Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/30/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 70 @ Westwood, 55 – Final – Senior Jason Procaccini scored a career-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds for his first double-double with the Warriors. Classmate Alex DuBrow also had a career-high, scoring 24 points and adding six assists. DuBrow was named the Westwood Holiday Invitational MVP. Robbie Lowey had seven points and 11 rebounds for Foxboro. 
Milford, 59 @ Hopedale, 81 – Final
North Attleboro, 37 vs. Bishop Feehan, 50 – Final – Junior Jonny Friberg scored a team-best 11 points off the bench for the Rocketeers and classmate Brent Doherty chipped in with seven points.
Oliver Ames, 67 vs. Falmouth, 42 – Final – Oliver Ames’ offense had its best game of the season led by Carter Evin, who scored 15 points and was named the Muscato Tournament MVP. Dylan Mahoney had a team-high 16 points and was named a tournament all star.
Stoughton, 54 @ Randolph, 61 – Final – Brandon Teixeira scored a team-high 20 points and was named an all star for the Blue Devils Holiday Tournament.
Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 55 @ Dartmouth, 45 – Final

Foxboro, 39 @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 37 – Final – Cassidy Harrison led Foxboro with 12 points as the Warriors were able to hold off a late push from the Trojans.

Milford, 54 @ Hopedale, 41 – Final

North Attleboro, 51 @ Bishop Feehan, 85 – FinalSamantha Taggart led the Rocketeers with 12 points while Ashley Ahern and Caroline Collard each chipped in with nine points.
Sharon, 59 vs. Sandwich, 41 – Final – Charlotte Ransom was the top scorer for Sharon with 19 points and fellow captain Alyssa Piazza had 15. The Eagles broke open a one-point game with a 22-8 third quarter.
Hockey
Attleboro, 6 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Sam Larkin scored his first career goal with a penalty shot and Evan Andrews made 16 saves to earn his first varsity win for the Bombardiers. Attleboro also got goals from Nick Miniati, Jack Flynn, Keigan Larkin, Dan Creavin, and Jake Parker.

Canton, 1 vs. Westwood, 1 – FinalBobby Mullaney gave Canton the lead in the first period off an assist by Shaun Kirby but Westwood tied it in the second against the run of play. The Bulldogs outshot Westwood 30-14 for the game (25-5 in the final two periods). 
Franklin, 2 vs. St. Joseph, 4 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final – Matt Mancini netted his first hat trick and Owen Gallagher had a trio of assists and one goal for Oliver Ames. King Philip sophomore Collin Cooke had a pair of goals for the Warriors. 

Taunton, 7 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Tyler Pietrzyk and Jordan Hoey each scored a pair of goals for Taunton while Nick Croft, Mike Volkmann and Mike Albert each scored once. RJ Stansbury and Griffin Burns each scored for Milford.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Dedham, 1 – Final – Junior Zach McGowan scored his first goal in the second period to tie the game and then scored the game-winner in the third period to lift the Rocketeers. 

Stoughton, 4 vs. Apponequet/Connolly, 3 – Final – Junior captain Jon Lessa found the back of the net twice to help Stoughton edge Apponequet/Connolly at home. 
Wrestling
Mansfield, 3 @ Norton, 63 – Final
Swimming
Foxboro @ Hopkinton, 6:00
Gymnastics
Canton, 118.05 @ Mansfield, 134.90 – Final
Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Medfield, 0 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Westwood, 5 – Final
King Philip, 3 vs. Cohasset/Hanover, 5 – Final
Stoughton, 0 vs. Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 7 – Final

Black Knights Start on High Note With Big Win

Stoughton junior captain Jon Lessa fires a wrist shot in the third period against Milford. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton junior captain Jon Lessa fires a wrist shot in the third period against Milford. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

BROCKTON, Mass. – Even though it was just the second period of the first game of the year, there were some positive takeaways for Stoughton.

After the Black Knights extended their lead to two goals with 6:19 to play in the middle period, Milford responded within 30 seconds to grab the momentum and cut the deficit to one.

But this year’s Stoughton showed resiliency, battling to gain the momentum back, scoring the all important next goal in the final two minutes of the second period and taking care of business in the third period to open the season with a 5-1 win over the Scarlet Hawks.

“That was huge,” Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said of the late second period goal. “In past years, we’ve fallen apart. We’ve been up two goals, like against Attleboro and Foxboro last year, and normally we fall apart. We didn’t fall apart and I thought our guys played hard.”

Despite a 13-6 advantage in shots and two big chances, the Black Knights headed to the locker room in scoreless tie at the first intermission. Milford’s Jonathan Chase made a nice move just 90 seconds into the game but his bid at the near post was stuffed by Stoughton freshman goalie AJ Scott (16 saves).

