Snead Header Stuns Hornets, Sends KP to Quarters

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Freshman Avery Snead (9) scored an overtime winner, heading home a corner, to left KP to a 2-1 win over rival Mansfield in the first round of the tournament. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – It looked as though Sunday evening’s playoff game was over in the final seconds of regulation. With the clock stopped at 2:00 and everyone waiting for the official’s whistle, Emma Oldow got free on the right side and sent in a curling cross just past the dive of King Philip goalie Emma Durant and onto the foot of Amanda Mangano at the back post.

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Unfortunately for the Hornets, the sophomore forward had strayed just offsides and the celebrations of the home fans were cut short. Six minutes into the first overtime period and there was another celebration, this time from the traveling supporters behind the benches at Alumni Field.

Emma Corcoran’s deep corner to the back post was met by freshman Avery Snead, who nodded it back across the net and inside the far corner for a ‘golden goal’. The Warriors had pulled the upset over their league rivals, avenged two losses in the regular season, and ended the Hornets unbeaten season in the first round of the tournament.

“We practice all week on these corners and setting up the girls,” said KP coach Gary Pichel after his team’s 2-1 victory. “[Avery] came through with a huge one, just a huge one! It looked like it was going to go too deep and she was right where she needed to be.

He added with a laugh, “I thought I was going to have a stroke out there or something.”

Pichel was asked about his team talk before the overtime period and how he got the Warriors to refocus after being so close to having the season end on Mangano’s disallowed goal. He responded, “I didn’t even focus on that, didn’t even talk about it. I just told them what we needed to do for this overtime period.”

Mansfield coach Kevin Smith could only shake his head after the game. He had said before the game started that KP had improved over the course of the season and was a very dangerous opponent to have in the first round. He was proved right.

“We had a lot of chances,” he said. “Their goalie made some great saves, we missed a couple outside the post, Corcoran was great in their defense…it was a great game.”

The Warriors struck first in the 14th minute. Rachel Hogan got to a loose ball on the right corner of the penalty area and was brought down when she got a step on her defender. Corcoran stepped up and calmly dispatched the penalty into the top corner, leaving Mansfield goalie Emily Gaumond with no chance.

After falling behind, Mansfield was spurred into the attack and had several chances for the equalizer before the break. Stephanie Kemp had the first good chance when she ran onto a ball behind the defense from Hannah Reiter but Durant was off her line quickly to smother. Oldow saw a shot sail just wide of the post and then Kemp again got in behind the defense but her effort missed the corner by inches.

“Our seniors are such good leaders,” said Smith about the conversation down 1-0 at halftime. “They said, guys we’re yelling at each other and we don’t need to, we’re fine. I didn’t need to talk, they took care of it. They’ve set a leadership culture that they’re relaxed out there.”

In the 53rd minute, the Hornets evened the score with a golazo from sophomore defender Emily Vigeant. After a foul 40 yards from goal, Vigeant put her laces into the free kick and hit a laser just under the crossbar and past a helpless Durant to make it 1-1.

With the scores level, KP took a timeout to regroup and with the impetus on them to score again suddenly found their footing in the second half. Snead had the best chance after good footwork opened space for a shot that curled just wide. Maddie Smith created another chance with a steal in midfield and Chloe Layne’s one-touch pass freed Hogan but her shot was dragged wide.

Smith played a big role for the Warriors on Sunday, as she was tasked with marking Reiter, the Quinnipiac University-commit who was voted the league’s MVP this week. Pichel said, “She was questioning whether she could be more of a part of the offense but I told her it’s really critical to mark Hannah because she’s the field general out there.”

With six minutes left to play, Oldow sent in an angled cross that Durant stopped in the far corner but could not handle cleanly. The loose ball was prodded into the side netting by Allee Bezeau. Six minutes later, Mangano had her chance only to be denied by the whistle.

Smith said, “They bent and didn’t break until the free kick and we couldn’t find that toe poke in.”

In overtime, Snead rose highest. The freshman has been KP’s leading scorer this season and no goal has been bigger than the one she scored on Sunday.

“I told them that we could be the team that beat them,” said Pichel. “I told them they’d have to play the game of their lives and they’d have to give 150 percent…and they did. I’m so proud of them.

“It’s a culmination in the second half of the season of us gaining confidence, believing in what we can do as a team.”


While the season has come to a close for the Hornets (14-1-4), Smith reflected on what has been by almost every measure the best fall in the 29-year history of the program.

“Regular season undefeated, first league title ever, set records for goals scored…we’ve set almost every record in school history this year,” he said. “I’m proud of them for all that they’ve accomplished and it stinks that I don’t get to practice with them any more.”

King Philip (12-7-2) will get the chance to avenge two more regular season losses on Wednesday afternoon with a trip to another league rival, Oliver Ames.

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Mansfield, OA Finish Even Again in Division Showdown

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – With the Kelley-Rex title on the line, it’s no surprise that offense was at a premium and mistakes were few and far between at Val Muscato Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Oliver Ames entered its final league game of the year with a one point advantage over Mansfield, who still has a game to go. A win for either side would have clinched the Kelley-Rex division but the Tigers and Hornets finished 1-1 – their second draw of the season.

