CANTON, Mass. – Prior to Thursday night’s game, senior setter Nicole Poole took the microphone and addressed the large crowd of students, family members, and friends sitting in the Canton High gym. She spoke about her best friend Alaina Goodwin, a fellow senior who was stricken with a rare spinal cord stroke that has left her immobile from the waist down and who was the inspiration for Ace It For Alaina.
Poole and the other Canton captains presented flowers to Alaina’s parents and to her twin sister Darria before posing for a photo. When the pregame ceremony was done, the Bulldogs took the emotion of the evening and channeled it into a dominating sweep of visiting Oliver Ames, winning 25-15, 25-16, 25-11.
It was fitting that on match point, Poole toed the service line and fired her sixth ace of the night to seal a victory in honor of her good friend. She added 17 assists, 10 digs and five kills in a stellar all-around performance.
“Alaina is really important to me, especially, and all the girls on this team,” said Poole after the game. “She’s an amazing girl. I can’t describe in words how important she is to all of us. I think it definitely motivated us a lot.”
Canton coach Pat Cawley added, “Nicole plays like that everyday. She’s solid. We’ve had great setters, athletic setters, but she’s pure hands and she has the best attitude, she never complains, she runs down every ball and she did it again tonight. She is the calm in every storm.”
It definitely felt like a storm at the start of the game, as a raucous student section echoed through the gym to spur on the Bulldogs. OA jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game, but Canton would start to take control behind senior middle hitter Casey Shea, who had five of her seven kills in the opening set. OA’sKatie Flynn kept it close with three kills and Kayla Raymond added two of her nine kills in the first but Poole closed out the set with a quick kill of her own.
“We’re kind of a different look this year,” said Cawley. “We’re trying to cut down on our unforced errors. We have some solid hitters, but we don’t have any ‘wow’ hitters this year. We have a great setter and great defense.”
The game stayed close in the second set, until Poole stepped to the service line with the Bulldogs leading 11-10 after a kill by OA’s Emma Petrillo. Canton would win the next six points, three of them on Poole aces and one on a kill by Emma Murphy. Despite three kills from Raymond down the stretch of the set, Canton pulled into a 2-0 lead in the match.
“Our serve-receive has been on for two weeks and they chose tonight to not have it on,” said OA coach Chelsea Correia with a chuckle. “I’ve switched my liberos so my sophomore is getting a lot of playing time, but it shouldn’t be a problem if I switch one player in. We’re working on connection and chemistry.”
The crowd got even louder in the third set and the Bulldogs continued to feed off the energy in the gym. Although OA would get 20 assists from senior setter Bridget McCarthy, the Tigers struggled to get a rhythm going. Outside hitter Erika Lum had a couple of kills for Canton and libero Julia Panico and Emily Lynch kept the plays alive defensively. Sophomore Theresa O’Brien added two kills in the final few points.
Poole stepped up to win the match with a grin that stretched from ear to ear and sent in another solid serve that the Tigers could not return. “It was an overwhelming feeling when the final shot went in,” she explained.
“You really felt like you made a difference and we learned that this is a community that relies so much on each other and you feel like when you do it for someone it means so much more.”
The players put back on the purple t-shirts made for the occasion and, after making a video to send to Alaina, gathered around the Goodwin family for a moment with Alaina’s parents.
“Volleyball is important, we work hard, we want to win the Hock, we want to win a state championship, but when you have a kid that is paralyzed it put everything in perspective,” said Cawley, who praised her team for being able to refocus on the game in the midst of everything.
“They gave everything they could to make this the best night they could for Alaina.”
After the game was over, Alaina’s sister Darria took a moment to speak about what the night an the response from the Canton community meant to her. “At first I was nervous because I don’t like the attention and it’s been hard to talk about,” she admitted, “but I’m happy all of this was put together and all the support, all the people rallying behind her makes it easier.”
Darria continued, “Everyone has been so supportive. I have a lot of great teachers and classmates. Everyone is really understanding.”
A fundraising page has been established for the Goodwin family to help while Alaina remains at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, where Darria said there have been noticeable improvements. To support the Goodwin family, visit https://www.gofundme.com/2m29n9y4.
Canton (10-1) will play again on Friday in its first non-league game of the season against defending Div. 2 state champion Notre Dame Academy (Hingham). Oliver Ames (7-7, 6-5) will have three home games next week beginning with Franklin on Monday.
