Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/21/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Game of the Week – Football
Milford, 0 @ Stoughton, 28 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 16 yard rush, Josh Cocchi XP good; (S) I. Swain-Price 6 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (S) Justin Ly 6 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.
4th Quarter: (S) I. Swain-Price 79 yard rush, J. Cocchi XP good.

Football
Sharon, 20 @ Canton, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Alec Ragusa 40 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (S) Drew Naisuler 1 yard rush, Mitchell Director XP good; (S) Juvan Elisma 71 yard rush, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (S) Xavier Hackett 82 yard rush, M. Director XP good.

North Attleboro, 35 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final (3 Quarters)
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 82 yard pass to Kyle McCarthy, XP good; (NA) C. Peterson 38 yard pass to Nick Rajotte, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Bobby Mylod 3 yard rush, XP good; (NA) C. Peterson 54 yard pass to B. Mylod, XP good.
3rd Quarter: (NA) C. Peterson 14 yard pass to B. Mylod, XP good.
4th Quarter: Game called after three quarters due to weather.

Attleboro @ Franklin – Postponed to 10/22 at 3:00.
Taunton @ King Philip – Postponed to 10/22 at 2:00.
Mansfield @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to 10/22 at 2:00.

Boys Soccer
Mansfield, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – FinalMansfield’s Jed Tolbert notched his sixth shutout of the season and the Hornets cashed in twice in the second half to beat Franklin. Sam Hyland headed home a corner kick from Sean Lanzillo in the 49th minute for the game-winner. Cullin Anastasia doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, finishing off a direct kick from Lanzillo.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalNorth Attleboro sophomore Justin Renehan scored his first career goal with 11 minutes to go in the game to put the Rocketeers ahead but Stoughton found the equalizer with just over two minutes to go. Stoughton sophomore Fabio Ponce De Leon scored the tying goal after a service into the box from a free kick passed by Marco Antunes. Shawn Watters had four big saves for the Rocketeers.

King Philip @ Taunton – Postponed to 10/22 at 10:00AM.

Girls Soccer
Oliver Ames, 4 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalKiana Lozzi scored a pair of goals as Oliver Ames improved to 12-0-3 on the season. Lauren Wright and Jess Robarge each added a goal while Zoe Chazan, Emily Freeman and Jackie Mills each had an assist.

Foxboro, 4 @ Milford, 2 – FinalKristen Franzini and Gabbie Riley each scored for Milford.

Franklin, 1 @ Mansfield, 1 – FinalFranklin’s Molly Duncan scored early in the second half off of an assist from Halle Atkinson to put the Panthers up but Mansfield found the equalizer in the final 10 minutes. Amanda Mangano converted with just eight minutes to go to keep the Hornets undefeated (13-0-2).

Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – FinalFour players recorded two points in North Attleboro’s win at home over Stoughton. Haley Ferrin scored a pair of goals – “They were beautiful goals,” said North coach Bill Wallace – while Ashlyn Gaulin, Kayla Pasquel and Haley Guertin each scored once and had an assist. Britta MacDonald and Kenzie Rosenberg also had an assist for the Rocketeers. Stoughton head coach Tara Daniels said Gabby Diaz “played tough in the back field.” for the Black Knights.

Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final King Philip freshman Avery Snead netted the game winner in the 32nd minute of the game as the Warriors picked up the shutout win at home. “It was a rocket,” KP head coach Gary Pichel said of Snead’s goal. Julian Massarone doubled the lead in the 47th minute, converting a nice pass from Chloe Layne inside the area. Maddie Smith added an insurance goal just three minutes later in the 50th minute, converting a cross from Layne.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalOliver Ames defended home court with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 sweep of Attleboro. OA senior Bridget McCarthy tallied 22 assists and three aces and senior libero Alyssa Gavin added 12 digs and two aces. Caroline Cavanaugh had four kills and “played aggressive on the net” according to head coach Chelsea Correia.

Canton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalCanton picked up the sweep on the road at Sharon; “Everyone contributed to the win tonight,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. Nicole Poole led Canton with 16 assists, six kills and two aces. Emma Murphy added seven kills, three blocks and six aces. Sofia Connor, Malia Claiborne and Kehla Minkin all played good defense while Emma Gobbi played well at the net for Canton.

Milford, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalFranklin used the energy of senior night to sweep Mansfield, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. “It was a strong performance by the entire team,” Franklin head coach Kate Horsmann said. Senior Erin Skidmore had 14 kills and 11 digs to lead the Panthers while Meaghan Maguire had six kills and three blocks, Lauren McGrath had 22 assists, two aces and a kill and Maddie Kuzio finished with 22 digs and a pair of aces. For Mansfield, Jess Haradon had 20 digs, Meg Hill had 10 kills and Emily Kleber had six kills.

North Attleboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalKing Philip picked up the 25-23, 25-10, 25-20 sweep on the road. Sydney Phillips led KP with 15 kills and 14 service points while Kat Kmetz had four kills, three digs and 13 service points, Liv Balduf chipped in with five kills and 11 service points and Amanda Loewen had six digs and eight service points.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final Kayla Lozzi netted a pair of goals while Kendall Clifford found of the back of the cage once to pace OA. Katie Vamosi made six saves in net to preserve the shutout for the Tigers.

