Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/20/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Junior Thomas McCormick gave the Tigers the lead after a long throw from Max Bamford. In the second half, senior Keegan Nutt set up Chris Romero and Nathaniel Cardoza to give OA a 3-0 lead. 
Milford, 0 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final – Anthony Barreira, Nic Biegel, Devante Teixeira and Hussein Kafel all scored for the Warriors, who had a 3-0 lead at half.
North Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Joe Kellett, Larsen Keys and Mike Rowe each registered two points as the Warriors came back from a one goal deficit. Gareth King put the Rocketeers ahead before Kellett scored off a free kick from Cam Mullins. Keys then put KP ahead, heading home a corner from Kellett. Mike Rowe got his first goal by converting a corner from sophomore Connor Mullins. Rowe’s second goal came off a through ball from Keys. 

Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Sharon’s Jake Goloboy scored the lone goal of the game on an assist from James Dunlea as the Eagles qualified for the state tournament. Andrew Filipkowski had the shutout in net for Sharon.
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Canton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Jackie Mills scored a pair of goals and had an assist to lead the Tigers to a key division win. Kiana Lozzi had a goal and an assist while Lauren Wright and Tori Wyman each scored for OA.

Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Carina Thompson and Kristen Franzini each scored a goal for the Scarlet Hawks and Lindsay Stiles and Katie Brown each had an assist. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Nicole Dahlgren and Gabby O’Neil played well on defense.

King Philip, 0 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Haley Guertin scored in the 27th minute off an assist from Britta McDonald to lift the Rocketeers to a win. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Stoughton freshman Gabi Diaz scored twice in the second half, the final goal coming in the final minute to lift the Black Knights. Alana Richards and Emmie Sprague each ahd an assist. Head coach Tara Daniels credited Sarina Hutchinson and Sarah Widrow with strong defensive games. Ally Steinberg scored a first half goal for Sharon.
Volleyball
Franklin, 2 vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 – Final – Alyssa Shea had 10 kills and three digs, Aubrie Kutil had 13 kills and Hannah Chace added eight kills for the Panthers. Dayna McCue had a whopping 45 serve receives, 25 digs and a pair of aces for Franklin.
Attleboro vs. Norton, 5:30
Field Hockey
Taunton, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – OA senior Carly Cidado’s goal in the first half off an assist from junior Kendall Clifford gave the Tigers the win and qualified OA for the state tournament. Cassie Gavin stopped nine shots for the shutout in net. 

Milford, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final – Freshman Lily Daly scored a pair of goals for Foxboro while MaryLou Long scored once. Milford’s Elena DelloRusso had the lone goal for the Scarlet Hawks.
Franklin, 0 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Mansfield broke open the deadlock with just six minutes remaining to hand the Panthers their first league loss this season. Franklin’s Samantha Jones made six saves while freshman Cassi Ronan led a Franklin offense that registered 15 shots on goal.

North Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – The Warriors took the lead in the first half when Alli Meehan converted her breakaway chance for an unassisted goal. Liz Furfari doubled KP’s lead off of an assisted goal in the second half. North Attleboro’s Mcayla Moody scored off a corner with just over a minute remaining. 
Sharon, 1 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored a pair of goals while Angela Connolly and Olivia Schlehuber each scored once. Emily Locke scored Sharon’s goal while Brigid Loftus played well in net for the Eagles. 
Cross Country
Boys
Milford, 33 @ Blackstone-Millville, 22 – Final
Girls
Milford, 15 @ Blackstone-Millville, 50 – Final

Panthers Survive Taunton Comeback, Win in Five

Franklin Volleyball
Franklin players celebrate the final point of the fifth set in a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Taunton on Monday. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

TAUNTON, Mass. – Following Friday’s loss to Mansfield, the Franklin players called a meeting over the weekend to address the fact that they had played tight against the Hornets. According to coach Kate Horsmann, the Panthers needed to work out how to be ready without being too “skitzed out.”

Whatever method the players came up with, it worked wonders for the first two sets at Kelley-Rex Division leader Taunton on Monday evening.

The Panthers jumped all over the Tigers to win the first two sets before Taunton roared back in the third and fourth to force a deciding fifth set. Franklin took back momentum and claimed the final set 15-5 for a 3-2 (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 15-5) victory that means the top four teams in the division all have just one loss.

“I’m really excited for the girls because it was a good bounce back and it was a win against a quality team on their home court,” said Horsmann.

The first two sets were dominated by the Panthers and a balanced attack including outside hitters Aubrie Kutil (12 kills) and Hannah Chace (seven kills). Setter Elizabeth Neal (team-high 18 assists) spread the ball around to the Panthers hitters and Franklin controlled both sets from start to finish.

The return of senior Alyssa Shea from a concussion also helped Franklin’s rotation.

Horsmann said, “We don’t have a lot of players with her experience. It’s not just her blocking, she’s so quick and she digs balls that other kids aren’t in position to get.”

An hour into the match and it looked over. Taunton coach Toby Chaperon spoke with his team in between the second and third set and asked them a simple question.

“I asked the girls in a timeout, what kind of team are we going to be?” said Chaperon. “Are we going to let up when things get down or are we going to fight back? We fought back today and I was really proud of that.”

The Tigers took an early lead in the third set, their first lead of the match, and built the lead to as much as six (12-6). Taunton’s defense looked vastly different with libero Molly Sullivan (13 digs and only two errors) and Megan Navarro (10 digs) keeping plays alive for Tatum Speicher (32 assists) to set up Emily Moor (16 kills) and Aimee Kistner (five kills).

