Late Goal Gives Walpole Win Over Oliver Ames

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Oliver Ames’ Haendel Louhis dribbles the ball into the attacking third against Walpole. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – For the past two seasons, Oliver Ames has been responsible for ending Walpole’s season.

The Rebels reversed the roles in 2018.

#11 Walpole scored the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, leading to a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded Oliver Ames.

Two seasons ago, the Tigers upset Walpole with a dominate performance. And last year, OA’s James Gillespie scored in double overtime to send the Rebels home.

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This time around, it was Walpole’s Aidan Murray that pounced on a loose ball in a scrum off a corner kick in the final minutes of the game for the game-winner.

“We have a little history with them, [in the tournament], they got us last year so this was kind of sweet here,” said Walpole head coach Lee Delaney. “I thought the turning point of the game was the save on the PK. The next goal in the game was going to be a big one so that was a huge save. I thought we really took it too them, had a lot of dangerous chances in the box where we just couldn’t find someone’s foot. [OA] is a good club, I know they are young. I knew it would be a toss up game, OA is always a great match but I’m glad we’re on this side this time.

“We have a couple of set plays on corners and you hope to convert them but it takes great execution. Sometimes it just takes a second ball in a scrum. It’s kind of how we lost last year, we cleared it off our own guy and it went right to their guy and he knocked it in.”

The late goal didn’t allow the Tigers much time to orchestrate an attack to try and tie the game. For OA head coach John Barata, the game should have still been tied because of a missed call.

“They were horrendous…both hand balls, knocked down and they finished…the refs didn’t call either so it was frustrating for sure,” Barata said. “They came here with a mission to play us off the ball, thump everything forward as direct as possible and go at us. I think the young guys got a little bit of a lesson that they’ll take with them. We have a good amount of kids back so they’ll learn from this.

“I thought the game was very back and forth, which is what we expected from Walpole. It’s a tough match, it’s tough to lose anytime. I think Walpole will give a lot of teams a run for their money.”

It was a back-and-forth start with both sides venturing into the attack third. OA keeper Jacob Lerman easily handled a Walpole shot from distance early and OA’s Haendel Louhis had a pair of chances go just wide, a shot from the top of the box in the 9th minute, and a header off a throw from Andrew Leite.

Oliver Ames broke through in the 27th minute. After senior Sean Flaherty was fouled at the top of the area, sophomore Colin Milliken stepped up and hit a well-struck free kick to give the Tigers the lead. Milliken hit his right footed shot up and over the wall, freezing the keeper on the line for a 1-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last long though as Walpole scored just over a minute later to level the game. Walpole sent a corner in and Lerman made a nice stop on the first bid but the rebound fell to Daniel Colbert and he buried it.

“That’s the tough point, that’s one of the maturing factors we talk about all the time,” Barata said of giving up a quick equalizer. “The sad part was that it was the same exact thing, on a corner kick, we know what they’re trying to do. To give it up a minute a half later is tough but that’s the M.O. of a young team and we’ve done that a couple of times this year.”

In the second half, Walpole came out flying and applied a lot of pressure over the first 15 minutes. The best chance fell to the feet of Rebels’ senior Conor McDonough. McDonough took down a ball over the top and had a one-on-one chance against Lerman but the OA keeper came up and was position perfectly to knock the bid aside.

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Oliver Ames had a golden chance to take the lead midway through the second half but were denied by Walpole keeper Dennis Crowley. OA sophomore Kevin Louhis used his speed to get past a defender and into the area but was brought down and the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick. Flaherty hit a low shot to the right side but Crowley made a diving save to keep the ball out and keep the game tied 1-1.

“Their keeper made a good save, so there’s nothing wrong there,” Barata said. “We dominated the rest of the game from that point. They took it to us the first 10 minutes of the second half, they came flying at us. They made some adjustments and gave us some problems initially. Once we settled in, we got the PK, everything was in our favor…but then it was just a bad call, I just can’t hold back on it. It was a horrible no call on the goal. Just didn’t feel fair to end the game like that. But Walpole is a very good team, a lot of seniors, they work their bollocks off so I have a ton of respect for their boys/

Oliver Ames boys soccer finishes the season 8-4-5.

