Below are the official Hockomock League Girls Lacrosse All Stars.
Hockomock League MVP
Kenzie Pleshaw, Franklin
Hockomock League All Stars
Kayla Merritt, Attleboro
Mary Nee, Canton
Hallie Canfield, Foxboro
Sophia DiCenso, Foxboro
Julia Jette, Franklin
Sam Jones, Franklin
Kenzie Pleshaw, Franklin
Kendall Reardon, Franklin
Emily Spath, Franklin
Abbey Buchanan, King Philip
Katie Crowther, King Philip
Jen Lacroix, King Philip
Caroline Maher, Mansfield
Hana Caster, North Attleboro
Brooke Ebert, North Attleboro
Erin Holley, North Attleboro
Mackenzie Rosenberg, North Attleboro
Erin Fitzgerald, Oliver Ames
Alex Rabb, Sharon
Sabrina Robbins, Sharon
Hannah Lamothe, Attleboro
Casey Bradley, Canton
Melissa Lynch, Foxboro
Annie Walsh, Franklin
Olivia Dort, King Philip
Maire Foley, Mansfield
Morgan Smith, Milford
Alaina Mello, North Attleboro
Sophia Masciarelli, Oliver Ames
Anna Crosby, Sharon
Lorna Li, Taunton
SHARON, Mass. – In the past couple seasons, Attleboro and Sharon have been in a number of close games, including a one-goal victory for the Eagles in the first meeting this year, and Friday afternoon overtime was needed (for the second time in two years) to decide a winner.
Attleboro senior goalie Amy Cadle made two big saves in the sudden death period to keep the Bombardiers in the game but in the final minute of the second OT, her outlet pass was intercepted by Anna Crosby and the junior midfielder raced in alone to score the game-winning goal.
Crosby’s heads-up steal and goal lifted Sharon to a 10-9 win that pushed the Eagles back above .500 on the season and secured a season sweep of the Bombardiers.
“She works hard every game and every practice, so I can count on her,” said Sharon coach Colleen Manning. When asked about her team’s response to the pressure of an overtime game, Manning added, “They handled it for sure.”
Attleboro coach Jackie Beland was left shaking her head at the end of the game after a second close loss to Sharon this spring. The Bombardiers were shorthanded on Friday, missing four attackers for the non-league contest, and Beland praised the team’s effort.
“We just couldn’t pull through the shots that we want,” said Beland, “but the kids gave everything they had and we’ve been fighting through a lot of adversity this season with injuries and kids not around for the games.
“I told the kids that adversity is just the name of the game right now, go out there, and give it all you’ve got and that’s what they did. Unfortunately, the last shot didn’t fall our way.”
Sharon junior attacker Alex Rabb scored the first three goals of the game for the Eagles with freshman Kyra Lyons getting one back for the Bombardiers. Rabb would finish with six goals in the game.
Meg Dotzenrod scored from eight meters to cut the lead back to one, but Crosby answered by winning the next draw and driving straight down the middle for the first of her three goals.
Attleboro got one back before the break on a lefty shot bounced into the corner by Hannah Lamothe but Sharon goalie Kathryn Derry (10 saves) preserved the 4-3 lead with a big save on Lamothe seconds later.
“It definitely helps out the defense for sure and I think it helps it the team as a whole,” said Manning of Derry’s impact on the team. “She usually steps up to the plate when we need her most.”
Derry started the second half with another save on Lamothe and the ball quickly transitioned forward to Rabb for her fourth goal of the game. Seventeen seconds later, Crosby pushed the lead to 6-3 after winning the draw control (Sharon won 13-of-21 draws) and again racing straight down the middle.
Beland called timeout to settle the team down. The talk worked, as the Bombardiers would score the next four goals over a stretch of 2:24 to take their first lead of the game.
Junior Mish Logie was left wide open in the middle and Dotzenrod picked her out on the edge of the crease to make it 6-4. Dotzenrod followed that with a free position goal and Lamothe scored in traffic, bouncing a shot in while falling to the ground, to tie it. Kayla Merritt put Attleboro in front with a head fake and spin move for a close-range finish.
“I have three captains who always know what to say when they’re on the field,” said Beland, “and when we have timeouts I have them talk too so they’re not just hearing from me. They’re phenomenal leaders and they know how to get through to each other.”
When Sharon needed a goal it turned to Rabb. She scored on an eight-meter chance to tie the game at 7-7 and after Dotzenrod gave Attleboro back the lead with a man-down goal Rabb answered again with a goal in transition.
Rabb has already passed the 100-goal mark for her career and when asked what makes the attacker such a potent weapon for the Eagles, Manning explained, “She’s our top scorer. She’s fast and unpredictable.”
