Patriots Deal Franklin Second Straight Semis Heartbreak

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Franklin senior Annie Walsh was held to two goals in the Div. 1 East semifinal against Concord-Carlisle, which beat the Panthers at the same stage for the second straight season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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WALPOLE, Mass. – It was a game that could have gone either way. Neither team led by more than two goals at any point in the game. There were four lead changes (all in the second half) and eight ties. In games that are that close, every play gets magnified and the smallest margins can be decisive.

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Concord-Carlisle took its largest lead of the game, 11-9, with 4:39 remaining in Tuesday night’s Div. 1 East semifinal at Walpole High’s Turco Field, but with 1:15 to play a turnover gave the Panthers a chance to get back within one. Stella Regan scored her second goal of the game to give Franklin (20-3) hope.

Despite losing the ensuing draw, an issue all night, and being down a player after a yellow card to senior Annie Walsh, the Panthers managed to force another turnover and regain possession inside the final minute. A foul stopped play right in front of the Franklin bench. As the players prepared to restart, one of the officials ran up and brandished a yellow card to the bench, which not only forced Franklin to remove another player, but also give up the ball.

The Patriots managed to keep the ball moving for the final 30 seconds, as the Panthers continued to chase, eventually running out the clock on an 11-10 victory and their second straight semifinal win against Franklin.

“Emotions were running high, intense game and I told them some things you can’t control and unfortunately we lost the ball again,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “They battled to the end and we all on the sidelines thought that we were going to tie this and win the draw and win the game.”

Franklin got off to the perfect start, as Walsh cut in from the right and scored with a low, lefty shot just 44 seconds into the game. That started the back-and-forth battle, as Concord-Carlisle answered two minutes later only for Kelsey MacCallum to fake out her marker, spinning back through the middle where she was found by Jackie O’Neil to make it 2-1.

Concord-Carlisle was consistently winning back and maintaining possession and putting the Franklin defense under pressure. After the Patriots scored to tie it again, they held the ball for several minutes with the Panthers holding on but failing to secure any of the ground balls that the defense was forcing.

“Its hard to win a game when you don’t have the ball,” Igoe Guarino said. “Draw controls definitely hurt us and when we did make stops or got it on the ground we couldn’t clear or made unforced errors. I think we hurt ourselves a little too much.”

While Franklin was under pressure, it held out and then took its largest lead of the night. First Erin Walsh dodged from the left side and her overhand shot had enough backspin that it bounced back over the line even after being saved. Then MacCallum went right down the middle for a lefty finish to make it 4-2.

After the Patriots got one back, Walsh smacked the bar with a free position chance and Ali Socci put in a timely stick check to deny a free position on the other end. MacCallum set up a cutting Regan in front but Natalie Slade stuck with it and made the save.

The Patriots tied the game with 3:56 left in the half but Erin Walsh was given a free position opportunity two minutes later. The junior went nearly underhand to fire an unstoppable shot just under the bar to put Franklin in front. Gianna Cameron made the lead last to halftime with a big stop in the final 30 seconds.

Concord-Carlisle came right back after the break, winning the opening two draws and scoring on both. Fallon Vaughn scored the first and assisted on the second. Vaughn nearly made it three in row but Cameron made a huge stop, getting a piece of a free position shot.

MacCallum completed her hat trick seven minutes into the half to tie the game at 6-6 and Franklin got the lead back when Regan showed great patience cutting across the front of the crease finally getting Slade to commit before firing her shot just under the bar.

A minute later and the game was tied again, but Franklin answered back with Kate O’Rourke using an Annie Walsh screen to get space down the middle and went high-to-low on her shot. The Panthers got the ball back to try and extend the lead to two, but an unforced error gave the ball back to the Patriots, who promptly scored.

“We didn’t have the ball a lot, so we couldn’t establish a rhythm on offense and our dodgers could never get going and couldn’t find space,” igoe Guarino explained. “They played excellent man-to-man, seven-on-seven ‘D’ and were very packed in and we just couldn’t find our space and finish our opportunities.”

That was the start of a run for Concord-Carlisle, which scored three times in a row to build the lead out to 11-9. Franklin had chances to cut into the deficit but Slade (six saves) came through with a series of stops, once each from Walsh and O’Rourke and twice from MacCallum.

