Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Attleboro controlled the attack and that resulted in a 3-0 win at home over Taunton. After a scoreless first half, the Bombardiers finally broke through in the third with a goal and then tacked on two more in the fourth to secure the win. Marley Young scored once and assisted on both of the other two goals, scored by Nora Desrosiers and Stella Krawiec. Alyvia Bessette also had an assists in the win while Siobhan Landers and Jordan Mooney were big play makers the whole game in the midfield.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Holding a one-goal lead at halftime, Franklin scored three goals in the third quarter to pull away from the visiting Rocketeers. Haley Wernig scored just over five minutes into the second quarter for the only goal of the first half. Less than a minute into the third quarter, Wernig scored her second on an assist from Kaitlyn Carney. Midway through the third quarter, Payten Crandall extended the lead to 3-0 off a feed from Emily Carney, who then scored with just one second left in the quarter to make it 4-0. Wernig completed the hat trick midway through the fourth off a pass from Crandall. Devon Barry (two saves) and Megan Sullivan (two saves) combined for the shutout for Franklin.
Milford, 0 @ King Philip, 9 – Final – King Philip junior Kelly Holmes recorded three points to lead the Warriors to a win at home over Milford. Holmes had a pair of goals and one assist while seniors Charlotte Raymond and Sammy Simeone and junior Meg Dowling each scored their first career goals. Haley Bright and Samantha Sweetman combined for the shutout in net for KP.
Mansfield @ Sharon – Postponed to Tuesday, 10/4 at 3:45.
Stoughton, 0 @ Foxboro, 9 – Final – Foxboro jumped ahead with a three-goal lead at halftime and then doubled its advantage with a three-goal third quarter and never looked back for a big win. Senior Jenny Gallagher scored a hat trick for the Warriors, including a pair in the first half as well as a third quarter assist. Val Beigel, Mary Collins (two assists), Ella Campbell, Mya Waryas (assist), and Fiona Dunn each scored once for the hosts. Kerry Driscoll, Samantha LaFarge, and Catarina Melo played well defensively for the Black Knights while new goalie Bella Iacobucci stepped up huge for the visitors with some excellent saves.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Maggie McCready’s goal early in the third quarter proved to be the game-winner for the Bulldogs, who picked up a key division win over Oliver Ames. Audrey Koen scored late in the first quarter on a pass from Izzy Digirolamo to give the hosts a 1-0 lead that they held onto through halftime. OA’s Erin Cottam finished off a pass from Julia Maclaine to cut the deficit in half in the third quarter. Olivia O’Rourke had a strong game in net for the Tigers.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames overcame a one-set deficit and won three straight to earn a key win on the road over division rival Canton, 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16). Junior Sarah Hilliard was a handful on the outside, landing 21 kills on the outside along with three aces. Sophomore Addyson Smock added four kills and two blocks, sophomore Clare Kavoulis recorded 27 digs, and Maddie Homer had 27 digs. For Canton, Sally Hoban had five kills and a block while Fatima Sidibay continued to bring the energy with a strong performance at the net for the Bulldogs.
Stoughton, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final
North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin had a strong overall performance, recording 30 kills and 20 aces as a team in a 3-0 (25-7, 25-8, 25-14) win over North Attleboro.
Milford, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip had a dominant performance at the net that resulted in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) sweep against visiting Milford. Sami Shore had a great performance with 17 kills, Ahunna James added 11 kills, five digs, and three aces, and Emily Sawyer recorded 10 kills, three blocks, and two aces. Junior Ava Kelley notched seven digs defensively for KP.
Foxboro @ Stoughton – Postponed to Thursday, 10/13 at 3:15.
Mansfield @ Sharon – Postponed to Friday, 9/23 at 3:15.
Milford @ Canton – Postponed to Wednesday, 10/12 at 3:30.
Oliver Ames @ King Philip – Postponed to TBD.
North Attleboro @ Taunton – Postponed to Tuesday, 10/4 at 3:45.
Attleboro, 27 vs. Bishop Feehan, 7 – Final 1st Quarter: (BF) Dante Bruschi 10-yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Anthony Salviati 30-yard fumble recovery, A. Salviati XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) Adrian Rivera 4-yard rush, XP blocked.
4th Quarter: (A) A. Salviati 16-yard interception return, A. Salviati XP good; (A) Matt Harvie 24-yard pass to A. Rivera, A. Salviati XP good.
Canton, 29 vs. Norton, 0 – Final 1Q: (C) Charlie Cox 50-yard interception return, XP failed.
2Q: (C) Owen Lane 22-yard rush, Hayden Rose XP good; (C) O. Lane 62-yard rush, 2pt conversion failed.
3Q: (C) O. Lane 3-yard rush, H. Rose XP good.
4Q: (C) H. Rose 17-yard field goal.
Foxboro, 0 vs. Whitman-Hanson, 7 – Final
Franklin, 37 vs. Brockton, 6 – Final 1Q: No scoring.
2Q: (F) Jase Lyons 3-yard rush, Garrett Portesi XP good; (F) J. Lyons 55-yard pass to Grayson Hunter, XP failed; (F) J. Lyons 35-yard pass to Luke Davis, G. Portesi XP good; (F) J. Lyons 3-yard rush, G. Portesti XP good.
3Q: (F) J. Lyons 5-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good; (F) G. Portesi 22-yard field goal.
4Q: (B) Monteiro 60-yard rush, XP failed.
King Philip, 42 vs. Needham, 0 – Final
North Attleboro, 27 @ Mansfield, 21 – Final (OT) – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game. 1st Quarter: (M) Rocco Scarpellini 1-yard rush, Travis Hennessey XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Greg Berthiaume 9-yard rush, Austin Clemente XP good; (NA) Chase Frisoli 8-yard pass to G. Berthiaume, A. Clemente XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) C. Frisoli 26-yard pass to Ryan Bannon, A. Clemente XP good; (M) Conner Zukowski 20-yard pass to Trevor Foley, T. Hennessey XP good.
4th Quarter: (M) Connor Curtis 40-yard rush, T. Hennessey XP good.
1st OT: (NA) C. Frisoli 10-yard pass to Aidan Conrad, 2-point conversion failed.
Milford, 34 vs. Wellesley, 14 – Final
Oliver Ames, 22 vs. Quincy, 27 – Final
Stoughton, 26 @ Braintree, 27 – Final
Sharon, 40 @ Westborough, 28 – Final
Foxboro, 0 vs. Milton, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 5 @ Norwood, 0 – Final – Matheus Groberio scored a pair of goals to help Stoughton bounce back in a big way with a rout of Norwood. Sam Santos, Tyler Teixeira, and Joao Moratti each scored once on top of Groberio’s brace while Ben Shirey posted the shutout in net.
Stoughton, 4 vs. Norwood, 1 – Final – Stoughton scored four times in the second half, winning for the second time in as many days. Norwood got the lone goal of the first half and went into the break with the lead, but the Black Knights responded six minutes into the second half and never looked back. Morgan Cook equalized with a shot off the post, assisted by Shayla Ford. Five minutes later, Emma Tran scored what turned out to be the game-winner from the spot. Ford doubled the lead in the 57th minute, breaking past the Norwood defense and finishing. Tran added her second of the day just two minutes later with a 30-yard free kick. Molly Fox made seven saves to pick up the win in goal.
King Philip, 2 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – KP bounced back from a loss to OA by handing Franklin its first loss of the season. Heidi Lawrence scored a brace for the Warriors, who moved back into a first-place tie with the Panthers in the division. Lawrence scored 13 minutes before halftime after a nice run that was picked out by Ella Pisani’s diagonal ball. Norah Anderson got Franklin’s goal off a Katie Ewald corner, but then Lawrence popped up with the winner five minutes from full time. Pisani again provided the killer pass.
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Click here for a Photo Gallery from this game. KP scored a pair of second half goals, both assisted by Kelly Holmes, to pull out a second straight win. The game was scoreless at halftime, but with seven minutes left in the third Holmes found a little bit of space on the left and fired a ball into the middle that was deftly tipped by Nicole MacDonald for the opening goal. The lead stayed at one until the final two minutes when Holmes hit a low cross from the right wing that was deflected in front by Ella McDonnell for a goal that sealed the points. Marley Young had Attleboro’s best chance when her second quarter shot was cleared off the line by Maggie Murphy. Siany Gomez had a huge game in goal for the Bombardiers to keep them in the game until the final minutes.
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 10 – Final
Franklin, 9 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Franklin scored five goals in the opening quarter and never went back in a big win on the road over Taunton. Sophia Cuneo opened the scoring less than a minute in, Sydney Rogan and Payten Crandall each scored once, and Haley Wernig scored two goals inside the final minute to give the Panthers a big lead early. Kaitlyn Carney, who scored two goals in the second half, assisted on Franklin’s first four goals. Lindsay Dennett and Brooke Taylor (first career goal) added a goal each for Franklin.
