Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/28/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
North Attleboro, 6 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Through four innings, it was a pitcher’s duel between rivals Big Red and Big Blue. North took a 1-0 lead in the fifth with a squeeze from Bryan Harris to score Nick Pedro. Attleboro struck back in the bottom half with three runs but the Rocketeers plated five runs in the seventh inning to get the win. Ridge Olsen had a two out RBI single and Brian Poillucci had a two RBI triple.

Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 6 – Final – King Philip scored four runs in the third and added two more in the fifth to pick up a win over the Panthers. Jon Rolfe scattered seven hits but didn’t issue a single walk and struck out win in a complete game effort to get the win. Ryan Guenette had two successful suicide squeezes and Jack DiCenso added a pair of hits for the Warriors, who didn’t make any errors on defense.

Softball
North Attleboro, 14 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace earned his 200th career victory with the win. Mycala Moody, Jordan Sharpe and Gina Miceli each had three hits and Sam Courtemanche had a pair of hits. Amelia Murphy struck out seven, allowing three hits in five innings for the win.

Foxboro, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalClick here for a recap from this game.

Franklin, 4 @ King Philip, 12 – Final Franklin held a 2-0 lead but King Philip rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back. Hailey McCasland led KP with four hits, Kali Magane had three hits and Christa Wagner had a pair of hits. Brooke Taute added a home run for the Warriors.

Boys Lacrosse
North Attleboro, 7 @ Attleboro, 5 – Final

Taunton, 5 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 7 – Final – Griffin Speicher scored twice and had one assist and Ethan Paterson scored twice for Taunton. Mike Perrotta scored once and Josh Grasso, John Almeida and Andrew Wellington each had an assist.

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 3 @ North Attleboro, 19 – Final – Senior Hana Caster and sophomore Mackenzie Rosenberg each scored seven goals apiece to pace the Rocketeers.

Franklin, 15 @ King Philip, 8 – Final – Franklin’s Julia Jette and Kenzie Pleshaw each scored three goals and had an assist to lead the Panthers. Head coach Kristin Igoe praised the defensive play of Sam Jones, who had three draws and four ground balls.

Boys Tennis
North Attleboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Rocketeers won all five matches in straight sets, bouncing back from their first loss of the season on Wednesday. Mitchell Dyer won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Zack Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Barsomo Nuay won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Jeff Yao and Nick Lockavitch paired for a 6-3, 6-0 win at first singles and Jake Fontes and Daniel Zhang won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

Franklin, 4 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – All three singles matches went to three sets and oen doubles needed a tiebreaker in what was a terrific match between Franklin and King Philip. Junior Rahul Herur was able to pull out a marathon win at first singles, prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8) while classmate Eli Brooks won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at second singles. Tom Mancini and James Johnston were solid for Franklin at first doubles with a 6-1, 6-1 win while Cam Piana and Jeremy Gan won 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at second doubles. King Philip freshman Blake Ginter emerged with a 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 win at third singles for the Warriors.

Sharon, 1 vs. Wellesley, 4 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 4 – Final

Taunton vs. New Bedford, 4:00

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro improved to 9-0 with a sweep over rival Attleboro. Julia Mark won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, Allie Grinavic won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles and Emily Chiasson won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Jhanavi Kapadia and Gabby Duva picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at first doubles and Katie Demontigny and Hana Hershey won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles for the Rocketeers.

Canton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Mansfield swept singles play and won once at doubles to get the win at home. Paulina Martin won 6-1, 6-4 at first singles, Kathleen Giffels battled for a 6-3, 7-5 win at second singles and Sarah Doyle picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory at third singles. Cathryn Heavey and Chloe Peters teamed for a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win at first doubles for the Hornets. Canton’s Talya Mayman and Julia Buskowsky won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 at second doubles.

King Philip, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 5 – Final – Milford picked up a win in a competitive contest with the Black Knights. Allie Collins 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Ally Buckenmsier won 6-4, 6-4 at second singles and Jess McIntire won at third singles. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitz and Megan Cafarella won 6-1, 6-4 at first doubles and Victoria Beydr and Kate Rosenblatt won 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (11-9) at second doubles.

Taunton, 5 @ New Bedford, 0 – Final – Taunton took care of business on the road, winning each match in straight sets. Jordan Pagliuca won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, Olivia Sweeney won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Kelsey Hebert won 6-2, 6-2 at third singles. Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor won 6-4, 6-2 at first doubles and Caroline Hebert and Jillian Pagliuca won 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles for the Tigers.

