NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Through the opening two games of the state tournament, things were comfortable for North Attleboro. The Rocketeers outscored the first two opponents by a combined 27-3 and rolled into the Elite Eight. In Saturday morning’s Div. 2 quarterfinal at Community Field, North had to show a different side, show that it could grind out a win to advance.
Falmouth, despite being the No. 21 seed, gave North all that it could handle rallying from an early deficit to get the lead in the fifth, getting back within one in the sixth, and bringing the tying run to the plate in the seventh. Through it all, North held on.
An instant response in the bottom of the fifth and a home run in the sixth for key insurance, plus clutch pitching with runners on base, helped North pull out an 8-5 victory and secure a berth in the state semifinal for the first time since winning it all in 2018 and for the first time under the current format.
“They’re feeling pretty good, which is always key right now, and if we feel like we can get a contribution from everybody in the lineup at some point in the game then we’re putting ourselves in a good chance,” said North coach Mike Hart. Asked about having to come up with big plays in close games, he added, “Being in the Hockomock League, you’re in those situations at least once a week, so they’ve been there and showed that they can do it.”
North’s offense has been on fire in the postseason and the Rocketeers didn’t take long to get on the board on Saturday. Derek Maceda (3-for-4) singled with one out and stole second. Danny Curran (3-for-4) came through with a big two-out single to right to bring in the opening run.
Starting pitcher Tyler Bannon, who got the win in the playoff opener, cruised through the opening three innings. He faced one batter over the minimum, had seven strikeouts, and didn’t allow a hit. Falmouth starter Jared Burridge-Lopes was also pitching well and kept it 1-0 through three, while allowing just the two hits.
Things changed in the fourth. Bannon ran into trouble with his control. He followed a leadoff walk with his eighth strikeout but then walked back-to-back batters to load the bases with one out. Dillon Harding swapped shortstop for the mound and came through with consecutive strikeouts, one looking and one swinging, somehow escaping the jam unscathed.
Momentum seemed to carry over into the bottom half of the inning. Curran got things started with a double into the bleachers in left and Jordan Paradis drew a walk. Harding (2-for-3) continued his heroics at the plate, lining a single to left, which slipped past the left fielder and allowed both runners to come home.
Falmouth appeared to be on the ropes, but the Clippers turned things around in the fifth. Harding loaded the bases with a walk and a pair of hit batters. Andrew DeBettencourt lined a double down the left field line, just out of the reach of third baseman David Floyd’s dive, for Falmouth’s first hit of the game.
A wild pitch brought in the tying run and Nicolas Gagnon singled to put Falmouth in front 4-3 with still no outs in the inning. Curran came in to relieve Harding and turned a double play on a bunt that was hit in the air right back to him. A groundout would finish that half of the fifth.
Trailing for the first time, North needed a response. The Rocketeers didn’t wait long. Bannon hit a towering fly ball that was misplayed and put the lead runner on. He also stole second after the throw down was dropped. Maceda tied the game by crushing a ball to right center, one-hopping the scoreboard that is deep in the outfield.
North regained the lead when Tyler DeMattio lined a sac fly to center. Curran kept swinging a hot bat, singling to center with one out and then stealing second. After a groundout, Harding had another big hit, curling a double that just eluded a great diving effort by the left fielder and making it 6-4.
“We’ve been down in a lot of similar situations this year, but we’re a family together, we’ve been playing ball for a long time, and when we get in a sticky situation we get together and just work through it,” Curran said.
Falmouth wasn’t going to go quietly. Connor Hennigan and Michael Matta singled to start the sixth. After back-to-back fly balls, Curran was on the verge of getting out of the inning, but Christopher Maseda smacked a line drive that appeared to tip off the top of Bannon’s glove as he tried to make the spectacular leaping grab. Curran got a strikeout to end the inning with a one-run lead intact.
“Dillon has been an excellent reliever for us,” Hart explained. “Danny has been a starter for us all season but we talked about him coming out of the bullpen in these situations, he’s been biding his time, and he has to be ready to go and he was.”
North got a break in its half of the sixth. With two outs, Maceda skied a fly ball on the infield. A miscommunication between the pitcher and first baseman allowed the ball to drop in for a hit. DeMattio (1-for-3, three RBI) made sure that the mistake hurt, as he drilled a two-run homer into the trees in left field, giving North critical insurance runs.
“Derek gets on with two outs on a dropped infield pop up and Tyler isn’t the person they want following a situation like that up,” said Hart. “He’s been nails all season, he’s been consistent, and we were pretty confident we’d get something going there.”
Curran admitted how much of a relief it was for him to see that find the bleachers. He said, “It was unbelievable. Tyler took so much stress off of me with those extra runs. It changes so many things.”
A double and a walk brought the tying run to the plate with just one out, but Curran caught Matta looking and then got a grounder to Floyd at third to seal a win that was anything but easy.
