Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/21/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Foxboro, 7 @ Carver, 4 – Final

Franklin, 5 vs. Catholic Memorial, 12 – Final – Josh Macchi drove in three runs with a double but the Panthers were unable to limit the Knights’ offense. Jake Lyons had a pair of hits and two runs scored, Nick Santucci scored twice and had one hit and Tyler Gomes drove in a pair of runs and scored once himself.

King Philip, 7 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Stephen Murray cleared the bases with a three RBI triple in the fourth inning to give the Warriors the separation they needed. After scoring the game’s first run in the second inning, Murray’s triple put KP up 4-0. The Warriors added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Jack DiCenso had a pair of hits for the Warriors as well. Jon Wolfe got the win, tossing a complete game with four strike outs and no walks issued.

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Falmouth, 10 – Final

Softball
Attleboro @ Foxboro, 3:45

Milford, 3 vs. Hopkinton, 2 – Final – Jess Tomaso hit a two-run homer to left to give the Hawks the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Milford threw out the tying run at the plate in the seventh on a relay from Kate Irwin to Kaitlyn DeCapua to catcher Megan Jacques. Kelley Reichert pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four to pick up the win and Ali Atherton closed the game in the seventh.

Stoughton, 1 @ Brockton, 14 – Final – Stoughton fell behind early to the Boxers and could not recover. Jenny D’Andrea, Shannon Flaherty, Bri Ferrandiz, and Jordan Lyons each had hits for the Black Knights. Gina Carafa gave up five earned runs in 2-2/3 innings with four strikeouts and Flaherty allowed five earned in two innings of relief while striking our three.

Taunton, 16 vs. Durfee, 1 – Final (5 inn.) – Taunton’s shutout streak to start the season came to an end at 34 innings but the Tigers put up their second highest number of runs to get the win. Jordan Wade continued her torrid start to the season with a single and double and two RBI in three at bats. Aimee Kistner was 3-3 with two doubles and four RBI, Meghan Navarro had a pair of hits and two RBI, Sarah Bagge had two hits and an RBI and Bailey Clapp had two hits and two RBI. Courtney Fisher won her third game of the year with a one hit, six strikeout performance. Fisher retired the last 12 batters after allowing a walk, hit, and error in the first which produced the Durfee run.

Mansfield, 13 vs. Needham, 1 – Final (6 inn.) – Maddie Letendre struck out 10 batters, allowing just one hit to get the win in the circle. Freshman Kara Bendanillo had a pair of hits and two strong plays defensively at third. Mady Bendanillo, Marissa Staffer and Maddie Letendre each had one hit for the Hornets.

Boys Lacrosse
Canton, 9 vs. Norwood, 7 – Final – Canton jumped out to a first quarter led but faced a 5-4 deficit at halftime. The Bulldogs ended up winning the second half 5-2 to get the win. Head coach Bill Bendell said Shaun Kirby played an all-around great game and finished with five goals and one assist. Norwood focused their defense on Ben O’Neill but Bendell noted he “played unselfishly the entire time” and finished with a goal and an assist. Ryan Lodge finished with two goals and freshman Mike Shaw added one goal. Bendell said freshman Brendan Albert and sophomore Brian Ghostlaw stepped up and played well at LSM.

Foxboro, 10 vs. Sandwich, 11 – Final – Austin Ryan led Foxboro’s defense with four goals while Trey Guerrini and Louis Piccolo eached scored twice and Pete COnley

Franklin, 5 vs. Beverly, 9 – Final – Sophomore Eric Civetti scored a hat trick and had one assist but the Panthers fell in a hole by halftime and couldn’t climb out. Freshman Jacob Alexander dominated at the faceoff X, winning 15/19 draws. Packie Watson and Sam Arsenault each added a goal and an assist for Franklin.