Game of the Week – Football
Attleboro, 35 @ Oliver Ames, 8 – Final 1st Quarter: (A) Tyler McGovern 63 yard pass to Elvin Sam, Paul DeLuca XP good; (A) T. McGovern 36 yard pass to E. Sam, P. DeLuca XP good; (A) T. McGovern 1 yard rush, P. DeLuca XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Cam Furtado 8 yard rush, P. DeLuca XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (A) C. Furtado 3 yard rush, P. DeLuca XP good; (OA) Liston Funai 5 yard rush, Travis Campbell pass to Michael Mulrean 2pt conversion.
Stoughton, 42 @ Canton, 22 – Final 1st Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 87-yard TD, Josh Cocchi XP good; (C) Tony Harris 65-yard TD, Thomas Monagle XP good; (S) Ryan Sullivan 86-yard punt return, J. Cocchi XP good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Evan Gibb 60-yard pass to Izon Swain-Price, J. Cocchi XP good; R. Sullivan 3-yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) E. Gibb 19-yard pass to Jack Connelly, David Cellucci 2-point rush; (S) I. Swain-Price 94-yard rush, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 8-yard rush, Dan Alice 2-point rush; (C) Dan Dillon 1-yard rush, T. Monagle XP good.
Milford, 41 @ Foxboro, 14 – Final 1st Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 24 yard pass to Jamaine Few, John Cronin XP good; (M) Blake Hill 58 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP good; (F) Phil Dure 5 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) B. Hill 5 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) B. Hill 2 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) B. Hill 56 yard rush, XP blocked.
4th Quarter: (M) Ryan O’Toole 56 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Matt Curran 22 yard pass to Chris Rivera, S. Lehane XP good.
Franklin, 13 @ King Philip, 35 – Final 1st Quarter: (KP) Shane Frommer 62 yard punt return, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 15 yard rush, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) S. Frommer 11 yard rush, XP good; (KP) Brendan Lydon 1 yard rush, XP good; (F) Jacob Wolowacki 1 yard rush, XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) B. Lydon 5 yard pass to Brett Mazur, XP good; (F) J. Wolowacki 3 yard rush, XP no good.
Mansfield, 29 @ Taunton, 27 – Final 1st Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 1 yard rush, Diogo DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Nick Graham 44 yard rush, N. Graham 2pt rush; (T) Noah Leonard 15 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, 2pt failed; (T) Brevan Walker 5 yard rush, N. Leonard 2pt pass to Mike Fernandez.
3rd Quarter: (M) Travis Sjoberg 55 yard interception return, D. DeSousa XP good; (T) B. Walker 10 yard rush, 2pt failed.
4th Quarter: (M) Joe Cox 5 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (T) B. Walker 3 yard rush, XP good.
Milford, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Milford head coach Brian Edwards said Danny Mendoza played “exceptional defense” for the Scarlet Hawks and added Joey Madden did a great job up front.
Foxboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – James Gillespie scored twice, once in each half, as Oliver Ames rallied from an early deficit. Matt Campbell and Thomas McCormick notched assists for Oliver Ames in the win.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – James Chotkowski netted the game winning goal with just five minutes to play to lift the Hornets. Max Gurnon’s throw in was headed on by Kevin Bouck to Chotkowski, who finished for the lone tally of the game.
Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – Cam Mullins scored a brace, both off corners, and Connor Mullins recorded three assists for the Warriors. Colby Koch, Tyler Mann (from Larsen Keys) and Cam McGovern also scored for KP.
Stoughton, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Franklin built a two goal lead in the first half but the Black Knights stormed back with three unanswered goals to grab the win. Farley Asmath and Nitin Chaudury netted goals off assists from Liam Kapples to put the hosts up 2-0. Stoughton answered as Noah Schulze scored on a free kick from 30 yards out and then tied the game before the break on Tyler Melo’s strike from outside the area. The Black Knights netted the game-winner with Melo finishing off a cross from Jordan Asnes. Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said, “It was an excellent team performance today from every player.” Salter had specific praise for his back line as well as Melo and junior Brian Peoples.
Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 1 – Final– Milford senior Sydney Morrison netted the lone goal of the game off an assist from Kristen Franzini to help the Scarlet Hawks edge Attleboro. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Maggie Boyle and Ashleigh Starks both played well for the Scarlet Hawks.
