Eagles Comeback Falls Just Short at Medway

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Craig Titus (21) and Jimmy Fitzhenry (23) celebrate a third quarter goal in Sharon’s 14-12 loss to Medway. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MEDWAY, Mass. – Trailing by six goals at halftime and five after the third quarter, Sharon rallied to try and extend its season for at least one more round. Led by three goals from senior Matt Cancian, the Eagles got as close as two goals and had a three-on-none break that could have made it even closer.

Unfortunately, the Eagles ran out of time and Medway goalie Tanner Pearl made a series of strong saves that preserved the lead as the pressure mounted. The Mustangs managed to hold on for the final six minutes and advanced with a 14-12 victory in Tuesday night’s Div. 2 Central/East first round game at Hanlon Field.

“We brought it in at halftime and we kind of asked ourselves, how do we want to go out?” explained first-year head coach Pete DeSisto. “We were down a good amount and it was just kind of a gut-check.”

The Mustangs dominated the first half and every time that Sharon got on the board Medway seemed to respond with a couple of its own.

Junior Jake Tomsik opened the scoring 90 seconds into the game and that was quickly matched by Cancian, who won the face-off and raced down to score his first. Adam Dwyer came right back for Medway but Mark Bloom tied it again with a step back rip that snuck inside the far post.

Tim Niklas drove into the middle to regain the lead (a lead that Medway would never relinquish) and then a long Mustangs possession ended in a Collin Kennealley goal off a back cut. Seconds later Tomsik scored with a backhand shot in traffic to make it 5-2 after the first.

Josh Rotman scored his first with a shot in traffic to cut the lead to two, but Sharon mistakes helped Medway build a five-goal lead midway through the quarter. Rotman scored his second to cut the lead to 8-4 but James Anderson went 50 yards straight down the middle to answer right back and Tomsik’s third made it 10-4 at the break.

Whatever was said at halftime turned the tide for the Eagles, who dominated possession in the third quarter, although they struggled to cut into the lead.

Needing to find a way back into the game, Sharon looked to its senior trio of Cancian, Bloom, and Titus.

DeSisto said, “It started with our seniors. They brought everyone out, they set the example that the younger guys seemed to follow. It just seemed a little too late at the end.”

Bloom scored first but three minutes later Dwyer was allowed to run straight down the middle to beat Dan Spelfogel (six saves). Craig Titus leapt and finished on the edge of the crease and Bloom picked out Titus for a man-up goal that brought Sharon within four goals.

But, with a minute left in the third, Ben Steinhoff also found plenty of space in the middle of the defense to give Medway a 12-7 advantage heading to the fourth.

“At the beginning of the year, no one who played defense for us had gotten varsity time and from where we came from at the beginning of the year to now is leaps and bounds,” said DeSisto about the performance of his defensive unit. “We definitely have a bright future.”

Rotman started the comeback with a lefty shot on the run and then Cancian quickly added another with a shot into the bottom corner. Steinhoff got one back straight off the draw, but Cancian scored a man-up goal to make it 13-10 and then won the draw and came down to score with an overhand shot to the corner.

“He did everything,” said DeSisto of Cancian. “e started to take over at the end. He hurt his ankle early in the second half and just manned up and kept going. It was a real gutsy performance.”

Anderson again found a lane in the middle to get an important insurance goal for the Mustangs, but Rotman bullied his way to his fourth goal of the game to make the deficit just two with 6:15 to play.

In the fourth, Jack Lesser twice hit the post and Cancian and Rotman both saw Pearl come up with big saves to rob them of sure goals. Lesser also had a chance in transition to cut the lead to one, but his shot on the break went wide and Pearl chased it down quickly to get Medway possession.

“I can’t even think about the amount of saves he made with just the tip of his toe or something like that and yeah if we buried three more of those then we’re talking about something else,” DeSisto reflected.

It was not the way the first-year coach was hoping to end his season but with only three seniors on this year’s roster, the Eagles have plenty of promise for the future.

“I’m excited,” said DeSisto. “We’re losing three unbelievable players…but we had a really young team this year.

“To be where we’re at now says a lot about our seniors and juniors and upperclassmen but it says a lot about our freshmen and their willingness to go out there and learn.”

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

Mustangs Second Half Surge Sinks Sharon

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Mark Bloom (22) scored a first half hat trick for Sharon against Medway. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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SHARON, Mass. – Heading into halftime of Tuesday morning’s game, Sharon had answered back from a Medway run and had managed to tie the game on Mark Bloom’s third goal of the half. The momentum was with the home team at the break, although the Mustangs started the third quarter man-up thanks to a penalty at the halftime whistle.

Medway scored on that man-up situation, then a minute later added a second. Then it was another EMO goal for the Mustangs to make it 10-7 and then another on a locked in, two-minute penalty. When the dust settled on the third quarter, Medway had broken open a tied game and taken a six-goal lead.

“In the first half, we played with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity and I’m not really sure what it was…they popped in a couple of quick ones and the wheels kind of fell off,” said Sharon coach Peter DeSisto.