King Philip, 13 vs. Dartmouth, 2 – Final – Junior Tim Watson set the tone very early for the Warriors, who raced out to a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and then didn’t allow a goal in the entire second half. Watson played a role in each of the Warriors’ first five goals, scoring four of them an assisting on another. Watson finished with five goals and two assists. Harry Fallon scored twice and had one assist. Sam Agricola, John DeLuca, Zach D’Amico, Ben Palmer, Steven Eaton (nine groundballs) and freshman Chris Longobardi each scored once for KP.

Mansfield, 19 vs. Braintree, 9 – Final – Mansfield trailed 7-6 at halftime but dominated the second half (13-2) to pull out the win.

Taunton, 2 @ Sharon, 20 – Final Andrew Wellington and Leon Bizinha scored for the Tigers.

Girls Lacrosse
Canton, 11 vs. Norwood, 4 – Final – Lindsey Nolte and Olivia Devoe each scored a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs to a win. Nolte also had an assist while Casey Bradley had five points with a pair of goals and three assists. Leah McClellan and Becca Eckler each scored a goal while Mary Nee scored once and had three assists.

Milford, 14 @ Hudson, 16 – Final

North Attleboro, 16 @ Oliver Ames, 8 – Final

Sharon, 17 @ Taunton, 6 – Final – Abbey Kingman scored four goals for the Tigers while Tatum Speicher found the back of the net twice.

Boys Tennis
Foxboro @ Attleboro, 10:00AM
King Philip @ Milford, 10:00AM

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final
North Attleboro, 5 vs. Bishop Feehan, 0 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 0 @ Lawrence, 3 – Final

Maher, Todesco Help Mansfield Ice Canton

Mansfield girls lacrosse
Julia Todesco (right) scored three goals and made several defensive plays to help Mansfield improve to 2-0 on the season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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MANSFIELD, Mass. – The wind was whipping across Alumni Field on Wednesday afternoon and it felt more like the middle of the winter than the start of spring, but the turf was clear of snow and so Mansfield and Canton each took the field for the second time this season.

It took a little longer than usual for the two teams to warm up, the first half was dominated by turnovers and misplaced passes, but in the end the teams went right down to the wire. Seniors Caroline Maher and Julia Todesco each scored hat tricks for the Hornets to pull out a 10-8 victory and push Mansfield to 2-0 on the season.

Mansfield coach Alexis Kobey was not surprised that her upperclassmen led the way on Wednesday. She said, “Both Julia and Caroline played amazing. Claire Maroney anchored our defense back there…Those three are really the backbone of our team. They anchor everything for us.”

Things did not start well for the hosts. Canton opened the scoring nearly four minutes in when Caroline Hagen bounced a shot past Mansfield goalie Tori Lawlor. Jill Pulutchko answered off a feed from Katie Garvin to tie it for the Hornets two minutes later, but Canton came right back with the first of two goals by senior Casey Bradley, on an assist by Abby Colburn.

Todesco and then Maher went back-to-back for Mansfield to give the Hornets their first lead of the game at 3-2 but then Bradley tied the game and classmate Mary Nee smacked the post on a quick break. On her next chance, Nee went over the top of Lawlor (10 saves, seven in first half) to make it 4-3 Bulldogs.

Midway through the first half, Kobey made a change on the draws. She put Todesco on the initial draw and moved Maher up to the edge of the circle with Maggie Dunn and occasionally freshman Emily Vigeant to try and gain control. The switch worked and the Hornets won 8-11 draw controls in the first half and 14-20 for the game.

“We kind of switched it around to get different looks and Emily Vigeant, a freshman, we were trying to get her some looks on the draw,” said Kobey. “But Caroline is so good with those one-handed catches, she has such a good eye.”

Lawlor made a huge kick save to block a chance from Bradley with 9:25 left in the half and two minutes later Maher spun past her marker to tie the game at 4-4. Vigeant put Mansfield ahead at halftime, 6-4, with a pair of goals, the first of her career.

