Attleboro Playoff Hopes Dashed by ORR/Fairhaven

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Jake Parker scored the lone goal for Attleboro on Saturday afternoon in a 4-1 loss to ORR/Fairhaven. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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TAUNTON, Mass. – In between all of the penalties, the two disqualifications, the numerous stoppages, Attleboro showed flashes of why it was still in contention for a Div. 3 playoff spot and why the Bombardiers were capable of making a deep run in last year’s tournament.

Head coach Mike Cripps has spoken all season about how Attleboro can skate with most teams when it is five-on-five, but unfortunately the Bombardiers hurt themselves with penalties.

On Saturday afternoon at Aleixo Arena, penalties were again Attleboro’s downfall along with the play of Old Rochester/Fairhaven goalie Chase Cunningham, who made 29 saves. This time it proved decisive, as the 4-1 loss knocked the Bombardiers (6-11-2) out of tournament contention.

Both teams recorded 10 penalties apiece, although Attleboro also had freshman Sam Larkin sent to the locker room in the first period and his brother Keagin, a senior, sent off early in the third.

“Against a team like this, you can’t play shorthanded,” said Attleboro coach Mike Cripps. “Just with the numbers we have, we can’t afford those penalties.”

“They couldn’t control it. We told them to keep their mouths shut but unfortunately the emotions got the better of them.”

Attleboro nearly grabbed the lead just a minute in, when a chipped pass to the neutral zone found P.J. Elliott streaking forward but Cunningham stayed on the puck and managed to get his pad across to the post for the save. Later in the first, Sam Larkin smacked his shot off the bar with the goalie beaten.

ORR started to press and use its speed in the attack and midway through the period had two good chances in the slot, but both were stopped by Attleboro freshman goalie Evan Andrew (21 saves). It was a big turnaround for the netminder, whose first career start was against ORR and he allowed eight goals in an 8-5 defeat.

On Saturday, Andrew showed that his game has markedly improved over the course of the season. “He’s come a long way this year as a freshman,” said Cripps.

The visitors took the lead with 6:39 left in the first as Connor Kelley knocked in a pass from Evan Stanley. Elliott had another breakaway opportunity with three minutes left in the first but again Cunningham was up to the test.

In the second period, Attleboro kept creating chances. Freshman Kyle McCabe received a pass right in front from Cam Littig but Cunningham managed to get a toe to it and keep it out. Later in the second, Jake Parker had a great opportunity in the slot but he smacked the post with his shot.

“We just didn’t seem to get the bounces,” admitted Cripps.

ORR took advantage of Attleboro’s missed chances to add to its lead. With the Bombardiers pushing forward, Sam Henrie caught the Attleboro defense flatfooted for a breakaway goal that made it 2-0. Two minutes later, the Bulldogs added a third.

Attleboro gave itself a shot at a comeback with 1:07 left in the second. Parker split a pair of ORR defensemen and then beat Cunningham with a backhand over the glove side to make it 3-1. Thanks to an ORR penalty after the buzzer, Attleboro also began the third on the power play.

It was a big lift for the hosts and gave Attleboro hope of staying alive for the postseason.

“It just brought back to Thursday against Taunton when we started the third period two down (and won 6-4),” said Cripps. “Plus we started the period on the power play…although the power play was not working too smoothly.”

The third period featured 10 combined penalties and had almost no flow. Still Attleboro continued to push forward and the Bombardiers had flurries of shots, as the Bulldogs struggled at times to get the puck out of their zone and took unnecessary risks with passes through the middle.

“P.J. all year, he’ll skate the whole last period if we ask him to and some of the freshmen too like Cam Littig and Kyle McCabe skating their butts off to create chances,” said Cripps about his team battling right to the end.

Kelley wrapped up the win for ORR/Fairhaven with 1:26 left when he tacked on a shorthanded, empty net goal that made it 4-1.

Attleboro will close out its season on Monday when it hosts Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk.

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

Bombardiers Come From Behind to Tie Mansfield

Attleboro Hockey
Attleboro celebrates Kyle McCabe’s third period goal that tied the game at 2-2 and earned the Bombardiers a point. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

TAUNTON, Mass. – With 8:21 left in the second period, Keagin and Sam Larkin skated to the penalty box for the Bombardiers. Mansfield would have a full 1:30 of two-man advantage to try and extend its 2-0 lead and put Attleboro away.

The Hornets have struggled offensively this season (19 goals in 11 games), but coming off a six-goal performance against Taunton on Wednesday, head coach Rick Anastos thought the team may have broken out of its slump. Unfortunately for Mansfield, offense is still a concern, as the Hornets failed to score on the power play, keeping Attleboro within two.

“It’s been our problem all year long,” said Anastos. “We just can’t score. I thought we were going to have a break out finally and went up 2-0 and thought it was in hand. But [Attleboro] battled…they always battle.”

The missed opportunity quickly came back to bite the Hornets. Attleboro got on the board with 4:22 left in the second and scored again just 1:30 into the third period and managed to come away from Saturday afternoon’s physical game at Aleixo Arena with a 2-2 tie.