“They’re a great team, they’re a tough team,” Mansfield head coach Kevin Smith said. “It’s great to play against a great team. We’re happy with the point. It’s two great teams battling the heck out of each other. It was great defense all around, midfield play was strong. Any attacking was at a premium because the teams were both playing so hard. Both goalies made some good stops. It was just a great game all around, OA is a great team.”

Mansfield controls its own destiny with its last league game on Friday night against Canton at Gillette Stadium. A tie against the Bulldogs would mean a share of the title and a win would equal the division crown outright. Oliver Ames would earn a share of the title along with Mansfield if there is a tie and would win the title outright if the Bulldogs beat the Hornets.

“I was very pleased with how the team came back in the second half,” Oliver Ames head coach Britt Sellmayer said. “They showed a lot of composure, a lot of character. Mansfield is a great team, they’re well coached.”

Between the weather – wind and rain – and the high stakes of the game, neither side was able to get into a real groove in the opening half. Mansfield had the best two chances of the half, starting with Stephanie Kemp‘s shot in the seventh minute that was saved.

Four minutes later, Mansfield’s Hannah Reiter nearly opened the scoring, ripping a shot from just inside the area that looked destined to sneak under the crossbar. Instead, Oliver Ames junior keeper Regan Benton timed her jump perfectly, punching the shot over the bar.

Oliver Ames’ back line of Dana Lowney, Zoe Chazan, Emily Freeman and Maggie Ault– with Claudia Ferrara in front as a defensive mid – limited the Hornets from registering any other chances.

On the other end, center backs Emily Vigeant and Emily Sullivan anchored the Hornets back line with Allison Verge, Mikaela Maughnand Kerina Geminianiall seeing time as outside backs in front of keeper Emily Gaumond.

Both teams settled down in the second half as the rain ramped up. It took the Hornets less than four minutes into the second stanza to find the opener.

Mansfield earned a free kick along the right sideline, just outside the area. Vigeant delivered the service to the near post where Reiter ran onto and latched onto it with a volley that found the far post for a 1-0 lead.

“Hannah Reiter’s a special player, it took her four years to get a goal on us,” Sellmayer said. “You can’t give [Mansfield] restarts near the box. Vigeant and [Reiter] have been a great combination all year long.”

“With her, you have a leader that’s been through some battles,” Smith said of Reiter. “Her club team has been #1 in the nation, she’s played in the finals. She knows what it’s like to play in big games. She’s just a field general out there, she’s calming people down. She actually called our timeout, she said we needed it because we were a little flustered and I trust her to make judgements like that.

“She calls the plays out there, she reads the game so well. She steps up in the big times. She scored against Franklin the first game, she scored here…she has so many game-winning goals in the big games, like King Philip the other day. She likes to pop up at the right times, it’s a joy to coach her.”

Oliver Ames was close to finding the equalizer in the 62nd minute when Chazan’s free kick from the wing hit off the crossbar and out. Two minutes later, Mansfield almost doubled the lead when Bryn Anderson connected with Kemp but her bid was over the bar.

A minute later, the Tigers did come through with the tying goal. Freeman, from her own half, delivered a perfect diagonal ball through Mansfield’s defense. Lauren Wright ran onto and slotted her shot past an oncoming Gaumond, the ball hitting the far post and going in to make it 1-1.

“We started to play with four forwards near the end because we were desperate,” Sellmayer said. “We played with three in the back, three in the middle and then sort of a diamond up top. Losing 2-0, 3-0 didn’t make a difference, we had to go for it and we did. We played better in the second half.”

The Hornets had a chance three minutes after OA’s equalizer with a pair of corner kicks. On the first, Vigeant’s service skipped through the area for a close chance but Freeman was in perfect position to block the shot.

With a lot of numbers pushed forward at the end, Oliver Ames had one final chance in the final seconds. After a partial clearance, OA’s Jess Robarge sent a ball back in that was deflected down. Junior Abby Reardon sprinted towards the ball but Gaumond came off her line and smothered the loose ball to preserve the tie.

Mansfield (14-0-3, 12-0-3) will look to earn the division title when they play Canton at Gillette Stadium on Friday at 8:00. Oliver Ames girls soccer (13-0-4, 12-0-4) will conclude the regular season with a trip to Brockton on Saturday at 1:00.

Mansfield Holds Off KP, Sets Up Showdown for Title

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Mansfield celebrates Cassidy McMahon’s goal that pushed the lead to 2-0 against King Philip on senior night. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Coming into Tuesday night’s game with Kelley-Rex division rival King Philip, Mansfield could have been caught in the trap of looking past the Warriors. On Thursday, the Hornets will travel to Easton to face Oliver Ames in a game that could decide the league title and on Friday night they have the opportunity to play on the Gillette Stadium pitch against Canton.

Mansfield’s seniors gathered the team together well before kick-off, even before head coach Kevin Smith had the chance to speak with his players, and re-focused their teammates.

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The pregame talk worked, as the Hornets dominated the opening half and scored a pair of goals. King Philip rallied in the second half, but the Hornets held on for a 2-0 victory that keeps them within one point of Oliver Ames heading into the final two games of the regular season.

“These seniors,” Smith explained, “three have never started a varsity game until this year, but we get to the field and everyone gets together. ‘We are not underestimating this team, you’ve got to come out to play’…just the leadership they showed is incredible.”

