Milford Pins Down Win at Taunton and Three-peat

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After Taunton rallied from 20 points down to take the lead heading to the final match, Luke Donis earned a pin to secure Milford a win in the dual meet and the outright Kelley-Rex division title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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TAUNTON, Mass. – With five matches left to go in Wednesday night’s dual meet at the Rabouin Field House, Milford led by 20 points and the Hawks seemed ready to cruise to the win. Taunton was heading into the strength of its lineup, but the Tigers needed to not only win those matches but bring in maximum points in each one to have a shot at winning the meet.

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Four pins later and Taunton was in the lead 39-35. Luke Donis stepped onto the mat for the final match of the night, at 160, knowing that simply winning his bout wouldn’t be enough to keep Milford’s unbeaten season alive. The sophomore got a quick takedown, but gave a point back. With 33 seconds left in the first period, Donis got the upper hand, got his opponent on his back, and heard the ref slap the mat for a meet-winning pin.

Milford pulled out the 41-39 victory, securing a perfect league campaign and a third straight outright Kelley-Rex division title.

“It’s always a good match, Milford coach PJ Boccia said about competing in the Hockomock League. “You never have an easy Wednesday match. To win the title outright, it’s great for these kids. They’ve put in the work. My juniors and seniors have been in the youth program all the way through, so for them to work together and that was a true team win there.”

The Hawks have faced some of the top programs in the state this season, but Boccia knew that Taunton was going to be the most difficult matchup that the Hawks had seen so far.

“I was a little more nervous,” Boccia admitted. “I know they’re having a great year and the way that the matchups fell I knew it was going to be a close one. We wrestled Shawsheen and Minnechaug and Lowell, and Taunton gave us the closest [meet] so far.”

Taunton was denied at least a share of its first wrestling title, but for head coach Adilson Galvao being in the race to win the Kelley-Rex crown for the second year in a row was a sign of the progress that the Tigers have made as a program.

“We’ve gone from zero wins and maybe 30 losses,” Galvao joked, “to always being in the title hunt in the Hockomock. For years we always pushed that you have to work in the offseason.” When asked if he thought there was a turning point on Wednesday, he added, “It was kind of how we planned it. We knew it was going to be close.”

The meet started at 170 and the Tigers made a lineup adjustment that helped put them in front early. Sean Donovan put the Hawks up first with a dominating 17-2 win, which he led almost from the first whistle. Taunton answered back with Elijah Prophete taking over at 182 and earning a second-round pin.

Ethan Harris, who normally wrestles at 182, was moved to 195 to face Milford’s Matt Donis. Harris led 2-0 after one and had a 5-0 lead in the second before an escape and takedown by Donis cut into the lead. A reversal with just eight seconds left in the period extended Harris’ lead to 7-3 heading to the third. Both wrestlers had an escape and takedown in the third and Taunton grabbed the three points.

Boccia said, “Our 195 has been on a tear and he wrestled him great, that’s one of their best wrestlers, and it’s Matt’s first year in the varsity lineup. Taunton winning at 182 and 195 was a win for them, a good decision on his part. Other than that it kind of went right around where we thought it would be.”

At 220, Logan Frank controlled his match from the outset, but then a flurry of moves ended in his earning a pin with just four ticks remaining in the second period.

Taunton was in front 15-5, but it was Milford’s turn to enter a strong portion of its lineup. Nebraska-commit Hampton Kaye-Kuter needed only 31 seconds to earn a pin at 285. At 106, Derek Marcolino continued the momentum when he got a pin with 11 seconds left in the second period, putting the Hawks up 17-15.

Milford’s roll continued at 113, as Aidan Baum got a pin a minute into the second. Robby Lyons made it four straight pins for the Hawks right at the end of the opening period of his match at 120. It quickly became five straight pins and a 35-15 lead when Mike Boulanger got a pin at 126 less than a minute into the match.