“We felt like we didn’t have the ball a lot so when we did get it it was like, let’s go,” Igoe Guarino said about the uncharacteristic issues finishing. “We didn’t take all our best shots or we had an unforced error and that makes you feel like I have the ball so I have to shoot again as soon as you get it. I don’t think we were fully ourselves on the offensive end.”

Franklin continued to push, never giving in until the final whistle, but for the second straight season it will be the Patriots that advance to take on top seed Walpole in the sectional final.

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Franklin Runs Past Rocketeers In Playoff Opener

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Franklin continued its dominance against Hockomock League teams, rolling to a 20-1 victory over North Attleboro in the first round of the playoffs. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Reporter

FRANKLIN, Mass. – The first round of the MIAA Division I East Tournament pitted two Hockomock League opponents against each other in #2 Franklin and #15 North Attleboro. Franklin took the first matchup between the two on April 10th, and history repeated itself on Monday afternoon at Pisini Field in Franklin, as the Panthers won by a score of 20-1.

Franklin got off to a quick start, with Kelsey McCallum netting the Panthers first goal less than a minute into the game. Stella Regan followed that up with a goal of her own a few seconds later, and then Kenzie Baker (five goals) scored three straight goals to put Franklin up 5-0 less than five minutes into the game. Franklin’s quick start could be attributed to their success on the draw, as they won 21 out of the 24 total draws.

“We always want to come out hard and set the tone early, starting with draws, we’ve been really working on that in practice, just winning draws and the ground ball battle and then taking care of our shots, and we definitely did that today,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino about her team’s start.

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The rest of the first half was all Franklin, as the Panthers scored another five goals within eight minutes to increase the lead to 10-0 with 12:16 to go in the first. It could’ve been a larger lead for Franklin if it weren’t for a great save with 14:39 to go by North Attleboro goalie Faith Graveline.

Erin Walsh scored back-to-back goals for the Panthers to go up 12-0, before Hailey Toolin and Kate O’Rourke got on the board to extend Franklin’s lead to 14-0. North had a great scoring opportunity with 5:15 to go in the first half, but a nice save by Franklin’s Gianna Cameron kept them off the board. Jackie O’Neil scored Franklin’s last goal of the first half with 3:50 to go which put Franklin up 15-0.

Franklin would extend their lead to 17-0 early in the second half off goals from O’Neil and Baker, but North would then get on the board with just over fifteen minutes to go in the half. Franklin closed out the game with another three goals to finish out the game and come out with a commanding 20-1 win.

With the win, Franklin moves onto the quarterfinals to face #7 Hopkinton, who beat Bishop Feehan 12-8 in the first round on Tuesday to move on. Franklin played Feehan in their last regular season game and squeaked out a 10-8 road win. Hopkinton entered the postseason with a 12-6 record.

“They’re definitely tough, they’re well-coached, we haven’t seen them this year, but I know they have solid players and a solid team, so we have to focus on ourselves, be ready, but I think it’s gonna be a good game,” Igoe Guarino said about the Panthers’ next opponent.

#1 Franklin will host #7 Hopkinton at Pisini Field in Franklin at 4:00 on Thursday.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/10/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Softball
Sharon, 19 vs. Ursuline Academy, 7 – FinalSharon sophomore Julia Earley was one hit short of the cycle and the Eagles exploded for 19 runs in a win over Ursuline Academy. Earley had a first-inning triple, a double in the third, and a single in the fifth inning. Jody Goldenberg added three hits and a run, Trinity Payne added two hits, including a two-run home run, and senior Ali Small had two hits and four runs scored. Payne struck out nine in the win.

Stoughton, 11 vs. Milton, 4 – FinalStoughton scored four runs in each the first and third innings, and tacked on three insurance runs in the fifth to earn a non-league win over Milton and punch its ticket to the state tournament. Lexi Baptista (3-for-4, four RBI) launched a three-run home run in the first inning to score both Karly Estremera (three hits, RBI) and Nicole Baker (CG, 7K). Nikki Coppola added an RBI triple to score Brianna Ferrandiz in the first as well.