Canton, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Milford, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final

Mansfield, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – FinalFranklin sophomore Annie Walsh scored a pair of goals with her sister Erin Walsh, a freshman, scoring once to lead Franklin to a 3-2 win. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Cassi Ronan, Caroline Lounsbury and Kayla Marshall also played well for the Panthers.

North Attleboro, 4 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

King Philip, 4 @ Taunton, 0 – Final

Volleyball: 2016 Hockomock League Preview

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Canton volleyball will look to continue its dominant stretch in the Hockomock this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016 Hockomock Volleyball Preview

Attleboro

2015 Record: 2-18
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Lindsey McDonald

The Bombardiers are hoping to take a step forward and make a dent in the very competitive Kelley-Rex Division. Attleboro picked up a pair of non-league wins last season and is hoping that success can start to translate to league play. Head coach Lindsey McDonald noted the offseason work of juniors Lexi Pereira and Sarah Lynch. Both Pereira and Lynch will play as outside hitters and McDonald said she expects both to bring a lot of power to the attack. Liz Howe, a captain, will be in charge of getting the attack going from the setter position while captain Julya Carlson will anchor the defensive effort for the Bombardiers.

“I am anticipating an improved season for us,” McDonald said. “[Our] captains are providing solid leadership on and off the court and the team has been gelling nicely.”

Canton

2015 Record: 16-5 (Davenport Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central Final
Coach: Pat Cawley

Canton has had a dominant run in the Davenport division over the past six years and the Bulldogs are looking to continue that tradition in 2016. Canton has a dozen seniors on the team and will be relying on their experience and leadership to make another run at the division title and in the playoffs. Nicole Poole returns as a second year starter at setter and will be the catalyst for Canton’s offense. Emma Murphy and Casey Shea both have varsity experience and will be important pieces at the middle of the net. One spot that Canton has to fill is at outside hitter and the Bulldogs have a handful of players in the running including seniors Emma Gobbi, Erika Lum, Cassie Loftus, Kelsey Irons, Malia Claiborne and Maria Mackie. Canton is hoping for another year of strong defense with seniors Julia Panico, Kehla Minkin and Emily Lynch all vying for time in the back row.

“We are a senior laden team although most have not seen significant playing time at the varsity level,” head coach Pat Cawley said. “CHS volleyball is a proud tradition and I am confident that this year’s squad will do they can to keep this team competitive and make their senior experience one which they won’t forget.”

Foxboro

2015 Record: 6-12
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dan Damish

Foxboro is hoping its upward trajectory continues in 2016 after making great strides a season ago. Head coach Dan Damish and the Warriors will rely on its three senior captains – Lindsay Greer, Julia DiCenso and Julie Bridges – to continue to push the program in the right direction. DiCenso will be the starting setter for the fourth straight season and will have Danielle Conlon, the team’s leader in kills last season, at her disposal. DiCenso will also have Greer, Bridges, Ana Sanchez and Molly Crocker as offensive options. Junior Delya Lorquet could emerge as a big threat as a middle hitter as well for Foxboro this season.

“I’m very encouraged with the way the team came into the season in great volleyball shape,” Damish said. “Our top goal is to improve everyday and compete at a high level.”

Franklin

2015 Record: 15-5 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 Central/West Quarterfinal
Coach: Kate Horsmann

Coming off the program’s second Kelley-Rex division title in the past five seasons, Franklin will be relying on youth to stay near the top of arguably the most competitive division in all of the Hockomock League’s sports. Senior Erin Skidmore (28 kills in 2015) is making the transition from the middle to the outside and will be a go-to attacking option at the net. At 6’3, junior Meaghan Maguire saw valuable time last year and will be a defensive leader at the net. The Panthers will look to sophomore setter Lauren McGrath to step in to set up the offense.

“This is the youngest team we have had since I started coaching,” head coach Kate Horsmann said. “We have five sophomores who could all be impact players for us this season. The outcome of our season will really depend on how quickly they adjust to the speed of the varsity game and how quickly we gel as a unit.”

King Philip

2015 Record: 16-6
2015 Finish: Reached D1 Central/East Semifinal
Coach: Kristen Geuss

King Philip had another strong campaign a year ago and are looking to repeat it in 2016. The Warriors have six returning seniors and all are expected to play important roles for KP this season. Senior captain Carly Adams will set the offense in motion from the setter position, senior captain Emma Lopez will be a key piece in the attack from the outside hitter spot and senior captain Angela Vellante will be a defensive specialist in the back row for KP. Senior Amanda Loewen will also be a key piece to the defense as the team’s libero. Senior Liv Balduf will help balance the offense as a rightside hitter while Molly Croke will help bolster the team’s defense. Junior Sydney Phillips, another returner from last year’s squad, will be an attacking option as an outside hitter.

“I expect us to be a strong team once again this year,” head coach Kristen Geuss said. “We have lost significant depth at the outside hitter position from last year but am encouraged by how our returning players have stepped up and progressed during our practices.”

