Hockomock Girls Basketball State Tournament Preview

State Tournament Preview
Attleboro’s Sarah Deyo (32) and Mansfield’s Meg Hill (31) could meet for a third time in the second round of the state tournament. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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Six girls’ basketball teams will begin their quests for a state championship when the state tournament begins this week. League champions Mansfield (Div. 1 South) and Foxboro (Div. 2 South) both earned the top seed in their respective brackets, but neither will have an easy road with league rivals like Attleboro, Oliver Ames, and North Attleboro posing major threats to bringing home a trophy. Milford will also represent the league as the lone Hock team in Div. 2 Central.

As usual, Div. 1 South is a loaded bracket with some of the top programs in the state, including defending state champion Bishop Feehan and perennial powers Braintree and Newton North. Mansfield (18-2) earned the top seed in a coin flip with the Shamrocks, who beat the Hornets in an exclusion game during the regular season. More important than the seed, Mansfield will now avoid the Shamrocks, the Wamps, and the Tigers until the South final.

Led by senior guard Jen Peel and junior center Meg Hill, the Hornets like to slow the pace down and focus on strong defense, which held teams to a league-best 38.0 points per game. Mansfield is young this season, but deep and versatile and head coach Mike Redding’s squad should match up well against the teams on its side of the bracket, including potential semifinal opponents Wellesley or Marshfield (which Mansfield beat 52-47 in December).

In order for the Hornets to get to the semifinals, they may have to go through Kelley-Rex rival Attleboro (15-7), which claimed the No. 8 seed and will host Brockton (Attleboro beat the Boxers 63-55 in December). The Bombardiers have scuffled down the stretch, losing seven of its final 14 games of the regular season, but closed it out by putting 94 points up on Durfee in the season finale.

With seniors Sarah Deyo and Julia Strachan, Attleboro has a potent inside-out combo and has been one of the top offensive teams in the league this year, averaging a league-best 61.4 points per game. The issue for the Bombardiers will be trying to slow down Jen Peel and Mansfield in the quarterfinal, if they can get past a dangerous Brockton team in Tuesday’s playoff opener. Attleboro struggled in two losses to Mansfield in the regular season, but will be hoping third time is the charm to set up a potential rematch with Wellesley, which knocked the Bombardiers out of last year’s tournament.

Foxboro (18-2) has been on fire to close out the season, winning 12 in a row entering the playoffs, including a 20-point win over North Attleboro to claim the league title and an impressive overtime win over Lincoln-Sudbury in the end-of-season tournament. The Warriors will be led by league MVP Ashley Sampson, who scored 31 in that win over L-S and nailed a three-pointer that forced OT, but a strong supporting cast includes Lily Sykes and Grace Tamulionis. The scary part is that all three are juniors and will be back next winter as well.

The Warriors will not have an easy path in Div. 2 South, which is another loaded bracket, and will have to face one of the two finalists from 2016, either Hingham or Oliver Ames, in the quarterfinal and could potentially face the Rocketeers for a third time in the semifinal. Westwood, Nauset, and Falmouth, which knocked Foxboro out of the tournament last year, could wait in the sectional final.

Oliver Ames (13-7), the defending Div. 2 South champ, has had an up and down first season in the Kelley-Rex but managed to claim second in the division and is a sleeper to retain its South title. The Tigers will have a very difficult road to try and repeat with a trip to last year’s South finalist Hingham waiting in the first round and a potential meeting with Foxboro looming in the quarterfinal (the Warriors won the league meeting between the teams 51-35).

Kayla Raymond will be the focus of all of OA’s opponents, but trying to slow down the junior forward is easier said than done. If the Tigers can get support for Raymond from senior Niyera Mitchell and find consistent outside shooting, then OA will be a tough matchup. Losing sophomore guard Sadie Homer during the season and senior Francesca Calabraro prior to it has made things tougher but no one will take head coach Laney Clement-Holbrook’s team lightly.

North Attleboro (16-6) is another sleeper in Div. 2 South. Last year, the Rocketeers were knocked out in the first round by OA on a last second Raymond basket and could have made a similar run to the Tigers if they had made it through. This year, North comes in with six losses, but only one to a team in Div. 2 and that was the league final against Foxboro. Despite missing senior guard Ashley Ahern to injury, North earned an impressive come from behind win against Attleboro in the final week and has the potential to make a deep run this year.

The Rocketeers are loaded with experienced seniors, including forward Caroline Collard and guards Samantha Taggart and Emily Schromm, who have shown the ability to win close games against good teams this season. North beat Foxboro in the first meeting, beat Oliver Ames by one, and has also beaten potential tourney opponents Hingham and Westwood this year. North faces Madison Park to start and likely will face Duxbury in the quarterfinal to try and get a rubber match with Foxboro in the semifinal.

Milford (10-10) qualified for the tournament for the first time since 2012 and has shown immense progress in head coach T.J. Dolliver’s second season in charge. But, the Hawks have also struggled down the stretch, albeit against a tough stretch of league opponents including North Attleboro and Foxboro twice, OA, and Attleboro. The Hawks will be in Div. 2 Central and will likely face Marlboro in the playoff opener, which is a team similar to the Hawks that shoots a lot of threes and does not have a true post presence.

