2019-2020 Hockomock Girls Hockey Preview

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MOA’s Emma Pereira (left) and Franklin’s Gina Vignone battle for possession at the blue line last season. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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2019-2020 Hockomock Girls Hockey Preview

Canton

2018-2019 Record: 12-6-5
2018-2019 Finish: Reached D2 First Round
Coach: Dennis Aldrich

The Bulldogs will be using a mix of veterans and new faces as they try to get back on top of the Hockomock League. After winning the first league championship in 2018, the Bulldogs finished second last year but will be aiming to take back the title in 2020.

The strength of the team will be along the blue line with senior captains Alexa Maffeo and Meg Aldrich leading the way. Both have a ton of varsity experienced, including playing in a state championship game, and Canton will lean on them heavily for their leadership both on and off the ice. The defense will also feature sophomore Allie McCabe, who picked up valuable experience as a rookie a season ago. The defense will also get a boost from a pair of new faces with freshmen Olivia Maffeo and Maya Battista expected to be big time players for the Bulldogs.

Offensively, head coach Dennis Aldrich said he expects his side to be very quick and opportunistic in the attacking zone. Junior captain Maria Femia (two goals, nine assists), junior Lizzie Tassinari (five goals, 13 assists) and junior Ellie Rae Roberts (four goals, eight assists) are familiar with the system and have high expectations for the season. Sophomore Tess Khoury (six goals, five assists) returns after an impressive freshman senior. Freshman goalie Carolyn Durand has impressed early on with senior Vicky Revanche give the Dogs an experienced option in net.

“The early energy and closeness of this team has been remarkable,” Aldrich said. “I look for us to make some noise both in the Hockomock League and the state tournament this season.”

Franklin

2018-2019 Record: 17-3-2
2018-2019 Finish: Reached D1 Quarterfinals
Coach: Margie Burke

It’s been back-to-back very successful seasons for the Panthers, and head coach Margie Burke is looking for that success to continue in 2020. Franklin won 14 games two years ago, and then went unbeaten in Hockomock League last year and finished with 17 wins overall.

The defending Hockomock champs have a lot of experience back on the defensive end. Junior goalie Gabby Colace is back between the pipes for Franklin and will be one of the top netminders in the area. She posted a 0.905 save percentage in the regular season a year ago, allowing just 1.77 goals a game while making 242 saves. She will have some familiar faces in front of her with seniors Tina Pisano, Gina Vignone, and Gianna Cameron all back playing defense. Franklin was tough to score against last year and that will likely be the case again this year.

The biggest question mark offensively will be trying to replace the production of Regan Paterson and Cassi Ronan, who were two of the top three point producers in the entire league last year. But Franklin has a good cast of players ready for expanded roles this year. Juniors Libby Carter (five goals, three assists), Amanda Lewandowski (eight goals, 10 assists), Katelyn Brown (five goals, three assists), and Maddy Dolan, give the Panthers plenty of options on the attacking end. The Panthers will be looking to get some production out of the eight underclassmen on the roster as well.

“We are looking forward to building on the successes of last year and to be competitive in a very strong Hockomock League,” Burke said.

King Philip

2018-2019 Record: 4-13-2
2018-2019 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Ken Assad

After helping the Franklin boys team for over a decade, Ken Assad has traded in his Panther blue for the green and gold of King Philip, taking over the helm of the girls’ hockey program. Coming off a four-win season, Assad and his staff are very optimistic about the upcoming season.

The Warriors only have three seniors on the roster, so they will need contributions from every player on the roster to compete for a Hockomock League title and try to get back into the state tournament. Although it’s a small senior class, all three are important pieces to the team and are spread out on the ice. Makenzie Shandley is a newcomer to the program but will be leaned on to guide the offense on the first line. She is joined by returning forwards Avari Maxwell (seven goals, two assists) and sophomore Morgan Cunningham. Assad is hoping to have a deep offense with Jennifer Daniels, Olivia Donovan, Sydney O’Shea, Katarina Precobb, and Meg Sherwood all in the mix to get plenty of ice time.

