The Campus Report: Looking Back At Fall 2017

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Former Foxboro standout Austin Ryan had a very memorable and impressive first year suiting up for the Bentley Falcons. After spending time at Williston Northampton School after graduating from Foxboro High. Ryan was named Northeast 10 Conference Rookie of the Week four times throughout the season, and was named NE10 Offensive Player of the Week in the final week of the season. He was second on the Falcons with 49 receptions but had almost more than triple the yardage of the next highest receiver on the team with 1,237 yards. He also hauled in a team-high and conference-best 16 touchdowns. His 123.7 receiving yards per game also led the NE10.

Franklin’s Quintin McDermott also had a strong season for the Falcons. He recorded 34 tackles, forced a team-high three fumbles and came away with three pass breakups. He had two interceptions on the season, coming in the same game. He picked off Merrimack quarterback CJ Scarpa twice to help Bentley pick up a 17-7 win on the road against the Warriors. Attleboro’s Luke Morrison played in five games, Mansfield’s Kyle Wisnieski (six tackles) played in six games and Bobby Mylod, a freshman, played in all 10 games and made five tackles.

Ryan wasn’t the only former Hockomock star to have a standout first year in the NE10. Former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year and Canton star Jake Ragusa was a monster on the defensive side of the ball for Merrimack. Ragusa led the Warriors with 70 total tackles, and was tied for the team lead with 4.5 sacks (for a total of 40 yards). He also had two interceptions from his linebacker spot, three quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Lasy year’s girls’ soccer HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Hannah Reiter made an immediate impact for the Quinnipiac team this fall. Reiter was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie team. She earned a spot as the Bobcats’ primary defensive midfielder and racked up four assists in 17 regular season games (11 starts). Reiter increased her minutes played in all six games prior to earning a starting spot she has since not relinquished at Harvard on Sept. 13. Since Reiter joined the starting lineup, Quinnipiac finished the regular season with a mark of 5-3-3 while she played every minute in seven out of the 11 games she started in 2017. In addition, Quinnipiac allowed more than one goal in just three of the 11 regular season games in which Reiter was in the starting lineup.

Joe Wilder, a former Stoughton standout on the gridiron, was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year after a great senior year at Framingham State. Wilder, who was also selected to the MASCAC First Team All Offense, helped lead a Rams offensive line that first in the conference in rushing yards (2,044), rushing yards per game (204.4), rushing touchdowns (22) and rushing first downs (104). Wilder started at tackle for the Rams.

Also at Framingham State, Attleboro’s Tom Burns earned Second Team All Defense honors after another solid campaign with the Rams. Burns, a senior, was third on the team with 54 tackles (most among defensive backs). He also recorded two tackles for loss while coming away with three interceptions (totaling 65 return yards) and three pass breakups. King Philip’s Brian Donahue had 14 tackles, including two for loss, while fellow former Warrior Cory Lombardo had five tackles and an interception.

Taunton’s Trevor Wysong continued to pace Bridgewater State’s men’s cross country team again this season. Now a sophomore, Wysong helped the Bears finish second at the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Cross Country Championships held at Stanley Park in Westfield. Wysong garnered All-MASCAC honors as he placed second overall at the meet, covering the eight-kilometer course in a time of 26:07.60. Taunton’s Dylan Lynch, a freshman, finished 41st overall and Attleboro’s Will McKenzie, a sophomore, was 80th. In the women’s race, Milford’s Jenise Madden, a sophomore for BSU, crossed the finish line fourth overall in a time of 19:39.50, earning All-MASCAC honors. She helped the Bears finish fourth overall.

2016 HockomockSports.com Best XI selection Colby Koch made an immediate impact on the pitch at Becker College. Koch was second on the team with four goals and had a team-high four assists, resulting in 12 points during his rooking campaign. He had a team-high 26 shots on goal, and three of his four goals were game-winners.

At Bridgewater State, former Oliver Ames football star Cam Williamson wrapped up his collegiate career with 34 tackles from his defensive back spot. Williamson, who played in eight of 10 tames, averaged 4.3 tackles and a game, had a fumble recovery in a win over Westfield state, had an interception on the road at Fitchburg State and totaled five pass breakups.

Down at Mass. Maritime, a handful of former Hockomock League standouts are factoring to the Buccaneers’ defensive unit. Mansfield’s Alex Ruddy was second on the team with 47 tackles, including two for a loss. He also came up with one interception, two pass breakups and three passes defended. KP alum Leo Munafo had 22 tackles, an interception, and two pass breakups, Mansfield’s Connor Finerty had nine tackles in six games played, KP grad Chris Winbourne had four tackles, former Sharon standout Peter Banks had three tackles, and James Cooke (an offensive lineman) had one tackle.

Kim McNally had her best offensive season during her senior campaign with the Sacred Heart women’s soccer team. McNally, a defender, was one of just four players on the team to start in all 18 games. And even has a defender, she finished third on the team with three goals scored. The former Canton Bulldog scored on the road at Yale, scored the game-winning goal at home against Mount St. Mary’s and added a third tally on the road at Wagner. She finishes her career with six goals and one assist, playing in all 73 games that happened during her four-year career – starting all but four of them.

Mansfield’s Alyssa Kelly finished second in both assists and digs for the Bridgewater State volleyball team. Kelly had 116 sets, averaging 1.15 assist per set. She added 187 digs (1.85 per set) as well as 27 kills and 24 aces (third on the team). Against Lasell, Kelly had a season-high 15 digs while notching a season-best four aces just a week earlier against Worcester State.

Brandies men’s soccer is in the midst of another successful postseason run, with two former Hock players leading the way. Josh Ocel has a team-high 10 assists along with four goals, leading the Judges with 18 points. Ocel, along with King Philip grad Andrew Allen, are just two of nine players to see action in all 19 games this year. Allen has been a weapon off of the bench, making 12 appearances as a substitute. He’s second on the team with five goals and also had three assists during his junior season.

Attleboro’s Michelle Sheehan set the offense in motion for Mass. Maritime’s volleyball team this fall. Sheehan, a sophomore, posted a team-high 307 assists (3.30 per set) and was also a top defensive option for the Bucs, notching 129 digs. Along with 41 kills, she had 24 aces. She had a season-high 24 assists on the road at Pine Manor and a season-best 12 digs on the road at Fitchburg State.

Former Foxboro Warrior Katie Notarangelo finished her collegiate career with her best offensive season in four years with MIT’s field hockey team. During her senior season, she scored a career-high seven goals along with a career-high five assists for 19 points, which was top five for the Engineers. She finished her career with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points while starting in 66 of the 69 games she appeared in over four years.