The Hawks will be counting on a big game from junior guard Kate Irwin, who has been among the league’s top scorers this season, but Milford has a lot of versatile players that can cause teams problems on the perimeter and in the paint, including senior Nicole Dahlgren. If the Hawks do get through the first round, then they will travel to No. 3 seed Groton-Dunstable and could face a couple of Eastern Mass. transplants in Hopkinton and Medfield.

Girls Basketball: 2016-17 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

Kelley-Rex Preview
King Philip’s Shannon O’Connor (32) and Taunton’s Abby Kingman (1) are two returning players hoping to give their teams a shot at the postseason this winter. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Girls Basketball Preview

ATTLEBORO

2015-16 Record: 21-3 (14-2)
2015-16 Finish: Reached the Div. 1 South quarterfinal
Head Coach: Rick Patch

The Bombardiers came within one game of winning their first Hockomock League title last year and despite the loss of 2015-16 Player of the Year Emily Houle to graduation, Attleboro comes into this season as one of the favorites in the Kelley-Rex again this winter.

One reason for the high expectations for the Bombardiers is senior forward Sarah Deyo. The Southern New Hampshire-commit comes into the season just 68 points shy of 1,000 for her career and is a matchup nightmare for the opposition with her ability to score in the paint and from the outside. Fellow senior Julia Strachan returns from a knee injury that cost her all of last season and the Adelphi-commit adds another strong shooter and rebounder to the front line. The Bombardiers are loaded at the forward position with junior Sam Pierce coming back after a breakout sophomore campaign that saw her average nearly a double-double.

While the strength of the Bombardiers is in the post, Attleboro has experience in the backcourt with senior Mish Logie and sophomore Jordyn Lako returning as the primary ball-handlers and strong on-the-ball defenders. Juniors Grace Mayer and Kim White will add depth in the backcourt off the bench. Guard Liv McCall is another who could contribute this season, among a group of six freshmen that will be on the varsity roster.

“We are very excited about our program and how its progressed over the last three seasons,” said head coach Rick Patch, “and the positive, entitled-to-nothing culture we have established that best represents ‘Blue Pride’ and the Attleboro community.”

FRANKLIN

2015-16 Record: 13-8 (10-6)
2015-16 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Central quarterfinal
Head Coach: John Leighton

Franklin has been consistently one of the top programs in the league and despite losing a strong group of seniors, the Panthers are once again in the mix for a league title and a return to the Div. 1 Central tournament.

Leading the way this season is a core of five experienced seniors that offer Franklin a good balance of interior and perimeter scoring. Carli Koffinke is in her third year on varsity and is a threat from the outside, taking advantage of the Panthers’ drive and kick style of offense. Point guard Margaux Welsh will take over the primary ball-handling role and will be expected to get the offense going. Izzy Faught and Grace McDermott will add depth in the backcourt and forward Erin Skidmore adds athleticism and quickness in the paint.

In order to stay consistently competitive, the Panthers have always been able to count on new players coming in to refresh the roster. This winter will be no different with junior forward Kate Morse in her first year on the team as well as sophomore point guard Shannon Gray and three-point threat Bea Bondhus, who had a team-high 11 points in the season opener. Freshmen Ali Brigham and Megan O’Connell will add to Franklin’s front-court depth.

“With so many younger and newer players, we are hoping to build team chemistry and improve each and every day,” said Franklin coach John Leighton. “We are very encouraged with our depth and will lean on our seniors for leadership.”

KING PHILIP

2015-16 Record: 6-14 (4-12)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Martin Crowley

Under head coach Martin Crowley, King Philip has been a very tough team to play against, focused on high-pressure defensive effort and not letting up from the opening tip to the final whistle. This year, the Warriors are hoping to get a little more consistency on the offensive end to match that defensive intensity.

KP will not lack for athletes this winter beginning with returning starter Shannon O’Connor, who emerged as a potential scoring threat on the wing as a freshman last season. Classmate Julia Leroux also impressed in her rookie season and they are already go-to players on the offensive end. Junior forwards Hadley Zolak and Christina Hathaway and senior Courtney Kelleher will give additional scoring and rebounding as athletic forwards that can battle in the paint and get out and run the break.

There is also a youth movement at KP this year with a strong, athletic freshman class that has already put in a standout soccer season this past fall and is ready to contribute to the basketball team as well. Chloe Layne has stepped right in and will be an instant contributor at the point guard position and will be joined by classmate Faith Roy on the varsity roster.

“Youth will be served,” said Crowley, “however our goal is the same it is every season whether you have a veteran team or not and that is to qualify for the tournament in what I believe is the most competitive league in the state.”

MANSFIELD

2015-16 Record: 21-4 (15-1)
2015-16 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South semifinal
Head Coach: Mike Redding

The Hornets are coming off the program’s first ever Hockomock League title, edging Attleboro in the final game of a dramatic league campaign, in front of arguably the biggest crowd to watch a game (male or female) in the league last season. This year, Mansfield has the challenge of trying to defend its title despite losing eight seniors from last season.

Mansfield’s title defense begins with senior guard Jen Peel, who has been limited by an injury in the preseason and will be moving from the point to the off-guard position this year. She is one of the best playmakers in the league and will have junior center Meg Hill to find in the half-court. Hill is a dominant force on both ends of the floor and should expect to get even more touches this year and needs to be aggressive looking for her shot.

