Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/22/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
King Philip, 1 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – King Philip’s Ryan Ackles scored the late equalizer to earn the Warriors a point on the road. Attleboro senior Junior Coca put the Bombardiers up in the first half.
Mansfield, 2 vs. Catholic Memorial, 0 – Final – Ryan Amaral broke open a scoreless game in the 72nd minute off an assist from Jared Miller and then Miller converted a penalty kick just four minutes later to double the Hornets’ lead. Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk made five saves in net for his eighth shutout of the season. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 5 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Rebekah Entwistle scored two second half goals, including the game-winner, in the final four minutes to lead Attleboro to the win. Paige Medeiros had two assists and Jessica Bishop scored her first varsity goal for the Bombardiers. Cassie Vivar and Hannah Meier also scored for Attleboro. With the score 3-2, Madison Brown stopped a penalty kick and the rebound. Rachel Hogan and Elizabeth Cooley had the goals for the Warriors. 

Franklin, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored from the penalty spot and Megan Georges had Franklin’s second goal on an assist by Maddie Connelly.
Volleyball
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip picked up the sweep on the road, 25-14, 25-23, 25-9. Carly Adams had 10 service points in game one, including six aces, Emma Lopez had six service points and three aces in game two and Gwen Uyrus had nine service points with three aces in game three. Micaela Murray added six service points, including two aces, in game three.

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – The Bulldogs got the sweep at home, 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. Rye Verille had nine kills and Elizabeth Hamilton had eight kills, 10 aces and nine digs. Head coach Pat Cawley said Sarah Reissfelder, Emma Gobbi, Emma Murphy and Kelly Dever all had strong play at the net.

Foxboro, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton picked up the win 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had eight kills, seven blocks, 16 digs and six service points, Bianca DeSousa added 10 assists, seven service points (five aces) and 10 digs and Ava Siegel had 15 service points, seven digs, and four kills.

Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Sam Campbell and Rose Morrisette both played strong defense for the Panthers and each had key serving runs in the fifth set to lead Franklin. Dayna McCue had 43 serve receivers, 21 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil had 12 kills and a pair of digs and Beth Neal had 18 assists, eight kills, four aces and a pair of blocks.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win game four and then took care of business in the fifth set. The Hornets won 25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 29-27, 15-8. Sophomore Meg Hill led the offense with 17 kills and seven blocks, Sarah Mullahy had 12 kills and eight service points, Cathryn Heavey had 45 assists, 11 service points and 11 digs and Jess Haradon had 31 digs and 11 service points for Mansfield. 

Sharon @ Oliver Ames, 5:00
Field Hockey
King Philip, 2 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Alli Meehan put the Warriors up by a goal in the first half off an assist from Liz Furfari but Attleboro tied the game late in the second half off a goal from Kate LeBlanc on an assist from Grace Mayer. KP scored the game winner with 5:48 left when Christina Hathaway converted a penalty stroke.  

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Canton junior Caroline Hagan recorded a hat trick in the win for the bulldogs. 
Foxboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalFoxboro qualified for the state tournament for the 14th straight year.
North Attleboro @ Mansfield, 3:30
Sharon, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Kendall Clifford, Nadia Eldemery, Hannah Friend and Missy Krim each scored goals in the first half for Oliver Ames.

Stowell Brace Clinches League Title for Franklin

Victoria Stowell
Victoria Stowell (16) scored a pair of goals in the second half to beat Mansfield and earn Franklin a sixth straight league title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – During Franklin’s win on Friday, head coach Tom Geysen noticed that senior Victoria Stowell was getting frustrated because, despite her team leading 7-0, she could not find the back of the net.

He took her aside and told her to save the goals for the games that matter most to the Panthers. On Monday night, Geysen explained, “Anybody on this front line and in the middle can score against these teams, there are certain teams that they can’t and those are the teams you want to focus on.”

Stowell paid attention and on Monday she celebrated Senior Night against Mansfield with a pair of second half free kick goals that gave Franklin a 2-0 win and clinched the program’s sixth consecutive Kelley-Rex Division title.