The first came off a turnover that she forced directly in front of Canton goalie Kathryn Doody and the second after she had earned a free position opportunity.

“Her first varsity goals, so that’s big for her,” said Kobey. “She was excited. Her and Katie Garvin are our two freshmen and they came right in and made an impact on the game.”

Canton came out of halftime with renewed energy and immediately got back into the game. Just 1:43 after the break, Colburn took advantage of a restart with Lawlor out of the cage and found Rebecca Eckler alone in front to make it 6-5.

Mansfield pressed forward looking to extend the lead but was denied by Doody, who made seven of her 12 saves in the second half, including four in the opening six minutes. Her stops allowed the Bulldogs to tie the game with 19:48 left on Nee’s second of the game.

“She had a great game; a few big saves,” said Canton coach Chrissy O’Connor of Doody. “She really stepped up and had a great game.”

O’Connor added, “I thought they did a good job in the second half of kind of pulling it together. We’re still kind of early on in the season, so we’re still trying to work some things out.”

Mansfield took less than a minute to regain the lead. Todesco forced a turnover in the defensive zone and started a quick transition that went from Mary Folan to Dunn for a 7-6 lead.

Olivia Devoe answered right back for Canton from a free position chance, but then Todesco scored two in a row, both slicing across the Bulldogs’ defense, to put the Hornets ahead 9-7.

Maroney picked up a card and Canton had an extra player on the field, but the Bulldogs struggled to make the advantage pay. Finally, Nee made a steal on defense and sparked a quick transition. Bradley picked out Hagen in the middle and she cut the lead to just one with 10:57 left.

O’Connor said, “I think it took us a little while to figure out to double team on the man down, but they did a good job of starting to pressure. Our shooting – we hit the post a couple of times, had a couple of overthrows but overall I’m happy with how they played.”

As the clock wound down under six minutes remaining, Canton was probing for the tying goal. The Bulldogs had more than a minute of sustained pressure, but the Mansfield defense was staying with cutters and not allowing good looks. The one chance that the Bulldogs had was stopped by Lawlor.

“I think that’s what really saved us, making that save that gave them the extra confidence,” said Kobey. “When the goalie saved, they’re like yeah! When we went to the timeout, we had the lead and I told them it’s our game.”

Todesco made another play, this time on the defensive side of the game, when she scooped up a ground ball to end Canton’s possession. The play transitioned into the attack and Maher capped her hat trick with a finish that made it 10-8 with 5:17 to play.

The game was sloppy at times, but Kobey admitted that the conditions were at least partly to blame. She explained, “The cold conditions are tough because the blood’s not flowing a much and your hands are freezing and you can’t feel the stick.”

O’Connor is in her first year as head coach and has started with back-to-back losses to perennial power Franklin and now Mansfield. Despite the defeats, she is pleased with how the team is coming together.

She said, “Starting off with Franklin is difficult, but I was happy with how they came back and stayed in this game. It wasn’t the outcome we wanted but I was happy with the fight the whole game…baby steps.”

Mansfield will put its perfect (2-0) record on the line on Friday against King Philip. Canton will be looking for its first win on Friday when it hosts Taunton for the first time.

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

Girls Lacrosse: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Davenport girls lacrosse
Canton and Foxboro have been the top two teams in the Davenport the past few seasons, but other programs are developing and could challenge them this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON
2015 Record: 7-12
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South first round
Coach: Chrissy O’Connor

There is a new coaching staff for the Canton girls’ lacrosse this season and first-year head coach Chrissy O’Connor is looking forward to surprising a few people with a strong spring.

Seniors Casey Bradley (attack) and Olivia Devoe (midfield) will be the team leaders and the keys to the Bulldogs making a charge at Foxboro for the league title. Sophomore midfielder Molly Colburn and freshman Leah McClellan will be newcomers to watch this year as well.