Now it was the Tigers who needed a spark, but they were about to bring some of their toughest wrestlers to the mat to try and produce a comeback.

At 132, Xavier Sandoval continued his impressive season with a pin 1:09 into the match. Anthony Vieira came out intent to do the same at 138, leading 7-0 after the first period, but it took another 1:40 before he finally ended his match and secured the six points. Ben Mandeville followed by pinning his opponent with 20 seconds left in the first period at 145.

The Tigers trailed just 35-33 with two matches remaining. John Mandeville stepped onto the mat with the mindset of not settling for three points. He came close to getting a pin at several points in the first, but had to wait with a 9-0 lead. A quick takedown in the second, turned into a pin that gave Taunton the four-point edge.

Galvao explained, “The kids that got all those pins in row, that’s just experience. We kind of knew that was our strongest part of the lineup, so that just came down to experience.”

It was a dual meet that didn’t seem to have a turning point. Most of the favorites did exactly what was expected of them and got the max points. Donis was no exception at 160, as he sealed the win for the Hawks by earning the team’s sixth pin of the night.

With Taunton producing teams capable of winning titles, Milford turning into a perennial power, Sharon winning the Davenport, and the traditional powers like Foxboro, North Attleboro, and Franklin, Galvao praised the depth of the league for preparing teams to meet tough challenges.

“Last year we had four or five teams winning sectional titles,” he said, “and I feel like every team we’ve wrestled in the Hock, whether we think they’re having a down year, a down year is still a good year for them. It helps our team get ready for the state tournament.

Milford (18-0) will host a tri-meet with Algonquin and Hopkinton on Saturday. Taunton (12-2) will travel to Sandwich for a quad meet this weekend before closing out league play with a visit from North Attleboro.

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Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 06/01/21

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 10 – FinalKing Philip sophomore Rudy Gately dazzled on the mound, tossing a five-inning complete game shutout as the Warriors rolled to a big win at home. Gately allowed just two hits — a single followed by a double in the top of the third that put runners on second and third for the Bombardiers. But Gately responded by getting three straight strikeouts to end the threat; he finished the game with seven strikeouts and no walks. Shawn Lagere had a pair of walks and runs scored and drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth with a triple that ended the game. KP scored twice in the first (both reached on walks), once in the third (reached via walk), and then exploded for five in the fourth inning. Nick Viscusi had a pair of of base hits, a walk, and three runs, Conor Cooke added two singles and two runs, and Gately helped his cause with two hits, a walk, and a run.

Foxboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 10 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s offense erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning and senior Dennis Colleran threw a five-inning no-hitter to help the Rocketeers secure an important division win. Jared Penta (3-for-3) singled, stole second and scored on a wild pitch in the first while Aidan Conrad launched a solo home run in the second for the Big Red. Justin Vecchiarelli had two hits in the fourth, including a two-run single while Aidan Weir played a stellar defensive game at third. Colleran had a walk and hit a batter in the first but finished by retiring 13 straight, striking out the side in the fifth (nine total strikeouts) to end the game.

Sharon, 3 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final (9 Inn.)Stoughton forced extra innings with a two-out run in the bottom of the seventh and earned a walk off win with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to earn a win over Sharon. Stoughton took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a base hit from Brady Conlin but Sharon responded with two runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 3-2, which held until the bottom of the seventh. Sharon nearly tacked on a run in the top of the seventh with a runner on third and one out but Jonah Ly made a spectacular diving grab in left field and doubled the runner at third to keep the deficit at one. Brandon Mantilla-Mercado came through with a two-out RBI single to right field to knot the game 3-3. In the bottom of the ninth, Ben Zola (two hits) had a one-out single, Brad Franey was hit by a pitch, and Mantilla-Mercado drew a walk to load the bases. Anthony Tilton (two hits) worked a walk on a full count for the walk off win. Conlin allowed three runs (one earned) in 6.1 innings of work, allowing seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Anthony Tilton got the win in relief with 2.2 shutout innings with one hit allowed and three strikeouts. For Sharon, Dylan Labbe allowed one earned run on six hits, striking out three in five innings. Justin Brown (triple) and Elliot Pototsky each had two hits and Nate Yaffe had a hit and two stolen bases.