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 vs. Randolph, 1 – Final

Boys Outdoor Track
Sharon @ Canton 3:45
Mansfield @ North Attleboro 3:30
Stoughton, 49 @ Milford, 88 – Final

Girls Outdoor Track
Sharon @ Canton 3:45
Mansfield @ North Attleboro 3:30
Stoughton, 40 @ Milford, 96 – Final

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/15/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 1 – Final (8 inn.)

Foxboro, 7 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Aaron Wentling picked up the win on the mound for the Warriors with four innings of work and Darren Kelly got the save in relief. Wentling and AJ Cavossa each added a pair of hits and two RBI at the plate while sophomore Chad Bearce had a two-out two-RBI hit for the Warriors.

Franklin, 6 @ Mansfield, 14 – Final – Sophomore Tyler Dalton struck out five in five innings of work to earn his first career win. Mansfield’s offense exploded with Kevin Dow and Mike Arnold each going 3-4 with three runs scored, Jake Tryder going 2-3 with two RBI and Tyrone Pascual went 2-3 with an RBI for the Hornets.

King Philip, 6 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – King Philip took a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning but had to battle back after the Rocketeers combined for five runs in the first and second innings. Will Weir had a three run home run that scored Stephan MacMeans (single) and Ben Furfari (walk). The Warriors then tied the game with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Weir reached after being hit by a pitch and advanced on a single from Jon Rolfe. Both runners advanced on a double steal and Jack DiCenso followed it up with a two-run hit. Ryan Coulter scored the go-ahead run in the sixth after doubling, moving to second on a Ryan Guenette single and coming home on a wild pitch. DiCenso got the win for KP, coming on in relief and tossing 5.2 shutout innings while striking out seven. North Attleboro’s Brian Kleczkowski was 2-4 with an RBI.

Stoughton, 9 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Jack Connelly went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI and Doug Seaman was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI and to lead the Black Knights’ offense. Justin Hutchinson got the win on the mound for Stoughton, going five innings allowing just one earned run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Barry Cooke pitched two no-hit innings in relief.

Softball
Taunton, 13 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Courtney Fisher didn’t allow a run in six innings of work, walking just a pair and allowing two hits while striking out seven to get the win. Jordan Wade went 3-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the Tigers’ offense. Liana Duarte went 3-4 with an RBI and a stolen base, Meghan Navarro was 2-3 with a double and an RBI and Jaime Brown was 2-4 with a double and a triple and a run batted in.

Foxboro, 2 @ Milford, 14 – Final – Emily Piergustavo and Jess Tomaso each drove in three runs to pace the Scarlet Hawks’ offense. Piergustavo went 3-3 with a double and three runs scored while Tomaso was 3-4 with a home run, a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Maggie Farrell added two hits, including a triple, two RBI and two runs scored while Shannon Cormier had a double and a run scored. Ali Atherton struck out nine in six innings of work, allowing three hits and a pair of runs to get the win.

Franklin, 2 @ Mansfield, 7 – Final – Freshman Mady Bendanillo had a career day, connecting on a pair of home runs to lead the Hornets. Bendanillo hit a solo home run in the first inning and then connected for her first career grand slam in the second inning. The tandem of pitcher Maddie Letendre and catcher Bri Homer limited the Panthers at the plate. Letendre struck out six in a complete game while Homer played great behind the plate according to head coach Lori Letendre. Maddie Letendre helped her cause at the plate, going 2-3, while Megan Letendre, Kara Bendanillo, Rachel Carafa, Homer and Liz Mackin all had hits. For Franklin, Ally Shea went 2-4 with a run scored, Clara DeCarvalho was 2-4 and Alyssa Dasilva had a pair of RBIs in the top of the seventh.

North Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 11 – Final – Kali Magane went the distance for the Warriors, allowing only three hits and one earned run while striking out 13 and walking none for the win. Offensively, KP had 12 hits with Christa Wagner and Haley McCasland paving the way. Wagner scored three runs while McCasland knocked in three runs. For North Attleboro, Mycala Moody had a double and scored two runs while Liz Morehouse added a single and an RBI.

Sharon, 0 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final – Shannon Flaherty struck out 11 in a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and issuing just two walks to get the win. Karly Estremera had three singles and scored a run for the Black Knights while Brianna Ferrandiz knocked in a pair of runs for Stoughton.