“He says score in the important games and that’s what I did,” said Stowell with an ear-to-ear grin. “They’re rivals; I have to score against our rivals.”

In a game that featured few chances for either team, Franklin had a golden opportunity in the 53rd minute. The ball was flicked forward by Alexis Stowell into the path of Emily Spath and the senior was able to chip it past the onrushing freshman keeper Lauren Whitman but then watched helplessly as the ball skipped off the far post.

Just seconds later, Franklin won a free kick and from 35 yards out, Victoria Stowell smashed the ball off the far post and in for the game’s opening goal to make it 1-0.

Megan Georges hit the bar for Franklin 12 minutes later and then with five minutes remaining Stowell again teed up a free kick – this time from 40 yards out. Once again (and for the third time in two games against the Hornets this seaon), she was able to curl the ball into the top corner to make it 2-0.

“They had two fantastic free kicks – upper 90 far post and then upper 90 near post,” said Mansfield coach Kevin Smith. “How do you defend that unless you have a 6-foot-4 keeper?”

“If someone’s going to beat you, let it be on something like that.”

Geysen praised Stowell after the first win against Mansfield as a big game player. She lived up to that billing in the rematch as well.

He added, “She’s rock solid and shows no emotion during the course of the game. It’s all business until it’s over and then maybe you’ll get a smile from her.”

Mansfield’s best chance came with two minutes remaining. Jen Kemp laid a pass into the path of Rebecca Bornstein and the senior smacked the ball off the crossbar from the edge of the 18.

It was one of the few shots that the Franklin defense allowed and only second shot that Mansfield put on target in the game. The Hornets put junior Hannah Reiter up top to be the focal point, but the Panthers defense closed down her space and closed off the passing lanes to her fellow forwards.

“The movement off the pass to her wasn’t in the spaces we needed,” said Smith. “We talked about playing, like Franklin does, move forward, pas backward and play forward. When we played forward, there was no back pass because we weren’t moving into that space.”

Geysen explained, “I told my two center backs (Lauren Rudolph and Meghan Dieterle), you have to decide who is going to pick her up higher because she’s going to end up unmarked and the other one has to be behind. The two of them have been rock solid all season.”

The Panthers defense, which also features Nadia Havens and Abigail Gipson, is a major reason why another they claimed another league title. Franklin has yet to allow a goal through 14 games, which is even more remarkable because three of the four starters from last year (Lindsay Mastaj, Leah Benson, and Nicole Ellin) needed to be replaced.

“I thought that I would have a huge job this year,” said senior keeper Dani Lonati, “but honestly I’ve had not even a dozen shots. They communicate really well and, I don’t know, we just work really well together and it’s been one of the more solid parts of the team.”

When asked if the team talks about not giving up a goal, Lonati cut off the question before it was finished and like a pitcher during a no hitter would not talk about it. She smiled and said, “Nope, keep quiet, we don’t want to jinx it.”

Following the Senior Night celebration, Stowell noted, “We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year, losing Bailey [Knous] quick, losing Megan Adams quick, and inexperienced players have to step up and learn the ropes quickly…and I think the sophomores and juniors have done a good job stepping up to replace that defense.”

Franklin (13-0-1, 12-0-1) will put its unbeaten record on the line on Thursday evening at Taunton. Mansfield (9-3-2, 8-3-2) will travel to North Attleboro on Friday afternoon.