O’Connor said, “I think the league will be surprised with Canton’s tenacity this season.  They are a confident and smart group of athletes who have handled having a new coaching staff extremely well.  This should be an exciting season for Canton lacrosse.”

FOXBORO
2015 Record: 14-7-1
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 2 East semifinal
Coach: Brittany Sherry

At the end of last year’s Div. 2 East semifinal, Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry was emotional about losing the crop of seniors that had joined the program the same year she began. That group had won four straight league titles and gone further than any other team in program history. But when Sherry was asked about the future, she was confident in the talent coming back and believed that her fifth season could be another title-winning spring.

Senior Melissa Lynch was a standout in goal last year and will be back between the pipes and will have a strong defensive core in front of her including junior Hallie Canfield and senior Annie McGeary. Offensively, Foxboro will be looking for continued development from junior Lauren Flahive and sophomore Catherine Luciano, who will both be asked to fill in for senior Chloe Hurley, who begins the season with an injury.

Young players helped Foxboro on its run to the semifinal and freshman Sophia Dicenso is the next in line to try and make an instant impact for the Warriors. Juniors Ally Curran and Molly Farrell could also be poised for breakout seasons.

All eyes are on the matchup with Franklin in May, as the two teams have won their respective divisions each of the past four years, but Foxboro also has Hingham, Medfield, and Walpole on its schedule as it sets its sights on another tournament run.

MILFORD
2015 Record: 2-16
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jason Gelmini

Milford comes into the new season with a young roster after losing eight seniors from last year’s squad and head coach Jason Gelmini is hoping that the many underclassmen who saw playing time in 2015 will be ready to step into bigger roles in 2016.

The Hawks will be led by senior midfielders Morgan Smith and Julie Dam and senior defender Erin Fleming and Gelmini is counting on his captains to provide leadership. In addition, the Hawks will lean on junior defender Brainna Croteau, junior goalie Hannah Cairney, junior middie Jillian Burley, and junior attackers Taylor Dube and Jordyn Lombardo.

Gelmini said, “We definitely have a young team this year, so our goals are to get better each game and compete each time we step on the field.”

OLIVER AMES
2015 Record: 10-9
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 East preliminary round
Coach: Craig Gardner

Oliver Ames is coming off a strong season in which the Tigers reached the Div. 1 East sectional before falling to Bishop Feehan in the opening round. This year, OA has a lot of returning players who experienced what a playoff run was like and head coach Craig Gardner is counting on that experience to pay dividends this spring.

The Tiger will be led by a strong senior class, including midfielder Erin Fitzgerald and defenders Cassie Gavin and Sarah Lewis. Senior attackers Abby Duvall and Sam Lang will help Fitzgerald provide attacking power while senior midfielder Carly Cidado and junior defender Katie Davenport will help lock things down at the back.

Gardner also noted a few young players that could be impact players this season, including sophomores Sofia Masciarelli, Chloe Kilkelly, and Ariana Waldorf and junior Kendall Clifford. Freshman defender Olivia Piazza will also be a newcomer to watch this season.

“We have a very strong and focused group of experienced upperclassmen athletes, coupled with some strong developing underclassmen athletes,” said Gardner. “The team has great chemistry, which I hope translates into a competitive season for us.”

SHARON
2015 Record: 7-10
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Colleen Manning

Sharon had a program best record of 7-10 last season under first-year coach Colleen Manning, who is expecting the Eagles to take an even bigger leap this year by making the postseason for the first time.

Sharon only has three seniors (Alex Miller, Alexa Levitt, and Heather Seggelin), but plenty of young talent including “top shooter” Alex Rabb, attacker Anna Crosby, and defender Samantha Rabb (all juniors).

Sophomore Sabrina Robbins is drawing attention from colleges and will be a force for the Eagles on draw controls, while freshman Lydia Chase will add a new face to the Sharon defense.

