Longmeadow Ousts Franklin In D1 State Semifinal

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Franklin’s Lauren Bissanti (left), Kelsey MacCallum (2) and Kendall Reardon (5) defend against Longmeadow’s Kay Conway. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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WELLSELEY, Mass. – It’s certainly no secret that Franklin girls lacrosse has a lethal offense that is tough to stop.

But Longmeadow had the perfect game plan in the D1 State Semifinal: keep the ball away from the Panthers.

The Lancers dominated draws and used lengthy offensive possessions, taking up to three or four minutes at times, especially in the second half. That formula resulted in a 12-6 win for Longmeadow and a trip to the D1 State Final.

“You can’t win the game without the ball,” said Franklin head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said. “I don’t think there is any secret that we didn’t win draws and we didn’t have the ball. When we did have the ball, we could score. But I think we won two draws in the entire second half and our offense was very short. No ball, no win.”

The Lancers’ gameplay was evident on the first series of the game as goalie Hannah Valencia made a save and held onto the ball for nearly a minute as Longmeadow attempted to set up its transition

Longmeadow used a seven minute span to create an early lead. Claire Fitzpatrick put the Lancers up 2-0 with just over five minutes gone in the game and Alison Tetreault and Iliana Koffman (8 meter attempt) tallied goals in the minutes after.

The Lancers’ 4-0 lead just under nine minutes into the game forced a timeout from Franklin.

The timeout helped the momentum shift to the Panthers as they got on the board shortly after. Junior Jordan Jette found a cutting Caroline Lounsbury with a perfect pass in front and the senior buried it to make it 4-1.

“We knew they had good athletes and dodgers and we tried to double them,” Igoe Guarino said. “But they don’t turn it over very much and they take quality shots. Again, not letting us have the ball made it very hard.”

Longmeadow extended its lead to 5-1 just a minute later, but Franklin’s offense finally got in gear over the final 10 minutes of the half.

First, freshman Kelsey MacCallum scored on an 8 meter try and three minutes later, Lounsbury faked the defense on an 8 meter try but passing to Jette, who used a double move in front to make it 5-3.

Then it was time for Franklin freshman Erin Walsh to shine. With just over a minute left, with her back to goal, Walsh fired what Igoe described as a “twister” shot, fooling Valencia to make it 5-4.

Franklin’s Grace McDermott made a terrific defensive play on a Longmeadow 8-meter try in the final minute, giving the Panthers a final possession. The Lancers were whistled for a foul with 15.8 left, giving Franklin a man-up opportunity for two minutes.

Walsh capitalized just seconds before the halftime buzzer, once again scoring with her back to goal, shoveling a shot into the back of the net without giving Valencia a chance at a save.

“We had momentum, and I think we actually had the ball and we were a man up,” Igoe Guarino said. “We just couldn’t capitalize to get the lead, their goalie played excellent too. I just don’t think we were as patient as we could have been on offense.”

But as the first half ended, so did Franklin’s momentum.

The Panthers only won three of 10 draws in the second half and Longmeadow started the second similar to how it did the first, rattling off a 4-0 run.

Just over 10 minutes into the half, Fitzpatrick grabbed her first of the second half, capping off a two minute offensive spell to make it 9-5.

“Their offense is big, they take their time and they have excellent stick work,” Igoe Guarino said.
“They were very disciplined and work their way to a good shot. When you play three minutes of defense over and over and over, it wears you down. Our goalie Gianna [Cameron] did all she could. When you play defense the whole game, it’s hard.”

Lounsbury cut the deficit to three with a great individual effort with just over 13 minutes to play but the Lancers responded with a draw win and a goal just over a minute later.

It looked like Erin Walsh had another goal as she beat the defense and the goalie with a wicked shot, but instead an infraction was whistled after the ball had gone in and Franklin’s 8 meter try went high.

Longmeadow then milked the rest of the game, as neither side scored during a 10 minute span. With Franklin scrambling to force a turnover, the Lancers tacked on two more goals in the final 61 seconds.

Franklin girls lacrosse finishes the season 22-2 and will lose four seniors – Lounsbury, McDermott, Dana Lewandowski and Kendall Reardon, all starters – to graduation.

“None of our four seniors started freshman year, and they’ve done a great job building this program,” Igoe Guarino said. “They’ve got three sectional titles in four years. We’re still young and hoping to get back here and win a state semifinal game eventually, but there’s a lot to look forward to.”

Panthers Handle Patriots To Earn D1 East Crown

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Franklin players celebrate with the D1 East Championship trophy after beating Concord-Carlisle. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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MILFORD, Mass. – For the second straight year, and third time in the last four seasons, the Division 1 East section runs through the Franklin girls lacrosse team.

After an overtime thriller in 2014, and one-goal win exactly one year ago, the top-seeded Panthers left the dramatics behind, cruising to a 16-7 win over second-seeded Concord-Carlisle on the turf of Milford High School.

“It wasn’t easy, Concord is an awesome team, they’re well coached, they have really good players but I think we were just prepared and peaking at the right time,” said Franklin head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “It was definitely nice to have a big lead though.”

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While Franklin had wins over eight of the state’s top 20 teams – and a handful of wins over teams just outside the rankings – the Panthers certainly overlooking the Patriots.

“We had some great competition this year but our thing this year was that playoffs is a whole new season,” said junior Jordan Jette. “We know at this time, anyone can beat anyone, you never know. The expectations are high for us so we’re just going to work that much harder to get here.”

“We’ve been playing hard teams all year so I don’t even think our young players were fazed,” Igoe Guarino said. “They don’t play like freshmen or sophomores, so it’s nice you can’t even tell we have such a young team.”

It didn’t take long for Franklin’s offense to get going as Caroline Lousnbury took a feed from Jette and opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the game. Before 90 seconds elapsed, Franklin doubled its lead with a goal from freshman Erin Walsh.

While the Panthers never trailed, Concord-Carlisle battled back to make it a 3-3 game with just over 10 minutes to play.

Franklin had a quick response though, Lauren Bissanti putting the Panthers back ahead on a feed from Annie Walsh, Walsh scoring on a cut in front on a feed from Jette, and Erin Walsh batting a loose ball out of the air into the net to make it 6-3.

“I think it’s just the pride in the team,” Jette said of the Panthers winning their third title in four years. “Coming into high school, you know about Franklin lacrosse because it’s been so successful for so long now. Everyone that comes into the program, we just want to live up to those expectations every year. We all work really hard, our coach works hard, and we just all work pretty well together.”

“I think the girls come in and we have a culture of hard work,” Igoe Guarino said. “The girls coming in each year know that and they come in in shape, with good stick work and they are playing more often. I think our alumni and current players have done a nice job of building that culture.”

Shortly after the Patriots cut the deficit to two, Franklin went up a man for a misconduct call on C-C. The Panthers took advantage as Annie Walsh weaved her way through the Patriots’ and found the back of the net.

“Annie does everything really well…draws, ground balls, she plays defense, and then she can score,” Igoe Guarino said. “She’s probably one of our most improved players this year in terms of shooting and field vision and you need a player like that to play well in games like this, and she has done it all tournament.”

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With under a minute to play, Jette found Annie Walsh right in front for another goal and freshman Kelsey McCallum completed Franklin’s 6-1 run off a restart with just seven seconds to play in the half to make it a 9-4 game.