The Hornets will have plenty of size beyond the 6-foot-3 Hill. Senior Olivia Broyles and junior Maeve Carney are both over six feet tall and sophomores Maggie Danehy and Emily Vigeant are just under six feet. Sophomore twins Mady and Kara Bendanillo will add speed to the roster with Mady having the experience of playing time as a freshmen, including a start in the South semifinal against Bishop Feehan. Junior Ann Maher is another player that can be expected to take on a bigger role this year at the shooting guard position.

“We may be more athletic than a year ago and we’ll run as much as we can and press more than we did a year ago,” said head coach Mike Redding. “It should be fun and with seven sophomores in our top 11 we should get better and better as they get experience and confidence.”

OLIVER AMES

2015-16 Record: 21-4 (13-3)
2015-16 Finish: Won Div. 2 South title
Head Coach: Elaine Clement-Holbrook

Oliver Ames is coming off a remarkable 2015-16 season that saw the Tigers reach the 20-win mark, claim the Davenport division title, make a run to the Div. 2 South title and a chance to play at the TD Garden, and celebrate the career of head coach Elaine Clement-Holbrook, who became the state’s all-time career leader in wins (finishing the season with 645). This year, OA will face the challenge of trying to match that level of success while taking on a new division after being moved into the Kelley-Rex.

The key to the Tigers putting in league title fight is junior forward Kayla Raymond, who is one of the most talented players in the Hock and one of the toughest match-ups with her combination of size, speed, shooting touch, and handle. Raymond will get help from senior guard Hannah Carroll, who became one of the team’s top shooters from the perimeter and can stretch opposing defense. Senior Niyera Mitchell is coming back from an off-season injury and has the size and touch to be a strong performer on both ends of the court.

OA lost only two seniors to graduation but then also lost shooting guard Francesca Calabraro to a knee injury during the soccer season. Senior Abby Reardon will be one of the backcourt players that will be counted on to pick up the scoring slack, while Clement-Holbrook will be hoping for senior Brenna Burkett and junior Sadie Homer to provide a scoring touch at the forward position.

“Moving to the Kelley Rex will be a tremendous challenge for us,” said Clement-Holbrook. “Our goals are the same as before: Compete to qualify for the tournament, challenge for the Hock title and go as deep as possible in the tournament.”

TAUNTON

2015-16 Record: 4-16 (2-14)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Walter Harrigan

Taunton is coming off a tough year in which the Tigers only managed four wins, but it was also a chance for a number of young players to get valuable varsity experience and Taunton will be hoping to have it pay off with seven returning players on this season’s roster.

One of the exciting younger players that emerged last year was Lily Patneaude, who showed off athleticism and a range of offensive skills as a freshman. Junior Hannah Moniz is another wing player that can provide scoring off the dribble or from the perimeter. Junior MacKenzie Handrahan will add rebounding and defense on the post and eighth grader Sonya Fernandes could be a newcomer to watch on the Taunton front line.

The back court has a mix of experience and youth led by senior guard Abby Kingman, whose ball-handling and speed will be vital. Kingman’s classmate Jess Regan is returning after missing her entire junior year to an injury and will offer a steady hand at the point guard position. Junior Dominique Bradley and sophomore Alexa White will add depth to the guard positions.

“Taunton has a combination of experience and youth,” said head coach Walter Harrigan, “along with some skill and athleticism that has the makings for a fun and interesting year.”

Oliver Ames Falls To Natick In D1 South Semifinals

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Oliver Ames’ Lauren Wright attempts to dispossess a Natick player in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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MILFORD, Mass. – There were plenty of obstacles that the Oliver Ames girls soccer team had to overcome throughout the regular season and playoffs, yet the Tigers put together an undefeated season.

Unfortunately, Oliver Ames was unable to clear the hurdle that was Natick, the top-seeded team in the sectional. The Redhawks (19-1) scored a goal in each half to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season, 2-0, in the D1 South Semifinals.

“They’re a really good team…you have to worry about this player, then that player, then this player,” Oliver Ames head coach Britt Sellmayer. “We couldn’t get to the keeper. That was the place I thought if we could get to. We played 80 minutes, didn’t get a corner until the 81st minute.”

“We played hard, I thought we played better in the second half when we were going into the wind. It was a great season. It’s a marathon, you can’t put it all on today, you have to look at all of the accomplishments. I thought we showed a lot of grit in the second half, even having to go into the wind. We had more chances in the second than the first half. Natick is tough to mark, they move the ball well, they switch positions, they move well. Their two forwards are a handful to deal with.”

Natick had the majority of play from the get-go, Shelia McQuillen rocking the crossbar less than three minutes into the game.

After some back and forth play, Natick found the back of the net for the first time in the 19th minute. Julia Adelmann created some space just outside the area and quickly hit the shot just under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead.

“Natick getting that goal going against the win was huge,” Sellmayer said. “The wind definitely affected the play today but it affected both teams. We mis-marked them on that play. We were trying to figure out how to mark them and I thought we were a little cautious in the back at times.

“We never had a big chance, we came close when Zoe hit that ball in in the second half and it bounced around but it just never came about, it is what it is.”

Oliver Ames created a pair of chances late in the first half. First in the 26th minute, Dana Lowney’s cross popped to Jackie Mills but her bid hit off the crossbar and stayed out. In the 35th minute, sophomore Zoe Chazan uncorked a free kick from 35 yards out but it was flashed wide.

