Walsh and Griffin Spark Franklin Sweep of KP

Kelsey McPhee
Kelsey McPhee (13) celebrates the opening goal against KP on Friday. It turned out to be the winner in a 4-0 victory. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin and King Philip faced off in the Div. 1 South tournament on Friday afternoon at the Beaver Street field. It was the third meeting between the two Kelley-Rex rivals this season with the Panthers winning each of the first two by a single goal both times.

Friday’s game would not be as close. The Warriors were coming off a thrilling, but draining, stroke-off win against Plymouth South in the opening round and the Panthers took advantage of the extra preparation time to create more offense.

It all worked for the home team and Franklin would come away with a 4-0 win that advances the Panthers to the sectional quarterfinal and a rematch with Dennis-Yarmouth on the Beaver Street turf on Sunday.

“I was not looking forward to having to beat [KP] a third time,” admitted Franklin coach Lisa Cropper after the game.

She added, “They had a long, emotional game on Wednesday, so I figured…they’d be pumped up and running on adrenaline, but maybe running on fumes and I felt if we got up on them early that we would have the upper hand the entire way.”

It was actually the Warriors that had the better chances in the opening minutes of the game. Franklin goalie Sam Jones was forced into two big saves right off the opening whistle and it looked like the confidence of Wednesday’s win may be leading KP to another upset.

But, after the first five minutes, Franklin took control. First the Panthers hit the post on a quick break and then Kelsey McPhee opened the scoring off an assist from freshman Annie Walsh in the 11th minute.

“They scored on some beautiful offensive corners,” said KP coach Liz Hathaway. “There was really no way to stop those and they’re strong; their defense is strong and it’s really hard to penetrate.”

In the 23rd minute, Franklin doubled its lead when another freshman, Cassi Ronan, found the back of the net on a first-time shot from senior Taylor Reutlinger’s assist.

“Having played them twice already,” explained Cropper, “we knew exactly how their defense was going to be and use what they do on defense against them. We kept using that short pass to Cassi and Annie.”

The Warriors tried to get the ball forward, particularly down the wings, looking for attackers Casie Curtin and Mary O’Connor, but each time the pay was cut off by Franklin’s strong midfield, including senior Kenzie Pleshaw who had a number of interceptions. As the game wore on, Franklin’s pressure intensified.

“We started out the first 10 minutes of the game really dominating and ready to go,” said Hathaway. “We got a few corner out of it and if we could have put one of those in then it could’ve been a different game.”

KP had a chance eight minutes after the break but again Jones was equal to the shot at her post and kicked it aside. Four minutes later and Franklin had the dagger. Walsh’s initial shot was saved by sophomore goalie Abby Campbell, who made 12 saves in the game, but Diana Griffin followed up and knocked in the rebound.

Two minutes after that, the Panthers struck again on the break. This time it was Griffin playing provider with a long pass out of midfield right to the stick of Walsh and the freshman coolly knocked it home.

“She was on fire today,” said Cropper of Walsh. “She was flying all over the place.”

“Our strength is definitely our midfield and our defense, our seniors, but she and Cassi and Christina [Quinn] provided a spark on offense.”

Although the final score was not as close as the two regular season games, Hathaway took nothing away from the play of her team and gave all the credit to the hosts.

She said, “I think that was just an amazing win [on Wedmesday]. We were ready for anything…but Franklin just did a good job today.”

A cheer went up from the Franklin bench when it was informed that the next opponent woul be Dennis-Yarmouth. The Panthers have been knocked out each of the last two seasons by D-Y and both times on the road. Now, D-Y has to come to Franklin.

Cropper joked, “Make them take the long ride this time.”

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

Quinn Goal Downs KP, Keeps Franklin Unbeaten

Abby Campbell
Abby Campbell (31) made 14 saves for KP but Christina Quinn’s first half goal gave Franklin the win on Thursday. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

WRENTHAM, Mass. – For the first time, Franklin and King Philip field hockey met up on the brand-new turf at Macktaz Field in a meeting between the first and third place teams in the Kelley-Rex Division.

The Panthers came in unbeaten in the league, but the Warriors came in fired up at the chance to knock their rivals off the top of the league standings.