The Hornets were fired up to start the game on senior night and controlled the majority of the opening half. They controlled possession and pushed the Warriors back into the defensive third for much of the opening 40 minutes but the first shot on goal took nearly 20 minutes. When the shot finally came, it gave Mansfield the lead.

A corner was played in from the near sideline and bounced around a few times in the six-yard-box before being tipped into the path of senior Hannah Reiter who prodded it home. Melissa Reef was given the assist out of the scramble.

Six minutes later KP had a rare foray forward and Katherine Turner pushed into the attack from her left back position before sending in a perfect cross. Abby Baker had a chance at the far post but her shot sliced wide of the post.

Emma Oldow picked off a poor clearance and set up a two-on-one with Stephanie Kemp, but Kemp’s shot from just inside the box was saved by KP keeper Emma Durant. The ensuing corner was cleared but the Hornets lofted the ball back into the box and the KP defense was caught trying the offside trap.

Reiter, a Quinnipiac University-commit, was left all alone in the middle of the box. The senior turned and took a touch before firing a low shot that Durant parried at full stretch. Sophomore Cassidy McMahon was the first to react and she knocked in the loose ball to double the Hornets lead.

“Since Mansfield’s first game with us (a 5-1 loss),” KP coach Gary Pichel said, “we made our adjustments and we’ve played really well but we can’t have these mental lapses where we’re leaving their best player, their leading scorer, unattended in the six.”

KP fashioned a couple of chances in the closing minutes of the half. Freshman Avery Snead turned her marker and fired a shot from the edge of the box that seemed destined for the back of the net until Mansfield keeper Emily Gaumond managed to save at full stretch.

“We played well except for that one shot they got,” said Smith, “which was an amazing shot and thankfully we got an amazing save, but King Philip is good. You have to be organized to play against them but I was proud of my kids. We pressed together, we stayed connected.”

Pichel added, “We’ve been bitten by the great saves of the goalie the last couple of games, but I like the way we came back in the second half and put pressure on them.”

The Warriors did turn the momentum after the break and turned the second half into an even contest. Maddie Smith had the first good chance of the half but her header on an Emma Corcoran corner flashed wide of the post.

Mansfield almost put the game away seven minutes after the break when Emma Goulet sprung Oldow with a through ball behind the KP defense. Durant was out quickly to close down the angle and palmed aside Oldow’s shot to keep it 2-0.

“We had a couple breakaways we should have scored,” said Smith. “We made some bad decisions too. We had two one on the goalie and we’re shooting from 30 yards when we should be dribbling around the goalie but that’s all learning.”

Bryn Anderson nearly set up Erin Daniel for the winner with another ball in behind the advancing KP defense, but Hanna Balunos> raced across to cover and knock the ball out for a corner with a last ditch tackle. Oldow would have another chance racing down the left channel but again Durant (seven saves) came up with the stop.

The Warriors had one more chance to cut the lead in half with 13 minutes to play but Smith could not keep her header down when she rose highest in the box and it slipped just above the crossbar.

“Overall I thought we played them even in the second,” said Pichel. “We changed our formation to add another player up top so it was a 4-3-3, which helped. We tried to get another person up top to create more pressure.”

Mansfield (14-0-2, 12-0-2) will now head into Thursday’s game with Oliver Ames knowing that a victory at Muscato Stadium will give the program its first ever league title. A draw against OA also keeps the title hopes alive as Mansfield has a league game in hand over the Tigers and would play Canton on Friday at Gillette knowing a result would clinch a title.

King Philip (11-7-1, 10-5-0) has lost two in a row, against the top two teams in the division, and will try to bounce back against Franklin on Thursday.

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Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/25/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Franklin, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalAttleboro sophomore Will Halben scored in the second half for the lone strike of the game.

Foxboro, 2 @ Canton, 0 – FinalAJ Bubencik and Shane VandenBoom scored second half goals to give Foxboro its second straight win and third in the last four games.

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Milford, 2 @ North Attleboro, 1 – FinalMilford overcame a one goal deficit to grab the two points. North’s Gabe Pinhancos scored what was described as a gorgeous goal to give the Rocketeers the lead. Milford’s Pedro Sampaio tied the game off an assist from Joey Madden early in the second half while Marcello Panno netted the game winning goal off an assist by Tiago Carvalho.

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalJames Gillespie and Thomas McCormick each scored to lead the Tigers to their third straight win. Nathaniel Cardoza had the assist on Gillespie’s goal while Jack Sheldon set up McCormick’s tally.

Sharon, 2 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 7 – FinalEmily Mastaj and Calen Frongillo each had two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Molly Duncan added a goal and an assist for Franklin, while Nadia Havens and Ellie Teixeira both scored goals. Miranda Smith and Jamie Dragsbaek also had assists.

Canton, 2 @ Foxboro, 3 – FinalKristen Bortolotti scored a pair of goals for the Warriors who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to pick up the win. Kendra Wentling’s first goal of the season was the game-winner and Lily Sykes recorded assists on all three goals.

King Philip, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – FinalHannah Reiter recorded a goal and an assist, as the Hornets scored twice in the first half to stay within a point of league leading OA. Reiter scrambled home a goal from a corner with Melissa Reef getting the assist and then her shot was saved into the path of Cassidy McMahon who knocked it in for a 2-0 lead. Emily Gaumond made three saves for the Hornets and Emma Durant made seven saves for the Warriors.