Tigers goalie Regan Benton was called upon less than two minutes into the season half. McQuillen did well to beat her defender in the corner and fired a near post shot but Benton pushed it aside and the rebound was dealt with by the defense.

In the 43rd minute, the Tigers had a legitimate shout to get even in the game. Abby Reardon and Mills created some space in the area, the ball falling to the feet of the latter. With Mills’ back towards goal, a Natick defender appeared to clear her out from behind. Instead of a penalty, the ref played on.

McQuillen had another chance in the 48th minute but clanked the post. In the 62nd minute, Gwyn Godin found Adelmann wide open in front of the net but an incredible diving save from Benton kept the deficit at one.

“Regan and Emily Freeman had a great game in the back,” Sellmayer said. “We switched Zoe into the midfield to create some chances so we were a little shorthanded in the back but Emily gave it all she could for 76 minutes. Regan is a field general, she had a couple of huge saves. That second goal went through someone’s legs so she was screened, can’t fault her there.”

A move to midfield helped Chazan create a pair of chances for Oliver Ames just before the 70th minute mark. First, a long service on a free kick bounced into the area, popping free from Natick keeper Ashley Bianco but no one on OA could latch on before it was cleared.

Two minutes later, Chazan’s switch found Lauren Wright but her one time bid towards the near post was stopped by Bianco.

Just moments after OA’s chance, the Redhawks tacked on an insurance goal. Kalyn Onorato connected her cross with McQuillen for a one timer that snuck past an OA defender, giving Benton little chance at the near post.

Oliver Ames girls soccer had a final chance late on a corner kick, but the ball bounced through the area and was eventually cleared, summing up the Tigers’ frustrating night.

The Tigers finish at 16-1-4 with the program’s first ever Hockomock League Kelley-Rex division title and the team’s fourth straight league title.

“It took over 20 games for us to lose,” Sellmayer said of the season. “Eight games in the season, when Francesca [Calabraro] went down, everyone wrote us off. Then Julia [Roy] went two games after that. Those were our two leading goal scorers at that point. A lot of people stepped up, a lot of people grew. A lot of people talked a lot about how we were always the small side champions in the Hock. We went to the big side this year and we were still champs.”

Mansfield, Oliver Ames Settle For Scoreless Draw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smith was equal in his praise for the visiting Tigers.

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

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

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Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/26/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 –Final

Sharon, 2 @ Canton, 1 – Final

Foxboro, 2 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Franklin, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final Mansfield scored all three goals in the first half and shut the Panthers out for all 80 minutes. Cullin Anastasia scored off an assist from goalie Jed Tolbert’s punt in the 11th minute, Sam Hyland headed home a throw from Max Gurnon in the 25th minute and Gurnon headed home a corner from Sean Lanzillo in the 28th minute. Tolbert made six saves for his fourth straight shutout. Head coach Steve Sheridan said Gurnon, Nick Hyland, Harry Braidt and Ethan Brill-Cass played great on defense,

Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – After a scoreless first half, King Philip junior Tyler Mann netted a pair of second half goals and Larsen Keys and Nils van den Boogaard each scored once for the Warriors. Mann scored on an assist from Thomas Lugten to open the scoring and then converted a chance from Colby Koch. Larsen Keys earned a penalty kick and took it himself to net his second goal of the season. Senior Nils van den Boogaard netted his first career goal on an assist from Mark Kahaly to cap the scoring.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Francesca Calabraro, Kiana Lozzi and Abby Reardon were the goal scorers for OA.

Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final

Milford, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – FinalLily Sykes scored the opening goal for the Warriors and Mackenzie Fraser scored twice in the second half, both on assists by Kristen Bortolotti, to lift Foxboro to a fourth straight win.

Mansfield, 1 @ Franklin, 0 – FinalHannah Reiter scored off a corner kick by Emily Vigeant in the second half to give Mansfield the win.

North Attleboro, 7 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final Ashlyn Gaulin scored a pair of goals and Aine Mendonca, Felicity Monfils, Kayla Pasquel, Mackenzie Rosenberg and Leah Jette each netted one goal.

King Philip, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final Maddie Smith scored an unassisted goal in the first half to put KP up and Emma Corcoran added an unassisted tally in the second half to double the Warriors’ lead.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final Erin Skidmore led Franklin with seven kills, 11 digs and an ace, Lauren Lockhart added five kills and three digs and Maggie Doyle chipped in with five kills and an ace.

Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Nine different players registered a kill for Canton in a 25-12, 25-21, 25-12 win. Nicole Poole had 21 assists and 12 digs to lead Canton. “She did a great job distributing the ball to many different hitters,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Erika Lum led Canton with nine kills and combined with Maria Mackie Julia Panico for 34 digs total digs.

King Philip, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – A kill from junior Meg Hill and an ace from senior Jess Haradon gave Mansfield a vital win in game three and the Hornets went on for the win, 25-19, 11-25, 28-26, 25-22. Olivia Broyles had eight blocks, Chloe Peters had 26 assists and five blocks and Hill finished with 10 kills. King Philip’s Sydney Philips had a game-high 19 kills and added 20 service points, Carly Adams chipped in with 24 assists and 23 service points, Amanda Loewen added 11 digs and 12 service points and Liv Balfud finished with 17 service points for the Warriors.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Taunton, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Oliver Ames picked up a 25-16, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23 win behind 38 assists from senior Bridget McCarthy. Alyssa Gavin added 14 digs, a pair of assists, and six aces from the back row, middle hitter Kayla Raymond added 13 kills, Emma Petrillo finished with nine kills, three digs and two aces and Maya Fetcho chipped in with eight kills and two blocks.