The third quarter run was enough to hand Medway a 15-9 road win and continue Sharon’s struggles at the start of the season.

DeSisto said, “It just kind of snowballs. Defense is getting beat, offense is trying to go to the cage every time we touch it, so we just need to get better at our mental toughness.”

The Eagles showed resiliency in the first half. Bloom scored a pair of goals in the opening three minutes of the game to give Sharon a lead and Matt Cancian scored the first of his three goals to make it 3-1, but then Medway answered right back with five straight to lead 6-3 with 4:38 left to halftime.

The Eagles did not panic and started chipping away at the lead. Sophomore Brett Litner received a pass from Craiog Titus in the heart of the Medway defense, spun, and scored to make it 6-4. Thirty seconds later, Cancian scooped a ground ball in the attacking zone and drove at the cage before finishing past Medway goalie Tanner Pearl.

With 1:09 left in the half, Titus had his shot blocked by a defender in front, but the ricochet took it right to Cancian and the senior fired it home to tie the game. Evan Rackliff regained the lead for Medway but again Sharon had a response with Bloom taking a pass from Spencer Hall and taking his time to line up a rip and make it 7-7.

“It’s definitely there,” said DeSisto. “We have flashes where we’ve played as one team and when we do that we’re a dangerous team but when we don’t, just like any other team, we’re not a very good team when we play as individuals.”

Coming out of the break with an EMO, Medway took its time and scored with three seconds remaining on the penalty. Junior Jeffery Wenzel then added a third quarter hat trick to turn the lead from one goal to four. After a 2:00 penalty against the Eagles, Ben Steinhoff added his second of the quarter to make it 12-7.

“It absolutely kills us,” said DeSisto about the penalties, “and it just adds on to that discouragement that guys feel when we can’t possess the ball for a minute at a time because of all the penalties. That goes along with mental toughness; guys are getting frustrated and they start taking stupid penalties.”

Offensively, the Eagles started to grow impatient as the deficit widened. Cancian, Bloom, and Josh Rotman continued to get into decent positions but were not able to beat Pearl from distance. As the Mustangs continued to tack on goals, Sharon’s offense grew increasingly one-on-one.

“That’s one of our toughest challenges,” said DeSisto. “We do have a young defense, so it’s not unusual for us to go down a couple goals ion a short amount of time, but we just need to learn that it’s okay, it’s lacrosse, it’s the nature of the game, and we just need to be patient and play our game.”

The defensive unit, including freshman Coleman Loftus, sophomore Zach Reingold, junior Jared Zunenshine, and freshman LSM Sam Spencer, lacks varsity experience and the Medway attack took advantage.

Medway added a goal late in the third and Jake Tomsik turned and beat junior goalie Dan Spelfogel (six saves) to make it 14-7 early in the fourth. Titus scored with a lefty rip to end the run for the Mustangs, but Ross Cooperstein came right back with another goal.

The Eagles would wrap up the scoring with 1:59 remaining on arguably the prettiest goal of the day, even if it was only a consolation. Rotman played the ball to the edge of the crease and Jack Lesser took a quick touch before depositing a low-angle, behind-the-back shot past Pearl.

Sharon (1-4) will try to get on track on Thursday against Taunton.

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

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 9 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Senior Tyler Stowe struck out six in six innings of work, allowing just two hits to earn the win. Will Carter went 2-2 with two RBI and a pair of stolen bases while Pat Collins also added a pair of hits and scored two runs. Head coach Matt Bosh noted the strong defense from Nate Tellier at shortstop.

Canton, 5 vs. Fairhaven, 3 – Final – Griffin Jerrier went the distance on the mound, striking out one and issuing just one walk to get the win. At the plate, Jerrier was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Kevin Powers was 2-3 with a run scored and Joe Peccia was 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Jim Jenkins came through with a big hit in the third inning, knocking in a run for the Bulldogs.

Foxboro, 14 @ Dedham, 16 – Final – Jesse Galanti and Darren Kelly each had three hits for the Warriors and A.J. Cavossa added a pair of doubles and drove in three runs.

Milford, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Jared Menzer tossed a complete game, scattering six hits and striking out four to earn the win for the Hornets. Jake Tryder went 2-2 with an RBI double and a run scored and Tyrone Pascual was 1-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored for Mansfield.

North Attleboro, 10 @ Central Catholic, 8 – Final – North Attleboro scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open a tie game and get the win. Brian Poillucci led off with a triple and scored on a single from Ridge Olsen. Brian Kleczkowski reached on a fielder’s choice and pinch runner Zach Levitsky advanced to second on a walk to Brett Cloutier. Pinch hitter Nick Pedro brought Levitsky home with a single and Bryan Harris plated Clouter with a double. Andy Katch tossed a complete game without issuing any walks, striking out five to earn the win. Sophomore Zach DeMattio paced the offense with three hits and four RBI while Poillucci also had a double in the game.