North Attleboro, 4 @ Milford, 1 – FinalWith the win, the Rocketeers clinched the Davenport division title, which is the first in program history. North Attleboro scored once in the first half but added three more in the second stanza. Ashlyn Gaulin opened the scoring for North, converting a pass from Haley Guertin. Emma Gaulin scored the next two goals for Big Red, finishing off passes from Guertin and Emily Scrhomm. Grace McGoldrick capped North’s scoring off an assist from Julia Tolfa. North head coach Bill Wallace said Rachel LaBonte, Emily Chiasson and Sam Hawkins all played great in the back. Maggie Boyle scored the lone goal for Milford on an assist by Julianna France. Milford coach Jay Mastaj said that Nicole Dahlgren played well defensively.

Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalJackie Mills scored a pair of goals to pace Oliver Ames to a win at home. Jess Mills, Lauren Wright and Claudia Ferrara each added a goal apiece for OA.

Stoughton, 0 @ Sharon, 3 – FinalAlex Rabb, Ally Steinberg, and Ally Filipkowski each had a goal and an assist for the Eagles.

Mansfield, Oliver Ames Settle For Scoreless Draw

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Oliver Ames’ Kiana Lozzi dribbles against Mansfield’s Kerina Geminiani in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Both Oliver Ames and Mansfield entered Friday’s division showdown unbeaten on the season – and that’s exactly how they emerged from it.

The Tigers and Hornets battled each other – and the wet conditions – for 80 minutes but neither side could break through as the teams settled for a 0-0 draw.

“It’s a good tie, [Mansfield] is a great team,” Oliver Ames head coach Britt Sellmayer said. “[Mansfield head coach] Kevin and I go way back, we have a great relationship. They’re well coached, they have some good players. Hannah Reiter is an unbelievable player. I thought our girls did a nice job on her. And I thought we had some of the younger players step. It was little bit of an eye opener for them, things got a lot faster when you play Mansfield.”

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Oliver Ames was without senior captains Francesca Calabraro and Jessica Robarge as well as talented junior Jackie Mills. Mansfield pounced early, seizing a lion’s share of possession early on but couldn’t produce a scoring chance. The possession evened out over the next half hour but neither side could find the back of the net.

The first real chance fell to OA when Kiana Lozzi played Lauren Wright through on the left wing but her shot was stopped by Mansfield keeper Emily Gaumond and the rebound was cleared.

The Tigers took control for the final 10 minutes of the first half, registering a pair of chances inside a minute. First, Julia Roy latched on to a long ball and forced a diving save from Gaumond. A minute later, Tori Wyman hit a cross that forced Gaumond to paw it clear.

“That’s a good point for us,” Smith said. “Oliver Ames is a great team. I know they’re missing [Francesca] Calabraro, Jackie Mills and Jess Robarge but they’re still a great team. They’re deep, they have great players and it seemed like a great even game both ways. Both teams were hitting hard, passing well, attacking well. Both goalies made some nice saves, both defenses were tested but neither broke.”

The home side threatened just minutes after Gaumond’s saves. Reiter collected possession in the midfield and used a pass to spring Stephanie Kemp in behind the defense. The sophomore uncorked a tight angle shot but OA keeper Regan Benton got a hand to it and kept it out.

Mansfield tested Oliver Ames early in the second off a free kick. Emily Vigeant‘s service in the 45th minute skidded on the slick turf and was spilled by Benton, but the junior was quick to cover up the loose ball.

Twenty minutes later, the Hornets had another free kick in a dangerous spot. Reiter’s shot from 25 yards out floated just over the bar to keep the game scoreless.

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Kemp had a good chance in the final minutes of the game, taking a shot from just outside the area but it just slid wide in the 76th minute.

“They are such a great team, they play quickly,” Sellmayer said of Mansfield. “It was a great learning experience for our younger players. Our back four – great game, they were solid. I think we limited them to two corners. Hopefully we’ll get some players back. It should be a great game at the end of the year when we see them again.”

Smith was equal in his praise for the visiting Tigers.

“I’m sure the stats will show that OA had a couple more shots, and we probably had more possession but what’s more possession without scoring?” Smith said. “It’s not like we dominated 80-20, it was close. It was a good game all around, both teams.”

Mansfield girls soccer (9-0-1, 7-0-1) will look to remain unbeaten when they travel to take on North Attleboro on Friday. Oliver Ames (8-0-2, 7-0-2) will try to do the same when they host Milford on Wednesday.

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Girls Soccer: 2016 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

2016 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview
Reigning league MVP Francesca Calabraro (left) and OA will look to challenge Franklin’s Kelley-Rex supremacy this year. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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2016 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview

Attleboro

2015 Record: 6-12-0
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Steve Santos

The Bombardiers won six games last year, including an upset of rival North Attleboro in the annual Blue-Red Game near the end of the season. Head coach Steve Santos is hoping that the momentum will carry over for his relatively inexperienced group this fall. The Bombardiers return 10 players from last year’s roster but not all were regular contributors. “They need to play simple and play quick,” said Santos, who mentioned that the program is developing with three freshmen seeing time in scrimmages.

The loss of Paige Medeiros to graduation leaves a big hole to be filled, especially with her set piece prowess, but Attleboro will turn to senior attacking midfielders Rebekah Entwhistle and Chloe Vieira to produce the killer pass and set up scoring opportunities. Up front, Hannah Meier will be counted on to finish those chances and give Attleboro the scoring punch it needs.

