Great Starts Propels Mansfield to Blowout Win

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Caroline Mahjer scored nine points, including six in the first quarter as Mansfield jumped all over Brockton with a 15-0 run to start the game. (Ryan Lanigan/

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Hornets came into its playoff opener against Big 3 champion Brockton at the James Albertini Gym on a roll. Mansfield had won its final seven games of the regular season, including last Monday’s title-deciding victory over Attleboro.

That momentum carried over to Sunday, as the Hornets stormed out of the locker room and promptly took control of the game with a 15-0 run from the opening tip. Mansfield never looked back and rolled to a comprehensive 72-38 victory and advanced to the quarterfinal of Div. 1 South.

“It’s great when things work how you want them to,” said Mansfield coach Mike Redding after the game. “Caroline knocked down some shots from the outside and that opened up things for Meg in the paint…and Jackie was good taking it off the dribble. A lot of things worked well tonight.”

According to Redding, the Hornets had prepared for Brockton to play a lot of man, but the Boxers started the game with a 2-3 zone. The Hornets took advantage.

Jackie Carchedi buried a corner three then fellow senior Caroline Maher hit one from the opposite corner. Maher hit a second three from a couple feet behind the line and Carchedi followed her own shot for a putback that made it 15-0.

When Brockton switched to man-to-man, Mansfield countered by getting the ball inside to sophomore Meg Hill. The 6-foot-2 center scored off an assist by Jen Peel (five assists) and then again off an assist by Maher after a drive to the basket. The Hornets led 21-7 after the first quarter.

“It’s just tournament and it brings out the best in teams,” said Hill who finished the night with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, “and I think we just kind of clicked. It just worked.”

Brockton coach April Dingwell explained, “We’re I think possibly the smallest team in the state this year…once they started hitting the shots we had to spread it out and opened it right back up for her inside.”

Mansfield uses a deep bench in most games and Redding admitted after the game that he may have started subbing a little too early as the rhythm that the Hornets had in the first disappeared in the second.

Brockton cut the lead to 23-10 in the second but Mansfield countered with an 8-0 run. Peel lobbed a pass into Hill for a finish then, after a pair of free throws by Carchedi (15 points, eight rebounds), Maher found the center after drawing the defense. Juliana Newell closed out the run with a jumper off a Jen Kemp assist.

Leading 32-15 at the half, Mansfield could have taken its foot off the gas in the third but Redding said the team talked about coming out strong after halftime to put the game away.

Again it was Hill who provided the spark, as the Hornets continued to find room for her in the paint. Newell, Carchedi, and Maher found Hill in the lane for close-range finishes.

“I’ve gained confidence from the people around me,” said Hill about her continued improvement on the offensive end. “They tell me that I can finish down there and i think that’s been a huge part because I used to be scared to go to the hoop.”

Peel picked out Carchedi on a back-cut for a layup and also scored on a drive to the basket. The junior point guard then pulled off a trademark fake pass and layup move that built the Mansfield lead to 46-18. Ann Maher followed it with a three and Carchedi with a drive to the basket, as Mansfield led 51-30 heading to the fourth.

Redding called the potential opponents  in the tournament (the sectional’s top three seeds – Newton South, Bishop Feehan, and Braintree) a “real murderer’s row” and in the fourth quarter he turned to his extended bench.

“It’s great to be able to take out the starters and rest them and keep everyone healthy,” he explained.

In the fourth quarter, several players took advantage of the extra playing time and extended the Mansfield lead. Lindsay Dalton scored all six of her points in the fourth, Anna Chiarolanza went 4-4 from the line and freshman Margaret Danehy scored five points in her first varsity minutes of the season.

“I think our girls fought hard the whole game, that’s just a tough team,” said Dingwell.

Mansfield (20-3) will advance to the quarterfinal and face No. 3 seed Newton South. Redding is comfortable with his team’s position and is hoping that the Hornets will have an edge as the Lions will not have played in more than a week.

Momentum was on Mansfield’s side on Sunday and the Hornets will hop it carries over to Thursday.

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Taunton Ends Mansfield’s Home Winning Streak

Taunton senior Jose Merardo dribbles around a defender in the first half against Mansfield. (Tom Madigan/Photo).
Taunton senior Jose Merardo dribbles around a defender in the first half against Mansfield. (Tom Madigan/Photo).

By Lance Reynolds. Contributor

MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Taunton boys’ basketball team executed all of the required steps to beat Mansfield on Friday night in a stunning 61-47 road victory. The win streak snaps the Hornet’s 18 -game home winning streak, dating back to the 2013-2014 season.

The Tigers played ferocious man-to-man defense, holding Mansfield to 15 points under their per-game average.  Offensively, the trio of Carlos Borrero, Jose Mercado, and Tommy MacLean offered a tough task for the Hornets to stop as the three combined to score 48 of the team’s 61 points.