Mansfield @ Oliver Ames, 3:45
North Attleboro, 8 @ Milford, 0 – Final – North Attleboro scored three goals in each the first and third quarters on its way to a big win over Milford. Caitlin Vacher (from Caroline Folan), Madison Folan (from Ava Spencer), and Julia Puccio (from Sadie Barend) scored one apiece in the first to give North a 3-0 lead. In the third, Rory McGinley, Caroline Folan, and Puccio each had an unassisted goal. Kelsey Thompson and Ava Mckeon both played solid in the midfield to help stop Milford offense and transition the ball up the field for the North Attleboro offense.
Foxboro, 6 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – After a great back-and-forth battle, Sharon prevailed in five sets to take down visiting Foxboro (25-20, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-11). For the Warriors, Sami Sloan recorded eight kills, seven digs, and six aces, Alyssa Cloherty added 30 assists, seven digs, three blocks, and a pair of kills and aces, and Shannon McElhinney chipped in with 16 digs and two aces.
Mansfield, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – In a hard-fought, competitive match, Oliver Ames prevailed with a 3-0 25-15, 25-19, 25-20) sweep of visiting Mansfield. Senior Courtney Raymond had a strong game with 10 service points and four kills, senior Maddie Homer added 22 digs, sophomore Clare Kavoulis dished out 20 assists, junior Sarah Hilliard had 14 kills, and senior Mary Derba chipped in with five kills.
Attleboro, 0 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – After prevailing in a tightly contested first set, King Philip went on to complete the sweep to knock Attleboro from the ranks of the unbeatens (26-24, 25-17, 25-18). Emily Sawyer continued to dominate in the middle with 13 kills along with four blocks and three aces while the Warriors also got big offensive contributions from Ahunna James (six kills, 11 digs) and Sami Shore (eight kills, two ces). Shea Mellman anchored the KP defense with eight digs. For Attleboro, Julia Leonardo recorded 14 digs and six kills while Natalie Brojek added 12 assists, seven digs, and four aces in a strong all-around effort.
Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Franklin continued its undefeated start to the season with a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) on the road at Taunton. Makayla Kuykendall had a big game for the Panthers with 11 kills, eight digs, and four aces while Taylor Lacerda continued her streak of strong performances with 17 kills and 11 digs.
Milford @ North Attleboro, 5:15
Attleboro @ Dighton-Rehoboth, 3:00
Mansfield, 162 @ North Attleboro, 155 – Final – Jake Gaskin and Tyson Laviano shared match medalist honors to give North Attleboro a key non-league win over rival Mansfield. Gaskin and Laviano both fired a two-over par round of 37 on Heather Hill’s South Course to lead the Rocketeers. Zach Corsetti shot a 40 and Ishan Kohli rounded out North’s scoring with a 41. Brendan Vokey led the Hornets with a 38, Nate McClean and Hayden O’Connor each shot a 41, and Drew Urban carded a 42.
Foxboro, 162 @ Oliver Ames, 152 – Final – Oliver Ames picked up its fifth straight win to start the season, taking down Davenport division foe Foxboro at Pine Oaks. Junior David Rodgers was a co-medalist in the match, sinking a birdie on the fourth hole to finish with a 36 for OA. Michael McGinnis added a 37, Sean Kearns finished with a 39, and Lucas Riley came into the clubhouse with a 40. Foxboro freshman Zac Georgantas also shared match medalist honors with a 36.
Canton, 1 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first half, Canton found the net early in the second half for the lone goal of the game to secure a key two points on the road at Sharon. Senior Caden Mirliani nodded in a cross from classmate Jake McCabe minutes after the break for the only tally of the contest.
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Taunton got a scoreless draw on the road at North to earn first-year head coach Dan Borges his first Hockomock point. North had a significant edge in shots but couldn’t convert any of their scoring chances, including a bid from Abi Pratt that hit the post and stayed out. Borges praised the play of Cali Melo and Christina DaCosta on the defensive end. Eighth grader Ashlyn Hebert earned her first career start and first career clean sheet in the Taunton goal.
Attleboro, 6 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Attleboro’s Marley Young scored once and recorded three more assists to lead the Bombardiers to a win over a gritty Stoughton squad. Siobhan Landers scored a pair of first quarter goals to set the tone for the Bombardiers while Alyvia Bessette, Nora Desrosiers, and Emilie Chartier each added one. Young added a penalty stroke in the fourth quarter for the visitors. For Stoughton, Katherine Giroux had an outstanding game offensively while Morgan Groppi and Nicole Reid also had strong outings.
King Philip, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – King Philip countered with three unanswered goals in the second half to take care of business on the road in Easton, earning a 3-1 decision over OA. Following a scoreless first half, the Tigers took the lead in the third quarter on a goal from Erin Cottam off a feed from Olivia Stevens. KP tied it before the end of the quarter and took its first lead going into the fourth, where they added a key insurance tally. Leah Santoro scored a pair of goals for the Warriors, Kelly Holmes added one, and sophomore Lucy Weineck added a strong all around performance in the win.
North Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this game – A pair of second half goals and a few key saves in the final moments helped North Attleboro secure a win on the road in a competitive contest at Alumni Field. North registered 11 corners in the first half but couldn’t solve Mansfield’s defense and goalie Lily Danehy. The Rocketeers finally broke through with just under five minutes to go in the third as Francesca Spencer kept the play alive near the touchline and dropped a pass into the middle where Julia Puccio was able slide a low shot into the net. North added a key insurance goal as the clock ticked under two minutes to go in the game as Puccio got her second, finishing off an assist from Caitlin Vacher. Puccio and Rory McGinley made key stops on Mansfield corners (six total) in the final minutes to prevent a look at goal. Eman Farid (six saves) made multiple saves with a minute to go to preserve the win. Gracie Leary (two saves) and Farid combined for the shutout for North.
Taunton, 0 @ Canton, 7 – Final – For Taunton, Thal Nogueira, Kaysie DeMoura, and Caelen O’Leary all had strong performances.
Milford, 0 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this game – Sharon senior Alejandra Aguilar scored moments into the game and that proved to be enough as the Eagles fended off visiting Milford. Aguilar carried possession from midfield into the attack before sliding a lot shot into the back of the net just 16 seconds into the game. Sharon’s Natalie Kessler recorded the shutout in net.
King Philip, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – King Philip bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-21, 25-23) on the road over Oliver Ames. Senior middle Emily Sawyer had 11 kills, four blocks, and four aces to lead the way for the Warriors. Senior Ahunna James added six kills, three blocks, and three aces, and senior Sami Shore recorded four kills and four blocks in the win. For Oliver Ames, junior Rachel Fleischman had a standout game defensively with 15 serve receptions, 12 digs, and three aces. Maddie Homer added 25 digs, Clare Kavoulis finished with 24 assists, and Sarah Hilliard recorded 14 kills.
Taunton @ Canton – Postponed to TBD.
Franklin, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final
North Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this match – After dropping the opening set, Mansfield rallied to win three straight — including a thrilling 26-24 win in the fourth set — to take down the visiting Rocketeers. Keira Fitzpatrick recorded eight digs and dished out 24 assists in a balanced attack for the Hornets. Elyssa Buchanan had 11 kills along with five digs, three aces, and two blocks, Lexie Scibilia added six blocks, five kills, and a pair of aces, and Lilly Verheggen finished with seven kills, four digs, and two aces for Mansfield.
Attleboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Attleboro went on the road and prevailed in three sets against a tough Stoughton squad (25-19, 25-10, 27-25). Natalie Brojek set the offense in motion with 33 assists and had a stellar day at the service line with nine aces. Julia Leonardo (14 kills) and Addie Shelton (eight kills) led the charge offensively for the Bombardiers. For Stoughton, Patrik Oliviera and Jessie Queeney had strong defensive performances while Maya Ashu led the front row with a great offensive game.
Stoughton, 186 @ Sharon, 175 – Final
King Philip, 150 @ North Attleboro, 155 – Final
Attleboro, 173 @ Mansfield, 155 – Final – Mansfield earned its first win of the season by taking down visiting Attleboro at Norton Country Club. Senior Drew Urban and junior Cody Nieratko shared medalist honors for the Hornets, each coming in with a round of 38. Nathan McClean added a 39 in the win and Michael Creedon finished with a 40 on the day. Leo Lombardo led the Bombardiers with a team-low round of 39.
Canton, 165 @ Oliver Ames, 149 – Final – Oliver Ames had six golfers come in under 40 in a key win over division rival Canton in a battle of Davenport heavyweights. Junior Sean Kearns was the match medalist, shooting a low-round of 36 to lead the way for the Tigers. Junior David Rodgers chipped in with a 37 while seniors Noah Isleib and Michael McGinnis each shot a 38 to round out the scoring for OA. For Canton, Huck McCready continued his strong start to the season with a team-best round of 39 and Brian Middleton added a 41 for the Bulldogs.