Curran said, “It’s a mental sport. You just have to stay on it every inning. Everyone has a part on this team. There wasn’t one person who did it. We all kept our chest high, our heads high and we got through it.”
“I can’t believe it,” Curran continued. “Final year of baseball and we’re going back to the Final Four. I can’t wait.”
North Attleboro (18-5) will face top seed Milton in the state semifinal at a date, time, and location to be determined.
The sixth-seeded Rocketeers blanked #3 Walpole, 3-0, on the campus of Bird Middle School, securing their spot in the Division 2 Final Four for the first time in program history. North previously reached this point back in 2014 when the state was formatted by sections, then in the Division 1 South Final.
Now in a statewide format, North is just one of four teams left in the state in Division 2 after junior Kelly Colleran tossed a shutout with 12 strikeouts, Mandi Hanewich clubbed four hits and scored two runs, and the Rocketeers handed the Timberwolves just their third loss of the season.
“I’m so happy for them, it’s so awesome,” said longtime North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace, who has been at the helm for 21 seasons over two stints. “They’ve done a great job, they’ve bought in, and it’s really fun. I need Lewis and Clark, I’ve never been this far.
“It’s been such a fun ride because I don’t think in our heart of hearts going into this season and even during the middle of the season, we were wondering if we could win three games in the tournament? But as the season has progressed, they believe they can beat anyone and that’s awesome. That’s all you want.”
The last time the program reached this point in the tournament, they fell behind in the first inning. This time, the Rocketeers got off to a great start with two runs in the top of the first inning, putting the pressure on the hosts.
Hanewich smacked a leadoff single and took second after a bunt from Ally Levine was misplayed in the infield. A wild pitch pushed both runners ahead and Hanewich came home to score as Levine beat the throw to third on an infield grounder from Zoey McDonough for a 1-0 lead just four at-bats into the game.
“That was huge,” Wallace said. “I will tell you…if Mandi Hanewich is not the best leadoff batter in the state, she’s gotta be in the top three. She just gets on and the best thing about her, she did a lot of that with two strikes. She takes that monster cut on the first pitch and then next thing you know, she’s driving it out, and she’s so fast out of the box.”
That set the stage for senior Shaelyn Burns, who took the first pitch she saw into right field for an RBI single and a quick 2-0 lead.
“Our team was super excited on the bench, I could definitely feel our confidence [rise],” Hanewich said. “We were all riled up and we were so excited all week getting ready for today. We just wanted to get on them early and we did. We’ve never done this in program history so this is awesome. It just means a lot for me because it’s my senior year, and I’m super excited.
Colleran allowed a one-out single to Walpole’s Susie McAdams but quickly got two outs, including her first strikeout, to escape without any further harm. And that’s just about how each of the next five innings went as well.
After a leadoff walk in the second and a sac bunt put a runner in scoring position, Colleran got another strikeout and then Burns made a terrific diving play at third on a bunt attempt for the third out. The junior right-handed pitcher struck out the six in the third, and retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, getting a pair of strikeouts in each of the latter two.
“I’ve said this all along…when you have two kids that can back-to-back and keep pounding the strike zone, throw 12, 14, 16 strikeouts a game…it’s really hard to scout for, it’s really hard to defend,” Wallace said of Colleran and McDonough, who started in North’s win earlier this week. “I’m sure they knew Kelly was going to pitch today, but having the second option can create doubt.”
Walpole freshman pitcher Sharlotte Stazinski settled down after the first, working around a two-out bunt from Hanewich in the second, and getting the Rocketeers in order in back-to-back innings in the third and fourth.
North’s offense once again got a big spark from Hanewich, who orchestrated the insurance run with a one-out single in the top of the fifth. An error moved both runners forward and an infield single from Colleran loaded the bases for the Big Red.
McDonough got under one and sent it deep enough to the outfield to allow the speedy Hanewich to race home to make it 3-0.
Hanewich also had a one-out double in the top of the seventh but was stranded at third.
Walpole finally snapped Colleran’s streak at 15 batters in a row retired as Catie Powderly gave the hosts some life with a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, the Timberwolves’ first hit since the first inning. To add to the drama, Norah Broderick followed with another single before Colleran got back-to-back strikeouts. An infield error loaded the bases and brought the winning run to the plate but Colleran induced a grounder to second where Maddie Bailey was able to knock it down, collect the ball, and fire to first for the final out.
“I knew the heart of the order was coming up but I knew if I just trusted what I had been doing all season I could get it done,” Colleran said. “And Maddie made a great play for us sticking with it.”
North Attleboro softball (17-6) will play the winner of #2 Tewksbury and #9 Somerset Berkley in the D2 Semifinals on a date and time to be announced, with a location to be determined. Tewksbury and S-B are set to play on Saturday night at 7:00.