Taunton, 7 @ Milford, 0 – FinalTaunton senior Danny MacDougall had a strong outing on the mound and classmate Alyjah Marshall made a splash in his return from injury to help the Tigers get a win on the road. Marshall, who was a member of the Tigers’ 2019 D1 State Championship squad as a sophomore, had a big two-out two-run single in the fifth inning in his first game back from sustaining an injury during football. Taunton was leading just 1-0 through four innings before Marshall’s big hit gave the visitors some breathing room. Taunton went on to add a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to pull away. MacDougall allowed just three hits and two walks in six scoreless innings of work, striking out six in the win.










Softball
King Philip, 2 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalKing Philip junior Emma Sheehan had a solid showing on the mound and the Warriors had a strong day defensively to edge Attleboro on the road. Both coaches called it a great game from both sides, praising all three aspects of the game in a battle between two top teams in the area. The Warriors took the lead in the top of the third on a solo home run from Paige Berdos but Attleboro answered in the bottom half on an RBI single from sophomore Lauren Eby but the go-ahead run was gunned down at the plate on a throw from KP left fielder Meg Sherwood and tag from sophomore catcher Sarah Cullen. The Warriors regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Sherwood doubled and came in to score on a one-out triple from freshman Maddie Paschke. Sheehan allowed just one unearned run on six hits and three walks, striking out five in a complete game win. Sheehan stranded runners in scoring positions in four innings, escaping a bases loaded jam in the first. KP also got a huge outfield assist from Charlotte Raymond in the first inning, a throw home to Cullen for an out to prevent a run. Lindsey Perry also had a strong showing in the circle allowing just two runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out three.

North Attleboro, 8 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalNorth beat second-place Foxboro and moved within a win of its second straight league title. It would be the first time in program history that the Rocketeers won the league in consecutive seasons. Zoey McDonough allowed only two hits and struck out 13 to pick up the victory. Kelly Colleran continued her strong season at the plate, driving in four runs on a pair of homers and a sac fly. Mandi Hanewich had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three, while Emma Bailey also chipped in with three hits. Chloe Mearn added a pair of hits and Shaelyn Burns scored twice for North.

Sharon, 0 @ Stoughton, 12 – FinalStoughton had one of its best offensive showings of the season, exploding for 15 hits in a win at home over visiting Sharon. Sydney Menz led off the bottom of the first with a home run and the Black Knights never looked back. Menz finished 3-for-4, adding a double, while freshmen Alyssa Edwards (triple, three RBI) and Julie Powers both added three hits in the win. Nicole Baker smacked a two-run triple, Julia Driscoll and Melody Casna each had two hits, and Morgan Lessa added a single. Baker got the win in the circle, allowing just two hits while striking out seven in a five-inning complete game.

Milford, 0 @ Taunton, 18 – Final (5 Inn.)Kelsey White was perfect over five innings, striking out 11 without allowing a base runner, and also had three hits, two home runs, and drove in five runs at the plate, as Taunton continued its undefeated season. Tayah DaCosta added three hits and Kylie Thorpe had two hits and two RBI. Sam Lincoln added four RBI for the Tigers.




Boys Lacrosse
King Philip @ Attleboro, 3:45

North Attleboro, 8 @ Foxboro, 13 – Final

Franklin, 15 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalFranklin raced out to a six-goal lead at halftime and allowed just one goal against in the second half to pick up a win on the road over Mansfield. Matt Lazzaro paced the Franklin offense with three goals and three assists while Jayden Consigli added three goals and an assist. Luke Davis and Joe Consigli each had a pair of goals and an assist in the win while Justin Abely netted a pair of goals for the Panthers, who led 8-2 at half.