Tigers Sweep Aside Durfee to Advance in Tournament

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Oliver Ames senior libero Sadie Homer had 25 digs, helping the Tigers earn a convincing sweep of Durfee in the opening round of the state tournament. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Oliver Ames hosted a playoff game in the William F. Nixon Gym for the first time on Thursday night and the Tigers used the energy from the home court and the home crowd to jump all over visiting Durfee in the opening round of the state tournament.

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OA started strongly and never looked back, beating the Hilltoppers in three sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-6) to advance into the Div. 1 South quarterfinal.

“They were hungry today,” said Oliver Ames coach Chelsea Cunningham. “The fact that they knew today that if they didn’t give 100 percent then it was going to be over and that clicked definitely for the seniors and it just ricocheted down.”

“Energy-level,” said senior libero Sadie Homer when asked about what made the difference in the win. “We bounced back when we lost a point and even when we were five points ahead, we were ready to go.”

The Tigers wasted no time taking control of the first set, using its strong defense and taking advantage of Durfee’s struggles keeping the ball in play to build a 14-7 lead. OA showed off its balance in attack as well, with junior setter Allie Kemp (31 assists) spreading the ball around to several hitters. Caitlin Cavanaugh (10 kills) had two kills in the opening stretch and Mary Davenport had one.

Following a Durfee timeout, Grace McCallum had an ace, Jordan Bosse had the first of her 10 kills, and Jordan Vella had a strong hit to stymie the visitors’ momentum. Durfee got as close as five points at 18-13 but OA kept responding. Davenport finished a long rally with a quick hit from the middle and Jackie Raymond got involved with a kill.

“At the beginning of the season,” Cunningham said, “one of the previews said we were one of the most balanced teams. It’s nice to know that it’s evenly-matched, where kids will compete and I’m always looking for any competitor.”

The key to the OA attack was Kemp, who found the right pass even when she was running away from the net and managed to bump it into the right spot for Cavanaugh or Bosse to finish the play.

“She’s my No. 1,” said Cunningham about Kemp. “She’s light on her feet, she’s quick to the ball and she never gives up. We wouldn’t have the balanced offense without her.”

The Tigers jumped in front again in the second set with Bosse getting them back in front with a kill, back-to-back Cavanaugh kills extending the lead and then a Bosse ace making it 9-5. A Davenport block quickly ended a Durfee rally, but the Hilltoppers did make it close with a 7-2 run that cut the lead to just 15-14.

“We just had to do what we normally do and not choke up because that’s one of our biggest things is choke up and get tense,” said Homer about bouncing back from the Durfee rally. “We just were like let’s have fun.”

OA grabbed a stranglehold on the match with a 10-2 run to close out the second set. Vella had an ace, Bosse had a pair of kills, and the set was closed out by Caroline Flynn’s lone kill of the match.

The third set turned out to be a rout, as OA pulled away for a 25-6 win. Ryley McNeeley came off the bench to record back-to-back aces, Raymond had two kills and an ace, and Cavanaugh had four kills in the set.

On match point, Homer was able to scramble to send across a third hit near the far sideline that couldn’t be returned by the Hilltoppers. It was the only kill of the match for the senior libero, who recorded 25 digs and led the strong defensive effort from the Tigers.

“She’s that person that says you beat me this time, but now I’ll beat you the next 10 times and that’s the feistiness, that’s the fire this team needs and when she’s on our team just lights up,” Cunningham said of Homer. “They’re feeding off her.”

It was a dominating win for Oliver Ames (14-7), which now gets to take the long bus ride down the Cape to face perennial power and No. 1 seed Barnstable on Monday night. It is a considerable challenge, but the Homer recognized that it was a considerable opportunity as well.

“Franklin gave us a good challenge, so I feel like we can take what they gave us and just use that to influence our game,” said Homer. “I know if we stick together than we’re not afraid of anything, we’re just going to play. Knowing it’s playoff we’re just going to have fun with it.”