The Hockomock League Championships were held at King Philip High this past weekend. Below are the team results and the top eight finishers for each event.
Boys Team Results
1. Mansfield – 108
2. North Attleboro – 99
3. Oliver Ames – 79
4. Stoughton – 71
5. King Philip – 68
6. Attleboro – 59
7. Milford – 55
8. Franklin – 50
9. Taunton – 38
10. Foxboro – 21
11. Canton – 10
12. Sharon – 5
1. Favor Ugah, Canton – 11.13
2. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 11.16
3. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 11.34
4. GJ Mualis, Taunton – 11.45
5. Chamberlain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 11.52
6. William Klawson, Franklin – 11.54
7. Andrew Jean-Louis, Taunton – 11.64
8. Myles Brown, Mansfield – 11.65
1. Dmitrius Shearrion, Taunton – 22.44
2. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – 22.82
3. William Klawson, Franklin – 23.03
4. Nate Kablik, Mansfield – 23.31
5. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 23.68
6. Aris Giatrakos, Stoughton – 23.78
7. Zyeem Charles, Attleboro – 23.88
8. Abraham Guir, North Attleboro – 23.96
1. Tyler Powderly, Franklin – 51.80
2. Sam Bush, North Attleboro – 51.92
3. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 52.06
4. Ben Parson, Milford – 53.05
5. Angel St. Marc, Taunton – 53.54
6. Michael Simonian, North Attleboro – 54.46
7. Stephen Haney, Foxboro – 54.51
8. Jake Vaccarezza, Franklin – 54.65
1. Noah Hurd, King Philip – 1:59.50
2. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 2:01.10
3. Talon Johnson, Mansfield – 2:06.12
4. Connor Kucich, Franklin – 2:07.10
5. Mark Butters, Milford – 2:09.05
6. Troy Penney, Mansfield – 2:09.82
7. Colin Mahoney, King Philip – 2:10.21
8. Michael Jennison, Attleboro – 2:10.22
1. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 4:24.29
2. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 4:30.79
3. Chris Leonard, Mansfield – 4:39.26
4. John Blouin, Attleboro – 4:41.42
5. Nick Olson, Foxboro – 4:43.69
6. Connor Peterson, North Attleboro – 4:48.86
7. Tyler Apicella, Franklin – 4:53.49
8. Riley Tremblay, Mansfield – 4:53.72
1. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 9:44.06
2. James Comisky, Milford – 9:54.67
3. Ethan Sylvia, Attleboro – 9:55.62
4. Alexander Pierce, Oliver Ames – 10:13.25
5. Sam Denis, Taunton – 10:23.38
6. Nathan Sylven, King Philip – 10:25.64
7. Ryan Andrews, King Philip – 10:43.10
8. Lee Casstevens, Attleboro – 10:45.66
1. William Tinkham, Stoughton – 15.28
2. Dylan Buchanan, Mansfield – 15.65
3. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 16.36
4. Alexander Gong, Sharon – 16.48
5. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 16.55
6. Kevin Smith, King Philip – 16.84
7. Dana Jonhnson, Mansfield – 16.88
8. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 18.71
1. Evan Rawlings, Mansfield – 57.68
2. Samuel Borst, Milford – 58.63
3. Jacob Blazek, Attleboro – 1:01.41
4. Aiden Castillo, Stoughton – 1:01.65
5. Brendan O’Leary, Franklin – 1:01.93
6. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 1:02.17
7. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 1:03.73
8. Jacob Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 1:04.18
1. Taunton (Jonathan Trinh, Andrew Jean-Louis, GJ Mualis, Dmitrius Shearrion) – 43.84
2. Mansfield (Myles Brown, Isaiah Kinds, Chamberlain Guthrie Jr., Nate Kablik) – 44.07
3. North Attleboro (Sam Bush, Michael Simonian, Jovany Rivera, Nathan Shultz) – 45.43
4. Franklin (Joshua Ribeiro, William Klawson, Luke Trinanes, William Kryzak) – 45.60
5. Foxboro (Derek Axon, Burnie Legette, Daniel O’Malley, Tjamael Sillah) – 45.87
6. Stoughton (Jalen Castillo, Aris Giatrakos, Tyler Noel, Jaylan Vaughn) – 45.92
7. Milford (Patrick Delaney, Taylor Feliciano, Shawn Pierece, Jarrett Brown) – 46.35
8. Attleboro (Zyeem Charles, Owens Raymond, Joshua Codella, Frans Estime) – 46.40
1. King Philip (Nathan Gebhard, Luca Giardini, Noah Hurd, Colin Mahoney) – 3:34.21
2. Stoughton (Cashmere Mathurin, Alex Huynh, Tommy Brennan, Michael Varnum) – 3:38.40
3. Mansfield (Thomas Guidicianni, Dylan Buchanan, Talon Johnson, Evan Rawlings) – 3:38.42
4. Franklin (Jake Vaccarezza, Fraser Baird, Connor Kucich, Tyler Powderly) – 3:41.04
5. Milford (Samuel Borst, Liam Delaney, Nick Simas, Ben Parson) – 3:45.88
6. Taunton (Az-Anael St. Marc, Jack Pawlowski, Seth Huber, Aiden Zamora) – 3:47.44
7. Attleboro (Billy Badger, Austin Bowie, Jacob Blazek, Ryan DiLisio) – 3:51.21
8. Oliver Ames (Christopher Gaskill, Kevin Droney, Alex Callanan, Jacob Nipoti) – 3:52.20
1. Oliver Ames (Owen McMorrow, Aidan Dupill, Brendan Thomas, Ryan Sarney) – 8:28.02
2. Mansfield (Marco Geminiani, Chris Leonard, Riley Tremblay, Collin Stevens) – 8:47.13
3. Stoughton (Tommy Brennan, Jack Barbato, Colin Ozturk, Aiden Castillo) – 8:52.38