“This is sweet coming up here. This is the place. Everything runs through here by the way of the league – here and in Franklin,” Taunton coach Charlie Dacey said. “We beat Franklin earlier in the week, and now we get them here.”

“It’s the statement of the Hockomock League that you’ve got to beat Mansfield.  It’s just as simple as that – you’ve got to beat Mansfield, and you’ve got to beat Franklin.”

Taking a seven-point lead, 22-15, into the halftime break, Dacey told his players that if they could carry over their intense effort level from the first half into the first few minutes of the second half that things would look very promising. 

The Tigers more than followed suit, starting the third quarter with 14-0 run including four three-pointers to take a commanding 39-15 lead just under two minutes into the frame. 

Mercado nailed the first three from the top of the key, Borrero drained the second while the shot-clock expired, and MacLean knocked down the final two within a span of 10 seconds with the latter coming at the 5:22 mark.

“That was huge,” Dacey said. “I told them that if we could withstand the first three minutes, we’re going to be in real good shape.  We more than withstood it, and we pulled it open a little bit. “

Although Mansfield found themselves in unusual territory, trailing by more than 20 points at home, the Hornets refused to not put up a fight over the remaining 13 minutes of the contest. 

There were even points that it seemed that Mansfield was going to find a way to overcome the hefty hurdle during a 21-4 run that began in the final minutes of third quarter and lasted until the midway point of the final frame. 

Matt Ehrlich drove to the hoop for a score to generate some positive momentum, and Sam Goldberg added seven quick points before time expired in the quarter with Mansfield cutting the deficit to 14 at 43-29.

The home crowd started to get into it, and there was hope that the Hornets would avoid a painful loss as Mansfield saw themselves get to seven with plenty of time left.  Phil Vigeant gathered an offensive rebound for a put-back, and then followed by hitting a jumper to make it 43-33 with 5:34 left.  On the ensuing possession, Tyler Boulter swished a three-pointer from the corner, and after being down by 24, the Hornets were just seven points away at 43-36. 

However, that was the closest that Taunton let them get for the final four minutes of play. Borrero scored nine of his 14 points in the quarter, including three from the line while Mercado and Dominique Smith each chipped in with four apiece.

“Honestly, I think you have to give a lot of credit to Taunton. Taunton hasn’t beaten a Mansfield team since they’ve joined the Hockomock League,” Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan said. “Charlie is as good as they get in the business, and he had his kids with a game-plan.”

“They executed it, and there was a few times where you could see them getting out of the game-plan, and Charlie got them back into position. They did exactly what they had to do to take us out of our comfort zone, put pressure on us, and ultimately, they won the game.”

Mercado led the Tigers with a team-high 19 points while grabbing 14 rebounds, MacLean contributed with 15 points, 12 of them coming from three-point range, and Borrero was the third Taunton starter to find double-digit points with 14.  Smith tallied seven while Quan Roberson had six to go along with eight boards.

“We have five guys that can put the ball onto the floor so we spread the court,” Dacey said, “and we run our offense and when there’s a mismatch, we can go by them to try to break them down that way.”

“We’re little bit of a streak shooting team, like a lot of teams,” Dacey added, “but if you give us the open look, we’re pretty good at it.”

For Mansfield, Goldberg was the game’s high scorer with 21 and was the Hornet’s leading rebounder with nine.  Vigeant tossed in nine points, and Ehrlich and Max Boen had five apiece. Mansfield made just 16 out of their 54 shot attempts due in large part to the fact that the Taunton defense was all over the Hornets shooters, not allowing them to find any room.

“That’s what it was all about.  We were executing our defensive plan nearly flawlessly,” Dacey said.  “We know they can shoot, we have to close out, and we have to get help when they penetrate by us.  It was just simple fundamental defense.  No wrinkles, no nothing.  Just executing the basics of defense which we work on all the time, and that’s what you have to do to beat them.” 

“They play tremendous defense,” Vaughan said. “It was not only the way that the kids played but it was a lot of their execution.  The way that the kids stuck in and trusted their coach. It’s a very good Taunton team, and it’s a team that’s going to cause a lot of people some headache down the stretch.”

The Tigers got out to a fast start in the opening eight minutes, claiming a 9-2 lead, and then taking a five-point margin into the second quarter.

After Ehrlich and Vigeant tied it 13-13, Taunton ended the first half on a 12-2 run.  MacLean scored five points during the run, while a Smith steal and Roberson block led to transition baskets.

“The mindset is that we got something to prove,” Dacey said. “We lost a couple of games that we shouldn’t have lost, and now, we found that piece in there to be tougher particularly at the other team’s site, and that’s important in this league.”