With just a little more than a minute remaining in the game, and after nearly 20 minutes of nonstop Franklin pressure, the Warriors finally got a break and a scoring opportunity. Senior attacker Casie Curtin hit the edge of the circle and fired towards goal, but Franklin senior goalie Sam Jones, who had spent 20 minutes standing in the cold wind as mostly a spectator, was out to cut down the angle and kick the shot aside.

“Sometimes that’s harder,” said Franklin coach Lisa Cropper. “You’re standing there cold and you’ve got to come up with a big play. She’s got the experience to do it and she’s got the poise.”

The Panthers (7-1-0, 7-0-0) got a goal from Christina Quinn nine minutes into the game and held on for a 1-0 win that could have been larger but for a steadfast KP defense and 14 saves (11 in the second half alone) by KP goalie Abby Campbell.

“They dug in, they didn’t give up and they knew if they could pop one down there it only takes one shot,” said Cropper about the Warriors. “Abby was doing everything she could.”

KP was fired up for to defend its home turf and the first half was even with chances on both ends. With 21:02 left in the half, Franklin took the lead off a penalty corner. A scramble in front was knocked home by Quinn to make it 1-0 and take some of the wind out of the Warriors sails.

Two minutes after taking the lead, Campbell stopped a breakaway by freshman Annie Walsh to keep the Warriors within one. Midway through the half, Alex Sullivan was yellow carded giving KP a player-advantage for five minutes, but the Franklin defense cleared it without the Warriors getting a shot on goal.

KP’s best chances came either side of halftime. The Warriors had two penalty corners in the closing minutes of the first half but the Panthers managed to get the ball clear both times. In the first five minutes after the break, KP also pushed the Panthers back on their heels but again Franklin and Jones kept the ball out of the net.

From the 20-minute point until the final minutes of the game, the field seemed tilted towards Campbell. Franklin continually pressured the KP defense and prevented the Warriors from getting the ball forward into the attack. Courtney Foley and Christina Hathaway kept looking for the big hit to spring a KP break but Franklin’s Dana Lewandowski, Kenzi Pleshaw, and Jill Sirignano seemed to always be in the way.

“They were able to pick off our passing lanes, step up and intercept and transition it into their offensive circle,” said KP coach Elizabeth Hathaway. “On our end, we just needed to have more quick, stick-to-stick passing to generate fast breaks.”

“When we generate fast break, we can be really potent.”

The Panthers turned the interceptions into offensive chances. Franklin forced 10 penalty corners in the second half alone and forced Campbell into 11 second half saves.

“I basically told them that look they can’t handle our team speed,” said Cropper, “and if we stick to the outside, use our speed, and use the ball into space they’re not going to be able to create those turnovers and the big hit, which is their strength.”

Despite the numerous chances, Franklin could not add to the lead and it allowed KP to make it a nervous final few minutes. Jones made the save and prevented KP from snagging an unlikely equalizer.

“It would’ve been nice,” admitted Hathaway. “I would’ve really loved to have stolen that point but it wasn’t meant to be today. It was a good game today and I’m really proud of my kids.”

Franklin travels to Milford on Monday evening, while King Philip (5-3-1, 4-3-1) will travel to Stoughton.

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

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/01/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 0 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Jake Goloboy opened the scoring for the Eagles off an assist from Shane Brandes in the 15th minute and Sonny Somdah added an unassisted goal 15 minutes later to double the lead. 
Girls Soccer
Sharon, 5 vs. Norwood, 2 – FinalAmanda Klayman, Victoria Zambello, Ally Filipkowski, Ally Steinberg, and Alex Rabb all scored goals for the Eagles in the non-league win. Freshman Lydia Chase made 11 saves in her second varsity appearance.
Canton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Canton picked up a 25-18, 25-8, 25-13 division sweep. Elizabeth Hamilton led an entire team effort with 13 kills. Head coach Pat Cawley said Kaitlin McCarthy played great two way ball and Maria Mackie, Julia Panico, Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum all played great defense. 
Field Hockey
North Attleboro, 1 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Dimitra Efremidis set up Nicole Walker for Oliver Ames’ lone goal, which came in the first half. Foxboro freshman Lily Daly tied the game off an assist from Meri Cronin late in the second half. 