4. King Philip (Nathan Sylven, Jeff Bourque, Eliot Davis, Peter Cataldo) – 8:54.83
5. Attleboro (Ethan Sylvia, John Blouin, John Pazimino, Sean Kaswale) – 8:56.30
6. North Attleboro (Evan Tino, Jason Drinan, Connor Peterson, Griffin Gouck) – 8:57.79
7. Franklin (Will Boozang, Tyler Apicella, Aidan Nisbett, Aidan Orr) – 9:02.11
8. Foxboro (Nicolas Olson, Brooks Stone, Marco Pacini, Jared Ciora) – 9:16.35
1. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 51-02.00
2. Marco Monterio, Milford – 48-03.50
3. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 46-09.00
4. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 46-06.00
5. Ryan O’Connor, Milford – 44-04.00
6. Sebastian Zerpa, Foxboro – 41-06.50
7. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 40.03.00
8. Thomas Laz, Stoughton – 39.07.00
1. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 142-01
2. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 128-08
3. Michael Gillespie, Franklin – 125-00
4. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 122-06
5. Marco Monteiro, Milford – 121-05
6. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 116-09
7. Charles Newcomb, Mansfield – 112-00
8. John Carey, Oliver Ames – 110-04
1. Ethan Gattoni, Attleboro – 162-02
2. Joe Caplan, Milford – 145-10
3. Mason Briggs, North Attleboro – 140-10
4. Stephen Doyon, North Attleboro – 134-04
5. Ryan Gleason, Attleboro – 131-00
6. Harrison Keen, Foxboro – 129-03
7. Tyler Duffin, Mansfield – 126-08
8. Andrew Jolie, Franklin – 126-01
1. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 6-00.00
2. Dylan Woods, King Philip – 5-10.00
3. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – J5-10.00
4. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 5-08.00
5. Tito Nwosu, Stoughton – J5-08.00
T6. Degen Granese, King Philip – J5-08.00
T6. Keagan Fletcher, King Philip – J5-08.00
8. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 5-06.00
1. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 24-06.00
2. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 22-11.00
3. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 22-07.00
4. Chamerblain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 21-08.25
5. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 21-06.50
6. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 20-11.50
7. Adrian Rivera, Attleboro – 20-10.25
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 20-02.50
1. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 44-10.50
2. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 43-04.00
3. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 43-01.00
4. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 41-05.00
5. Daniel O’Malley, Foxboro – 41-01.00
6. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 40-09.50
7. Aaron Levesque, North Attleboro – 40-05.50
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 40-02.50
Girls Team Results
1. Franklin – 131
2. Mansfield – 123
3. Oliver Ames – 82
4. Milford – 48
T5. King Philip – 46
T5. Sharon – 46
7. Canton – 44
8. Stoughton – 39.50
9. North Attleboro – 38
10. Taunton – 37
11. Attleboro – 18
12. Foxboro – 10.50
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 12.34
2. Talya DeGraw, Canton – 12.78
3. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 12.83
4. Chloe Guthrie, Mansfield – 12.86
5. Abigail Scott, Mansfield – 12.86
6. Amelia Andre, Oliver Ames – 13.16
7. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 13.23
8. Meagan Dowd, North Attleboro – 13.41
1. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 26.05
2. Anna Darlington, Mansfield – 26.12
3. Chloe Guthrie, Mansfield – 26.72
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 26.84
5. Kiley Hanlon, Canton – 27.09
6. Syriah McCruse, Canton – 27.31
7. Meghan Driscoll, Mansfield – 27.384
8. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 27.39
1. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 58.74
2. Anna Darlington, Mansfield – 58.88
3. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – 1:02.36
4. Isla Thompson, Attleboro – 1:02.58
5. Sophia Cuneo, Franklin – 1:02.99
6. Maren Halpin, Milford – 1:03.09
7. Gabby Peniche, Milford – 1:03.12
8. Julie Richardson, Milford – 1:03.68
1. Caelen O’Leary, Taunton – 2:22.85
2. Jenna Gilman, Oliver Ames – 2:22.91
3. Katie Miller, Mansfield – 2:25.64
4. Taegen Hodges, Oliver Ames – 2:30.53
5. Molly Capece, Oliver Ames – 2:31.54
6. Alex Alvarado, Franklin – 2:31.97
7. Elaine McCarty, Stoughton – 2:32.73
8. Katie Barrow, Franklin – 2:36.06
1. Katie Sobieraj, Oliver Ames – 5:07.48
2. Emersyn DePonte, Taunton – 5:26.08
3. Charlene Peng, Franklin – 5:26.45
4. Emilia Smith, Attleboro – 5:29.11
5. Norah Puleo, Mansfield – 5:30.07