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

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/09/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
North Attleboro, 14 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Patrick Johnson 65 yard interception return, Connor Flynn XP; (NA) Nick Rajotte 30 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Canton, 22 @ Stoughton, 21 – Final (OT)
1st Quarter: (Sto) Guy Eddy 1 yard run, XP missed.
2nd Quarter: (Can) Jake Ragusa 2 yard run, Thomas Monagle XP.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (Sto) Jake Gibb 18 yard pass to Eddy, 2-point failed; (Can) Dennis Ross 35 yard pass to Michael Harris, Woanyen Mahn 2-point run; Gibb 27 yard field goal.
Overtime: Ragusa 2 yard run, Monagle XP; Gibb 2-yard run, 2-point failed. 
Foxboro, 42@ Milford, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 52 yard pass to Austin Ryan, John Cronin XP good; (F) M. Clagg 15 yard pass to Ronnie Martin, J. Cronin XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Blake Hill 5 yard rush, XP good; (F) Darren Kelly 12 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good. 
3rd Quarter: (F) Austin Ryan 99 yard punt return, J. Cronin XP good; (M) Zach Lanzetta 10 yard pass to Blake Hill, XP good; (F) R. Martin 11 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) D. Kelly 65 yard rush, J. Cronin XP good. 

King Philip, 10 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Zach Boari 17 yard field goal.
2nd Quarter: (F) Nick Yelle 20 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (KP) John DeLuca 2 yard rush, Z. Boari XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.

Taunton @ Mansfield – Postponed to 10/10, 12:00

Sharon, 28 @ Oliver Ames, 12 – Final
1st Quarter: (OA) Liston Funai 7 yard rush, 2pt fail.
2nd Quarter: (S) Tyler Smith 55 yard rush, Josh Rotman XP good; (S) Rob Bayha 21 yard pass to Craig Titus, J. Rotman XP good; (S) R. Bayha 21 yard pass to Bryce Smith, J. Rotman XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) Juvan Elisma 43 yard rush, J. Rotman XP good.
4th Quarter: (OA) Charlie Ryan 12 yard pass to Shawn Cardoza, XP fail.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Kevin Hall scored for the third straight game, this time off an assist from David Stowell to pace the Panthers. Austin Kent added an unassisted for for Franklin.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Kinge  Philip, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Keegan Nutt headed home the lone goal of the game, finishing off a rebound off of Chris Romero’s shot that hit the crossbar.

Milford, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Lens Esquil scored for the second consecutive game, this time finding the back of the net twice for the Tigers. Senior Austin Botelho had two assists and Daeshawn Duffy scored once.
Sharon, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sharon found the back of the net just five minutes into the game when Lucas Allaria converted an assist from Jake Goloboy. James Dunlea doubled the league off an assist from Liam McManus and Stephen Higgins scored unassisted in the 34th minute to make it 3-0. Matt Lowerre capped Sharon’s scoring shortly into the second half off an assist from Dunlea. Gareth King netted a late goal for the Rocketeers.
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Megan Georges and Meghan Dieterle scored the goals for Franklin both assisted by Victoria Stowell.
Mansfield, 4 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalJen Kemp scored two goals and assisted on a pair of Jackie Carchedi goals in the first half for the Hornets. Hannah Burns scored in the first half and Lily Sykes scored with five minutes left for Foxboro. 
King Philip, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Francesca Calabraro scored a pair of goals for OA. Emily Freeman and Julia Roy also scored, while Delaney Benton had three assists for the Tigers, who scored all their goals in the first half. 

Taunton, 1 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Kristen Franzini scored off an assist by Gabbie O’Neil and Katie Brown headed home the winner with fewer than two minutes remaining assisted by Francesca Shipperd. Christine Pye returned from injury to make 11 saves in goal. Abby Small had the goal for Taunton.

North Attleboro, 5 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Hana Caster scored once and had two assists, Shannon Kingsley netted a pair of goals and Haley Guertin picked up two points for the Rocketeers, who led 3-0 at half. Felocity Monfils also added a goal for the Rocketeers and Leah Jette had an assist. Kiersten Bixby and Nina Beauvias combined for the shutout in net.
Volleyball
King Philip, 1 @ Bishop Feehan, 3 – Final King Philip fell on the road, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 16-15. 
Mansfield, 1 vs. Needham, 3 – Final – Mansfield picked up a win in the second set to level the match but Needham took sets three and four to get the win, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 16-25. Cathryn Heavey had 33 assists and 10 digs in the loss for the Hornets.
Sharon, 1 @ Norwood, 3 – Final
Stoughton, 1 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton suffered a 26-24, 15-25, 24-26, 19-25 loss on the road. Bianca DeSousa had 16 assists, 14 digs, 10 service points, eight aces, five kills and two blocks and Val Whalen added seven kills and seven blocks.
Field Hockey
Milford @ Taunton – Postponed to 10/19
Golf
Attleboro, 184 @ Foxboro, 174 – Final