Stoughton, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – FinalStoughton junior Val Whalen had an impressive afternoon at the net, recording 17 kills in the win. Christina Gelin and Riley Bagley combined for over 60 digs for the Black Knights.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 7 – FinalFreshman Erin Walsh scored her first career goal and then added three more in the game for a total of four goals. Alex Sullivan had three assists on Walsh’s goales while Brayden Downing had one. Downing also had a goal on an assist from Caroline Jackson, her first varsity point. Sophomore Cassi Ronan added a goal and an assist with Maddie Hinckley and Maeve Ledwith rounding out the scoring with a goal and an assist respectively. Senior goalie Sam Hertzberg picked up the shutout making three saves.

Canton, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final Lily Daly scored the lone goal of the game, putting the Warriors ahead with a second half strike.

King Philip, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Caitlin Donahue put King Philip ahead with a first half goal off an assist from Alli Meehan. The Hornets responded with a tying goal in the second half but Donahue scored twice more, one off an assist from Christina Hathaway and another from Meehan again. Mansfield scored in the final seconds for its second goal of the game.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Milford, 2 – Final After a scoreless first half, goals from Kaleigh Cole and Julia Feid put North Attleboro up 2-0 but the Scarlet Hawks rallied for a tie. Elena Dello Russo scored with just under eight minutes to play to cut into the deficit and Tina Capone scored with under a minute to play to tie the game. Emily Smith made 12 saves in the cage for Milford.

Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalFive different players each recorded a goal in Oliver Ames’ win over Taunton. Kendall Clifford, Dimitra Efremidis, Meaghan Rockey, Sydney Hedrick and Cristina Boudreau each scored once for OA. Head coach Abby Tepper said Katie Davenport had a strong defensive game for OA.

Stoughton, 4 @ Sharon, 1 – FinalKamryn Oliviera scored a pair of goals for the Black Knights, while Mia Russell and Julia Russell had scored a goal each. Erin Dougherty scored for Sharon.

Golf
Oliver Ames, 163 @ Attleboro, 185 – Final – Oliver Ames punched its ticket to the state tournament with the win. Thomas Walsh’s round of 40 led the way for the Tigers while Brady Allbritton and Ryan McGarry each shot 41 on the day.

North Attleboro, 169 @ King Philip, 180 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s Robbie Congdon had the match low round of 38 while Sebastian Ladoulis had a team-low round of 42 for King Philip.

Canton, 161 @ Milford, 153 – Final Ryan Tomaso was shot a 35 to earn match medalist honors and Anthony Arcudi carded a 36 as the Scarlet Hawks handed Canton its first loss. Matt Minichiello shot a 39 for Canton and Danny Powers carded a round of 40.

Taunton, 188 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Brendan Loomer was the match medalist, shooting a low round of 38 to lead Mansfield. Jason Hindman added a 40 and David Norris shot a 42 on the day. Taunton’s Justin Proto carded a team low round of 40.

Oliver Ames Snaps Skid Against North Attleboro

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Oliver Ames senior Lauren Wright takes a touch forward during the Tigers’ game against North Attleboro. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – There was no hiding or denying it: Oliver Ames girls’ soccer has had September 16th circled on its schedule for some time.

After the Tigers enjoyed decade of success against North Attleboro, the Rocketeers have been on the winning end of games in recent history. Big Red picked up a 3-0 win back in 2014 and then 2-1 in the regular season last year. Most notably, North Attleboro scored an upset with a 3-2 win at Muscato Stadium in the MIAA D1 South tournament last season.

Oliver Ames got back on the winning side of the rivalry on Friday afternoon, scoring an early goal in the first and tacking on two more in the second for a 3-0 win at Kelly Field on the campus of North Attleboro High School.

“Yeah, of course it was [circled],” OA head coach Britt Sellmayer said. “For our seniors, this is their first win against [North]. There were some interesting calls today. We scored an honest one early and then we didn’t give up any goals. We still have a ways to go, we still need to be calmer on the ball. But maybe it was our turn, we’ve had some bad luck here too but that’s part of the game.”

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After a back and forth opening, Oliver Ames picked up the key first goal just ahead of the 10 minute mark. Sophomore Zoe Chazan sent a free kick in from just beyond midfield, which took a deflection off the head of a North Attleboro player. Senior Lauren Wright ended up with the ball at her feet and offered an off-balance shot as she was falling. The ball hit the grass, bounced off the inside of the post and in, handing OA an ideal 1-0 start.

“It was huge, it kind of gives you an ease, now you’re up a goal,” Sellmayer said.

Neither side had a true scoring chance for the final half hour of the first half. OA had a chance on a scramble in the 20th minute when a cross was bobbled but Rachel LaBonte came away with a clearance for North. Kiana Lozzi nearly had a chance in the 30th minute but Big Red once again came up with a stop.

North’s best chance came on a corner kick in the final minutes of the first half. Aine Mendonca‘s in-swinger clanked off the near post and stayed out.

Oliver Ames added a pair of goals in the second half, but not without some controversy.