6. Dani Lomuscio, King Philip – 5:30.91
7. Hannah Dupill, Oliver Ames – 5:33.03
8. Meghan Johnson, Mansfield – 5:33.92
1. Daphen Theiler, Sharon – 11:32.11
2. Johanna Holmes, Oliver Ames – 11:37.78
3. Anna Moore, Mansfield – 11:53.15
4. Alexandra Batla, Franklin – 11:55.45
5. Katelyn Buban, King Philip – 12:33.95
6. Annie Reilly, Oliver Ames – 12:50.71
7. Madeline Stewart, Oliver Ames – 12:51.19
8. Emily Matteson, Franklin – 13:00.84
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 15.47
2. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 16.54
3. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16.66
4. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 16.87
5. Emma Tran, Stoughton – 17.29
6. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 17.60
7. Julia Pike, Mansfield – 17.65
8. Barra Pfluke, Franklin – 18.29
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 1:06.43
2. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 1:08.95
3. Riley Fitzpatrick, Franklin – 1:12.00
4. Sydney O’Connor, North Attleboro – 1:13.27
5. Ella Chandaria, Franklin – 1:13.46
6. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – 1:14.42
7. Frankie Smith, Mansfield – 1:15.08
8. Olivia Nau, Sharon – 1:15.68
1. Canton (Syriah McCruse, Talya Degraw, Katherine Oliver, Kiley Hanlon) – 49.94
2. Mansfield (Abigail Scott, Meghan Driscoll, Danni Cuzzi, Chloe Guthrie) – 50.29
3. Oliver Ames (Grace Okocha, Julia Maclaine, Ella McDonough, Amelia Andre) – 50.96
4. North Attleboro (Chidera Agbanari, Marissa Daley, Meagan Dowd, Kadence Peri) – 52.65
5. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Finerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 52.70
6. Foxboro (Delia Fitzgerald, Chloe Davies, Erin Foley, Camryn Collins) – 53.13
7. King Philip (Hannah Doherty, Madeline Hill, Sarah Glaser, Heidi Lawrence) – 54.74
8. Milford (Jenna Mastroianni, Caleigh Wilson, Abby Annantunio, Brooke Ferreira) – 55.31
1. Mansfield (Brooke Penney, Noah Puleo, Caitlin Dumouchel, Anna Darlington) – 4:15.84
2. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Fenerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 4:16.26
3. Taunton (Nia Mainer-Smith, Phylicia Dias, Ava Uhl, Caelen O’Leary) – 4:16.96
4. Stoughton (Elaine McCarty, Katherine Giroux, Crystal Sarblah, Julie Richardson) – 4:27.12
5. Oliver Ames (Bridget Hughes, Molly Capece, Sarah Hilliard, Jamie Weeks) – 4:31.73
6. Canton (Thalia Weaver, Caira McKinney, Brianna Rosebrugh, Lianna Camille) – 4:34.85
7. Milford (Kay Wheelock, Aubrey Korpi, Gabby Peniche, Maren Halpin) – 4:39.76
8. North Attleboro (Haley Carr, Sydney O’Connor, Kadence Peri, Julia Puccio) – 4:41.98
1. Oliver Ames (Emily Meyers, Johanna Holmes, Katie Sobieraj, Jenna Gilman) – 9:56.42
2. Franklin (Meghan Griffith, Lainey Costa, Ella McLaughlin, Allison Powderly) – 10:10.78
3. Sharon (Daphne Theiler, Sierra Robison, Eva Olszewski, Samantha Connors) – 10:50.29
4. Mansfield (Katherine Miller, Anna Moore, Meghan Johnston, Carmella Simonelli) – 10:50.89
5. North Attleboro (Marta Botelho, Katie Galgoczy, Marianna Lameiras, Harper Sweeney) – 10:59.19
6. Taunton (Emersyn DePonte, Falynn Faria, Colby Dunham, Quinlan Kelly) – 11:09.78
7. Canton (Tema Mazonson, Sarah Dempster, Rose Giglio, Corinne Campbell) – 11:33.01
8. King Philip (Kate Buban, Maya Evans, Bridget Swezey, Samantha D’Avignon) – 11:35.93
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 34-11.00
2. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 33-01.00
3. Katherine O’Neil, King Philip – 32-11.00
4. Caitlin Garrahy, Mansfield – 32-06.50
5. Hannah Crocker, King Philip – 31-07.00
6. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 30-04.50
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 29-04.50
8. Emma Massih, Canton – 28-07.50
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 112-02
2. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 91-05
3. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 90-08
4. Carmela Brown, Stoughton – 89-06
5. Emma Massih, Canton – 88-02
6. Megan Burns, North Attleboro – 87-10
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 83-02
8. Laure Lorenzen, Sharon – 79-10
1. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 134-05
2. Elayna Marinelli, Attleboro – 115-03
3. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 111-11
4. Abby Camelio, North Attleboro – 109-09
5. Evalysse Pierce, Milford – 98-02
T6. Grace Preston, Foxboro – 96-05
T6. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 96-05
8. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 96-02
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 4-10.00
T2. Jill Fenerty, Franklin – 4-08.00
T2. Marta Botelho, North Attleboro – 4-08.00