“I thought we came out pretty strong again,” said Attleboro coach Mike Cripps, referring to a 7-6 loss to King Philip on Wednesday night.

“If we come out and skate and play hockey then we can skate with anybody. We have limited depth but they’re giving it everything they’ve got.”

The Bombardiers started strongly, controlling the puck in the offensive zone for long periods of the first period and leading at one point 6-1 on shots. Attleboro has been strong at even strength but have been hurt by penalties this season and Saturday was no different.

Mansfield opened the scoring on the power play when Attleboro failed to clear the puck. Max Hoffman found Matt Farragher below the right circle and he flipped a pass right in front of goal to Pat Sunderland and he scored on a one-timer.

“They’re clicking but they need to stay out of the penalty box more,” said Cripps. “They just make it harder on themselves. You just can’t take stupid penalties at any stage of the game.”

The Hornets made it 2-0 with 1:14 left in the first and again it came from an Attleboro error and again came from a special teams unit. This time it was a shorthanded goal from Hoffman on a breakaway off assist from defensemen Matt Chirichiello and Mike Arnold.

Mansfield had plenty of chances to extend the lead. In the opening minutes of the second period, Arnold had a shot from the point that was knocked down by Attleboro goalie Evan Andrews (21 saves) but caused a scramble the crease. Another shot rang the post for Mansfield.

Then came the two-man advantage, but the Hornets only managed a couple of shots from distance. The best chance during the power play was actually for Attleboro forward P.J Elliott who snuck out on a breakaway after blocking a pass near his own blue line, but he got too deep before firing a shot on Mansfield goalie Anthony Visconti (24 saves).

Cripps said, “Thankfully the guys that were not in the box came up big. They have a whole bunch of heart, all 20 kids on the team.”

He joked, “They pick each other up even when they do stupid things.”

Three minutes after clearing off the penalty, Attleboro cut the lead in half. Elliott and Jake Parker fired shots that Visconti was able to knock down but the second rebound popped out to winger Nick Miniati and he fired his shot through traffic and into the back of the net.

The Bombardiers carried that momentum into the third period and stormed back onto the ice to try and tie the game. Just 1:30 into the third, Elliott managed to pick the pocket of a Mansfield defenseman at his own blue line. The puck wound its way to Kyle McCabe, who sent a shot through a screen that bounced past an unsighted Visconti to make it 2-2.

“I can’t repeat much of what I said,” said Cripps with a laugh. “I just kind of laid into them for being selfish and they had to come out and decide whether they were going to come out and play hockey and play a team game or continue to play selfishly.”

“Thankfully they seemed to come out as a team.”

Just seconds after Attleboro tied it, the Bombardiers nearly took the lead. Again it was Elliott that created the chance but his Keagin Larkin was unable to put his shot on target with the net gaping. On the next rush up ice, a shot from the point beat Visconti, but not the post.

Mansfield was on its heels but still managed to create a couple of chances with quick transitions. Sunderland tried to return the favor to Farragher on a two on one, but the pass eluded the forward’s stick. Later, on a three on one, Chad Piotti just missed with Andrews stranded.

“We just keep preaching the same things over and over – rebounds, rebounds, shoot, rebounds rebounds, shoot,” explained Anastos. “It’s not like we’ve been blown out by any team this season…we just can’t score.”

He added, “You don’t score a lot of goals then you start gripping the stick a little harder. I think that was the difference.”

Andrews also came through with several big saves, including a quick kick save on a shot from Shane Doherty in the slot. It was a strong finish for the Hornets but too little too late and for the second time in three seasons, Attleboro was able to earn a point from Mansfield.

Attleboro (5-6-2, 1-4-1) will try to carry that momentum into Wednesday’s meeting with Franklin. Mansfield (2-6-3, 2-2-1) will face North Attleboro on Monday night. 

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

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/18/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
King Philip. 63 vs. Barrington, 35 – Final – King Philip won the second quarter 21-6 to create the separation. Junior Noah Goodwin had a game-high 17 points, freshman Kyle Layman had 11 points and six rebounds and senior Ben Smith had nine points and four rebounds. 
Hockey
Attleboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalMark Sheehan gave the Black Knights the lead just 15 seconds into the game (assisted by Carter Gerome and Sean Doherty), but Attleboro tied it with five minutes remaining on a goal by P.J. Elliott. Will McKenzie scored the eventual game-winner two minutes later shorthanded and Keigan Larkin scored an empty net goal (assisted by Evan Andrews) to wrap up the win. Attleboro held a 51-15 advantage in shots. Stoughton goalie AJ Scott had an “outstanding” game in goal according to head coach Dan Mark. 
Foxboro, 1 @ Canton, 7 – Final
Taunton, 8 vs. New Bedford, 0 – Final
Swimming
Boys
Franklin, 73 @ North Attleboro, 88 – Final
Taunton, 85 @ Mansfield, 85 – Final
Girls
Franklin, 93 @ North Attleboro, 71 – Final
Taunton, 96 @ Mansfield, 72 – Final
Gymnastics
Sharon, 136.65 @ Attleboro, 136.1 – Final
Mansfield, 138.7 @ North Attleboro, 132.4 – Final
Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 0 vs. Medfield, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 1 @ Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 9 – Final