Mansfield

2015 Record: 14-6 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Melissa Heeden

The Hornets will look to follow up a historic one with another strong showing and they have some experienced players to do so. It will start with defense for Mansfield, who return one of the top liberos in Jess Haradon and one of the top middle blockers in Meg Hill, the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Mansfield will have to replace some key pieces but senior Chloe Peters will be tasked with setting up the offense while junior Julia Harrison, who saw some minutes as a sophomore a year ago, will be one of the Hornets’ outside hitters.

“We have five great seniors who have been working hard to lead the team,” head coach Melissa Heeden said. “They are a great group of girls. We have some work to do to fill in from the six seniors who graduated last year, but a are really looking forward to the season.”

Milford

2015 Record: 9-11
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Linda Zacchilli

The Scarlet Hawks just missed out on the playoffs a season ago but with Linda Zacchilli back on the bench, Milford could be right in the mix for the Davenport title. Offensively, Milford will need some need faces to step up after its top three kills leaders graduated. Junior Kelley Reichert is back after 66 kills last season and senior Stefani Chiarelli and junior Juliana Tracy will both factor into the offense as well. Both of Milford’s setters – Lauren Zouranjian (301 assists) and Allie Collins (198) – are back for 2016, which should help the Scarlet Hawks’ offense flow. Libero Kyra Alves is back after being a strong point in the defense last year as well.

North Attleboro

2015 Record: 11-11
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Jeff Crins

The 2016 season will be a bit different for North Attleboro compared to a year ago. The Red Rocketeers now compete in the Davenport division and their attack has been bolstered by the addition of Amelia Murphy. Murphy was a top offensive player in the league a year ago at KP but has since transferred to North Attleboro. Murphy will be an attacking option along with junior Katie DeMontigny (100 kills last season) and Tori Melanson, who will also be a presence defensively at the net (82 kills, 70 blocks in 2015). North Attleboro will need to fill in the role of setter with Taylin Shultz graduated. Gabby Duva and Lindsay Howlett will be two key defensive players for the Rocketeers this season.

Oliver Ames

2015 Record: 7-12
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chelsea Correia

Oliver Ames has a strong mix of experienced players returning this Fall and are looking to take a trip back to the postseason after missing out in 2015. Senior captain Bridget McCarthy, in her fourth year on varsity, returns as the starting setter while fellow captain Alyssa Gavin returns as a top defensive option in the back row along with Rachel Foley. Junior Emma Petrillo will be one offensive option for the Tigers as an outside hitter, junior Katherine Flynn will be another as a right side hitter. Juniors Maya Fetcho and Kayla Raymond will rotate as offensive threats from the middle of the net while sophomore Sadie Homer will be the Tigers’ starting libero this season. Other names to keep an eye on include juniors Caroline Cavanaugh, Jacqueline Kander and freshmen Allison Kemp and Jordyn Vella.

“If we commit to it, I think we can rise to many challenges, prepare for all possibilities, and make the most of everything,” head coach Chelsea Correia.

Sharon

2015 Record: 2-16
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Andrea Lovett

New head coach Andrea Lovett is excited about the direction the Sharon volleyball program is headed and is hoping 2016 will be the first step in the right direction. Senior captain Faythe Gomolka returns this year as this the team’s versatile setter and has a great rapport with senior captain and middle hitter Natalie Kane. Seniors Marni Heitin, Luba Korn, Gesi Molla and Jonathan Dickerman will all factor in for the Eagles this season as well. Junior Jess Allan, now in her third year on varsity, will be an attacking option as an outside hitter while classmate Cori Jermyn will be an attacking option from the right side.

“As a new head coach, I am excited to work with the team on developing a more aggressive mindset and working on some more complex offensive systems to raise our level of play and be competitive in the league this year,” Lovett said.

Stoughton

2015 Record: 10-11
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Erica Batchelder

The Black Knights had a handful of talented players graduated from last year’s team but there is hope for optimism because of who is back this year. Stoughton’s kills leader junior Val Whalen is back for her third year of varsity after registering 129 kills a season ago. Junior Jordan Motley and senior Riley Bagley will also be big pieces of Stoughton’s attack this season after slamming 84 and 77 kills, respectively, in 2015. The biggest challenge for Stoughton will be finding players to step up in other areas. The team’s ace and assists leader from last season, Bianca DeSousa, the team’s leader in blocks and digs, Bridget Whalen, and the team’s leader in serve receives, Ava Siegel, all graduated. First year head coach Erica Batchelder will be looking to players to step up into those roles.

Taunton

2015 Record: 15-9
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Final
Coach: Toby Chaperon

Taunton turned a successful regular season and a fourth place finish in the Kelley-Rex into one of the more memorable seasons in Tigers’ history. Taunton made a run all the way to the D1 South Final before falling to eventual state champion Barnstable. It will be a tough task to repeat with the amount of players that Taunton graduated, but the Tigers are up for the challenge. Taunton will need a new setter to step up after graduating Tatum Speicher, one of the top in the area at the position. Offensively, Emily Moor (team-high 254 kills in 2015) is back for her senior season while junior Sam Reaume (69 kills), senior Abby Waldron (69 kills) and senior Delaney Powell (26 kills) are all back after making an impact at the net a season ago.

Players to Watch

Players are listed alphabetically

Carly Adams, King Philip – King Philip was a dangerous attacking team a season ago and Adams, the team’s setter, was the big reason why. Adams will be a catalyst in getting the Warriors’ offense going this season.