T4. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
T4. Kyra McSweeney, Franklin – J4-08.00
T4. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
7. Addie Ruter, Foxboro – J4-08.00
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 17-11.75
2. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 17-08.50
3. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 17-04.00
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 16-10.25
5. Ashley Kirley, Mansfield – 16-06.75
6. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16-04.75
7. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 16-03.50
8. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 15-08.75
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 37-02.00
2. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 34-10.50
3. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 35-01.75
4. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 34-06.50
5. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 33-08.25
6. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 33-07.00
7. Marissa Daley, North Attleboro – 33-00.50
8. Anna Cliff, Franklin – 32-03.00
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2022 Hockomock Boys Lacrosse Preview
2021 Record: 3-11
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Kevin Patton
Attleboro had some growing pains during the 2021 campaign, but has a good chunk of the roster back in the fold for 2022 and will try to take the next step forward as a program.
The Bombardiers will have a strong foundation on the defensive end of the field. Captain Fred Wheaton is back for another year to anchor the defense and he’s joined by fellow returners Bobby Sawyer and John Wheaton to give Attleboro a solid veteran nucleus to try and shut down some of the top offenses in the league. Attleboro also has sophomore Harry Wheaton back in net after gaining valuable experience in the cage in 2021.
Having last year’s top scorer in Carter Shelton back in the fold will give the Bombardiers a good start in the attack. Shelton scored 30 goals and had 15 assists, finishing 12th in the Hock in scoring. Captain Keigan Conley is also back to bolster the attack, coming off a 22 goal, 10 assist campaign a year ago. Freshman Nathan Conroy is also in the mix already in the attack.
Attleboro’s midfield will be anchored by captain Ryan Betts along with Chad Beaupin and Seth LaPlace. The Bombardiers also expect contributions from Cole McKenna, Patrick McAvoy, and Spencer Scherck.
“We have a lot of returning guys that picked up valuable varsity experience last season,” said Attleboro head coach Kevin Patton. “We are looking forward to a strong season in 2022.”
2021 Record: 14-2
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Semifinal
Coach: Ryan Quinn
Canton split its two games with Foxboro to win a share of the Davenport title in 2021, just the third league title in program history and were an overtime goal away from reaching the Div. 2 South final. The Bulldogs have a lot of experience in the attack and the midfield this season with the goal of putting in another challenge for the league crown and putting together another state tournament push.
The Bulldogs had a dynamic attack last spring and the league’s leading scorer Sam Carlino headlines a strong group this season as well. Junior Jeff Chaput joins Carlino in the attack and the midfield group is filled with experience from last season. Sophomore Brendan Tourgee, juniors AJ Thomas and Chris Hamilton, senior Eddie Gillis, and Charlie Vaughn will all give Canton playmaking at the middie position.
Defensively, Canton will definitely miss graduated goalie Dylan Coyne but the Bulldogs have a talented group of poles that should be tough to score against this season. Senior Sean Connolly will lead that defensive group alongside sophomores Luke Darling and Colin Blake.
“I am really excited about this upcoming season,” said second-year coach Ryan Quinn. “Our student-athletes have been working hard to build on our success from last season, but are very aware that everything we achieve is based upon the work we put in this year, every day. We are led by a small, but strong senior class, and have depth across all four grades levels. This group is a very coachable group and we are very excited to begin”
2021 Record: 11-4
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Central/East Quarterfinal
Coach: Matt Noone
After graduating just two seniors from last year’s team, Foxboro is back with a strong lineup that will look to reclaim the Davenport title that it shared with Canton in 2021. The Warriors will have depth up and down the field with the goal of not only returning to the top of the division but also being ready for a deep run in the statewide tournament.
