LOWELL, Mass. — Foxboro’s memorable postseason run came to an end in the Division 3 state semifinals, but not before putting a scare into top-seeded and undefeated Austin Prep.
After winning its first two playoff games in dramatic fashion on walk-off home runs, and belting out six triples in a 14-run explosion to upset Bishop Stang, the Warriors still had a little magic left in an upset bid against the Cougars.
After being no-hit for the first five innings by University of Virginia commit Evan Blanco, Foxboro feasted against Austin Prep’s bullpen. Trailing 6-0, freshman Mike Marcucella ignited the offense with a leadoff single through the right side. Senior Jack Watts followed with a double and junior Ryan LeClair earned a walk to load the bases with no outs.
Junior Sean O’Leary ripped a single to right to bring two runs in and that was enough for Austin Prep to put Blanco back on the mound. Since Blanco moved to left and stayed in the lineup, he was able to take the mound again.
After Blanco got one of his 13 strikeouts for the game, sophomore Tyler Prescott got Foxboro’s first hit off of Blanco with a single to center to score LeClair, and both O’Leary and Prescott moved up after the ball eluded the center fielder. A ground out from Liam Mulkern brought in another run to cut the deficit to 6-4, and just like that, Foxboro had the tying run at the plate.
Blanco induced a grounder for the final out of the sixth though, and then came back to strike out the side in the seventh to secure a spot in the D3 Final with a 6-4 win, ending Foxboro’s season at 16-8.
“You can never count our guys out,” said Foxboro head coach Derek Suess. “We got a few things going, Mikey Marcucella gets us going with a base hit after we were no-hit up to that point. All I could ask for is for them to battle each pitch, and for every opportunity we get and see what happens. They lit a little bit of a fire, had a little magic there…in the end, the better team won but I’ll take my guys any day of the week because they just fight their ass off, all seven innings for 21 outs, and you really can’t ask for more.”
Even with Blanco on the mound, the Warriors facing a two-run deficit, and just three outs left, Foxboro was full of optimism. The Warriors used back-to-back home runs from LeClair and O’Leary to stun Saugus in the opening round, and then Mulkern erased a one-run deficit in the second round with a walk-off two-run home run.
And to add to the momentum, O’Leary had just worked around a one-out single, and two base runners after an interference call, ending the inning with a terrific defensive play off the mound for the third out.
But there’s a reason the Cougars haven’t lost a game all year, and Blanc slammed the door shut to deny Foxboro another magical moment.
“I don’t think anyone thought this was going to happen this year,” Suess said. “In years past, we haven’t been a really strong team. These seniors, we have five of them [Kyle Smith, Jack Watts, Tom Marcucella, Drew Peterson, Liam Mulkern], they were our leaders and came through in the clutch when we needed them to and they set the tone for the rest of the team. For us to make a run, I’m so happy for those guys to be able to experience this because it doesn’t happen very often. I told them to soak in the whole experience while we’re here, win or lose, this is a great opportunity for our program. And these guys made a lot of people proud in the stands, at home, and in the community.
“I think they’ve proved it that we don’t just rely on one or two guys. It’s about one through nine, everyone in the lineup. When you get your opportunity, make the most of it. Everyone contributed this year and helped us win 16 games, I mean that’s quite impressive. It’s all the hard work they’ve put in, the camaraderie, and they’ve all bought in today and I couldn’t ask for more, I’m just so proud of them.”
O’Leary battled from the start and didn’t stop, tossing all six innings. He allowed six hits — only three in the final five innings — and walked four with six strikeouts.
Prep took the lead in the first, a one-out single from Zawatsky was followed by an RBI base hit from Will Burns and the Cougars had a quick 1-0 lead. AP had a two-out single too but O’Leary got a big strikeout to end the first.
The Cougars doubled their lead in the third without getting a hit. An infield error allowed a runner to reach and then he went to third after a throwing error on a stolen base. A ground out brought the run home to make it 2-0 after three innings.
Austin Prep created separation with four runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and a triple from Brendan Walsh early for a 3-0 lead. After a strikeout for the second out, AP drew another walk and a wild pitch brought a run home. A two-out single from Zawatsky extended the lead to 6-0. O’Leary caught his second runner on the base paths for the third out.
“He didn’t want to [come out], he’s an absolute animal,” Suess said of O’Leary. “He wants the baseball, any opportunity there is. He wants to be up at the plate at the toughest times. I can’t ask for a better leader and for him to only be a junior and to be back next year is comforting. We could have taken him out and gone with someone else but he’s our best guy. They have an all-around good offense and he really pitched his ass off.”