Taunton, 5 vs. Durfee, 4 – Final – Charles Hearrold III did it all for the Tigers on Tuesday morning. Hearrold III picked five innings, scattering five hits while allowing just one run. At the plate, he had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI. In the bottom of the seventh, he came home to score the winning run on a wild pitch.

Softball
Sharon, 2 @ Attleboro, 4 – Final

Canton vs. Boston Latin, 10:00AM

Canton vs. Boston Latin, 12:00

Foxboro, 4 @ Dedham, 1 – Final – Kelly Fisher went 3-3 with a pair of RBI for the Warriors and Emma Rohan threw a complete game, allowing only three hits and no earned runs.

King Philip, 5 vs. Cumberland, 7 – Final (9 inn.)

Stoughton, 16 @ Milton, 3 – Final – Stoughton had 19 hits in the first game of the doubleheader, including a 3-3 day from senior Sam Tullis, who had a homerun, three RBI, and scored four runs. Nicole Bodette added three hits and six other Black Knights had a pair of hits apiece. Gina Carafa picked up her first win, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five over four innings.

Stoughton, 6 @ Milton, 3 – Final – Freshman Karly Estremara began the game with a lead-off homer. She finished 3-3 on the day and a single shy of the cycle, while scoring three times, and recorded her fourth straight multi-hit game. Sam Tullis had three hits in both games of the doubleheader and Shannon Flaherty threw a compete game, allowing two earned runs and striking out six Milton hitters.

Boys Lacrosse
Franklin, 14 vs. Masconomet, 3 – Final – After leading by just a goal at the halftime break, the Panthers pounced in the second half. Franklin held a 4-3 lead at half before winning the second half 10-0. Senior Austin Kent had six goals and two assists and sophomore Eric Civetti scored five goals with one assist. Connor O’Rourke made seven saves in net while freshman Jacob Alexander had another huge game at the face off X.

King Philip, 8 vs. Hopkinton, 7 – Final – King Philip trailed for the majority of the game but took the lead with 1:09 left in the game behind a goal from Anthony Truini on an assist from freshman Collin DeVellis. Hopkinton leveled the game with 42 seconds to play but John DeLuca scored the game winner for the Warriors with 20 seconds to go off an assist from Harry Fallon. “I’m really proud of the way our team responded after losing tough game against Feehan to come back here and play a strong game against a strong opponent,” head coach Jacob Kravitz said. Sam Agricola had three goals and an assist for KP while Tim Watson scored once and had two assists, Fallon had a goal and an assist, Truini and DeLuca each scored once and Conor Khung came up from the defense to score a goal.

Mansfield, 7 @ Hanover, 8 – Final (OT)

North Attleboro, 10 @ Taunton, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Pembroke, 12 – Final

Sharon, 9 vs. Medway, 15 – Final – Matt Cancian and Mark Bloom each scored hat tricks for the Eagles in the first half. Medway scored the opening seven goals of the second half to break open a 7-7 tie at halftime. Brett Listner, Craig Titus and Jack Lesser also scored for Sharon and Dan Spelfogel made six saves.

Girls Lacrosse
Canton, 6 @ Norwood, 10 – Final

Sharon @ Milford, 10:30AM

Taunton, 2 @ North Attleboro, 17 – Final -Erin Holley led the way for the Rocketeers with six points, including two goals and four assists. Hana Caster and Mackenzie Rosenberg each scored hat tricks for North. Abby Kingman scored both goals for the Tigers and goalie Lorna Li made 16 saves in the loss.

Oliver Ames, 12 vs. Pembroke, 14 – Final

Boys Tennis
Mansfield @ Holliston, 11:00AM – Postponed to TBD.

Milford, 0 vs. Hopedale, 5 – Final

Girls Tennis
Milford vs. Hopedale, 1:00

Boys Volleyball
Taunton, 3 @ Norwood, 0 – Final – After dominating the first game, Taunton won a close second game and completed the sweep over Norwood in the third game. The Tigers won 25-12, 26-24, 25-18. Lance Law had 10 kills, three blocks and two aces and David Perry added eight kills and a pair of blocks. Lens Esquil contributed a strong all around game with 15 service points, five kills, four digs, three aces and three blocks for Taunton.

Boys Lacrosse: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Canton senior attack Ben O'Neill is one reason that the Bulldogs have a chance to repeat as Davenport champs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Canton senior attack Ben O’Neill is one reason that the Bulldogs have a chance to repeat as Davenport champs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2015 Record: 11-7
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Bill Bendell
The Bulldogs have won two Davenport division titles in the last three years and will be looking for a third in 2016. With a beefed up non-league schedule, Canton will be looking to make a deep run in the D2 South tournament this season.
“I really like this team and I think we will be very difficult to beat once we figure things out,” head coach Bill Bendell said. “Our goal this year is to trust the process…ignore the scoreboard and instead focus on doing your job to the best of your ability and the wins will follow.”
Canton will be relying on an experienced defense this season. Senior Chris Albert returns to the cage while senior Jake Ragusa and junior LSM Michael Pigeon will anchor the backline. Senior Dan Nadeau, junior Jonathan Sutton and sophomore Gabe Galeotos all saw time on defense last season and will fit in nicely again this year.
On offense, Ben O’Neill – one of the best offensive players in Canton history – enters the season with 125 career points. He’s got a high lacrosse IQ and can battle through defenses to find the net. Shaun Kirby, Dan Dillon, Bobby Mullaney and Eddie McCabe will all chip in with O’Neill offensively.