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Hockomock Cross Country Championship Results 2018

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King Philip junior Mike Griffin won the boys’ varsity race at the annual Hockomock Cross Country Championship at the Wrentham Development Center. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

The Hockomock League held its annual cross country championships on Sunday morning at the Wrentham Development Center. Below are Hockomock cross country championship team and individual results.

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Boys

Team Results
1. Franklin – 38
2. Mansfield – 41
3. King Philip – 109
4. Milford – 124
5. Sharon – 142
6. Oliver Ames – 157
7. Taunton – 191
8. North Attleboro – 195
9. Attleboro – 208
10. Foxboro – 286
11. Canton – 302
12. Stoughton – 369

Individual Results
1. Michael Griffin, King Philip – 15:54.67
2. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 15:55.00
3. Nicholas Calitri, Franklin – 16:15.56
4. Jason Windvogel, Mansfield – 16:26.14
5. Mike Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:29.48
6. Michael Hagen, Franklin – 16:35.98
7. Alexander Starovoytov, Sharon – 16:36.23
8. Michael Norberg, King Philip – 16:38.50
9. Patrick Heavey, Mansfield – 16:39.59
10. Paxton Howard, Mansfield – 16:45.32
11. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 16:49.25
12. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 16:55.98
13. Cullen Lancaster, Mansfield – 17:00.61
14. Eric DeLorenzo, King Philip – 17:06.14
15. Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:07.88
16. Jake McCann-Tiede, Franklin – 17:10.00
17. Julian Dixon, North Attleboro – 17:10.24
18. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 17:12.03
19. Kyle Sarney, Oliver Ames – 17:14.00
20. Anthony DiStauro, Milford – 17:15.00
21. Mitchell Regan, Franklin – 17:16.00
22. Maxwell Manor, Milford – 17:17.00
23. Ryan Proulx, Foxboro – 17:17.64
24. Miguel Torres, Milford – 17:21.04
25. Liam Monahan, North Attleboro – 17:21.42
26. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 17:21.64
27. Brendan O’Shaughnessy, Milford – 17:28.54
28. Daniel Barrow, Franklin – 17:30.24
29. Peter Sullivan, Mansfield – 17:30.51
30. Ty Cali, Taunton – 17:33.36
31. Gianni Panno, Milford – 17:37.26
32. Sam Donnellan, Mansfield – 17:37.81
33. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 17:41.20
34. Bradley Weiss, Sharon – 17:41.55
35. Chris Berthrong, Milford – 17:43.00
36. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 17:46.00
37. Ryan Goldman, Franklin – 17:47.00
38. David Fiedorczyk, Oliver Ames – 17:49.00
39. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 17:50.00
40. Liam Walker, Attleboro – 17:50.38
41. Dan Botte, King Philip – 17:50.88
42. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 17:51.00
43. Siddharth Reddy, Sharon – 17:51.63
44. Kanishka Sethi, Sharon – 17:52.33
45. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 17:52.76
46. Francis Wenner, Attleboro – 17:53.37
47. Ryan Connor, King Philip – 17:54.66
48. Kyle Downing, Canton – 17:59.00
49. Alex Ramirez, Oliver Ames – 18:00.00
50. Colin Rahaman, Stoughton – 18:03.00