FOXBORO, Mass. – Just 30 seconds into the third quarter of Friday afternoon’s Div. 3 Round of 16 game at Sam Berns Community Field, Falmouth junior Rafe Grant managed to escape a triple team, drove across the center of the Foxboro defense, and managed to squeeze a shot past goalie Adam Addeche.
The goal extended the Clippers’ run to four straight and cut the Foxboro lead down to just one. Momentum seemed to be with the visitors, but before the face-off the officials conducted a stick check, ruled that Grant’s stick was illegal, and not only took the goal off the board but also gave Foxboro a two-minute, man-up opportunity.
Connor Noone took advantage of the extra space to score his second goal of the day. Instead of a one-goal game, Foxboro led by three and took back control. The Warriors would tack on three more in the quarter to push the lead to as many as six and held on in the fourth to secure an 11-7 win and a spot in the last eight.
“I’m proud of the boys, great win for us today,” said Foxboro coach Matt Noone, who also welcomed the Warriors playing in Div. 3 for the first time this spring. “It’s nice to go on a little run.”
Foxboro got off to a perfect start, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead. Noone got things started after a couple of minutes, able to get his hands free for a lefty rip. Three minutes later, Tommy Sharkey broke free and found the bottom corner from distance to double the lead. On a man-up, Sharkey went across the crease with a pass to Jack Avery at the back post to make it 3-0.
Less than a minute later, Foxboro added its fourth with a quick transition that started with a perfect Addeche outlet pass to pole Dylan Kerrigan, who raced down the sideline before picking out freshman Jon Sacchetti for a close-range finish.
The lead could’ve been more but Falmouth goalie Chris Ledwick (19 saves) came up with huge stops to deny Sacchetti and Lincoln Moore. The Clippers made the stops count by getting on the board when Matt Shea found the back of the net with a minute to go in the first.
Foxboro responded early in the second. Sacchetti was able to cut through the Falmouth defense and despite taking a hit was able to bury the shot. Another two-man advantage turned into a five-goal lead for the Warriors, as Sharkey had plenty of time to line up a sidearm shot for his second.
Although the hosts seemed to have the game in hand, mistakes and penalties allowed the Clippers to creep back into the game.
“Offensively, I thought we pressed,” Noone explained. “We weren’t valuing possession of the ball and so I asked the kids, can we get a long possession? The way you’re going to beat teams that you shouldn’t beat is to possess the ball longer, so we’ve been trying to work on that.”
A bad pass in transition gifted Oliver Partridge a free run at Addeche and he made no mistake to cut the lead to 6-2. Shea was able to turn the corner and and went high past the stick of Addeche to make it a three-goal game. Jackson Falcone nearly made a two-man advantage count only to have Addeche come up with a huge stop with his mask.
With 2:16 left in the half, Falmouth got back within two. After a turnover Cooper Young fired a pass across the middle. Addeche gambled for the steal, but the ball made it through to Kevin Coyne for a finish into the open goal.
“Penalties killed us, we let them get back in it,” Noone said. “Being in the penalty box…now we’re in the playoffs man, sometimes during the season you can get away with that but the deeper you go in the playoffs, if you’re a man down most teams are going to be able to score.”
It looked like things had gone from bad to worse for the Warriors after Falmouth won the opening draw of the second half, but the goal was wiped away and Noone restored a three-goal cushion.
Foxboro then got back to what had worked so well in the first quarter. Sharkey was denied by Ledwick while taking a big hit, but Foxboro retained possession and Moore went right back to Sharkey for his hat trick goal.
Three minutes later, Addeche had another long outlet to Kerrigan, who pulled in the pass with a nifty over-the-shoulder catch, and it was finished by Noone in the middle. Sharkey would add his fourth of the day with a man-up goal and the Warriors went into the fourth leading 10-4.
“Tommy was great,” Noone said. “Sacchetti, our freshman, played great. What’s great about the attack is that if someone has an off day then someone will pick them up. So, when they shut off Connor, then Linc picks it up and, if Lincoln is having an off day, then Sacchetti is there.”
Falmouth kept battling back. Max April went top shelf on the run just 30 seconds into the quarter and the Clippers forced a turnover on the ride to give Grant a wide open chance and cut the lead to four.
Noone proved to be the run stopper. The Merrimack College-commit had his first chance saved but he recovered the loose ball at the ‘X’ and got to his left hand before firing a shot inside the far post. Partridge would get one back with 2:48 left, but the Warriors earned their second four-goal win against the Clippers this season.