Defensively, the Warriors are going to lean on senior captain Sami Robison. Fresh off a terrific field hockey season, Robison will be the veteran leader of the blue line unit for the Warriors. Junior Gabriela Trujillo should see an expanded role this year and will be an important part of the defensive unit. Junior Libby Curran, sophomore Ally Donovan, and freshman Maggie Griffin and Brielle Hearon are also apart of the KP defense. In goal, senior captain Cristina Coleman and freshman Mallory Johnston will push one another for time in between the pipes.

“Being a young team is great for the future of this program which is exciting,” Assad said. “We are always optimistic for a good start and to compete at a high level and I know the chemistry we have and the great leadership the girls will come out giving their best.”

Mansfield/Oliver Ames

2018-2019 Record: 9-9-3
2018-2019 Finish: Reached D1 Preliminary Round
Coach: Roy Bain

The Mansfield/Oliver Ames/Foxboro girls hockey team is relying on a mix of youth and veterans to push for a return to the state tournament in 2020. Although there are just two seniors on the squad, there is still a handful of experienced players that have played in plenty of contests at the varsity level.

Senior Liz Healy, junior Emma Pereira, and junior Melissa Shanteler will lead the way for the Warriors this season. Healy will be a leader on the offensive end while both Pereira and Shanteler will provide MOA with talent and leadership on the blue line. Joining that junior duo on the blue line will be classmate Megan O’Hara and sophomore Julia Muttart. The Warriors added some depth to the defensive unit with the addition of freshmen Brooklynn Levins and Maya Manganaro. Behind that talented group of defensemen will be sophomore goalie Jess Widdop, who had a terrific freshman year and earned team MVP honors.

On the offensive end of the ice, the Warriors return the speedy line of junior Alex Ledin (six goals, three assists), sophomore Sam Ledin (three goals, six assists), and sophomore Kylie O’Keefe, all representing Foxboro. Healy will be joined by Tessa Luciano and Emma Garland on another line while OA freshman Reese Pereira will be working with Foxboro’s Ella Waryas and Mansfield’s Lily O’Brien, giving the Warriors a lot of depth offensively. MOA is also looking for contributions from Elle Weinstein, Pam Nelson, Maeve O’Keefe, Erin DiCenzo, Cataline Kipp, Ciera Doherty, Ava Adams, and Mya Waryas.

“With a team comprised of two seniors, ten juniors, nine sophomores, and four freshmen, the program can look forward to continued consistency and success for the next few seasons,” said MOA head coach Roy Bain. “This team should compete against the talent-rich and always tight Hockomock League race.”

Stoughton

2018-2019 Record: 0-20-0
2018-2019 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Rich Grasso

After a down year, the Black Knights are looking to getting back on track as they team up with Sharon High for the second straight season.

Stoughton boasts skill at each position with junior Morgan Lessa back for her third year with the program, junior Haley Nelson returns to anchor the defense, and senior Brianna Buckley gives the Black Knights plenty of experience between the pipes. Stoughton will need contributions from everyone on the roster with four seniors, four juniors, six sophomores, and four freshmen.

Lessa is among the league’s top players at forward, scoring nine goals and adding three assists last year. Senior Abbey Kashian is one of the team’s three captains and will provide leadership on the offensive end. Look for Sharon junior Sam Sherman, another captain on the team, to fill in both offensively and defensively depending on the team’s needs. Seniors Carly Lader and Hannah Duff will provide depth on the attack this season.

Nelson, who logs a ton of minutes, will be the leader of the defensive unit. Sophomore Zofia Bangs and Sharon junior Jillian Parker are going to be key pieces on both ends of the ice this season for Stoughton. Freshman Ava Buckley has impressed early on this preseason and could give the blue line a big boost.

Second Half Surge Sends Foxboro Past Seekonk

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Foxboro’s Jaime Notarangelo tries to get past a Seekonk defender in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FOXBORO, Mass. – The Foxboro field hockey was in firm control throughout the first 40 minutes of its playoff-opening contest with Seekonk, applying constant pressure without allowing the visitors near any time on the attack.