Franklin’s Alexis Stowell earned Northeast-10 All-Conference Third Team honors after another successful year with the Assumption women’s soccer team. Stowell helped anchor a defensive line that posted five shutouts on the season, including a huge effort against Saint Rose in the NE10 Quarterfinals. She also recorded three assists playing right back for Assumption, including producing the game-winning assist in the Hounds 2-1 win over Le Moyne on October 11th. Twin sister and former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Victoria Stowell scored once and had two assists with 18 games started for the Greyhounds.

Former King Philip standout Melissa Daigle finished her collegiate career with an even 800 kills for the WPI volleyball team. She had a career-best 266 kills her freshman year, and finished with 167 during her senior campaign. She also had 565 career digs, 48 aces and 79 career blocks.

Two of Bridgewater State’s three field hockey all-conference honorees hailed from the Hockomock League. Mansfield’s Janet Maher was named to the All-Little East Second Team and Foxboro’s Emma Daly, a freshman, earned honorable mention honors. Maher, who hails from Mansfield, Massachusetts, started all 17 games on the Bears’ back line this season. She tallied four goals and one assist for nine points to go along with a defensive save. In 70 games over four seasons with the Bears, Maher recorded six goals and three assists for 15 points in addition to six defensive saves. Daly put together a solid rookie campaign as she notched eight goals and three assists for 19 points.

Another former Hockomock field hockey player that Little East honorable mention honors was Franklin’s Allison Burke. Burke was the stingiest goalkeeper in the conference, sporting an .824 save percentage that slotted her atop all LEC netminders. The junior shattered her previous season-high for saves, stopping 168 shots in 2017, logging four shutouts with a 2.57 goals against average. UMass Dartmouth’s season-opener against MIT on Sept. 2 was a sure preview of Burke’s outstanding season; she set NCAA Division III’s highest single-game save total of the season with 37, holding the Engineers to just four goals and breaking Seana Golden’s previous school-record of 29 saves.

Anthony Barreira worked his way into the starting lineup by the midway point of the season for Bryant University’s men’s soccer team. Barreira started in six straight games, including both of the Bulldogs’ wins this season. He scored his first collegiate goal at home on October 22nd, netting the opening strike in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart.

Brett McEvoy became Nichols all-time leading tackler (385) this season and earned his fourth Commonwealth Coast Conference all-conference nod and second First Team selection. He led the Bison and finished second in the conference in tackles with 115 (41 solo) and recorded 10-or-more tackles in seven contests, including a season-high 15 against Westfield State and Endicott. He also led the CCC in fumble recoveries (four) and collected seven tackles for loss. He also owns several punting records at Nichols, including punts (207) and yards (7,237).

Mansfield’s Kerra Anastasia concluded her four-year career with Fitchburg State field hockey with her highest point total during her senior season. Anastasia scored a pair of goals for the Falcons, scoring her first of the season in a rout on the road at Becker, and netting her second in a comeback win against Southern Maine. She finishes her career with three goals and six assists, for a total of 12 points.

At Regis College, Stoughton’s Ashley Chipman was the leading scorer for the Pride’s field hockey team while Oliver Ames’s Yvonne Abate was in the top five in scoring from her midfield position. Chipman, who played forward, notched a team-high five goals to tie for a team-best 10 points this season. Abate, who started in 14 games this season, scored twice and had two assists to finish with six points.

Former Attleboro Bombardier Owen McKenna handled punting duties for the Norwich University team this season, along with getting reps on the defensive side of the ball. In 10 games played, McKenna booted 60 punts, averaging over 35 yards on each kick with six kicks inside the 20-yard line and only one attempt blocked. On defense, the sophomore had 22 tackles.

At Bard College, Franklin alum Nicole Ellin appeared in all 17 games as a junior, starting 16 of them. She totaled 1,316 minutes played, which was fourth on the team, finished with a shot on goal, and was a rock in the middle of Bard’s defense at center back. Another Franklin grad, Meghan Dieterle, became a mainstay on Saint Michael College’s backline. She started in 16 games, and even scored a pair of goals (including the game-winner on a free kick in overtime against Post).

Sharon’s Tim Peng notched his first collegiate goal during his senior season at Trinity College. Peng, who patrolled the midfield for the Eagles four years ago, concluded his college career with his best season. He appeared in a career-high 14 games, along with seven starts. He scored his first goal – the game-winner – in a 1-0 win on the road at Western Conn. State.

Danny McDermott made the most of his senior year, starting under center for Salve Regina. He finished the season with 1,892 yards, 22 touchdowns through the air and an average of 210.2 passing yards a game. He completed 55.8% of his 258 attempts. Attleboro’s Tyler McGovern, a freshman, was McDermott’s backup and completed two of his four attempts for 32 yards. One of those completions went for former Bombardier teammate Brendan Nunes, who was second on the team with 34 receptions, totaling 432 yards and hauling in seven touchdowns. Nunes also had six kick returns for 142 yards and was third on the team in all-purpose yards. Foxboro grad Ronnie Martin, in his first year with the Seahawks, was third on the team with 96 rushing yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Two former Mansfield Hornets earned All-MASCAC honors after solid seasons with the Bridgewater State women’s soccer team. Molly Sheild was named to the All-MASCAC First Team and Katie Bongarzone earned All-MASCAC Second Team honors. Shield and Bongarzone anchored an outstanding BSU defensive unit which limited opponents to just 6.7 shots on goal per game and helped produce seven shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.98. As a team, the Bears ranked second in the MASCAC in shutouts and third in goals against average. Bongarzone started all 19 games this season and finished with a goal and six assists, while Shields appeared in 17 games with 16 starts and recorded an assist. Taunton’s Alana Vincent finished with four goals and four assists in just eight games played for the Bears.

Merrimack junior Mary McNeil was named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team for another solid season with the Warriors. McNeil, a former Canton standout added to her well-decorated career with another all-league selection. The two-time All-American posted totals of three goals, a team-best 10 assists and 16 points over 18 appearances. She ended the season in a tie for fourth in the conference in helpers, one of six players in the league with double-digit assists. She posted three multi-assist efforts in 2017, and a pair of four-point performances. Also at Merrimack, Canton’s Lindsey Nolte scored five goals and had two assists while Milford’s Jess Palmer scored once. All three started in all 18 games this season.