Both sides had chances in the opening minutes. North’s Kayla Pasquel had a free kick go over the bar from a tough angle and then Wright had a bid on the other end, taking a flick from Francesca Calabraro and dribbling around the keeper, but her tough angle shot was high as well.

Just over 10 minutes into the second half, it looked as though North Attleboro had drawn a foul inside its own area to get a free kick out. Instead, play continued for a second and a collision resulted in a penalty kick for Oliver Ames. Julia Roy made no doubt about the finish though, going low to the right to double OA’s lead.

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“Julia Roy’s calm, cool and collected and she’s scored some big goals for us,” Sellmayer said. “Lauren just has a gear, she’s tiny, but she has a gear that other people don’t have so she can get around the corner. That’s who we were working for in the second half.”

The Rocketeers had a pair of chances just before the midway mark of the second half. Felicity Monfils served in a pair of crosses from the right wing, the first met by Pasquel but right into the waiting arms of OA goalie Regan Benton. The second bounced in the area but was cleared by the Tigers.

There was some more confusion 10 minutes later, as Chazan played a ball over the top as Oliver Ames’ strikers were jogging back as North’s defense stepped up. Wright ran onto the ball and the referee elected to not call offside. Wright charged in alone and calmly finished to make it 3-0.

“I always preach that a great soccer game is going to be 2-1. You’re going to give up a goal, you’re human you make mistakes or they hit a brilliant shot and you tip your cap. We didn’t though, which was nice. Regan was solid in net, she didn’t have to do anything outstanding but she did everything she had to do. Then our back four, they had a solid game today. I mean, [North Attleboro’s Haley Guertin] is probably the top striker in the league. I thought we played better as the game went along. We had those first game nerves with North Attleboro – they are a very good team.”

North Attleboro head coach Glenn Pasquel was clear in how he felt the calls went.

“We got robbed, that’s what it comes down it, we just got robbed,” Pasquel said. “When Britt comes over and tells me you got two goals robbed out of you, that PK and then the offsides. He’s a man of few words, he’s a good guy but to come over and tell me that, it’s crazy. But we just have to do what we’re supposed to do, we’re supposed to put the ball in the back of the net and today we just couldn’t do it. [OA] is a good team, they were the team we were looking out for. We absolutely want to see them again.”

Oliver Ames girls soccer (5-0, 4-0) has a big week ahead with Franklin coming to Easton on Tuesday and then a visit from an upstart King Philip squad scheduled for Friday. North Attleboro (2-1, 2-1) hosts Canton on Tuesday in a key Davenport matchup before welcoming King Philip to town for a non-league contest.

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Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/12/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Junior Matt Campbell scored his second goal of the season, putting Oliver Ames in the lead 20 minutes into the game. Senior Thomas McCormick iced the game for the Tigers, finding the back of the net in the final minutes of the match. Junior Cam Vella assisted on both of the goals while Jack Carroll earned the shutout.

Franklin, 2 @ Xaverian, 1 – Final Franklin rallied from a one goal deficit with a pair of second half goals to earn the win. Farley Asmath scored off an assist from Cam LeBlanc to tie the game while Kevin Hall scored the game winner for the Panthers.

Girls Soccer
Sharon, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final Francesca Calabraro scored four goals for the Tigers. Julia Roy had the other goal for Oliver Ames. Alex Rabb scored the opening goal of the game for the Eagles, who trailed 2-1 at halftime.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – The Warriors of Foxboro gave the Warriors of King Philip a big test but KP emerged with a 25-19, 26-24, 28-26 win, one head coach Kristen Geuss described as “hard earned.” Sydney Phillips led KP’s attack with 13 kills while Emma Lopez chipped in six kills.

Franklin, 1 @ Milford, 3 – FinalMilford won 29-27, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13. Kelley Reichert led the Hawks with 11 kills and Ally Zagami had seven kills and 17 digs in the win.

Taunton @ North Attleboro, 4:45

Oliver Ames @ Sharon, 5:00

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Attleboro scored once in the first half and once in the second half, while keeping the Black Knights off the board until the final minutes of the game to get the win. Kate LeBlanc put the Bombardiers in front with an unassisted goal in the first half. LeBlanc doubled Attleboro’s lead in the second half on assists from Eliza Sabilla and Ally Pierce. Jackie Evangelista scored her first varsity goal for Stoughton.

Mansfield, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final Caitlin Whitman had the lone goal of the game for the Hornets, scoring an unassisted tally midway through the second half.

King Philip, 1 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – King Philip followed the game plan they set in place and executed across the field in a big 1-0 league win over Foxboro. Caitlin Donahue scored the lone goal of the game off of an assist from Liz Furfari.

Franklin, 5 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Senior Alex Sullivan and senior Brayden Downing found the back of the cage in the first half as the Panthers built a 2-0 lead by halftime. Junior Kate Morse had a pair of goals off of corners with assists coming from Maddie Hinkley (her second) and Cassi Ronan. Caroline Lounsbury capped the scoring off an assist from freshman Maeve Ledwith. Senior Sam Hertzberg made a pair of saves, including one on a breakaway, to earn her first win. Shannon Cormier scored Milford’s goal in the game.

Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Taunton’s defense had a strong showing but couldn’t convert on the offensive end as North Attleboro picked up the win. Taunton received strong performances from Katie Van Zandt, Annie Tate, Liana Duarte, Bre Conlon, Jillian Pagliuca and Kya Enos.