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51. Jared Osofsky, Sharon – 18:07.00
52. Alexander Hagen, King Philip – 18:12.00
53. Matthew Shumway, Franklin – 18:14.00
54. Nick Raffa, Attleboro – 18:16.23
55. Thomas Flood, North Attleboro – 18:17.00
56. Damian Geltrude, Attleboro – 18:19.57
57. Gabriel Pardo Cota, Milford – 18:21.67
58. Justin Miller, Mansfield – 18:22.08
59. Ryan Strawbridge, Taunton – 18:24.51
60. Matthew Letourneau, Taunton – 18:25.00
61. Joshua Smith, King Philip – 18:25.50
62. Christopher Galligan, North Attleboro – 18:25.77
63. Trevor Flint, Mansfield – 18:25.99
64. Matthew Andrews, King Philip – 18:27.00
65. Mark Starovoytov, Sharon – 18:28.00
66. Brendan Lemieux, King Philip – 18:31.50
67. Ryan Kelley, Milford – 18:33.00
68. James Kong, Sharon – 18:34.00
69. Mike Peel, Mansfield – 18:35.00
70. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 18:36.00
71. Ben Giffen, Mansfield – 18:38.00
72. Jack Hernon, Canton – 18:41.00
73. Sean Marshall, Attleboro – 18:43.00
74. Shea Duffy, King Philip – 18:46.00
75. Patrick Piscitelli, Foxboro – 18:47.00
76. Cooper Ross, Franklin – 18:47.80
77. Nate Palter, Foxboro – 18:49.00
78. Paxton Downs, Foxboro – 18:51.38
79. Noah Wieland, Sharon – 18:52.00
80. Neil Bowie, Attleboro – 18:57.11
81. Skyler Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:57.56
82. Lucas DeSousa, Taunton – 18:58.00
83. Casey Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:59.00
84. Nipoti Jacob, Oliver Ames – 18:59.50
85. Gavin Kelley, Taunton – 19:00.00
86. Sam Pollack, Foxboro – 19:02.00
87. Liam Bennett, Milford – 19:03.00
88. Andrew Waldorf, Oliver Ames – 19:06.00
89. Tyler Comeau, Foxboro – 19:07.00
90. Aayush Patel, Milford – 19:10.00
91. Zachary Martin, Attleboro – 19:15.00
92. Joey Looney, Oliver Ames – 19:15.50
93. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:15.50
94. Wyatt Fritchman, Oliver Ames – 19:19.00
95. Trey Lawson, Foxboro – 19:31.00
96. Patrick Ibarra, Attleboro – 19:31.00
97. Avery Evan, Oliver Ames – 19:34.00
98. Joshua Tiews, Attleboro – 19:47.00
99. Ryan Carney, Canton – 19:49.53
100. Michael Henriques, Stoughton – 20:00.84
101. Elias Jabbour, Canton – 20:07.00
102. James Vo, Canton – 20:11.00
103. Brendan Gallagher, Stoughton – 20:20.92
104. Sebastian Malek, Stoughton – 20:26.91
105. Kyle Wanless, Canton – 20:38.12
106. Sohil Apte, Canton – 20:42.47
107. Ethan Freedman, Stoughton – 20:50.95
108. Sawyer Julier-Albert, Canton – 21:09.00
109. Joshua McNamara, Stoughton – 21:12.00
110. Robert Currier, Stoughton – 21:23.00
111. Marcos Amado, Stoughton – 21:33.00
112. Gabriel Arroyo, Stoughton – 21:45.56
113. Timothy Gallerani, Taunton – 21:55.00
114. Brad Russo, Stoughton – 21:58.93

Girls

Team Results
1. Mansfield – 79
2. King Philip – 97
3. Franklin – 102
4. Foxboro – 114
5. Attleboro – 131
6. North Attleboro – 134
7. Oliver Ames – 137
8. Taunton – 141
9. Sharon – 180
10. Milford – 254
11. Canton – 332

Individual Results
1. Lexi Quinn, Foxboro – 19:17
2. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 19:32
3. Tessa Lancaster, Mansfield – 19:42
4. Maya Evans, King Philip – 19:51
5. Margaret Riley, Mansfield – 19:57
6. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 19:58
7. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 20:04
8. Meghan Reardon, Oliver Ames – 20:06
9. Katrina Walbert, Franklin – 20:09
10. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 20:22
11. Lindsey Nelson, Foxboro – 20:34
12. Ryenn Hart, King Philip – 20:35
13. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 20:36
14. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 20:45
15. Julia Fenerty, Franklin – 20:48
16. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 20:52
17. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 20:56
18. Stephanie Hawkins, North Attleboro – 20:59
19. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 21:01
20. Brinly Meelia, Mansfield – 21:05
21. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 21:19
22. Sarah Giuliano, Franklin – 21:21
23. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 21:22
24. Isabelle Crocker, King Philip – 21:27
25. Mackenzie Wildrick, Attleboro – 21:28
26. Shea Jamieson, Attleboro – 21:29
27. Abigail Simmons, King Philip – 21:30
28. Kaleigh Walsh, Oliver Ames – 21:32
29. Catherine Hanewich, North Attleboro – 21:34
30. Sydnee Hyacinthe, Stoughton – 21:37
31. Meg Sherwood, King Philip – 21:37.50
32. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 21:42
33. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 21:43
34. Shruti Srinivasan, North Attleboro – 21:43.50
35. Madison Bettencourt, Taunton – 21:44
36. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 21:45
37. Dayna Aubin, King Philip – 21:46
38. Olivia Dias, Taunton – 21:46
39. Ariana Baker, Attleboro – 21:47
40. Tarah Agati, Franklin – 21:49
41. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 21:51
42. Mary Viera, Franklin – 21:57
43. Lillian Thibeault, Milford – 21:59
44. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 21:59.50
45. Natalie Kaiser, North Attleboro – 22:03
46. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 22:04
47. Ava Pisani, King Philip – 22:06
48. Margaret Li, Sharon – 22:06.40
49. Chloe Pennacchio, Canton – 22:06.80
50. Abigail Dunne, King Philip – 22:07

