Panthers Run Past Foxboro With Strong Second Half

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Franklin sophomore Eric Civetti (28) beats four Foxboro defenders to score one of his three goals. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Foxboro had already clinched its first Davenport title since 2012 and was still unbeaten in the league when it traveled to Beaver St. field on Wednesday afternoon to take on fellow division leader Franklin. The Warriors hung tough for a half, trailing 3-2, but the Panthers showed their strength in depth to run away after the break.

Sophomore attacker Eric Civetti scored three goals and added three assists and senior Austin Kent scored a hat trick as well, as Franklin outscored the Warriors 8-1 in the second half of an 11-3 victory that moves the Panthers one game closer to clinching a fourth straight league title.

“Our goal is to go through the league undefeated, as we did last year,” said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi, “and that’s our motivation. We’ve got the best talent in the league, but we have to play like it. Sometimes we don’t.”

Foxboro coach Matt Noone was disappointed in the way the second half went, but he insisted that it is not from lack of effort. He remarked that his team is working as hard as ever, just couldn’t pull off the upset, similar to the Warriors’ loss to Cohasset on Friday.

“That’s about what our depth can do,” said Noone, “and then we get exposed for what we are – freshmen, sophomores…we just couldn’t handle their pressure. It’s been the story of our season.”

The young Warriors nearly took the lead inside the first minute when senior long pole Brian Buckner got forward and split a pair of defenders but struck the bar. Foxboro had a few other chances as well, forcing Franklin goalie Connor O’Rourke into four of his six saves in the first quarter.

The game was fairly uneventful for the next 10 minutes with neither team able to create consistent chances, but with 46 seconds left in the first Franklin found the breakthrough. Sophomore midfielder Chase Tanner was picked out by Sam Arsenault on a cut through the middle. Tanner made a great catch on the high pass in and in one motion was able to score.

It did not take Foxboro long to tie it back up. Just 1:07 into the second, Louis Piccolo fired a perfect pass from the ‘X’ to fellow sophomore James Silveria for a close-range finish. Civetti gave Franklin back the lead but then two minutes later sophomore goalie Jake Addeche (12 saves) stuffed Civetti on one end and then raced forward to score a rare goal and tie it at 2-2.

With 5:43 left in the half, Civetti bullied his way past two defenders on the edge of the crease to give the Panthers the lead heading into the break. Verrochi was no happy with the lack of ball movement in the first half and laid into his team at the break.

“A lot of times it’s the Kent and Civetti show and we’re not getting enough movement,” Verrochi explained. “Guys aren’t moving intelligently off the ball and I think after [halftime] we assisted on a lot of goals and that’s what is important, getting everyone involved in the offense.”

Luke Downie scored the first goal of the second half on a long-range bouncing shot but things stayed close for another three minutes until a quick burst over 28 seconds broke the game open for Franklin.

Packie Watson drove at the Foxboro defense and opened space for Austin Kent, who let rip with a laser into the corner just seconds before Patrick Kaveny was able to close him down. Freshman Jake Alexander won the face-off (Franklin won all but three in the game) and Watson again fed Kent for another rip.

On the ensuing face-off, Watson chased down a ground ball on the near sideline and flipped a pass to Civetti, who in turn fired a cross-crease pass to Arsenault for the first of his two goals.

“If I had 12 Packies I’d win a state championship,” Verrochi raved. “I can’t say enough about him. He’s not the most gifted of goal scorers but everything else that doesn’t show up on the score sheet, he’s just aces. He’s everything you want in a midfielder.”

Noone said, “We couldn’t win a face-off again and against Franklin that’s a minute of possession. They handle the ball for a while, we overextend, and then we get beat.”

Junior Colby Nickerson got one back for the Warriors but a minute later Civetti pump faked to get space and scored from the edge of the crease to make it 8-3. He added his second assist with 18 seconds left in the third to find freshman Nitin Chaudhury for a nifty finish in traffic.

Things continued to be a struggle for Foxboro in attack. “How many turnovers did our attack have today? We can’t complete a 10-yard pass because they don’t ‘V-cut’, they don’t get of their way,” Noone said.

Downie assisted on a goal by Arsenault to make it 10-3 in the fourth quarter and then Civetti fed Kent, who got a little time, a little space and rifled a shot just under the bar to wrap up the scoring.

The Panthers pulled out the win, but Verrochi admitted that the team was distracted, especially at the start of the game. After school on Wednesday, inside two hours before the opening face-off. senior midfielder Jared Trainor was injured in a car accident and was taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

The players wanted to visit their teammate in the hospital, but Verrochi said that after conversations with the school administration and with first responders it was explained that it would be better for the players to wait. They held a team meeting to decide whether or not to play.

“They were definitely shaken by the whole situation,” said Verrochi. “I left it to them if they wanted to play or not and they said that they wanted to play for Jared.”

It took a half to get into the flow, but once they did, the Panthers put it together and honored their teammate with a big win.

Franklin (10-4, 7-0) will have a chance to just about clinch the league title on Monday night when it hosts King Philip, which is just one game back. Foxboro (9-4, 7-1) will host Norwood on Saturday.

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

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

Boys Lacrosse: Kelley-Rex Division Preview 2016

Franklin's Austin Kent will be one of the top players in the league this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
Franklin’s Austin Kent will be one of the top players in the league this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

ATTLEBORO

2015 Record: 4-13
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chris Kiley

Now in its third year at the varsity level, Attleboro is looking to once again take another step in the right direction. With a handful of returning players back this season, the Bombardiers will look to improve on their 4-13 season in 2015.