The Black Knights had two chances back to back in one sequence but Milford goalie Brian Ireland (30 saves) came up big both times. First Ireland got his pad down for a kick save on chance from Jon Lessa and then after the puck cycled around, Lessa had a open wrist shot right in the slot but Ireland got the handle of his stick in the way to push it over.

“He’s very good, he had a lot of shots against him and played well,” Mark said of Ireland. “Their whole Milford team played really hard, I give them a lot of credit.”

It didn’t take long for Stoughton to take the lead in the second period, finding the back of the net just over two minutes into the period. Senior captain Mark Sheehan picked up possession in the corner, skated towards the front of goal and tucked it in past Ireland to make it 1-0.

Stoughton doubled its lead with 6:19 left when Lessa found junior Ryan Chipman out in front for the one timer.

That’s when Milford snatched the momentum back. Just 22 seconds later, Milford’s RJ Stansbury centered a pass that eighth grader Griffin Burns hit one time to find the back of the net to make it 2-1.

From there, the Black Knights were able to overcome any push from Milford and with with 1:49 left, Stoughton freshman Carter Gerome notched his first career goal right in front to get the two goal cushion back. Since the Scarlet Hawks only had nine skaters, Stoughton knew the third period would be a time to use their skating to push the pace.

“We told the kids to keep playing hard until the end,” Mark said. “We actually had a couple captains speak up because they’ve experienced [losing the lead] before. They spoke up in the locker room to push in the third period.”

To seal the deal, Stoughton’s Sheehan sent in a centering pass less than a minute into the third period that deflected off a skate and in, leaving no chance for Ireland. Lessa added a fifth goal right in front off a feed from Donnie Foley with 6:17 left in the third.

“It’s going to be a learning process trying to figure out if we can move guys from defense to forward and double shift and things like that,” Milford head coach Mike Balzarini said. “As far as the nine skaters we had, I thought we did a good job and the kids never gave up. Even when we were down in the third period the kids didn’t give up. As far as the effort I’ve very pleased. There’s always room for improvement, even with just nine guys.

Stoughton (1-0) matches its win total from last year and will try to make it two when they travel to Stoughton on Monday night. Milford (0-1) will look to break into the win column on Wednesday when they host Attleboro.

“This is great,” Mark said. “We didn’t win until our last game last year and the kids liked the feeling of winning. I think it’s great for the kids, it’s great for them. It’s great to get a win early in the season.”

Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Saturday’s Schedules & Scoreboard – 12/12/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 71 @ Moses Brown, 51 – Final

Mansfield, 55 vs. Medfield, 39 – Final – Julianna Newell scored 15 points to lead the Hornets to a win in the MIAA Tip Off Showcase, which raised money for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. Caroline Maher added 13 points for Mansfield while Jen Peel had eight points and six assists and Meg Hill had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Hockey
Mansfield, 0 vs. Winthrop, 0 – Final

Milford, 1 @ Stoughton, 5 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored twice, Jon Lessa had a goal an assist while Ryan Chipman, Barry Cooke, Carter Gerome, Eoin Doherty, Donnie Foley and Nick Hardy all recorded a point in the win. Milford’s Griffin Burns scored off an assist from RJ Stansbury. 

Oliver Ames, 5 vs. Quincy, 2 – Final – Five different players scored – Matt Mancini, Jared Costello, Jack Maloney, Evan DiMartinis and Max Ward – to lift the Tigers to a season opening win.
Wrestling
Scituate Tournament (Canton), 10:00AM
Foxboro @ Danvers, 10:00AM
Mt. Hope Tournament (Franklin, Stoughton) – Franklin’s A squad finished in second place at the tournament. 
Devin Ness Memorial Tournament (King Philip, Oliver Ames) – Oliver Ames’ Shea O’Connor and Pat Mills each won at their weight class as the Tigers finished in fourth. King Philip finished in sixth. 
Lincoln-Sudbury Quad (Mansfield) – The Hornets broke even, going 2-2 on the day. 
Tewksbury Quad (Milford) – Milford went 3-0 at the Tewksbury quad with Ryan Nesta, Ryan Gray and Nick Johnson each going 3-0. 
North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro) – North Attleboro went 3-0 on the day.
Sharon Quad (Sharon) – Sharon went 3-0 on the day with wins over Pembroke (53-30), Plymouth North (42-36) and Walpole (42-39). 
Norton Quad (Taunton) – The Tigers went 2-1 with wins over Durfee and Nauset. Justin Bradley (126), Jorge Rodrigues (138), Nuno Camara (182) and Santiago Lopez (220) all went 3-0 on the day.
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Boys
Attleboro, 44 vs. Franklin, 55 – Final – Franklin got first place finishes from Luke Gordon (38.35) in the 300M and the high jump (league best 6-01.00), Jimmy Robbins (2:51.40) in the 1000M, Paul Kroushl (1:34.50) in the 600M, Ryan Spelman (4:44.39) in the 1 Mile and both the 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. Attleboro was paced by first place finishes from Isaiah Rodrigues (6.87) in the 55M dash and in the long jump (18-10.25), Brett Szlachciuk (10:47.38) in the 2 Mile, Jacob Hardy (league best 50-05.00) in the shot put. Attleboro’s Patrick Collins (44-07.50) and Nathaniel Joyal (41-08.50) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the shot put. 