Second Period Surge Lifts Attleboro Over Scarlet Hawks

Attleboro's PJ Elliott is tripped up as he takes the puck to the net. Elliott had three assists. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Attleboro’s PJ Elliott is tripped up as he takes the puck to the net. Elliott had three assists. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
TAUNTON, Mass. – After a scoreless first period, Attleboro scored the all important first goal in the second period less than a minute in, added three more in the frame and skated to a 6-1 over Milford.
Milford goalie Brian Ireland made 10 his 30 saves in the first period while Attleboro goalie Tim Gile stopped 12 of his 17 saves in the opening frame. The best chance from either side came when Bombardiers junior PJ Elliott rang the post with a wrist shot with just over six minutes to go.
“The first period went really well,” Milford head coach Mike Balzarini said. “We had two solid days of practice and really focused on breaking down d-zone coverage and making sure guys were where they were supposed to be. And it was evident int he first period, the shots were even too. We made sure we were sound defensively first then transitioned into offense.”
On the other side, Attleboro head coach Mike Cripps wasn’t too pleased with being level after the first 15 minutes.
“We weren’t too happy going to the locker room after that first period,” Cripps said. “We came out a little flat to start despite coming off two good games. That was pretty much our message in the locker room, you better come out with some intensity.”
The Bombardiers had the opportunity to cash in right away as they had 35 seconds of man advantage to start the second period. It took nearly all of that time but Attleboro was able to take advantage of the power play. Senior Keagin Larkin had his shot saved by Ireland but the rebound was batted in by Parker to put Attleboro up 1-0.
Attleboro’s offense was able to keep Ireland busy for the next six minutes, evan forcing a kick save off a double deflection and then a rebound save to rob Nick Miniati with just over nine minutes remaining in the second period.
“Four mistakes in the third period cost us four goals,” Balzarini said.
But inside a four minute span, Attleboro was able to find the back of the net three times to create a big cushion heading into the final period. First, the Bombardiers caught Milford’s defense in a long chance and used a two on one with Elliott feeding Miniati for a tap in with 8:53 left. Two minutes later, the Scarlet Hawks were once caught in a long change after a turnover in the neutral zone with Elliott picking off a pass and finding Parker right on the doorstep to make it 3-0.
“They’ve been clicking well all year,” Cripps said. “Elliott has led us in points and the two of them have some good chemistry.”
Just over a minute later with a man advantage, with a face off in the attacking zone after Milford was called for a penalty, the Bombardiers added another goal to their lead. Just five seconds into the power play, Parker was wide open in the slot and ripped a shot upstairs for Attleboro’s second power play goal of the period.
“We’ve been working on [the power play] quite a bit and that unit’s finally kind of gelling after six games,” Cripps said. We had some success in the last game too. That group is starting to calm down and take their time, realizing they have a minute and a half to use.”
Sam Larkin added a fifth goal for Attleboro in the final period after picking up a loose puck along the nearside boards, skating to between the circles and firing a low shot through traffic. Mitchell Caruso capped Attleboro’s scoring with just under two minutes to go after a deflected shot beat Milford freshman goalie Matt Shaver. Shaver had four saves over the final four minutes, including a glove save on an open shot from Larkin.
Milford was able to get onto the scoreboard with just under five seconds to play on a great individual effort from sophomore RJ Stansbury. Stansbury weaved his way through through a pair of defensemen and then beat Gile.
Attleboro (4-2-1, 1-0) picked up its third straight win and will look to make it four when they travel to Asiaf Arena on Saturday night to take on Oliver Ames at 8:10. Milford (0-5, 0-1) will look to try and break into the win column the same day when they host North Attleboro at 5:30 at Blackstone Valley Ice Arena.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/02/16

Happy New Year! Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
Attleboro, 6 @ Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 0 – Final – Keagin Larkin scored a hat trick and added an assists while PJ Elliott had a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Cam Littig scored his first career goal. Evan Andrews made 22 saves in net for the shutout. 
Mansfield, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Jackson Maffeo, Matt Lazaro and Bobby Mullaney scored for the Bulldogs while Matt Farragher (from Max Hoffman) scored a first period goal for the Hornets.
King Philip, 8 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final