There was another familiar face on the NE10 All-Conference Second Team, as former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Hannah Friend, who now plays forward for Saint Anselm, was also selected to the team. Friend earned Second Team recognition by leading her team with 21 points of offense (9-3=21) against NE10 foes, scoring nine goals and three assists. Overall on the season, she notched a team-best 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points (12-7=31) and currently ranks 13th nationally in points per game (1.72). Another former OA standout, Kendall Clifford, was named to the NE10 All Rookie team. She led all Saint Anselm freshmen in 2017 by scoring three goals and as many assists for nine points. Making 16 appearances in a reserve role, Clifford has boosted a midfield that has scored more than four goals per game on eight occasions and has blanked its opponents in eight games as well. Franklin’s Maddie Bressler scored five goals and added two assists and Canton’s Mary Nee had three goals and five goals for the Hawks.

Former Stoughton standout Malachi Baugh concluded an injury-riddled career at Stonehill with his best season. After being limited to 27 carries through his first three years, Baugh was second on the Skyhawks with 96 carries this season and totaled 472 yards (52.4 per game and five touchdowns. He scored a touchdown in five of his last six games, helping Stonehill go 4-2 in those contests.

Luke Albertini concluded a four-year career at Central Connecticut State. The former Red Rocketeers started in 56 games over his four years, including 17 in each of the past two seasons. He made 63 appearances in total for the Blue Devils, patrolling the midfield. He scored a pair of goals, one as a freshman, and one as a junior.

Taunton High grad Adam McLaughlin hauled in a pair of touchdowns in his rookie year at UMass Dartmouth, finishing fifth on the team in receptions with 14. He scored his first touchdown of the season in the second game of the year, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown. He had a season-high four catches for 66 yards in a win on the road at Mass. Maritime and then scored his second touchdown of the season in the finale at Fitchburg State, a 29-yard reception in the third quarter. Also at UMass Dartmouth, Attleboro’s Andrew Gingras started all 10 games at left tackle during his freshman season.

Lauren Berman capped a rollercoaster ride of a collegiate career with a great final season with the Boston College women’s soccer team. Berman finished second on the squad in points this season, scoring a team-high seven goals while adding three assists for 17 points. She started in all 20 games this season and was fourth on the team in minutes played. She was named New England Soccer Journal Midfielder of the Year. She finishes her BC career with 14 goals and 15 assists.

Former two-time HocomockSports.com Player of the Year Taylor Cogliano finished the season fourth in scoring for the Merrimack Warriors. Cogliano made 12 starts, and a total of 19 appearances as the Warriors reached the NE10 semifinal game. The former Frankin star scored a pair of goals – one against Molloy and one against Le Moyne – and finished with two assists (against Dominican and Stonehill). Milford’s Nicole Dahlgren made six appearances off the bench for the Warriors this season.

King Philip grad Joe Kellett continues to be a mainstay in the midfield for the talented UMass Lowell men’s soccer program. After starting in all 16 games as a freshman, Kellett was just one of three River Hawks to start in all 18 contests in 2017. He was second on the team in minutes (1,670), and had one assist on the season. He set up a goal in UMass Lowell’s 3-2 win at home over Monmouth.

Elias Camacho, a former Canton gridiron standout, concluded his career at Wesleyan fourth on the team in tackles. He had 26 solo tackles, and 35 total tackles, including two for a loss. He also had an interception in the final game of the season – his third career pick – and had five pass breakups. For his career, Camacho finished with 67 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.

After just one appearance during her freshman campaign, former Franklin standout Dani Lonati lead the Colby women’s soccer team with eight starts in net and nine total appearances. She posted 48 saves with an impressive 1.42 goals against average, earning a shutout win on the road against Thomas. Lonati made a career-high 13 saves in a scoreless tie to open the season against Tufts.

Franklin’s Sammy Rondeau was named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Field Hockey All-Conference Second Team after a strong season with Simmons – her second straight year on the second team. The senior enjoyed the best season of her career, racking up 40 points to rank sixth among GNAC players, while scoring 16 goals to stand fifth and recording eight assists for the fourth-most in the league. The forward’s four game-winners place her fifth among GNAC leaders. The former Panther’s season was one of the best in school history with the fourth-highest point total in school history, the fifth-highest assist count and the sixth-most goals in a season at Simmons. She started all 19 matches for the Sharks and was named the GNAC Player of the Week as well.

Milford’s Eric Nunez had a strong senior season for the Worcester State football team. From his linebacker spot, he finished fifth on the team with 44 tackles and had a team-high four sacks, and six tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble as well. Mansfield grad Aurian Dawkins had 12 tackles during his senior year, as well as a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

Former Red Rocketeer and New England Revolution academy standout Justin Freitas wasted little time making an impact at the University of Vermont. After spending time at Dean College, Freitas scored eight goals and had three assists while starting 13 games for the Catamounts. Freitas had a pair of goals in a 3-1 win at home against UMBC and again notched two goals two games later in a 2-3 setback at home against Northeastern.

For the third time in four years, Franklin graduate Joe Kalil was honored by the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Now anchoring Wentworth’s defense, Kalil was named to the all-conference second team for his strong 2017 campaign. Kalil earned honorable mention during his freshman year, and was named to the first team a year ago. In 2017, Kalil started 20 games and picked up a pair of goals. He finishes inside the top 10 all-time in program history in starts.

The 2016 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars

Below are the official 2016 Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Kelli McCarthy, Foxboro

Hockomock League All Stars

Marissa Dias, Attleboro
Julia Ezepik, Canton
Emily Campbell, Canton
Maggie Malloy, Canton
Lily Daly, Foxboro
Emma Daly, Foxboro
Meredith Cronin, Foxboro
Kelli McCarthy, Foxboro
Annie Walsh, Franklin
Cassi Ronan, Franklin
Kate Morse, Franklin
Kayla Marshall, Franklin
Christina Hathaway, King Philip
Caitlin Donahue, King Philip
Alli Meehan, King Philip
Emily Ierardo, Mansfield
Jen McCabe, Mansfield
Caitlin Whitman, Mansfield
Shannon Cormier, Milford
Liz Morehouse, North Attleboro
Mary Kummer, North Attleboro
Kendall Clifford, Oliver Ames
Dimitra Efremidis, Oliver Ames
Georgia Salvatore, Sharon
Angela Connolly, Stoughton
Kayla Oliveira, Stoughton
Breanne Conlon, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Grace Mayer, Attleboro
Taylor Carrington, Canton
Jackie Brion, Foxboro
Caroline Lonsbury, Franklin
Abby Campbell, King Philip
Maddy Gemme, Mansfield
Kaitlyn DeCapua, Milford
Teresa Bagarella, North Attleboro
Katie Davenport, Oliver Ames
Erica Dougherty, Sharon
Mia Russell, Stoughton
Katie Van Zandt, Taunton

Strong Defense Helps Warriors Win First D2 South Title

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Foxboro seniors Emma Daly and Kelly Fisher hold up the Div. 2 South championship trophy after the Warriors beat Falmouth 2-0. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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TAUNTON, Mass. – Defense has been the strength for Foxboro all season long (with only 11 goals allowed in the first 21 games), helping the Warriors win the Davenport division title and then reach the program’s first sectional final on Saturday afternoon at Taunton’s Tiger Aleixo Stadium.