Sharon, 16 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 18 – FinalKing Philip had nine different players find the back of the net in a big win at home over visiting Attleboro. Sarah Brown, Margo Riley, and Colleen Crowther each scored their first career goals in the win.

Foxboro, 18 @ North Attleboro, 8 – FinalLilly Vey scored seven times and assisted on another goal to power Foxboro to a big road win that clinched at least a share of a ninth straight league title. Paige Curran had a hand in half of Foxboro’s goals, scoring five times and adding four assists, and Mya Waryas chipped in with a hat trick. Mary Collins, Dylan Rappoli, and Val Beigel each scored once, with Collins and Rappoli adding assists as well. Ella Waryas had a pair of helpers in the win.

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 20 – Final

Taunton, 11 @ Milford, 12 – FinalMilford erased a five-goal deficit and scored the game-winning goal with two minutes to play to break into the win column with a victory on senior night. Trailing 8-3, the Hawks stormed back to get back in it, tying the game at 10 and then scored again to take their first lead at 11-10. Taunton was able to respond with a goal to tie it again but Aislinn Bennett scored her seventh goal of the game with 2:09 to play for the game-winning tally. Emily Crouteau and Olyvia White each scored twice in the win while Stephanie Goulet scored once.




Boys Tennis
King Philip, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalKing Philip swept all three singles matches in straight sets and added one more point with a victory at first doubles to beat Attleboro. Nick Putney earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at first singles, Brady Jannell won by the same score at second singles, and Jon Cohen picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. The team of Diego Nieto and Jackson Hom emerged with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win at first doubles for KP. Attleboro freshmen Kyle Neuendorf and Tyler Roccio paired up for a 6-4, 6-0 win at second doubles.

North Attleboro, 4 @ Foxboro, 1 – FinalNorth Attleboro took wins in both doubles matches and added two more wins in singles play to get a win on the road over Foxboro. Senior Sayf Saddiq and sophomore Brody Carter scored a 6-0, 6-3 win at first doubles while senior Niteesh Saravanan and freshman Arnav Raghuvanshi rallied to win 4-6, 6-1, 10-6 at second doubles. Senior Jonah Manso was up 6-2 in the first set before winning by default (injury) and senior Sam Gallagher added a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles. Foxboro junior Bo Canfield grabbed a 6-4, 6-3 win at third singles.

Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – FinalFranklin stayed undefeated on the season with a 5-0 sweep against Mansfield. Anish Gundimeda teamed up with Sameen Shaik to pick up a 6-4, 6-2 win at first doubles while junior Thomas Broyles and freshman Jay Gorgas continued their strong season at second doubles with a 6-0, 6-3 win. Liam Marr (first singles, 6-1, 6-0) and Vayshnav Malhotra (second singles, 6-0, 6-1) each dropped just one game while junior Drew Mahoney secured a 6-3, 6-1 win at third singles.

Sharon, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalSharon earned two points from singles matches and two points from doubles play to get a 4-1 win on the road over Stoughton. Junior Ruemon Bhattacharya came away with a tiebreaker win, taking the second singles match 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-3 and classmate Max Chen added a 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles. Freshman Matthew Lally and sophomore Rithvik Neti won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles while the team of juniors Mitch Weiss and Seyon Wijendran didn’t lose a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles. Stoughton senior Waseem Sablon won at first singles, 7-5, default (injury).

Milford, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final




Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final

Foxboro, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – FinalFoxboro inched closer to clinching the Davenport division title with a 4-1 win on the road over North Attleboro. It was another clean sweep in singles action for the Warriors as Athena Li and Pam Nelson each won 6-0, 6-0 at first and second singles, respectively, while Sarah Prag dropped just one game total in a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. Maggie McAuliffe and Abby Costa added the fourth point for Foxboro, taking a 6-3, 6-4 win at first doubles. North Attleboro’s Lauren Consentino and Kyna Shah had a 6-1, 6-3 win at second doubles for North.