Julia DiCenso, Foxboro – There aren’t many players in the league with the experience that DiCenso has. Now a senior captain, DiCenso is in her fourth year as the starting setter for the Warriors and will be a key piece of the offense this season.

Jess Haradon, Mansfield – Haradon really impressed defensively in her first year on varsity and looks to do the same in 2016. The senior will look to continue as a defensive specialist after leading Mansfield with 264 digs a season ago.

Meg Hill, Mansfield – As just a sophomore, Hill led the Hornets in kills (222), and blocks (74). Now a year older, expect another strong attacking year at the net for the 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year.

Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames – McCarthy is another four year varsity player and will likely eclipse a setting milestone this season. OA has a handful of young attacking options but things will be easier for them with McCarthy as the setter.

Emily Moor, Taunton – Moor had the most kills in 2015 for players returning this season, which is good news for Taunton. As the Tigers look for new names to emerge in other spots, they can rely on the consistent offense of Moor.

Amelia Murphy, North Attleboro –North Attleboro graduated a great attacking threat in Sara Youssef but now have KP transfer Amelia Murphy at the net. Murphy has the ability to hit around the block, which is very difficult for defenses.

Nicole Poole, Canton Canton has been the team to beat in the Hock for a good stretch now, including last season with Poole setting up the offense. Canton will need new names to step up as attacking options but having Poole as the setter will make things easier.

Erin Skidmore, Franklin – Franklin is in need of some players to step up as attacking options and Skidmore is looking to be one option as she moves from the middle to the outside. The Panthers have a good balance this year and Skidmore looks to be one of their top attacking options.

Val Whalen, Stoughton – The junior returns after leading the Black Knights in kills a year ago. If the Black Knights can find a replacement at setter, Whalen could be a tough player to stop this season.

Hamilton, Bulldogs Dig Out Spot in Sectional Final

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Elizabeth Hamilton (21) had 14 digs to lead the way for Canton, which showed off its defensive chops to beat Medway in the D2 Central semifinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

MEDWAY, Mass. – Canton hopes that the popular saying, “defense wins championships,” applies to volleyball as it does in so many other sports. The Bulldogs may not be the biggest or the hardest hitting team in Div. 2 Central, but they can frustrate opponents with the relentless ability to get the ball back over the net.

On Thursday night at Medway High, the Bulldogs showed off that defensive mentality against the host Mustangs and pulled out a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) win to advance to the Div. 2 Central final to face Westborough for the third time in the past four years.

The Bulldogs were led in the match by Hockomock MVP Elizabeth Hamilton, who showed off her athleticism and positioning to pick up 14 digs along with her team-high 15 kills. Many times, Medway’s leading hitter Jess Jubb thought she had another kill only to have Hamilton or libero Olivia Devoe (11 digs) keep the play alive.

“She’s just a super all-around player,” said Canton Pat Cawley about the MVP, “and we have relied on Elizabeth and Olivia all year for our defense. So, when good hitters hit angle and are hitting at those two I feel pretty good that we’re going to get a hand on it.”

The Bulldogs trailed only three times in the entire match (at 2-1 and 3-2 in the first set and 5-4 in the third), but Cawley did not feel like the Bulldogs were ever able to fully put away the hosts.

“To me it felt like it was close the entire way,” she explained. “We had the lead I think pretty consistently but we’d get up three, four, five, and then they’d get back within one or two.

“We had runs, but so did they right behind us.”

Canton jumped out to a good lead in the first behind the hitting of Hamilton, who had six of her 15 kills in the opening set. Following back-to-back aces by Rye Verille, the Bulldogs led by as many as eight points at 19-11. A pair of aces by Medway’s Sydney Rice cut the lead down to four but Hamilton rose up to spike the comeback and Canton took the opening set.

The second was very similar to the first with Sarah Reissfelder and Hamilton combining for three quick kills to give the Bulldogs the advantage. With the Medway crowd screaming and the Mustangs getting a little momentum, Hamilton dropped down to dig out what looked like a sure kill then hopped up and blasted a hit cross-court to make it 11-9.

Casey Shea also had a big block for a point to make it 14-9 and continue extending the lead. Shea partnered with Verille and with Emma Murphy to give Canton a blocking matchup that could compete with the towering Jubb.

“Both combinations had some blocks on her tonight,” said Cawley.

“Casey is a good blocker…it’s only her second year playing volleyball and having a good blocker on another team’s hitter is an invaluable asset.”

Verille would kill off the second set with an emphatic slam down the line to give Canton a comfortable 2-0 edge. The Mustangs, propelled by a vociferous home crowd, did not lay down and pushed the Bulldogs throughout the third set.

Riana Pozsgai had a kill and then an ace to give Medway the 5-4 lead, but it would be the final lead of the match for the Mustangs, who never trailed by more than five in the closing set.

Kehla Minkin came in and provided a spark with a pair of aces to to give Canton back the advantage. Hamilton followed with a tip for a point and setter Nicole Poole (22 assists and one block) rose up for a very rare block to make it 9-5. With a big smile, Poole excitedly turned to the bench making sure that it knew she had made the play.