Defensively, Attleboro can count on junior goalie Maddie Brown, who is coming off a stellar sophomore season, and the center back pairing of Jordyn Forte and Morgan Laplume, who Santos said had a “high soccer IQ”. It is a junior-heavy roster, but one still in need of seasoning. Santos explained, “They’re great kids and hard workers. They just need some experience under their belts.”

Franklin

2015 Record: 17-1-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Tom Geysen

The Class of 2016 won a state title, two Div. 1 South titles, went to three straight South finals, and won the Kelley-Rex division four times. That is quite a legacy for the program and, while he has a number of new faces to try and incorporate into the lineup, head coach Tom Geysen is confident that this year’s Panthers will be team to contend with by the end of the season.

One reason for optimism is the combination of sophomore Halle Atkinson and junior Jess Krouschl up front (once Kroushl comes back from a niggling injury). Both players saw time in the attack last season and showed the potential to be a strong pairing with one as the forward or playing as the wings. The forwards will be helped by energetic midfielders Molly Duncan and Ellie Teixeira, two more players who saw plenty of playing time down the stretch in 2015.

Defensively, Franklin returns one half of its back four. Nadia Havens will continue as an outside back, while Abby Gibson, who stepped in to have a strong season on the outside last fall, will move in as one of the centerbacks. Junior Kat Robbins will take over from Dani Lonati between the pipes.

Geysen said, “We’re thin and we’re green…It’s a work in progress. But, by the end of the season I think we’ll give people a test.”

King Philip

2015 Record: 2-16-0
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Gary Pichel

The Warriors did not just have an injury or two to deal with in 2015, but almost entire starting 11 ended up with injuries that left King Philip head coach Gary Pichel scrambling to fill roster spots with players from the JV and freshman teams. As 2016 begins, many of the key players are back and healthy and the Warriors are hoping to spring a surprise on the Kelley-Rex.

Junior defender Emma Corcoran (“the heart and soul” of the defense, according to Pichel) has been a rock in the middle of the back line and will have a lot more help with seniors Sarah Fleck (ACL) and Katherine Turner (ankle) back after missing all but one game last year. Corinne Palumbo and Julia Massarone will also chip in from the midfield and will be counted on turning defense into attack quickly.

Up front, Rachel Hogan returns after leading KP in scoring for the past several seasons and she will be joined by fellow senior Maddie Smith, who is back from a quad injury. The seniors will be paired with talented freshman Chloe Layne, who is already drawing rave reviews. Pichel said, “We had a very tough season last year but will look to rebound with a new look and a new strategy to improve our chances in a very competitive Hockomock League.”

Mansfield

2015 Record: 12-6-2
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Kevin Smith

The Hornets are only bringing back three players who started regularly last season and that includes two goalkeepers. Senior Emily Gaumond started the season in net but missed the final month with a concussion, which meant that then freshman Lauren Whitman had to step in between the pipes. The only returning outfield player is senior Hannah Reiter. The Quinnipiac University-commit, who comes into the season as a contender for Player of the Year, was a standout in central defense, midfield, and up front last year.

While Mansfield does not return a lot of starters, there is plenty of experience on the roster. Head coach Kevin Smith utilizes a large roster and makes sure that a majority of the players get time on the field. Senior forward Emma Goulet and senior defender Emily Sullivan will be the captains and each has multiple seasons on varsity. Sophomore Stephanie Kemp and junior Allee Bezeau will be counted on to provide scoring punch and sophomore Melissa Reef will be taking a bigger role in the midfield this year.

With five freshmen and three sophomores playing “significant” minutes last year, Smith is confident that Mansfield will be able to challenge for the Kelley-Rex title. He said, “So even though we are very young we do have some players with some experience under their belts.”

Oliver Ames

2015 Record: 14-3-2 (Davenport Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Britt Sellmayer

The Tigers have won the Davenport division each of the past three years and will now set their sights on claiming the Kelley-Rex title at the first opportunity. Head coach Britt Sellmayer has a squad capable of claiming the crown and with the potential to make a deep tournament run as well. With seven returning starters, including four league all-stars, and 10 seniors, the Tigers have the most experienced roster in the Kelley-Rex and arguably the deepest.

It starts with reigning Hockomock MVP Francesca Calabraro. The senior scored 24 goals last season and has been talked about as a potential All-American in the preseason. With Calabraro moving between a midfield and a forward role, it opens up space on the wings for the speedy Jackie Mills, who chipped in with nine goals last year and could be ready for a breakout junior season. Seniors Dana Lowney and Jess Robarge will also provide midfield support for the Tigers.

Defensively, OA has a strong core of returning players. Sophomore Zoe Chazan stepped in as a rookie and turned into one of the league’s top central defenders and her partnership with junior Emily Freeman will be a tough one for teams to break down. Behind the back line, OA has three solid goaltenders led by junior Regan Benton. Sellmayer said, “[We’re] looking forward to the challenge of playing in the large Hock.”

Taunton

2015 Record: 9-9-3
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Edith Dixon

The Tigers made history last season, becoming the first team in the program’s history to win a playoff game, knocking off Wellesley on the road. That Taunton team was filled with upperclassmen but head coach Edith Dixon wants the program to keep moving forward and believes that there are players ready to step up and take over.