Franklin, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final

Taunton, 5 @ Milford, 0 – FinalTaunton went on the road and won all five matches in straight sets over Milford. Jocelyn Pagliuca (first singles) and Kayla Parrett (second) each picked up a 6-0, 6-0 wins while Cayeesha Charles-Marc added a 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles. The team of Brooke Bell and Sam Parrett didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at first doubles while Morgan Smith teamed up with Courtney Martin for a 6-0, 6-3 second doubles win.

Boys Outdoor Track
Mansfield, 85 @ Taunton, 49 – FinalMansfield completed undefeated in dual meets, knocking off Taunton to go 5-0 to claim the Kelley-Rex division title. Senior DaSean Peters-Wolfe had a huge meet for the Hornets, setting a new PR while winning both the 100M (11.2) and the 200M (22.6) while Trevor Flint was also a double-winner, taking first in both the 1 Mile (4:59.5) and the 2 Mile (10:53.7). Mansfield got key points from sweeping the shot put (Charles Newcomb, 38’7; Dan Scriven, 32’10; Billy Gardner, 32’3) and the discus (Newcomb, 101’0; Aengus McGill 98’0; Scriven 94’0).




Girls Outdoor Track
Mansfield, 99 @ Taunton, 37 – FinalMansfield swept six events on the road to pick up a convincing win over Taunton. The Hornets took the top three spots in the 400M hurdles, the 100M, the 1 Mile, the 100M hurdles, the long jump, and the triple jump. Anna Buckley took first in three of those events, winning the 100M hurdles (16.6), the long jump (16’4), and the triple jump (35’5). Alissa Cooke was also a double winner for the Hornets, taking first in both the discus and the shot put.

Wrestling
Sharon, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 25 – Final

Milford, 50 @ King Philip, 23 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from this matchMilford won the final five matches to break things open and turn a five-point lead into a convincing win. It was the sixth consecutive dual meet victory for Milford, which is now one win away from clinching at least a share of its first Kelley-Rex division title and third league title overall (the Hawks won back-to-back Davenport crowns in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The meet started at 195 and Josh Kravetz won 8-0 to put the Hawks up 4-0. Hunter Hastings answered back with a first-period pin at 220 and Yusef Lofti added a third-period pin at 285 to put KP in front 12-4. Milford scored the next 24 points with Mike Boulanger earning a first-round pin at 106 and Robert Lyons scoring a second-period pin at 120. In between were a pair of forfeits. Sam Debaggis ended the Milford run with a pin one minute into the second period at 132 and Michael Gorman dominated his match at 138, earning a 16-1 victory and five points for the Warriors, closing the gap to 28-23. Paul Hough trailed 4-0 after the first period, but turned his match around to win 15-6 at 145 and Danny Alves pinned his opponent at 152 inside the first minute to extend the lead to 38-23. The match at 160 was one of the closest of the day. All the points were scored in the third round, as Ryan Donovan was able to beat Noah Reidel 3-1. At 182, Devin Duest fell behind to Cole Ricci in the third period, but a late reversal was enough to snag a 2-1 victory and cap the Milford win.

Stoughton, 22 @ North Attleboro, 39 – North Attleboro picked up four wins via pinfall, one by decision, and two by forfeit in a win over visiting Stoughton. Tanner Ferguson (113, 0:23), Tyler Tobias (120, 1:48), Andrew Faris (138, 0:25), and Christopher Galligan (152, 1:20) each won by fall while Keysun Wise (285) earned a 3-2 decision. Stoughton picked up wins from Guerard Theodore (145, 5:14), Andrew Medina (160, 10-1), Davin Swierzewski (170, 4:46), and Reggie Ugwuakazi (220, 0:32).

Boys Volleyball
King Philip, 2 @ Medfield, 3 – Final