Boys Lacrosse
Foxboro, 9 vs. Barnstable, 5 – Final

Franklin, 7 @ Cohasset, 8 – Final – Senior Austin Kent and sophomore Eric Civetti both scored a hat trick and registered an assist for the Panthers. Head coach Lou Verrochi said Sophomore Connor O’Rourke was superb in goal with nine saves.

King Philip, 6 vs. Bishop Feehan, 8 – Final – Sam Agricola scored five goals for the Warriors and assisted on the sixth but King Philip couldn’t overcome Feehan. Freshman Colin DeVellis scored his first career goal for King Philip.

Mansfield, 8 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – Billy Grant scored a hat trick to lead the Hornets, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half. Jon Reed added a pair of goals and Ryan Smith and Hunter Ferreira each had one. North was led by Colin Young and Zack McGowan each with two goals, while Nick Ward added one.

Oliver Ames, 10 @ Milford, 4 – Final – Senior Matt Gilson notched a hat trick in the game, putting him at 104 career points.

Sharon, 7 @ Norwell, 15 – Final

Taunton, 4 @ New Bedford, 5 – Final – Freshman Griffin Speicher led Taunton with a pair of goals while Andrew Wellington and Josh Grasso each scored once. Josh Grasso, Nick Croft, Mike Perrotta and Cam Welby each recorded assists. Ryan Williams made seven saves in net for the Tigers.

Girls Lacrosse
Foxboro, 14 vs. Hingham, 7 – Final

North Attleboro, 20 @ Mansfield, 7 – Final – Hana Caster was the top scorer for the Rocketeers with seven goals.

Milford, 8 @ Oliver Ames, 22 – Final – Erin Fitzgerald found the back of the net four times, adding a pair of assists to lead OA. Sam Lang scored four goals and also added an assist in the win. Ariana Waldorf made 17 saves and head coach Craig Gardner said Waldorf was “stellar” in net. Kendall Clifford (three goals, three assists), Sofia Masciarelli (three goals, one assist) and Abby Duvall (three goals) helped contribute to Milford’s offense.

Taunton, 5 vs. New Bedford, 8 – Final

Boys Tennis
Attleboro, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Wins at first and third singles as well as first doubles led the Tigers to a win. Freshman Brett Beaulieu won 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 at first singles and Mike Briggs won 6-2, 6-2 at second singles. The team of Connor Briggs and Charlie Fiske won 6-2, 6-3 at first doubles to secure the win. Attleboro’s Tyler Letendre won 7-6, 6-4 at second singles and Khaled Hantash and Ahijah Joseph won 6-2, 6-3 at second doubles.

Foxboro, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final

Mansfield, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Franklin won at second and third singles as well as first and second doubles to get the win. Junior Eli Brooks won 6-0, 6-3 at second singles and Tom Mancini won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. James Johnston and Cam Piana won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and the team of Jeremy Gran and Dan Barrow won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

King Philip, 1 @ North Attleboro, 4 – FinalMitchell Dyer battled through a second set loss to pick up a 6-3, 5-7, 16-14 win in a super tiebreaker for the Rocketeers at first singles. Junior Jake Webster won 6-2, 6-3 at third singles while seniors Jeff Yao and Nick Lockavitch won 7-5, 6-1 at first doubles and Jake Fontes and Daniel Zhang won 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.

Stoughton, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final

Girls Tennis
Taunton @ Attleboro, 3:45
Milford, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final
Franklin, 4 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final
North Attleboro @ King Philip, 3:30
Sharon, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames vs. Randolph, 4:00

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 0 vs. Framingham, 3 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ Durfee, 3 – Final