The Patriots scored just 17 seconds into the second half to make it a four goal game but Annie Walsh responded a minute later to make it 10-5. And two minutes after that, Annie Walsh was at it again, taking a feed from Kendall Reardon to make it 11-5.

Concord-Carlisle scored to cut it to 11-6 and quickly gained possession back after another draw win, but Franklin freshman goalie Gianna Cameron (10 saves) came up with big stop to give possession back to the Panthers.

“We talked about playing defense as unit, not so much one on one defense,” Igoe Guarino said.
“I think they did a great job playing team defense and shutting down some of their best players. Gianna came up with some huge stops too. And that’s just a huge momentum shift when we can get the ball back.”

Bissanti (from Erin Walsh) and Concord-Carlisle’s Margaret Grace traded goals to keep the lead at five as the game clock ticked under 10 minutes to play.

If there was any hope of a comeback, Franklin finished the game with an exclamation point – scoring four goals over the final 9:24 of play.

Jette netted her first on a feed from Reardon, Annie Walsh scored her sixth and seventh tallies of the game and Reardon capped the scoring with a strong individual effort with just under two minutes left.

Franklin girls lacrosse (22-1) advances to the D1 State Semifinal and will take on the winner of Westboro (18-0) and Longmeadow (21-1) at Babson College. The game is schedule for either Monday or Tuesday night.

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Walsh, Franklin Rally Past Natick In Second Half

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Franklin’s Annie Walsh races past a Natick defender in the first half. (Peter Raider/HockomockSports.com Student Photographer)

By Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

FRANKLIN, Mass. – As the reigning D1 East Sectional Champs, and current top seed, the Franklin girls lacrosse team knows there is a target on their back.

Natick came out firing on Thursday afternoon at Franklin High, but a strong second half effort and nine goals from sophomore Annie Walsh led Franklin to an 18-10 victory over eighth-seeded Natick.

Heading into halftime, Natick led 7-6, completely controlled time of possession and led in draw controls at the break.

Kendall Reardon started off the scoring for Franklin, scoring three minutes into the game, but on the ensuing Natick possession Annika Streeter would answer back to tie the game up at one. Streeter then set up teammate Victoria Norchi open in front of the net, and she scored to put the Redhawks up 2-1. Reardon would then score her second goal of the game to knot the game at two, but Norchi scored on an empty net to give Natick a 3-2 lead.

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After Streeter scored again, Franklin got back to back goals from Erin and Annie Walsh to tie it back up at 4-4. Molly Burnes put Natick up 5-4, but Reardon’s third goal of the half tied the game up again. Back to back Natick goals from Streeter and Meghan Rodino would put the Redhawks up 7-5, but Annie Walsh scored her second goal of the game with 1:33 left in the half to cut the Franklin deficit to just one at 7-6.

“Natick wanted it more in the first half,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino about the first half. “They were winning the draws and the ground balls, so I kind of yelled at [my team] a little and said you gotta want it more, or you’re going home.”

The Panthers clearly took that message to heart, as seconds into the half Jordan Jette found Annie Walsh cutting to the net wide open for a goal to tie it at 7-7, and 30 seconds later freshman Kelsey MacCallum found the back of the net to make it 8-7 with 24:09 left to play.

Franklin wouldn’t look back from there with Annie Walsh netting five consecutive goals herself, to go up 13-7 with 10:58 left in the game.

Walsh’s fifth goal, which put Franklin up 10-7, was the 100th of the sophomore’s already incredibly successful career. She would finish with nine goals, including seven in the second half.

“She’s amazing at draws, ground balls, in between the 30s, and on offense, so I think that’s the kind of player to look for when you’re down, and she did it very well,” Igoe Guarino said about Walsh.

After Streeter scored the third of her five goals for Natick, Erin Walsh scored to make it 14-8 with 9:16 left to play, and then Reardon scored the fourth of her five goals to extend the Franklin lead to 15-8 with just over eight minutes to go in the game.

Streeter scored back to back goals to make it 15-10, but goals from Erin and Annie Walsh and Reardon would give Franklin a final advantage of 18-10.

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For Franklin, the road to a state championship only gets tougher.

“We have to play 50 minutes. We have a target on our back, we’re the number one seed in the East and reigning East champions. Everyone’s going to want to beat us, and every single team in this tournament is good and capable of winning.” said Igoe Guarino about the rest of the tournament. “We want to win, but we have to play like, and I always challenge them to act like the number one seed, and that’s a lot easier said than done.”

With the win, the Panthers move onto the D1 East Semifinals, where they’ll play the winner of the King Philip-Lexington game, which will take place Saturday at 3:30 in Lexington.

Franklin girls lacrosse (20-1) is familiar with Hockomock League foe King Philip, beating the Warriors 18-6 on May 24th. The date and time of Franklin’s semifinal matchup is currently to be announced at the time of publication.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/24/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 2 @ Bishop Feehan 7 – Final

Canton, 10 @ Cohasset, 4 – FinalRobbie Wilkinson went six innings to pick up the win and improve to 3-1 on the season. Canton supported Wilkinson with 15 hits, including a 4-for-5 day for junior Matt Casamento who scored two runs and drove in two others. Senior Danny Hartnett went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, senior Kevin Monagle went 3-for-5 with two RBI and freshman Nate Quan went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Bulldogs.

King Philip, 6 @ Milford, 4 – Final

Mansfield, 4 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 0 – FinalMansfield senior Nolan Dousa tossed a complete game shutout, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Sophomore Dan Saraceno stepped up at the plate for the Hornets, going 3-for-3 while knocking in two runs. Mansfield scored three runs in the third inning and added one more in the fourth inning. Zack Peterson added an RBI for Mansfield.

Stoughton, 0 vs. Whitman-Hanson, 1 – Final

Softball
Attleboro vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:30

Sharon, 3 @ Canton, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Foxboro, 12 @ Westwood, 15 – Final

Mansfield, 12 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Mansfield got off to a great start in the first inning with five runs. Mady Bendanillo, Liz Mackin, and Mackenzie Burke each drove in runs with base hits and Sarah Cahill and Sarah Bradley each drew bases loaded walks for RBI. Megan Letendre had three hits for the Hornets, Bendanillo went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, and Marissa Staffier, Burke, and Mackin each had two hits.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro vs. Bishop Feehan, 6:30

Franklin, 15 @ Dover-Sherborn, 16 – Final (OT)

Oliver Ames @ Milford, 6:00

North Attleboro, 14 vs. Old Rochester, 2 – FinalNorth Attleboro senior Zach McGowan scored four goals and added two assists, recording his 200th career point. Colin Young also added four goals and Jack Dakin notched three goals and one assist.

Taunton, 0 @ Sharon, 18 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro @ Bishop Feehan, 6:30

King Philip, 6 @ Franklin, 18 – FinalFranklin led by just three (7-4) at halftime but pulled away with a dominant second half to beat KP. Caroline Lounsbury had four goals and three assists, Annie Walsh added five goals and two assists and and Jordan Jette finished with two goals and three assists. FHS head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said Grace MacCallum and Annie Walsh did well on the draw, combining for 15 draw controls. Freshman Gianna Cameron made eight saves in net for the Panthers.