FOXBORO

2015 Record: 12-8
2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central/East Quarterfinals
Coach: Matt Noone
Foxboro graduated a handful of talented players last season but the biggest loss might be losing last year’s leading scorer Pat McCarthy to a knee injury this year. But with five seniors and plethora of youth, Warriors will look to try and claim their first Davenport title since 2011.
“You can’t replace Pat McCarthy, thankfully we still have his leadership, he will help the young guys,” Foxboro head coach Matt Noone said.
Connor McNamara and Brian Buckner are both entering their third year on varsity and will be relied upon heavily. McNamara is a factor at both sends of the field, Noone adding “He can carry us at times.” Buckner, a defenseman, possess great speed and positions himself well, Noone saying “His athleticism and IQ make him tough to beat on and off the ball.”
Foxboro will rely on Andrew Whalen, Louis Piccolo and James Silveria – all sophomores – on attack. McNamara will be complemented in the midfield by senior Austin Ryan and juniors Colin Spinney and Trey Guerrini. Noone called all three great athletes. Defensively, two year starters Tom Piccolo and Bobby Kierce will work alongside Buckner while sophomore Pat Kaveny has improved his game as well.
Expect sophomore Jake Addeche and junior Tyler Silveria to battle for the starting goalie job.

MILFORD

2015 Record: 2-17
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Ralph Bono
Milford will be looking to try and improve after recording just two wins in the 2015 season. New head coach Ralph Bono will try to turn things around in his first year at the helm.
The Scarlet Hawks graduated their two top scorers from last season in Nick Mobilia (30 points) and Spencer Lawson (19 points) so there will be some questions to answer up front.
In midfield, junior Alex Salamone registered 10 points last season and had 12 grounds balls while sophomore Andrew Gallagher made an impact with nine points in his rookie campaign. Jack Boyle, Nick Lurie and Ian Bucal all factored into the scoring last year as well.
Defensively, Harrison Bliss led the Scarlet Hawks defensemen in grounds balls as a sophomore while Andrew Palaria and Riley Burns also saw time. In goal, Pietro Bon Tempo made 123 saves last year in 17 games played and should provide some experience in the back.

OLIVER AMES

2016 Record: 6-10
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chris DiGiacomo
After missing out on the playoffs last season, second year skipper Chris DiGiacomo will be relying on a large senior class to try to get back to the postseason.
“There is a lot of positive energy surrounding the program currently,” head coach Chris DiGiacomo said. “The boys have been working very hard, and we are very excited to get started.”
Senior attack Matt Gilson is back for his fourth year on varsity to pace the offense while senior Jake Aronson returns to man the goal for the Tigers. Senior captain middie Aidan Connly will be relied upon to take care of both ends of the field.
Connly will be joined by classmates Mike Sullivan, Jack Long, Connor Howe and Max Bamford so the Tigers will boast a very experienced midfield. On defense, senior Max Sheldon will anchor the backline in front of Aronson.

Sharon

2015 Record: 10-9
2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central/East First Round
Coach: Peter DeSisto
The Eagles are looking to get back to the top of the Davenport mountain and are hoping former Canton player Peter DeSisto will lead them there in his first year at the helm.
“I am really excited for this season, we are a young team but the captains and upperclassmen have really set the tone for this season,” DeSisto said. “They’re showing the newer players what it takes to be successful at this level. We’ve set high expectations for ourselves, but we know that if we come together as a unit and work hard we are completely capable of reaching our goals.”
After coming up just short in the division race last year, Sharon has a strong returning core to try to win the division for the second time in three years. Senior captains Mark Bloom and Craig Titus will be the focus of the attack again this year while sophomore Jon Greenberg will be back in goal after a terrific freshman campaign in 2015.
UMass commit Josh Rotman will be paired with senior captain Matt Cancian in the midfield to provide a power 1-2 punch while sophomores Spencer Hall and Chase Waxman will also see a lot of time in the middle of the field. Sharon will have to fill some holes defensively but expect junior Jared Zunenshine and sophomore Zach Reingold to step in.