In fact, the Warriors had racked up nearly a dozen penalty corners and peppered the Seekonk net with shot after shot.

But all the 4th seeded Warriors had to show for it was a 1-0 lead over 20th seeded Seekonk.

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“It’s the tournament so it’s anyone’s game on any given day,” said Foxboro head coach Melissa Bordieri. “All it takes is a couple of breaks or a couple of bounces the other way.”

Fortunately for the hosts, the constant attack finally paid off as the Warriors found the back of the net four times over the final 20 minutes of play to earn a 5-0 win over Seekonk.

“I saw [Seekonk] play [its preliminary game],” Bordieri said. “It was 1-1 at the half, and Bourne dominated, [Seekonk] didn’t get a lot of corners but they still won. I told that to the girls at halftime, 1-0 is not good enough. We can’t sleep on that team, and sure enough, the first two minutes of the second half they were down our end.”

Foxboro sophomore Kate Collins squeaked a shot through on a tough angle, just getting the ball across despite a good effort from a Seekonk defender to try and clear it to give the hosts a 1-0 lead just under seven minutes into the game.

But that would be the only time the Warriors would solve the Seekonk goalie and defense for the first half. While the chances came in droves, the goals didn’t follow until the second half.

Collins’ corner connected with Molly McElhinney, who dished it off to Ella Waryas for a hard shot that was saved in the 12th minute. Collins found Jaime Notarangelo on a corner in the 24th minute, but once again the shot was saved.

And five minutes later, Ella Waryas smacked a hard cross that connected with her younger sister Mya, but the shot skipped just wide of the post. While Foxboro had six shots on net and eight penalty corners in the opening half, it also saw nearly a dozen shots go just wide.

“The last game, I think two of our four goals came on penalty corners. So I can’t wait to review the tape to see what was going wrong. It’s execution. Whether it’s the shot getting off and we’re not putting it away in front of the net, or we’re stopping our own ball, or we’re wide left or wide right…so we’ve gotta clean that up.”

Seekonk had a rare foray into Foxboro’s half early in the second half but was quickly denied by Warrior junior defender Shannon Egan, putting the hosts back on the attack.

After both Lauren Foster and Notarangelo had chances denied in the opening 10 minutes, Foxboro finally broke through to double its lead.

Collins sent a corner to McElhinney at the top of the circle, who quickly moved the ball along for a one-timer from Foster. After the initial stop, Notarangelo forced the keeper into another save at the near post. After a scrum in front of the net, Collins was able to bury her chance from in close to make it 2-0.

From there, the proverbial floodgates opened for the Foxboro offense.

Two minutes after Collins’ second goal, she helped orchestrate another. This time, her pass to McElhinney resulted in a hard shot that was redirected by Notarangelo for a 3-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Ella Waryas smashed a shot on net that was saved by Mya Waryas was there to clean up the rebound for a 4-0 lead with 9:15 left.

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And the Warriors capped the scoring with 6:21 to go when Brooke Connolly finished off a pass from Notarangelo for a 5-0 advantage.

“For me, no, maybe after the fifth,” Bordieri said after asked if the second goal gave her any relief. “I think the second goal changed things for the girls. I think once they played with more confidence, once they relaxed they played much better.”

Foxboro field hockey (13-1-5) will host #5 Cohasset (14-4-1) on Sunday at 11:00 AM.

Canton and Foxboro Share Spoils in Title Showdown

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Foxboro goalie Hannah Trombly makes a save during the second half against Canton. The Warriors scored in the first half but the Bulldogs answered in the second to secure a 1-1 tie. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – Foxboro and Canton have finished as the top two teams in the Davenport division in each of the past three seasons. The Warriors won two of those three titles, but the largest margin that has separated the teams at the end of the year has been three points. This year is no different.