King Philip, 169 @ Oliver Ames, 157 – Final – Jack Green’s 37 paced Oliver Ames while Brian Lambert carded a 39. Todd Bushway and Danny McLoughlin each shot 41 for King Philip.

Stoughton, 190 @ Franklin, 165 – Final – Matt Dao and Matt Pleshaw each shot a 40 for the Panthers. 
Taunton, 208 @ Mansfield, 206 – Final (5 cards) – David Craig led Mansfield with a 39, who picked up its second straight win on a card off. Devon Barbero shot a 40, Mike Marry shot 41 and Matt Chirichiello carded a 42. 
 

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/06/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final – Anthony Barreira, Devante Teixeira, Joey Morrison and Hussein Kafel each scored a goal and recorded an assist while freshman Nic Biegel scored a goal and sophomore Cam Cass had an assist. 
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Franklin’s Kevin Hall scored 10 minutes into the second half off an assist from Brian Czuba to break a scoreless stalemate. Farley Asmath doubled the lead off an assist from Austin Kent and Czuba then created an opportunity that resulted in an own goal. 

King Philip, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Sophomore Tyler Melo scored the game’s opening goal for the Black Knights and Loubensky Lucas added a second late in the half to double the lead. Head coach Aaron Salter said Josh Mitchell and Brian Peoples both played very well. 
Girls Soccer
Foxboro, 2 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – For the second time in as many games, North Attleboro senior Hana Caster and sophomore Haley Guertin were the two primary players in three goals. Each Caster and Guertin scored twice with Guertin assisting on both of Caster’s goals. Guertin’s first goal was assisted by sister Grace Guertin. 
Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored two goals and had an assist for Franklin. Alexis Stowell, Jess Kroushl and Emily Mastaj each had goals for the Panthers and Megan Georges had a pair of assists. Brianna Braza and Rachel LeBlanc played well for the Hawks, according to head coach Jay Mastaj.
Stoughton, 3 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Taryn Bates’ first career goal off an assist from Sarah Quattrucci proved to be the game winner for the Black Knights. Sam Tullis converted a penalty kick for Stoughton and Elizabeth Kashian scored the second goal for the Black Knights off an assist from Shanel Ford. Head coach Tara Daniels credited Samantha Tullis and Sarah Widrow with strong games on defense and said goalie Marissa Williams played outstanding. Rachel Hogan scored for KP to tie the game at one and Emma Corcoran gave KP its lone lead off a PK in the first half. 
Volleyball
Taunton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Taunton picked up a 25-17, 25-17, 25-10 win on the road. Aimee Kistner had 19 service points, including five aces and a pair of kills, Emily Moor had 12 kills and four aces and Meghan Navarro played well with eight digs and three aces. 
Field Hockey
Franklin, 2 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Alex Sullivan gave Franklin the lead 10 minutes into the game and Dana Lewandowski doubled the lead with just 12 minutes left to give the Panthers a key win on the road. Head coach Lisa Cropper said Samantha Jones made four big saves on excellent scoring chances to get the shutout. With the win, Franklin qualified for the state tournament. 

Milford, 0 @ Ashland, 3 – Final

North Attleboro, 4 vs. Durfee, 2 – Final
Taunton, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Liana Duarte opened the scoring for the Tigers in the first half and then assisted on Kya Enos’ goal with just over a minute to play. Duarte’s opening goal was assisted by Abbey Kingman. 