One of the players leading the way for Taunton is senior captain Emily O’Brien, who Dixon credits with setting the tone at practice. The Tiger will turn to junior Sam Tichelaar for offensive production as the three-year starter is healthy after an injury-plagued sophomore campaign and is ready to be the “driving force” in the Taunton midfield. Senior Livi Sweeney will be the forward for Tichelaar to connect with up top.

Defensively, the Tigers will miss goalie Kayla Wentworth, who is now playing at Iona, but junior Kayla Felix will lead the defensive corps and help make Taunton tough to beat. Dixon said, “Last season was a great step forward for the program, but we’re not satisfied with making the tournament just once. Our upperclassmen want to get back there again and they’re being pushed every day in practice by some very talented eighth and ninth graders.”

Kemp, Carchedi Fire Mansfield to Win at Foxboro

Carchedi and Kemp
Jackie Carchedi (8) and Jen Kemp (12) combined for four goals to lead Mansfield to a road win at Foxboro on Friday afternoon. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Against Canton on Wednesday night, Mansfield coach Kevin Smith moved junior Hannah Reiter from center back to forward and the Hornets offense sprung into life for a frantic final 20 minutes at Gillette Stadium.

On Friday afternoon at Sam Berns Community Field, Smith moved Reiter up front right from the start and once again Mansfield went on the attack.

With Reiter in the middle of the front three, space was opened up on the counter for seniors Jen Kemp and Jackie Carchedi, who totaled all four goals for the Hornets in a 4-2 win over Foxboro that leaves Mansfield just one point shy of tournament qualification.

“It helped a lot,” said Smith about Reiter’s impact on the Mansfield attack. “She’s such a good influence up there and…she should have had two goals herself.”

It took Mansfield only 1:40 to get the lead when Reiter found space in the hole between midfield and defense and slipped a through ball to Kemp to spring a 2-on-1 with the last defender. Kemp laid the ball into the path of Carchedi and she made no mistake with a first time finish.

Foxboro also created some dangerous situations coming forward with Hannah Burns forcing a save out of Emily Gaumond before Kemp hit the post on the other end. Burns would tie the game when she capitalized on hesitation in the Mansfield defense from a cross by Hailey Maling and pounced from close range.

In the 23rd minute, Reiter should have given Mansfield the lead after good combination play between the front three but she sent her shot narrowly wide when clean through on goal.

Three minutes later, Kemp teed up Carchedi for her second. Kemp worked space down the right channel and somehow kept the ball alive under pressure on the end line. She managed room for a low cross that picked out her classmate for a side-foot finish.

“Defensively, we obviously had some breakdowns,” explained Foxboro coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn, “which is something that we’re working on.”

“t’s a fairly new defense with not having Kiersten [Warner] from last year, so we’re regrouping. It’s one of those things that we’ll be continuously working on.”

Four minutes to halftime and the lead was extended. Senior Rebecca Bornstein ran onto a through ball by Kemp and tapped the ball past the onrushing keeper before being tripped. Kemp stepped up to put away the penalty and make it 3-1.

Just four minutes after the break, Kemp got her second. The forward ran at the center of the Foxboro defense, cut to her left and fired a low angled shot past the keeper to make it 4-1.

The game was not over for the Warriors, who kept the pressure on in the second half despite the deficit. Riley Collins provided a consistent outlet on the wing and she forced a save by Gaumond with a good run down the left. Carolyn Will also forced a save with a long, curling free kick.

One struggle for Foxboro was the tight marking that Mansfield had on midfielder Lily Sykes. With Katie Bongarzone and Jill Savoie in close proximity at all times, Sykes had little time or space with the ball to try and create.

“I can’t say anyone has really done a one-on-one mark with her,” said Lamothe-Vaughn. “She’s struggling with her ankle but she’s doing extremely well with it.”

Smith noted, “The key is win the midfield and that doesn’t allow teams to attack us and then we can go. That allows us to play a 4-3-3; lose the midfield and we have to sink people back and it becomes a 4-5-1.”

The Hornets switched a number of players as the second half wore on and Bornstein, who had been starting games until the decision was made to move Reiter forward, was a constant menace down the right wing.

“I told her that it’s not a demotion because Hannah is going up, but she just said I got it,” said Smith. “She drew the PK, almost had a couple of assists over there…she’s doing a great job.”

Sykes would get Foxboro one closer with five minutes remaining. Rather than sending her free kick into the box, she went for goal and was able to beat Gaumond at the near post to make it 4-2.

“Unfortunately, I think we had the ball up in the air way too much and not possessing at our feet,” said Lamothe-Vaughn, whose team was missing keeper Hallie Canfield and forward Kristen Bortolotti. “I think if we had played more of the game that we’ve played against other teams then it would’ve been a better outcome.”

She added, “It was a lot of kick and run today from both teams.”

Mansfield (8-2-1, 7-2-1) will host Sharon on Tuesday, while Foxboro (5-4-0, 5-4-0) has a quick turnaround and plays at Walpole on Saturday night.

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

Canton Bounces Back By Beating Hornets at Gillette

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Canton goalie Kathryn Doody stops a last minute chance by Jackie Carchedi to preserve a 2-1 win against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Following Monday’s loss to Attleboro, Canton coach Kate Howarth told her team to leave take one night to get over the defeat and come back for practice on Tuesday ready to work and ready to prepare for Wednesday’s test against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium.