The Warriors held onto the lead thanks to the play of Addeche, who made half of his 12 saves in the fourth, and the aggressive marking of Kerrigan, Ben Ricketts, Matt Grace, and the rest of the defensive unit.
“My defense was awesome today,” Noone raved. “To be man-down so much and hold them to seven goals, they’re a good team.”
He added, “Adam played probably his best game today. He was involved in the defense, you could hear him talking, he made some great saves, his outlet passes were on today. I need him to do that more and more.”
Foxboro (14-6) advances to face the winner of No. 4 Dracut and No. 13 Shawsheen Valley Tech at a date and time to be determined.
1. Mansfield – 108
2. North Attleboro – 99
3. Oliver Ames – 79
4. Stoughton – 71
5. King Philip – 68
6. Attleboro – 59
7. Milford – 55
8. Franklin – 50
9. Taunton – 38
10. Foxboro – 21
11. Canton – 10
12. Sharon – 5
1. Favor Ugah, Canton – 11.13
2. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 11.16
3. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 11.34
4. GJ Mualis, Taunton – 11.45
5. Chamberlain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 11.52
6. William Klawson, Franklin – 11.54
7. Andrew Jean-Louis, Taunton – 11.64
8. Myles Brown, Mansfield – 11.65
1. Dmitrius Shearrion, Taunton – 22.44
2. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – 22.82
3. William Klawson, Franklin – 23.03
4. Nate Kablik, Mansfield – 23.31
5. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 23.68
6. Aris Giatrakos, Stoughton – 23.78
7. Zyeem Charles, Attleboro – 23.88
8. Abraham Guir, North Attleboro – 23.96
Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2022
1. Tyler Powderly, Franklin – 51.80
2. Sam Bush, North Attleboro – 51.92
3. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 52.06
4. Ben Parson, Milford – 53.05
5. Angel St. Marc, Taunton – 53.54
6. Michael Simonian, North Attleboro – 54.46
7. Stephen Haney, Foxboro – 54.51
8. Jake Vaccarezza, Franklin – 54.65
1. Noah Hurd, King Philip – 1:59.50
2. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 2:01.10
3. Talon Johnson, Mansfield – 2:06.12
4. Connor Kucich, Franklin – 2:07.10
5. Mark Butters, Milford – 2:09.05
6. Troy Penney, Mansfield – 2:09.82
7. Colin Mahoney, King Philip – 2:10.21
8. Michael Jennison, Attleboro – 2:10.22
1. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 4:24.29
2. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 4:30.79
3. Chris Leonard, Mansfield – 4:39.26
4. John Blouin, Attleboro – 4:41.42
5. Nick Olson, Foxboro – 4:43.69
6. Connor Peterson, North Attleboro – 4:48.86
7. Tyler Apicella, Franklin – 4:53.49
8. Riley Tremblay, Mansfield – 4:53.72
1. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 9:44.06
2. James Comisky, Milford – 9:54.67
3. Ethan Sylvia, Attleboro – 9:55.62
4. Alexander Pierce, Oliver Ames – 10:13.25
5. Sam Denis, Taunton – 10:23.38
6. Nathan Sylven, King Philip – 10:25.64
7. Ryan Andrews, King Philip – 10:43.10
8. Lee Casstevens, Attleboro – 10:45.66
1. William Tinkham, Stoughton – 15.28
2. Dylan Buchanan, Mansfield – 15.65
3. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 16.36
4. Alexander Gong, Sharon – 16.48
5. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 16.55
6. Kevin Smith, King Philip – 16.84
7. Dana Jonhnson, Mansfield – 16.88
8. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 18.71
1. Evan Rawlings, Mansfield – 57.68
2. Samuel Borst, Milford – 58.63
3. Jacob Blazek, Attleboro – 1:01.41
4. Aiden Castillo, Stoughton – 1:01.65
5. Brendan O’Leary, Franklin – 1:01.93
6. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 1:02.17
7. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 1:03.73
8. Jacob Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 1:04.18
1. Taunton (Jonathan Trinh, Andrew Jean-Louis, GJ Mualis, Dmitrius Shearrion) – 43.84
2. Mansfield (Myles Brown, Isaiah Kinds, Chamberlain Guthrie Jr., Nate Kablik) – 44.07
3. North Attleboro (Sam Bush, Michael Simonian, Jovany Rivera, Nathan Shultz) – 45.43
4. Franklin (Joshua Ribeiro, William Klawson, Luke Trinanes, William Kryzak) – 45.60
5. Foxboro (Derek Axon, Burnie Legette, Daniel O’Malley, Tjamael Sillah) – 45.87
6. Stoughton (Jalen Castillo, Aris Giatrakos, Tyler Noel, Jaylan Vaughn) – 45.92
7. Milford (Patrick Delaney, Taylor Feliciano, Shawn Pierece, Jarrett Brown) – 46.35
8. Attleboro (Zyeem Charles, Owens Raymond, Joshua Codella, Frans Estime) – 46.40
1. King Philip (Nathan Gebhard, Luca Giardini, Noah Hurd, Colin Mahoney) – 3:34.21
2. Stoughton (Cashmere Mathurin, Alex Huynh, Tommy Brennan, Michael Varnum) – 3:38.40
3. Mansfield (Thomas Guidicianni, Dylan Buchanan, Talon Johnson, Evan Rawlings) – 3:38.42
4. Franklin (Jake Vaccarezza, Fraser Baird, Connor Kucich, Tyler Powderly) – 3:41.04