Boys Cross Country
Franklin, 16 @ Attleboro, 45 – Final
Foxboro, 25 @ Canton, 32 – Final – Canton got strong runs from Riley Swearingen, Austin DiBasio, Dom Gray, Maks Alves, and Declan Monahan.
Milford, 26 @ North Attleboro, 29 – Final
Girls Cross Country
Franklin, 15 @ Attleboro, 50 – Final
Foxboro, 20 @ Canton, 43 – Final – Canton’s top finisher was Johanna Bouwmeester and freshman Maddie Driscoll had a solid race with an eighth-place finish.
Stoughton, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames scored to take the lead in the first half but Stoughton equalized with just under 20 minutes to play and the teams split the points with a 1-1 draw. OA sophomore Luke Churchill scored on a terrific shot from distance, taking a quickly played free kick from Casey Milliken, cutting back past a defender and firing a left-footed blast to the top corner from 30 yards out.
Milford, 3 @ Medway, 4 – Final – Milford held a pair of leads in the game but Medway rallied both times, including a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes to get the win. Lucas Nalon Ribero gave the Hawks the lead off a cross from Arthur Tome, and John Borges doubled the lead off a through ball from Eduardo Santana to make it 2-0 but the hosts rallied for two goals to make it 2-2 at the break. Milford went ahead again, this time as Tome finished off a feed from Santana but Medway scored twice in the final 10 minutes to get the win.
Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Franklin scored just before halftime and then once more just before the final whistle to earn a 2-0 win, bouncing back from a setback on Friday at OA. Hansy Jacques scored for the second straight match, putting the visitors ahead in the 37th minute. Andrew O’Neill set up Noah Cain in the 75th minute to double the Panthers’ advantage.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames overcame an early deficit to come away with a win and two points on the road over the Black Knights. Stoughton took the lead just five minutes into the game before the Tigers pulled level midway through the first half when Lucinda Li Cotter headed in a service from Emma Gavin. With 10 minutes to go, Mary Cross finished off a loose ball in the box after a scramble for the winner. Lynn Elhayek and Jolie Diaz both had strong games for OA.
North Attleboro, 1 vs. Braintree, 1 – Final – Braintree scored inside the opening minutes of the match but North Attleboro leveled 10 minutes later and the teams finished tied at 1-1. Trailing 1-0 under four minutes in, North’s Emma Pratt headed in a cross from Lily Adams in the 14th minute to make it 1-1.
Attleboro, 8 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Attleboro junior Siobhan Landers scored a hat trick to lead the Bombardiers to a big win on the road over Milford. Landers also added an assist, Nora Desrosiers scored a pair of goals, Marley Young had one goal and one assist, Mackenzie Cooper and Taylor Henry each found the back of the net once, and Jordan Mooney recorded two assists in the win.
King Philip, 2 @ Franklin, 7 – Final – King Philip cut the deficit down to two with a goal less than four minutes into the fourth quarter but Franklin finished with three straight goals to pull away for the win. KP took the lead less than two minutes in when senior Leah Santoro scored her first career goal and held the lead for the majority of the quarter before Franklin’s Raena Crandall (from Shaw Downing and Kaitlyn Carney) scored with a minute left to make it 1-1. Carney scored twice in the second quarter, the first unassisted and the second from Haley Wernig and Sophia Cuneo, to give the Panthers a 3-1 halftime lead, and Emily Carney (from Kaitlyn Carney) scored the lone goal of the third to extend Franklin’s lead to 4-1 going into the fourth. Junior Mara Boldy converted a pass from Kelly Holmes four minutes into the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-2 but goals from Wernig (from E. Carney), Crandall (from K. Carney), and Kaitlyn Carney iced the win. Devon Barry made eight saves in net for the Panthers while Haley Bright had a stellar performance in the cage for KP. Holmes, and seniors Avery Hayes and Maggie Murphy all played well defensively for the Warriors.
North Attleboro, 4 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first quarter, North netted a pair of goals in the second before adding one more in each of the third and fourth quarters to take down Taunton. Julia Puccio opened the scoring with an unassisted goal with 2:56 left in the half and then recorded an assist on North’s second goal, smacking a shot off a corner that was redirected in by Caroline Folan. Folan added to North’s lead early in the third, taking a feed from Ava Spencer and using a big sweeping shot to find the back of the net. In the fourth, Spencer got her first goal of the game with Puccio getting another assist.
Oliver Ames, 9 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Erin Cottam scored a team-high four goals and Oliver Ames entered the win column with a 9-0 decision at Stoughton. Cottam also had two helpers in the win while Megan Crabtree added a goal and two assists, and Julia Maclaine was an assist machine with four on the day. Olivia Stevens and Kayla Kenney each added two goals apiece in the win.
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 9 – Final
Foxboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first half, Foxboro finally solved Mansfield in the second half, scoring once in each of the third and fourth quarters to get the win. Mary Collins broke the stalemate midway through the third quarter, scoring at 7:32 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Jenny Gallagher gave the Warriors a key insurance goal at 12:07 of the fourth. Lily Danehy was excellent in net once again for the Hornets, making 14 saves.
Sharon, 3 @ Canton, 2 – Final – A seesaw back-and-forth battle saw Sharon emerged with a hard-fought 3-2 win (26-24, 16-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11) over host Canton. Zoey Scibelli, Kaitlin Bigham, and Kelly Schiavo all played well for Canton.
King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – A battle between two of the best teams in the state lived up to the hype as the Panthers claimed a 3-0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-20) win in an extremely competitive and tight contest. Junior Taylor Lacerda recorded 11 kills, 11 digs, and a pair of aces for the Panthers while senior middle Rachel Taylor added six kills, five blocks, and one ace. For KP, Emily Sawyer landed 14 kills along with a pair of aces, Sami Shore added six kills and three aces, Ahunna James recorded five kills, and Olivia O’Neil chipped in with four kills and two aces.
Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Foxboro won an epic third set to keep the matching going but the Hornets closed it out in the next set to secure a 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 30-32, 25-20) win in a highly competitive and entertaining match. For the Warriors, Shannon McElhinney had four aces and 16 digs, Alyssa Cloherty dished out 19 assists to go with 11 digs, and Mallorie Meyer had a strong all-around game with 10 digs, six kills, and four aces.
Taunton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – Taunton kept the match going with a win in the third set but North Attleboro closed it out in four, taking a 3-1 (25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17) win over the Tigers. Junior setter Remi Zides dished out 20 assists and the Rocketeers had a balanced attack: freshman middle Lincoln Abramaitys recorded six kills and four solo blocks and senior middle Mariah Barbosa added nine kills and two solo blocks. Defensively, senior Avery Bitar recorded right digs for the Big Red. For Taunton, Anna Abouzied had a strong all-around game with five aces, four kills, four digs, and three assists. Megan Rose, Sadie Herry, and Mia Fernandes all played well defensively and on serve receive to keep the Tigers in the match.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames bounced back from a tight loss in the first set to win three in a row and take home a victory from Stoughton, 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15). Claire O’Rourke was a force at the service line with 27 service points along with 13 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Clare Kavoulis dished out 39 assists, senior Maddie Homer had 28 digs and 21 serve receptions, and junior Sarah Hilliard landed 19 kills.
Attleboro, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Attleboro went on the road and won three straight to knock off Milford (25-13, 25-22, 25-17). Natalie Brojek continued her strong start to the season with 30 assists, three aces, and three blocks. Julia Leonardo continued to pace the attack with 13 kills while Addie Shelton had a big game, notching nine kills and three aces. Sadie Whitmarsh added 13 digs and three aces in the win.
Franklin, 148 @ Attleboro, 162 – Final
Oliver Ames, 149 @ Stoughton, 193 – Final – Oliver Ames made the short trip to Easton Country Club and emerged with a win over host Stoughton. Juniors Sean Kearns and David Rodgers shared medalist honors by shooting an even par round of 36 to pace the Tigers. Senior Daniel Paul added a 37, and Lucas Riley and Michael McGinnis each chipped in with a 40. For Stoughton, Mason Page and David Monaghan shot a 45 and a 46, respectively.
Attleboro, 35 @ Durfee, 6 – Final 1Q: (A) Matt Harvie 41-yard pass to Adrian Rivera, Ethan Lako 2pt rush good; (A) M. Harvie 5-yard pass to Malachi Jefferson, Josue Salguero XP good.
2Q: (A) M. Harvie 25-yard pass to Ayden Ramirez, J. Salguero XP good; (A) Brody McKenna 30-yard interception return, XP failed.
3Q: (A) M. Harvie 59-yard pass to Andre Turner, J. Salguero XP good.
4Q: (D) Durfee 4-yard rush, XP failed.