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Once again the two rivals entered Tuesday night’s title showdown at WWII Veterans Memorial Field as the top two teams in the Davenport and with the Bulldogs holding a slim two-point edge. Both teams would have four league games remaining after Tuesday and none would be against teams with winning records, so this felt like Foxboro’s best chance of trying to catch the league leaders.

The Warriors got off to the perfect start, playing like a team that knew it needed the win, and jumped out to a one-goal lead, but the Bulldogs turned the game around in the second half and it finished 1-1. That leaves Canton holding its own title destiny entering the final two weeks of the regular season.

“We took a few minutes to get going,” admitted Canton coach Chrissy O’Connor. She noted that things changed after the break, “Totally felt like we had a little momentum. We were correcting some of the things we had gotten wrong. We made some adjustments and overall I was happy with how we played, but unfortunately with Foxboro things end in a tie.”

Canton had a couple of early looks with a cross through the crease and a chance for Shayna Johnson that the senior had bounce off her foot right in front of goal, but the first half largely belonged to the visitors.

Nine minutes into the game, the Warriors took the lead. Jaime Notarangelo created the opening with a run down the right side, something that would become a theme of the half, and she squared it into the middle. After a couple of deflections, the ball dropped to Brooke Connolly and she knocked it in.

Meg Aldrich had a chance to equalize for the Bulldogs after a rush right through the middle of the Foxboro defense, but it was kicked aside by goalie Hannah Trombly (two saves).

The Bulldogs struggled to contain Notarangelo and the Warriors looked to get her the ball on the right wing as often as possible. After the senior midfielder raced past players on both teams, she cut inside and forced a save out of Canton goalie Riley O’Connor (seven saves). A minute later Mikayla Cloherty had a go from distance that was kicked away as well.

“Jaime played out of her mind,” said Foxboro coach Melissa Bordieri. “She was phenomenal. You could see how much she was digging and kept trying. Her ball control tonight was outstanding.”

Inside the final 10 minutes of the half, Canton started to stem the tide and gain a foothold in the game. Maria Femia opened up a chance for Erin Lane, but her shot just went wide and couldn’t be held in at the end line by Ellie Bohane.

The momentum that the home team built at the end of the first half carried over at the start of the second.

It only took four minutes after the break for Canton to find the tying goal. After a corner was cleared by Foxboro, the Bulldogs charged back at the goal again and Kaitlyn Goyetch found room in the left channel. Her backhand effort flicked up over Trombly’s shoulder and the goalie could not keep it out.

“It’s that extra spark of energy,” said O’Connor about Goyetch. “She’s able to flip that switch and when she does and when she gets to that second gear then everyone follows and it raises the level of play on the field.”

Canton took control of the game in the second half. The hosts had the ball in front of Trombly for seemingly the entire 30 minutes, but Foxboro had a handful of chances as well. Notarangelo created the opening with another run down the wing and her cross to Mya Waryas at the back post was kept out by O’Connor, who then scrambled the rebound off the line. Ella Waryas then set up Notarangelo in front but the redirection was blocked by the goalie at close range.

Carly Fitzgerald had a shot from long range that forced Trombly into a stop and the rebound was left in front for several Bulldogs, including Femia, Lane, and Meghan LaBelle, to have a swat at.

Bordieri said, “They put serious pressure on. I couldn’t even see the play, just saw the ball come flying out of the circle, so defense came up big in a lot of places. But, it has to be consistent. We didn’t play 60 minutes tonight and it resulted in another tie.”

Femia was the primary creator for Canton and was a constant menace when in possession. She nearly created the winner with a run up the left side and a cross to Grace Nourse at the back post, but Lauren Foster got in the way to deny the chance.

“She’s a gamer,” O’Connor said about Femia. “She’s a game time player and she wants to get it done and usually she makes things happen. I thought we were in the right positions, I thought the offense was there, we were right there, but they were right there with their defensive stands.”

Riley O’Connor was forced to come up with one more big stop before the end, as Nicole Bubencik had a shot through traffic that was sneaking inside the post until the goalie stuck out a toe to keep it out.