Foxboro’s attack is all back from last season. The Warriors finished third in goals scored in the league in 2021 and a year’s worth of experience should make them even more dynamic. Junior Conor Noone was the league’s third-leading scorer last season and he will lead the line again alongside sophomore Lincoln Moore, coming off a breakout rookie campaign, and senior Jack Avery. Senior Tommy Sharkey was an all-star middie last season and he will be joined by junior Finn Stapleton and sophomore Tony Sulham, another player who made a strong varsity debut as a freshman.
Depth should be a strength for the Warriors, who return their second midfield group as well, including sophomores Sully Kenneally, Ryan Cotter, and Ian Foley. Foxboro’s defense is returning as a group too. Seniors Dylan Kerrigan and Ben Ricketts are the leaders at the back and will be joined by classmate Mark Jansen. Senior Matt Grace will start at LSM with sophomore Jack Sullivan backing him up. Sophomore Adam Addeche is back in goal, backed up by classmate Nate Urman, and freshman midfielder John Sacchetti and defender James Dee Gaffney are newcomers with potential.
“The Warriors graduated two seniors and return the core of their team,” said Foxboro coach Matt Noone. “Everyone is a year older with varsity experience which will help us in our 2022 push.”
2021 Record: 18-1
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South Final
Coach: Lou Verrochi
After reaching the program’s first sectional final in 2021, Franklin brings a typically strong lineup of experienced players who will be aiming to make a run in the new statewide tournament. The Panthers have loaded up their regular season schedule to prepare for the rigors of the tournament with state powers Medfield, Lincoln-Sudbury, and St. John’s Prep among the teams that Franklin will challenge itself against to be ready to shoot for silverware this spring.
Franklin’s attack scored more than 300 goals in 19 games last season and should be just as dynamic this year with junior All-American Luke Davis joined by classmate Jayden Consigli, who were both in the top five in scoring in the league in 2021. Junior Tyler Sacchetti will be the third member of the attacking crew. Sophomore Drew Hansen and Ed O’Brien and junior John Walshe will make up the first midfield. Junior Justin Alexander was one of the best face-off middies in the state last year and the Panthers will be counting on him to control possessions again this season.
Senior Kyle Palmieri will lead the defensive group, which should once again be a challenge for the opposition to score against. Junior Ben Harvey and senior Billy Gardner will also be key players at close defense. Sophomore goalie Matt Corvi will step into the cage this spring and has the potential to be a standout.
“Once again, we will have a very competitive team this spring with a very tough schedule,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi.
2021 Record: 9-5
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Hal Bean
With more than a dozen players back in the fold from last year, King Philip is looking to take another step forward after posting a 9-5 record last year.
The Warriors have key pieces in the lineup all over the field, starting with senior goalie James Boldy. Boldy had a great campaign a season ago and will be among the top goalies in the league this year. He will work with fellow senior captain Will Weiblen and senior Shaun Fitzpatrick as the anchors of the King Philip defense.
There is a strong core of midfielders back in the mix this year, starting with returning faceoff specialist Thomas Brewster. He will be joined by a very experienced group that features seniors Ben Riggs, Sean McCarthy, Andrew Longobardi, Nolan Feyler,
Brayden Thompson, John Campbell, and Ian Hill, along with sophomore standout Noah Minkwitz. Riggs (31 points last year) will be one of the most dangerous two-way players in the league but KP has a lot of depth in the position.
Offensively, King Philip has Sean Crowther back in the fold, who was just one of six Hock players to reach the 40-goal mark on the season. He’s joined by Kip Bishop and Colin Lightbody, who both registered 19 points a year ago, as well as Colin Gillis and sophomore Donovan DeVellis.
“King Philip boys lacrosse expects to compete in every game and anticipates a productive season and playoff run,” said KP head coach Hal Bean “We all are looking forward to a fun season!”
2021 Record: 6-8
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round
Coach: Tim Frias
With a handful of young faces fighting for spots in the lineup, Mansfield is hoping to pick up valuable experience early and make a late charge for a spot in the state tournament.
The Hornets do have some experience on the defensive side of the ball with Ryan DeGirolamo starting in the cage and senior captains Zander Holmes and Mark DiGirolamo patrolling the space in front of him. Mansfield has a handful of young poles that will be in the mix including Liam Barry, Patrick Gormley, Nolan Bordieri, and James DeGirolamo.
The group of upperclassmen will make up the majority of the field with senior Dash Munson joining a trio of talented juniors in Grady Sullivan, Drew Sacco, and Cody Gordon. The Hornets have a lot of young players looking to find spots in the midfield and lineup and general, and new names that could contribute early on include Aidan Steele, Jake Feinberg, and Liam Steele.