5. Milford (Samuel Borst, Liam Delaney, Nick Simas, Ben Parson) – 3:45.88
6. Taunton (Az-Anael St. Marc, Jack Pawlowski, Seth Huber, Aiden Zamora) – 3:47.44
7. Attleboro (Billy Badger, Austin Bowie, Jacob Blazek, Ryan DiLisio) – 3:51.21
8. Oliver Ames (Christopher Gaskill, Kevin Droney, Alex Callanan, Jacob Nipoti) – 3:52.20
1. Oliver Ames (Owen McMorrow, Aidan Dupill, Brendan Thomas, Ryan Sarney) – 8:28.02
2. Mansfield (Marco Geminiani, Chris Leonard, Riley Tremblay, Collin Stevens) – 8:47.13
3. Stoughton (Tommy Brennan, Jack Barbato, Colin Ozturk, Aiden Castillo) – 8:52.38
4. King Philip (Nathan Sylven, Jeff Bourque, Eliot Davis, Peter Cataldo) – 8:54.83
5. Attleboro (Ethan Sylvia, John Blouin, John Pazimino, Sean Kaswale) – 8:56.30
6. North Attleboro (Evan Tino, Jason Drinan, Connor Peterson, Griffin Gouck) – 8:57.79
7. Franklin (Will Boozang, Tyler Apicella, Aidan Nisbett, Aidan Orr) – 9:02.11
8. Foxboro (Nicolas Olson, Brooks Stone, Marco Pacini, Jared Ciora) – 9:16.35
1. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 51-02.00
2. Marco Monterio, Milford – 48-03.50
3. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 46-09.00
4. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 46-06.00
5. Ryan O’Connor, Milford – 44-04.00
6. Sebastian Zerpa, Foxboro – 41-06.50
7. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 40.03.00
8. Thomas Laz, Stoughton – 39.07.00
1. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 142-01
2. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 128-08
3. Michael Gillespie, Franklin – 125-00
4. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 122-06
5. Marco Monteiro, Milford – 121-05
6. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 116-09
7. Charles Newcomb, Mansfield – 112-00
8. John Carey, Oliver Ames – 110-04
1. Ethan Gattoni, Attleboro – 162-02
2. Joe Caplan, Milford – 145-10
3. Mason Briggs, North Attleboro – 140-10
4. Stephen Doyon, North Attleboro – 134-04
5. Ryan Gleason, Attleboro – 131-00
6. Harrison Keen, Foxboro – 129-03
7. Tyler Duffin, Mansfield – 126-08
8. Andrew Jolie, Franklin – 126-01
Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2022
1. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 6-00.00
2. Dylan Woods, King Philip – 5-10.00
3. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – J5-10.00
4. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 5-08.00
5. Tito Nwosu, Stoughton – J5-08.00
T6. Degen Granese, King Philip – J5-08.00
T6. Keagan Fletcher, King Philip – J5-08.00
8. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 5-06.00
1. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 24-06.00
2. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 22-11.00
3. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 22-07.00
4. Chamerblain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 21-08.25
5. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 21-06.50
6. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 20-11.50
7. Adrian Rivera, Attleboro – 20-10.25
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 20-02.50
1. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 44-10.50
2. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 43-04.00
3. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 43-01.00
4. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 41-05.00
5. Daniel O’Malley, Foxboro – 41-01.00
6. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 40-09.50
7. Aaron Levesque, North Attleboro – 40-05.50
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 40-02.50
Girls Team Results
1. Franklin – 131
2. Mansfield – 123
3. Oliver Ames – 82
4. Milford – 48
T5. King Philip – 46
T5. Sharon – 46
7. Canton – 44
8. Stoughton – 39.50
9. North Attleboro – 38
10. Taunton – 37
11. Attleboro – 18
12. Foxboro – 10.50
1. Daphen Theiler, Sharon – 11:32.11
2. Johanna Holmes, Oliver Ames – 11:37.78
3. Anna Moore, Mansfield – 11:53.15
4. Alexandra Batla, Franklin – 11:55.45
5. Katelyn Buban, King Philip – 12:33.95
6. Annie Reilly, Oliver Ames – 12:50.71
7. Madeline Stewart, Oliver Ames – 12:51.19
8. Emily Matteson, Franklin – 13:00.84
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 15.47
2. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 16.54
3. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16.66
4. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 16.87
5. Emma Tran, Stoughton – 17.29
6. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 17.60
7. Julia Pike, Mansfield – 17.65
8. Barra Pfluke, Franklin – 18.29
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 1:06.43
2. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 1:08.95
3. Riley Fitzpatrick, Franklin – 1:12.00
4. Sydney O’Connor, North Attleboro – 1:13.27