Stoughton, 4 @ Brockton, 0 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber and Mia Russell scored two goals apiece for the Black Knights.
Cross Country
Boys
Attleboro, 41 @ Mansfield, 18 – Final

Canton, 30 @ Stoughton, 25 – Final – Stoughton’s Colin Cochran finished second, Cameron Bean was third and Zachary Ferreira finished fourth to pace the Black Knights. Jonathan Lessa was sixth and Nick Quattruci finished 10th for Stoughton.

Milford, 20 @ Foxboro, 35 – Final

Taunton, 37 @ Franklin, 23 – Final – Franklin’s Ryan Spelman finished first in 16:26 and then the Panthers took fourth through eighth place. Tyler Marchioni (4th, 17:03), Jeff Wu (5th, 17:09), and Jimmy Robbins (6th, 17:10) all finished within 10 seconds. Taunton’s Trevor Wysong finished second and Dylan Lynch finished third.
King Philip, 40 @ North Attleboro, 18 – Final
Sharon, 33 @ Oliver Ames, 23 – Final
Girls
Attleboro, 42 @ Mansfield, 17 – Final
Canton, 24 @ Stoughton, 33 – Final – Stoughton got top five finishes from Jennifer Billo (3rd), Sara Vera-Cruz (4th) and Julia Bobeck (5th)

Milford, 33 @ Foxboro, 24 – Final

Taunton, 48 @ Franklin, 15 – Final
King Philip, 26 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final – North Attleboro’s Annie Roberts dominated the three mile course with a time of 18:55 to finish first but King Philip took the next four spots. Erin Quinn finished second (19:59), Nina Sitarski finished third (20:06), Erica Layne was fourth (20:30) and Leia Quinn was fifth (20:39). 

Sharon, 27 @ Oliver Ames, 28 – Final
Golf
Foxboro, 180 @ Franklin, 170 – Final – Franklin Sophomore Bryan Woelfel shot a 41 for the Panthers and David Hardin shot a 42. Tim Luciano and Brandon Wasserman each shot 44 for Foxboro.

Canton, 162 @ Oliver Ames, 139 – Final – Jack Green shot a one under 33 to lead the Tigers while Brian Lambert shot a par 34, Ryan McGarry shot 35 and Steven Tasho carded a 37. Jack Goyetch and Griffin Jerrier each shot a 40 for the Bulldogs.

Sharon, 172 @ Stoughton, 178 – Final
King Philip, 179 @ Mansfield, 168 – Final

North Attleboro, 162 @ Milford, 164 – Final – Robbie Congdon led the Rocketeers with a 39. Milford’s Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, shooting a one under 34. 
Taunton, 158 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 176 – Final – Jason Stern carded a team-low 37 for the Tigers while Mario Wilson and Mike Volkmann each shot 40. 

Girls Soccer: 2015 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

ATTLEBORO

2014 Record: 3-12-3
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Steve Santos
Attleboro heads into the 2015 season with a strong core of sophomores that have the Bombardiers thinking positive thoughts about the future, although  this may be a season of growing pains.
Paige Medeiros is back for Attleboro and the senior midfielder will be a key player for the Bombardiers as her set pieces have been one of their best sources for creating scoring chances. Head coach Steve Santos will also be hoping for positive contributions from Rebecca Entwistle and Kayla Merritt among other returning players. Attleboro also has several players bouncing back from serious injuries who could step right back into the lineup.
Attleboro scored only eight goals a season ago and offense may be at a premium again this fall as the young players grow into their new roles. The Bombardiers will focus on pressuring the opposition and being tough to beat.