Mansfield, 10 @ Hingham, 15 – Final

Milford, 8 @ Oliver Ames, 18 – Final

North Attleboro, 19 @ Old Rochester, 10 – FinalKenzi Rosenberg scored seven goals and had three assists and Erin Holley scored six goals, as North closed the regular season with five wins in the last six games. Katie Lindstrom had three assists for North, while Julia Dakin, Camille Pizarro, and Chloe Olsen each had two helpers.

Boys Tennis
Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 1 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final
Franklin, 3 vs. Hopedale, 2 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final
Foxboro, 1 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 4 – Final
King Philip, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Milford vs. Hopedale, 3:30
North Attleboro, 4 vs. Bishop Feehan, 1 – Final
North Attleboro, 4 vs. Bishop Feehan, 1 – Final

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/15/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Canton @ Sharon – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Milford @ Foxboro – Postponed to Thursday, 5/25 at 3:45.
Mansfield @ Franklin – Postponed to Thursday, 5/18 at 7:00.
King Philip @ Taunton – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
North Attleboro @ Stoughton – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.

Softball
Oliver Ames @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Sharon @ Canton – Postponed to Wednesday, 5/24 at 3:45.
Foxboro @ Milford – Postponed to Friday, 5/19 at 4:00.
Franklin @ Mansfield – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Taunton @ King Philip – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Stoughton @ North Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/23 at 3:45.

Boys Lacrosse
North Attleboro, 11 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalNorth Attleboro outscored Attleboro 7-0 in the second half to pick up a non-league win. Tommy Lindstrom orchestrated the offensive attack, registering five assists while Zach McGowan scored twice and added two helpers. Paul Yeomans (two goals, one assist) finish with three points while Jason McNeany (goal, assist), Colin Young (two goals) and Jack Dakin (two goals) each had two points. Owen Costello and Zac Doucette each scored once and Brett Labonte and Hunter Sarro each had an assist.

Canton, 5 vs. Braintree, 3 – FinalCanton outscored the visitors 4-1 in the second half to pick up a win on senior night and keep its postseason hopes alive. Senior Dan Dillon led the charge, notching three assists and scoring the game-winning goal with just over three minutes left to play. Senior Ryan Lodge and sophomore Mike Shaw each netted a pair of goals to round up Canton’s attack. Freshman Jack Connolly made 11 saves in net while CHS coach Bill Bendell praised the work of junior Charlie O’Connor at the face off X and the defensive work of senior Michael Pigeon.

Foxboro, 8 vs. Westwood, 9 – Final (OT)

Franklin, 11 @ St. John’s Shrewsbury, 12 – Final (2OT)St. John’s rattled off a 5-0 run in the second half to create an 11-7 cushion but the Panthers answered, scoring four straight goals over the final 5:45, capped with a goal from freshman Jake Davis with just seven seconds left to send the game into overtime. The Panthers won the face off at the beginning of each overtime period but couldn’t covert and the Pioneers netted the winner with 1:02 to go in the second overtime. Eric Civetti led Franklin’s offense with seven goals and one assist, Packie Watson scored twice and had one helper and Nitin Chaudhury scored once. Sam Arsenault, Jack Platner and Kyle McEniry had had one assist while Jacob Alexander won 19 face offs.

King Philip vs. Bishop Feehan, 6:00

Milford, 8 @ AMSA, 4 – Final

Oliver Ames, 9 @ Pembroke, 8 – Final – Oliver Ames freshman Shane Kikelly and junior Owen Gallagher each recorded a hat trick to pace the Tigers’ offense. Senior Liam Brown, junior Eric LeBlanc and freshman Sam Stevens rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.

Sharon vs. Holliston, 3:45

Taunton, 2 @ Norton, 14 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
North Attleboro, 17 @ Attleboro, 3 – FinalErin Holley paced the Rocketeers, who had 11 different goal scorers in the win, with four goals and a pair of assists. North also got five assists from Katie Lindstrom, a goal and three draw controls from Julia Noreck and two goals and two assists from Camille Pizarro.

Franklin, 8 vs. Westwood, 7 – FinalFranklin freshman goalie Gianna Cameron made 15 saves and FHS head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino had high praise for her defensive unit, anchored by Dana Lewandowski and Grace McDermott. The win marked the Panthers’ first ever win over Westwood, the defending D1 state champions. Caroline Lounsbury led the offense with three goals, Erin Walsh netted two goals and Annie Walsh recorded a goal and an assist. Jordan Jette had two helpers and Kendall Reardon and Kelsey MacCallum both found the back of the net once.

King Philip, 11 @ Walpole, 19 – Final

Mansfield, 5 vs. Medway, 10 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from the game.

Oliver Ames, 10 vs. Pembroke, 15 – Final

Taunton, 14 @ Norton, 6 – FinalTaunton eighth grader Alana Tavares scored a team-high eight goals and assisted on three others to pace the Tigers to a win on the road. Kayla Phillips netted a hat trick, Abbey Kingman scored twice and Annie Tate (two assists) found the back of the net once. Lorni Li turned away 12 shots in goal for the Tigers.

Boys Tennis
Sharon, 5 @ Canton, 0 – FinalSharon won all five matches in straight sets, losing a total of just seven games on the road. Griffin Fein won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Fred Bondar notched a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles and Andre Olivei recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. The team of Alex Romantz and Alberto Olivei won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and Sammy Kirshenbaum and Max Brody prevailed 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

Oliver Ames @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Foxboro @ Milford – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Franklin @ Mansfield – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Taunton @ King Philip – Postponed to Wednesday, 5/24 at 3:45.
Stoughton @ North Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.

Girls Tennis
Canton, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – FinalSharon dropped just one game in total among three singles matches to beat Canton. Nupur Shukla won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Emily Zhang captured a 6-0, 6-0 win at second singles and Lulu Yuan won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. The team of Sydney Gordon and Lauren Glass won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Sachi Bhasin and Akhila Sanadi won 7-6, 7-0 at second doubles.

Attleboro @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
Milford @ Foxboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/23 at 3:45.
Mansfield @ Franklin – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.
King Philip @ Taunton – Postponed to Wednesday, 5/24 at 3:45.
North Attleboro @ Stoughton – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/16 at 3:45.

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 @ Xaverian, 0 – Final
Taunton, 3 vs. Barnstable, 2 – Final

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/08/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 1 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalKing Philip’s Ben Furfari was responsible for knocking in both of the Warriors’ runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off victory. Furfari put KP ahead in the first, knocking in Will Weir – double, stole third – on a sacrifice fly. Attleboro tied the game in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of errors. Kyle Guenthner scored the game-winning run, reaching on an infield single, taking second on an error and coming home a base hit to right from Furfari. Chris Wing tossed 5.2 innings, allowing just one hit with seven strikeouts. Dan Antunes picked up the win in 1.1 innings of work in relief, striking out one without allowing a hit. Tyler McGovern had a strong outing for Big Blue, going 6.1 innings with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed.

Canton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – FinalNorth Attleboro junior Nick Sinacola threw a no-hitter and the Rocketeers scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off against Canton. In a complete game effort, Sinacola walked three and struck out 13 on 104 pitches. After six scoreless innings, Canton tied the game in the top of the seventh on a pair of walks and a pair of hit batters. Sinacola escaped the bases loaded jam without allowing any further damage. After taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth, the Rocketeers won the game in the bottom of the seventh. Tyler LaFreniere walked and pinch runner Jeff Gale stole second. Gale advanced to third on a base hit from pinch hitter Aidan Harding and then John Brennan brought the winning run home with a sacrifice fly.