Canton, 30 @ Dighton-Rehoboth, 7 – Final
Foxboro, 7 vs. Holliston, 33 – Final
Franklin, 32 @ Wachusett, 22 – Final 1Q: (W) McGeary 3-yard rush, XP good; (F) Jase Lyons 65-yard pass to Luke Davis, Garrett Portesi XP good.
2Q: (W) Wachusett touchdown, XP good; (F) G. Portesi 30-yard field goal. (F) J. Lyons 60-yard pass to L. Davis, XP failed.
3Q: (F) J. Lyons 35-yard pass to L. Davis, XP failed; (F) G. Portesi field goal.
4Q: (W) McDonald rush, McGeary 2pt rush; (F) Mike Davide 4-yard rush, G. Portesi XP good.
BC High, 0 @ King Philip, 35 – Final 1Q: (KP) Rudy Gately 10-yard rush, Matt Kelley XP good; (KP) R. Gately 19-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good,
2Q: (KP) Tom McLeish 6-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good; (KP) Aiden Astorino 4-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good.
3Q: No scoring.
4Q: (KP) Kyle Abbott 1-yard rush, M. Kelley XP good.
Mansfield, 35 vs. St. John’s Shrewsbury, 6 – Final 1Q: (M) CJ Bell 32-yard pass to Trevor Foley, Travis Hennessey XP good; (M) Rocco Scarpellini 1-yard rush, T. Hennessey XP good; (M) Conner Zukowski 9-yard pass to Ryan DeGirolamo, T. Hennessey XP good.
2Q: No scoring.
3Q: (M) R. Scarpellini 4-yard rush, T. Hennessey XP good.
4Q: (M) T. Hennessey 15-yard rush, T. Hennessey XP good.
Milford, 42 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 0 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game. 1Q: (M) Nate Scudo 5-yard rush, Nicholas Araujo XP good; (M) Evan Cornelius 13-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good.
2Q: (M) E. Cornelius 1-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good.
3Q: (M) N. Araujo 12-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good.
4Q: (M) E. Cornelius 9-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good; (M) Owen Callahan 17-yard rush, N. Araujo XP good.
North Attleboro, 28 @ Bishop Feehan, 6 – Final 1Q: (NA) Nathan Shultz 27-yard rush, Austin Clemente XP good; (NA) N. Shultz 41-yard rush, A. Clemente XP good.
2Q: (BF) Nick Yanchuk 82-yard rush, XP no good.
3Q: (NA) Greg Berthiaume 22-yard rush, A. Clemente XP good.
4Q: (NA) Chase Frisoli 1-yard rush, A. Clemente XP good.
Oliver Ames, 41 vs. Brookline, 12 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game. 1Q: (OA) Chad Silva 8-yard rush, Nick Ferrini XP good.
2Q: (OA) C. Silva 24-yard rush, N. Ferrini XP good; (OA) Wayne Casey 56-yard pass to Andrew Whiteside, XP blocked.
3Q: (OA) W. Casey 12-yard rush, N. Ferrini XP good; (B) Joshua Karp 53-yard pass to Andrew Bamberg, XP failed; (OA) Harold Smith 18-yard rush, N. Ferrini XP good.
4Q: (B) J. Karp 4-yard pass to Caetano Drinkwater, 2pt pass failed; (OA) CJ Crocker 19-yard rush, N. Ferrini XP good.
Stoughton, 28 vs. Norwood, 13 – Final 1Q: (S) Jarred Daughtry 14-yard pass to James Currier, XP good; (S) Alex Huynh 45-yard interception return, XP failed.
2Q: (S) Liam Pearl 3-yard rush, Alex Huynh 2pt rush good.
3Q: (N) Jack Dwyer 4-yard rush, XP good; (N) J. Dwyer 13-yard rush, XP failed.
4Q: (S) L. Pearl 1-yard rush, XP failed.
Taunton, 33 @ New Bedford, 7 – Final 1Q: (T) Jacob Leonard 34-yard pass to Dmitrius Shearrion, Elias Foreman XP good; (T) Elijah Prophete 62-yard fumble return, XP failed.
2Q: (T) J. Leonard 61-yard pass to Jose Touron, Abby Doherty XP good; (NB) Amari Harris 5-yard pass to Darrin Godine, Brent Sharples XP good; (T) Malachi Johnson 86-yard kickoff return, A. Doherty XP good.
3Q: (T) Anthony Petijohn 48-yard interception return, XP failed.
4Q: Not played.
Sharon, 27 @ Weston, 14 – Final
Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Attleboro scored the first and last goals of the game, the latter coming with less than 10 minutes to play to help the Bombardiers secure a tie and a point on the road. Luke Hagopian bagged a brace on his birthday, finishing off an assist from Esvin Morales in the 74th minute to bring the Bombardiers back level. Hagopian opened the scoring in the 16th minute off an assist from Steve Etienne. Mansfield leveled the game less than 10 minutes later on a blast from distance from Aiden Steele. Mansfield took the lead in the 34th minute as Grady Sullivan buried a rebound off a shot from Steele. For Mansfield, Matty Sullivan, Derek McGrath, Aiden Jones, Brendan Flynn, and Kyle Johnson all played well defensively.
Milford, 4 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Milford scored a pair of goals in each half to pick up a pair of points on the road at Foxboro. The Hawks converted a pair of crosses to establish the lead, starting with a finish from Eduardo Santana on a service from Saverio Fulgitini. Milford double its lead when Kaua Pereira scored off a cross from Nick Ribero. In the second half, Pereira set up Arthur Tome to make it 3-0 and then Santana fed John Borges for a finish to make it 4-0.
Franklin 1, @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this game. – Oliver Ames raced out to a three-goal lead by halftime and then tacked on two goals inside the final 15 minutes to secure a 5-1 win over Franklin in its season opener. Five different players scored for the Tigers, starting with a goal just over five minutes into the game. Sophomore Luke Churchill lifted a ball over the top of the defense and junior Ryan Linhares ran onto it and calmly chipped the oncoming keeper on the bounce. Less than 10 minutes later, sophomore Casey Milliken played in a through ball to junior Ryan Carney and he finished low to the far post. OA made it 3-0 in the 35th minute as Hector Bucio was first to a corner from Linhares, hitting a low one-timer into the back of the net from inside the area. Franklin had a strong start to the second half and played equal to the hosts. The Panthers pulled one back in the 47th minute after good pressure from juniors Andrew O’Neill and Hansy Jacques ended up in a combination between the two and the latter smashed a low left-footed shot off the far post and in. After some more even play, OA cashed in on a Franklin turnover. Andrew Martins took down a failed clearance connected with Milliken, who fired a cross/shot that was spilled in the area and Mirray Dasilva was first to the loose ball and fired it in. Michael MacAdam came up with a turnover at midfield and quickly hit a counter pass up to Milliken that drew Franklin goalie Griffin Tolonen well off his line. Tolonen got the ball but it deflected right to Martins, who passed one into the back of the net.
King Philip, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final
Mansfield, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Mansfield opened league play with a solid road win. Kara Santos put the Hornets in front, finishing a corner by freshman Olivia Dunham, who recorded her first varsity point. Meghan McCann doubled the lead when she ran onto a through ball from Lauren Signoriello and finished the breakaway. Olivia Salisbury made three saves to get the clean sheet.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Canton scored a pair of second half goals to break things open and secure a win in the season opener. The Bulldogs opened the scoring midway through the first half on a goal by Emily McCabe. North started the second half on the front foot, but Canton regrouped and in the 60th minute freshman Georgia Campbell got her first varsity goal to make it 2-0. Emma Cahill sealed the win with a goal in the final minute. Mekahala Costello, freshman Alyssa Wong, and Tess Giglio recorded assists. Canton coach Idris Senyonjo praised Wong and Campbell for giving Canton a needed energy boost in the second half. Maddie Ferrin made six saves for the Rocketeers.
Foxboro, 2 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Neve Taylor scored a pair of unassisted goals and Allie Sougaris made a huge save in the closing minute to secure a hard-fought win for the Warriors. The game was scoreless at halftime and it was the home team that broke the deadlock when Paige Caldon finished off a pass from Dani Atherton. Foxboro responded almost immediately, as Taylor equalized. With about 18 minutes to play, Taylor struck again for what turned out to be the game-winner. Atherton had a chance to steal a point with nearly the final kick of the game, but Sougaris made a brilliant save on the breakaway to keep the Warriors in front. Freshman Kaliegh Tourtellot had a strong game in goal for the Hawks, filling in for injured Chloe Murdock.
Stoughton, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – KP took 32 shots on Friday but only managed a pair of goals, pulling out a tough home win in its league opener. Ella Pisani’s through ball set up Dani Lomuscio for a goal early in the first half. In the second half, Dani Gresham’s corner kick went off a defender to double the lead.
