while Elizabeth Hamilton dominated offensively with 20 kills and three aces, also chipping in with 19 digs. Canton head coach Pat Cawley praised the efforts of Kaitlin McCarthy, Emma Gobbi and Emma Murphy for their strong play at the net. Cawley also noted great defensive efforts from Julia Panico, Cassie Loftus and Maria Mackie.
Mansfield, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final– Mansfield picked up the sweep on the road, 25-15, 25-22, 25-23. Jess Haradon had 18 digs and 11 service points for the Hornets while Cathryn Heavey had 35 assists and 10 service points. Sarah Mullahy had seven kills, seven blocks, and nine service points while Alli Belanger added eight digs and nine service points. For King Philip, Josie Rowean had 13 kills, Amelia Murphy added five kills, Emma Lopez had three kills and Micaela Murray finished with 10 digs.
Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had 10 digs and five kills in the loss. Field Hockey
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 2 – Final – San Papakonstantino scored both goals for the Bulldogs in the win.
Mansfield, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – OA senior Chris Romero flicked in Matt Campbell, who netted his first goal of the year for the Tigers in a battle of division leaders.
Sharon, 0 vs. Shepherd Hill Regional, 1 – Final
Taunton, 1 vs. New Bedford, 2 – Final – Austin Botelho scored the lone goal for Taunton on an assist by Derek Pereira. Girls Soccer
Canton, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final – Chloe Vieira scored the first goal for the Bombardiers off an assist by Breanna Eddy. Paige Medeiros scored the winner with a 20-yard free kick that went in off the post. Madison Brown made 10 saves to get the win.
King Philip, 1 @ Hopedale, 2 – Hopedale scored four minutes into the game, but 11 minutes later Rachel Hogan equalized for KP off and assist by Lauren Hehn. The hosts scored the winner with 90 seconds left. Emma Durant played well in net for the Warriors, according to head coach Gary Pichel.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Regan Benton and Bethany Dunk split time in goal for the Tigers and Emily Gaumond picked up the clean sheet for the Hornets.
Sharon, 2 vs. Shepherd Hill Regional 2 – Final – Ally Steinberg scored a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the game to earn a draw for the Eagles. The first goal was a header off a cross by Alex Miller and the second on a low cross to the edge of the 6-yard box by Victoria Zambello with only a few minutes left in the game.
Taunton, 4 @ New Bedford, 0 – Final – Alana Vincent, Mariah O’Gara, Olivia Sweeney, and Mariah Dwyer scored the goals for the Tigers. O’Gara also added an assist as did Amanda Pugh. Kayla Wenworth made three saves for the shutout. Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – The Bulldogs won 25-7, 25-10, 25-11. Elizabeth Hamilton led Canton with 14 kills, Olivia Devoe had 14 digs, and Cassie Loftus and Nicole Poole combined for 31 assists.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Franklin was able to pick up a 25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-10 win on the road. Franklin’s Beth Neal had 14 kills, 14 assists and five blocks, Aubrie Kutil added 11 kills, Dayna McCue had 29 digs and eight aces and Sam Campbell added 16 digs, three kills and an ace for the Panthers.
King Philip, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – King Philip picked a 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 sweep on the road. Micaela Murray had seven service points in the first game and finished with 10 digs, Carly Adams had nine service points in game two and Josie Rowean had 13 total kills and eight service points, including three aces, in game three.
Mansfield, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Mansfield won 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. Catherine Heavey had 30 assists and 12 service points for the Hornets. Sarah Mullahy added seven kills and Jess Haradon had five kills, nine service points, and nine digs. Field Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 2 @ Foxboro 3 – Final – Molly Manning, Lily Daly, and Meredith Cronin scored the goals for Foxboro.
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Annie Walsh led Panthers with a goal and an assist. Cassi Ronan and Diana Griffin added the other two goals. Samantha Jones and Kate D’Entremont made one save each for the shutout.
King Philip, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber scored the goal for the Black Knights, while Caitlin Donahue had the goal for the Warriors. Abby Campbell made 12 saves for KP and Kara Ploss made seven for Stoughton.
Mansfield, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Nicole Walker tied the game for the Tigers a minute after Mansfield took the lead. Cassie Gavin made 11 saves for OA in the loss.
Taunton @ Sharon, 4:00 Golf
Taunton, 159 @ North Attleboro, 144 – Final – North Attleboro was led by Dylan Kane with a 34. Tyler Sinacola shot a 35 for the Rocketeers, while Robbie Congdon had a 37 and Bryan Harris had a 38. Taunton was led by Justin Proto’s 36. The Tigers also got a 40 from Mike Volkmann, a 41 from Jason Stern and a 42 from Ryan Oberg.
Sharon, 165 @ Milford, 162 – Final – Ryan Tomaso shot a three under par 32 to lead the the Hawks. Sharon was led by Max Avratin and Ryan Crooks, who each shot 39s.