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In the Div. 2 South final, the defense stood tall again, led by seniors Kelly Fisher and Angela Vandenboom, limiting Falmouth to only one corner and one shot over 60 minutes. Thanks to the defensive effort in front of her, junior goalie Kelli McCarthy was not forced to make a single save, as Foxboro pulled out a 2-0 victory to win the program’s first ever Div. 2 South championship.

“We stepped up defensively big time,” said Foxboro coach Melissa Bordieri. “We made adjustments based on the aerials, but we’ve seen aerials all season. Defense has been our strength and it’s kept us in a lot of games.”

While Falmouth did not get a shot on target, the Clippers did have possession in the attacking zone for stretches of the game. The Warriors stayed compact around the circle and kept everything to the outside. In addition to the defenders, Foxboro midfielders Meghan Curran, Catherine Luciano, Jaclyn Brion, and Allison Curran were always on hand to close down potential scoring chances.

“They had a lot of opportunities,” Bordieri said. “No. 7 [Ericka Meissner] is really fast, so we knew if they were to get inside the 25 they would be dangerous. We knew that to close them down in the middle and keep them to the outside would be huge.”

Foxboro was also dangerous in the attack in the first half, creating a number of chances, including four corners.

The first opportunity came in the sixth minute when Sophia DiCenso had two shots a few yards from goal but the first was cleared by Falmouth goalie Molly Duff-Still and the second bounced off the foot of Lily Daly at the back post. It started from a quick transition, Meredith Cronin hitting Emma Daly with an outlet pass to spring the attack.

A few minutes later, another quick break had Foxboro racing forward with Meghan Curran hitting Daly on the run but her shot was kicked off the line by Duff-Still before it could trickle across.

The opening goal felt imminent and in the 16th minute the Warriors made the breakthrough. Fisher’s shot off a corner was blocked but the ball caromed right back to her stick. She sent in a second shot that was settled by DiCenso right in front of goal. The sophomore turned and slid the ball past the goalie for a 1-0 lead.

Falmouth had yet to give up a goal in the playoffs, so Bordieri knew that the first score on Saturday could be decisive. She said, “We had to put a ball in the net as fast as we could. From everything I heard, they’ve scored in the first five minutes of a lot of their games so we knew that was going to be a huge opportunity for us.”

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Cronin admitted that there were a few nerves for Foxboro players at the start of the game but that the opening goal calmed everyone down. She said, “It was very good. We knew we had to come out fast.”

In the 25th minute, Foxboro had a chance to double the lead. Caroline Wheatley started the break with a pass to Luciano, who fed the ball to Jenna Stamatov and on to Lily Daly one-on-one with the goalie, but Duff-Still came up with her fourth save of the first half.

With just under two minutes left in the half, Foxboro did get a second. Again it came off a corner and a hit by Fisher from the edge of the circle. Wheatley was stationed in front and cleverly lifted the ball up over the pads of the goalie for a 2-0 advantage that felt like game over to many, but not to Bordieri.

“I want to call it an insurance goal but not in the playoffs,” she said. “I know that Falmouth can score and they’ve got fast forward who have good sticks. I wasn’t super comfortable with two goals until maybe five minutes left.”

In the second half, Foxboro went into a defensive shell, keeping Falmouth to the edges of the attacking zone and it led to very few scoring opportunities for either team. The lone clear chance fell to Daly just four minutes after the break when she tipped a Cronin shot at close range but Falmouth’s Chloe Crago was able to get across and clear it off the line.

With five minutes remaining, Falmouth finally got a decent look at goal, but the shot went off the side of the net. The final minutes ticked off the clock and the Warriors stormed onto the field to celebrate their first title.

“Good, really good,” said Cronin about the feeling at the final whistle. When asked if it felt like the culmination of all the work the team has put in this year, she added, “Kind of, but we’re not done yet. We need to keep pushing through.”

Bordieri is in her 15th year in charge of the program and was clearly savoring the moment of winning a trophy.

“Fifteen years…it’s been a long time coming,” she said. “We’ve come close to doing great things for a long time, so to have this is just an amazing feeling.

“It’s such a team thing for us. This whole season has been ‘All In’ and we really mean it. It’s been everybody on the team who’s had a role, played it well and gotten us here.”

Foxboro (19-2-1) will advance to the Div. 2 state semifinal on Tuesday at Reading High and will face undefeated North champion Watertown, which is riding a national record win streak of 182 games over the past eight seasons.

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Foxboro Clips Cohasset in Overtime in D2 South Semis

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Foxboro players celebrate with Lily Daly following her game-winning goal in overtime. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FOXBORO, Mass. – Foxboro hasn’t conceded the opening goal in a game for a long time. In fact, the last time it happened was back in early September in the team’s last loss before it’s 17-game unbeaten streak.

Even though the Warriors allowed Cohasset to open the scoring very early on Tuesday evening, Foxboro was able to stretch it’s streak to 18 games in a row with a 2-1 overtime win over the Skippers.

Foxboro sophomore Lily Daly scored just under five minutes into the first 7-on-7 overtime to send the Warriors to their first every D2 South Sectional Final. The second-seeded Warriors will take on #13 Falmouth on Saturday at Taunton High School. The time is yet to be announced.

“I can’t even describe [the feeling],” said longtime Warrior head coach Melissa Bordieri. “I knew this would be a battle of a game. I knew they were a tough team and I knew [Cohasset] was fast but wow…they were actually faster than I thought they’d be. I think in the beginning it was kind of hard to adjust to that.”

Cohasset had a burst early in overtime, using its speed on a counter attack but Foxboro goalie Kelli McCarthy stepped up to make a big kick clearance. Down the other end in a three on three chance, sophomore Sophia DiCenso dropped a pass behind the Skippers’ defense, where Daly had slipped in behind.

Daly put the ball on the back of her stick and used a backhand shot to rip the ball into the back of the net for the winner.