Franklin,1 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Christina Quinn scored nine minutes into the game and it turned out to be the game-winner for the Panthers. KP goalie Abby Campbell made 14 saves to keep the Warriors in the game in the second half. Franklin goalie Sam Jones made a save with 1:30 left to preserve the win.
Canton @ Sharon, 3:45

Milford, 0 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored with five minutes left in the game off an assist from Mia Russell to lift the Black Knights. Kara Ploss had the shutout in goal for Stoughton while Milford goalie Emily Smith also had a strong game.
Oliver Ames, 157 @ Stoughton, 185 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Jack Green shot a match-low 37 to lead the Tigers while Steven Tasho, Ryan McGarry and Mark Bissonette each carded a 40. Josh Roos shot a 44 for the Black Knights.
Milford, 6 @ Hopedale, 3 – Final – In a non-league game against rival Hopedale, the Scarlet Hawks picked up a 6-3 win in match play format. Ryan Tomaso led Milford with a 33 while Anthony Arcudi and Zach Tammaro each shot 38. 
Canton, 168 @ Foxboro, 190 – Final

Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 162 – Final – Taunton’s Mario Wilson carded a match low round of 37 for the Tigers.

King Philip, 161 @ North Attleboro, 166 – Final – Todd Bushway and Sebastian Ladoulis led the way for the Warriors, each shooting 39. Robbie Congdon shot a team-low 39 for the Rocketeers.

Attleboro, 187 @ Sharon, 170 – Final – Ryan Crooks and Max Avratin both carded a 40 on the day, which was the low score for the match. 

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/29/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Mansfield, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Chris Elsner picked up his sixth assist of the season, finding Brad Eames for the opening goal just seven minutes into the game to give the Hornets the early lead. Cullin Anastasia doubled the Hornets’ lead just seconds before the halftime before off an assist from Jareme DiLirenzo. Michael Kirejczyk made five saves in net and got strong performances from Harry Braidt, Max Gurnon, Nick Hyland and Elsner in front of him. 

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon finished off a long throw in from Josh Mitchell in the first half but Canton freshman Paul Corcoran scored his first career goal to pull the Bulldogs level. 

Taunton, @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Tyler Mann scored the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes off an assist from Joe Kellett and then Mann returned the favor less than 10 minutes later, finding Kellett on a corner kick. Will Weir also scored a first half goal and Cam Mullins added a fourth for the Warriors early in the second half. 

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Junior Thomas McCormick set up a goal in both the first and second halves to push OA to a key divisional win. McCormick assisted on Keegan Nutt’s goal in the first half and then McCormick set up Jack Sheldon in the second half.
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Alle Bezeau, Stephanie Kemp, Jen Kemp and Katie Bongarzone all scored second half goals to give Mansfield head coach Kevin Smith his 100th career victory. Paige Medeiros scored for Attleboro. 

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 6 – Final – The Bulldogs created a number of chances, according to coach Kate Howarth, and had five different players score goals in the win. Meaghan Hunter scored twice for Canton, which also got goals from Hannah Link, Riley Duserick, Sarah MacQuarrie, and Sarah Connelly. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Krista Michienzi off a cross from Mia Greene. 
Foxboro, 5 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Riley Collins scored a hat trick for Foxboro and Hannah Burns and Hailey Maling each scored once. 

King Philip, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime behind goals from junior Francesca Calabraro and senior Delaney Benton. Junior Kiana Lozzi added a second half goal for the Tigers. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Katie Brown, Kristen Franzini and Nichole Dahlgren played well for the Scarlet Hawks. 
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final
Field Hockey
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Olivia Horn found the back of the net twice to pace Mansfield to a key divisional win over Attleboro. Caitlin Whitman and Brianna Puccia each scored once for the Hornets.

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Angela Connelly’s goal with 2:39 left in the game lifted Stoughton to its first win over Canton in over a decade. Mia Russell scored Stoughton’s first goal.

Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final – Annie McGeary scored a hat trick for the Warriors. 

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Senior Samantha Jones made nine saves in net to get the shutout as Franklin bounced back from its first loss of the season. Freshman Annie Walsh scored a pair of goals while senior Kelsey McPhee, sophomore Christina Quinn and freshman Cassi Ronan each scored once. 