North Attleboro, 5 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Brian Poillucci, Zach McGowan and Erik Clements all scored in the first period to give North a 3-0 cushion. Mark Sheehan scored at the end of the first period but North answered with an early second period goal from Andrew Casson. Hunter Sarro added a fifth goal for North while Jon Lessa scored Stoughton’s second goal.
Taunton, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Owen Gallagher scored a hat trick and Matt Mancini and Max Ward each scored once for the Tigers. Cam Carnes, Nick Terry and Mike Volkmann each scored a goal, all coming in the second period. 
Wrestling
Ashland Duals (Foxboro, Mansfield, Oliver Ames), 9:00AM – Oliver Ames picked up four wins, including a win over Hockomock rival Foxboro in the tournament final. OA picked up wins over Ashland Keefe Tech (44-25), Andover (52-20), Pathfinder (66-12) and Foxboro (42-26). OA’s Shea O’Connor (145) and Jack Mills (220) both went 4-0 on the day while Casey Believue (106) was 3-0. Ryan Lehane (152) and Pat Mills (285) both went 3-1 for the Tigers. 
Franklin @ West Springfield – Franklin broke even on the day, beating West Springfield (48-21) and Chicopee (42-21) but suffered losses to New Milford (CT) (51-21) and to Springfield Central (42-26). 
Nashoba Quad (Milford), 9:00AM
North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro) – North Attleboro continued its perfect start with four wins on Saturday, including the program’s first ever win over perennial power St. John’s Prep. The Rocketeers had wins over Prep (40-18), Bridgewater-Raynham (50-24), Dedham (66-12) and LaSalle Academy (45-23). North’s Devin Spratt won his 100th career match with a decision of SJP’s Malcolm Mitchell. 
Norton Quad (Sharon) – Sharon picked up a win over Somerset Berkley (42-31) but lost to Hingham (18-40) and Norton (28-42). 
Danvers Quad (Taunton) – The Tigers suffered three setbacks on the day with losses to Danvers (36-45), Woburn (32-42) and Whittier Tech (20-45). Justin Bradley (126) went 3-0 on the day while Josh Alves (113), Alex Rodriguez (138), Nuno Camara (182) and Santiago Lopez (220) each picked up two wins. Jasmine Ryan (106), Chris Fernandes (120) and Elijah Simmons (195) each had one win. 
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Boys
Attleboro, 44 vs. King Philip, 52 – Final – King Philip senior Michael Roby had the best time of all schools in the 55M dash at 6.79, finished first in the 300M at 37.33, and was first in the high jump at 5-06.00 to spark the Warriors. Other first place finishes for KP included Ethan Dunne in the 600M (1:33.08) and the 55M hurdles (8.50) and Brandon Sullivan in the 1000M (2:48.64). Attleboro’s Brett Szlachciuk was first in the 1 Mile (4:46.01) and the 2 Mile (10:40.18), Isaiah Rodriguez won the long jump (19-01.25) while Jacob Hardy (47-00.00), Patrick Collins (44-03.00) and Nathaniel Joyal (43-09.25) swept the shot put with the best three finishes in the entire league.  

Canton, 26 vs. Milford, 70 – Final – Milford’s Cameron Clark was first in the 55M dash (7.22), Leo Moronta won the 300M (39.86) and the long jump (18-06.25), Jack Kalil won the 1000M (3:01.64) and Luis Goncalves won the 55M hurdles (8.68) and the high jump (5-02.00). Canton’s Mark Clancy won the 1 Mile (4:58.02) and the 2 Mile 10:39.63), Patrick Hession won the 600M (1:32.40) and Ben Mendillo won the shot put at 32-06.00. 
Franklin, 28 vs. Mansfield, 72 – Final – The Hornets had first place finishes from Nick Graham in the 55M dash (6.97), Devin Maughn in the 300M (37.88), Kyle Amerantes in the 600M (1:29.37), Jake Affanato in the 1 Mile (4:43.74) and in the 2 Mile (league best 10:21.71), Jake Morrill in the 55M hurdles (8.61) and the long jump (18-04.50) and Conor Cline in the shot put (35-03.25). Franklin’s Ryan Spelman won the 1000M race in 2:46.49 and Luke Gordon won the high jump at 5-10.00. 
Foxboro, 37 vs. Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Doug MacDonald won the 55M dash in 6.87, Belmund Rodrigues-Pires took first in the 300M (37.86), Jonathan Long placed first in the 600M (1:33.33), Troy Kent won the 1000M in 2:48.87, Jarod Boone won the mile in 4:40.65, Nicholas Barber won the 2 Mile in 11:51.12 and Kalil Matier finished first in the long jump in 18-04.25. Foxboro’s Jordan Vining was first in the 55M hurdles (8.91), Allston George was first in the shot put (38-09.00) and Owen Whitney won the high jump (5-02.00). 
Sharon, 56 vs. Stoughton, 44 – Final – Tyler Kaufman won the 600M race in 1:31.67 for Sharon and the Eagles also got first place finishes from Scott Kaplan in the 1000M (2:53.36), Tianrui Sun in the 1 Mile (4:48.05), sophomore Grant Fawcett in the 2 Mile (10:50.66), Will McManus in the 55M hurdles (8.44) and in the long jump (19-00.25) and Matt McManus in the shot put (39-09.50). Stoughton got first place finishes from Clifton Gerring in the 55M dash (6.88) and Steven Elice in the 300M (38.03) and the high jump (5-10.00). 
North Attleboro, 49 vs. Taunton, 51 – Final – Taunton had three of the best times of all Hockomock teams to help edge North. Damion Theodule won the 55M dash (6.86), Brian Cherenfant had the best time of all Hockomock teams in the 300M (37.25), Jimmy Hoye topped all Hockomock runners in the 600M with a time of 1:29.07 and Dylan Lynch posted a league best time of 4:39.81 in the 1 Mile. North Attleboro’s Matt Reimels had a league best time in the 1000M (2:43.58), freshman Liam Monahan won the 2 Mile in 10:30.62, sophomore Jonathan Shultz won the 55M hurdles in 8.80, Michael Tobey won the shot put (40-01.50), Matt Tarantino had a league best 5-10.00 in the high jump and John Thompson had a league best 19-01.75 in the long jump.   
Girls
Attleboro, 37 vs. King Philip, 63 – Final – King Philip’s Hannah Silvestri won the 55M dash (7.99), Christa Wagner won the 300M (43.62), Erica Layne won the 600M (1:45.85), Lucy Hamilton won the 1000M (3:12.67), Sarah Butts won the 2 Mile (13:39.46) and Jayla Millender won the shot put (28-8.25). Attleboro’s Emily Vieira won the 1 Mile (6:13.23), Quincy Harding won the 55M hurdles (9.77) and the long jump (15-02.75) and Allison Wall won the high jump (4-04.00).