Mansfield, 2 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Hannah Reiter scored both goals for the Hornets, including the winner on a header off an Emily Vigeant corner with eight minutes remaining. Stephanie Kemp assisted the first Mansfield goal. Emily Schromm scored North Attleboro’s goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the second half off an assist from Haley Guertin. North interim head coach Bill Wallace said Aine Mendonca played well for the Rocketeers.
King Philip, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Avery Snead (from Maddie Smith) and Abby Baker scored the goals for the Warriors. Ally Filipkowski scored the goal for the Eagles off an assist by Alex Rabb.
Franklin, 4 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Meghan Doherty, Miranda Smith, Sara Yelle and Molly Duncan scored the goals for the Panthers, while Calen Frongillo has a pair of assists and Emily Mastaj and Nadia Havens each had one.
Milford, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Canton, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Canton picked up the win 25-13, 25-9, 25-15 in what head coach Pat Cawley called a “great team effort.” Nicole Poole controlled the offense skillfully, dishing out 27 assists and adding two kills and two aces. Hannah Jerrier had a 10 kills with no errors, hitting an impressive .435. Casey Shea added seven kills with just one error, hitting .545. Julia Panico was “outstanding” in the back row according to Cawley, finishing with 20 digs. Erika Lum, Maria Mackie and Emily Lynch combined for 33 digs for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final
North Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield notched a 25-13, 25-17, 19-25, 25-21 win at home over the Rocketeers. Meg Hill led the Hornets with 10 kills and six blocks, Olivia Broyles had eight blocks and played strong defense. Julia Harrison had seven kills, Jess Haradon added 23 digs and Chloe Peters had 33 assists and 14 service points.
Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip earned the sweep on the road with a 26-24, 25-18, 25-19. Sydney Phillips led KP with 16 kills and 14 service points, Carly Adams added 18 service points and 22 assists, Amanda Loewen chipped in with eight digs, Liv Balduf had four kills and nine service points and Angela Vellante added 15 service points and three digs.
Stoughton, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final– Lauren McGrath helped set Franklin up for victory, notching 33 assists along with seven digs and three aces to lead the Panthers. Erin Skidmore had 15 kills and 11 digs, Maddie Kuzio had 21 digs and three aces, Lindsay McGowan contributed with seven kills, four digs, three aces and Meaghan Maguire finished with eight blocks and five kills for Franklin. For Stoughton, Riley Bagley had 43 digs while Val Whalen added 17 kills and sophomore Molly Turner had 20 assists.
King Philip, 0 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final– Gianna Barbosa stopped 10 shots, earning the shutout as the Black Knights handed King Philip its first loss of the season. Kelli Joyce scored the game winner for Stoughton early in the second half off an assist by Julia Russell.
Mansfield @ Sharon, 3:45
Mansfield, 173 @ King Philip, 155 – Final – King Philip’s Danny McLaughlin earned match medalist honors, shooting a low round of 37 to lead the Warriors. Senior Jack Citarell finished with a 40 for the Warriors but picked up birdies on both the fifth and sixth hole to help KP. Sebastian Ladoulis and Matt Stanton both shot 39 for KP. Jason Hindman led Mansfield with a 39.
Attleboro, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Harry Lancaster scored the lone goal of the match, heading home a set piece service from Zach White for Attleboro.
Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 1 – Final– Franklin’s Farley Asmath opened the scoring off an assist from Nitin Chaudhury to give the visitors a lead but Canton’s Ben Waterhouse tapped in Jake Verille’s free kick with 14 minutes to play in the first half to bring the Bulldogs level.
Taunton, 0 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final – Senior Anthony Barreira netted a brace and Shane VandenBoom and AJ Bubencik each scored once as Foxboro earned its first shutout win of the season and second consecutive shutout.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Milford’s Pedro Sampaio scored opening goal early in the second half off an assist by Andre Oliveira to put the Scarlet Hawks ahead. OA junior Jack Sheldon netted the tying goal halfway through the second half, scoring off a corner kick. Milford head coach Brian Edwards had high praise for his keeper, Danny Zwonik, saying “He played an incredible game in net for us.”