The 2015 Hockomock Football All Stars & HMs

FootballMVPs
Below are the official Hockomock League Football All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Kelley-Rex MVP

Nick Morrison, North Attleboro

Hockomock Kelley-Rex All Stars

Kyle Murphy, Attleboro
Brendan Nunes, Attleboro
Alex Silva, Attleboro
Brian Letourneau, Attleboro
Luke Gordon, Franklin
James Cooke, King Philip
Billy Dittrich, King Philip
Josh Schafer, Mansfield
Connor Finerty, Mansfield
Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro
Josh Morrison, North Attleboro
Chad Peterson, North Attleboro
Connor Flynn, North Attleboro
Carlos Borrero, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Sean Donnelly, Attleboro
Nick Yelle, Franklin
John DeLuca, King Philip
Nicholas Martin, Mansfield
Kyle Gaumond, North Attleboro
Connor Briggs, Taunton

Davenport MVP

Jake Ragusa, Canton

Hockomock Davenport All Stars

Jake Ragusa, Canton
Joe Bires, Canton
Woanyen Mahn, Canton
Austin Ryan, Foxboro
Connor Downs, Foxboro
Connor McNamara, Foxboro
Ronnie Martin, Foxboro
Zach Lanzetta, Milford
Blake Hill, Milford
Connor Moroney, Oliver Ames
Matt Cancian, Sharon
Jake Gibb, Stoughton
Matt Soto, Stoughton
Guy Eddy, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Donnie Foley, Stoughton

Honorable Mentions

Mack Brown, Canton
James Blake, Foxboro
Jack DeSantis, Milford
Ryan McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Tyler Smith, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton

The 2015 Hockomock Football All Stars & HMs

FootballMVPs
Below are the official Hockomock League Football All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Kelley-Rex MVP

Nick Morrison, North Attleboro

Hockomock Kelley-Rex All Stars

Kyle Murphy, Attleboro
Brendan Nunes, Attleboro
Alex Silva, Attleboro
Brian Letourneau, Attleboro
Luke Gordon, Franklin
James Cooke, King Philip
Billy Dittrich, King Philip
Josh Schafer, Mansfield
Connor Finerty, Mansfield
Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro
Josh Morrison, North Attleboro
Chad Peterson, North Attleboro
Connor Flynn, North Attleboro
Carlos Borrero, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Sean Donnelly, Attleboro
Nick Yelle, Franklin
John DeLuca, King Philip
Nicholas Martin, Mansfield
Kyle Gaumond, North Attleboro
Connor Briggs, Taunton

Davenport MVP

Jake Ragusa, Canton

Hockomock Davenport All Stars

Jake Ragusa, Canton
Joe Bires, Canton
Woanyen Mahn, Canton
Austin Ryan, Foxboro
Connor Downs, Foxboro
Connor McNamara, Foxboro
Ronnie Martin, Foxboro
Zach Lanzetta, Milford
Blake Hill, Milford
Connor Moroney, Oliver Ames
Matt Cancian, Sharon
Jake Gibb, Stoughton
Matt Soto, Stoughton
Guy Eddy, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Donnie Foley, Stoughton

Honorable Mentions

Mack Brown, Canton
James Blake, Foxboro
Jack DeSantis, Milford
Ryan McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Tyler Smith, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton

Sharon Comeback Spoils Canton Title Hopes

Matt Cancian
Matt Cancian (27) rushed for a pair of second half touchdowns and had one of Sharon’s four interceptions in a 30-14 victory on Saturday. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

SHARON, Mass. – Coming into Saturday afternoon’s regular season finale, the conversation between fans from Canton and Sharon centered on seedings, rankings, and coefficients. The uncertainty of the playoff system loomed over the proceedings, even overwhelming the fact that a win would give the Bulldogs their first league title since 1990.

Canton stormed out of the gates and led by two scores in the first half, but the Eagles were intent on spoiling the moment and rattled off 30 straight points, while intercepting four passes and allowing only one Bulldogs first down in the second half of a 30-14 victory.

Sharon coach Dave Morse insisted it was the best half of football that his team had played all season and he believed that it was enough to get the Eagles into the tournament.

“That’s about it man,” he said. “You come out and shut out a team that’s feeling it, they’re rolling, it was an unbelievable half of football for us. When you come out and prepare correctly, we can execute correctly.”

Canton knew that it needed a win to share the Davenport crown with Foxboro, which had won on Friday night, and the Bulldogs were fired up at the start.

An interception by Jude Alpert near the end of the first quarter gave Canton possession at the Sharon 37. Eight plays later, Jake Ragusa (15 carries, 83 yards) punched it in from five yards out and Thomas Monagle added the kick to make it 7-0.

On Sharon’s next possession, the Bulldogs forced a three and out. Woanyen Mahn burst through the line and blocked the punt, which was recovered by Kymauny Roland and returned to the Sharon 32. Two plays later, Dennis Ross (3-11, 71 yards) looked for Michael Harris at the front corner of the end zone. Harris out-jumped two defenders to haul in the pass and make it 14-0.

“I thought there was blood in the water for us at 14-0,” said Canton coach Dave Bohane. “We knew they were good so 21-0, if we could get it would be the type of thing that you can make a good team question themselves, but we didn’t and they came back.”