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51. Megan MacVicar, Mansfield – 22:07
52. Eliana Boxerman, Sharon – 22:08
53. Tatyana Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:08
54. Sara Comisky, Milford – 22:09
55. Ellen Marshall, Attleboro – 22:13
56. Kimberly Esteban, Attleboro – 22:17
57. Morgan Coleman, Attleboro – 22:17
58. Rebecca Lally, Stoughton – 22:19
59. Jenn Yeomans, Foxboro – 22:20
60. Ariella Levy, Sharon – 22:20
61. Brandi Osborne, Franklin – 22:21
62. Stephanie Malachowski, Franklin – 22:22
63. Rachel Davis, Oliver Ames – 22:23
64. Dana Jaffe, Sharon – 22:25
65. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 22:26
66. Berta Faktorovich, Sharon – 22:28
67. Madeline Peckham, Oliver Ames – 22:29
68. Erin Barry, Franklin – 22:29
69. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 22:30
70. Julia Miller, Mansfield – 22:33
71. Catherine Griffin, Sharon – 22:34
72. Jill Finn, Foxboro – 22:34
73. Meredith Cowan, Mansfield – 22:36
74. Anne Riley, Mansfield – 22:37
75. Kaicey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 22:38
76. Celine Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 22:38
77. Briana Aronne, Attleboro – 22:39
78. Julia DiGiacomo, Franklin – 22:40
79. Katerina Donahue, Milford – 22:41
80. Maura Bruns, Franklin – 22:43
81. Jessica Hart, Canton – 22:44
82. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 22:45
83. Abigail Querzoli, Oliver Ames – 22:46
84. Lilia Angelone, King Philip – 22:46
85. Stephanie Goulet, Milford – 22:53
86. Valaree Buonora, Mansfield – 22:53
87. Julianna Parsons, Attleboro – 22:56
88. Kayla Wong, Canton – 22:57
89. Lindsey Perry, Attleboro – 22:58
90. Kasey Hart, King Philip – 23:00
91. Sarah Roberts, Taunton – 23:03
92. Amy Conley, Foxboro – 24:08
93. Theresa Billo, Stoughton – 24:10
94. Lydia Uhlar, Oliver Ames – 24:11
95. Hannah Fidas, Canton – 24:13
96. Foltz Morgan, Oliver Ames – 24:21
97. Erika Boone, Canton – 24:27
98. Fiona Jorden, Milford – 24:36
99. Sophia Lisle, Sharon – 25:04
100. Lauren Iolli, Taunton – 25:05
101. Allison Chin, Canton – 25:07
102. Heather Maddalena, Stoughton – 25:27
103. Haley Braga, Oliver Ames – 25:35
104. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 25:47
105. Isabella Matondi, Milford – 26:10
106. Michelle Popucheyev, Milford – 26:16
107. Isabella De Souza, Milford – 26:26
108. Jennifer Mazzola, Canton – 26:27
109. Charlotte Hartfiel, Canton – 26:58
110. Kate Pease, Milford – 27:23

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