King Philip, 2 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – The Warriors of King Philip netted a pair of first half goals and scored their ninth shutout of the season in the win. Senior Cam Mullins won possession at midfield and played a through ball to junior Tyler Mann, who finished at the far post in the 17th minute. KP doubled its lead when Jack Bush sent Nils van den Boogaard in and he finished at the far post in the 30th minute.
North Attleboro @ Attleboro – Postponed to TBD
Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Halle Atkinson and Miranda Smith netted second half goals to lift the Panthers. Nadia Havens and Atkinson registered assists for Franklin.
Foxboro, 4 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – Mackenzie Fraser scored two goals and recorded an assist for the Warriors.
Milford, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Kiana Lozzi scored the opener in the first half for the Tigers. After Milford tied the game in the second half on a goal from Maggie Boyle, Abby Reardon scored the game-winner for OA in the final minute.
Stoughton, 0 @ King Philip, 8 – Final– King Philip’s Avery Snead and Logan Greenberg each scored twice, Abby Baker and Chloe Layne each registered one goal and one assist, Maddie Smith and Rachel Hogan both netted a goal apiece and Emma Corcoran recorded three assists in the win.
Attleboro @ North Attleboro, 4:45
Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton won the first two sets, lost the third but sealed the victory with a big win in the fourth set, 25-19, 25-15, 26-28, 25-12. Canton middles Casey Shea and Emma Murphy both had strong nights to lead the Bulldogs, putting down eights kills with just one error apiece, and combined for five blocks. Head coach Pat Cawley said Nicole Poole did a great job distributing the ball, finishing with 26 assists, 11 digs and three kills. Canton’s defense of Julia Panico, Maria Mackie, Erika Lum and Emily Lynch was strong throughout the night. Franklin’s Erin Skidmore had 13 kills, three aces and 10 digs, Maddie Kuzio finished with 34 digs, Lauren McGrath had 31 assists and Meaghan Maguire had six kills and a block for the Panthers.
Taunton, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – In a seesaw affair, Taunton won the first, third and fifth set to earn the win, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-9. Taunton head coach Toby Chaperon said Emily Moor had a fantastic all-around game with 16 kills, 15 digs and six aces. Abby Waldron nine digs, eight kills and four aces and Kayli Fagan set up the offense with 31 assists.
Mansfield, 3 vs. Brockton, 0 – Final – Mansfield landed a sweep against the Boxers, 25-19, 25-15, 25-14. Jess Haradon had 18 digs and 15 service points for the Hornets while Jacey Anderson had 10 service points and Meg Hill added eight kills.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Oliver Ames won the first, third and then edged Milford in the fifth set to earn the win on the road, 25-21, 18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 16-14. “This game was hands-down the best game we’ve played all season and a great way to fight for the win and earn every point,” OA head coach Chelsea Correira said. Sadie Homer led OA with 16 digs, “dominating in the back row,” according to Correira. Bridget McCarthy had 31 assists and two aces, Kayla Raymond added11 kills, three blocks, two aces and Maya Fetcho had six kills and a block.
King Philip, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – King Philip picked up the road, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-16. Carly Adams led KP with 25 service points and 23 assists, Sydney Phillips added 13 kills and 17 service points, Amanda Loewen had 12 digs and 14 service points and Angela Vellante chipped in with 20 service points and four digs. Stoughton’s Val Whalen had a game-high 15 kills while Christina Gelin and Riley Bagley combined for over 60 digs for the Black Knights.
Canton, 6 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Franklin, 179 @ Foxboro, 190 – Final
Milford, 171 @ Canton, 155 – Final
North Attleboro, 163 @ Stoughton, 169 – Final
Mansfield, 162 @ Attleboro, 173 – Final
Cross Country Boys
Canton, 28 @ Foxboro, 27 – Final – Brendan Foley (18:44) led four Warriors in the top six, along with Aaron Kaplan, Matt Kelly and Trey Lawson.
Canton, 34 @ Foxboro, 21 – Final – Abby Hassman and Lindsey Nelson finished 1-2 in 20:42 to lead the Warriors to the win. Sophia Mellen (4th), Maddie Treweek (6th), and Edina Busznyak (8th) were the scorers for Foxboro.