5. Ella Chandaria, Franklin – 1:13.46
6. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – 1:14.42
7. Frankie Smith, Mansfield – 1:15.08
8. Olivia Nau, Sharon – 1:15.68
1. Canton (Syriah McCruse, Talya Degraw, Katherine Oliver, Kiley Hanlon) – 49.94
2. Mansfield (Abigail Scott, Meghan Driscoll, Danni Cuzzi, Chloe Guthrie) – 50.29
3. Oliver Ames (Grace Okocha, Julia Maclaine, Ella McDonough, Amelia Andre) – 50.96
4. North Attleboro (Chidera Agbanari, Marissa Daley, Meagan Dowd, Kadence Peri) – 52.65
5. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Finerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 52.70
6. Foxboro (Delia Fitzgerald, Chloe Davies, Erin Foley, Camryn Collins) – 53.13
7. King Philip (Hannah Doherty, Madeline Hill, Sarah Glaser, Heidi Lawrence) – 54.74
8. Milford (Jenna Mastroianni, Caleigh Wilson, Abby Annantunio, Brooke Ferreira) – 55.31
Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2022
1. Mansfield (Brooke Penney, Noah Puleo, Caitlin Dumouchel, Anna Darlington) – 4:15.84
2. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Fenerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 4:16.26
3. Taunton (Nia Mainer-Smith, Phylicia Dias, Ava Uhl, Caelen O’Leary) – 4:16.96
4. Stoughton (Elaine McCarty, Katherine Giroux, Crystal Sarblah, Julie Richardson) – 4:27.12
5. Oliver Ames (Bridget Hughes, Molly Capece, Sarah Hilliard, Jamie Weeks) – 4:31.73
6. Canton (Thalia Weaver, Caira McKinney, Brianna Rosebrugh, Lianna Camille) – 4:34.85
7. Milford (Kay Wheelock, Aubrey Korpi, Gabby Peniche, Maren Halpin) – 4:39.76
8. North Attleboro (Haley Carr, Sydney O’Connor, Kadence Peri, Julia Puccio) – 4:41.98
1. Oliver Ames (Emily Meyers, Johanna Holmes, Katie Sobieraj, Jenna Gilman) – 9:56.42
2. Franklin (Meghan Griffith, Lainey Costa, Ella McLaughlin, Allison Powderly) – 10:10.78
3. Sharon (Daphne Theiler, Sierra Robison, Eva Olszewski, Samantha Connors) – 10:50.29
4. Mansfield (Katherine Miller, Anna Moore, Meghan Johnston, Carmella Simonelli) – 10:50.89
5. North Attleboro (Marta Botelho, Katie Galgoczy, Marianna Lameiras, Harper Sweeney) – 10:59.19
6. Taunton (Emersyn DePonte, Falynn Faria, Colby Dunham, Quinlan Kelly) – 11:09.78
7. Canton (Tema Mazonson, Sarah Dempster, Rose Giglio, Corinne Campbell) – 11:33.01
8. King Philip (Kate Buban, Maya Evans, Bridget Swezey, Samantha D’Avignon) – 11:35.93
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 34-11.00
2. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 33-01.00
3. Katherine O’Neil, King Philip – 32-11.00
4. Caitlin Garrahy, Mansfield – 32-06.50
5. Hannah Crocker, King Philip – 31-07.00
6. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 30-04.50
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 29-04.50
8. Emma Massih, Canton – 28-07.50
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 112-02
2. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 91-05
3. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 90-08
4. Carmela Brown, Stoughton – 89-06
5. Emma Massih, Canton – 88-02
6. Megan Burns, North Attleboro – 87-10
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 83-02
8. Laure Lorenzen, Sharon – 79-10
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 4-10.00
T2. Jill Fenerty, Franklin – 4-08.00
T2. Marta Botelho, North Attleboro – 4-08.00
T4. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
T4. Kyra McSweeney, Franklin – J4-08.00
T4. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
7. Addie Ruter, Foxboro – J4-08.00
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 17-11.75
2. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 17-08.50
3. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 17-04.00
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 16-10.25
5. Ashley Kirley, Mansfield – 16-06.75
6. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16-04.75
7. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 16-03.50
8. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 15-08.75
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 37-02.00
2. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 34-10.50
3. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 35-01.75
4. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 34-06.50
5. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 33-08.25
6. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 33-07.00
7. Marissa Daley, North Attleboro – 33-00.50
8. Anna Cliff, Franklin – 32-03.00
2021 Record: 3-11 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Preliminary Round Coach: Kevin Patton
Attleboro had some growing pains during the 2021 campaign, but has a good chunk of the roster back in the fold for 2022 and will try to take the next step forward as a program.