“We had a feeling the goalie might go down, we had seen that on film some,” Bordieri said. “It couldn’t have worked out better for us. Sophia got the ball on the right at the top of the circle and sent it in. Lily’s forte is a reverse hit, like a lift. I was watching it and when I saw [the goalie] went down and saw Lily reverse, I just held my breath because I was waiting for that bang [of the ball against the net]. I couldn’t believe it.”

The Skippers came out flying to start the game, using their speed to dictate the pace of the game and put the pressure on the hosts. It took less than four minutes for Cohasset to find the back of the net. With the Warriors down a player due to a restart infringement, Katie Talacci tossed a shot into traffic in front and Olivia Coveney was in the right spot to tap in the opening goal.

“For the first time in two months we were scored on first. In the back of my mind I was thinking it could be a blessing in disguise. We just needed to settle down. Thankfully, they scored so early, there was so much hockey left to play that it kind leveled us a bit.”

From that goal on, the Warriors seemed much more comfortable. Neither side had a penalty corner for the entire fire half but Foxboro’s continued pressure played off in the 24th minute. Ally Curran whipped in a cross from the right side, finding Cat Luciano. Luciano unleashed a shot that was deflected. Emma Daly was in the perfect spot, finding the ball on the goal line and buried it to level the game 1-1.

It took until halfway through the second half for either side to earn a penalty corner but Foxboro finally got one in the 44th minute. Kelly Fisher ended up registering a shot on net but had her bid turned aside. Luciano had a chance five minutes later but the ball just skipped wide.

“They had breakaways but I felt like we had controlled the majority of the game play and definitely between the 25 yard lines,” Bordieri said. “They had some opportunities but they didn’t have a single corner. [Their only shot] was early in the game when we were a little jittery and nervous. I was really proud they didn’t hang their heads or get into a slump [after the Cohasset goal]. They came right back and we made some adjustments at halftime. I knew they could do it, I just kept saying play our game, stop being so reactive and just play our game.”

Foxboro had a man-up opportunity for the final 7:35 of regulation and continued to put pressure on the Skippers. With 6:30 to go, Meredith Cronin had her bid from straight away saved. Three minutes later, Cohasset broke out on a counter attack but Angela VandenBoom put an end to the break with strong stick work.

With just over 90 seconds to play, Emma Daly made a diving attempt to get a shot on goal that resulted in a penalty corner. After a clearance, the Warriors got the ball back into the attacking zone and Jackie Brion launched a ball through the area but no one on Foxboro could get a stick on it.

McCarthy’s kick clearance in overtime came just 30 seconds in, setting the tone for the Warriors. Foxboro had back to back penalty corners with the second eventually leading to the offensive possession that resulted in the game winning goal.

“We’ve practiced seven aside, we’ve practiced strokes in case we go to a stroke off, and we’ve practiced defensive corners too because you’re only allowed three back defensively on a corner,” Bordieri said. “There’s a lot of space in overtime. Lily’s job was to really get to that post and pepper the goalie. Whether she screened her or got a tip in. If Sophia had the shot, she could take it. Our goal was to take shots, we didn’t want to dribble in. Lily snuck in there perfectly and was able to reverse it in.”

Foxboro will take on Falmouth, who upset #4 Bishop Stang in the first round and then knocked out #16 Medway in the semifinals. The time of the game will likely be announced on Wednesday following the results from the D1 semis.

Luciano Goal Sends Foxboro to the D2 South Semis

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Catherine Luciano (17) celebrates after scoring the eventual game-winner in the 11th minute against Holliston in the Div. 2 South quarterfinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FOXBORO, Mass. – Almost every second of the opening eight minutes of Sunday afternoon’s game was spent with Holliston in the attack. The Panthers pushed down the right side and spent the beginning of the game parked right in front of the Foxboro bench, but the Warriors did not break under the pressure and got through that spell without allowing a shot.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

On Foxboro’s first sustained attack of the game in the 11th minute, the Warriors took the lead. Junior Catherine Luciano corralled a loose ball in the middle of the attacking zone and fired a shot on goal that took a deflection before settling into the bottom corner.

That goal would turn out to be the game-winner, as the Foxboro defense allowed only one shot on goal over 60 minutes and the Warriors pulled out a 1-0 win at Sam Berns Community Field. The victory propels second seeded Foxboro into the Div. 2 South semifinals for the first time “in a long time,” according to head coach Melissa Bordieri.

“I’ve always had a lot of belief in this team,” Bordieri said, “and I’ve always known their potential. Half the battle was them realizing they have potential and I think it’s there now that they realize they’re one of the best teams in the state and that they should be where they are.”

The goal came against the run of play, but set the tone for the match, as the Warriors would absorb pressure for long periods of the game but without ever having Holliston truly threaten. When Foxboro broke, it created good scoring opportunities.

Bordieri was happy to see Luciano step up and get the important first goal. She explained, “I wasn’t sure who had scored it but when I saw her pick up the ball I was so psyched because she’s had so many ‘almost goals’. For Catherine to do it was awesome.”

Eight minutes after scoring the opener, Foxboro nearly doubled its advantage but sophomores Lily Daly and Sophia Dicenso both saw their shots kicked aside by the Holliston goalie. Dicenso had a second chance on the rebound but that shot skimmed the post and stayed out.

Daly would have another chance in the 23rd minute but her off-hand effort went just wide of the near post. Dicenso had one last chance in the final minute off a feed from senior Meredith Cronin but again it went wide.

The Warriors cleared off three corners in the opening half and did not allow the Panthers to get a shot on target. In fact, Foxboro goalie Kelli McCarthy was not forced into a save until the final 11 minutes.

“We’ve been working on [defense] all week,” said Bordieri. “I knew it was going to be a big defensive game because they’re a really good offensive team and if we allowed them to generate any offense they could put us on the ropes.”

The strength of the Warriors throughout was in the midfield with the combination of Luciano, Jackie Brion, and Allison Curran forming a wall across the field that kept the Panthers pinned in their defensive zone for the majority of the second half. Emma Daly and Meghan Curran helped by pressing high up the field and if Holliston did manage a break then Kelly Fisher was there to clean up.

“They did fantastic today,” said Bordieri. “They did a really good job of backing each other up and making sure that when we did push up that we had support behind. Sometimes we get excited and move up field but they remained poised.”

Foxboro went looking for a second goal that could have put the game away and had several good chances in the game’s closing moments. Dicenso had the best look but her shot in the 54th minute was kicked aside. Fisher had a shot off a corner that was blocked into the path of Luciano but again the shot was saved.

According to Bordieri, physical games that come down to the wire are nothing new to the Warriors thanks in large part to the difficult league schedule that the Davenport division champions play.