Medway continued to battle and keep it close. The final dagger may have come with Canton leading 19-18, when the ball skipped off Devoe and was heading into the stands. Hamilton raced over to keep it alive and Erika Lum was there with a heads up bump to get it over the net.

The Mustangs hit it into the net and deflated as the point went to Canton. Shea would cap the win with a big block at the end to send the Bulldogs into the final.

“I feel like this is kind of a blue-collar team,” said Cawley. “We’re a very good defensive team, pretty good blocking team, and we have timely offense.”

This is another trip to the sectional final for the Bulldogs, who have had their struggles when they reach this point. Canton has only once (2012) gotten out of the sectional and Cawley insisted that her team needed to enjoy the moment on Wednesday.

“The pressure to win sometimes overrides the joy of winning,” she said, “and they really need to enjoy their accomplishments right now and we’ll see what Saturday brings.”

Canton will face Westborough on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Hudson High.

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

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/02/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Volleyball
Canton, 2 @ Quincy, 3 – Final – Canton took a 2-0 lead but Quincy rallied in what head coach Pat Cawley called a great high school match (25-17, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25, 14-16). Elizabeth Hamilton had 24 digs and 18 kills, Sarah Reissfelder had 10 kills and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy each had nine kills. Nicole Poole had 36 assists and six sics while Olivia Devoe had 32 digs and played outstanding defense according to Cawley. Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum combined for over 29 digs for Canton.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Brockton, 1 – Final
Sharon, 3 vs. Norwood, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton lost 25-18, 14-25, 4-25, 20-25. Christina Gelin had 21 digs and 15 service receptions and Bianca DeSousa added 17 digs, 10 assists, eight service points and three aces.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/02/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Volleyball
Canton, 2 @ Quincy, 3 – Final – Canton took a 2-0 lead but Quincy rallied in what head coach Pat Cawley called a great high school match (25-17, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25, 14-16). Elizabeth Hamilton had 24 digs and 18 kills, Sarah Reissfelder had 10 kills and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy each had nine kills. Nicole Poole had 36 assists and six sics while Olivia Devoe had 32 digs and played outstanding defense according to Cawley. Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum combined for over 29 digs for Canton.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Brockton, 1 – Final
Sharon, 3 vs. Norwood, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton lost 25-18, 14-25, 4-25, 20-25. Christina Gelin had 21 digs and 15 service receptions and Bianca DeSousa added 17 digs, 10 assists, eight service points and three aces.

Canton Uses Fast Start For Road Sweep at Franklin

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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
FRANKLIN, Mass. – In a battle of division leaders, it was the visiting Canton Bulldogs that jumped out to a big lead in the first set and went on to grind out wins in the next two for a sweep over Franklin, 3-0.
“We got a good start, a really fast start, which is something we’ve really been working on,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. “We did very well with that. It’s the game of volleyball, one team comes out flat and one team doesn’t but we knew the match wasn’t over. We did not feel like we were in the drivers seat, we knew they would come back. And the second two sets proved that, it was pretty even the rest of the way.”
Within a matter of minutes, Canton found themselves with a 10-1 lead on the Panthers and never looked back in the first set. A block kill from senior Elizabeth Hamilton made it 13-3 and then a kill from Emma Murphy just a few plays later made it 18-4, forcing Franklin to take its second timeout. The Panthers didn’t help themselves out in the first set with 16 unforced errors however, Canton did its part by being nearly perfect while serving. The Bulldogs made just one error while serving, which helped create their big lead.
“I’m not an aggressive, jump serving kind of coach, I only let one player do that,” Cawley said. “I prefer to have the kids put the ball in play and see what we can do. I think the best serving team has a huge advantage. Serve receive is hard for every team at every level, high school or college. You’re supposed to get the first offense on serve receive but if you can put the serve in play at the high school level you often get the first offense on the free ball that comes back.”
Canton took the first game 25-12.
Franklin got off to a good start in the second set and after a kill from Aubrie Kutil made it 6-1, the Bulldogs were forced to call a timeout. The timeout worked as Canton was able to slowly work its way back into the second set. Franklin went up 12-9 but a kill from Sarah Reissfelder, a Franklin error and then a kill from Hamilton tied the game. Canton took the lead off a passing mistake and would never trail again. A perfect kill down the line from Hamilton was followed by an ace from Kehla Minkin and a kill from Murphy made it 19-15.
Franklin got within three at 22-19 behind an ace from Dayna McCue but the Bulldogs were able to close out the second set, 25-20, to take a two set lead.
“They’re a good team,” Franklin head coach Kate Horsmann said of Canton. “I think the first time I called timeout in the first set they had eight points and they only earned two of them, six of them were on our errors. Unfortunately that’s a habit we’ve gotten into. Our problem is that we’re so tight when we play good teams. We looked like a deer in the headlights and that’s what happened to us. Even when we’re playing well and then they do some good things, we get tight again. There’s really no reason for that. Canton totally outclassed us tonight.”
The third set was by far the closest of the three with the largest lead from either side being four points. The teams were tied 11 times, including at 21, 23 and 24 apiece.
Canton’s biggest lead early on was 9-7 but a pair of hitting errors tied the game. Franklin went up by four twice at 16-12 and 20-16 but a Hamilton kill and another Minkin ace closed the first gap and a pair of errors erased Franklin’s second lead. Trailing 23-21, a perfectly placed hit from Rye Verille was followed by yet another Hamilton to tie the game. The teams traded errors to get to a 24-24 tie. Hamilton got her ninth kill of the third set alone to give Canton the lead 25-24 and a hit out of play by Franklin gave Canton the win.
“I think the third set was when we played up to our potential,” Horsmann said. “It’s disappointing when you don’t win it, but at least you know you played to your potential. The first set we were awful and the second one we did some good things but we didn’t play to our potential. I think if we came out and played to our potential for three sets it would have been a better trip for Canton. It’s a long way to come for what we gave them.”
Hamilton finished with a game-high 21 kills with 16 of them coming in the final two sets.
“Elizabeth I think is definitely among the best in the Hock I’d say,” Cawley said. “She plays great defense, she’s a good hitter, she’s under control. She understands the game and obviously she’s our go-to person when we need something.”
The pairing of Hamilton and libero Olivia Devoe proved to be a strong tandem for serve receive and helped get the Bulldogs’ offense in motion. Devoe finished with 23 digs while Hamilton had 13 digs.
Nicole Poole had 30 assists and seven digs while middles Murphy and Verille combined for 12 kills and a pair of kills.
Canton (9-1, 9-1) will look to extend its seven game winning streak on Tuesday when they host Taunton. Franklin (9-2, 8-2) will look to bounce back when they hit the road on Tuesday at Stoughton.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/01/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 0 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Jake Goloboy opened the scoring for the Eagles off an assist from Shane Brandes in the 15th minute and Sonny Somdah added an unassisted goal 15 minutes later to double the lead. 
Girls Soccer
Sharon, 5 vs. Norwood, 2 – FinalAmanda Klayman, Victoria Zambello, Ally Filipkowski, Ally Steinberg, and Alex Rabb all scored goals for the Eagles in the non-league win. Freshman Lydia Chase made 11 saves in her second varsity appearance.
Volleyball
Canton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Canton picked up a 25-18, 25-8, 25-13 division sweep. Elizabeth Hamilton led an entire team effort with 13 kills. Head coach Pat Cawley said Kaitlin McCarthy played great two way ball and Maria Mackie, Julia Panico, Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum all played great defense. 
Field Hockey
North Attleboro, 1 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Dimitra Efremidis set up Nicole Walker for Oliver Ames’ lone goal, which came in the first half. Foxboro freshman Lily Daly tied the game off an assist from Meri Cronin late in the second half. 