North Attleboro, 4 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Canton scored three goals in the third quarter and then held off a fourth quarter comeback bid from North Attleboro to secure a 5-4 win. The Bulldogs built a 2-0 lead in the second quarter but Julia Puccio scored a pair of goals, including one off a Kelsey Thompson corner with 31 seconds left in the half to bring the Big Red level. Canton extended its lead to 5-2 with a big third quarter but Puccio scored two more times in the fourth to make it a one-goal game. Puccio netted a deflected shot with 9:05 left in the game and then scored off a pass from Madison Folan with 3:54 left to make it 5-4. Canton had five different goal scorers, including one goal and two assists from freshman Carolyn Schiavo.
King Philip, 3 vs. Walpole, 0 – Final – King Philip continued its strong start to the season with a dominating 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-8) sweep over Walpole. Sami Shore led the offense with seven kills, Ahunna James added six kills and a pair of aces, Emily Sawyer registered four kills, two aces, and two blocks, and sophomore Madison Asprelli landed four aces in the win.
Canton, 1 vs. North Quincy, 3 – Final – Canton jumped ahead in the match with a win in the first set but North Quincy bounced back with three straight to claim victory, 3-1. For Canton, Jess Wright had an outstanding performance with 14 kills and a pair of aces.
Taunton, 1 @ Sharon, 5 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this game. – Sharon senior Brandon Mauricio bagged a brace and the Eagles exploded for four second half goals to start the season with a 5-1 decision over visiting Taunton. Just when it looked like the teams were destined to head into the break scoreless, Sharon senior Tyler Goodman won an aerial duel and freshman Vlad Shkolnikov played a terrific ball forward to Mauricio, who cut the ball back onto his right foot and deposited his shot far post for a 1-0 lead just before the halftime whistle. The second half started with fireworks as the teams combined for three goals in the opening 10 minutes. Senior Adam Eastman delivered a free kick into the area from just over midfield that saw classmate Rhys Davis rise up and meet with his head and play it to the far post. Rishi Shetty was first to it, sending it back across the face of goal where Mauricio was there to bang it home from close range. Taunton responded in quick fashion as senior Riley Rebello ran into a loose ball behind the defense and squared up a pass to Javonte Fernandes, who showed great patience to touch past the keeper and finish from in close. But just moments later, the Eagles were back ahead by two. Eastman played a perfectly paced through ball to Shetty, who made a diagonal run past the defense and calmly finished past the keeper. Miguel Vasconcelos added a fourth for the Eagles on a pass from sophomore James Jennings, and Eastman was credited for the fifth goal as his corner was knocked in for an own goal.
Sharon, 5 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Five different players scored for the Eagles in a season-opening road win. Sofia Goclowski, Carly Pinnix, Autumn Simon, Maya Sajeev, and Olivia Landstein each found the back of the net for Sharon. Jessica Li had a pair of assists on her Sharon debut and Nasiba Aikulova also dished out a pair of helpers. Emily Calderon had the line goal for the Tigers.
Mansfield, 1 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Mansfield senior Lily Danehy turned away a dozen shots for the shutout and the Hornets scored the lone goal of the game midway through the second quarter to open the season with a close 1-0 decision over Attleboro. Junior Liv Barry scored the game-winner with 6:19 left in the second quarter, finishing off an assist from sophomore Ella Palanza. Danehy turned away 12 saves, including four in the fourth quarter during an Attleboro offensive flurry to preserve the shutout and the win.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 7 – Final – Franklin opened its season with a solid win over OA. Kaitlyn Carney scored three times and finished with four points and Emily Carney added four assists to power the Panthers to the win. Kaitlyn scored off an Emily assist to open the scoring and then added a second from a Sophia Cuneo assist to make it 2-0 after one quarter. Cuneo got her first goal off an Emily Carney assist in the second. Raena Crandall added a goal before halftime, assisted by Kaitlyn Carney. In the third, Emily Carney assisted on goals by Haley Wernig and Kaitlyn Carney. Sydney Rogan added an unassisted goal in the fourth to wrap up the scoring. Devon Barry made one save in the first half for the Panthers.
Stoughton, 0 @ King Philip, 9 – Final – Five different Warriors found the back of the net and seven players registered a point in a season-opening win over visiting Stoughton. Junior Kelly Holmes led the charge offensively for the hosts, netting a pair of goals along with a pair of assists while classmate Mara Boldy scored a hat trick. Junior Nikki McDonald chipped in with two goals and an assist, sophomore Abby MacDonald registered one point and one assist, and senior Sydney Maryland notched her first career goal. Haley Bright had the shutout in net for KP. Stoughton senior Katherine Giroux had a strong game and played with high energy while freshman Casey Groppi played hard defensively the entire game for the Black Knights in her varsity debut.
Foxboro, 8 @ Milford, 8 – Final
Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Milford emerged victorious on a closely contested first set and went on to take the next two to complete the sweep, 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-21). For Foxboro, Shannon McElhinney had a terrific game defensively with 19 digs and three aces.
Stoughton, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip opened its 2022 campaign with a 3-0 sweep, taking down visiting Stoughton (25-12, 25-11, 25-11). The Warriors used a balanced attack with senior Ahunna James notching a team-high eight kills, senior Sami Shore adding four kills, four aces, and two blocks, and senior Olivia O’Neil chipped in with four kills. Senior Emily Sawyer had a big day from the service line with seven aces and added a pair of kills at the net.
Sharon, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton bounced back from a close loss in the first set to win three in a row and improve to 2-0 on the season with a sweep of Sharon (23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22). Hayley Krockta landed 11 kills and Sayla DePina added six kills to pace the Taunton offense. The Tigers had another big day from the service line, dropping 23 aces just one game after landing 18 against New Bedford in the opening. Anna Abouzied accounted for nearly a third of them with seven, adding 14 assists as well. Defensively, Mia Fernandes had 11 digs and Megan Rose added six digs.
Mansfield, 1 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Mansfield kept the game alive with a win in the third set and nearly pushed the match to five but Attleboro closed it out in a thrilling fourth game to take a 3-1 decision in the first contest held inside the new Attleboro High School gym (25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 28-26). Sophomore Julia Leonardo picked up where she left off a season ago, landing a team-high 16 kills to pace the offense. Junior Natalie Brojek added 17 assists and sophomore Julia Modelo landed six aces in the win.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Canton edged out North in a closely contested second set and went on to complete the sweep in the next set to open the season with a win (25-18, 28-26, 25-19). Junior Jess Wright led the way offensively for the Dogs with 11 kills, eight digs, and a pair of aces while Sally Hoban had a great varsity debut with eight kills and an ace. Zoe Scibelli ran the show defensively with 14 digs and one kill while Kaitlin Brigham had a great blocking performance in the win.
Boys Cross Country
Canton, 37 @ Nauset, 20 – Final – Luke Darling was Canton’s top runner down the Cape, finishing in second with a time of 20:48.
Girls Cross Country
Canton, 34 @ Nauset, 21 – Final – The top runner for the Bulldogs was Tahlia Weaver, who finished in third place and set a personal best with a time of 25:57.
Mansfield, 165 vs. Xaverian, 148 – Final – Mansfield dropped its first match of the season in a non-league contest against visiting Xaverian. Nathan McClean, Cody Nieratko, and Hayden O’Connor each shot a 41 for the Hornets while Drew Urban rounded out the scoring with a 42.
Sharon, 182 @ Stoughton, 186 – Final – James Spoto and Dylan Cummings each fired a round of 44 to help Sharon secure a close win over division foe Stoughton at Easton Country Club. Stoughton’s Mason Page was the match medalist with a low round of 42 but the Eagles earned the close win. Reid Nierman added a 46 for Sharon while both Patrick Dykeman and Jacob Kaufman shot 48 to round out the scoring for the Eagles.
Franklin, 144 @ Milford, 148 – Final – Franklin pulled out another tight win early on this season, this time besting Milford by four strokes. It’s the Panthers’ third win in four matches winning by five or fewer strokes. Jack Hagerty had another big performance for the Panthers, earning match medalist honors with a low round of 34 at Hopedale Country Club. Tyler O’Brien added a 35, Brendan Collins came in at 36, and Cam Labrie chipped in with a 39. For Milford, Nate Lawrence fired a round of 36, Jacob Hipolito and Anthony LaPierre each shot a 37, and Eric Farrell finished with a 38 on the day.
Attleboro, 177 @ Taunton, 188 – Final – Leo Lombardo continued his strong start to the season, earning match medalist honors and helping Attleboro claim a win over Taunton at Segregansett Country Club. Lombardo fired a low round of 42 to lead the way for the Bombardiers, Carter Shelton added a 44, Bradley Martin finished with a 45 and Ryan Hill rounded out the scoring with a 46. Dwayne Burgo had a team-low round of 45 for the Tigers, Logan Letourneau added a 46, Alex Dias chipped in with a 48, and Jesse Chaves capped the scoring with a 49.