Canton, 57 vs. Milford, 43 – Final – Canton’s Selena Cho won the 55M dash (7.87), Hannah Link won the 300M (43.60), freshman Sarah Collins won the 1000M (3:37.36) and Tanya Bastien won the high jump (4-04.00). Milford’s Jess Palmer won the 600M (1:49.52), Gabriela Chong won the 1 Mile (6:14.64), Jenise Madden won the 2 Mile (12:22.56), Carina Thompson won the 55M hurdles (9.83), Aleye Momodu won the shot put (27-09.00) and Christina Speliakos won the long jump (15-03.00). 
Franklin, 56 vs. Mansfield, 44 – Final – Franklin’s Jessica Kroushl posted a league best time of 7.63 in the 55M dash, Meghan Doherty had a league best time in the 600M (1:43.91), Brittany Robinson had the best time of all 12 schools in the 1 Mile (5:29.54), Carly Rondeau won the 2 Mile (13:24.72), Beth Neal won the 55M hurdles (9.67) and the high jump (4-08.00) and Sarah Goodermuth won the shot put (30-08.00). Mansfield’s Kelly Crawford had a league best time of 42.34 in the 300M and won the long jump (15-02.00) and Caitlin Whitman had the league’s top time in the 1000M (3:11.86). 
Foxboro, 38 vs. Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames got first place finishes from Lauren Wright in the 600M (1:46.09), Dana Lowney in the 1000M (3:14.77), Kale Rockey in the 1 Mile (6:10.65), Gabby Eldridge in the 55M hurdles (9.50) and Chi-Chi Akanegbu in the shot put (league best 35-11.50). Foxboro’s first place finishes were Shraeya Srinivasan in the 55M dash (7.95) and the long jump (16-07.00), Berlendah Dure in the 300M (45.44), Meredith Cronin in the 2 Mile (league best 11:44.84) and Kelsey McDonald in the high jump (4-08.00).
Sharon, 78 vs. Stoughton, 21 – Final – Sharon’s Morgan Usen finished first in the 55M dash (7.87) and the long jump (15-06.00), Ariadne Tolay won the 300M (44.78) and the 1 Mile (5:45.14), Erica Laidler won the 600M (1:47.35), Amanda Brown won the 1000M (3:22.92), Ana Morrison won the 2 Mile (12:38.64), Brigid Loftus won the 55M hurdles (10.00), freshman Geena Lesser won the high jump (4-08.00). Stoughton’s Emma Harrington was first in the shot put (24-07.00). 
North Attleboro, 70 vs. Taunton, 30 – Final – First place finishes for North Attleboro included Rachel LaBonte in the 300M (43.42), Alexandra Tong in the 600M (1:48.01), Grace Guertin in the 1000M (3:18.73), Ann Roberts in the 1 Mile (5:29.62) and the 2 Mile (12:37.73), freshman Julia Mechlinski in the shot put (31-07.00) and Nicole Boulanger in the high jump (league best 5-00.00). Taunton’s first place finishes came from Samantha Tichelaar in the 55M dash (7.69), Jillian Purtell in the 55M hurdles (league best 9.47) and in the long jump (league best 16-08.25). 
Girls Hockey
Canton, 3 @ Westwood, 0 – Final
Franklin, 6 @ Scituate, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton,0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Newton North, 10 – Final

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/22/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
Attleboro, 2 vs. Bellingham, 7 – Final – PJ Elliott scored a goal and had an assist for the Bombardiers and Keagin Larkin scored once.

Foxboro, 1 vs. St. John Paul II, 2 – Final

Franklin, 0 @ Pope Francis, 4 – Final
Wrestling
Canton, 12 @ Franklin, 59 – Final – Canton’s two wins came from Brandon Lentol (160) and Nick Matt (285), his sixth win of the year in just his first season of wrestling. 

Foxboro, 46 @ King Philip, 27 – Final
Mansfield, 27 @ Milford, 52 – Final

Oliver Ames, 12 @ North Attleboro, 63 – Final – Oliver Ames got wins from Cobey Williamson (106), Liston Funai (132) and Dean Pachini in the loss to the Rocketeers.