FRANKLIN

2014 Record: 17-1-3
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South Final
Coach: Tom Geysen
Franklin reached its third consecutive Div. 1 South final last fall but couldn’t come through with a three-peat in an overtime loss to Whitman-Hanson. The Panthers lost several key pieces including two-time HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Taylor Cogliano, but remain among the favorites for the Kelley-Rex title.
The Stowell twins, Assumption commits Victoria and Alexis, are two important players coming back for the Panthers in midfield and attack along with senior forward Bailey Knous, who has battled injuries during her career but when on the field can be prolific in front of goal. Also, junior Meg Adams is back and healthy, which will be a huge boost in the early season, and Megan Georges returns after a breakout season at attacking mid.
Franklin was not only a strong offensive team but also one of the league’s best defensively and Geysen is counting on Lauren Rudolph and Meghan Dietrle to hold down the center of defense while young players step into roles on the outside. Geysen is confident his team is going to be solid, but he believes younger players are going to need to grow into new positions if the Panthers are going to get back to the sectional final.

KING PHILIP

2014 Record: 6-6-8
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Gary Pichel
King Philip is waiting on a new turf field to be finished, but in the meantime will be battling the Kelley-Rex leaders and aiming for another spot in the postseason.
The Warriors will return junior striker Rachel Hogan, who will be joined this fall by senior captain Makenzie Nickerson, who is returning after 1-1/2 years out with a knee injury and should be a big boost to the forward line. Maggie Hall will return for her second year in goal and Lauren Hehn and Kate Sexton are back to shore up the midfield and Brooke Thomas and Emma Corcoran will lead the defense.
Logan Greenburg, Liz Cooley, and Caitlin McNulty are new faces that head coach Gary Pichel says “will add an exciting style of play across the board.” He added, “Our goal this year is to compete well with all the teams in the Hock and of course, make it to the postseason.”

MANSFIELD

2014 Record: 11-4-4
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Kevin Smith
The Hornets took No. 1 seed to the brink in the quarterfinals last season before being knocked out of the playoffs. This year’s team will be missing several key pieces from that squad, but returns 14 players including several from the 2014 HockomockSports.com Second XI.
Mansfield will be counting on junior Quinnipiac commit Hannah Reiter to continue her emergence as a star player in the Hock and to dominate in the midfield. Up top, the Hornets will have plenty of firepower with seniors Jackie Carchedi and Jen Kemp back after combining for 19 goals last fall. Defensively, Mansfield also has plenty coming back with Trish Murphy, Lindsey Dalton, and Anna Chiarolanza all returning.
The top four scorers are all back for Mansfield and all but one of the starting back four. Head coach Kevin Smith also noted that the players who are returning have 2-3 years of experience at the varsity level and should be able to step right in to keep the Hornets among the top teams in the league.

NORTH ATTLEBORO

2014 Record: 10-5-4
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Glenn Pasquel
The Rocketeers were stunned in overtime by league rival Mansfield in the first round last year and will have a new coach with former JV coach Glen Pasquel taking over from Doug Wheldon.
While there are plenty of changes for the Rocketeers this season, there was plenty of youth on last year’s team that could develop into top talents. North will look to senior Hana Caster for the primary scoring punch and Pasquel is pleased with the developing partnership up top between Caster and sophomore Haley Guertin. Grace Guertin is back in the midfield and Rachel Labonte will be moved back into defense to cover for the loss of Hannah Kane.
Pasquel feels comfortable moving into his new role and hopes to instill a passing game that keeps the ball on the ground. He is also adding a sweeper/stopper system rather than a flat back four. Once again, North appears to be a team that can compete among the best in the league.

TAUNTON

2014 Record: 6-9-4
2014 Finish: Missed the playoffs
Coach: Edith Dixon
Taunton earned plaudits for its growth under first-year head coach Edie Dixon last season, as the Tigers won six games and showed tenacity and competitiveness with everyone they played. This season, Taunton will return all but two starters and is eyeing a potential tournament berth.
HockomockSports.com Second XI goalie Kayla Wentworth is among the returning players and will be expected to backstop the Tigers defense. Up top, the combination of Bristol-Plymouth transfer Alana Vincent and Sam Tichelaar will be back to provide a scoring punch and freshman Maggie Sullivan will be back in midfield after starting a couple of games as an eighth grader in 2014.
Dixon has high hopes for the Tigers. She said, “We’ve got high expectations for this season and are getting excited to get into games.”