“At the beginning of practice, I said, did you all go home, cry, and do what you had to do to get ready for practice?” said Howarth. “They all laughed and said yeah we cried, which was good because they should’ve, but this is the response that you want.”

The Bulldogs played arguably their best game of the season, scoring in the opening 10 minutes of each half and then holding on against relentless Hornets pressure to pull out a 2-1 victory.

Howarth said, “We put the ball down and played the best game we have all season. We possessed better than we have all year.”

Canton jumped all over Mansfield at the start of the game. The Bulldogs dominated the ball and moved it around from side to side, while left back Sarah Collins bombed forward with consistent overlapping runs. It was Collins that would open up the Mansfield defense for the game’s first goal.

The freshman was fed by Sarah MacQuarrie down the left and she cut it back to Tessa Cudmore, who then fed the ball across the six-yard box to Hannah Link and she prodded it past Emily Gaumond.

Collins’ ability to get forward and create scoring opportunities was due to a switch made by Howarth for the game. She moved MacQuarrie from right back to the center of midfield and the senior captain was a dominant figure throughout.

“I tried her there a couple of times early in the season and in scrimmages,” explained Howarth, “but we ended up tucking her back because I like the way she got up. We made some adjustments and it worked.”

The Hornets started to create chances near the end of the first half with Rebecca Bornstein creating an opening in the final 10 minutes but her cross from the right channel just missed the foot of Jen Kemp and went all the way across to Jackie Carchedi, but her shot sailed over the bar.

Six minutes into the second half and MacQuarrie again popped up in an important position, driving into the box between a pair of Mansfield defenders who clipped her to give away a penalty. Center back Sarah Connolly stepped up to the spot and her shot past the outstretched Gaumond to make it 2-0.

“They were the best team for the first 15 minutes of each half…by far,” admitted Mansfield coach Kevin Smith. “Credit to them, they earned it. I thought that for the last 15 minutes of every half we were better but we missed a ton of good opportunities.”

As the second half wore on and Canton continued to be in control, Smith moved junior Hannah Reiter up from the center of defense to lead the line as a center forward, which also allowed Carchedi and Kemp to move out wide.

The switch instantly paid dividends with Reiter sending a header wide and then Kemp finding space on the left to send a ball back to Katie Bongarzone stepping up from midfield but her 20-yard shot was over the bar.

With 15 minutes left to play, Reiter got Mansfield back in the game. Jordan Zarat pressed forward from right back and she played a quick pass in behind the defense that Reiter ran onto and slipped past Canton keeper Kathryn Doody.

“She’s a dominant player,” said Smith of Reiter. When asked why he does not play the Quinnipiac-commit up front more often, he responded, “She’s just such a good defender. We have seven shutouts with her at center back.”

“She has so much composure on the ball and trust in her abilities. The girls know they can make runs because they’re going to get the ball.”

The Hornets continued to press with Bongarzone, Kemp, Reiter, and Carchedi all having chances that were saved or narrowly off target. The Hornets also had a late penalty shout when Carchedi went down in the box, but the official waved it away for a goal kick.

“We had our shots,” said Smith. “It was the complete opposite of how we played on Monday night.”

In the final minute of the game, Mansfield had one last chance when the ball was headed into the path of Carchedi, who managed to get a toe on it under pressure from Collins, but Doody was out quick to block the shot and deny the equalizer.

“She’s been solid all year and she’s come up big when we need her to,” said Howarth. “She’s been consistently solid back there.”

The Canton players stood together after the game, snapping selfies and looking around at their surroundings to take in this rare opportunity to play at Gillette. Unlike Monday, there was no reason for tears after this game.

Canton will host Kelley-Rex leader Franklin on Friday night, while Mansfield will travel to Foxboro.

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

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 2 – FinalSan Papakonstantino scored both goals for the Bulldogs in the win.
Mansfield, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalOA 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 – FinalAustin Botelho scored the lone goal for Taunton on an assist by Derek Pereira. 
Girls Soccer
Canton, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – FinalChloe 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 – FinalRegan 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 – FinalAlly 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 – FinalAlana 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 – FinalMansfield 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 – FinalMolly 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 – FinalNicole 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 – FinalRyan 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.

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/02/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Game of the Week – Football
Foxboro, 10 @ Canton, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Woanyen Mahn 4 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 43 yard pass to Ronnie Martin, John Cronin XP good; J. Cronin 29 yard field goal.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Football
Attleboro, 42 @ Taunton, 6 – Final
1st Quarter: (A) Brendan Nunes 14 yard rush, Lewis XP good; (A) John Burns 35 yard rush, Lewis XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) B. Nunes 51 yard rush, McKenna XP good; (A) J. Burns 4 yard rush, McKenna XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) Ethan Dubeau 15 yard rush, McKenna XP good.
4th Quarter: (A) Sam Corrado 2 yard rush, XP failed; (T) Jason DaRosa 1 yard rush, 2pt failed.
Mansfield, 7 @ King Philip, 15 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (M) Brian Lynch 40-yard pass to Nick Graham, D. DeSousa XP good; (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 1-yard rush, Z. Boari XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (KP) Alex Olsen 1-yard rush, John DeLuca 2-point rush.