Boys Lacrosse
Franklin, 9 @ Dover-Sherborn, 8 – FinalFranklin senior Nitin Chaudhury (three goals, assist) scored the game-winning goal with 26 seconds left and the Panthers’ defense made a final stand to earn a win on the road. The Panthers trailed by two with under four minutes to go but Jacob Alexander won two straight faceoffs, scoring himself off the first one and junior Jake Davis (two goals, two assists) firing a laser into the back of the net to tie the score. After Chaudhury’s go-ahead goal, a faceoff violation gave Dover-Sherborn one last chance but the Franklin defense shined and forced a turnover as time ran out. Tim Kolb added two goals, Ben Greco added two assists, and Matt Lazzaro scored once and had one helper. Pat Morrison, Liam Arsenault, Spencer Briggs, Jack Sullivan and Will Harvey shined defensively for Franklin.

King Philip, 9 @ Grafton, 10 – Final

Milford @ Stoughton – Postponed to Thursday, 5/16 at 4:00.

Sharon, 15 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Franklin, 14 vs. Natick, 11 – Final Franklin defended home turf with a win over a strong Natick team. Freshman Kate O’Rourke paced the Panthers’ offense with four goals, freshman Stella Regan added two goals, and junior Kelsey MacCallum finished with five points (three goals, two assists). Senior Hailey Toolin and junior Alex Field both had strong games defensively, recording two ground balls each while junior Gianna Cameron made seven saves in net.

Mansfield @ Bishop Feehan, 3:30

North Attleboro, 6 vs. Braintree, 11 – Final

Boys Tennis
Milford @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/14 at 3:45.
Sharon @ Bishop Feehan – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/21 at 3:45.
Stoughton @ Brockton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

Girls Tennis
Attleboro @ Milford – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/28 at 3:45.
Sharon vs. Bishop Feehan – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/21 at 3:45.
Stoughton vs. Brockton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
King Philip vs. Walpole – Postponed to Friday, 5/24 at 3:45.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/20/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Taunton @ Sharon – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

Boys Lacrosse
Foxboro, 8 vs. Norwell, 6 – FinalFoxboro jumped out to a 3-0 lead but needed ti orchestrate a second half comeback to claim its second straight Chowda Cup championship. The Warriors trailed 5-3 in the third, going on a 3-1 run to tie the game at six apiece heading into the fourth. Foxboro pitched a shutout in the fourth with senior Pete Conley and junior Bobby Yerardi scoring inside the final seven minutes to put the Warriors ahead. Senior Brendan Tully led the way with two goals and two assists, junior Shayne Kerrigan scored twice, and junior Aidan Stapleton and sophomore Charlie Baughan each found the back of the net once. Freshman Matt Tully made 12 saves in net for the Warriors.

Franklin, 17 @ Lexington, 7 – FinalFranklin sophomore Matt Lazzaro accounted for 10 points, pacing the Panthers to a win on the road over Lexington. Lazzaro scored seven goals and added three assists, junior Jake Davis scored twice and had three helpers, junior Ben Greco scored one goal and had two assists, and senior Will Harvey chipped in with a pair of goals and one assist. Senior Will Davis turned away 16 shots in net while senior Jacob Alexander won 25-of-30 faceoffs.

Mansfield, 7 vs. Westwood, 17 – FinalMansfield built a 4-1 lead after a quarter of play but couldn’t keep pace with Westwood for the rest of the game. Senior Aidan Sacco scored a team-high three goals, sophomore Jake Quirk scored twice, and seniors Connor Quirk and Brad Grant each scored once for the Hornets.

Girls Lacrosse
Franklin, 11 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 4 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Annie Walsh, Erin Walsh and Kelsey MacCallum each recorded hat tricks and Franklin played what head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino called its best defensive game of the season to secure a win against D1 East rival L-S. Freshmen Jackie O’Neil and Kate O’Rourke also had goals for the Panthers, while goalie Gianna Cameron came through with a number of big saves. The Panthers jumped out to a 5-1 lead at halftime with Erin Walsh scoring twice in the final 2:27 to extend the advantage. The Panthers pulled away with a quick start to the second half, twice extending the lead to as many as eight goals.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/02/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Softball
Canton, 6 @ Attleboro, 10 – FinalAttleboro rallied from a 6-0 deficit to earn a win in its opening game of the season. The Bombardiers pushed across five runs in the third and three more in the fourth to take the lead. McKenzie Bergdoll went 3-for-4 with a two run home run (in the sixth) and three RBI total. MacKenzie Killough also went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Emily Gittle earned the win in the circle, coming on in relief. She struck out eight in four innings of work. Canton’s Liz Bickett went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Boys Lacrosse
Mansfield, 16 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final Mansfield raced out to a 9-1 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Mike Reed had a team-high four goals and added three assists, Connor Quirk scored three goals and had four assists, and Aidan Sacco (two goals), Jake DiSangro (goal, assist) and Xander Holmes (two assists) each had multi-point games for the Hornets.