“A tale of two halves,” said Bordieri. “They came out flying in the second half and found us flat. I just felt like we couldn’t find that momentum we had in the first half, we couldn’t continue it and they did a really good job of taking that momentum and running with it.”

Canton (8-2-3, 8-1-3) will try to hold its lead in the division against Stoughton on Thursday, while Foxboro (8-1-5, 6-1-5) will try to keep the pressure on when it hosts Milford.

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Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/10/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Soccer
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Canton, 1 – FinalOliver Ames scored a pair of goals in the final six minutes of play to earn a dramatic victory on the road. Seniors Leah Johnson and Erin Holmberg each scored for the Tigers, who qualified for the state tournament with the win. Holmberg also had an assist in the win.

Field Hockey
Milford @ Attleboro, 3:45

Canton, 6 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalMeg Aldrich and Kaitlyn Goyetch each scored a pair of goals to lead Canton to a win on the road at OA. Maria Femia and Meghan LaBelle also scored for the Bulldogs, who led 3-0 at halftime.

Foxboro, 1 @ King Philip, 1 – FinalFoxboro opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game but King Philip scored the equalizer late in the first half to help the Warriors earn a draw. Freshman Mya Waryas scored to put the visitors ahead just four minutes into the game while KP’s Olivia Kulesza scored off a rebound with 8:34 left in the first half to make it 1-1. KP goalie Makenzie Manning made nine saves in the tie.

Sharon, 0 @ Franklin, 9 – FinalFranklin built a five-goal lead by halftime and never looked back to pick up a league win over visiting Sharon. Olivia Rondeau and Stephanie Bell each scored a pair of goals while Jill Fenerty netted her first career goal in the win.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final

Stoughton @ Taunton – Postponed to Friday, Oct. 11 at 3:45.

Volleyball
Milford @ Attleboro, 5:45

Canton, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – FinalIt was a strong team effort for the Bulldogs, posting a 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-18) win on the road over Oliver Ames. Taylor Harris did it all for Canton with 15 kills, 16 digs, and two aces, Liz Bickett added six kills, five blocks, and an ace, and Jackie Morrissey finished with 27 assists, 13 digs, and a pair of aces. Angie Elias chipped in with five kills and three blocks while Claire Quinn added seven kills, seven digs, and two aces. OA’s Allie Kemp had 20 assists while seniors Jordyn Vella and Ryley McNeeley each had seven kills. Jordan Bennett added five kills and three aces for OA while sophomore Hadley Rhodes chipped in with six kills.

Foxboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalKing Philip defended home court, winning the battle of Warriors with a 3-0 (25-7, 25-21, 25-16) win. Catherine Waldeck and Nicole Coughlan (two aces) continued to shine at the net for KP, hammering down 16 kills apiece. Kristen Masses added four kills and two aces, and Lauren Peterson chipped in with three aces in the win. Foxboro’s Kelsey Treweek notched 13 digs and a pair of aces, Grace Boudreau landed six kills and added a block, and Grace Fortune finished with six serving points.

Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final

North Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from this gameMansfield trailed in both the second and third sets but rallied in both to complete a 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-22) sweep. The Hornets trailed 2-9 in the second set before prevailing in a close set. Kacey Veiking had a strong showing at the net with six kills and five blocks. Steph Walker dished out 25 assists for Mansfield while Ashley Santos added nine service points and three kills.

Stoughton, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – Final

Golf

Franklin, 169 @ Taunton, 184 – FinalQuinten Faro led the way for the Panthers, shooting a low-round of 40 to earn match medalist honors in the win.

Stoughton @ Attleboro – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

Sharon @ Canton – Postponed to Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 3:30.
Foxboro @ Milford – Postponed to Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:45.
North Attleboro @ Mansfield – Postponed to Monday, Oct. 14 at 3:30.

Franklin Upends Foxboro With Second Half Comeback

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Foxboro’s Lauren Foster and Franklin’s Amanda Lewandowski battle for possession in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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FOXBORO, Mass. – Entering Thursday afternoon’s clash between division leaders, Foxboro’s stout defense had allowed just three goals against through nine games played.