Canton, 23 vs. Sharon, 73 – Final – Sharon’s Oliver Hu was first in the 55M dash (league best 6.84), Matthew Hoffman was first in the 300M (39.93), Tieqi Sun was first in the 1000M with a time of 2:57.61, Tianrui Sun (league best 4:44.08) was first in the 1 Mile, William McManus was tops in the 55M hurdles (league best 8.20), both 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams were first and Carlos Grullon had a league best 20-03.00 in the long jump. Canton’s Patrick Hession was first in the 600M at 1:30.14 and senior Mark Clancy was first in the 2 Mile at 10:38.87 (PR and state qualifier) and second in the 1 Mile at 4:47.32.

Foxboro, 61 vs. Stoughton, 39 – Final – Foxboro’s Hunter Williams finished first in the 300M at 41.27, Danny Rounds came in first in the 600M at 1:37.09, Will Regan (2:54.85) was first at the 1000M, Alton George (37-03.25) and Jack Lovely (36-11.00) were first and second in the shot put and Eseosa Omuemu was first in the long jump (19-01.50). For Stoughton, Clifton Gerring was first in the 55M dash at 6.96 and first in the high jump at 5-05.00, Cameron Bean was first in the 1 Mile at 4:50.84, Colin Cochran was first at the 2 Mile at 11:23.87 and Alexander Oliver (8.74) was first in the 55M hurdles.

King Philip, 39 vs. Taunton, 61 – Final – Taunton’s Brian Cherenfant ran away with the 300M with a league best time of 37.31 and finished first in the long jump at 18-06.75. Matthew Holt (38.59) finished second in the 300M. Jimmy Hoye (1:31.24) was first in the 600M, Zac Bentley was first in the 1000M at 2:48.28, Dylan Lynch (4:48.81) took first in the 1 Mile, Trevor Wysong (10:16.48) was first in the 2 Mile, Lance Law was first in the high jump at 5-09.00. King Philip’s Sean Garrity was first in the 55M dash at 6.85, Ethan Dunne was first at the 55M hurdles at 8.38 and Paul Macrina came in first at the shot put at 43-03.50.

Mansfield, 62 vs. North Attleboro, 38 – Final – Devin Maughn was first in the 300M at 37.95 for Mansfield, Kyle Amerantes finished first at the 600M in 1:29.18, Jack Crawford (2:43.92) and Kevin Crawford (2:45.73) were first and second in the 1000M, Nick Rispoli (4:48.77) came in first in the 1 Mile, Jake Affanato recorded a league best time of 10:14.17 in the 2 Mile, Jareme DiLorenzo came in first in the 55M hurdles (8.25) and Kevin McCree was best in the shot put at 40-02.75. North Attleboro’s Nick Rajotte finished first in the 55M at 6.92, both the 4×200 and 4×400 teams came in first, Matt Tarantino was first in the high jump at 5-11.00 and John Thompson was first in the long jump at 19-04.50. 

Milford, 28 vs. Oliver Ames, 72 – Final – OA’s Doug MacDonald topped the 55M race at 6.94, Belmund Rodrigues-Pires finished first at the 300M in 37.59, Michael Braga was first in the 1000M at 3:01.60, Jarod Boone (4:45.23) finished in the first spot in the 1 Mile, Troy Kent (10:44.79) was first in the 2 Mile, Jack Gangemi topped the shot put at 34-00.00, Jack MacAdam came in first in the high jump at 5-05.00 and Kalil Matier was best in the long jump at 19-01.50. Milford’s Cam Clark won the 55M race at 7.08, Jared Luce took the 600M race at 1:33.26 and Luis Goncalves was first in the 55M hurdles at 8.91.
Girls
Attleboro, 16 vs. Franklin, 84 – Final – Franklin’s Jessica Kroushl came in first in the 55M dash at 7.71, the 300M race at 43.54 and the long jump at 16-02.25. Meghan Doherty had a league-best time of 1:43.55 in the 600M, Brittany Robinson (league-best 3:14.00) and Sabrina Roche (3:16.13) came in first and second respectively in the 1000M, Ella Gutkowski grabbed first in the 1 Mile in 5:56.82, Sarah Goodermuth was first in the shot put at 28.02.25 and Lauren Farnan was first in the high jump at 4-07.00. Attleboro’s Quincy Harding took first in the 55M hurdles at 9.72 and was second in the long jump at 16-00.00.