The Bombardiers will have a strong foundation on the defensive end of the field. Captain Fred Wheaton is back for another year to anchor the defense and he’s joined by fellow returners Bobby Sawyer and John Wheaton to give Attleboro a solid veteran nucleus to try and shut down some of the top offenses in the league. Attleboro also has sophomore Harry Wheaton back in net after gaining valuable experience in the cage in 2021.
Having last year’s top scorer in Carter Shelton back in the fold will give the Bombardiers a good start in the attack. Shelton scored 30 goals and had 15 assists, finishing 12th in the Hock in scoring. Captain Keigan Conley is also back to bolster the attack, coming off a 22 goal, 10 assist campaign a year ago. Freshman Nathan Conroy is also in the mix already in the attack.
Attleboro’s midfield will be anchored by captain Ryan Betts along with Chad Beaupin and Seth LaPlace. The Bombardiers also expect contributions from Cole McKenna, Patrick McAvoy, and Spencer Scherck.
“We have a lot of returning guys that picked up valuable varsity experience last season,” said Attleboro head coach Kevin Patton. “We are looking forward to a strong season in 2022.”
2021 Record: 14-2 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Semifinal Coach: Ryan Quinn
Canton split its two games with Foxboro to win a share of the Davenport title in 2021, just the third league title in program history and were an overtime goal away from reaching the Div. 2 South final. The Bulldogs have a lot of experience in the attack and the midfield this season with the goal of putting in another challenge for the league crown and putting together another state tournament push.
The Bulldogs had a dynamic attack last spring and the league’s leading scorer Sam Carlino headlines a strong group this season as well. Junior Jeff Chaput joins Carlino in the attack and the midfield group is filled with experience from last season. Sophomore Brendan Tourgee, juniors AJ Thomas and Chris Hamilton, senior Eddie Gillis, and Charlie Vaughn will all give Canton playmaking at the middie position.
Defensively, Canton will definitely miss graduated goalie Dylan Coyne but the Bulldogs have a talented group of poles that should be tough to score against this season. Senior Sean Connolly will lead that defensive group alongside sophomores Luke Darling and Colin Blake.
“I am really excited about this upcoming season,” said second-year coach Ryan Quinn. “Our student-athletes have been working hard to build on our success from last season, but are very aware that everything we achieve is based upon the work we put in this year, every day. We are led by a small, but strong senior class, and have depth across all four grades levels. This group is a very coachable group and we are very excited to begin”
2021 Record: 11-4 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Central/East Quarterfinal Coach: Matt Noone
After graduating just two seniors from last year’s team, Foxboro is back with a strong lineup that will look to reclaim the Davenport title that it shared with Canton in 2021. The Warriors will have depth up and down the field with the goal of not only returning to the top of the division but also being ready for a deep run in the statewide tournament.
Foxboro’s attack is all back from last season. The Warriors finished third in goals scored in the league in 2021 and a year’s worth of experience should make them even more dynamic. Junior Conor Noone was the league’s third-leading scorer last season and he will lead the line again alongside sophomore Lincoln Moore, coming off a breakout rookie campaign, and senior Jack Avery. Senior Tommy Sharkey was an all-star middie last season and he will be joined by junior Finn Stapleton and sophomore Tony Sulham, another player who made a strong varsity debut as a freshman.
