The 2015 Hockomock Volleyball All Stars & HMs

Elizabeth Hamilton
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton
Olivia Devoe, Canton
Rye Verille, Canton
Victoria Kelley, Foxboro
Dayna McCue, Franklin
Beth Neal, Franklin
Caroline Maguire, Franklin
Josie Rowean, King Philip
Gwen Uyrus, King Philip
Micaela Murray, King Philip
Cathryn Heavey, Mansfield
Sarah Mullahy, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Sara Youssef, North Attleboro
Bridgett Whalen, Stoughton
Molly Sullivan, Taunton
Tatum Speicher, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Sheehan, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Rachel Meilan, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Melissa Ader, Sharon
Bianca DeSousa, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Volleyball All Stars & HMs

Elizabeth Hamilton
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton
Olivia Devoe, Canton
Rye Verille, Canton
Victoria Kelley, Foxboro
Dayna McCue, Franklin
Beth Neal, Franklin
Caroline Maguire, Franklin
Josie Rowean, King Philip
Gwen Uyrus, King Philip
Micaela Murray, King Philip
Cathryn Heavey, Mansfield
Sarah Mullahy, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Sara Youssef, North Attleboro
Bridgett Whalen, Stoughton
Molly Sullivan, Taunton
Tatum Speicher, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Sheehan, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Rachel Meilan, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Melissa Ader, Sharon
Bianca DeSousa, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

Tigers Sweep Mansfield, Advance to South Semifinal

Taunton volleyball
Taunton celebrates a poitn during its 3-0 win over league champion Mansfield on Monday night in the D1 South quarterfinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

MANSFIELD, Mass. – The crowd was packed into the stands on both sides of the net, hurling taunts and cheering on their respective teams. It was an atmosphere that the boys’ basketball teams would be thrilled to get this winter.

The home half of the crowd was noticeably quieter in the third set, as Taunton took control. The Tigers, who already led the match 2-0, took a 14-6 lead after a strong serve by Alyssa Gibson (five kills, two blocks). The wheels had come off for the Hornets and the season seemed destined to end.

However, the first-time league champions would lay down and let the season end without a fight. Meg Hill (10 kills) had a pair of blocks and three massive kills from her spot in the middle and Sarah Mullahy added two kills. Jessica Haradon won a service point and suddenly it was 20-20 and the noise in the Albertini Gym was deafening.

Twice Taunton got within a point of the win and twice Mansfield held on. Finally, Molly Sullivan hit a dipping serves that the Hornets could not return and the Tigers took the third set for a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 29-27) victory and advanced to the Div. 1 South semifinal.

“We told our kids in a timeout that they’re going to keep fighting,” said Taunton coach Toby Chaperon. “They’re not a team that’s just going to sit back and let themselves get beat.”

He added, “I give all the credit to my coaches and my kids. Sometimes at the high school level you put in a game plan and you try to execute and it just doesn’t work out…this time it did.”

The Tigers came into the game looking to generate more offense than what they achieved last time out against the Hornets. Mansfield swept that match 3-0, so Chaperon moved Aimee Kistner from the middle to the outside to get more offense going. It worked and Kistner led the team with 11 kills and added eight digs.

“Aimee Kistner just played unreal. She hit the ball well,” said Chaperon. About the switch of positions, he added, “Maybe that threw them off just enough to keep them on their heels.”

Early in the game it was Gibson that provided the spark with several big blocks and kills in the middle and Sam Reaume and Emily Moor chipped in with big plays. The balanced attack at the net made Taunton difficult to matchup with.

“We had four girls over 100 kills,” said Chaperon. “We know girls, when we call upon them, can get the job done.”

Mansfield coach Melissa Heeden thought her team started well enough, with Mullahy having a strong first set, but then the passing slipped and the hitting dropped as a result. She also credited a strong Taunton defense, which was led by Sullivan and Meghan Navarro who combined for 10 digs.

“We started hitting and blocking okay in the beginning,” said Heeden, “but once our passing was a little off enough for us not to be able to hit that threw us off a little bit.”

In the third set, Heeden turned to her seniors to lead the team. As she talked about the senior class, the coach struggled to hold back tears and noted that the group of six players was still huddled together by the net well after the match had ended.

She said, “We struggled in serve/receive tonight, we struggled in passing…we had two girls getting hurt in the middle of it…but for them to deal with all of that and for them to just push through was huge. They just kept fighting.”

Reflecting on the crowd, the noise, and the fact that one of the few empty baners hanging in the gym will next fall have a year placed on it, Heeden remarked, “Five years ago you would ever have packed a gym like this. I looked around at the beginning of the game and was just so proud that it was a basketball-like atmosphere.”

In the midst of the loss, senior setter Cathryn Heavey reached a milestone. She had 27 assists in the match, which moved her past the 1,000 assist mark for her career. Her counterpart Tatum Speicher had 26 assists on the night.

Chaperon likewise appreciated the opportunity to coach in this type of game. In his 10th year in charge, this is the first time that he has had a team reach the postseason.

“I turned to my coaches and said this is what it’s all about,” Chaperon said. “Two good teams, great crowd, excitement, energy…it’s fun.”

Now, he hopes the Tigers can continue to move forward and make more history for the program. He said, “We knew that we had a special group of girls and hopefully we can push on.”

Taunton will travel to New Bedford on Thursday in the Div. 1 South semifinal. The Whalers swept the season series.