Stoughton, 54 @ Taunton, 21 – Final
Swimming
Boys
Sharon, 71 @ Attleboro, 91 – Final
Foxboro, 69 @ Norton, 80 – Final
Girls
Sharon, 91 @ Attleboro, 73 – Final
Foxboro, 85 @ Norton, 81 – Final
King Philip, 86 @ Stoughton, 64 – Final
Gymnastics
Oliver Ames, 124.9 @ Attleboro, 133.5 – Final

Hockey: Kelley-Rex Division Preview 2015-2016

Kelley-Rex hockey
Mansfield and North Attleboro will be two of the teams gunning to unseat Franklin and win a league title. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

Attleboro
2014-15 Record: 11-13-1 (2-8-0)
2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 3 South semifinal
Head Coach: Mike Cripps

The Bombardiers made an improbable run to the Div. 3 South semifinal before being eliminated by Hanover. Even with a short bench and a goaltender that had never played before, Attleboro won three tournament games for the first time in program history and this year will try to build on that experience and get back to the postseason.

With 20 players on the roster, depth may not be Attleboro’s strength but there are some players that Cripps will be counting on to produce this season led by senior forward Keagin Larkin. He will be helped out on the forward line by junior P.J. Elliott and sophomore Sam Parker. Freshman Sam Larkin will also step in right away and Cripps said that he has been “impressive” during the opening two weeks of practice.

Senior goalie Tim Gile returns between the pipes after a season that saw him put on goalie pads for the first time. He will be joined at the goalie position by junior Tyler Koppy. In front of goal, seniors Will McKenzie and Jack Flynn and sophomore Sam McKenzie will be part of Attleboro’s defensive corps.

There may only be 20 players on the roster, but the Bombardiers are a tight-knit group and Cripps is hopeful that they can get back to .500 and another trip to the playoffs. He said, “Our team is a group of hard-working players with good chemistry. With our lack of depth, we have to avoid injuries and illness. I am very happy with the progress I have seen after the first week.”

Franklin
2014-15 Record: 17-4-3 (10-0-0)
2014-15 Finish: Lost in first round of the Super 8
Head Coach: Chris Spillane

How does Franklin follow up its first ever appearance in the prestigious Super 8 tournament? How does the program recover from losing 21 seniors off a roster that finished unbeaten in the Hockomock League and had one of the league’s most exciting hockey moments when it beat Xaverian in overtime in the Super 8 play-in game?

Those are tough questions that head coach Chris Spillane will be trying to answer in the coming weeks as he incorporates almost an entirely new roster. The top returning scorer from last season is senior Alex Bissanti, who chipped in with five goals as a junior. He will be joined up front by junior Adam Assad, who Spillane said has “lots of offensive potential.” In addition, the coach noted that he is looking towards a “strong” sophomore class to provide a spark offensively.

Ryan Shea was a rock in goal last season after getting his first playing time as a senior and the Panthers will be counting on seniors Nick Jasinki (five games in 2014-15) and Cam Benham to step in this year and have a similar impact. In front of the goalies, Franklin has a strong defensive corps led by senior captains Matt Pleshaw and Jack Chaffee. The defense has been bolstered by the return of senior Tyler Oaks, who had been playing for the South Shore Kings. Spillane called him a “strong offensive defenseman.”

It is only the third season for Franklin in Div. 1 and already the Panthers have accomplished more than most public school programs. This could be a transition year for Franklin but expectations remain high for a perennial power. Spillane said, “With the departure of 21 seniors, the success of this team will rely on finding a identity early in the season.”

King Philip
2014-15 Record: 7-10-3 (4-5-1)
2014-15 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Paul Carlow

For the second time in three season, King Philip has changed coaches with Paul Carlow taking charge of the Warriors this winter after two seasons as the JV and assistant coach. Thanks to his experience with the program and with the players, Carlow, who was once a standout player for KP, called the transition “smooth.” He added, “I know the players and they know me, which has made it pretty easy. Everyone know what is expected.”

The Warriors numbers were not huge this winter and depth may not be a strength, but Carlow is excited about the talent that KP will send out on the ice with six forwards and six defensemen returning from last year’s squad. The Warriors will be led on the forward line by senior captain Matt Smith, while fellow captain Clay Guess will lead an experienced blue line group that also includes football star Corey Lombardo.

Sophomore Collin Cooke is a player to watch this season and is poised for a breakout winter after scoring 11 goals and 10 assists as a freshman. Fellow sophomore Dan McLoughlin could be a player that steps in and provides a spark along with junior Richie Lucente, who saw plenty of ice time last season. Carlow also said that junior Jeremy Smith should step right in at defense. He noted that Smith had the talent to get on the ice as a sophomore but was only limited by the experienced players ahead of him.

Carlow has added preseason scrimmages and has changed the schedule around to add teams like Nauset, Walpole, and Coyle to prepare the team for the rigors of the Div. 1 tournament. After narrowly missing out the past two seasons, Carlow is confident the Warriors can make a run to the postseason. “We need to be ready for the type of teams we’re going to face,” said Carlow. “We may not be the deepest team, we didn’t have 90 kids tryout like Franklin, but we’ve got speed and we can play.”

Mansfield
2014-15 Record: 10-11-0 (8-2-0)
2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South first round
Head Coach: Rick Anastos

Mansfield enters another season as one of the main threats to Franklin in the Kelley-Rex division. The Hornets, who are the only other team to have won the division (in 2011), are one of the few programs to consistently have the talent base to challenge the Panthers and this season is no different.