Mansfield (5-1, 4-1) will try to rebound when they host Oliver Ames on Tuesday night. Taunton (5-2, 4-1) looks to carry the momentum when they travel to city rival Coyle & Cassidy on Sunday afternoon.

All-Around Team Play Lifts Mansfield Girls Over Taunton

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Mansfield girls took a commanding 14-3 lead into the second quarter and never looked back in a 59-32 win over the Taunton girls.

The Hornets stifling defense limited the Tigers to just five made field goals in the first half of play, and got scoring contributions from seven different players.  Meg Hill led the team into break up 32-12 with eight points and nine rebounds.

During the second half of play, Mansfield coach Mike Redding emptied out his bench as the Hornets held a comfortable lead.

Thirteen different Mansfield players tallied at least one point.  Hill finished with a team high 10, nine rebounds and six blocks. Senior Lindsay Dalton added a career-high seven points, knocking four free-throws and a three pointer.

Hannah Moniz was the Tigers’ high scorer with eight points.

Mansfield (7-2, 5-0) next plays at Oliver Ames on Tuesday while Taunton (0-6, 0-5) looks to pick up their first win of the season on Sunday at Coyle & Cassidy.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/08/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 42 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Brent Doherty was the top scorer for North Attleboro with 20 points. Chad Peterson chipped in with eight points and Ridge Olsen had seven, inlcuding a three-pointer in the final two minutes that turned out to be the game-winner. Attleboro was led by Jake Dunkley with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Nate Douglas added eight points and nine rebounds.

Canton, 50 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – Stoughton sophomore Cam Andrews scored a career-high 24 points to pace the Black Knights while senior Brandon Teixeira had a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Canton’s Tony Harris scored a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs.

Foxboro, 64 @ Milford, 44 – Final – Foxboro senior Rob Lowey had his best scoring night of the season, dropping 20 points to lead the Warriors. Alex DuBrow added 15 points in the win. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 15 points while Zach Tamagni had 12 points and Dwight Anderson had 11 points. 

Franklin, 67 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Franklin senior Tim Prunier scored a game-high 14 points while sophomore Paul Mahon had 12 points. King Philip’s Justin Vine had 11 points and junior Noah Goodwin delivered nine points. 
Sharon, 60 @ Oliver Ames, 51 – Final – It was a balanced offensive attack for Sharon with Ricardo Ripley and Tyler Smith each scoring 12 points and grabbing a pair of rebounds. Senior Andrew Filipkowski scored 11 points off the bench and junior Peter Banks had six points to go along with 10 rebounds. OA’s Tim Kelley scored a game-high 14 points while Dylan Mahoney and Mike Graziano each scored 10 points. 
Taunton, 61 @ Mansfield, 47 – Final – Taunton’s Jose Mercado had a big night, leading the Tigers with 19 points while hauling in 14 rebounds. Tommy MacLean added 15 points and Carlos Borrero had 14 points for Taunton. Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg scored a game-best 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Hornets. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 40 @ Stoughton, 41 – Final – Sophomore Jordan Motley dropped a career-best 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double in the Black Knights’ win. Val Whalen, another sophomore had seven points and 14 rebounds. 

Foxboro, 66 @ Milford, 55 – Final – Ashley Sampson scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Warriors while Cassidy Harrison paced Foxboro early, finishing with 14 points. Milford’s Jill Powers had 15 points and six rebounds while Nicole Dahlgren had 10 points and five rebounds. 
Franklin, 64 @ King Philip, 44 – Final – Franklin’s Olivia Adiletto scored a game-high 20 points while Aubrie Kutil registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Maddie Purdue had 13 points, Sam Madden had 11 points and Hadley Zolak and Julia Leroux each had six points for KP. 

Taunton, 32 @ Mansfield, 59 – Final – Meg Hill scored 10 points and added nine rebounds and six blocks for the Hornets. Lindsay Dalton added a career-high seven points for Mansfield. Taunton was led by Hannah Moniz with eight points.

Attleboro, 51 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Attleboro had three players earn double-doubles. Sam Pierce scored 15 and had 12 rebounds, Emily Houle had 13 points and 11 boards, and Sarah Deyo had 13 and 10, despite missing all but 1:17 of the second half. North Attleboro was led by Emily Schromm and Samantha Taggart, who each scored nine points.

Sharon, 30 @ Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Niyera Mitchell had a career day, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the big win. Kaitlyn McCarthy added 14 points for OA and Francesca Calabraro had 11 points. Alyssa Piazza led Sharon with 12 points. 
Canton, 103 @ Franklin, 63 – Final
Foxboro, 44 @ Sharon, 77 – Final
Canton, 65 @ Franklin, 100 – Final
Foxboro, 74 @ Sharon, 87 – 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.
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
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
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
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