“Our league is so awesome at preparing us for the tournament because we see incredibly good teams,” she said. Being from the Hockomock League is gigantic, I can’t explain how much it helps us. It really prepares us.”

The Warriors (17-2-1) will now face Cohasset in the next round of the tournament with a possible final to follow. Bordieri is confident her team will not be looking ahead to far and is focused on the task at hand.

She said, “They’ve done a good job of taking it day by day and keeping their eyes on the prize.”

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Field Hockey
Milford, 0 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final

Foxboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final Foxboro’s Emma Daly scored the lone goal of the game, netting the game-winner in the second half for the Warriors.

North Attleboro @ Mansfield, 3:30

Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 10 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalKayla Marshall scored 10 minutes into first half on a pass from Annie Walsh and Brayden Downing with 10 minutes left in first half on another pass from Walsh to make it 2-0 at the break. Freshman Maeve Ledwith got her first career goal with 12 minutes left in the game on a pass from Erin Walsh. Christina Lucini and Sam Hertzberg combined for the shutout each making one save.

Golf
Sharon, 168 @ North Attleboro, 155 – FinalRobbie Congdon led the Rocketeers, who clinched at least a share of the Davenport division title with the win, with a low round of 34. Dylan Kane shot a 39, David Colasanti shot a 40 and Jillian Barend carded a round of 42 for Big Red. Sharon’s Max Avratin shot a 38.

Attleboro, 159 @ Oliver Ames, 143 – FinalBrady Allbritton and Ryan McGarry shared match medalist honors, both carding a low-round of 35. Mark Bissonette shot a 36 and OA and Nick Lombardi shot a 37. Attleboro had one of its best performances in recent seasons with Kyle DelSignore shooting a 38, Corey McKenna carding a round of 39, Ethan Johnson shooting a 40 and Brian Houle carding a round of 42.

King Philip, 179 @ Taunton, 189 – Final Jack Citarell led King Philip, carding a team-low round of 42 while Sebastian Ladoulis added a 44. Mike Volkmann shot a 42 to lead the Tigers.

Stoughton, 4 @ Hopedale, 5 – Final

Milford, 171 vs. Nipmuc, 172 – FinalMilford’s Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, shooting a 38 to help the Scarlet Hawks edge Nipmuc.

Cross Country
Boys
Attleboro @ Franklin, 3:45

King Philip, 43 @ Mansfield, 18 – FinalNick Rispoli (17:18), Kalin Petrov (17:18) and Patrick Heavey (17:22) finished 1-2-3 for the Hornets to help earn the win. Collin Rice finished in 17:52 to grab fifth overall for Mansfield. King Philip’s Mike Griffin was fourth overall in 17:22 and Jack Angelo came across sixth in 17:53.

North Attleboro, 28 @ Milford, 27 – Final

Taunton, 39 @ Oliver Ames, 20 – Final – Taunton’s Dylan Lynch won the race but Oliver Ames had the next five finishes in Brent Schwartz, Zane Reservitz, Colin Herschlag, Jake Romaine and Alex Foote to win the race.

Stoughton, 37 @ Sharon, 22 – Final

Girls
Attleboro, 48 @ Franklin, 15 – Final Franklin had the top five finishes in the race, led by junior Nicole Clermont. Clermont won the race in 21:41 while classmates Kate Hartnett and Ella Gutkowski came in second and third in 21:42. Sophomore Katrina Walbert was fourth in 21:55 and junior Brianna Cummings crossed the finish line in 21:57 for fifth overall.

King Philip, 22 @ Mansfield, 33 – FinalKing Philip’s Erin Quinn won her third straight dual meet, coming across the finish line at 20:57. Erica Layne, Lucy Hamilton, Leia Quinn and Bri Aubin finished third, fourth, sixth and eighth overall respectively. Mansfield’s Lauren Duggan was second overall while Margaret Riley was fifth and Sarah Doyle finished seventh overall.

North Attleboro @ Milford, 3:45

Taunton, 43 @ Oliver Ames, 19 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Liz Peckham won the race while Taunton’s Amanda Baptiste finished second. OA followed up with Caroline McCarthy (3rd), Jordan Rainville (4th), Anna Loewald (5th) and Kaleigh Walsh (6th) to get the win.

Stoughton, 50 @ Sharon, 15 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/21/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Stoughton, 4 @ Norwood, 3 – FinalFor 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.

Girls Soccer
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.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalThe 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 – FinalClick 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.

Field Hockey
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 – FinalJulia Ezepik registered a hat trick to pace Canton’s offense in the win.

Foxboro, 5 @ Milford, 0 – FinalLily 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 – FinalClick here for a recap.

Golf
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)

Field Hockey: 2016 Hockomock League Preview

Stoughton's Angela Connolly, the reigning Hockomock MVP, will be a key piece for Stoughton in a competitive Davenport division. (Photo: Jeffrey Pickette/SMAC)
Stoughton’s Angela Connolly, the reigning Hockomock MVP, will be a key piece for Stoughton in a competitive Davenport division. (Photo: Jeffrey Pickette/SMAC)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016 Hockomock Field Hockey Preview

Attleboro

2015 Record: 10-8-2
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Lindsay Antunes

After a year off from the postseason, Attleboro made its way back to the postseason in 2015 and is looking to continue that trend in 2015. The Bombardiers are returning a handful of playoff experienced players and also have spots open for players to step into and make a name for themselves. Some of the experienced players will also shift positions to help voids left. Marissa Dias is back to anchor the defense again this year while three year varsity player Grace Mayer’s versatility has shined as she’s played all over the field. Sophomore Alexis Compton will get minutes at forward and could be a breakout player for the Bombardiers this year.

“I have returners who have filled deficits on the field by transitioning into new roles,” Attleboro head coach Lindsay Antunes said. “The players who are sliding into new positions are facing these challenges with eagerness. Their willingness and immense capability are a large part of the reason behind the changes being made. I have a great deal of confidence in this newly built team, and are certain that they are going to work hard to compete with the high level of competitiveness within this league.”

Canton

2015 Record: 10-8-3
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Chrissy O’Connor

With a good amount of returning varsity players, Canton is hoping it can return to the top of the Hockomock League. It also helps that coach Chrissy O’Connor – who won a D2 State Championship with Canton in 2004 – is back at the helm. O’Connor coached for over a decade, capping her final year with an undefeated season. Senior Julia Ezepik is back to anchor the defense while Taylor Carrington returns in the cage with starting varsity experience. Juniors Maggie Wade and Andrea McNeil are also back and will be key pieces in Canton’s midfield this season. Senior Caroline Hagan will be an important piece of the attack as well.