Sharon needed a response and got it on its next drive. Juvan Elisma had two carries to get it to midfield followed by a Rob Bayha pass to Joey Dowler down to the Canton 33. Elisma (15 carries, 81 yards) did the rest, bursting through the line and sprinting to the far sideline for a 33-yard touchdown that cut the lead in half and gave the Eagles momentum heading into the break.

“It’s almost like in hockey when you go down 3-0 you’re screwed but you go down 2-1 then you’re okay,” explained Morse. “In OA we went down and came back, against Sandwich we went down and came back…mentally we are pretty tough and our guys keep fighting.”

Canton got the ball first and was forced to punt. On its possession, Sharon moved the ball to the Bulldogs 10, with the help of a horse collar and a late hit penalty, but was forced to settle for a 27-yard Josh Rotman field goal that made it 14-10.

Sensing that the Eagles had the upper hand, Morse called for an onside kick. The Eagles were quickest to the loose ball and recovered at their own 47. Canton’s defense held and forced a punt, but the energy was clearly on the home sideline in the third quarter.

Sharon stopped Ragusa for two short gains and then Bryce Smith intercepted Ross’ pass to give the Eagles ball at the Canton 11. Three plays later and Matt Cancian pushed it across from seven yards out to give Sharon its first lead at 17-14.

After another Canton punt, Bayha (7-17, 112) hit Tyler Smith for a 26-yard completion and the Eagles offense was in business again. Following a pass interference call against Canton, Cancian got the corner and went 15 yards for his second touchdown of the half.

“I thought we made the right adjustments at halftime,” said Bohane, “but just never got field position. I thought there were a couple times in the game that we looked a little bit slow but we can attribute that to they had some quick kids.”

With five minutes remaining in the game, Bryce Smith picked off Ross for the second time in the game and would have returned it for a score only to be denied by an illegal block call. Cancian nearly had his third touchdown only to have the ball pop out at the one, which Canton recovered for a touchback.

Rather than be dismayed by the turnover, the Sharon senior captain immediately got the ball back for his team when he picked off Ross’ pass on Canton’s first play. Bayha made sure that the turnover counted when he found Bryce Smith down the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown with just 2:40 on the clock.

“We’re more comfortable moving the ball on the ground,” admitted Bohane. “We thought that we had some mismatches in there and the kids played well for Sharon and it is hard when you’re not getting those plus yards on first down, second down.”

Morse said, “The secondary was exceptional. Four picks is four picks; that’s tough to do.”

He added, “We did on any individual player even though [Ragusa] is great. Scheme-wise we put something together that we liked and our guys executed.”

Not to be outdone by his brother, Tyler Smith picked off the final pass to seal the Eagles victory and give Sharon a chance to look ahead to a possible playoff opponent.

Morse said, “I’m pumped up. We won against a good team to put us in. It’s a great win; it’s a great feeling. I bet our kids will have a real pep in their step this week at practice.”

Bohane was left deflated, as the Bulldogs were left without the league title and possibly left out of the playoffs on the final day for the second straight season.

When asked if he though that the postseason was still a possibility, Bohane responded, “I hope so. We’d love to get in the playoffs and represent the Hockomock League.”

Playoff brackets will be released by the MIAA on Sunday.

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

Saturday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/24/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
Canton, 14 @ Sharon, 30 – Final
First Quarter: No Scoring.
Second Quarter: (C) Jake Ragusa 5 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP; (C) Dennis Ross 31 yard pass to Michael Harris, T. Monagle XP; (S) Javon Elisma 33 yard rush, Josh Rotman XP.
Third Quarter: (S) J. Rotman 27 yard field goal; Matt Cancian 7 yard rush, J. Rotman XP.
Fourth Quarter: (S) M. Cancian 15 yard rush, XP missed; Rob Bayha 30 yard pass to Bryce Smith, Rotman XP.

Stoughton, 38 @ Milford, 22 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Christian Hill 44 yard rush, XP no good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Blake Hill 1 yard rush, Sean Lehane XP; (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, 2pt fail; (S) R. Sullivan 2 yard rush, 2pt fail; (S) Izon Swain-Price 30 yard rush, 2pt fail.
3rd Quarter: (S) Guy Eddy 5 yard rush, XP no good; (M) Zach Lanzetta 4 yard pass to Shapel Feaster.
4th Quarter: (M) Z. Lanzetta 7 yard pass to Jack Cappelletti, Blake Hill 2pt rush; (S) Jake Gibb 16 yard pass to Steven Elice, R. Sullivan 2pt rush. 
Boys Soccer
Foxboro, 6 @ Ipswich, 1 – Final – Senior Devante Teixeira and junior Anthony Barreira each scored a pair of goals while sophomore Joe Morrison and junior Colin Spinney each scored once in the Warriors’ win. 
Sharon, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Keegan Nutt scored for the Tigers and Jake Goloboy equalized for the Eagles.
Girls Soccer
Taunton 0 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 0 – Final – Coyle won the City Championship 3-1 on penalties, but it counts as a tie on the season record.
Volleyball
Mansfield @ Medfield, 6:30
Field Hockey
Canton, 1 @ Dover-Sherborn, 0 – FinalAndrea McNeil scored the lone goal of the game six minutes into the game for the Bulldogs. Taylor Carrington picked up the shutout in net while defenders Emily Rizzitano, Colleen Phelan, Sarah Wilkinson and Julia Ezepek all played well for the Bulldogs. 
Mansfield, 3 @ Duxbury, 1 – Final