Oliver Ames, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames continued to roll to start the season with a big win on the road. Sarah Stevens and Dimitra Efremidis each netted a pair of goals for the Tigers with Kendall Clifford, Rachel Stryke and Shannon Cahill each scoring once. Kayla Lozzi had two assists in the win while Liz Nuss and Efremidis each had one helper.

Golf
Oliver Ames, 148 @ Stoughton, 181 – Oliver Ames picked up its second win of the season, defeating Stoughton at Easton Country Club. Brady Allbritton led the Tigers with a 36 while Nick Lombardi and Eric LeBlanc each shot 37, and Mark Bissonette and Matt Kelley each carded a round of 38. Stoughton’s Brendan Campbell shot a 43.

King Philip, 157 @ North Attleboro, 144 – Final – North Attleboro senior Robbie Congdon shot a one under par 34 at Heather Hills to lead the Red Rocketeers, who moved to 3-0 on the season.

Milford, 175 @ Foxboro, 182 – FinalRyan Tomaso shot 37 to lead Milford, while Matt Tierney lead Foxboro with a 41

Taunton, 175 @ Attleboro, 170 – Final – The Attleboro Bombardiers picked up their first win of the season in their home opener at Highland Country Club. Ethan Johnson led Attleboro, shooting a 40 while Kyle DelSignore and Corey McKenna each registered a round of 42. Taunton’s Mike Volkmann was the match medalist, shooting a 39.

Cross Country
North Attleboro @ Canton, 3:45

Lowney Nets Winner for Oliver Ames at Foxboro

OA Girls Soccer
Dana Lowney throws her hands in the air to celebrate her game-winning goal against Foxboro. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FOXBORO, Mass. – When Oliver Ames pays a visit, teams know what they are in for. It is going to be a physical matchup and it is critical to not give OA set pieces in the attacking end of the field. Foxboro showed that it is capable of holding its own on the physical side of the game, but then with 16 minutes remaining in a scoreless game the ball went out for a corner.

Zoe Chazan played the ball into the middle of the Foxboro penalty area and it skipped off a crowd of players to the edge of the box. Senior right back Dana Lowney was standing alone just outside the 18 and she collected the loose ball and fired a shot just under the bar.

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That goal was all that would separate the sides in an otherwise even match between former Davenport division rivals. The 1-0 win at Sam Berns Community Field was already the third victory for OA even though the season is less than a week old.

“You’re going to score off headers and the two ‘garbage’ players we have hang at the 18 on both posts, I tell them if you hang there then sometime during the season it’s going to come to you and put it in,” said OA coach Britt Sellmayer.

Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn, who also played against the Tigers during her time at King Philip, said, “We played a very good game against OA, we dominated them for a lot of it, but we gave up corners. You can’t give up corners against OA; you just can’t.”

Lowney was wearing a bandage on her head and a black eye from a collision in one of the other games this week. While she explained after the game that it did not hurt, it was a visible representation of the way the game played out. Both teams set up to disrupt their opponent, close down all over the pitch, and never shy away from contact.

The aggressiveness of both teams made it difficult to connect passes and for the first half hour the Tigers had the only good scoring opportunities. Francesca Calabraro created the first opening with a run down the right sideline, but her cross was knocked over by Kiana Lozzi inside the six-yard box. Calabraro also had the second chance six minutes later when she pounced on an errant header but she pushed her shot just wide of the post.

Foxboro had its first shot on target in the 32nd minute. A throw-in on the near sideline found junior Shaina Abbotton the edge of the OA box. She spun to create a sliver of space and sent a chip that looked destined for the back of the net until junior goalie Regan Benton leapt to get a fingertip on it and keep it out.

“I think sometimes it’s harder too when you’re not touching the ball a lot to stay focused, but she was solid for us,” said Sellmayer. “She did a great job.”

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The Warriors thought they had another chance at a goal two minutes after the break when senior Kristen Bortolotti appeared to be bundled over in the box. Despite the contact, the official waved away appeals from the Foxboro bench and pointed for a goal kick.

Although she did not get the call, Bortolotti was Foxboro’s best attacker in the game. She dropped deep into the midfield and ran at the OA defense time and again and twice her movement opened up chances for Riley Collins coming off the wing, but neither led to a goal.

Lamothe-Vaughn was ecstatic to have Bortolotti back after she missed all of her junior season with an injury. “Kristen is everywhere,” said Lamothe-Vaughn. “She’s amazing. Last year, we just had injury after injury and hers being huge and her not coming back it really hurt us. So, having her we’re very lucky.”

Both teams were focused on limiting the top attackers, so Calabraro and Foxboro’s Lily Sykes struggled to make an impact on the game. The Tigers back four (Lowney, Chazan, Emily Freeman, and Emily Short) and the Foxboro back line (Devon Mollica, Lauren Flahive, Olivia Dantona, and Alex Stamatos) kept everything in front and bottled up both ends of the pitch.

Sellmayer said, “They’re good, it was hard for us to break them down. We only had like two corner kicks and it took us 60 minutes to get one. They limited Francesca on shots and they did a nice job. They’re solid, but we persevered.”