“With a new coaching staff this season Canton is looking to continue its tradition of being a competitive force in the Hockomock League,” O’Connor said.

Foxboro

2015 Record: 10-6-3
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Melissa Bordieri

Expectations are high once again in Foxboro this season. The Warriors have made the postseason for 14 straight years and are looking to extend it to 15 straight seasons this year. Foxboro has a large amount of returning starters and players that had varsity experience, which bodes well for another playoff berth. Things start with Foxboro’s offense as they bring back three forwards that can all score consistently. Sophomore Lily Daly, the team’s leading scorer and MVP last year, is back alongside seniors Meredith Cronin and Emma Daly. Foxboro’s midfield will also have some familiar faces, including Ally Curran and Caroline Wheatley. The Warriors will have a new goalie between the pipes this year as Kelly McCarthy takes over for Jill Delaney. After two years as the understudy, head coach Melissa Bordieri is confident in McCarthy to take over.

“I’m confident we can achieve a lot of things,” Bordieri said. “We’ve set our sights on winning the division. We always want to get back to the tournament. This is one of those years I strongly feel a lot of girls can contribute because of our depth.”

Franklin

2015 Record: 16-3-2
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Semifinal
Coach: Lisa Cropper

Franklin has six returning starters back and a total of 10 seniors, setting the Panthers up for another successful season. It’s a mix of all grades for the Panthers, with seniors and captains Caroline Lounsbury, Dana Lewandowski and Kayla Marshall leading the way. Lounsbury and Lewandowski will patrol the midfield along with sophomore Cassie Ronan. Marshall will be a key piece in the defense along with junior Kate Morse. Sophomore Annie Walsh, the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year, will lead a potent attack along with freshmen Maeve Ledwith and Erin Walsh.

“We have a solid group of field players with some young scoring talent and some depth on the bench,” head coach Lisa Cropper said. “Losing two-time Hock All-Star Samantha Jones to graduation leaves a hole in goal to fill, but if our defense plays strong while our inexperienced goalies develop, we should be able to contend for the league title.”

King Philip

2015 Record: 10-8-2
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Liz Hathaway

King Philip has a bounce back year in 2015 and is hoping to continue that success this season. The Warriors are returning key players all over the field while new players are likely to help fill some voids. Senior captain Caitlin Donahue will be one of the main pieces of the attack while senior captain and junior captain Monica Harvey and Christina Hathaway will anchor the defense. Hathaway will also see time in the midfield while Abby Campbell returns to the cage after a standout sophomore year. Sophomore Alli Meehan is back in the attack after a breakout rookie campaign in 2015.

“We are a young team with some good athletes to build around,” head coach Liz Hathaway said. “Key players have really put in a lot of work in the offseason and summer and are looking fundamentally sound, fast and strong.”

Mansfield

2015 Record: 20-2-0 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Final
Coach: Theresa Nyhan

Mansfield took one of the most storied programs to the limit a year ago, forcing double overtime against Walpole in the D1 South Final. The Hornets are looking to continue that success in 2016. Mansfield will need to replace some key pieces if they hope to compete at the same level this year. Julia Todesco Caroline Maher graduated but the Hornets do have league all-stars Amalia Todesco and Caitlin Whitman are back this season. Todesco and fellow senior captain Jen McCabe will be key pieces of Mansfield’s defensive unit while Todesco will also see time in the midfield. Whitman will be a key cog in the Hornets’ midfield as well. Junior Emily Ierardo and senior Olivia Horn are two returners that should help bolster Manfield’s attack this year.

Milford

2015 Record: 3-11-3
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Kim Danish

The Scarlet Hawks are hoping senior leadership will help right the ship after just three wins a year ago. Milford has 13 seniors on the team, including some key experienced players in different parts of the field. Senior Emily Smith returns as the starting goalie again this year, which is already a good start for Milford. Senior captain Kaitlyn DeCapua will anchor the defense with her versatility, senior captain Tina Capone will bring speed to the midfield and senior captain Ali Atherton will relied upon to pace Milford’s offense. Shannon Cormier will also be a player to watch for the Scarlet Hawks this season.

“The 2016 Milford Hawks are persistent, determined, and resilient,” head coach Kim Danish said. “We have quickly come together as a team, and we are looking to battle through our Hock schedule.”

North Attleboro

2015 Record: 5-10-3
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Karen Folan

After missing out on the postseason a year ago, North Attleboro is looking to find its way back in 2016 and will try to do so by working from the back up. Senior captains Mary Kummer and Teresa Bagarella, who both have a lot of varsity experience, will anchor the back line. Senior Liz Morehouse takes over the starting job in the cage for North this season. Their defense will be the catalyst for the Rocketeers’ offense this season. seniors Kaleigh Cole and Jamie Cromidas, along with juniors Olivia Gedgaudas, Kaley Gorman, Emilie Pothier and Olivia Horricks will look to link up as the Rocketeers transition from defense to offense and go on the attack.

“We are a team that will get better with each game,” head coach Karen Folan said.

Oliver Ames

2015 Record: 13-5-1 (Davenport Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Abby Tepper

Oliver Ames has experienced a lot of success in recent seasons and the goal remains the same this year, despite a coaching change. Former Foxboro and Salve Regina standout Abby Tepper has taken over at the helm and Oliver Ames is now competing in the Kelley-Rex division. Senior captains Kendall Clifford and Katie Davenport will be the leaders for the Tigers this season. Clifford will anchor the midfield unit while Davenport will continue as a top defensive player in the Hockomock. Dimitra Efremidis will be a key part of Oliver Ames’ offense this season, with the ability to set up teammates and find the back of the net herself.

“I am very proud of the girls so far during preseason putting in extra work even outside of practice times,” Tepper said.

Sharon

2015 Record: 0-16-0
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Andrea Vandette

The Eagles are hoping some added depth will lead to a turnaround season and a step in the right direction for the future. Sharon has three senior captains, Georgia Salvatore, Shafali Reddy and Michelle Lu, all of which are returning varsity players with experience. All three are defenders so Sharon is relying on a solid defensive foundation to lead the way in 2016. Lindsey Moses will be the starting goalie this season after seeing some minutes a year ago. Erica Dougherty and Stephanie Wasserman will be new options at forward this season alongside returning varsity player, Emily Locke.

“We made a lot of progress last year and I feel like we are picking up right where we left off,” head coach Andrea Vandette said. “This years squad is a lot bigger than last year and that depth on the bench is much appreciated.”