Boys Outdoor Track
Attleboro @ Franklin 3:45

Girls Outdoor Track
Attleboro @ Franklin 3:45

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 03/31/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Lacrosse
Taunton, 6 vs. Bristol Plymouth, 7 – Final (OT)Taunton rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the fourth quarter in its first ever varsity game but fell to BP in overtime. Lee Gobin scored a pair of goals for Taunton while Andrew Wellington, Jason Stern, Griffin Speicher and Cam Welby each scored once. Ryan Williams made six saves in net.
Girls Lacrosse
Franklin, 14 @ Needham, 15 – Final (2OT) – Seven different players found the back of the net in Franklin’s opening game. Kenzie Pleshaw led the way with a team-high four goals and Emily Spath netted three goals. Sam Jones forced three turnovers on defense and had a pair of ground balls. Dani Lonati made seven saves in net. 
Taunton, 17 vs. Bristol Plymouth, 1 – FinalThe Tigers picked up a win in the program’s first ever varsity game. Layne Kingman led the way for Taunton with three goals and three assists. Delaney Powell scored five goals, Abby Kingman and Hannah Moniz each had two goals and an assist and Breanna Conlon and Kayla Phillips each scored a pair of goals.
Boys Tennis
Taunton, 3 vs. Durfee, 2 – Final – Brett Beaulieu picked up a marathon win at first singles (6-4, 5-7, 6-4), Mike Briggs won at a third singles (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Connor Briggs and Charlie Fiske teamed up for a 6-4, 6-1 win at first doubles. 
Girls Tennis
Taunton, 5 @ Durfee, 0 – Final – Jordan Pagliuca picked up a win at first singles (6-1, 6-2), Olivia Sweeney won at second singles (6-1, 6-0) and Delaney DeAvila rallied for a win at third singles (4-6, 6-2, 7-6). In doubles play, Emily Moor and Ashleigh Eason had a sweep at first doubles (6-0, 6-0) and Caroline Herbert and Jillian Pagliuca teamed up for a 6-1, 6-2 win at second doubles. 
Outdoor Track
Boys
North Attleboro, 105 vs. Oliver Ames, 31 – Final
Girls
North Attleboro, 73 vs. Oliver Ames, 63 – Final
Boys Volleyball
Taunton, 3 vs. Norwood, 0 – Final – The Tigers opened the season with a 3-0 sweep over Norwood, 25-11, 25-21, 25-16. Sophomore Lance Law led the way with 14 kills, 10 digs and three aces while Ricardo DaFonseca picked up right where he left off last year, notching 24 assists. Lens Esquil had five kills and a block, Malik Charles added four kills, three aces and a block and Nate Grant had four kills, and ace and a strong game at the net. Head coach Toby Chaperon praised the work of David Perry and Dawid Fusiecki during the game. 

Canton Claws Out Win Over Improved Taunton Team

By Jarett Leonard, HockomockSports.com Contributor
TAUNTON, Mass. – For the second straight Hockomock League game, an opponent that Canton once may have breezed past gave the Bulldogs a run for their money.
But for the second straight game, the Bulldogs clawed out a narrow victory, edging Taunton 3-1 on Saturday.
“It’s a testament of how strong the league is,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said. “I think the league is a great hockey league with great teams. You saw tonight a team [Taunton] that was young a couple years ago and all these guys are coming into their own as juniors and seniors now, and they’re a great hockey team.”
After a scoreless first period, Mike Dadasis put Canton on the board early in the second. Dadasis redirected a pass from Jackson Maffeo in the right circle past Taunton freshman goaltender Griffin Speicher.
Taunton answered quickly, though, as Will Walsh ripped a wrist shot from the right side over the shoulder of Canton goalie Justin Slocum on a two-on-one rush with Tyler Pietrzyk.
“Will is an emotional leader,” Taunton head coach Kris Metea. “He wears his heart on his sleeve and he will sacrifice everything for his teammates. When he does well, our team feeds off his energy. He has an absolute passion for the game and it shows.”
But just as quickly, Seamus Pecararo buried his own rebound on the doorstep to restore the Bulldogs’ lead at 2-1. The eventual game-winning goal was Pecararo’s fourth tally of the season.
Early in the third period, Matt Lazaro added some insurance for Canton, netting his fourth of the year after finding the puck on his tape in the crease. Taunton put some pressure on Slocum and the Bulldogs with an extra attacker in the final minute, but the senior goaltender preserved the win.
“He’s calm and composed in the net,” Shuman said of Slocum, who made 11 saves in the game. “He’s shown maturity over the years by not letting a goal like that rattle him. He made some big saves. They’ve got some guys that can shoot on that team and he made some big saves and didn’t give up any rebounds. Justin’s been our rock all year and he continues to be our rock.”
Taunton played a hard, physical game, preventing the Bulldogs from the time and space that they thrive on, and Shuman had high praise for the Tigers.
“They’re going to be a tournament team, and you saw why tonight,” Shuman said. “They were fast, they were skilled, they had some great goaltending, and it was a great high school hockey game.”
Speicher, who had won his two prior starts this season but allowed eight goals combined, stopped 35 of the 38 Canton shots he saw but suffered his first loss of the year.
“Griffin is very good in tight, and we knew that coming into this game,” Metea said. “We knew this would be a game that he would do well in because he would face a lot of in tight shots. He works hard as a freshman, he deserves a good opportunity, and lived up to everything we thought.”
Metea was also pleased with the effort of the skaters in front of Speicher, keeping pace with one of the top teams in the league.
“The work ethic was there,” Metea said. “They worked all night long. Sometimes we overworked instead of playing smarter hockey. We just worked so hard and put ourselves out of position sometimes. But give Canton all the credit in the world, they’re one of the best teams in the state for a reason.”
Canton improves to 6-1-1 overall, 3-0-0 in the league, and will travel to Stoughton on Tuesday at 7:30. Taunton, now 7-3 overall and 1-2 in the league, will be off until Wednesday when it hosts King Philip at 6:00.