The Franklin Panthers, who came in averaging a league-best 6.1 goals per game, saw it as a challenge.

Franklin’s offense roared to life in the second half, scoring a pair of goals in a five-minute span, the latter turning out to be the game-winner as the Panthers claimed a 3-2 decision over Foxboro.

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“We wanted to challenge them, we have a good offense but we knew we had to go out there and play hard,” said Franklin head coach Michelle Hess. “They pack it in [defensively], they are strong with their double teaming, and they do a good job of forcing you to play on the left side of the field. I give them credit for that, it slowed us down.

“Melissa [Bordieri] is a great coach, they always play us hard. I was hopeful we could penetrate the defense, even without one of our top scorers [Hanna Richardson].”

After trading goals in the first half, Foxboro came out on the front foot in the second half and grabbed its first lead. The Warriors scored 34 seconds into the frame as freshman Mya Waryas one-timed a cross from sophomore Kate Collins, putting the hosts ahead 2-1.

While Foxboro had its first lead, the goal seemed to spark the Panthers.

Franklin controlled a good stretch of the second half after going down a goal. The pressure paid off as junior Amanda Lewandowski used her speed to beat a pair of defenders along the left side before firing a cross into the middle where senior Olivia Rondeau tapped in her second goal, tying the game 2-2 with 20:16 to play.

Just under five minutes later, the offense came up with another strike for the Panthers. Lewandowski was the catalyst once again, gaining possession inside the circle before firing a shot, forcing Foxboro goalie Hannah Trombly (six saves) into a stop. The rebound fell right to Rondeau and she buried the loose ball, completing her hat trick and putting Franklin ahead, 3-2, with 15:21 left.

“I think their goal was an eye-opener,” Hess said. “A goal like that can go either way, you can fold or you can try to right that wrong and I think it sparked us.f

“We came out flat [in the second half], I think we took them too lightly because they are good. We needed a spark, I told them that the second half, it was their game and to go out and take it. We knew what we needed to fix, so let’s go. We started our passing game and I think that led to us playing better.”

Foxboro got its offense backing gear late in the game and made a couple of pushes up the field, including in the final minute, but Franklin senior Elizabeth Clark came up with a clearance to help seal the win.

“I think Franklin started to insert themselves and we had some breakdowns that they capitalized on,” said Foxboro head coach Melissa Bordieri. “I thought that we were still in it right until the end, and we were a little unlucky with some of the situations, but on the whole, I thought Franklin really put the pressure on.

“There was one span in the second half that it felt like we didn’t have a minute to gather ourselves and create some offense because they did a really good job pressuring us. Once we did get some offense going, it was late in the game.”

Franklin took the lead in the seventh minute of the game on its first shot of the game. Freshman Kaitlyn Carney helped the Panthers transition into offense, finding Lewandowski, who dribbled past a couple of Foxboro defenders. Drawing the last line of defense, Lewandowski dropped a pass off to Stephanie Bell, who ripped a cross to the far post for Rondeau to tap in.

Foxboro tied the game just over seven minutes later. A corner forced Franklin goalie Neilee Hess into a save but the ball wasn’t cleared out and Mya Waryas smacked the ball into the net to make it 1-1.

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The Warriors had a chance to take a lead at the end of the first half with three consecutive corners, but Foxboro was unable to register a shot on goal. Franklin’s Maeve Ledwith sniffed out a play, intercepting a pass before making a clear to keep the teams level.

“We just have to capitalize on our chances,” Bordieri said. “We had a lot of corners that we just left goals out there, you have to score on one of those. It felt like it could have gone either way, the girls worked hard to create chances but I think finishing was the issue today.”

Franklin field hockey (9-0-0 Hockomock, 9-1-0 overall) welcomes Attleboro to Beaver Street on Monday while Foxboro (5-1-3, 6-1-3) will try and bounce back from its first setback on the same day, hosting North Attleboro.