Rocketeers Grounded By Brockton In Playoff Opener

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North Attleboro’s Tatiana Sotelo attacks a ball in the second set against Brockton. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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BROCKTON, Mass. – At the midway point of the season, the North Attleboro volleyball team was staring at a 3-6 record and a return trip to the postseason in jeopardy.

But the young Rocketeers matured quickly, turning their season around over the final nine games. North Attleboro won seven of those contests, including an upset win over Canton, to book its place in the D1 South tournament.

#10 North Attleboro showed its mettle in the match, rallying in the second set to tie the match at 1-1 but the #7 seeded Boxers (14-7) came back to win a tight third set and finished it off in four to secure a 3-1 win (25-16, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18) over the Rocketeers.

“I think we were a little low on our communication, I think that was our biggest struggle,” said first-year North Attleboro head coach Kim Hallahan. “We played a great game but we had some trouble with our passing. We’ve worked on it this year but we didn’t have our best tonight. There were some nerves tonight too.”

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North Attleboro showed some nerves in the opening set, hurting themselves with nearly a dozen unforced errors. The Rocketeers hurt themselves with a couple of serves out of bounds, a half dozen hitting errors, and allowing Brockton’s serve game to finish with three aces.

After the first 12 points were split evenly, Brockton used a run to create some separation. A kill from North Attleboro junior Grace Munley landed a kill to get North within three, down 13-10, but the Boxers pulled away. A pair of kills, a service error, and an ace from Brockton forced a timeout with the Boxers up 17-11.

Brockton stretched its lead to 22-13 but North responded with three straight points to get within six at 22-16. However, the Boxers finished the game as North had back-to-back hitting errors and the Boxers secured the first set with a block kill.

North Attleboro came out rejuvenated in the second set and jumped out to a 6-1 lead, with Munley and Tatiana Sotelo (13 kills, 10 digs) each recording a kill early on. While Brockton made a push to get back into it, a kill from Ryan Sullivan (eight kills) on a nice set from junior Hayley Gaskin (27 assists) extended the Rocketeers’ advantage to 11-5.

Brockton refused to go away, getting within two points on a handful of occasions, coming within one point midway through, and even tying it late, but North Attleboro never relinquished its lead.

A run from the Boxers cut the lead to 16-15, forcing Hallahan to take a timeout. North responded with two kills from each Sotelo and junior Eliza Dion to push the lead to 20-15. Brockton came back with. 5-0 run of its to tie the game but with its back against the wall, North answered with a 5-2 run.

Sotelo had a kill, Brockton had an attack error, Melanson had some big swings resulting in a pair of kills and Dion ended the set with another kill to tie it 1-1.

“When we play with a lot of energy and we played with a lot of intensity, we play a great game of volleyball,” Hallahan said. “But it’s one thing that happens against us and they can go into a lull. We can’t get ourselves out of those sometimes and it adds up.”

While Brockton had a strong start in the third set, North Attleboro stayed with the Boxers the whole way. Brockton led by as much as six early (11-5) but the Rocketeers continued to stay in striking distance behind a 6-2 run. In that run, both Melanson and Munley had a kill and Melanson had an ace – just one of two aces the Rocketeers had in the entire match.

“They’re libero was amazing and the whole game we talked about keeping it away from her but she was really strong on the serves,” Hallahan said. ”And on top of that, we were just giving them a ton of balls. Whether it was free balls or on serve receive, we weren’t clicking tonight.“

The see-saw battle continued with Brockton extended its lead to five (17-12) but North got within one by going on a 6-2 tear of their own. But similar to how the Rocketeers never surrendered the lead in the second set, Brockton never let its lead evaporate in the third, and finished it off, 25-21.

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“[Sotelo] is really good,” said Brockton head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau. “We couldn’t keep the ball away from her enough and she executed really wll. We wanted to make sure we had some good runs when she was in the back row so she wouldn’t get to the front row to hurt us.”

North jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fourth set but Brockton quickly took over and never looked back. The Rocketeers stayed within striking distance throughout, down three at 12-9, and got it down to two at 18-16, but that would be the closest North got. After a North timeout, Brockton closed the set, and match, out with a 5-2 run to win 25-18.