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

Wednesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/16/15

Today’s game are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Milford, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Milford senior goalie Mike Da Silva made five saves in net. Scarlet Hawks head coach Jim Asam said Luis Goncalves had a great game defensively and that Nick Roy, Gerson Miglorini and Anthony Martinez all played well off the bench. 
Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – The Warriors took the lead in the 20th minute when Larsen Keys ball over the top sprung right back Ryan Coulter, who cut the ball back to Tyler Mann for the finish. In the second half, Cam Mullins scored on a long distance free kick to seal the win for KP. Mann also hit the post in the second half and Canton goalie Sean Mitchell made a great double save to rob Clayton Guess and Mann in the first half.

Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Kevin Hall opened the scoring for the Panthers off an assist from Farley Asmath while Austin Kent scored once in the first half and also set up Nick Parent. Hatim Brahimi converted a service from Brian Czuba in the second half for the Panthers. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk played outstanding in goal with 12 saves according to head coach Steve Sheridan. High pressure paid off for Mansfield as Jared Miller opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes to give the Hornets the early lead. Stoughton knotted the game at one apiece on a goal from Jordan Asnes but the Hornets once again took the lead after a throw in from Max Gurnon found its way into the back of the net. Mansfield put away it’s third goal of the game after a quick restart from Sean Lanzillo found Charlie Rogers and Rogers chipped his shot over the keeper into the back of the net. Stoughton’s second goal was scored by freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon after a long throw in from Josh Mitchell.
Oliver Ames, 4 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames held a slim one goal advantage at the break on a goal from sophomore Cam Vella on an assist from Thomas McCormick but exploded for three in the second half. Seniors Chris Romero and Keegan Nutt each scored in the second half and sophomore Matt Alvarado netted his first career goal. Jack Sheldon, Nutt and Romero all had assists. Head coach John Barata said Nathaniel Cardoza had a strong game in the midfield while Max Ahearn, Jared Mallers and Max Bamford were strong in the back. Jack Carroll and Connor Naughton combined for the shutout in goal. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Milford’s Katie Brown scored the lone goal of the match on an assist from Kristen Franzini. Emily Duquette made 10 saves in net for the Scarlet Hawks.
King Philip, 0 @ Canton, 2 – Final – The Bulldogs dominated possession from start to finish but struggled to get the ball past KP goalie Maggie Hall. The Warriors nearly took the lead with their only chance of the second half when Kate Sexton sent in a low cross to Maddie Smith, who was denied by a point-blank save by Kathryn Doody. With 12 minutes left to play, Tessa Cudmore slipped a pass behind the right back to Sarah Collins whose shot was tipped on to the bar into the path of senior Meaghan Hunter on the far post. Four minutes later, Hannah Link followed her own shot to put the game away.

Taunton, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final

Franklin, 8 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Mansfield, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Hannah Reiter, Jackie Carchedi and Emma Goulet each found the back of the net once and recorded an assist for Mansfield in the Hornets’ win. Jen Kemp also found the back of the Hornets. Stoughton goalie Marissa Williams made 11 saves in net and junior Amelia Cochran scored the Black Knights’ lone goal
North Attleboro, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Hana Caster scored the opening goal inside the first 15 minutes of the first half off an assist from Haley Guertin. Oliver Ames tied the game early in the second half when Francesca Calabraro converted a cross from Erin Fitzgerald. But North struck again late as Caster returned the favor to Guertin for the game winning goal. North Attleboro head coach Glenn Pasquel credited goalie Kiesten Bixby as the MVP of the game after making some “phenomenal saves.”
Volleyball
Mansfield, 3 vs. Bishop Feehan, 2 – Final – After winning the first two games, the Hornets had to fight all the way to a fifth set against the Shamrocks. Mansfield won 25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 17-25, 15-12. Sarah Mullahy led Mansfield with 14 kills and six aces while Jessica Haradon added 11 kills and three aces.  
Field Hockey
Milford, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final – Emily Houle and Grace Mayer each scored for the Bombardiers while Attleboro goalie Isabelle Maragnano made five saves in net. Milford’s Shannon Cormier cut the lead in half in the second half on an assist from Jessica Palmer. 

Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Caitlin Donahue scored twice and added an assist as King Philip jumped out to a 1-0 lead at halftime and never looked back. Donahue’s goals were assisted by Ally Meehan and Courtney Foley. Casie Curtin added a goal off an assist from Sedona Claypoole and Elizabeth Furfari scored on Donahue’s assists. The Warriors outshot Canton 12-5 in the contest. 
Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 0 – Final
Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 7 – Final – Julia Jette paced the Panthers with a pair of goals an assists in the win. Franklin senior Kelsey McPhee opened the scoring on assists from senior Kenzi Pleshaw junior Caroline Lounsbury. Senior Diana Griffin, sophomore Christina Quinn, junior Caroline Lounsbury, junior Kayla Marshall each added goals and junior Alex Sullivan had two assists. Senior Kate D’Entremont earned the victory between the pipes.
Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield’s Emily Ierardo scored a pair of goals and Mary Kate Kelly added a third for the Hornets. Angela Connolly scored the lone goal for Stoughton assisted by Olivia Schlehuber.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Missy Krim scored once in each half, assisted by Hannah Friend and Carly Cidado as the Tigers picked up their first shutout of the season. 
Cross Country
Canton @ Nauset Regional, 4:15
Sharon @ West Bridgewater
Golf
Franklin, 181 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Mansfield’s David Craig was the match medalist, shooting a 38. Kyle Swansburg carded a 41 while Matt Chirichiello and David Norris each shot a 43. Franklin’s Bryan Woelfel shot a team best 42 for the Panthers.
Attleboro, 171 @ Oliver Ames, 142 – Final – Jack Green scored a match-low 34 for the Tigers while Steven Tasho and Nick Lombardi each shot 35 and Bran Lambert had a 38. Attleboro’s Corey McKenna shot a team-low 40.