Canton, 179 @ Foxboro, 176 – Final – Foxboro came away with a huge division win, taking down Canton and handing the Bulldogs their first division loss since October 2018, snapping a 35-match Davenport winning streak. Patrick Callahan had a team-low round of 40 for the Warriors, Mat Sullivan chipped in with a 44, and both Reese Curreri and Josh Connolly shot 46 on the way for Foxboro. Canton’s Huck McCready earned match medalist honors after firing a 39 on the day.
2021 Record: 9-10 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Round of 32 Coach: Mary Katherine Runey
For the first time in more than a decade, Attleboro got the taste of playoff volleyball and the Bombardiers have younger players stepping into leadership positions that will give them a solid foundation for another tournament run. There is excitement around the program and opening the new gym has added another layer to the fall.
One of the reasons for the energy in the team is sophomore outside hitter Julia Leonardo, who jumped in as a freshman and became one of the most dynamic hitters in the league. Junior setter Natalie Brojek has been an all-around standout for the past two seasons and makes the team click. Senior Tigin Bombardier will give Attleboro experience in the middle.
Those are the only three returning players from last year, but there are several new faces that could make an instant impact. Sophomores Addison and Ellie Shelton are new hitters that will give depth on the outside. Juniors Sadie Whitmarsh and Julia Mondello will provide defensive solidity to the back line.
“The level of success we achieved last season certainly changed the tone of our entire program, and I believe our future is bright,” said Attleboro coach Mary Katherine Runey. “As a young team, we have spent the past two weeks learning how to play together and in the next few weeks, we will need to learn how to win together. As we progress through the season, our goal is to minimize errors in order to efficiently run our offense and showcase the talent within our team.”
2021 Record: 15-7 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 16 Coach: Pat Cawley
Canton has established itself as one of the perennial powers year in and year out, and one thing that comes with that territory is graduating a handful of talented seniors each year. Last year was no exception, but Hall of Fame coach Pat Cawley has shown time and time again she will have a competitive squad that’s much better by the end of the season than the start.
The Bulldogs graduated all but two starters, bringing back juniors Jess Wright at outside hitter and Fatima Sidibay at middle blocker. Cawley will be leaning heavily on them for their guidance of a young and inexperienced squad. Wright isn’t just one of the best outside hitters, she can play just about anywhere on the court and showed tremendous growth throughout last season. After showing off some great blocking skills last year, the Dogs will look for some more offensive production on swings from the middle from Sidibay. Senior captain Liana Lamparelli and sophomore Sally Hoban will provide depth offensively.
Defensively, Canton is looking at sophomore defensive specialist Zoe Scibelli, who saw meaningful minutes in the back row a year ago. Haley Duhaime, Liz Beale, Neveah Osborne, and Riley Costa round out the senior class and will contribute valuable minutes for Canton this year.
“We have many moving parts at this point but the young, inexperienced group is willing to work hard and anxious to learn,” Cawley said. “Three setters and several defensive players are vying for time on the court. The growth potential is exponential and it will be fun to watch the progression. The extremely competitive Hock will help accelerate the learning curve!”
2021 Record: 4-17 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 3 Round of 32 Coach: Vicki Santana
With 11 seniors returning to the roster this year, Foxboro is looking to have a bounce-back year and return to the state tournament with an improved rating in the MIAA’s statewide system.
The Warriors have key pieces back at all spots on the court and head coach Vicki Santana is optimistic about the season after a strong showing so far this preseason. Sami Sloan led the squad with 111 kills last season and is back as one of the outside hitters along with Juliana Pettigrew (88 kills) and Ava Hill. Foxboro also has both of its middles back with Mallorie Meyer, a Hock all star a year ago with 80 kills and 46 aces, and Ava Kirk both returning.
Defensively, the Warriors have their libero back in the lineup in senior Shannon McElhinney, who had 157 digs last year and was a Hock honorable mention selection.
“All of these players bring a love for the sport and determination to win,” Santana said. “We only graduated two seniors last year so we are hoping that with most of the team being returning varsity players we will have a very competitive season. So far the team has been playing great at our preseason scrimmages so hopefully, we carry that energy into our first game vs Milford!”
2021 Record: 18-2 (Kelley-Rex co-champion) 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Final Four Coach: Samantha Redmond
Although Franklin only graduated a small number of seniors from last year’s team that made the Division 1 state semifinals, the Panthers lost a lot of production.
Gone are Caitlyn Mackintosh, last year’s HockomockSports Player of the Year, Lindsey Tarantola, a league all star that led the league in blocks, and Brigid Earley, one of the top middles in the Hock. But this isn’t the first time the Panthers have lost a talented senior class, multiple all stars, or even an MVP – and they’ve always found a way to come back and compete as a top team in the league.
Three-year starter Taylor Lacerda returns to pace the offense, leading the Panthers in kills a year ago as a sophomore with 155. She’s the lone six rotation returner in the group so head coach Samantha Redmond – who picked up a boost on the bench with the addition of former head coach Kelsey Weymouth as an assistant – will be looking for new faces to step into key roles at the net.
There will be some changes along the backline as senior Meghan Linkkila will move from the libero position to take over as the setter, and classmate and fellow captain Georgia Harvey, who was a defensive specialist last year, will take on the libero role.
“Franklin volleyball is really excited to continue our hard work this year,” Redmond said. “We lost a strong four seniors last year but we are confident that this new class of players will bring a lot of diversity to our offense and defense. We look forward to proving ourselves in the Hockomock once again!”
2021 Record: 22-2 (Kelley-Rex co-champion) 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Final Four Coach: Kristen Geuss
King Philip has shared the Kelley-Rex title for the past three seasons and with a senior-laden roster, the Warriors look ready to make a push for another division crown. After a run to the Div. 2 state semifinal. KP has the experience and the depth at the net to be a threat for another deep tournament run.
The Warriors will be strong up front. Senior middle Emily Sawyer made her varsity debut as a junior and immediately became one of the best hitters in the league. The Sacred Heart-commit is an impact player on both sides of the net. Senior Sami Shore gives KP the most dynamic middle pairing in the league and can dominate a match. If teams try to bottle up the middle of the net, then senior Ahunna James can take over on the outside, giving KP great attacking balance. Seniors Olivia O’Neil and Missy Canning add depth at hitter and senior setter Kiera Hagen will run the offense this year.
In addition to the seniors, KP can count on junior right-side Kate O’Neil and juniors Ryann O’Sullivan, Emily Zappala, and Fiona Bailey on the outside. On the back line, juniors Shea Mellman, Ava Kelley, and Meghan Sullivan provide strong defensive play. Sophomore setter Madison Asprelli is a newcomer who could step into a bigger role over the course of the season.
“We are working hard to build on our success from last year,” said KP coach Kristen Geuss. “We have good chemistry and the girls are looking forward to the season.”
2021 Record: 9-8 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 32 Coach: Tara DeGirolamo
Making the switch to the Davenport division this season, Mansfield is looking to ride a mix of veterans and new players to some success on the court this year.
Second-year head coach Tara DeGirolamo is excited for the season to get underway as she tries to fit all the right pieces together for her squad. Junior Elyssa Buchanan burst onto the scene as an attacking option last year and will be one of the Hornets’ go-to hitters on the outside along with senior Ella Mahoney. In the middle, Lexie Scibilia will be looking to build on her big season last year (48 blocks) along with senior Lily Campbell.
There are a lot of options at setter with senior captain Isabella Flint (132 assists) back as one of the primary ball handlers with junior Kiera Fitzpatrick and freshman Tessa Blaqueir both in the mix as well. The setters will also have options on the right side with senior captain Lilly Verheggan and junior Anna Goulet taking swings from the opposite side, with senior Savannah Carey and juniors Sophia Capaolupo and Elena O’Keefe providing depth.
Defensively, DeGirolamo will lean on senior libero Jackie Zelic to anchor the defense along with junior defensive specialists Lauren Rubicine and Jocelyn Gibson.
“Our setters have great court awareness and mesh very well with our diverse group of hitters,” DeGirolamo said. “We’re excited for the season.”
2021 Record: 8-11 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 32 Coach: Tammy Webber
Between a handful of varsity returners and a group of eager new faces ready to make their mark, Milford is looking to challenge in the Kelley-Rex and book a spot in the state tournament.
The heart of the Hawks will be in the middle of the lineup with the team’s leader in kills from a year ago Aliza Syed back to anchor both the offense and the defense. She had a breakout season with 187 kills, 61 aces, and 34 blocks, which were all first on the team. She will be flanked by junior Maeve Driscoll on the outside, who jumps into the starting lineup this year and will play in the back row as well. Senior Molly Hartman provides depth at the outside hitter spot.
“[Aliza] will be counted on to carry us in those categories once again this season,” said Milford head coach Tammy Webber. “She is strong and athletic with a tough serve and can hit with power.”