Taunton, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip netted a pair of goals in the second half to break a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. Courtney Foley scored twice, one assisted by Christina Hathaway and one by Casie Curtin. Liz Furfari netted an unassisted goal for KP. 
Cross Country
Attleboro, 22 @ King Philip, 33 – Final

Milford, 25 @ Canton, 30 – Final – Canton senior Mark Clancy broke the course record time, finishing in 16:08 to beat the old record by 13 seconds. Canton’s other finishes were sophomore Jack Healey in fourth (17:09), senior Courtland Priest in sixth (17:41) Thomas Cahill in ninth (18:04) and Andrew Salvatori in 11th (18:27).

Foxboro, 44 @ Oliver Ames, 19 – Final
Mansfield, 20 @ Franklin, 35 – Final
North Attleboro, 35 @ Taunton, 20 – Final
Stoughton, 45 @ Sharon, 16 – Final
Attleboro, 50 @ King Philip, 15 – Final – King Philip took the first five spots in the race with sophomore Erin Quinn leading the way in 20:41. Erica Layne, Leia Quinn, Nicole Jutras and Brianna Aubin also finished in the top five. 

Milford, 34 @ Canton, 25 – Final – Canton’s Cat Song set a new course record (17:57), smashing the previous record (19:26) but nearly 90 seconds. Olivia Stevens finished fourth (22:13), Ally Chin finished fifth (22;21), Emily Orkin in seventh (22:35) and Margaret Polsgrove (22:54) in eighth. 
Foxboro, 41 @ Oliver Ames, 20 – Final
Mansfield, 42 @ Franklin, 18 – Final
North Attleboro, 22 @ Taunton, 39 – Final
Stoughton, 49 @ Sharon, 15 – Final
Milford, 104 @ Stoughton, 122 – Final (6 holes) – Ryan Tomaso, Anthony Arcudi, Riley Lynch and Tylor Renaud were the top four finishers for the Scarlet Hawks. Eoin Doherty was the top finish for Stoughton.

Sharon, 176 @ Canton, 156 – Final – Junior Pat Duggan and sophomore Danny Powers each shot 39 for the Bulldogs, who qualified for the state tournament with the win. Junior Jackson Maffeo added a 39 and Jack Goyetch shot 41 for Canton. Sharon’s Jordan Chabot shot a team-low 39. 

Taunton, 200 @ King Philip, 203 – Final – After being tied at 159 through four cards, the match was decided on the fifth card with Taunton edging KP by three strokes. Mario Wilson and Kaynel Gonsalves each shot 39 for Taunton while Justin Proto shot a 40. For King Philip, Mickey Riley was the match medalist with a 37 and sophomore Danny McLoughlin added a 38. 

Oliver Ames, 158 @ Attleboro, 175 – Final – Steven Tasho and Brian Lambert each carded a 39 to lead the Tigers to a win. Tyler Letendre shot a 40 for Attleboro.

North Attleboro, 166 @ Mansfield, 164 – Final

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/08/15

Below are today’s games.
Attleboro, 0 @ Norton, 3 – Final

Field Hockey
Foxboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sophomore Grace Mayer scored in the second half to give Attleboro the win.

Canton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Freshman Annie Walsh scored her first career goal on an assist from senior Diana Griffin and sophomore Christina Quinn also scored on assists from Walsh and junior Alex Sullivan. Franklin’s defense only allowed one shot on goal and head coach Lisa Cropper said senior Taylor Reutlinger and junior Dana Lewandowski played well in midfield.

Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 9 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final

Stoughton, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored a hat trick for the Black Knights and Ashley Chipman added one goal. Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said Angela Connolly “dominated at midfield.”

Cross Country
Hockomock Jamboree (@ Borderland), 3:30
Milford, 173 @ Foxboro, 170 – Final – Matt Tierney, Tim Luciano and Blake Wasserman all shot a team-low 42 for Foxboro.
Attleboro, 182 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Mansfield junior Jason Hindman was the match medalist for the second straight time, shooting a 39. Seniors Devon Barbero and David Craig each carded a 41 for the Hornets. Keagin Larkin shot a team-low 42 for the Bombardiers.

Stoughton, 198 @ King Philip, 163 – FinalMickey Riley, a senior for King Philip, shot a team-low 38 for the Warriors in the win.
Canton, 170 @ Sharon, 169 – Final – Sharon senior Cam Sydney had a match low 38 for the Eagles. Canton’s Griffin Jerrier shot a low score of 41 for the Bulldogs.