The 2015 Hockomock Volleyball All Stars & HMs

Elizabeth Hamilton
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton
Olivia Devoe, Canton
Rye Verille, Canton
Victoria Kelley, Foxboro
Dayna McCue, Franklin
Beth Neal, Franklin
Caroline Maguire, Franklin
Josie Rowean, King Philip
Gwen Uyrus, King Philip
Micaela Murray, King Philip
Cathryn Heavey, Mansfield
Sarah Mullahy, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Sara Youssef, North Attleboro
Bridgett Whalen, Stoughton
Molly Sullivan, Taunton
Tatum Speicher, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Sheehan, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Rachel Meilan, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Melissa Ader, Sharon
Bianca DeSousa, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Volleyball All Stars & HMs

Elizabeth Hamilton
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton

Hockomock League All Stars

Elizabeth Hamilton, Canton
Olivia Devoe, Canton
Rye Verille, Canton
Victoria Kelley, Foxboro
Dayna McCue, Franklin
Beth Neal, Franklin
Caroline Maguire, Franklin
Josie Rowean, King Philip
Gwen Uyrus, King Philip
Micaela Murray, King Philip
Cathryn Heavey, Mansfield
Sarah Mullahy, Mansfield
Megan Hill, Mansfield
Sara Youssef, North Attleboro
Bridgett Whalen, Stoughton
Molly Sullivan, Taunton
Tatum Speicher, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Michelle Sheehan, Attleboro
Nicole Poole, Canton
Julia DiCenso, Foxboro
Aubrie Kutil, Franklin
Carly Adams, King Philip
Jessica Haradon, Mansfield
Kelley Reichert, Milford
Rachel Meilan, North Attleboro
Bridget McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Melissa Ader, Sharon
Bianca DeSousa, Stoughton
Emily Moor, Taunton

Hamilton, Bulldogs Dig Out Spot in Sectional Final

Elizabeth Hamilton
Elizabeth Hamilton (21) had 14 digs to lead the way for Canton, which showed off its defensive chops to beat Medway in the D2 Central semifinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

MEDWAY, Mass. – Canton hopes that the popular saying, “defense wins championships,” applies to volleyball as it does in so many other sports. The Bulldogs may not be the biggest or the hardest hitting team in Div. 2 Central, but they can frustrate opponents with the relentless ability to get the ball back over the net.

On Thursday night at Medway High, the Bulldogs showed off that defensive mentality against the host Mustangs and pulled out a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) win to advance to the Div. 2 Central final to face Westborough for the third time in the past four years.

The Bulldogs were led in the match by Hockomock MVP Elizabeth Hamilton, who showed off her athleticism and positioning to pick up 14 digs along with her team-high 15 kills. Many times, Medway’s leading hitter Jess Jubb thought she had another kill only to have Hamilton or libero Olivia Devoe (11 digs) keep the play alive.

“She’s just a super all-around player,” said Canton Pat Cawley about the MVP, “and we have relied on Elizabeth and Olivia all year for our defense. So, when good hitters hit angle and are hitting at those two I feel pretty good that we’re going to get a hand on it.”

The Bulldogs trailed only three times in the entire match (at 2-1 and 3-2 in the first set and 5-4 in the third), but Cawley did not feel like the Bulldogs were ever able to fully put away the hosts.

“To me it felt like it was close the entire way,” she explained. “We had the lead I think pretty consistently but we’d get up three, four, five, and then they’d get back within one or two.

“We had runs, but so did they right behind us.”

Canton jumped out to a good lead in the first behind the hitting of Hamilton, who had six of her 15 kills in the opening set. Following back-to-back aces by Rye Verille, the Bulldogs led by as many as eight points at 19-11. A pair of aces by Medway’s Sydney Rice cut the lead down to four but Hamilton rose up to spike the comeback and Canton took the opening set.

The second was very similar to the first with Sarah Reissfelder and Hamilton combining for three quick kills to give the Bulldogs the advantage. With the Medway crowd screaming and the Mustangs getting a little momentum, Hamilton dropped down to dig out what looked like a sure kill then hopped up and blasted a hit cross-court to make it 11-9.