Foxboro, 8 @ Sharon, 6 – FinalColin Thoener had a pair of hits and knocked in a pair of runs and the Warriors took advantage on a pair of two-run doubles in the third to hold off Sharon. Both Cam Feldman and Chad Bearce came through with a two-run double in the third to help starter Aaron Wentling earn the win. Steve McLaughlin came on in relief, getting the final out with the bases loaded to earn the save.

Franklin, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – FinalA pitcher’s duel broke out at Frothingham Park on Monday afternoon between Franklin’s Jake Noviello and Oliver Ames’ Sam Burr. The difference in the game came in the fourth inning when the Panthers scored the lone run of the game. Jake Lyons’ swinging bunt forced an errant throw to first, allowing the Franklin senior to get to second. Lyons moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Alex Haba and came home on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Hodgkins. Josh Macchi had a pair of hits for Franklin. Noviello earned the win, allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out five in a complete game effort. Burr scattered six hits without issuing a walk, striking out three in a complete game performance.

Taunton, 2 @ Mansfield, 13 – FinalMansfield’s offense exploded for seven runs in the first inning and scored all 13 of its runs by the conclusion of the third inning. Max Boen had a team-high four hits, scored twice and knocked in one run, both Zack Peterson (run, RBI) and Cullin Anastasia (four RBI, two runs) had three hits for the Hornets and Aidan Cahill (three runs, RBI) registered a pair of hits. Nolan Dousa earned the win, striking out nine in six innings of work.

Stoughton, 6 @ Milford, 8 – FinalStoughton got off to a strong start with three runs in the top of the first but Milford had the answer, scoring seven runs in the bottom half off of seven hits. The Black Knights came back with three more runs to make it a one run game in the top of the second, but that would be the closest they’d get the rest of the way. Milford starter Nate Irwin settled down after the first two innings, allowing just three hits the rest of the way with five strikeouts. Ryan Goncalves had three hits and a run scored, Anthony Mobilia cleared the bases with a three-run double in the first inning and Aidan Wilde and Zack Tamagni each recorded a pair of hits for the Scarlet Hawks. Ruben Gonzalez, Jack Connelly and Nick Hardy each had two hits for Stoughton.

Softball
King Philip, 18 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final (5 inn.)King Philip’s Jenn Hutnyan didn’t allow a walk or a hit, throwing a perfect game as the Warriors ran away with a big win. Hutnyan helped her own cause, coming up with two hits and four RBI at the dish. Hailey McCasland had four hits, Sydney Phillips added three hits and Meg Gorman, Allie Kuchy, Jess Bonner, Brooke Taute and Brianna Lacy all chipped in with two hits apiece.

North Attleboro, 15 @ Canton, 0 – Final (5 inn.)Olivia Capobianco had a strong day at the plate and Bella Erti and Olivia DesRoches combined to allow just three hits as the Rocketeers rolled to a big win. Capobianco went 4-for-4 (two doubles) at the plate, recorded five RBI and scored three runs to pace Big Red’s offense. Liz Morehouse added a two-run home run and Abby Warren and Andrea Miceli each scored a pair of runs. Erti threw the first three innings with five strikeouts with five strikeouts while DesRoches allowed just two hits in the final two innings.

Foxboro, 5 @ Sharon, 6 – FinalSharon trailed 5-1 with two outs in the sixth inning but rallied to pull out the divisional win. Freshman Shoshana Lowe hit a triple with the bases loaded to cut the lead to just one run. Senior captains Sam Marglous and Clara Cook set up the game-tying run and Lowe provided the game-winning run with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh. Cook picked up the win, striking out seven and allowing only two hits for the Eagles. Sharon coach Deb Parker said, “This is what we have seen from this team all year, they are never out of a game and they never stop fighting. I am so proud of the way this team plays day in and day out, they never quit!”

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Franklin, 8 – FinalFranklin struck for six runs over the first three innings and tacked on two more in the fifth to double up on Oliver Ames. Ally Shea paced the offense, going 4-for-4 with four RBI while Anna Balkus chipped with two hits and two stolen bases. Emily Valentino earned the win for the Panthers, striking out three. For Oliver Ames, Katie Mills had a pair of doubles and two RBI, Sarah Tetrault had a pair of hits with a run scored and Caroline Mahoney went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 5 – FinalCourtney Fisher tossed a complete game to earn the win and Taunton’s offense came up with a pair of home runs to beat out Mansfield under the lights at Jack Tripp Field. Fisher scattered seven hits, striking out five with two walks to earn the win. Katie Van Zandt (2-for-3, double) had a solo home run and Jaylin Couto connected on a two-run blast. Kya Enos (3-for-3, RBI), Hailey Medeiros (RBI) and McKenzie McAloon each had a double for the Tigers. Liz Mackin opened the scoring for the Hornets with a first inning RBI single. In the sixth Marissa Staffer singled to cut the lead to one but the Hornets could not capitalize on a bases loaded situation. Megan Letendre had two hits for Mansfield on the night.

Milford, 14 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalMilford’s Kelley Reichert retired 11 batters on strikes, allowing just two hits in six innings of work to earn the win for the Scarlet Hawks. At the plate, Reichert added two hits while Jess Tomaso had a breakout game, going 5-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, a stolen base and two runs scored. Maggie Farrell (3-for-5) had a double and four RBI and Shannon Cormier (3-for-4) scored a run for Milford (19 hits). Karly Estremera, Shannon Flaherty and Nikki Coppola each had a hit for the Black Knights.

Boys Lacrosse
Milford, 6 @ Attleboro, 16 – Final

King Philip, 12 @ Canton, 2 – Final

Mansfield, 8 @ Foxboro, 4 – FinalMansfield built a 5-3 advantage halftime, didn’t allow Foxboro to score in the third and owned the fourth quarter to pick up the win. The Hornets won the final quarter 3-1 and forcing a handful of turnovers to secure the win. Sean Powers made 14 saves in net for Mansfield while Cullen Murphy paced the offense with a pair of goals and two assists. Danny DeGirolamo and Joe Cox each scored once and had an assist, Brad Grant netted a pair of goals and Mike Reed and Aidan Sacco each scored once. Tommy Donnelly and Mike Zampine each played well defensively for the Hornets.

Franklin, 10 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final Sam Arsenault scored a hat trick and Eric Civetti and Chase Tanner each netted a pair in Franklin’s win over Oliver Ames. “OA played very well defensively, we had to work for this win,” said FHS head coach Lou Verrochi. Jonathan O’Glishen and Nitin Chaudhury each chipped in with a goal, Jacob Alexander won 14 of 16 face offs and Connor O’Rourke recorded eight saves in the cage for the Panthers.

Sharon, 2 @ North Attleboro, 14 – FinalNorth Attleboro had a dominate performance in a key league game, limiting Sharon to just one goal until the final minute of play. Zach McGowan paced the big offensive day for the Rocketeers, registering five points (one goal, four assists) while Tommy Lindstrom had four points (one goal, three assists), Colin Young scored a hat trick and Jack Dakin had two goals and one assist. Jason McNeany made a big difference for the Rocketeers, winning 14 of 16 face offs while Dan MacDonald turned aside eight shots in net. Owen Costello scored once and had two assists and Andy DeMattio (goal, assists) finished with two points. Nick Ward, Nick Moore, Nick Morse and Zac Doucette each scored one goal apiece while Hunter Sarro, Damien Curtis and Jack Connolly had one assist.