Milford also returns its starting setter in senior captain Emily Croteau, who finished inside the top five in the league in assists last season. Having a year of experience under her belt, the Hawks will lean on her confidence and skill to spread the ball around and run the offense. Senior defensive specialist Carley Haley will anchor the backline.
2021 Record: 9-10 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 32 Coach: Rachel Gould
After making a push for a playoff spot last season, North Attleboro will make a change on the sidelines as Rachel Gould takes over this fall. The Rocketeers will also be returning to the ultra-competitive Kelley-Rex division and with five varsity players back in the lineup North will be looking to fight for another tournament spot.
The senior class will need to provide leadership for the new faces in this year’s squad. Senior Avery Bitar will give the team a defensive solidity as the libero. Senior Grace Dirschel is the returning setter from last season and senior Sarah Kayata is another strong backline player that should help North keep points alive.
Up front, seniors Haley Carr and Mariah Barbosa are returning middle hitters that can step in and swing and also make an impact on the block. Freshman Lincoln Abramaitys will get the chance to shine right from the start as the team’s main outside hitter. Abramaitys is the only underclassman on the roster this year.
“I have a great group of hard-working talented athletes and I think we are going to have a competitive season this year,” Gould explained.
2021 Record: 16-5 (Davenport champion) 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 16 Coach: Chelsea Cunningham
Oliver Ames is ready to get on the court and defend its Davenport division title.
The Tigers know they’ll be challenged by perennial powerhouse Canton, division newcomer Mansfield, a veteran-filled Foxboro squad, and the rest of the division, and they’ll have to overcome the graduation of the versatile Hadley Rhodes, but OA has some top talent returning at almost every position.
Senior Maddie Homer is back for yet another season as the libero to anchor the back line. An All-State selection a year ago, Homer will be joined by junior Rachel Fleischman, another returner, in the back row to give the Tigers an experienced defensive duo.
Offensively, there will be more familiar faces taking swings at the net. Senior captain Courtney Raymond (56 kills, 18 blocks) is back in the middle as one of OA’s primary attackers and she’ll be complemented by a pair of terrific outside hitters in junior Sarah Hilliard (272 kills) and Claire O’Rourke (156 kills). Sophomore Addyson Smock bolsters the middle block while sophomore Clare Kavoulis and junior Paula Romero provide some depth.
“There is something special about this group,” said OA head coach Chelsea Cunningham. “The talent speaks for itself, they’re putting in the work, and they are eager to compete. These girls know everything is “earned not given” – which happens to be our program’s motto this season. With that, they know there’s a lot of work to do to make this the best season yet. If they commit to one another and the goals we set from the start, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll do just that.”
2021 Record: 6-14 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Round of 32 Coach: Andrea Lovett
It has been two straight impressive seasons for the Sharon volleyball program. Two years ago, during Fall II, the Eagles nearly won a league title and would’ve booked a playoff spot if a tournament was held. Last season, Sharon not only reached the state tournament but also won its first-round match against Revere. With a brand new gym and five seniors on the roster, Sharon will be hoping the momentum carries over to this fall.
Sharon will be counting on the development of its senior hitters. Amanda Brown will be the main target on the outside, while Olivia Nau has been impressive on the right side. The middle should be tough on both sides of the net with junior Jasmine Davis stepping up as both a blocker and hitter and senior Sam Dunham adding depth after her move up from the JV team. Junior Sonja Gray will be the main setter for the team again this season with help from classmate Masha Dolienkova.
The Eagles also have experience on the back line and players with athleticism to keep points alive. Senior Emily Coplan and junior Sophia Pandey will share the libero duties and sophomore Sasha Nierenberg and senior Evelina Kravets will support them as defensive specialists.
“Possibly the most important aspect of this team is their love of the game combined with a great work ethic and the tenacity to stay in the game regardless of the score,” said Sharon coach Andrea Lovett, who returns to the sidelines after being an assistant in 2021. “These kids simply love volleyball and it shows on the court.”
2021 Record: 1-15 2021 Finish: Missed postseason Coach: Felicia Baptista
Stoughton is coming off a difficult 2021 season. The Black Knights picked up just one win last fall, but they have several new faces that could step in and get the program heading back into tournament contention. It may be a smaller roster this season, but head coach Felicia Baptista believes the talent and attitude are right to get things kicked off.
Junior Maya Ashu will be one of the primary attacking threats for Stoughton this season. She will be a critical spot in the front row and has developed into a strong hitter. Junior hitter Annalia Eschleman is also back and will give Stoughton more athleticism. Senior Patrik Oliveira has been a standout on the back row and gives the Black Knights all-around play with his quickness and versatility.
Other players that could step into the starting lineup for Stoughton this season are sophomore Reagan Lewis and junior Alyssa Edwards. Both are strong athletes that will give the Black Knights more control of the middle of the net.
“This year our team is much smaller and much more prepared than in past seasons,” said Baptista. “They have been putting in lots of work this year and it shows right from day one.”
2021 Record: 8-14 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Round of 32 Coach: Toby Chaperon
Taunton boasts a strong group of seniors, and with the addition of some underclassmen and new additions to the program, the Tigers are looking for an improved campaign in 2022.
Senior middle Hayley Krockta will be a force at the net this season but can play at all spots on the court. She will be one of the best servers on the team and can step right in and pass like a defensive specialist. She’ll be swinging at sets off the fingertips of classmate Anna Abouzied, another returner for the Tigers. Abouzied is a terrific passer in the back row and will also run the offense as the setter.
“Hayley will be a force at the net this year,” said Taunton head coach Toby Chaperon. “And Anna can do it all too, she has the ability to hit and pass very well. We’re looking forward to having a good year.”
Senior Mia Fernandes will provide a boost of energy from the back row as the libero, flying all over the court to keep the play alive, and will be joined by classmate Megan Rose as a defensive specialist. Sayla DePina, another senior, will look to give Taunton some swings from the right side and set the block on opposing outside hitters. Rylie Roderick will add some depth at the net and at the service line for Taunton while head coach Toby Chaperon will look to incorporate transfers Morgan Fitzgerald (opposite/DS) and Julia Mitton (setter).
Juniors Jaden Sabina, Janelle Garcia, and Morgan Smith will all get some swings at the net while classmates Caroline Pietnik, Randi MacLeod, and Courtney Martin provide solid depth. Sophomore Adrianna Amaral has impressed early on this season and will get some swings at middle hitter while eighth grader Sadie Herry will be in the mix as a defensive specialist.
OA won its first outright league title last season (after sharing the 2019 Kelley-Rex title with Franklin and KP) and Hilliard was one of the main reasons that the Tigers were able to unseat Canton in the Davenport. As a sophomore, Hilliard, who was also a key part of OA’s run to the state title in basketball in the winter, emerged as one of the league’s top hitters. She finished the season with 300 kills while adding 208 digs, 219 serve receptions, and 51 aces. She was among the league leaders in all four categories. Hilliard has the height to be a strong defensive presence at the net, but it is her quickness and athleticism that makes her so dynamic on the outside. She is a quick leaper and able to pick her spots while swinging, finding the open spots in the opposition defense. In her second varsity season, Hilliard has grown into an all-around player who can impact the game no matter where she is lined up. The Tigers will be eyeing a second straight title and Hilliard’s development as a dominant attacking force on the outside can help bring home another Davenport crown and another deep tournament run.
There aren’t many players in the league, and even in the state, that have played as many sets at the varsity level as Maddie Homer. Now a senior, she could be poised for her biggest season yet. A league all star and a MAVCA D2 All-State team selection a year ago, Homer plays a vital role defensively for the defending Davenport division champions. As the libero, Homer is like a magnet for the ball, whether it’s on serve receive (482 serve receives in 2021) or against the attack (543 digs). She is always well-positioned, and even if there is a tip or a partial block, she’s quick to react and doesn’t hesitate to get on the floor to make a play. She’s a proven winner (as a member of the 2022 state championship girls basketball team) and a leader (a captain for the softball team as a junior) and will be a huge piece yet again this season for the Tigers as they try to repeat as division champs and make a run in the state tournament.
In each of the past two seasons, James has made tremendous strides and look for that trend to continue this year. One of the most powerful hitters in the state, James will be a part of a three-headed attack along with Emily Sawyer and Sami Shore, a tandem that might be the most fearsome attacking group in Massachusetts this season. A six-position player, she can play at any spot on the court: she had 95 digs (and 163 serve receives) and 24 aces (on 92.6 serve percentage) to go along with her 200 kills. Not only can she hit for power, but she can also work around the block, even if she’s seeing double blocks on the outside. Her athleticism allows her to shine both in the front row and the back row, and her consistent serves make her a threat in any spot on the court. The Warriors made it to the state semifinals a year ago and could be in a position to go all the way this year.