Franklin,1 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Christina Quinn scored nine minutes into the game and it turned out to be the game-winner for the Panthers. KP goalie Abby Campbell made 14 saves to keep the Warriors in the game in the second half. Franklin goalie Sam Jones made a save with 1:30 left to preserve the win.
Canton @ Sharon, 3:45

Milford, 0 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored with five minutes left in the game off an assist from Mia Russell to lift the Black Knights. Kara Ploss had the shutout in goal for Stoughton while Milford goalie Emily Smith also had a strong game.
Golf
Oliver Ames, 157 @ Stoughton, 185 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Jack Green shot a match-low 37 to lead the Tigers while Steven Tasho, Ryan McGarry and Mark Bissonette each carded a 40. Josh Roos shot a 44 for the Black Knights.
Milford, 6 @ Hopedale, 3 – Final – In a non-league game against rival Hopedale, the Scarlet Hawks picked up a 6-3 win in match play format. Ryan Tomaso led Milford with a 33 while Anthony Arcudi and Zach Tammaro each shot 38. 
Canton, 168 @ Foxboro, 190 – Final

Franklin, 174 @ Taunton, 162 – Final – Taunton’s Mario Wilson carded a match low round of 37 for the Tigers.

King Philip, 161 @ North Attleboro, 166 – Final – Todd Bushway and Sebastian Ladoulis led the way for the Warriors, each shooting 39. Robbie Congdon shot a team-low 39 for the Rocketeers.

Attleboro, 187 @ Sharon, 170 – Final – Ryan Crooks and Max Avratin both carded a 40 on the day, which was the low score for the match. 

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/28/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Franklin, 4 vs. Xaverian, 0 – Final Hatim Brahimi scored the opener for the Panthers and also added the final goal. Brahimi’s first goal was set up by David Stowell, who also scored a first half goal for Franklin off an assist from Austin Kent. Kent then found the back of the net in the second off off an assist from junior Cam LeBlanc. Henri Guilmette had the shutout in net for the Panthers. 
Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 5 vs. Dartmouth, 0 – Final – Emily Spath scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Victoria Stowell had three assists in the non-league victory.
Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – Six different players registered a point for the Rocketeers, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and never looked back. Hana Caster opened the scoring off an assists from Felicity Monfils. Shannon Kingsley then doubled the lead off an assist from Grace Guertin and Haley Guertin made it three off Caster’s pass. Grace Guertin scored a fourth goal in the second half off an assist from Lauren Dowd. Freshman Emma Noreck made her varsity debut and combined with Kiersten Bixby for the shutout in net. 
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip picked up a 25-12, 25-7, 25-12 sweep at home over Attleboro. Carly Adams had 12 service points in game alone to give the Warriors an early jump and Gwen Uyrus had 10 service points in game three, totaling seven aces for the match, to help the Warriors close. Head coach Kristen Geuss said Angela Vellante had strong defensive game.