Canton, 39 vs. Sharon, 61 – Final – Ariadne Tolay finished first in the 600M at 1:44.91, sophomore Amanda Brown (3:29.86) was first in the 1000M, Heather Seggelin took first in the 1 Mile at 5:55.67, Maria Gieg was first in the 2 Mile at 12:35.04, Brigid Loftus won the 55M hurdles at 10:08 and freshman Geena Lesser took the high jump at 4-07.00. Canton’s Selena Cho won the 55M (state qualifier 7.87), the 300M (54.78) and the long jump (state qualifier 15-04.25), Kelly Dever won the shot put at 28-03.25 and Hannah Link came in second in the 300M and third in the 55M in her first track meet. 

Foxboro, 68 vs. Stoughton, 32 – Final – Foxboro’s Shraeya Srinivasan was first in the 55M at 7.76 and the long jump at 16-08.50, Berlendah Dure was first in the 300M at 44.86, Meredith Cronin (league-best 5:36.46) came in first in the 1 Mile, Lexi Quinn was first in the 2 Mile (12:14.09), Marina Wright was first in the 55M hurdles at 10.13 and Kelsey McDonald was first and tied for a league best 4-11.00 in the high jump. Stoughton’s Marissa Williams claimed first in the 600M at 1:58.71, Julia Bobeck was first in the 1000M at 3:36.76 and Nashadee Guerrier got the win at the shot put at 29-09.00. 

King Philip, 40 vs. Taunton, 60 – Final – Taunton’s Jill Purtell was first in the 55M hurdles at 9.65 and in the long jump at 16-10.25, Sam Tichelaar got the win in the 55M dash at 7.85, Leishnaly Rosado came in first in the 300M at 45.74, Samantha Grundy was tops at the 1000M at 3:20.89 and junior Amanda Baptiste (12:52.78) and eighth grader Tatyana Mainer-Smith (12:55.76) came in first and second respectively in the 2 Mile. King Philip’s Lucy Hamilton got a first place finish in the 600M at 1:46.91, Sarah Butts won the 1 Mile at 6:19.45, Emily Cote was first in the shot put at 27-07.50 and Abigail Mckeown finished first in the high jump at 4-09.00.

Mansfield, 46 vs. North Attleboro, 54 – Final – In the tightest meet of the day, North Attleboro was led by a first place finish in the 2 Mile by Ann Roberts (league best 12:06.23), a win at the shot put from freshman Julia Mechlinski (30-06.50), a first place finish from senior Nicole Boulanger (tied league best 4-11.00), and a first place finish from Isabelle Renzi in the long jump at 16-10.25. Mansfield’s Lauren Waters had a league best finish at 7.58 in the 55M dash, Kelly Crawford had a league best time of 42.41 in the 300M, Rachel Stier had a first place finish in the 600M at 1:46.96, Caitlin Whitman finished first in the 1000M at 3:17.00, Emma Oldow had a first place finish the the 1 Mile at 5:56.08 and Alicyn McHugh finished first in the 55M hurdles at 10.45.

Milford, 33 vs. Oliver Ames, 67 – Final – Sophomore Elizabeth Nuss got the win for the Tigers in the 55M dash at 8.11, Lauren Wright came in first in the 600M at 1:44.62, junior Dana Lowney, junior Jessica Robarge and senior Erin Fitzgerald finished 1-2-3 in the 1000M, Gabby Eldridge was first in the 55M with a league-best time of 9.47, Chi-Chi Akanegbu was first in the shot put at 35-10.50 (league best) and Comfort Udo came in first in the high jump at 4-09.00. Milford’s Gabby O’Neil was first in the 300M race at 46.42, Jenise Madden (5:50.23) was first in the 1 Mile, Gabriela Chong (12:41.61) was first in the 2 Mile and Christina Speliakos was first in the long jump at 15-11.00. 
Girls Hockey
King Philip, 3 @ Norwell, 2 – Final – Molly Alfond, Olivia McCarthy and Casie Curtin scored for the Warriors.