Oliver Ames, 8 @ Milford, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Zach Lanzetta 19 yard pass to Blake Hill, Sean Lehane XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Z. Lanzetta 30 yard pass to B. Hill, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Z. Lanzetta 14 yard pass to Leo Moronta, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Z. Lanzetta 23 yard pass to Jack DeSantis, S. Lehane XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (M) B. Hill 1 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Shapel Feaster 45 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (OA) Aidan Connly 4 yard rush, Kyle Gagliardi 2pt rush.

Sharon, 14 @ Stoughton, 34 – Final
1st Quarter: (Sto) Christian Hill 4 yard rush, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (Sto) Ryan Sullivan 7 yard rush, 2pt failed; (Sto) C. Hill 5 yard rush, R. Sullivan 2pt rush.
3rd Quarter: (Sto) Jordan Taylor 1 yard rush, Guy Eddy 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (Sha) Juvan Elisma 1 yard rush, 2pt failed; (Sto) Nick Hardy 10 yard rush, XP fail; (Sha) J. Elisma 25 yard rush, 2pt good. 

Franklin @ North Attleboro – Postponed to 10/3 at 4:00
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Zach Rodrigues scored once in the first half and then again in the second half to pace the Bombardiers over rival North. Junior Coca also scored a first half goal for Attleboro.

Foxboro @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBA

Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Hatim Brahimi put the visitors in front off an assist from Brian Czuba and Franklin took a 1-0 lead into the break. Senior Nick Parent then iced the game with a late goal in the second half off an assist from senior Austin Kent.

Taunton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Five minutes into the game, sophomore Sean Lanzillo put the hosts on the board off an assist from Jack Rielly. Just over 15 minutes later, senior Jared Miller doubled the lead for the Hornets off an assist from Charlie Rogers to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Five minutes into the second half, Lanzillo set up Rogers for Mansfield’s third goal and just 10 mintues later Brendan Sullivan finished off a pass from Jareme DiLoranzo to make it 4-0. Austin Botelho scored a late goal for Taunton. 

Milford @ Stoughton – Postponed to TBA
Girls Soccer
North Attleboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sophomore Haley Guertin and senior Hana Caster linked up three times for the Rocketeers to get a big win on the road over rival Attleboro. Caster set up Guertin for North Attleboro’s first and third goals while Guertin set up Caster for the Rocketeers’ fourth goal. Leah Jette scored North Attleboro’s second goal off an assist from Felicity Monfils and Caster added her second on a breakaway. Paige Medeiors scored Attleboro’s goal. 

Canton @ Sharon – Postponed to TBA

Foxboro @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBA
King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Bailey Knous and Alexis Stowell each scored goals for the Panthers.

Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Jackie Carchedi had a goal and an assist for the Hornets. Jen Kemp had the second goal and Emily Gaumond made four saves to record her fifth shutout of the season.

Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Katie Brown and Kristen Franzini each scored for Milford and Maggie Boyle had her fourth assist of the season. Stoughton goalie Marissa Williams made 12 saves in her first game back from injury. Stoughton head coach Tara Daniels said Samantha Tullis, Sarah Quattrucci, and Sarah Widrow kept Stoughton’s back field strong.
Volleyball
North Attleboro, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Oliver Ames picked up its third straight win with a 25-20, 20-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9 win on the road. Bridget McCarthy led Oliver Ames with 48 assists and Emma Petrillo controlled the offense with 22 kills. 

Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – The Panthers picked up a key Kelley-Rex win with scores of 28-26, 26-24, 19-25, 25-21. Dayna McCue had 30 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil and Beth Neal each had 10 kills while Kutil added an ace and Neal had a pair of aces and blocks and 13 assists. Franklin Head coach Kate Horsmann said Caroline Maguire had a huge role defensively at the net with four blocks and three kills. For King Philip, Josie Rowean led the team in attacks and had six service points in game one, Gwen Uyrus added seven service points in game two, Emma Lopez had eight service points in game three, and Amanda Loewen had five digs.

Taunton, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – In a back and forth affair, Taunton snapped its three game skid with a 11-25, 29-27, 25-20, 16-25, 15-12 win. Tatum Speicher wa the catalyst for the offense with 39 assists, six digs and three kills. Molly Sullivan had 29 serve receives and 16 digs while Meghan Navarro solidified the back row with 15 digs and three aces. Mansfield sophomore Meg Hill had 13 hills, Juliana Newell added eight kills and Jess Haradon had 17 digs. 

Milford, 2 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pull off a 13-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13 win in thrilling fashion. Stoughton senior Bianca DeSousa had 20 assists, 15 digs, 27 service points and 10 aces and sophomore Valerie Whalen had 15 blocks and 6 kills. Stoughton head coach Ken Gay said Elizabeth Slade had outstanding defensive play for the Black Knights. For Milford, Jill Powers had a team-best 12 kills while Kara Halpin, Aleye Momodu and Kayla Antonellis each had seven kills apiece. Lauren Zouranjian and Allie Collins combined for 41 assists. 
Field Hockey
Taunton @ Mansfield – Postponed to 10/30 at 3:30
Golf
Mansfield, 160 @ North Attleboro, 166 – Final

Canton, 171 @ Franklin, 180 – Final – Canton sophomore Jack Goyetch was the match medalist, shooting a 40 for the day. Bryan Woelfel shot a 43 for the Panthers.