Hockey: Kelley-Rex Division Preview 2015-2016

Kelley-Rex hockey
Mansfield and North Attleboro will be two of the teams gunning to unseat Franklin and win a league title. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

Attleboro
2014-15 Record: 11-13-1 (2-8-0)
2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 3 South semifinal
Head Coach: Mike Cripps

The Bombardiers made an improbable run to the Div. 3 South semifinal before being eliminated by Hanover. Even with a short bench and a goaltender that had never played before, Attleboro won three tournament games for the first time in program history and this year will try to build on that experience and get back to the postseason.

With 20 players on the roster, depth may not be Attleboro’s strength but there are some players that Cripps will be counting on to produce this season led by senior forward Keagin Larkin. He will be helped out on the forward line by junior P.J. Elliott and sophomore Sam Parker. Freshman Sam Larkin will also step in right away and Cripps said that he has been “impressive” during the opening two weeks of practice.

Senior goalie Tim Gile returns between the pipes after a season that saw him put on goalie pads for the first time. He will be joined at the goalie position by junior Tyler Koppy. In front of goal, seniors Will McKenzie and Jack Flynn and sophomore Sam McKenzie will be part of Attleboro’s defensive corps.

There may only be 20 players on the roster, but the Bombardiers are a tight-knit group and Cripps is hopeful that they can get back to .500 and another trip to the playoffs. He said, “Our team is a group of hard-working players with good chemistry. With our lack of depth, we have to avoid injuries and illness. I am very happy with the progress I have seen after the first week.”

Franklin
2014-15 Record: 17-4-3 (10-0-0)
2014-15 Finish: Lost in first round of the Super 8
Head Coach: Chris Spillane

How does Franklin follow up its first ever appearance in the prestigious Super 8 tournament? How does the program recover from losing 21 seniors off a roster that finished unbeaten in the Hockomock League and had one of the league’s most exciting hockey moments when it beat Xaverian in overtime in the Super 8 play-in game?

Those are tough questions that head coach Chris Spillane will be trying to answer in the coming weeks as he incorporates almost an entirely new roster. The top returning scorer from last season is senior Alex Bissanti, who chipped in with five goals as a junior. He will be joined up front by junior Adam Assad, who Spillane said has “lots of offensive potential.” In addition, the coach noted that he is looking towards a “strong” sophomore class to provide a spark offensively.

Ryan Shea was a rock in goal last season after getting his first playing time as a senior and the Panthers will be counting on seniors Nick Jasinki (five games in 2014-15) and Cam Benham to step in this year and have a similar impact. In front of the goalies, Franklin has a strong defensive corps led by senior captains Matt Pleshaw and Jack Chaffee. The defense has been bolstered by the return of senior Tyler Oaks, who had been playing for the South Shore Kings. Spillane called him a “strong offensive defenseman.”

It is only the third season for Franklin in Div. 1 and already the Panthers have accomplished more than most public school programs. This could be a transition year for Franklin but expectations remain high for a perennial power. Spillane said, “With the departure of 21 seniors, the success of this team will rely on finding a identity early in the season.”

King Philip
2014-15 Record: 7-10-3 (4-5-1)
2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Paul Carlow

For the second time in three season, King Philip has changed coaches with Paul Carlow taking charge of the Warriors this winter after two seasons as the JV and assistant coach. Thanks to his experience with the program and with the players, Carlow, who was once a standout player for KP, called the transition “smooth.” He added, “I know the players and they know me, which has made it pretty easy. Everyone know what is expected.”

The Warriors numbers were not huge this winter and depth may not be a strength, but Carlow is excited about the talent that KP will send out on the ice with six forwards and six defensemen returning from last year’s squad. The Warriors will be led on the forward line by senior captain Matt Smith, while fellow captain Clay Guess will lead an experienced blue line group that also includes football star Corey Lombardo.