Junior forward Matt Farragher is primed for a breakout season after scoring 13 points as a sophomore and he will be paired up front with several classmates, including Pat Sunderland and Chad Piotti. Seniors Pat Graham, Shane Doherty, and Max Hoffman will return to give Mansfield strength in depth along its first two lines and the firepower to make the Hornets a dangerous team in the Hock.

Mansfield also has the potential to be strong defensively, as demonstrated by a scoreless tie with Winthrop on Saturday. Anthony Visconti, who gave up just more three goals per game last season, returns in goal and he will be helped out by senior defenseman Mike Arnold, who leads the blue liners, along with classmate Tim O’Brien.

The Hornets have experienced returning players, but there is plenty of youth coming through program as well with two freshman and five sophomores on the varsity roster. Franklin may remain the team to beat, but Mansfield is confident that it will be right there pushing the Panthers to the end.

North Attleboro
2014-15 Record: 12-8-1 (6-4-0)
2014-15 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South first round
Head Coach: Stephen Snizek

The Rocketeers made it back to the tournament last season but were knocked out in overtime by Milford in the first round. With Sean Young graduated, North Attleboro will be looking for someone that can step into his role as the primary scorer and make a run at a first league title in its final season in the Kelley-Rex.

There is a lot of depth returning for North this season led on the forward line by senior captains Andrew Casson and Brian Poillucci and juniors Zach McGowan and Erik Clements, each of whom have years of experience for the Rocketeers. Sophomores Jason McNeany and Andrew Wissler and a strong freshman class will add to the forwards over the course of the season.

Defensively, North Attleboro will count on juniors Paul Baker and Vincent Zammiello and senior Matthew Marceau on the back line. The defense will be key and Snizek is expecting his forwards to help back as well as the Rocketeers will be using freshmen Chris Ulrich and Ryan Warren in goal this year.

The Rocketeers have a lot of weapons and Snizek is excited for the talent coming through the program. He said, “We have a lot of weapons on offense and we need to get pucks to the net and drive in the dirty goals. Our forwards will need to play in all zones on the ice.  Not just the offensive zone.”

Taunton
2014-15 Record: 9-12-1 (2-8-0)
2014-15 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Head Coach: Kris Metea

The Tigers have been building the program for the past few years, developing young skaters, and waiting for a time that it can come together for a potential run at the state tournament. Head coach Kris Metea is hopeful that this could be the year, as Taunton boasts a talented forward line that could provide the goals needed to get to the playoffs. Metea said, “The eighth graders and freshmen that took beatings three years ago have all grown up and can physically compete with players in the Hockomock now.”

Among the players that Metea highlighted this season are junior Nick Terry, who is coming off an all-star season, and senior Tyler Pietrzyk, who will both be starters. Junior Zack Albert and sophomore Will Walsh will add depth to the forwards as well. Defensively, senior David Perry and junior Mike Volkmann will be two of the key players and add a physical component to the Tigers.

Taunton has three goalies on the varsity roster and Metea has confidence in all of them to win games. Senior Cam Pitts is the most experienced of the trio but junior Justin Chappell and freshman Griffin Speicher both will see time as well.

If Taunton can improve the power play and utilize its overall team speed, this could be an interesting year for the Tigers. “It has been a pleasure working with these players and see them grow up as hockey players and young men,” said Metea. “They have matured physically and mentally and are ready to take the next step to compete with the top end of the ever-competitive Hockomock.”

Hockey: Ten Players to Watch in 2015-2016

Brian Ireland
Milford goalie Brian Ireland will be counted on to backstop the Hawks this season is a player to watch in 2015-16. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Keagin Larkin, Attleboro – The Bombardiers made an improbable run to the Div. 3 South semifinal last season and one of the reasons for their success was the play of Larkin in the tournament. The senior forward returns as one of Attleboro’s biggest threats on offense. He scored seven goals and had 17 assists last year and he will hope to be able to create scoring opportunities along with P.J. Elliott and Jake Parker. Larkin has good stick skills and is tenacious in the attacking zone, both in the corners and crashing the net. If Larkin can stay healthy, Attleboro could get the chance to surprise some more people in the tournament.