Stoughton

2015 Record: 10-8-3
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Dan Mark

Stoughton has been on the rise over the last three seasons and after an appearance in the D1 South tournament, the Black Knights will look to continue the upward trajectory in 2016. Reigning Hockomock League MVP and Northeastern-commit Angela Connelly is back to control the midfield for the Black Knights. Olivia Schlehuber and Mia Russell are both returning starters at the forward position, which bodes well for Stoughton’s attack. Kayla Oliviera, Kelly Corrigan and Kelly Joyce all saw plenty of playing time last season and will be important pieces in the midfield this season. Senior Meghan McSweeney and sophomore Gianna Barbosa will battle for the starting job in the cage.

“We are looking forward to a good season with a mix of veteran and new players,” head coach Dan Mark said.

Taunton

2015 Record: 1-15-2
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Elizabeth Hathaway

After finding the win column just one year ago, Taunton is looking to make a big step forward in 2016. The Tigers, playing in the incredibly competitive Kelley-Rex division, will have some experience to rely on in some parts of the field but will be looking to youth in others. Senior’s Katie Van Zandt and Bre Conlon will be key pieces on defense for the Tigers this season. Junior’s Kya Enos and Liana Duarte are returners that will pace Taunton’s offense this season. Both proved to be key pieces of the attack a season ago. Taunton will rely on youth in the middle of the field as sophomores Jillian Pagliuca and Lauren Torres will both play important roles at midfield.

“We are a young team, hoping to use speed and space to our advantage in offensive play,” head coach Liz Hathaway said.

Players to Watch

Players are listed alphabetically

Abby Campbell, King Philip – The class of 2016 included a lot of the top goalies in the league. However, Campbell emerged as one of the top netminders during her sophomore year and could be the top goalie in league in 2016.

Kendall Clifford, Oliver Ames – The Tigers have had a strong run as of late and will need another strong season to compete in the Kelley-Rex. Clifford’s presence in the midfield will be key for the Tigers as she helps the team transition from defense to offense.

Angela Connolly, Stoughton – The reigning Hockomock League MVP is back after helping Stoughton to the playoffs last year. She scored 11 goals and added 15 assists and will be a true double threat for the Black Knights this year.

Lily Daly, Foxboro – It’s rare that a freshman leads a team and scoring but that’s exactly what Daly did a year ago, being named team MVP. With forwards Meredith Cronin and Emma Daly back as well, Foxboro should have a potent attack.

Mary Kummer/Teresa Bagarella, North Attleboro – The Rocketeers should have a strong defense this season with senior captains Mary Kummer and Teresa Bagarella. The duo has a lot of experience and that bodes well for North Attleboro this season.

Dana Lewandowski, Franklin – The senior captain midfielder has a large presence on the field for the Panthers. Lewandowski controls the midfield, has the ability to get forward and score and can set up teammates at the same time.

Grace Mayer, Attleboro – Attleboro made a trip to the postseason in 2015 and Mayer’s 11 goals and three assists were a big reason. The Bombardiers will have a lot of competition in the Kelley-Rex but Mayer will be a top offensive producer again this year.

Jen McCabe, Mansfield – The Hornets had a historic run to the sectional final and the offense got a lot of attention but the back line was rock solid throughout the year. McCabe was one of the center pieces to that defense and is back as a senior captain this year.

Annie Walsh, Franklin – The defending HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year is back after a breakout rookie season. Walsh will be looking to produce numbers (nine goals and seven assists) like she did a season ago.

The 2015 Hockomock Field Hockey All Stars & HMs

(Photo: Jeffrey Pickette/SMAC)
(Photo: Jeffrey Pickette/SMAC)

Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Angela Connolly, Stoughton

Hockomock League All Stars

Quincy Harding, Attleboro
Grace Mayer, Attleboro
Lindsey Nolte, Canton
Mary Nee, Canton
Lily Daly, Foxboro
Meredith Cronin, Foxboro
Sydney Garrabrant, Foxboro
Samantha Jones, Franklin
Taylor Reutlinger, Franklin
Kenzie Pleshaw, Franklin
Annie Walsh, Franklin
Casie Curtin, King Philip
Courtney Foley, King Philip
Mary O’Connor, King Philip
Julia Todesco, Mansfield
Caroline Maher, Mansfield
Amalia Todesco, Mansfield
Caitlin Whitman, Mansfield
Jessica Palmer, Milford
Mycala Moody, North Attleboro
Hannah Friend, Oliver Ames
Cassie Gavin, Oliver Ames
Brigid Loftus, Sharon
Angela Connolly, Stoughton
Jessica Greer, Stoughton
Jordan Wade, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Emily Houle, Attleboro
Abby Powers, Canton
Emma Daly, Foxboro
Abby Egan, Franklin
Christina Hathaway, King Philip
Jenn McCabe, Mansfield
Shannon Cormier, Milford
Amanda D’Amico, North Attleboro
Missy Krim, Oliver Ames
Morgan Usen, Sharon
Kara Ploss, Stoughton
Alexis Bissonnette, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Field Hockey All Stars & HMs

(Photo: Jeffrey Pickette/SMAC)
(Photo: Jeffrey Pickette/SMAC)

Below are the official Hockomock League Field Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Angela Connolly, Stoughton

Hockomock League All Stars

Quincy Harding, Attleboro
Grace Mayer, Attleboro
Lindsey Nolte, Canton
Mary Nee, Canton
Lily Daly, Foxboro
Meredith Cronin, Foxboro
Sydney Garrabrant, Foxboro
Samantha Jones, Franklin
Taylor Reutlinger, Franklin
Kenzie Pleshaw, Franklin
Annie Walsh, Franklin
Casie Curtin, King Philip
Courtney Foley, King Philip
Mary O’Connor, King Philip
Julia Todesco, Mansfield
Caroline Maher, Mansfield
Amalia Todesco, Mansfield
Caitlin Whitman, Mansfield
Jessica Palmer, Milford
Mycala Moody, North Attleboro
Hannah Friend, Oliver Ames
Cassie Gavin, Oliver Ames
Brigid Loftus, Sharon
Angela Connolly, Stoughton
Jessica Greer, Stoughton
Jordan Wade, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Emily Houle, Attleboro
Abby Powers, Canton
Emma Daly, Foxboro
Abby Egan, Franklin
Christina Hathaway, King Philip
Jenn McCabe, Mansfield
Shannon Cormier, Milford
Amanda D’Amico, North Attleboro
Missy Krim, Oliver Ames
Morgan Usen, Sharon
Kara Ploss, Stoughton
Alexis Bissonnette, Taunton