Sophomore Collin Cooke is a player to watch this season and is poised for a breakout winter after scoring 11 goals and 10 assists as a freshman. Fellow sophomore Dan McLoughlin could be a player that steps in and provides a spark along with junior Richie Lucente, who saw plenty of ice time last season. Carlow also said that junior Jeremy Smith should step right in at defense. He noted that Smith had the talent to get on the ice as a sophomore but was only limited by the experienced players ahead of him.

Carlow has added preseason scrimmages and has changed the schedule around to add teams like Nauset, Walpole, and Coyle to prepare the team for the rigors of the Div. 1 tournament. After narrowly missing out the past two seasons, Carlow is confident the Warriors can make a run to the postseason. “We need to be ready for the type of teams we’re going to face,” said Carlow. “We may not be the deepest team, we didn’t have 90 kids tryout like Franklin, but we’ve got speed and we can play.”

Mansfield
2014-15 Record: 10-11-0 (8-2-0)
2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South first round
Head Coach: Rick Anastos

Mansfield enters another season as one of the main threats to Franklin in the Kelley-Rex division. The Hornets, who are the only other team to have won the division (in 2011), are one of the few programs to consistently have the talent base to challenge the Panthers and this season is no different.

Junior forward Matt Farragher is primed for a breakout season after scoring 13 points as a sophomore and he will be paired up front with several classmates, including Pat Sunderland and Chad Piotti. Seniors Pat Graham, Shane Doherty, and Max Hoffman will return to give Mansfield strength in depth along its first two lines and the firepower to make the Hornets a dangerous team in the Hock.

Mansfield also has the potential to be strong defensively, as demonstrated by a scoreless tie with Winthrop on Saturday. Anthony Visconti, who gave up just more three goals per game last season, returns in goal and he will be helped out by senior defenseman Mike Arnold, who leads the blue liners, along with classmate Tim O’Brien.

The Hornets have experienced returning players, but there is plenty of youth coming through program as well with two freshman and five sophomores on the varsity roster. Franklin may remain the team to beat, but Mansfield is confident that it will be right there pushing the Panthers to the end.

North Attleboro
2014-15 Record: 12-8-1 (6-4-0)
2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South first round
Head Coach: Stephen Snizek

The Rocketeers made it back to the tournament last season but were knocked out in overtime by Milford in the first round. With Sean Young graduated, North Attleboro will be looking for someone that can step into his role as the primary scorer and make a run at a first league title in its final season in the Kelley-Rex.

There is a lot of depth returning for North this season led on the forward line by senior captains Andrew Casson and Brian Poillucci and juniors Zach McGowan and Erik Clements, each of whom have years of experience for the Rocketeers. Sophomores Jason McNeany and Andrew Wissler and a strong freshman class will add to the forwards over the course of the season.

Defensively, North Attleboro will count on juniors Paul Baker and Vincent Zammiello and senior Matthew Marceau on the back line. The defense will be key and Snizek is expecting his forwards to help back as well as the Rocketeers will be using freshmen Chris Ulrich and Ryan Warren in goal this year.

The Rocketeers have a lot of weapons and Snizek is excited for the talent coming through the program. He said, “We have a lot of weapons on offense and we need to get pucks to the net and drive in the dirty goals. Our forwards will need to play in all zones on the ice.  Not just the offensive zone.”

Taunton
2014-15 Record: 9-12-1 (2-8-0)
2014-15 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Head Coach: Kris Metea

The Tigers have been building the program for the past few years, developing young skaters, and waiting for a time that it can come together for a potential run at the state tournament. Head coach Kris Metea is hopeful that this could be the year, as Taunton boasts a talented forward line that could provide the goals needed to get to the playoffs. Metea said, “The eighth graders and freshmen that took beatings three years ago have all grown up and can physically compete with players in the Hockomock now.”

Among the players that Metea highlighted this season are junior Nick Terry, who is coming off an all-star season, and senior Tyler Pietrzyk, who will both be starters. Junior Zack Albert and sophomore Will Walsh will add depth to the forwards as well. Defensively, senior David Perry and junior Mike Volkmann will be two of the key players and add a physical component to the Tigers.

Taunton has three goalies on the varsity roster and Metea has confidence in all of them to win games. Senior Cam Pitts is the most experienced of the trio but junior Justin Chappell and freshman Griffin Speicher both will see time as well.

If Taunton can improve the power play and utilize its overall team speed, this could be an interesting year for the Tigers. “It has been a pleasure working with these players and see them grow up as hockey players and young men,” said Metea. “They have matured physically and mentally and are ready to take the next step to compete with the top end of the ever-competitive Hockomock.”