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 11 @ Norton, 10 – FinalAttleboro raced out to an 8-3 lead at halftime and then held on after a comeback attempt by the hosts. Kyra Lyons led the offense with five goals, Rylee Fontes added four goals while Sydney DiLiddo, and Holly Kailher each scored once. Maggie Porreca made six saves for the win in net while Attleboro head coach Chrissy Quinn said Sam Fasoldt was excellent on defense for the Bombardiers.

Franklin, 10 vs. Westwood, 14 – Final – Franklin held an 8-5 lead at halftime but a strong second half from the Wolverines gave Westwood the win. Westwood knotted the score 10-10 with just over 10 minutes left. After taking the lead, Franklin pulled the goalie to try and tie the game but the Wolverines cashed in for some empty net goals. Erin Walsh had four goals and two assists to pace Franklin’s offense while Stella Regan scored twice and had one assist. Freshman Kate O’Rourke had a strong game in the midfield with nine draw controls.

Girls Tennis
Franklin, 0 vs. Hopkinton, 5 – Final

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/11/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Canton @ Braintree – Postponed to Monday, 10/15.
Oliver Ames @ Taunton – Postponed to TBD.

Girls Soccer
Taunton @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD.

Field Hockey
Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip built a 2-0 lead by halftime but had to hold off a rally from Franklin to earn the win on a rainy afternoon. Alli Meehan scored twice in the first half, the first set up by Meghan MacDonald in the sixth minute and the second assisted by Abby Nixon with 16:59 left in the half. Franklin’s Ashley Reutlinger opened the scoring in the second half to get within one but MacDonald (assisted by Paige Berdos) answered for KP. Victoria Quinn scored Franklin’s second goal with an assist from Amanda Lewandowski. Makenzie Manning made 11 saves in net for KP while Anna Jardine made eight stops for Franklin. Kate O’Rourke had an outstanding performance defensively for the Panthers.

Attleboro @ Mansfield – Postponed to TBD.
Canton @ Foxboro – Postponed to Friday, 10/12 at Forekicks Taunton.
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to TBD.
Stoughton @ North Attleboro – Postponed to TBD.
Oliver Ames @ Taunton – Postponed to Friday, 10/12.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalMansfield defended home court with a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-17, 25-14). Greenly Kelly had 11 kills and eight service points, Emily Dardinski had eight kills, and Abby Sullivan added 12 service points for the Hornets.

Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalThe Bulldogs had a strong team performance, leading to a 3-0 win on the road at Foxboro (25-12, 25-13, 25-10). For Canton, Julia Minichiello had a great day with 13 digs and three aces. Ally Irons, Emily Morrison, and Bella Touzos played good defense, Sydney Gallery, Nyah Claiborne and Liz Bickett were strong at the net, and Jackie Morrissey distributed the ball well.

Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalStoughton took the first two sets and finished the game with a win in the third set to pick up the victory over the visiting Rocketeers (25-18, 25-13, 20-25, 25-17). For Stoughton, Delaney Nagel was strong at the net with 11 kills and six blocks while Molly Turner played impeccable behind the line with 16 kills and a total of 25 service points.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalOliver Ames won a marathon of a third set to complete the sweep at Taunton (25-23, 25-5, 32-30). Jordan Bennett had a strong game defensively for the Tigers, Sadie Homer had 38 digs, Allie Kemp added 28 assists, Caitlin Cavanaugh had 16 kills, and Grace McCallum chipped in with 12 digs and three aces.

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 2 – Final

Golf
Attleboro @ Foxboro – Postponed to TBD.
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield – Postponed to TBD.

Milford, 180 vs. Nipmuc 187 – FinalJustin Applebee led the way for the Hawks with a low round of 43 and Alex Klosen shot a round of 45.

Sharon @ Taunton – Postponed to TBD.
Stoughton @ Canton – Postponed to Wednesday, 10/17.