Taunton @ Stoughton, 3:45

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 12 @ Milford, 14 – Final

Canton, 9 @ King Philip, 16 – Final

Foxboro, 16 @ Mansfield, 7 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Franklin, 15 – FinalAnnie Walsh registered five points while Erin Walsh, Caroline Lounsbury and Jordan Jette each recorded four points apiece to pace the Panthers past Oliver Ames. Annie Walsh scored four goals and had one assist to go along with Erin Walsh’s four goals, Lounsbury’s three goals and one assist and Jette’s four assists. FHS head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said Grace McDermott (three draw controls, three ground balls) played well defensively. The Panthers’ offensive burst could have been higher if not for an incredible 27-save performance from OA goalie Ari Waldorf.

North Attleboro, 12 @ Sharon, 14 – Final

Boys Tennis
King Philip, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalKing Philip lost just two games total to sweep Attleboro and qualify for the state tournament. Cole Ginter (first singles) and Blake Ginter (second singles) each won 6-0, 6-0 while Martin Matous registered a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles. The team of Sam Colella and Ryan Gemelli won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and Aidan Ignatius and Jake Webster took a 6-0, 6-1 decision at second doubles.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton’s Jake Wolicki dropped the first set at first singles but rallied back to win the next two, finishing it off with a tiebreaker to help the Bulldogs edge North. Wolicki won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) while Jeevith Chandrasekar won 6-3, 6-4 at second singles and Justin Diep took a 6-3, 6-3 decision at third singles as Canton swept singles play. North’s Daniel Zhang and Ben Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Alex Pfeffer and Vikram Senthilakumaran took a 6-1, 6-0 win at second doubles.

Sharon, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalSharon earned a sweep against division foe Foxboro, winning all five matches in straight sets. Griffin Fein won 7-5, 6-2 at first singles, Fred Bondar earned a 6-2, 6-2 win at second singles and Andre Olivei won 6-1, 6-3 at third singles. Sharon had a pair of dominant performances in doubles play with Alex Romantz and Alberto Olivei recording a 6-0, 6-1 win at first doubles and Danujan Thirumavalavan and Ashwin Sreevatsa teamed up for a 6-1, 6-1 win at second doubles.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final

Mansfield @ Taunton, 3:45

Milford, 3 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final

Canton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – FinalIt was a clean sweep for the Rocketeers, taking all five matches to defend home court against Canton. Emily Chiasson won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Jordan Willis took a 6-1, 6-1 decision at second singles and Mae McLoughlin earned a 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 win at third singles. The team of Azka Siddiq and Katie Demontigny won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and Hana Hershey and Shurobhi and Nandi took a 6-2, 6-3 victory at second doubles.

Foxboro, 1 @ Sharon, 4 – FinalSharon earned a big win over division rival Foxboro, sweeping doubles play and earning two more wins in singles play. Nupur Shukla earned a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at first singles and Lulu Yuan won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles for the Eagles. The team of Katie Merport and Emily Wen won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and Rithika Neti and Sophia Fein won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles. Foxboro’s Lexi Nelson prevailed 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 at second singles.

Franklin, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalAfter splitting the first four matches, it came down to second doubles between Franklin and Oliver Ames. OA’s team of Olivia Groebe and Kristin Bloumbas prevailed in a three set thrilling, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to help the Tigers secure the win. Maura Kiernan (third singles) won 6-4, 6-0 and the team of Tori Wyman and Tate Hadges (first doubles) won 6-0, 6-1 for Oliver Ames’ other two points. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Anja Deric earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at second singles.

Taunton, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 – FinalTaunton’s Jillian Pagliuca rallied from dropping the first set to win the next two sets, giving the Tigers the winning point. The Tigers qualified for the state tournament with the win. Pagliuca won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to secure the final point. Taunton’s other wins came from doubles play as Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and Caroline Hebert and Jordan Martin won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles. Mansfield’s Paulina Martin won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles and Sarah Doyle won 6-3, 6-3 at second singles for the Hornets.

Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 4 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 0 @ St. John’s Prep, 3 – Final

Taunton, 2 @ Braintree, 3 – FinalTaunton rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a game five but came up just shy on the road at Braintree, falling 22-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 11-15. Lance Law had 19 kills, three aces and a block, Malik Charles added eight kills, four blocks and Lens Esquil chipped in with eight kills and five blocks.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/03/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 3 @ Foxboro, 4 – FinalFoxboro junior Joe Freitas’ third hit of the game broke a tie game, handing the Warriors the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freitas (3-for-3) slapped a two-out RBI single to bring the game-winning run home for Foxboro. The Warriors held a 3-1 lead until Attleboro tied the game with two runs in the top of the third. Foxboro’s Colin Thoener tossed a complete game to earn the win, allowing just one hit and no earned runs. He struck out seven.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 1 – FinalCanton scored an unearned run in the first and that was all that junior Robbie Wilkinson needed, as he tossed a complete game shutout and allowed only four hits on 76 pitches, striking out two. Sophomore Tom Parker was just about as good on the hill for the Tigers, allowing no earned runs and only four hits in the loss. Sam Burr accounted for two hits for the Tigers.

Franklin, 4 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalFranklin junior Bryan Woelfel tossed a complete game shutout and senior Jake Lyons had three hits to pace the Panthers past Sharon. Woelfel earned the win by going the distance, allowing just four hits, two walks and retiring seven batters on strikes. Lyons had a double and a run scored while Ryan Hodgkins had two hits and a run scored and Tyler Gomes went 1-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

King Philip, 8 @ North Attleboro, 7 – FinalKing Philip’s offense got off to a strong start with five runs in the first inning but had to rally when the Rocketeers put up seven straight runs. North tied the game with five runs in the second and went up 7-5 on two runs in the fourth. KP tied the game up with two runs in the fifth and knocked in the winning run in the sixth inning. KP totaled 11 hits as a team with Will Weir going 3-for-4, Ben Furfari added two hits and Jeremy Rhines recording two RBI. Jack Webster earned the win in relief while Dan Antunes picked up the save, tossing two innings without giving up a hit.

Mansfield, 12 @ Milford, 4 – FinalMansfield’s offense wasted little time to get going, scoring two runs in the first inning and then adding on three runs in each the second, third and fourth innings. The Hornets tacked on their final run in the sixth. Colin Gibbons had the big day at the plate for Mansfield, going 2-for-4 with five runs knocked in, Anthony DeGirolamo was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and four runs scored, Matt Farragher had four hits and three runs scored and Max Boen recorded three hits and scored three runs. Kevin Dow earned the win, allowing just one earned run in five innings of work. David Simmons was solid in two innings of relief, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.

Taunton, 3 @ Stoughton, 4 – FinalStoughton scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to prevail with a win over Taunton. The Tigers held a 3-1 advantage heading into the final inning but the Black Knights rallied to load the bases. Senior Ryan Sullivan came through and a bases-clearing double to walk off with the win. Ruben Gonzalez knocked in Stoughton’s first run with an RBI double while Pat Hagerty was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for the Black Knights. Justin Hutchinson earned the win in two innings of relief, allowing two hits and retiring three batters on strikes. Tyler Medeiros had a strong outing for the Tigers, striking out six with four hits allowed and just one run in six innings of work.