Stoughton, 4 @ Norwood, 3 – Final – For the second time in as many days, Stoughton had a player record a hat trick. Loubensky Lucas netted his first hat trick of the season, a day after he scored a pair of goals and classmate Jordan Asnes recorded a hat trick against Milford. Sophomore Fabio Ponce De Leon opened his account on the season, putting Stoughton ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute of a feed from Asnes. Ponce De Leon set Lucas up a minute later for a 2-0 lead. Stoughton added two goals early in the second half as Lucas took a pass from Tyler Melo and finished from inside the area and then scored on a penalty kick a minute later.
Stoughton, 2 vs. Norwood, 2 – Final– Freshman Abby Kashian and junior Emerson Sprague each scored for the Black Knights while head coach Tara Daniels said Gabby Diaz, Sarah Widrow, and Isabel Solem helped Stoughton keep possession throughout the game.
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – The Mansfield Hornets picked up a comfortable win at home, emerging with a 25-8, 25-12, 25-14 win. Meg Hill led Mansfield with 12 kills while Julia Harrison added nine kills. Chloe Peters had 19 service points, and Anna Kemp and Jolie O’Neil each had seven service points for the Hornets.
Canton, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final– It might have been on a sweep, but it was a tight battle between Davenport foes Canton and Milford. Canton came away with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-22 win. “Both sides fought hard and played great defense,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Canton outside hitter Hannah Jerrier led the Bulldogs with seven kills and Erika Lum had six kills and 13 digs. Middles Emma Murphy and Casey Shea each had four kills and combined for 10 blocks. “We played our best team defense of the year,” Cawley said, led by libero Julia Panico with 24 digs and aided by Emily Lynch and Maria Mackie, who combined for 17 digs.
Foxboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final– Stoughton and Foxboro battled back and forth but the Black Knights shut the door with an emphatic 15-2 win in the fifth and final set. Stoughton junior Val Whalen led the Black Knights offense with 20 kills while senior Christina Gelin dominated the back row with 41 digs. Senior Riley Bagley added 20 digs for Stoughton.
Sharon, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final– For Sharon, junior Jess Allan led the offense with eight kills and two aces, senior Natalie Kane had 12 blocks and three kills and setters Faythe Gomolka and Arianna Chabot combined for 15 assists. Chabot also went 16 for 16 at the service line.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – Click here for a recap.
Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final– Franklin earned its third straight sweep, beating Taunton on the road. Maddie Kuzio had five aces and four digs, Lizzie Boynton had seven assists and four aces and Erin Skidmore had five kills, five digs and a pair of aces and blocks in the win.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final– Cristina Boudreau and Kayla Lozzi each scored a goal and added an assist as Oliver Ames blanked Attleboro on the road. Kayla Lozzi and Liz Nuss each scored once while Rachel Stryke registered an assist.
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 6 – Final – Julia Ezepik registered a hat trick to pace Canton’s offense in the win.
Foxboro, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Lily Daly scored a pair of goals and had a pair of assists to lead the Warriors. Foxboro jumped out to a 3-0 lead by halftime behind both of Daly’s goals – one off an assist from Emma Daly, the other unassisted. Sophia DiCenso also scored in the first half on an assist from Lily Daly. Jenna Stamatov and Carlie Stern scored one for Foxboro and Caroline Wheatley added an assist.
Franklin, 0 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final– Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper had high praise for sophomore goalie Christina Lucini, who made 12 saves to earn the shutout. “She was outstanding,” Cropper said. Cropper also lauded the effort of senior Maddie Derby, who she called “a stalwart on defense,” which included a defensive save behind Lucini.
Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final– Stoughton’s Gianna Barbosa and North Attleboro’s Liz Morehouse earned the shutouts in goal.
Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap.
North Attleboro, 175 @ Foxboro, 178 – Final
Canton, 159 @ Stoughton, 181 – Final– Canton picked up another key division match win over Stoughton, led by match medalist Matt Minichiello’s 37. Jack Goyetch added a 40 while Jackson Maffeo, Joey Vaughan and Bubba McNeice each shot 41. Stoughton’s Josh Roos and Brendan Campbell each carded a round of 44 for the Black Knights.
Milford, 153 vs. Hopedale, 160 – Final– Ryan Tomaso shot a 34, Anthony Arcudi added a 38 and Tylor Renaud carded a 39 to lead the Scarlet Hawks.
Taunton, 73 @ New Bedford, 59 – Final (Stableford scoring)
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.