Casey Shea also had a big block for a point to make it 14-9 and continue extending the lead. Shea partnered with Verille and with Emma Murphy to give Canton a blocking matchup that could compete with the towering Jubb.

“Both combinations had some blocks on her tonight,” said Cawley.

“Casey is a good blocker…it’s only her second year playing volleyball and having a good blocker on another team’s hitter is an invaluable asset.”

Verille would kill off the second set with an emphatic slam down the line to give Canton a comfortable 2-0 edge. The Mustangs, propelled by a vociferous home crowd, did not lay down and pushed the Bulldogs throughout the third set.

Riana Pozsgai had a kill and then an ace to give Medway the 5-4 lead, but it would be the final lead of the match for the Mustangs, who never trailed by more than five in the closing set.

Kehla Minkin came in and provided a spark with a pair of aces to to give Canton back the advantage. Hamilton followed with a tip for a point and setter Nicole Poole (22 assists and one block) rose up for a very rare block to make it 9-5. With a big smile, Poole excitedly turned to the bench making sure that it knew she had made the play.

Medway continued to battle and keep it close. The final dagger may have come with Canton leading 19-18, when the ball skipped off Devoe and was heading into the stands. Hamilton raced over to keep it alive and Erika Lum was there with a heads up bump to get it over the net.

The Mustangs hit it into the net and deflated as the point went to Canton. Shea would cap the win with a big block at the end to send the Bulldogs into the final.

“I feel like this is kind of a blue-collar team,” said Cawley. “We’re a very good defensive team, pretty good blocking team, and we have timely offense.”

This is another trip to the sectional final for the Bulldogs, who have had their struggles when they reach this point. Canton has only once (2012) gotten out of the sectional and Cawley insisted that her team needed to enjoy the moment on Wednesday.

“The pressure to win sometimes overrides the joy of winning,” she said, “and they really need to enjoy their accomplishments right now and we’ll see what Saturday brings.”

Canton will face Westborough on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Hudson High.

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

Canton Finishes Strong In Sweep Of Milton

Canton celebrates after winning a long rally in the second set against Milton on Monday night. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Canton celebrates after winning a long rally in the second set against Milton on Monday night. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

CANTON, Mass. – It’s not always how you start, but rather how you finish.

That’s the mantra that Canton played by on Monday night as Milton took early leads in each of the three sets but the Bulldogs were able to finish strong in each of them to get a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-19) win over the Wildcats in the D2 Central Quarterfinals.

“We started the match pretty tentative, I think it was nerves,” Canton head coach Pat Cawley said. “We didn’t really know anything about Milton so we didn’t know what to expect. We’ve had kind of one those years where we’re a blue collar team, we’ve worked hard for every hard win we’ve gotten. We’ve lost a couple disappointing five set matches where we were up two and lost.

“We hung in there and as the sets progressed I think the chemistry evolved and they really started being supportive of each other and relaxed. When we play relaxed we’re great, we’re a very skilled, good defensive team.”

Milton was able to keep the first set close but Canton held a two to three point nearly throughout. The Wildcats got within one point at 18-17 but the Bulldogs went on to put the finishing touches on. Junior Kehla Minkin recorded seven straight service points to help Canton close it out. Milton was whistled for two touches and junior Emma Murphy followed it up with a kill. Milton couldn’t get the ball over in three touches and then Elizabeth Hamilton hammered down a hill to make it 22-17.

A pair of errors from the Wildcats was followed by a perfectly placed tip from Murphy to clinch the first set 25-17.

Canton took an early lead in the second set, going up 7-1 before the Wildcats took a timeout. The Bulldogs committed four straight errors and a dig turned into a kill brought Milton within one point at 8-7. Milton was able to keep it close, getting within one point at 15-14 and getting within two when the Bulldogs were called for a net violation at 17-15, but once again, the home team closed out the set.