Softball
Foxboro, 4 @ Attleboro, 8 – Final

Canton, 8 @ Oliver Ames, 11 – FinalOliver Ames surged ahead to take a 9-7 lead in the fifth inning and tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth to beat Canton. Lexie Campbell was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, Caroline Mahoney went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI, Rachel Han had a home run and scored a pair of runs, Kayla Georgeu had one hit, two runs and two RBI and Alyssa Gavin added an RBI.

Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 7 – FinalFranklin’s offense started strong with a pair of runs in the first inning, tacked on single runs in each the third and the fourth and then put an exclamation point on the win with three more runs in the sixth inning. Jackie Cherry earned the win with five innings of work while Emily Valentino earned the save, retiring all six batters she faced. Alexx Niss went 3-for-4 with four RBI to pace Franklin’s offense while Olivia DiGiacomo was 2-for-4 with three runs and two assists from right field and Ally Shea recorded two hit and an RBI. FHS head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau said Tara Hartnett (shortstop) and Alyssa DaSilva (first) both had strong defense games for the Panthers.

North Attleboro, 5 @ King Philip, 6 – Final King Philip’s Sydney Phillips had a standout performance at the plate, collecting three hits and knocking in two runs to help the Warriors edge Big Red. Nicole Carter also knocked in a pair of runs in KP’s win. Elise Pereira came on in relief and provided two scoreless innings for the Warriors. Ashley Cangiano had a pair of triples and drove in a pair of runs and Sam Courtemanche went 3-for-4 for the Rocketeers. Olivia Capobianco had three stolen bases and two runs scored for North.

Milford, 11 @ Mansfield, 2 – FinalMilford junior Emily Piergustavo hit for the cycle to continue her offense hot streak and the Hawks picked up a big win on the road. Piergsutavo was 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored while Kaitlyn DeCapua also had four hits, scoring once and knocking in three runs. Maggie Farrell was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs score and Maddy Bonvino had two hits, including a triple and an RBI. Kelley Reichert struck out four in a complete game effort to earn the win while also helping the offense with a three-run home run. Sarah Cahill and Caty DeMassi each had a hit Hornets.

Stoughton, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – FinalEighth grader Kelsey White gave up one unearned run and just four hits in her first varsity start. White struck out nine and walked none in a complete game win. Stoughton took the lead but Taunton tied it in the third with a single run and then took the lead in the fifth on an single by Hannah Aldrich that plated pinch runner Alexa White. A leadoff double in the sixth by McKenzie McAloon started a two-run rally that sealed the win for the Tigers. One run scored on an grounder by Jaime Brown and the second on a single by Kya Enos. Stoughton was led offensively by Karly Estremera with two hits and the team’s lone run.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 2 @ Canton, 6 – Final

Sharon, 3 @ Foxboro, 6 – Final

Franklin, 19 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalThirteen different players found the back of the net as Franklin recorded a league win in its first ever meeting with Stoughton. Zach Alexander recorded a hat trick, including one off an assist from his brother Jacob (goal, two assists). Nitin Chaudhury also had a hat trick for the Panthers.

Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 23 – Final

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Mansfield, 13 – FinalTommy Donnelly and Josh London had strong days on defense for the Hornets, who rolled to a big win at home.

North Attleboro, 17 @ Milford, 4 – FinalAndy DeMattio found the back of the net four times, had one assist and scooped up four ground balls to lead the Rocketeers to a big win. Zach McGowan recorded two goals and two assists, Jason McNeany (15 face off wins) scored twice and had one helper, Colin Young, Dan MacDonald and Jack Dackin each scored once and had one assist and Hunter Sarro had a pair of helpers. Nick Ward, Paul Yeomans, Max Fontes, Zac Doucette and Dan Conroy each tallied a goal for the Rocketeers while Jack Connolly had an assist. Jack Puccio (six saves) and Jake McNeany (five saves) split the game in net for North.

Girls Lacrosse
Canton, 12 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final

Foxboro, 13 @ Sharon, 12 – Final

Franklin, 15 vs. North Andover, 5 – FinalFranklin sophomore Annie Walsh had a standout performance, netting a team-high six goals to pace the Panthers. Jordan Jette had four assists to go along with one goal, Erin Walsh scored a hat trick and had one helper, Caroline Lounsbury also netted a hat trick and Kelsey MacCallum scored a pair of goals and added one assist. FHS head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said Halle Atkinson had a strong game in the midfield with two draw controls and two ground balls.

King Philip, 21 @ Taunton, 4 – FinalKatie Crowther led the way for King Philip with six goals and the Warriors had 14 different players tally at least one goal. Caroline Watson made eight saves in net for KP while Christina Hathaway scored her first goal. Olivia Tormey and Caroline Klim each scored two goals in the win. Alana Tavares and Delaney Powell each scored a pair of goals for the Tigers and Lorna Li made 19 saves in the loss.

Mansfield, 14 @ Oliver Ames, 10 – FinalOliver Ames’ Kendall Clifford found the back of the net five times and Chloe Kikelly scored a hat trick but the Tigers fell just short to Mansfield. OAHA head coach Abby Tepper said Katie Davenport, Sydney Hedrick, Grace McCallum and Dimitra Efremidis all played great defensively. Ari Waldorf made 15 saves in net for the Tigers.

Milford, 4 @ North Attleboro, 16 – FinalChloe Olsen had three goals and three assists for the Rocketeers. Kenzie Rosenberg and Camille Pizarro each had four goals on the day for North, while Julia Tolfa had a pair of goals and Julia Noreck scored one goal and played stout defense, according to head coach Mike Vitelli.

Boys Tennis
Foxboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final

Canton, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final

Sharon, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – FinalSharon prevailed from a competitive match with a win on the road, taking all five matches in straight sets. Senior Griffin Fein won 6-2, 7-5 at first singles, junior Fred Bondar won 6-4, 6-0 at second singles and junior Andre Olivei won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. The team of senior Alex Romantz and freshman Alberto Olivei recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win at first doubles and sophomore Danujan Thirumavalavan and junior Ashwin Sreevatsa took a 6-3, 6-0 win at second doubles.

North Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip won a pair of matches in singles play and came away with a key win at second doubles to edge Big Red. The team of Aidan Ignatius and Marco DiStefano prevailed with a 6-4, 6-3 win at second doubles for KP while Cole Ginter took a 6-1, 6-1 decision at first singles and Martin Matous notched a 6-3, 6-3 win at third singles. North’s Barsomo Nuay won 6-3, 7-5 at second singles and the team of Daniel Zhang and Ben Pfeffer won 6-2, 6-3 at first doubles.

Milford @ Mansfield, 3:45

Stoughton, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – FinalTaunton picked up two wins in singles and two wins in doubles to take down Stoughton. Sophomore Brett Beaulieu won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and junior Mike Briggs took a 6-2, 6-2 win at second singles. The team of sophomores Dylan Kullas and Charlie Fiske won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and junior Kyle Dennehy and freshman Alex Pugh won 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 at second doubles.