Canton, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Canton swept the Scarlet Hawks 25-13, 25-13, 25-15. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 13 kills and also had a strong game on defense. Head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe sparked the defense and “made many great plays.” Cawley also said Erika Lum and Kehla Minkin played well on defense and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy both blocked well. 

Stoughton, 3 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Stoughton notched a 25-22, 25-20, 29-31, 25-23 win over division rival Foxboro. Stoughton junior Christina Gelin had 12 assists, 10 digs and eight service points and sophomore Valerie Whalen added 13 kills, five blocks, nine service points and four aces.
Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – The Panthers won 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 15-5. Aubrie Kutil led Franklin with 12 kills and Hannah Chace had seven. Elizabeth Neal led the team with 18 assists and Dayna McCue had 37 digs. Emily Moor led the Tigers with 16 kills and Tatum Speicher had 32 assists, two kills and seven digs. Libero Molly Sullivan had 13 digs and Alyssa Gibson added six kills for Taunton.

Mansfield, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Hornets picked up a sweep but all three games were close, with Mansfield winning 25-22, 25-22, 29-27. Cathryn Heavey led the way with 39 assists while Meg Hill had 11 kills and Jess Haradon had 11 digs. 
Field Hockey
Foxboro, 4 @ Bellingham, 0 – Final

Canton, 0 @ Norwood, 2 – Final
Mansfield, 5 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final – Caroline Maher netted a pair of goals to lead the Hornets to a non-league win. Emily Ierardo, Caitlin Whitman and Olivia Horn each scored once for Mansfield. 
Milford, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hannah Friend and Carly Cidado each scored in the first half to put the Tigers ahead while senior goalie Cassie Gavin made eight saves to prevent a Scarlet Hawks comeback. Elena DelloRusso scored 10 minutes into the second half for Milford.
Taunton, 1 vs. New Bedford, 4 – Final
Golf
Mansfield, 171 @ Foxboro, 191 – Final – Mansfield senior David Craig carded a 40. Foxboro’s Tim Luciano shot a 43.

Oliver Ames, 154 @ Sharon, 168 – Final – The Tigers became the first team to punch their ticket to the state tournament with the win. Brian Lambert carded a match low 36 while Ryan McGarry and Mark Bissonette each shot 39 and Eric LeBlanc shot a 40.

Franklin, 164 @ Attleboro, 169 – Final

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/24/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final

Milford,1 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Canton scored inside the first 10 minutes of each half while Milford scored in the final minute. Ben Waterhouse and Sam Papakonstantino scored for the Bulldogs while Andre Oliveira scored for the Scarlet Hawks. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Foxboro, 6 – Final – Foxboro sophomore Joe Morrison scored once in the first half and then twice in the second half and also added an assist for the Warriors. Senior Devante Teixeira scored once and assisted on four goals while Hussein Kafel and Mike Moses each scored second half goals. Stoughton’s Jordan Asnes scored the Black Knights’ lone goal off an assist from Loubensky Lucas. 

Franklin, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – David Stowell scored a pair of goals, Austin Kent scored once and had an assist and Farley Asmath netted Franklin’s other goal as the Panthers snapped a two-game skid.
Mansfield, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Senior Chris Elsner set up classmate Brad Eames for what turned into the game winner in the 26th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, junior Max Gurnon set up senior Charlie Rogers to double the Hornets’ lead. Sophomore Sean Lanzillo capped the scoring in the 54th minute off an assist from classmate Sam Hyland. Junior Evan Christo made his varsity debut in goal and made five saves for the shutout. 

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – OA’s Chris Romero scored the lone goal of the game in the 38th minute. Andrew Fillipkowski made nine saves for the Eagles, five in the first half alone. OA goalie Jack Carroll made three saves, including a sliding block on Sonny Somdah when he was clean through with 12 minutes remaining.
Girls Soccer
King Philip, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Maddie Smith smith scored twice in the second half for the Warriors, converted on a through ball in the 59th minute and then again on a corner kick in the 80th minute. Attleboro head coach Steve Santos said Paige Medeiros and Cassie Vivar both played a great game and goalie Madison Brown had a couple of big saves to keep the game level in the first half. 
Milford, 1 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Milford’s lone goal was scored by Kristen Franzini off an assist from Katie Brown. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said midfielders Maggie Boyle and Francesca Shipperd both played well. 
Foxboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Lily Sykes and Hailey Maling each scored once for the Warriors while Jalissa Allen picked up the win in goal. 
Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – The game was scoreless into the final 20 minutes. Freshman Halle Atkinson broke the deadlock off an assist by Bailey Knous. Atkinson then assisted on a goal by Jess Kroushl. Alexis Stowell wrapped up the scoring off an assist from Victoria Stowell.
North Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Lindsay Dalton and Jackie Carchedi scored first half goals for the Hornets. Emily Gaumond recorded the clean sheet. 