Football: 2015 Davenport Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton

2014 Record: 6-5
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dave Bohane
Key/Returning Players: Jake Ragusa, Sr., HB/LB; Mac Brown, Sr., OL/DL; Joe Bires, Sr., FB/LB; Nick MacGregor, Sr., OL/DL; Kenny Dulcio, Sr., OL/DL; Michael Harris, Sr., SE/DB; Woanyen Mahn, Sr., HB/DB; Mike McMahon, Sr., HB/FS; Dennis Ross, Jr., QB/LB.
Outlook: The Bulldogs graduated a handful of big names this past Spring but Canton has a lot of talent coming back in key positions. Anchored by a handful of returning starters, including some who will start for the third straight year, Canton could be a tough opponent every single week.
Offensively, junior Dennis Ross will take over under center after Brian Hagan graduated. There are some similarities between Ross and Hagan (21 total TDs in 2014) so the transition will be a bit easier than others experience. Ross has some speed with his legs and has good throwing strength. One target Ross will look for is Michael Harris, who is a big threat option and will get a lot of looks this season. The offensive line is strong and there is a good amount of experience.
On defense, head coach Dave Bohane has a solid amount of experienced talent that will be key this season. Senior Jake Ragusa is back and has been one of the Bulldogs leading tacklers in both his sophomore and junior years. Joe Bires’ athleticism is key but his football IQ is something that will help the Bulldogs. Nick MacGregor will be an anchor on the defensive line while Bohane had high praise for Mike McMahon, who will be the defensive quarterback from his safety position.

Foxboro

2014 Record: 7-4
2014 Finish: Reached D4 South Semifinal
Coach: Jack Martinelli
Key/Returning Players: Ronnie Martin, Sr., RB/LB; Connor Downs, Sr., RB/LB; Trevor Fishman, Sr., OT/DE; James Blake, Jr., OT/DE; Austin Ryan, Sr., WR/CB; Connor McNamara, Sr., WR/CB; Pat McCarthy, Sr., P/WR/SS.
Outlook: While the spotlight is on Stoughton as the favorite of the Davenport, Foxboro has a strong core of players and should be right in the thick of things. There are some big shoes to fill left by the Class of 2015 but to no one’s surprise, Jack Martinelli looks to have his team primed for another playoff push.
Junior Mark Clagg looks to be the one that will gets the reps at quarterback this season. Clagg already has a career touchdown pass under his belt when he tossed one against Walpole last year. Despite minimal varsity experience, Clagg will have a good amount of weapons to work with. Hockomock League All Star Ronnie Martin is back and should get the majority of the carries this year. Austin Ryan had a great summer in passing league and could carry that momentum into the season. With a couple of key pieces back on the line, Foxboro’s offense could be among the best in the league.
Defensively, there will be some holes that the Warriors need to plug. Connor Downs will be one of the top linebackers this season while Pat McCarthy, Austin Ryan and Connor McNamara will all see time in the secondary. The key could be getting a push up front for the Warriors.

Milford

2014 Record: 7-4
2014 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Semifinal
Coach: Joe Todd
Key/Returning Players: Jack Desantis, Sr., RB/DB; Leo Moronta, Sr., TE/DE; Ryan Nesta, Sr., WR/LB; Zach Lanzetta, Sr., QB; John Niro, Sr., OL/DL; Blake Hill, Jr., WR/RB/LB; Ryan Gray, Jr., OL/DL; Asong Aminmentse, Jr., RB/DB; Riley Burns, Jr., OL/DL; Harrison Bliss, Jr., OL/LB; Tony Mobilia, Jr., WR.
Outlook: Milford was one of the biggest surprises in all of Division 3 last year with the run they made. With the talent they had, it’s no surprise. Although the Scarlet Hawks graduated a good amount of contributors from 2014, expect Milford to give opponents a tough time all season.
One big positive for Joe Todd and Milford will be having Zach Lanzetta under center. Now a senior, Lanzetta has been getting some reps since his sophomore year. After sharing QB duties over the past two years, it looks like Lanzetta will be full time this year. Jack Desantis will get a good amount of carries out of the backfield while Blake Hill, Leo Moronta and Tony Mobilia are all receiving threats that have experience.
There is a good amount of experience returning on defense for the Scarlet Hawks. Desantis and Aminmentse will patrol the secondary, while Ryan Nesta, Harrison Bliss and Blake Hill will form one of the more formidable linebacking corps in the Davenport. On the line, Ryan Gray and Riley Burns are two players with experience. Expect Milford to sneak up on some teams this season.