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – FinalFoxboro won all five matches in straight sets to defend home court against Attleboro. Sophia Prinos notched a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles, Lexi Nelson won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Kayla Prag recorded a 6-3, 6-1 win at third singles. The team of Olivia Dantona and Morgan Krockta picked up a 6-3, 6-2 decision at first doubles and the team of Jacey Nicklas and Kendall Milender walked away with a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Canton, 1 – FinalOliver Ames won at second and third singles and swept doubles play to take down Canton. Claudia Ferrara won 6-2, 6-2 at second singles and Maura Kiernan took a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 10-5 win at third singles. The team of Tori Wyman and Tate Hadges notched a 6-3, 6-3 win at first doubles and Kristin Bloumbas and Eva Belanger teamed up for a 6-4, 6-4 win at second doubles. Canton’s Emma Sokolovsky won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles.

Franklin, 1 @ Sharon, 4 – FinalFranklin’s Hannah Sweeney recorded a big win at first singles but Sharon only lost one game total in the other four matches to beat the Panthers. Sweeney won 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 at first singles but Sharon’s Emily Zhang and Lulu Yuan each won 6-0, 6-0 at second and third singles, respectively. The team of Katie Merport and Emily Wen won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and Rithika Neti and Sophia Fein paired up for a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles.

King Philip, 2 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s second doubles team of Hana Hershey and Katie Demontigny prevailed in three sets to give Big Red the edge of the Warriors. Hershey and Demontigny won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at second doubles while Azka Siddiq and Gabby Duva won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles. Jordan Willis notched North’s lone in singles with a 6-0, 7-5 victory at second singles. KP’s Becca Ricci won 6-2, 6-4 at first singles and Meghan Sepich won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles.

Mansfield, 4 @ Milford, 1 – FinalMansfield went on the road and swept singles play to notch a win over Milford. Paulina Martin won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Sarah Doyle won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Elizabeth Elsner completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-4 win at third singles. Mansfield’s fourth win came via Chloe Peters and Tessa Garufi, with a 6-1, 6-0 win at first doubles. Milford’s Angela Pillarella and Ashlyn Oliveria won 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 at second doubles.

Taunton, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Taunton lost a total of just three games in a convincing win on the road. Vanessa Rosa (third singles) and the team of Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor (first doubles) both won 6-0, 6-0. Olivia Sweeney (first singles) and Jillian Pagliuca (second singles) each won 6-1, 6-0 while the team of Jordan Martin and Callie Hebert won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.

Boys Volleyball
Milford @ St. John’s Shrewsbury, 5:00

Taunton, 3 @ Quincy, 1 – FinalTaunton’s Nate Grant dished out 43 assists and the Tigers notched their second win over Quincy (25-15, 14-25 25-12, 25-20) in less than a week. Grant also had two kills and three blocks while Lance Law had a team-high 15 kills and had one block. Lens Esquil had five blocks as well as 13 kills while David Fusiecki had 10 kills and 11 digs.

Boys Track
Stoughton, 15 @ North Attleboro, 121 – Final

Girls Track
Stoughton, 28 @ North Attleboro, 108 – Final

Franklin Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat Medfield

Franklin girls lacrosse
Annie Walsh (3) scored a hat trick for the Panthers on Monday to help Franklin to a non-league win at Medfield. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MEDFIELD, Mass. – Franklin did not follow the standard script on Monday night at Medfield High. Typically, girls’ lacrosse games are won by the team that has the ball the most. Coaches always preach winning draw controls and keeping possession, but the Panthers used a different formula to beat the Warriors.

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Despite winning only 4-of-17 draws and spending long stretches of the game in the defensive zone, Franklin pulled out a 10-5 non-league victory over the perennial Div. 2 contender by hitting the Warriors with a series of quick counterattacks.

Sophomore Annie Walsh and freshman Kelsey MacCallum each scored hat tricks and junior Jordan Jette scored a pair of goals, as Franklin broke open the game with a 7-3 second half.

“I think that’s just a testament to our defense and our goalie,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino about the Panthers winning without having the ball for much of the game. “We can score quickly, but we’ve got to get better at those things.

“I said, we didn’t win the draws and we didn’t win possession of the game and we still somehow won, so imagine if we put it all together. We still have room to grow and improve.”

Franklin opened the scoring inside the opening minute with a lightning break that stemmed from a point-blank save by freshman Gianna Cameron (nine saves, including six in the first half). The ball quickly flew up field and Jette finished off the transition for a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Brooke Deady got a shot past Cameron only to see it carom back off the crossbar. Franklin scooped up the ground ball and took off on another fast break that led to an eight-meter try for Erin Walsh. The freshman put it away and made it 2-0.

Medfield responded with goals by Jordan MacLean and Maggie McCarthy to tie the game up with 14 minutes left in the half.

The score stayed the same for seven minutes until Jette picked out a cutting Annie Walsh for the go-ahead goal. Medfield would get another long spell of possession to close out the half, holding the ball for several minutes, but only managed one shot off target and Franklin held firm to force a turnover and keep the lead.

When asked about the halftime conversation, Igoe Guarino said, “Get the ball more, so draws, which we didn’t do and we need to get better at that; 50-50 balls, which I thought we did better when it was on the ground; and just making our possessions count on offense because we didn’t have the ball a ton.”

The Warriors won the opening draw of the second half (and won 9-of-11 after the break) but the Panthers stole the ball and MacCallum turned it into a goal with a drive to her lefthand and bounced shot. Just 31 seconds later, after a rare draw control, the Panthers made it 5-2 on an Annie Walsh free position.

McCarthy scored again for Medfield to cut the lead back to two and then nearly added another just minutes later only to be blocked by quick reactions from Cameron. A quick outlet turned the momentum around, as Walsh fed Caroline Lounsbury down the middle for the goal.

“Gianna is a huge factor,” said Igoe Guarino of her freshman netminder. “Our defense in front of her is very good, but then she makes amazing saves and is the key to our transition. If we’re not winning draws then we’re counting on her to make big saves and she does.”

MacCallum scored her second with a drive off a free position and answered a Medfield goal with another lefty chance and low shot to the corner for an 8-4 lead. Walsh got her hat trick off an eight-meter try and after Medfield cut the lead back tok four, sophomore Halle Atkinson hit Jette in front for a backhanded, sidearm finish.

Igoe Guarino praised her team’s balance on the offensive end. She said, “We don’t rely on one person. I think we have a team where everyone is comfortable sharing the ball and putting it on a teammate’s stick to score. We’re trying to get everyone to see the open player and that’s why our breaks were so effective.”

With Monday’s win, the Panthers are now 11-1 on the season despite a roster filled with underclassmen and a schedule that featured some of the top teams in the state. On Monday, seven of Franklin’s 10 goals came from freshmen and sophomores and Igoe Guarino was pleased with the way the younger players were adapting to the varsity level.

“The underclassmen have done a really great job,” she said. “They’re still learning and we’re picking out a lot of things in film and practice and they’re improving every day but I think they’re handling the schedule well and I think the challenging games are the best types for getting better as individuals and as a team.”

Franklin will be back at home on Wednesday afternoon to host North Andover in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal.

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Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/26/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro @ Taunton – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/2 at 3:45
Mansfield @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to Thursday, 4/27 at 3:45
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to Thursday, 4/27 at 3:45 at Milford HS.