“We knew at the beginning of the season that since we were young that there would be some hard times,” Hallahan said. “But we talked about being a second half team, we wanted to be strongest in the second half of the season. I know they have the talent, you could see it tonight, but we just need to continue to put the work in. I’m really proud of them, they had a great second half of the season. Tonight just didn’t work in our favor.

North Attleboro volleyball finishes the season at 10-9 overall.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/19/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Game of the Week – Football
North Attleboro, 14 @ Canton, 10 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: (NA) Nick Raneri 4-yard rush, Tyler DeMattio XP good.
2nd Quarter: (C) Gersom Rivera 5-yard rush, Owen Lehane XP good; (C) O. Lehane 34-yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (NA) Brendan McHugh 54-yard rush, T. DeMattio XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Football
Attleboro, 24 @ Franklin, 31 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Nick Gordon 2-yard rush, Parker Chevront XP good; (A) Justin Cote 83-yard kick return, Colby Briggs XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Jason Weir 1-yard rush, C. Briggs XP good; (F) P. Chevront 31-yard field goal; (A) C. Briggs 35-yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (A) J. Weir 10-yard pass to Ethan Cameron, C. Briggs XP good; (F) N. Gordon 55-yard pass to Marcus Quintina, P. Chevront XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) N. Gordon 11-yard pass to Jack Nally, P. Chevront XP good; (F) N. Gordon 52-yard pass to J. Nally, P. Chevront XP good.

Foxboro, 17 @ Sharon, 8 – Final

Taunton, 7 @ King Philip, 24 – Final

Mansfield, 36 @ Oliver Ames, 8- Final
1st Quarter: (M) Michael DeBolt 5-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) V. Holmes 7-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good; (M) Aidan Sacco 12-yard pass to Khristian Conner, M. DeBolt XP good; (M) V. Holmes 6-yard rush, M. DeBolt XP good.
3rd Quarter: (OA) Nathan Cabral 5-yard rush, Cam Perron conversion pass to Darnele Ryan.
4th Quarter: (M) Conner Smith 23-yard pass to Shane Downey, Aridan Archambault 2-point rush good.

Milford, 18 @ Stoughton, 15 – FinalClick here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (S) John Burke 26-yard pass to Alex Iverson, Josh Cocchi XP good; (M) Colby Pires 1-yard pass to Shapel Feaster, XP blocked.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (M) C. Pires 16-yard pass to Brendan White, 2-pt conversion no good; (S) Christopher Ais 12-yard rush, J. Burke conversion pass to Malachi Green-Hightower; (M) Ryan Pearl 1-yard rush, XP no good.

Boys Soccer
King Philip, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 2 @ Foxboro, 6 – FinalStoughton scored a pair of first half goals but Foxboro had four straight unanswered goals to pick up a win on the road. The Black Knights opened the scoring in the 16th minute but headed into halftime down 3-2, after being tied 2-2 late in the half. Foxboro added three more goals in the second half. Joe Cusack had four assists and Shane VandenBoom added a pair of goals and an assist to pace the Warriors. Dylan Barreira, Ronnie MacLellan, and Max Beigel all scored once while Nic Beigel had an assists. Stoughton freshman Dante Eschleman scored on a free kick to put the Knights up 1-0. Senior Carter Gerome also scored his first career goal for the Black Knights, assisted by Ryan Reis.

Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – FinalFranklin built a 1-0 lead at half, doubled that advantage in the second half, and walked away with a 3-1 decision to qualify for the state tournament. Nick Barry opened the scoring on an assist from Donny Tappin to give the Panthers a lead by halftime. Tim Duval and Lucas Moura scored second half goals for Franklin.

Mansfield, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final Click here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Mansfield senior Ethan Brill-Cass scored game-winner in the 78th minute to give the Hornets a win and at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. After a long throw from Dylan Buchanan, Oliver Ames’ clearance was knocked down by a partial block from a Mansfield player. Brill-Cass latched onto the loose ball and placed it into the far corner for the winner.

Milford, 0 @ North Attleboro, 0 – FinalBoth teams had chances to find the back of the net but didn’t convert as North, Milford settled for their second draw of the season. Kyle Briere made three saves for the Rocketeers while Tiago Carvalho and Lucas Da Silva had strong games for the Hawks.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 6 @ King Philip, 0 – FinalKP broke the game open with five goals in the second half. Avery Snead scored a hat trick and had an assist for the Warriors. Snead opened the scoring off an assist by Chloe Layne in the first half. Snead doubled the lead with a penalty kick in the second half and then assisted on a Layne goal. Ally Stanton made it 4-0 from Layne and then Layne assisted on Snead’s third. Layne wrapped up the scoring with her second goal (and fourth point) off an assist by Molly MacDonald.