Sharon, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 9 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Francesca Calabraro netted a first half hat trick and classmate Lauren Wright added a pair of goals in the opening half. Kiana Lozzi, Sam Bamford, Annabella Walsh and Abby Reardon each scored once for the Tigers.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton picked up a 25-11, 25-15, 25-12 win over Attleboro. Tatum Speicher led the Tigers with 30 assists, three kills and an ace, Emily Moor led Taunton with 11 kills while Amy Kistner added 10 kills and four aces.
Canton, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Canton picked up its second straight win with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-15 win over OA. Elizabeth Hamilton had 12 kills, 10 digs and two aces and Sarah Reissfelder had nine kills. Head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe, Erika Lum and Kehla Minkin played great defense.

Foxboro, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Milford picked up its second sweep in as many days with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 win. Jill Powers led the Scarlet Hawks with 12 kills, Kara Halpin added eight kills and Kayla Antonellis and Kelley Reichert each had seven kills. Lauren Zouranjian had 35 assists in the win. 
King Philip, 3 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – King Philip battled back from five points down in the fourth game (26-24) to force a fifth game, a set in which they dominated (15-1). King Philip won 17-25, 25-13, 16-25, 26-24, 15-1. In the fifth set, Gwen Uyrus had 13 straight service points, including six aces to give the Warriors the big boost. Emma Lopez had five aces and three kills, Josie Rowean finished with 20 kills and Molly Citarell had six digs for KP.
Sharon, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton picked up its first sweep of the season with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-10 win over Sharon. Stoughton sophomore Val Whalen had five blocks, seven kills, five digs and six service points, Ariana Riske added 11 digs and 12 service points and Ava Siegel had 10 digs and 11 service points.
Field Hockey
Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Attleboro and King Philip went into halftime tied 1-1 and finished in a deadlock when the final whistle blew. Emily Houle scored in the first half for Attleboro before KP tied it up off a corner by Courtney Foley on an assist from Casie Curtin. Grace Mayer scored off a penalty stroke in the second half to put the Bombardiers back ahead but a goal by Caitlin Donahue, assisted by Liz Furfari, knotted the game again. 

Canton, 2 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Canton took a 1-0 lead into halftime but Milford battled back twice, scoring its first ever goals against the Bulldogs since joining the Hockomock League. Nicole Fokas tied things up off an assist from Jessica Palmer. Canton went up again but a goal from Shannon Cormier leveled things again.
Stoughton, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final

Mansfield, 4 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Emily Ierardo scored a pair of goals for the Hornets while Brianna Puccia and Julia Todesco each netted a goal for Mansfield. 
Oliver Ames, 6 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Senior Nicole Walker scored four goals to lead Oliver Ames while senior Olivia Powers had three assists in the win. 
Cross Country
Boys
Attleboro, 26 @ North Attleboro, 29 – Final – Attleboro junior David Seybert finished first with a time of 16:19 to pace the Bombardiers. 
Oliver Ames @ Canton, 3:45
Franklin, 21 @ King Philip, 37 – Final – Franklin’s Ryan Spelman finished in 17:17 to take the top spot and pace the Panthers. Jimmy Robbins (17:22) and Nicholas Gnaman (17:28) finished third and fourth while Jeff Wu (17:52) finished sixth, Evan St. Germaine (17:54) finished seventh and Tyler Marchioni (18:03) finished eighth. King Philip’s Seth Sullivan (17:20) finished second and Brendan Sullivan (17:29) finished fifth. 
Mansfield, 18 @ Taunton, 39 – Final – Mansfield’s Jake Affanato (16:48), Nick Rispoli (16:49) and Kevin Crawford (16:54) took the top three spots. Taunton’s top finish was senior Trevor Wysong, who finished fourth at 16:54. 

Milford, 21 @ Stoughton, 36 – Final
Girls
Attleboro @ North Attleboro, 3:30
Oliver Ames @ Canton, 3:45
Franklin, 23 @ King Philip, 34 – Final – Franklin’s Brittany Robinson and Nicole Clermont finished first and second to pace the Panthers while Katherine Hartnett (19:55) finished fourth. KP’s Erin Quinn (19:53) finished third, Nina Sitarski (20:18) was fifth and Erica Layna (20:52) finished sixth. 
Mansfield, 25 @ Taunton, 32 – Final – Mansfield junior Julie Romano won the race in 20:30 while freshman Megan MacVicar finished fourth (22:40), junior Kerrin McCarthy (23:07) finished fifth and senior Gianna Madonna-Lendvai finished six (23:13). Taunton’s Amanda Baptiste (20:46) finished second and Kailey Melito-Santos (21:25) finished third overall. 

Milford, 23 @ Stoughton, 34 – Final
Golf
Canton, 157 @ Stoughton, 179 – Final – Canton sophomore Jack Goyetch shot an even part 36 to lead the Bulldogs to their sixth straight win. Senior Griffin Jerrier carded a 38 and senior Steve Gorham shot a 41 for Canton. Stoughton’s Josh Roos shot a team-low 43 for the Black Knights. 
Mansfield, 171 @ Taunton, 170 – Final – Taunton edged Kelley-Rex rival Mansfield by a stroke. Mario Wilson shot a 39 and Justin Proto carded a 42 for the Tigers. 

Sharon, 229 @ Foxboro, 232 – Final – The match was tied at 182 through four cards and Sharon took the when their fifth score was a 47 compared to Foxboro’s 50. 
Attleboro, 161 @ North Attleboro, 153 – Final