Softball
Taunton @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/2 at 3:45
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield – Postponed to Thursday, 4/27 at 3:45
Sharon @ Milford – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/2 at 3:45

Boys Lacrosse
Taunton, 1 @ Attleboro, 22 – Final

North Attleboro, 9 @ Canton, 7 – FinalNorth Attleboro senior Owen Costello broke a tie game with less than three minutes to play in the fourth quarter and Big Red tacked on a final goal in the final seconds to edge Canton in a Davenport showdown. North jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Canton fought back to cut it to 5-3 at half. Goals from Matt Martin and Ryan Lodge in the third quarter tied the game for the Bulldogs. North Attleboro took a 7-6 lead into the final quarter. Canton tied it up before the Rocketeers scored the final two goals. Colin Young led Big Red with three goals, Zach McGowan had two goals and an assist and Tommy Lindstrom scored once and had three assists. Jack Dakin, Jason McNeany and Costello each scored once. Dan MacDonald made 12 saves for the Rocketeers. For Canton, Dan Dillon scored twice and had three assists, Martin (two goals) and Lodge (one goal, one assist) had had two points, Kevin Albert scored once and had one assist and Griffin Roach notched two helpers. Mike Shaw (goal) and Charlie O’Connor (assist) each had a point while freshman Jack Connolly made 13 saves.

Milford, 3 @ Foxboro, 19 – Final

Franklin, 15 @ Mansfield, 1 – FinalFranklin sophomore Jacob Alexander dominated at the face off X, Connor O’Rourke and the Panthers defense pitched a shutout in the second half and four different players scored at least twice in the Panthers’ big win. Alexander won 16 of 17 face off attempts while O’Rourke made seven saves. The Panthers defense had a lock down effort in keeping Mansfield to its lowest output of the year. Eric Civetti had five goals and one assist, Packie Watson had two goals and two assists, Chase Tanner scored twice and had one helper and Nitin Chaudhury found the back of the net twice.

King Philip @ Stoughton – Postponed to Thursday, 4/27 at 3:45

Sharon, 10 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 9 @ Taunton, 12 – FinalDelaney Powell scored five goals, as Taunton wins the Kelley-Rex battle with Attleboro. Alana Tavares followed up a 13-goal game on Monday with a hat trick and Abbey Kingman added three as well for the Tigers. The Bombardiers were led by Kyra Lyons’s four goals and Mish Logie added three in the loss.

North Attleboro, 16 @ Canton, 6 – FinalKenzie Rosenberg paced the Rocketeers to a big Davenport victory with seven goals, while Katie Lindstrom had a hat trick and Emily Schromm had five draw controls for North.

Foxboro, 15 @ Milford, 4 – Final

Mansfield, 4 @ Franklin, 15 – FinalEight different players found the back of the net as Franklin bounced back from its first loss of the season with a key division win. Jordan Jette had two goals and two assists, Kelsey MacCallum netted a hat trick and Nicole Houlihan scored twice for the Panthers. Head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino praised the defensive work of Grace MacCallum, who forced three turnovers and had five draw controls.

Sharon, 18 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final

Boys Tennis
Taunton @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/2 at 3:45
Canton @ Stoughton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield – Postponed to Thursday, 4/27 at 3:45
Sharon @ Milford – Postponed to Saturday, 4/29 at 9:00AM

Girls Tennis
Attleboro @ Taunton – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/2 at 3:45
Stoughton @ Canton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Mansfield @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to Thursday, 4/27 at 3:45
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to Saturday, 4/29 at 9:00AM

Boys Volleyball
Taunton, 3 vs. Brockton, 1 – FinalAfter splitting the first two games, Taunton pulled out two straight wins to knock off Brockton (25-22, 13-25, 25-19, 25-22). Lens Esquil had 13 kills and a block while Lance law had 18 digs, 10 kills, three blocks and an ace. “Lance played well all-around,” head coach Toby Chaperon said. Chaperon added that Gage Kingman (16 digs) played well in the back row for the Tigers.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/19/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Sharon, 3 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final (8 inn.)Sharon overcame a two-run deficit, tying the game in the fourth inning and then taking the lead in the eighth inning. Sharon senior Jake Marglous had a two-run single in the top of the fourth to tie the game 2-2. In the top of the eighth, Danny Emerman (2-for-4) led off with a triple. Aiden Arnold brought the winning-run home. Sharon junior Max Tarlin had a strong day on the mound, allowing four hits without an earned run in seven innings of work. Tarlin struck out four as well. Brad Zongetti picked up the save with a scoreless eighth inning. Attleboro’s Eoin Kelleher also had a solid day on the mound, going seven innings with four strikeouts, four hits and one earned run.

Franklin, 4 vs. Walpole, 3 – Final (9 inn.)

Softball
Canton vs. Watertown, 10:00AM

King Philip, 11 vs. Walpole, 8 – FinalKing Philip’s offense came alive, scoring a season-high 11 runs and connecting on six home runs in a win over Walpole. Betsy Walsh had two of those home runs and three RBI total, pacing the Warriors’ offense. Jess Bonner, Brooke Taute and Sydney Phillips all had home runs for KP as well. With the game tied, Meghan Gorman belted a three-run home run to put KP ahead. Elise Pereira earned the victory, giving up two runs in 5.1 innings of work.

Milford, 9 @ Hopkinton, 4 – FinalHopkinton took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third but Milford tacked on two runs in each of the next four innings to hand the Hillers their first loss of the season. All nine players in the Hawks’ lineup hat at least one hit in the win, totaling 15 hits as a team. Katie Irwin went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, Emily Piergustavo went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, a two-run home run and three RBI total, Kelley Reichert had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI and Emily Hartman was 2-for-4 with a double. Ali Atherton earned the win, striking out six with seven hits allowed in 6.1 innings of work.

North Attleboro, 0 vs. Bishop Feehan, 14 – Final

Boys Lacrosse
Oliver Ames, 9 vs. Silver Lake, 6 – FinalTied 3-3 at halftime, Oliver Ames’ offense exploded for six second half goals to split the season series with the Lakers. The Tigers had seven different players find the back of the net in the win, led by a hat trick from Colin Bourne. Liam Brown, Owen Gallagher, Jack Lang, Mike Young, Sam Stevens and Shane Kikelly each scored once for OA.

Girls Lacrosse
King Philip, 12 @ Canton, 2 – Final

Foxboro, 10 @ Medfield, 9 – Final

Franklin, 8 @ Walpole, 2 – FinalThe Panthers dominated the second half, scoring six goals while shutting out the Rebels. “The defense was overall very solid and played as a team,” said FHS head coach Kristen Igoe Guarino. Alex Field had three draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers while Gianna Cameron recorded 10 saves in net. Annie Walsh netted a hat trick on the offensive end while Kendall Reardon and Kelsey MacCallum each scored twice. Jordan Jette and Erin Walsh each had two assists.

Milford, 7 vs. Ashland, 14 – Final

Girls Tennis
King Philip @ Walpole, 10:00AM

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 0 @ Nipmuc, 3 – Final

Taunton, 3 vs. Norwood, 1 – FinalTaunton picked up its seventh win of the season with a 25-15, 25-12, 24-26, 25-23 win over the Mustangs. Lens Esquil paced the offense with 16 kills and two aces, David Fusiecki had nine kills, three aces and a block and Malik Charles had five kills, five aces and five blocks. Nate Grant set the offense up with 35 assists, five kills and an ace.