Chaperon said that he only made small changes to what Taunton had been doing in the opening two sets. He explained, “We made two minor changes and one lineup change but it wasn’t really that, it was more of a mindset change for our kids.”

The Tigers were helped by Franklin suddenly going flat and making mistakes, particularly in the service game where the Panthers made five errors in each of the third and fourth sets, including the final point of each.

“At the end of the second set they got some momentum and I think we just did mindless things, said Horsmann. “We’d go on a little run and serve it out of bounds and you can’t beat a good team making unforced errors.”

“Their confidence was growing and their momentum was growing and we got nervous.”

The momentum was completely with the home team and the gym was very loud as the fifth set began, but it was the visitors that took back control right away. Caroline Maguire took over the serve with the score 1-1 and went on a run that pushed the Panthers ahead 7-1. She also came up with a huge block in the middle to make it 11-4 and a kill to set up match point.

“Caroline has been so steady for us,” said Horsmann. “You look at her numbers and they don’t shine but…she touches a lot of balls back and keeping them in play so our defenders can get to them and those don’t show up in stats.”

The Tigers could never get momentum back in the shortened fifth set and the Panthers were able to pull away to get the victory that turns the division title race into a quagmire between four teams.

“They got a couple of nice swings and they got a lead off their serve and next you know they’re up 6-1 and in the fifth set it’s so crucial to get the advantage,” said Chaperon.

He added, “Unfortunately, the last two matches we’ve come out flat right at the start and it’s cost us. You’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game every night and you can’t decide to bring it for two sets or three sets.”

Franklin (6-1, 5-1) will host North Attleboro on Wednesday, while Taunton (6-2, 5-1) will travel to defending Kelley-Rex champ King Philip.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/28/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Franklin, 4 vs. Xaverian, 0 – Final Hatim Brahimi scored the opener for the Panthers and also added the final goal. Brahimi’s first goal was set up by David Stowell, who also scored a first half goal for Franklin off an assist from Austin Kent. Kent then found the back of the net in the second off off an assist from junior Cam LeBlanc. Henri Guilmette had the shutout in net for the Panthers. 
Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 5 vs. Dartmouth, 0 – Final – Emily Spath scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Victoria Stowell had three assists in the non-league victory.
Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – Six different players registered a point for the Rocketeers, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and never looked back. Hana Caster opened the scoring off an assists from Felicity Monfils. Shannon Kingsley then doubled the lead off an assist from Grace Guertin and Haley Guertin made it three off Caster’s pass. Grace Guertin scored a fourth goal in the second half off an assist from Lauren Dowd. Freshman Emma Noreck made her varsity debut and combined with Kiersten Bixby for the shutout in net. 
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip picked up a 25-12, 25-7, 25-12 sweep at home over Attleboro. Carly Adams had 12 service points in game alone to give the Warriors an early jump and Gwen Uyrus had 10 service points in game three, totaling seven aces for the match, to help the Warriors close. Head coach Kristen Geuss said Angela Vellante had strong defensive game.

Canton, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Canton swept the Scarlet Hawks 25-13, 25-13, 25-15. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 13 kills and also had a strong game on defense. Head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe sparked the defense and “made many great plays.” Cawley also said Erika Lum and Kehla Minkin played well on defense and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy both blocked well. 

Stoughton, 3 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Stoughton notched a 25-22, 25-20, 29-31, 25-23 win over division rival Foxboro. Stoughton junior Christina Gelin had 12 assists, 10 digs and eight service points and sophomore Valerie Whalen added 13 kills, five blocks, nine service points and four aces.
Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – The Panthers won 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 15-5. Aubrie Kutil led Franklin with 12 kills and Hannah Chace had seven. Elizabeth Neal led the team with 18 assists and Dayna McCue had 37 digs. Emily Moor led the Tigers with 16 kills and Tatum Speicher had 32 assists, two kills and seven digs. Libero Molly Sullivan had 13 digs and Alyssa Gibson added six kills for Taunton.

Mansfield, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Hornets picked up a sweep but all three games were close, with Mansfield winning 25-22, 25-22, 29-27. Cathryn Heavey led the way with 39 assists while Meg Hill had 11 kills and Jess Haradon had 11 digs. 
Field Hockey
Foxboro, 4 @ Bellingham, 0 – Final

Canton, 0 @ Norwood, 2 – Final
Mansfield, 5 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final – Caroline Maher netted a pair of goals to lead the Hornets to a non-league win. Emily Ierardo, Caitlin Whitman and Olivia Horn each scored once for Mansfield. 
Milford, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hannah Friend and Carly Cidado each scored in the first half to put the Tigers ahead while senior goalie Cassie Gavin made eight saves to prevent a Scarlet Hawks comeback. Elena DelloRusso scored 10 minutes into the second half for Milford.
Taunton, 1 vs. New Bedford, 4 – Final
Golf
Mansfield, 171 @ Foxboro, 191 – Final – Mansfield senior David Craig carded a 40. Foxboro’s Tim Luciano shot a 43.

Oliver Ames, 154 @ Sharon, 168 – Final – The Tigers became the first team to punch their ticket to the state tournament with the win. Brian Lambert carded a match low 36 while Ryan McGarry and Mark Bissonette each shot 39 and Eric LeBlanc shot a 40.

Franklin, 164 @ Attleboro, 169 – Final