Foxboro, 8 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalJordyn Collins had two goals and two assists for the unbeaten Warriors, who maintain their lead at the top of the Davenport division. Mackenzi Fraser had two goals and an assist, Kailee McCabe had a pair of goals, Aislinn Serveas scored her first goal of the season (assisted by Katie Huether), and Lizzy Davis chipped in with a goal as well.

Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 4 – FinalAnna Balkus scored twice and Calen Frongillo had a pair of assists to lift Franklin to a big win to keep pace with league-leading Mansfield. Sydney St. Marie and Bridgette Ginley also scored goals for the Panthers. Hailey Toolin and Kaylee DeSimone each had assists. Franklin goalie Breanna Atwood made three saves for the clean sheet.

North Attleboro, 3 @ Milford, 1 – FinalJuliana France opened the scoring for Milford, but Kayla Pasquel answered with a 20-yard strike to tie the game at 1-1. In the second half, Alex Moulson scored off a pass from Lydia Santos for what turned out to be the game-winner and Ashlyn Gaulin, who assisted on North’s first goal, scored off a Pasquel assist to seal the two points. With a goal and assist on Friday, Gaulin moved into third on North’s career scoring list with 82 points.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – FinalBryn Anderson scored a pair of goals to keep Mansfield in first place in the division. Maria Sevastos and Kerina Geminiani also scored goals for the Hornets, while Katie Garvin, Steph Kemp, and Kaylee Smith all recorded assists in the win. Allison Evin scored for Oliver Ames.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 4 @ Bishop Feehan, 0 – FinalAlex Compton and Anna Beck each scored twice for the Bombardiers against their cross-town rivals, while Shea Harrison made 14 stops to earn the shutout.

Sharon, 0 vs. Norwell, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 3 vs. Brockton, 2 – FinalStoughton broke a tie game inside the final five minutes of the game to earn a win over the Boxers. Alanna McCormick scored the game winner with 4:40 left, while Haley Nelson scored Stoughton’s first two goals.

Taunton, 3 vs. New Bedford, 0 – FinalTaunton took a 1-0 lead into halftime and then scored two late goals to secure the win over visiting New Bedford. Cierra Bartel, Caitlin Connors, and Kennedy Thielker each scored once for the Tigers.

Volleyball
King Philip, 0 @ Needham, 3 – FinalKing Philip suffered a 3-0 (18-25, 15-25, 16-25) setback on the road at Needham. Kristen Masse led the offense with eight kills while Nicole Coughlan had seven kills for the Warriors. Shayla Weitzman finished with 10 digs.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalMansfield overcame a 2-1 deficit, winning the final two sets to prevail 3-2 (3-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-21, 15-12) in a non-league win over North Attleboro. “It was a great team effort by the whole team,” said Mansfield head coach Melissa Heeden. Abby Sullivan has 18 service points with half of those coming in the fifth set to help the Hornets each the win. Greenly Kelly added 12 kills and four blocks, Olivia McGrath had 11 kills, had Katie Dardinski finished with 15 service points and five digs for Mansfield. For North Attleboro, Brooke Street had a great defensive game while Grace Munley had a strong game at the net with four blocks.

Milford, 3 @ Nipmuc, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 3 @ Brockton, 2 – FinalIn one of the tightest matches of the season, Stoughton avenged a five-set loss to the Boxers from earlier in the season with a 3-2 (26-24, 27-25, 23-25, 17-25, 16-14) win on the road. Molly Turner led the Stoughton offense with 18 kills while Delaney Nagel added 14. Amaya Morris recorded nine blocks and Mia Bennett was strong on defense with 38 digs.

Taunton, 3 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 2 – Final

Golf
Franklin, 160 @ Oliver Ames, 150 – FinalIn the final dual match of the season, Oliver Ames knocked off Franklin to earn a share of the Kelley-Rex title with the Panthers. Nolan Donze led the way with a 35, both Liam Barry and Justin Shapiro fired rounds of 38, and Thomas Walsh chipped in with a 39.