Hamilton gave Canton a four point cushion with a kill and then Murphy kill of a Nicole Poole assist made it a six point difference. Milton pulled one back but after a serve out of bounds, Canton finished the Wildcats off in game two with a Murphy kill and an ace from Hamilton to win 25-17.

Milton found success early in the third set and built its biggest lead of the entire match when the Wildcats went up 7-3. Canton has gone up 2-0 in some matches this year only for teams to rally, including a 3-2 loss to Quincy just a week ago. Cawley called a timeout and brought her team in.

“I said that we’re not going to four games tonight, we’re not doing this again,” Cawley said. “I actually got on them a little bit for their complacency. I told them to get out there and hit the ball, stop thinking about it. If its a bad pass we have to make the best set we can, if its a bad set we have to put the ball in play as aggressively as possible and to their credit they did a good job with that.”

The Bulldogs responded right away with Casey Shea registering a block kill on the next play. Hamilton had three kills, including the last coming off a long back and forth rally, that gave Canton the lead while Murphy had a kill off a quick set and Maria Mackie had an ace.

Murphy ended another run with a block kill to extend the lead to 16-11, which worked out to be a 13-4 run since Cawley’s timeout. Milton rallied to get within three points at 19-16 but Hamilton picked up four kills in the next six play to push Canton on the brink of the win at 24-17. Milton’s last effort went out of play and Canton took the win in the third set 25-19.

“I think the defense has been our strong point all year,” Cawley said. “I think Olivia Devoe is one of the best liberos around. This is her first year playing at that position and she doesn’t get a ton of credit in the volleyball world cause they don’t know her. I have been around volleyball my whole life, I referee Division 2 and Division 3 and I think she could play on any of those teams and I don’t say that lightly about my kids.

“Elizabeth Hamilton is also an awesome defensive player. When the two of them are in the back row, I’m shocked if a ball falls untouched. It’s not to say teams won’t get kills on us cause they will but they are as good of a duo as any. Maria Mackie went into the game and played phenomenal in the third set.”

Hamilton finished with a game-high 20 kills and added 14 digs and three aces while Murphy had eight kills with just one hitting error. Devoe had 20 digs and Poole finished with 34 assists and six digs.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/02/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Volleyball
Canton, 2 @ Quincy, 3 – Final – Canton took a 2-0 lead but Quincy rallied in what head coach Pat Cawley called a great high school match (25-17, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25, 14-16). Elizabeth Hamilton had 24 digs and 18 kills, Sarah Reissfelder had 10 kills and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy each had nine kills. Nicole Poole had 36 assists and six sics while Olivia Devoe had 32 digs and played outstanding defense according to Cawley. Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum combined for over 29 digs for Canton.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Brockton, 1 – Final
Sharon, 3 vs. Norwood, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton lost 25-18, 14-25, 4-25, 20-25. Christina Gelin had 21 digs and 15 service receptions and Bianca DeSousa added 17 digs, 10 assists, eight service points and three aces.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/02/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Volleyball
Canton, 2 @ Quincy, 3 – Final – Canton took a 2-0 lead but Quincy rallied in what head coach Pat Cawley called a great high school match (25-17, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25, 14-16). Elizabeth Hamilton had 24 digs and 18 kills, Sarah Reissfelder had 10 kills and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy each had nine kills. Nicole Poole had 36 assists and six sics while Olivia Devoe had 32 digs and played outstanding defense according to Cawley. Kehla Minkin and Erika Lum combined for over 29 digs for Canton.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Brockton, 1 – Final
Sharon, 3 vs. Norwood, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Cardinal Spellman, 3 – Final – Stoughton lost 25-18, 14-25, 4-25, 20-25. Christina Gelin had 21 digs and 15 service receptions and Bianca DeSousa added 17 digs, 10 assists, eight service points and three aces.