In the attack, senior Jack Roberts will be accompanied by a pair of sophomores in Tommy Smith and Andrew Burnham.
2021 Record: 2-11
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Austin Costa
Under the guidance of new head coach Austin Costa, the Scarlet Hawks are aiming to show improvement throughout the season and set the program on an upward trajectory.
There is a strong mix of veteran leadership and new faces eager to find a spot in the lineup for Costa and the Scarlet Hawks this season. Senior captain Eric Landry is set to be the leader on the defensive end, and his experience will be key as Milford tries to fend off some lethal offenses. Landry will be joined by Brian Goncalves and junior Nick Casilli, both returners for the Scarlet Hawks. Defensive experience will be key as the Hawks turn to Alex McGuire for his varsity debut in the cage.
Offensively, look for veterans Jacob Ligor and Eric Farrell to be major contributors for the Scarlet Hawks. Both have a good amount of experience playing at this level and know what it takes to compete in the Hockomock League. Other returners for Milford include Kyle Donelan, Shawn O’Donnell, and Ronn Swineford while freshmen Alex Maietta and Jayden Martins have impressed early on and could be key contributors right away.
2021 Record: 7-8
2021 Finish: Reached Div. 2 Central/East Quarterfinal
Coach: Kevin Young
North Attleboro finished in a tie for third in the Davenport division last year and had an impressive playoff win over Belmont before being beaten by sectional finalist Medfield. The Rocketeers only graduated two players from last season’s team, so Big Red comes into the spring with big expectations of competing for a first league title since 2017 and being a threat in the state tournament.
The North attack should be an area of strength this season with seniors Matt Antonetti, Connor Ruppert, and Clayton Billingkoff all back up top. Antonetti led the team with 57 points in 2021. Juniors Jack Regan and Luke Ward have both had strong preseasons, while freshmen Ethan Gustafson and Brady Brackner could be poised for breakout debuts. Senior Jared Vacher will do his best to get as many possessions as possible for the North attack by winning draws.
North’s defense has plenty of experience as well. Senior Max Hobbs, Anthony Ferro, and James Brennan will get plenty of help from sophomore Connor Rajotte and junior LSM Julian House. The Rocketeers can also count on two experienced goalies with senior Ethan McGrath and junior JT Gallagher both back in the cage this spring.
“We know the Hockomock will be strong this year,” said North coach Kevin Young. “I am excited to watch this group compete and grow as a team.”
2021 Record: 3-11
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Ben Devlin
Oliver Ames coach Ben Devlin stepped down after last season, but he was convinced to come back this spring to lead a young Tigers team. Twenty-four of the 34 players in the program this year are either freshmen or sophomores, so OA will be counting on younger players to step up across the field and Devlin is excited about the promise he sees during the preseason.
Senior midfielder Wyatt Fritchman and junior attacker Ben Reardon will be the leaders on offense. Fritchman was second on the team in scoring last year and Reardon went on a run of nine goals in the final three games of his sophomore season. Senior Wes Tower is back to run things in the midfield and sophomores Ryan Jaco and Alex McAndrew have the potential to find the back of the net.
On the other end of the field, senior Cam Tower has been converted to LSM this season. The other poles will be led by junior Jake Manthous, who also was in charge of the face-offs last year, and sophomore Landon Grothe. Junior Noah Isleib returns in goal to keep things organized on defense and sophomore Ethan St. Jean will be his backup.
“Despite being much younger, we are looking to improve on last year’s results and continue building the program,” said Devlin. “We expect to have some growing pains early in the season, but look to improve as the younger players get experience and develop their game during the season. It’s never easy to rebuild in a talented league like the Hock. There aren’t any easy games as every team is talented and well-coached…but we are setting our sights on winning enough games to reach the postseason.”
2021 Record: 9-6
2021 Finish: Missed postseason
Coach: Jon Shocket
Sharon has a solid core back from last year’s nine-win team but without any juniors on the squad, there will be a lot of young players in the lineup with most getting their first taste of varsity lacrosse.
With over a half dozen seniors on the roster, head coach Jon Shocket will lean heavily on their veteran leadership and experience as the new players get integrated into the lineup and acclimated with the speed of the high school game. The senior trio of Ben Shocket, Brady Daylor, and Ryan Zunenshine are this year’s captains.
The other seniors on the team include Jace Nestler, Matt Mahoney, James Lillenfeld, and Chance Hanah, and all four will be vital as the Eagles make a push for the postseason. There are four freshmen already in the lineup including Matt Powers in net, Jordan Burke at attack, and Zach Bernstein and Ben Goldberg at defense. Sophomores Gabe Korn, Ryan Brown, Jacob Kaufman, and Ronin Widland will also be in the mix for the Eagles.
“I hope to get a lot of growth from our team as we get more experience,” Shocket said.