Oliver Ames

2014 Record: 3-8
2014 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Quarterfinal
Coach: Mike Holland
Key/Returning Players: Connor Moroney, Sr., FB/LB; Andrew Callachan, Sr., RB/LB; Shawn Cardoza, Sr., TE/DE; Chris Hanegan, Sr., LB; Charlie Ryan, Sr., QB; Pat Mills, Sr., OL/DL; Kevin Geary, Sr., OL/DL.
Outlook: There is a lot that changes with a new coach but the Tigers have more than just a new face to deal with. With graduation and a couple of transfers, Oliver Ames has a lot gaps to fill this season. Luckily, new coach Mike Holland has been in the program for years which makes the transition smoother.
Charlie Ryan is back for his second year under center and his first full season as starter. Ryan tossed for nine touchdowns last season, which is second among quarterbacks returning this year. The biggest question will be finding new targets to catch those passes. Andrew Callachan has moved into the backfield this season and should get a good amount of carries. Connor Moroney will be an option on offense as will Shawn Cardoza but the Tigers will need some other faces to step up on offense.
On defense, Moroney could be one of the biggest surprises at linebacker while Shawn Cardoza could be one of the best lineman on defense this season. Kevin Geary has seen varsity time and could be poised for a breakout senior season. After giving up over 23 points on average last season, the Tigers will look to get back to 2013 form, where they gave up less than 10 points a game.

Sharon

2014 Record: 2-9
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dave Morse
Key/Returning Players: Nate Hirsh, Jr., OT; Joey Dowler, Sr., TE; Josh Rotman, Jr., WR/CB; Kenny Marrero, Sr., OG; Bryce Smith, Sr., WR/CB; Tyler Smith, Sr., RB/WR/CB; Matt Cancian, Sr., RB/LB; Carlos Grullon, Sr., RB; Juvan Elisma, Jr., RB; Xavier Hackett, Jr., Safety; Keson John, Sr., WR; Ian Longol-Leonard, Jr., OT/DT; Peter Banks, Jr., OC.
Outlook: The Eagles were forced to change things up last season and although the offense struggled for consistency at time, the defense was a big bright spot. Sharon was one of the top defenses in the league last year with just a hair over 20 PPG allowed.
The good news for Sharon this year is the amount of players they have back at the skill positions. When the quarterback is settled on, expect players like Matt Cancian, Carlos Grullon, Juvan Elisma and Tyler Smith to all get looks coming out of the backfield. With Josh Rotman and Bryce Smith — two players that saw a lot of varsity time last season — back in the fold, Sharon will have plenty of options on offense. The key will be establishing a consistent offensive line.
Defensively, the Eagles will have a strong secondary and linebackers. With both Tyler and Bryce Smith, Josh Rotman and Xavier Hackett back, the secondary has plenty of experience. Kevin Jones also has a good amount of varsity experience and will be paired with Matt Cancian at linebacker. John Dentino and Ian Langol-Leonard will be two players counted on to bolster up the Eagles defensive line. With the talent that Sharon has back, a playoff appearance might be in the picture.

Stoughton

2014 Record: 9-2
2014 Finish: Reached D3 Southwest Semifinal
Coach: Greg Burke
Key/Returning Players: Jake Gibb, Sr., QB; Guy Eddy, Sr., RB/LB; Jordan Taylor, Sr., RB; Ryan Sullivan, Jr., RB/DB; Xzavian Marrero, Sr., RB/DB; Izon Swain-Price, Jr., SE/DB; Nick Hardy, Jr., RB/DB; Steven Elice, Sr., SE/DB; Jack Connolly, Jr., TE; Matt Medina, Sr., OL/DL; Matt Soto, Sr., OL/DL; Antoyne Sellman, Sr., DB; Donny Foley, Sr., LB; Devlin Carroll, Sr., LB.
Outlook: If you want to know what the Stoughton football team values, look no further than the roster they hand out at games. The Black Knights are the lone team to put defense positions first. It may be reading into it a little bit, but Stoughton has been become one of the defensive power houses in the entire state.
Obviously last year was a great year for Stoughton but expect the Black Knights to reload for 2015. With their athleticism, speed and strength, there is a lot of reasons to expect another hard-nosed defense. Linebackers Guy Eddy, Donnie Foley and Devlin Carroll are all experienced players with speed and leadership qualities. IN the secondary, Ryan Sullivan, Steven Elice, Antoyne Selman and Izon Swain-Price are all individuals capable of making a big play. Stoughton will be looking to get a push on the line similar to what they had last year.
Similar to the defense, Stoughton’s offense will first need to establish a solid offensive line. With Greg Burke in charge of developing the line, expect Stoughton to produce another strong one. That will be key as the Black Knights will have Jake Gibb back for his third year at quarterback and could be one of the top players in the league. Ryan Sullivan and Xzavian Marrero will be dangerous coming out of the backfield while Christian Hill, Nick Hardy, Guy Eddy and Jordan Taylor could see time carrying the ball. Steven Elice and Jack Connolly could emerge as go-to guys for Gibbs this year.