Depth should be a strength for the Warriors, who return their second midfield group as well, including sophomores Sully Kenneally, Ryan Cotter, and Ian Foley. Foxboro’s defense is returning as a group too. Seniors Dylan Kerrigan and Ben Ricketts are the leaders at the back and will be joined by classmate Mark Jansen. Senior Matt Grace will start at LSM with sophomore Jack Sullivan backing him up. Sophomore Adam Addeche is back in goal, backed up by classmate Nate Urman, and freshman midfielder John Sacchetti and defender James Dee Gaffney are newcomers with potential.
“The Warriors graduated two seniors and return the core of their team,” said Foxboro coach Matt Noone. “Everyone is a year older with varsity experience which will help us in our 2022 push.”
2021 Record: 18-1 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Final Coach: Lou Verrochi
After reaching the program’s first sectional final in 2021, Franklin brings a typically strong lineup of experienced players who will be aiming to make a run in the new statewide tournament. The Panthers have loaded up their regular season schedule to prepare for the rigors of the tournament with state powers Medfield, Lincoln-Sudbury, and St. John’s Prep among the teams that Franklin will challenge itself against to be ready to shoot for silverware this spring.
Franklin’s attack scored more than 300 goals in 19 games last season and should be just as dynamic this year with junior All-American Luke Davis joined by classmate Jayden Consigli, who were both in the top five in scoring in the league in 2021. Junior Tyler Sacchetti will be the third member of the attacking crew. Sophomore Drew Hansen and Ed O’Brien and junior John Walshe will make up the first midfield. Junior Justin Alexander was one of the best face-off middies in the state last year and the Panthers will be counting on him to control possessions again this season.
Senior Kyle Palmieri will lead the defensive group, which should once again be a challenge for the opposition to score against. Junior Ben Harvey and senior Billy Gardner will also be key players at close defense. Sophomore goalie Matt Corvi will step into the cage this spring and has the potential to be a standout.
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“Once again, we will have a very competitive team this spring with a very tough schedule,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi.
2021 Record: 9-5 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round Coach: Hal Bean
With more than a dozen players back in the fold from last year, King Philip is looking to take another step forward after posting a 9-5 record last year.
The Warriors have key pieces in the lineup all over the field, starting with senior goalie James Boldy. Boldy had a great campaign a season ago and will be among the top goalies in the league this year. He will work with fellow senior captain Will Weiblen and senior Shaun Fitzpatrick as the anchors of the King Philip defense.
There is a strong core of midfielders back in the mix this year, starting with returning faceoff specialist Thomas Brewster. He will be joined by a very experienced group that features seniors Ben Riggs, Sean McCarthy, Andrew Longobardi, Nolan Feyler,
Brayden Thompson, John Campbell, and Ian Hill, along with sophomore standout Noah Minkwitz. Riggs (31 points last year) will be one of the most dangerous two-way players in the league but KP has a lot of depth in the position.
Offensively, King Philip has Sean Crowther back in the fold, who was just one of six Hock players to reach the 40-goal mark on the season. He’s joined by Kip Bishop and Colin Lightbody, who both registered 19 points a year ago, as well as Colin Gillis and sophomore Donovan DeVellis.
“King Philip boys lacrosse expects to compete in every game and anticipates a productive season and playoff run,” said KP head coach Hal Bean “We all are looking forward to a fun season!”
2021 Record: 6-8 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round Coach: Tim Frias
With a handful of young faces fighting for spots in the lineup, Mansfield is hoping to pick up valuable experience early and make a late charge for a spot in the state tournament.
The Hornets do have some experience on the defensive side of the ball with Ryan DeGirolamo starting in the cage and senior captains Zander Holmes and Mark DiGirolamo patrolling the space in front of him. Mansfield has a handful of young poles that will be in the mix including Liam Barry, Patrick Gormley, Nolan Bordieri, and James DeGirolamo.
The group of upperclassmen will make up the majority of the field with senior Dash Munson joining a trio of talented juniors in Grady Sullivan, Drew Sacco, and Cody Gordon. The Hornets have a lot of young players looking to find spots in the midfield and lineup and general, and new names that could contribute early on include Aidan Steele, Jake Feinberg, and Liam Steele.
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In the attack, senior Jack Roberts will be accompanied by a pair of sophomores in Tommy Smith and Andrew Burnham.
2021 Record: 2-11 2021 Finish: Missed postseason Coach: Austin Costa
Under the guidance of new head coach Austin Costa, the Scarlet Hawks are aiming to show improvement throughout the season and set the program on an upward trajectory.