Second Half Surge Helps Canton Edge Franklin

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Canton’s Katie Trerice looks to make a clearance while Franklin’s Cassi Ronan applies pressure. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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CANTON, Mass. – While the majority of Hockomock League teams have hit the field, court, or links over the past two weeks to get their seasons underway, the Canton field hockey team has been left watching.

Between hot weather and thunderstorms, the Bulldogs have had their first game pushed back on a couple of occasions.

Canton finally began its 2018 season on Friday afternoon and used a late surge in the second half to pick up a 2-1 win over visiting Franklin.

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“It was our first game, had a very long preseason I think it took them a little while to get out of drill mode and get into game mode,” said Canton head coach Chrissy O’Connor. “We made some changes on the field and once it kind of clicked, then they started to get more comfortable.

“The past few days have been tough, the longer you wait, it can get stale. Practices get a little boring and they just want to get out there and play. The first half they were figuring things out a bit and then the second half of the second half they really started to click and work well together.”

Trailing 1-0 in the second half, the Bulldogs came to life at the midway point. After fending off pressure from Franklin over the first 15 minutes of the second half, Canton turned on the pressure.

After earning a penalty corner, Canton’s Meg Aldrich served a pass in. Maria Femia was able to put it back in, Molly Cummings deflected it along, and senior Maggie Malloy cleaned up the loose ball to make it 1-1 with 12:50 to play.

Canton kept its pressure up and found the back of the net again just over a minute later. Malloy had her first shot denied by Franklin goalie Christina Luccini but the Panthers defense was unable to get a clearance.

The ball popped back onto the stick of Malloy, who pushed it forward some and then unleashed a hard shot at the near post that put the Bulldogs up 2-1.

“She’s a gifted goal scorer but she’s always a great motivator,” O’Connor said of Malloy. “She’s a hard worker and she kind of brings everyone along with her. I think that energy will translate to the younger players and they’ll start picking it up a little bit just based on her play.”

Franklin’s best chance at an equalizer came with just over six minutes to go. Senior Cassi Ronan split a pair of defenders and sent a pass into the area to Ashley Reutlinger but Canton defender Allie Gefteas made the clear.

“We let down a little bit,” said Franklin head coach Michelle Hess. “That’s something we’ve been working on because we get a little too comfortable. We let down and [Canton] completely capitalized. We’re still learning to bounce back, we let down once and then again right away. Hopefully, we can work on some transition stuff and have them get right back in the game.

We have two starters out so we had a little bit of a different look today and for it being the first time, they did pretty well. But once we get healthy I think we’ll be more solid in the middle and in transition.

It was a back-and-forth contest early on but little chances for either side. The Bulldogs had the best two chances early but couldn’t get a chance on net.

A shot from Maggie Malloy was deflected in the 9th minute but freshman Erin Lane couldn’t get to the loose ball before it skipped over the end line. Ten minutes later, Kaitlyn Goyetch found Femia in front but Franklin freshman Kate O’Rourke did well to break the play up before a shot.

The first shot on goal came from Reutlinger in the 22nd minute, forcing a save from Canton sophomore goalie Riley O’Connor. On the ensuing corner, Reutlinger linked up with Ronan and the senior lofted a shot perfectly over the goalie and just under the bar for a 1-0 lead.

Canton nearly tied it just three minutes later when Goyetch found Malloy in the middle but Franklin goalie Anna Jardine closed the pads at the perfect time to deny the chance. Malloy had another chance two minutes later but Franklin’s Elizabeth Clark thwarted the bid.

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Before Canton took momentum in the second half, Franklin was just inches away from doubling its lead. Ronan’s shot was deflected by Olivia Rondeau and found the stick of Stephanie Bell. But Canton’s Rose Malloy was positioned perfectly on the goal line to knock the shot away.

“We have a very young starting team, we lost some good talent last year.,” O’Connor said. “It’s about getting comfortable with each other and filling in some spots. Even coaching-wise, we’re figuring out where everyone fits. I think we spent part of that game doing that but we’re glad they were able to come through with the win.”

Canton field hockey (1-0 Hockomock, 1-0 overall) is back in action on Monday when it hosts Stoughton at 7:00. Franklin (1-2, 1-2) hits the road to visit Mansfield on Monday afternoon.