Franklin has won four straight league titles (sharing the last three with King Philip) and Lacerda is one of the players that the Panthers will be leaning on this fall to make it five in a row. As a sophomore, Lacerda emerged as Franklin’s top threat on the outside with her strong leap and great vision to find a hole in the opposing defense. She finished with 188 kills in 2021, but also added 258 digs and 34 aces, showing that she was more than just a dynamic hitter. Lacerda’s quickness and athleticism will get the chance to shine this season, as Franklin will have a few starting spots that need to be filled with new faces. The Panthers will continue to target league titles and hopefully, another deep tournament run and Lacerda’s continued growth on the outside will be a crucial component to their success this season.
Leonardo wasted no time in making a big impact for the Bombardiers. As a freshman, Leonardo was one of the most dynamic outside hitters in the league and helped Attleboro have one of its best seasons in recent memory. With 297 kills, 32 aces, 155 digs, and 353 serve receives, she has an all-around game of a much more experienced player and the scary part for opponents is the potential is there for even more in the future. It was on the outside, rising up to smash another shot into the corner that Leonardo really stood out. If the other team was making a run, Attleboro could spin the ball out to the left and Leonardo would put a stop to the momentum. The reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year set the tone for an Attleboro team that reached the postseason for the first time in more than a decade. The Bombardiers will be hoping to open their new gym with another tournament appearance and having Leonardo on the outside gives them a leg up on the competition.
Not only is Foxboro senior Mallorie Meyer one of the top players at the net, but she’s also one of the few middle blockers that is just as talented in the back row as well. A strong force at the net offensively, Meyer is also a very good server and a very good passer, allowing her to stay in the rotation in all six spots. Half of the middles will sub out with the libero, and others will even sub out for a defensive specialist after a serve rotation, but Meyer can serve at a high level (a team-high 46 aces last year, which was tied for sixth most in the Hock) and then stay in to play defense (356 serve receives, a team-high) as seen by her 232 digs, which led the Warriors. Offensively, she doesn’t have an overwhelming swing but does a nice job working around the block and finding holes in the defense to get her attacks to find the hardwood. Foxboro has the majority of its lineup intact from a season ago and will be looking to make a run in the state tournament.
Sawyer made quite the impression in her first season of varsity volleyball. The 6-foot-3 middle hitter, who had two impressive seasons as a center on the basketball team, made an instant impact for the Warriors in the fall. Her size was an obvious deterrent to opposing hitters, but her quick lateral movement and ability to read the play made it difficult to attack down the sides as well. The Sacred Heart commit spent the summer playing volleyball, so expectations are even higher for this season, as she hopes to build on the 201 kills, 35 blocks, and hitting percentage of .434 that she recorded last year. There were matches that Sawyer completely dominated on both sides of the ball and she was a major reason for KP’s third straight league title. The Warriors bring back their top three hitters this year, so expectations are sky high, and Sawyer’s continued development into a game-changing presence in the middle will have KP thinking that a fourth straight Kelley-Rex crown is a strong possibility.
Mansfield is looking to make a splash in its first season in the Davenport division and having one of the best defensive players at the net in the Hock is going to help. Scibilia is a towering presence at the net that has a knack for getting her hand in the way of opposing swings. As a junior, she emerged as one of the best blockers in the Hockomock League, registering 48 blocks — the second most in the league during the regular season — and that was going against some of the best teams in the state, including Franklin and KP (both state semifinalists) twice each. The Hornets graduated two of their top three leaders in kills from a season ago so Scibilia could be in line for some more swings this season alongside outside hitter junior Elyssa Buchanan
Syed not only controlled the middle on both sides of the net but was a strong all-around player for the Hawks last season to help them get back into the tournament. As a junior, she was a six-rotation player, totaling 187 kills, 61 aces, and 34 blocks, while adding 86 digs. Syed seemed to step up in big moments for Milford, making a key block or a big swing that would stop an opposition run or spark the Hawks into life. Not the tallest middle in the league, Syed controls the net with her quickness, her reach, and her ability to read the play, putting herself in good positions to limit opposing hitters. Her strong service game adds a different dimension and gets Milford some easier points. The Hawks will be looking forward to another tournament run this fall and Syed is the team’s top returning hitter so Milford will be counting on her to provide more big points to stay in playoff contention.
It was a rebuilding year for the Canton program, as the Bulldogs finished second in the Davenport (it was only the second time since 2007 that Canton didn’t win the league title) and Wright became one of the newcomers to shine in a bigger role. As a sophomore, Wright became the team’s top outside hitter with 218 kills. In her first significant varsity minutes, Wright showed that she is a six-position player, capable of producing wherever she is lined up. She added 215 digs, 17 aces, and 329 serve receptions. Her hitting drew attention from the opposition, but her skills defensively helped Canton keep points alive and set up the chance for her to win it at the net. With a year of experience and growing confidence, Wright could be one of the league’s most dynamic outside threats this fall. Canton always sets its sights on a league title and Wright’s skills and versatility will be critical for the Bulldogs to get back to the top of the division.
WRENTHAM, Mass. – Coming into the playoffs, King Philip was allowing the third fewest points per game in the league (behind only league champs Franklin and Oliver Ames). The Warriors clinched their spot in the tournament by allowing fewer than 30 points in each of the final two games of the regular season games, winning both to get back to .500.
On Tuesday night at the Wooden Gym, KP’s defense was on display again, holding Plymouth North to only two free throws in the first quarter and only seven points (on two made baskets) in the fourth, to earn a 45-33 preliminary round victory.
“That’s one thing I’ve been focusing on every day, so I’m glad to see it paying off,” said first-year KP coach Jeff Miszkiewicz about his team’s scoring defense. “I think in our down spurts there, they sped us up a little bit and the key with us is, once we speed up, we have to run our stuff correctly and once we do that then we seem to handle it.”
While things on the other end of the floor weren’t always running smoothly, KP could lean on junior Emily Sawyer to get big baskets when it needed them. The 6-foot-3 center scored 16 points (10 of them in the second half), grabbed 17 rebounds, and blocked four shots, as she once again controlled the paint against an under-sized Eagles front line.
“We’ve been working with her all year on getting her proper angles, and she threw a head fake today, which was great because I’ve been telling her to do that all year,” said Miszkiewicz about Sawyer. “She’s been on fire and I wouldn’t want to have to guard against her.”
KP came out with plenty of energy to start the game and took control in the first. Elizabeth Molla buried a three from the wing on the opening possession to put the Warriors in front. KP would never trail in the game. Sawyer followed up with the other six points in the first, scoring on a put-back, on a nice post move, and then a layup off a feed from Liv Lafond.
Plymouth North struggled to create any good looks at the basket. Sawyer clogged up the middle and nothing was falling from the outside. The Eagles were drawing fouls, but were 2-of-6 at the line in the first (10-of-23 for the night) and went to the bench down 9-2.
Megan Banzi got the first made basket of the night for the visitors to cut the lead to four. Jackie Bonner (five points), who returned from a wrist injury for the final two games of the regular season, drilled a three to push the lead back to five. She would finish with five points, but Bonner’s return to the lineup and threat from the perimeter is a big boost for KP.
“She just makes a difference just by being on the court because she spaces out teams just by being out there,” Miszkiewicz said about having Bonner back. “We’re trying to build back her confidence coming off the injury, but it’s really great having her out there because, even though she’s not a captain, she’s a leader on the team.”
Banzi scored six points in the second and helped the Eagles battle back to tie the game at 13 apiece. With Lafond and Julia Marsden both on the bench for most of the period with three fouls (and limited to very little time in the third as well, after picking up their fourth fouls), the Warriors got timely help off the bench.
Kylie Watson (seven points) made a nice backdoor cut and got a pass from Sawyer to put the Warriors up for good. After a Jordan Bennett steal, Leah Santoro banked in a three (her only points of the night) to send the Warriors to the locker room up 18-13.
A nice reverse by Bonner and a layup for Watson got KP going in the third, but the Eagles started to find the range and kept it close. Mackenzie Hohulin (10 points) and Taylor Voci (five steals) both knocked down big threes to stay within two.
Marsden (five points) answered with a drive to the basket and Sawyer got free on the block for two more. Bennett then fought for a rebound on the base line and went back up strong to push the lead to 34-26 heading to the fourth. Watson then pushed the lead to double digits for the first time when she opened the quarter by drilling a three.
“I told them before the game, I don’t know who I’m going to need in what situation,” Miszkiewicz explained. “We had Jordan Bennett inbounding the ball against the press, which she hasn’t done all year, Kylie Watson with a really great steal to end the third quarter. That type of experience is invaluable. I think the bench has really, really stepped up over the last few weeks and did again tonight.”
Hohulin answered back with a three of her own, but Plymouth North would score only four more points in the game. Molla drove and dished to Sawyer for a pair and then Sawyer grabbed an offensive rebound for two more points. Marsden went 3-of-4 at the line to seal the win for the Warriors.
King Philip (11-10) advances to face the No. 2 seed, Wachusett, on Friday night in the Round of 32.