Matt Lazaro, Canton – Over the past two seasons, Lazaro has been the top Canton’s top goal scorer and the former HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year is primed for another super season. He scored 24 goals (and 16 assists) in his sophomore campaign and had 26 goals (and 17 assists) last season, both a team-high. He doesn’t score with power but his speed can cause havoc for defenses and he’s able to sneak by a lot of defenders. Once he gets in close, he’s one of the toughest forwards to try and stop if you’re a goalie.
Jackson Maffeo, Canton – The reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year returns to man the blue line for the preseason favorite to win the league title. Maffeo is a smooth defenseman with puck skills and late last season he became much more aggressive looking for his own shot from the point. Now in his third year on varsity, Maffeo reads the play as well as anyone in the league and has become more physical over the past two seasons. The Bulldogs remain one of the contenders for the DIv. 2 South title and, considering some losses on the forward lines, the defense could be a major reason why. Maffeo is now a veteran in the program and he will be expected to be a leader out on the ice.
Tyler Oakes, Franklin – The senior defenseman is a newcomer to the Franklin program after spending time with the South Shore Kings last season. For the Kings, Oakes played 23 games and scored a goal and an assist. He is a little bit of an unknown for the coaches and the rest of the Hockomock but Franklin coach Chris Spillane said that he is a solid offensive defenseman that will step right in and contribute. After losing 21 players to graduation, Franklin needed someone to step in and Oakes could prove to be the right player to help fill in for the hole left by Mason Saunders and Kyle Filbert, both of whom liked to push forward into the attacking zone. Oakes’s return could be perfect timing for the Panthers.
Collin Cooke, King Philip – The sophomore forward is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he total double digits in goal (11) and assists (10). Cooke, who also played for the U-16 South Shore Kings, has strong stick skills and speed to burn. He showed the ability to fight in the corners and to find his way to the dangerous areas in front of the goal. Not every scoring opportunity had to be a pretty one on the break, which is impressive for a young player. Now that he has acclimated to the pace and physicality of the varsity game, Cooke could be in for an even bigger season this winter under new coach Paul Carlow.
Matt Farragher, Mansfield – The Hornets head into another season as one of the favorites to challenge Franklin in the Kelley-Rex and Farragher is one of the players that will be counted on to pour in the goals for Mansfield. Coming off a season in which he was named an honorable mention for all-star by the league’s coaches. He emerged as one of the team’s top scorers as a sophomore and could be ready for a breakout season along with fellow juniors Pat Sunderland and Chad Piotti, as the Hornets turn to the next crop of talented forwards.
Brian Ireland, Milford – There aren’t too many returning starting goalies this year but Brian Ireland is one of them and he’s got a lot of experience under his belt. After seeing minimal time his freshman year, Ireland has been the main man for the Scarlet Hawks the last two years and will be in the role — maybe even more so — this year. He has five shutouts over the past two seasons and had 1,002 saves coming into the season this year. He improved his GAA by nearly a half a point from his sophomore to junior seasons. He’s quick moving side to side and reads the play well and get position himself well.
Erik Clements, North Attleboro – The Rocketeers will be looking to try to replace all of the offense that graduated with Sean Young but head coach Steve Snizek has plenty of options and that includes junior Erik Clements, now in his third varsity season. There are a lot of experienced Rocketeers that will require attention but Clements is a big, strong forward that not only can power his way forward but is also shifty. He has 18 career goals in his two years while his 20 career assists shows he’s more than just a player focused on putting the puck in the net. If he gets an open shot it will be trouble for opposing goalies.
Mark Sheehan, Stoughton – Stoughton hasn’t had a lot of wins over the past couple of seasons but senior Mark Sheehan has been a bright spot for head coach Dan Mark. He’s had a team-best 30 points over the past two seasons, including 14 goals in his sophomore year. With the puck on his stick, Sheehan is one of the fastest players on the ice and has no fear of going right at defensemen. Whether he chooses to just blow by them or go through them with a deke is what makes him hard to handle for opponents. He has a good shot too and is already off to a good start with three goals in two games this season.
Nick Terry, Taunton – Although Terry is a junior, he already has three years of varsity experience for the Tigers after playing as an eighth grader. Each year, Terry has improved his skating and positioning and it has shown with his play. Through three years, Terry has three goals as a defenseman and 25 assists so far. Terry’s ability to read the play and force a turnover and then has improved his puck moving skills to get the offense in gear. During his junior season we could see an increase in scoring if Terry can get up the ice.

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/08/15

Below are today’s games.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Norton, 3 – Final

Field Hockey
Foxboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sophomore Grace Mayer scored in the second half to give Attleboro the win.

Canton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Freshman Annie Walsh scored her first career goal on an assist from senior Diana Griffin and sophomore Christina Quinn also scored on assists from Walsh and junior Alex Sullivan. Franklin’s defense only allowed one shot on goal and head coach Lisa Cropper said senior Taylor Reutlinger and junior Dana Lewandowski played well in midfield.

Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 9 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final

Stoughton, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored a hat trick for the Black Knights and Ashley Chipman added one goal. Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said Angela Connolly “dominated at midfield.”

Cross Country
Hockomock Jamboree (@ Borderland), 3:30
Golf
Milford, 173 @ Foxboro, 170 – Final – Matt Tierney, Tim Luciano and Blake Wasserman all shot a team-low 42 for Foxboro.
Attleboro, 182 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Mansfield junior Jason Hindman was the match medalist for the second straight time, shooting a 39. Seniors Devon Barbero and David Craig each carded a 41 for the Hornets. Keagin Larkin shot a team-low 42 for the Bombardiers.

Stoughton, 198 @ King Philip, 163 – FinalMickey Riley, a senior for King Philip, shot a team-low 38 for the Warriors in the win.
Canton, 170 @ Sharon, 169 – Final – Sharon senior Cam Sydney had a match low 38 for the Eagles. Canton’s Griffin Jerrier shot a low score of 41 for the Bulldogs.