Just 49 seconds after tying the game, Sharon took the lead. Senior midfielder Heather Seggelin went five-hole on an eight-meter chance to put the Eagles ahead 9-8. But, Attleboro had an answer with 6:09 to play, as Dotzenrod scored her fourth of the game with a nifty, low-angle backhand shot on a cut through the middle.
The tension was ratcheted up a notch in the final six minutes as the teams tried to find a winning goal. Both teams had long spells of possession spurred on by their increasingly excited benches, but neither could find an opening.
In the overtime period, Cadle (10 saves) was called into action inside the first minute to get a piece of a free position opportunity for Rabb. Derry then came right back with a big stop of her own on an eight-meter shot by Merritt. Just before the first OT period ended, Cadle again came through to prevent Crosby for winning it on a point-blank try.
“She was phenomenal all game,” said Beland of Cadle. “She made adjustments in the second half and we tried to make adjustments on defense to take away their drives.
“She had great saves at the end, but it’s just one of those things we talk about that you can’t clear the ball up the middle.”
With 56 seconds left to play, Cadle attempted to get the ball into transition but Crosby was quickest to the pass and turned it into a game-winner. Manning is hopeful that this type of win could be a huge boost for the Eagles’ playoff hunt.
“It better,” she joked. “My biggest concern is Canton right now, which I know isn’t until next week, but if we can hold onto these guys than we could beat Canton.”
Sharon (6-5, 2-3) will host Norton on Monday, while Attleboro (5-8, 2-5) will host Oliver Ames on Wednesday.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Attleboro comes into its third season of varsity play after winningpair of Hockomock games last spring and six games overall. As the Bombardiers continue to develop, head coach Jackie Beland will be hoping that Attleboro can start climbing the standings and be competitive with the strong teams above it in the Kelley-Rex as well as with Taunton, which is beginning its first season in the league.
Attleboro will be led by its senior captains Katie Patton and Hannah Lamothe in attack and Sam Spaziano and Kayla Merritt in the midfield. Mish Logie will highlight the juniors, who will be stepping in to fill the void left by Kerri Beland’s graduation, and senior Amy Cadle will be back in goal this spring. Sophomore Grace Mayer saw some time last year as a freshman and could be ready for a breakout year.
2015 Record: 15-5
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 East semifinal
Coach: Kristin Igoe Guarino
Franklin enters this season as it does just about every season, as the heavy favorite to win another Kelley-Rex division title. The Panthers will need to replace the scoring and all-around game of Emily Jeffries, but have plenty of players that can step in to fill that production.
Senior midfielders Kenzie Pleshaw and Emily Spath will continue Franklin’s strength in the middle of the field and Sam Jones will be back to lead the defense. University of New Haven-commit Julia Jette will spearhead the attack along with junior Kendall Reardon, last year’s Underclassman of the Year.
Freshmen Annie Walsh and Halle Atkinson will also step into the lineup and show the future remains bright for the league’s top program.
Head coach Kristin Igoe, who has loaded the schedule this year with six of the top seven teams in the state, said, “We have a lot of talent, and when we put all the little pieces together, it is fun to watch. Our goal is to win the Hock and make it back to the sectional final.”
2015 Record: 10-11
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 East first round
Coach: Julie Bourdeau
King Philip has been a perennial power in the Kelley-Rex division and will be hoping that a large pool of players that came out this spring will help the Warriors get back on top for the first time since it shared the title with Franklin in 2012. The key for KP this season is the senior class, especially in the midfield.
Jen Lacroix is back after a season in which she scored 60 goals and has been a four-year starter and draw control specialist for the Warriors. While Lacroix gets forward to score the goals, fellow captains Abigial Buchanan and Olivia Dort provide the defensive coverage in midfield. Defensively, KP will miss Rylie Dalzell, who is out injured, but Makenzie Nickerson is back after missing most of last season with an injury and fellow seniors Meghan Reilly and Francesca Tonelli will try to keep things away from KP’s freshman goalie.
In the attack the Warriors will turn to their underclassmen Katie Crowther and Angela Vellante and will also be bringing senior Katharine Yetman from defense to add another weapon up front. Head coach Julie Boudreau said, “We have a strong team this year, we are just looking to pull together a dynamic attack with multiple goal scorers…Last year we had a small team and didn’t have the opportunity to sub much-this year we will many different players in the midfield and on attack.”
Mansfield got off to a strong start to last season, including an overtime win over Hingham that was later turned into a tie, but the Hornets could not sustain it and missed the playoffs. This year, Mansfield is looking to build on that and get back into the tournament behind senior attacker Caroline Maher, who was one of the league’s top scorers last year.