Junior Sam Corrado shined in the cage on multiple occasions last season and will look to continue that this season. Seniors Brian Letourneau, Mitch Caruso and Owen McKenna were named captains for this year’s team and will all look to contribute.

Caruso found the back of the net throughout the 2015 while junior attack Jay Mota was another key piece to the offense. Junior Andrew Milliken is also back after earning Hockomock League Honorable Mention a season ago.

FRANKLIN

2015 Record: 17-4
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Semifinals
Coach: Lou Verrochi

After a historic campaign in 2015 that saw the Panthers get to the D1 South Semifinals, Franklin is looking to build upon it in 2016.

Hockomock League All Stars Austin Kent, Sean Lockhart and Eric Civetti are all back along with a handful of experienced players. Kent will spearhead the Panthers attack and will be one of the most complete players in the Hockomock League in 2016. Lockhart was a lockdown defenseman during his junior year and will anchor that unit again this year. Civetti had a tremendous freshman year and will look to build on that this year, partnering with Kent up top.

Junior Packie Watson and senior Jared Trainor return to bring some experience to the midfield alongside newcomer Brian Vieten while freshman Jake Alexander will handle a lot of the faceoffs. Senior LSM Matt Pleshaw and senior Gabe Murphy will be key pieces in the defensive unit. Head coach Lou Verrochi said he expects junior Mike Keane and sophomore Connor O’Rourke to battle for the starting spot in goal.

“Hopefully we will be in the hunt for a league championship,” Verrochi said.

KING PHILIP

2015 Record: 14-8
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Jacob Kravitz

King Philip is looking to continue its growth as a program, hoping to take another step in the right direction in 2016. The Warriors return experienced players all over the field.

“We have a lot of two way guys in the midfield,” KP head coach Jacob Kravitz said. “We should be a balanced team that is led by our captains.”

The 2015 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year Paul Macrina is back in goal after a stellar year and will be one the three captains for KP. Mike Riggs and Connor Khung are returning starters on defense along with Steven Eaton, a captain, that will see time at pole and LSM.

In the midfield, senior captain Anthony Truini will play a big role especially offensively while Kravitz is looking for a mix of other players to fit into the middle of the field. Offensively, seniors Sam Agricola and Harrison Fallon will look to take over at attack while junior Tim Watson is looking to to build upon his 29 goal season last year.

MANSFIELD

2016 Record: 10-9
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Tim Frias

After making a late charge last season to reach the playoffs, the Hornets are returning a large core back this season. Mansfield won seven of their last 10 games to reach the playoffs and with only three very valuable players graduated, head coach Tim Frias is hopeful for another postseason trip.

“Our strengths will be the experience and play at the midfield and defense we will have to wait to see who pulls full time duty at attack for our seniors that we lost last year,” Frias said.

Senior captains Connor Finerty and Billy Grant will be key pieces in the midfield with Finerty also seeing time at attack. Senior Mike Wilcox will also be an important piece in the middle of the field while sophomores Hunter Ferreira and Joe Cox could have breakout seasons.

Defensively, Sean Powers is back in the cage while three year starter Josh Schafer will anchor the line in front of him along with Tommy Donnelly. Frias is relying on some of the younger poles to step up in that role. Offense will be one of the biggest questions after graduating some talent there but senior Ryan Smith is back and will be a big part of setting up the offense.

NORTH ATTLEBORO

2015 Record: 13-6
2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central/East Quarterfinals
Coach: Kevin Young

The Rocketeers will have to replace the program’s all time leading scorer Sean Young but to start the season, head coach Kevin Young is confident they have the defensive end covered.

Senior captains Anthony Baiungo and Andrew Casson return and will be relied upon heavily to handle opponent’s offense. Junior Dan MacDonald will take over in the cage to help solidify the defensive end.

In the middle of the field, seniors Brody Barr and Connor Dunn bring a lot of experience to both sides of the field, which is another reason Young is confident in the defensive end. Patrick Nally will be look at to take over on face offs with help from LSM James Schromm.

When it comes to offense, although Big Red has to replace a near 300 point producer, junior Zach McGowan
has proved in the past he has what it takes to find the back of the net and create opportunities for teammates. Classmates Owen Costello and Jack Dakin will also make an impact on the offensive end for the Rocketeers.

TAUNTON

2015 Record: N/A
2015 Finish: N/A
Coach: Kris Metea

Taunton is looking to make a splash in its inaugural season after competing for two years at the JV level and posting 20 wins. Kris Metea, who guided the Tigers hockey team to a record season on the ice this season, is the head coach for the lacrosse team as well.

“The team has some good upperclassmen,” Metea said. “But the talent is on the young end which will take time for them to become successful against upperclassmen from solid Hockomock programs. The key to success will be how fast depth can develop and youth can step up.”

Seniors Santiago Lopez and Jared Williams will be called upon to anchor the defensive unit in front of freshman Ryan Williams, who will take the majority of minutes in goal. In the midfield, senior Ethan Patterson will be joined by sophomore Will Walsh and junior Andrew Wellington.

Offense can sometimes be the hardest challenge for new programs but Taunton will look to younger players Josh Grasso, a sophomore and Griffin Speicher, a freshman to take care of the attack.