With 16 minutes to play, a long shot was tipped aside by Foxboro goalie Hallie Canfield. The Tigers got their second of three corners and Lowney made it count. It was the second late goal allowed in as many games by the Warriors, but Lamothe-Vaughn left with a good feeling about how her team played.

“We’re just going to take this and move forward,” she said. “Against Mansfield, we just completely unfolded and that’s why we lost. We didn’t lose this because of not playing a full 80 minutes. I’m proud of them.”

The game had been moved up because of a scheduling conflict later in the season, so OA played on back-to-back days and three times in four days. The Tigers came through the tough stretch with a perfect six points out of six.

“We’re playing well, just keep working hard everyday,” Sellmayer said. “It’s a good start.”

Oliver Ames will host Sharon on Monday, while Foxboro will travel to King Philip looking for its first win.

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Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/08/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Stoughton, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 7 – FinalClick here for a full recap of the game.

Sharon, 0 @ Taunton, 0 – Final

Girls Soccer
Oliver Ames, 8 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Senior Julia Roy netted a hat trick while seniors Francesca Calabraro, Tori Wyman, Lauren Wright and junior Jackie Mills each scored once. Oliver Ames junior Caitlin Campbell earned the shutout in net for the Tigers.

Taunton, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – FinalAlex Rabb opened the scoring for Sharon and then Ally Filipkowski added a second with a shot to the top corner before halftime. Alexis Faria and Sam Tichelaar scored second half goals for Taunton to tie the game, but Sharon earned a penalty with seconds left and Alex Rabb scored it for the win.

Volleyball
Canton, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalThe Bulldogs won 25-17, 25-16, and 25-12 in the season opener. Nicole Poole paced Canton’s offense with 27 assists, five kills and five aces. Middle blockers Emma Murphy and Casey Shea each had six kills and libero Julia Panico has 21 digs. Outside hitter Hannah Jerrier had a good night in her first ever high volleyball match with five kills. For Attleboro, Lexi Pereira had six kills and Jenny St. Hilaire had 13 service points, including four aces.

Mansfield, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – The Hornets picked up the sweep on the road, winning 25-19, 25-19, 26-18. Jess Haradon had 14 digs and 11 service points for Mansfield while Meg Hill had eight kills and 10 service points and Chloe Peters had 11 service points and 23 assists.

Milford, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – In a marathon of a match, King Philip rallied from a two-set deficit to win in a thrilling fifth seth. King Philip won 22-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-20. Sydney Phillips led the Warriors with 19 kills while Emma Lopez added 16 kills. Carly Adams had 38 assists while Amanda Loewen had eight digs for the Warriors.

Stoughton, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final

Sharon, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Field Hockey
Canton, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalMaggie Malloy scored a pair of goals for the Bulldogs while Andrea McNeil, Beth Oldenburg and Julia Ezepik each scored once.

Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 0 – FinalLily Daly scored the lone goal of the game for the Warriors in the first half on an assist by Carlie Stern.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final The Panthers had nine corners, 24 shots on goal and didn’t allow a single shot on goal defensive in the win over North. Caroline Lounsbury gave Franklin the lead midway through the first half on a cross from Brayden Downing, sophomore Annie Walsh doubled the lead with an unassisted goal and sophomore Cassi Ronan capped the scoring off a corner from Walsh.

Milford, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Alli Meehan led the way for King Philip with a pair of goals and an assist. Christina Hathaway scored a beautiful goal from a penalty corner to start the game for the Warriors while Caitlin Donahue scored a hard shot from the left. Dana Truini had two assists and Liz Furfari added one for KP.

Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames scored four first half goals to earn its second win of the season. Sarah Stevens, Kayla Lozzi, Cristina Boudreau, and Kendall Clifford each scored once for the Tigers while Stevens added two helpers and Dimitra Efremidis had one assist. Head coach Abby Tepper said Katie Davenport, Sarah Tetrault and Erin McCormack had strong defensive games for the Tigers.

Golf
Franklin, 163 @ Oliver Ames, 147 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Ryan McGarry and Nick Lombardi were co-medalists for the match, each shooting a round-low 36 for the Tigers. Brady Allbritton added a 37 for OA. Franklin’s Matt Deo shut a team-best 37 for the Panthers.

Attleboro, 177 @ North Attleboro, 155 – Final – The Rocketeers had the top four finishes in the match with Dylan Kane earning match medalist by shooting a 36. Robbie Congdon added a 37 for North while David Colsanti and Thomas Puccio each shot 40. Attleboro’s Corey McKenna shot a team-best 43.

Foxboro, 199 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Mansfield senior Jason Hindman led the way for the Hornets, shooting a 35, a league-best so far this season. David Norris added a 41 and Madison Haughey added a 44 for Mansfield.

Canton, 167 @ Taunton, 183 – Final – Canton senior Matt Minichiello was the match medalist, carding a 39 on the day while junior Danny Powers shot a 42 for the Bulldogs. Taunton’s Mike Volkmann and Justin Proto each shot 42 for the Tigers.

Milford, 159 @ Stoughton, 178 – Final – Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, leading Milford with a 36. Anthony Arcudi chipped in with a 39 for the Scarlet Hawks.

Girls Soccer: 2016 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

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

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2016 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview

Attleboro

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

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

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

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

Franklin

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

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

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

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

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

King Philip

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

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

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

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

Mansfield

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

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

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

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

Oliver Ames

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

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

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

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

Taunton

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

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

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

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