In addition the Hornets will count on seniors Julia Todesco and Claire Maroney and juniors Maggie Dunn, Maire Foley, Meg Lydon and Tori Lawlor. Head coach Alexis Kobey is also hoping that freshmen Emily Vigeant and Katie Garvin can steo right in and contribute this year.
Kobey said, “We missed out on the tournament and are ready to get back there (to the tournament) as well as really compete with a tough Hockomock league. Our key returning players are all seasoned veterans and we will be looking to them as the backbone of the squad.”
2015 Record: 13-6
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 2 East first round
Coach: Mike Vitelli
Last year, North Attleboro had the program’s best ever season with 13 wins and a trip to the state tournament. The Rocketeers were knocked out in the first round, but come back this season with renewed energy and high expectations under first-year coach Mike Vitelli, who won five straight league titles and a sectional championship while at King Philip.
The Rocketeers will lean on UMass Lowell-commit Hana Caster for offense and senior goalie Brooke Ebert will be a key for the North defense, which promises to be much-improved this spring. Sophomore Kenzie Rosenberg has drawn praise from opposing coaches and will be a solid addition to the attack along with classmates Chloe Olsen, Julia Tolfa and Julia Dakin. Emily Schromm and Sam Taggart will join sophomore Alaina Mello to try and lock things down at the back.
Vitelli said, “There’s a lot to digest, but as I’ve told the kids it’s a marathon not a sprint. Mistakes we’ll make in March, April and early May should turn into great results come mid May and hopefully beyond.”
Taunton is opening its first season of varsity play (and already has recorded its first win with a blowout of Bristol-Plymouth), so its entire roster is filled with newcomers that will be learning on the job. Head coach Kerry Northup admits there will be bumps in the road, but that there is also a chance for the Tigers to “make a name” for themselves in the Hock.
Layne and Abbey Kingman and Delaney Powell will be the key players for Taunton in the first season and combined for 10 goals in the season opener. Hannah Moniz will be another player that the Tigers will be counting on this season.
Northup said, “My goal for what I want my girls to accomplish this season is to come out hard and showcase what they’ve got…We know it may be a difficult season being our first year, so we are staying positive, keeping up the morale, and maintaining our resilience.”
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Soccer
Franklin, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 2 @ Norwood, 2 – Final– After trailing by two goals at halftime, Stoughton rallied to tie the game with a pair of goals in the second half. Jordan Asnes headed in a cross from Josh Mitchell to cut the deficit in half and then Asnes repaid the favor, connecting with Mitchell on a long throw in to tie the game. Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored both goals for Franklin, both off of long-range free kicks that found the top corner. Rebecca Bornstein went closest for Mansfield with a shot off the bar with two minutes to play.
Stoughton, 2 vs. Norwood, 1 – Final – Emerson Sprague netted the first goal for the Black Knights off an assist from Shanel Ford and Samantha Tullis converted a penalty kick for Stoughton. Volleyball
Taunton, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – The Tigers qualified for the postseason with the win. Meghan Navarro had 18 service points, including five aces, and seven digs, Emily Moor had 10 kids and five digs and Lexi Natsis played well with 10 assists, 13 service points and a pair of aces.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton picked up the 25-10, 25-15, 26-24. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with eight kills, nine digs and seven aces. Casey Shea had an effective day offensively, hitting .667 with no errors.
Milford, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Milford had to battle back from being down 2-1 to force a game five and took the match 25-16, 20-25, 17-25, 25-16, 15-10. Kara Halpin had 13 kills, Jill Powers had eight kills, six digs and two blocks and Allie Collins had 21 assists.
Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Franklin took a close first set and then won games three and four to get the win (27-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22). Dayna McCue had 47 serve receives for the Panthers, adding 22 digs and four aces. Sam Campbell had seven digs and five aces, Alyssa Shea had 10 kills and four digs and Beth Neal had 16 assists, five kills and four aces. For Mansfield, Cathryn Heavey had 36 assists and 16 service points while Meg Hill had 11 kills and six blocks.
North Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final– King Philip got the sweep 25-11, 25-22, 25-15. The Warriors got strong serving efforts as Emma Lopez had 11 service points in the first game, Liv Balduf had seven service points in game two, Carly Adams had eight service points in game three and Gwen Uyrus had seven service points in game three. Josie Rowean paced the offense with 16 kills while Micaela Murray had nine digs and Amanda Loewen had five digs. Field Hockey
Milford, 2 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Jessica Palmer setup Elena DelloRusso for Milford’s first goal in the first half and then double the Scarlet Hawks’ lead with a goal of her own early in the second half.
Attleboro, 2 vs. Dartmouth, 2 – Final– Attleboro rallied from a two goal deficit at halftime to earn a point against Dartmouth. Emily Houle scored off an assist from Grace Mayer and Hannah LaMothe had an unassisted goal for the Bombardiers.