There is a strong mix of veteran leadership and new faces eager to find a spot in the lineup for Costa and the Scarlet Hawks this season. Senior captain Eric Landry is set to be the leader on the defensive end, and his experience will be key as Milford tries to fend off some lethal offenses. Landry will be joined by Brian Goncalves and junior Nick Casilli, both returners for the Scarlet Hawks. Defensive experience will be key as the Hawks turn to Alex McGuire for his varsity debut in the cage.
Offensively, look for veterans Jacob Ligor and Eric Farrell to be major contributors for the Scarlet Hawks. Both have a good amount of experience playing at this level and know what it takes to compete in the Hockomock League. Other returners for Milford include Kyle Donelan, Shawn O’Donnell, and Ronn Swineford while freshmen Alex Maietta and Jayden Martins have impressed early on and could be key contributors right away.
2021 Record: 7-8 2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Central/East Quarterfinal Coach: Kevin Young
North Attleboro finished in a tie for third in the Davenport division last year and had an impressive playoff win over Belmont before being beaten by sectional finalist Medfield. The Rocketeers only graduated two players from last season’s team, so Big Red comes into the spring with big expectations of competing for a first league title since 2017 and being a threat in the state tournament.
The North attack should be an area of strength this season with seniors Matt Antonetti, Connor Ruppert, and Clayton Billingkoff all back up top. Antonetti led the team with 57 points in 2021. Juniors Jack Regan and Luke Ward have both had strong preseasons, while freshmen Ethan Gustafson and Brady Brackner could be poised for breakout debuts. Senior Jared Vacher will do his best to get as many possessions as possible for the North attack by winning draws.
North’s defense has plenty of experience as well. Senior Max Hobbs, Anthony Ferro, and James Brennan will get plenty of help from sophomore Connor Rajotte and junior LSM Julian House. The Rocketeers can also count on two experienced goalies with senior Ethan McGrath and junior JT Gallagher both back in the cage this spring.
“We know the Hockomock will be strong this year,” said North coach Kevin Young. “I am excited to watch this group compete and grow as a team.”
2021 Record: 3-11 2021 Finish: Missed postseason Coach: Ben Devlin
Oliver Ames coach Ben Devlin stepped down after last season, but he was convinced to come back this spring to lead a young Tigers team. Twenty-four of the 34 players in the program this year are either freshmen or sophomores, so OA will be counting on younger players to step up across the field and Devlin is excited about the promise he sees during the preseason.
Senior midfielder Wyatt Fritchman and junior attacker Ben Reardon will be the leaders on offense. Fritchman was second on the team in scoring last year and Reardon went on a run of nine goals in the final three games of his sophomore season. Senior Wes Tower is back to run things in the midfield and sophomores Ryan Jaco and Alex McAndrew have the potential to find the back of the net.
On the other end of the field, senior Cam Tower has been converted to LSM this season. The other poles will be led by junior Jake Manthous, who also was in charge of the face-offs last year, and sophomore Landon Grothe. Junior Noah Isleib returns in goal to keep things organized on defense and sophomore Ethan St. Jean will be his backup.
“Despite being much younger, we are looking to improve on last year’s results and continue building the program,” said Devlin. “We expect to have some growing pains early in the season, but look to improve as the younger players get experience and develop their game during the season. It’s never easy to rebuild in a talented league like the Hock. There aren’t any easy games as every team is talented and well-coached…but we are setting our sights on winning enough games to reach the postseason.”
2021 Record: 9-6 2021 Finish: Missed postseason Coach: Jon Shocket
Sharon has a solid core back from last year’s nine-win team but without any juniors on the squad, there will be a lot of young players in the lineup with most getting their first taste of varsity lacrosse.
With over a half dozen seniors on the roster, head coach Jon Shocket will lean heavily on their veteran leadership and experience as the new players get integrated into the lineup and acclimated with the speed of the high school game. The senior trio of Ben Shocket, Brady Daylor, and Ryan Zunenshine are this year’s captains.
The other seniors on the team include Jace Nestler, Matt Mahoney, James Lillenfeld, and Chance Hanah, and all four will be vital as the Eagles make a push for the postseason. There are four freshmen already in the lineup including Matt Powers in net, Jordan Burke at attack, and Zach Bernstein and Ben Goldberg at defense. Sophomores Gabe Korn, Ryan Brown, Jacob Kaufman, and Ronin Widland will also be in the mix for the Eagles.
“I hope to get a lot of growth from our team as we get more experience,” Shocket said.