Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/27/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Attleboro scored first 13 minutes into the game but a penalty kick from Jared Miller three minutes before the break leveled the game. Senior Chris Elsner scored his first career goal, heading home a corner from Brad Eames and Miller added the insurance goal four minutes off an assist from Jareme DiLorenzo. Michael Kirejczyk made eight saves in net as the Hornets clinched at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title.

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon scored his eighth goal of the season off of what head coach Aaron Salter called a great pass from Winston Kessah. Salter said Goddy Frombe was fantastic at the back and Kyle Silverman was solid for the whole game.

Foxboro, 4 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Joe Morrison, Devante Teixeira and Anthony Barreira each scored a goal inside the first eight minutes as the Warriors jumped out to an early lead. Jake Goloboy brought the Eagles back within two in the 14th minute and scored again in the 51st minute to make it a one goal game. But Teixeira netted his second in the 62nd minute for the insurance goal.

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Franklin’s Nick Parent scored in the second half off an assist from Aaron Frongillo for the lone goal of the game.

King Philip, 9 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Sophomore Tyler Mann scored a first half hat trick and one assist for the Warriors, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the break. Joe Kellett had three assists and one goal, Will Weir and Larsen Keys each had a goal and an assists, Nick Cannella had a pair of assists and Thomas Lugten netted a pair of goals. Mike Rowe also had a goal for KP. Austin Botelho scored off an assist from Derek Pereira for Taunton.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames clinched at least a share of the Davenport division title with the win. Thomas McCormick had a pair of assists, setting up Keegan Nutt and Jack Sheldon, and scored once himself. Chris Romero picked up an assist on McCormick’s goal.
Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Emma Goulet scored twice and Jackie Carchedi had a pair of assists to lead the Hornets. Melissa Reef and Rebecca Bornstein also scored for Mansfield. Paige Medeiros scored the lone goal for Attleboro.

Canton, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

Sharon @ Foxboro, 3:30
North Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – Alexis Stowell scored the goal for the Panthers off an assist from Emily Mastaj. Hana Caster scored from a Shannon Kingsley corner 12 minutes into the game. It was the first goal that Franklin has allowed this season. 

Taunton, 4 @ King Philip, 2 – Final

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final –  Jacqueline Mills scored a brace and Francesca Calabraro added a third for OA. Delaney Benton, Erin Fitzgerald, and Sam Bamford had the assists for the Tigers and Regan Benton and Bethany Dunk shared the shutout. Milford coach Jay Mastaj noted that Gabby O’Neil and Brianna Braza played well for the Hawks.
Taunton, 3 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 0 – Final

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/26/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 2 @ New Bedford, 0 – Final – Mansfield’s Emma Oldow scored both of the Hornets’ goals, with assists from Jen Kemp and Becca Bornstein. The Hornets outshot the Whalers by a large margin (25-2) while Lauren Whitman made one save to get her first career shutout.
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield got the win at home 25-12, 25-16, 25-6. Mansfield head coach Melissa Heeden said all six of the team’s seniors — Alli Belanger, Cathryn Heavey, Kelsey Hernon, Sarah Mullahy, Juliana Newell and Colleen Riley – played well in the win. Hernon had seven service points, Mullahy had 17 service point and five digs and Riley added 12 service points and nine aces. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Stoughton won the first set but Canton rallied back to win the next three and get the 16-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 win. Elizabeth Hamilton led Canton with 14 kills and 15 digs, Sarah Reissfelder and Rye Verille combined for 13 kills and Nicole Poole had 33 assists. Head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe played great defensively and Kelly Dever hit .500 with six kills. Stoughton’s Ava Siegel had 14 service points, 12 digs and eight kills and Bridgette Whalen had 18 digs, 10 kills and seven blocks.

Foxboro, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Franklin got the win on the road with a 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 29-27 win. Maddie Kuzio stepped into the lineup and played terrific defense according to head coach Kate Horsmann and had 12 service points, seven digs and five aces. Beth Neal had 21 assists, 12 kills, three aces and a block, Aubrie Kutil had 13 kills and three digs and Dayna McCue had 12 digs, five aces and a pair of kills.

King Philip, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton’s Tatum Speicher became the first player in program history to reach 1,000 assists, setting up the first kill of the fourth set, to lead the Tigers to a marathon win over King Philip. Three of the four sets went over the 25 point threshold as Taunton got the 30-28, 27-25, 20-25, 26-24 win. Speicher had 34 assists in the match, Emily Moor played well with 15 kills and four aces and Meghan Navarro and Molly Sullivan combined for 18 digs, 10 aces and 23 service points. King Philip’s Josie Rowean had eight service points in game one and finished with 18 kills overall, Gwen Uyrus had 11 kills and Micaela Murray added five service points in game three, including two aces. 

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final
Field Hockey
Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Caitlin Whitman, Caroline Maher, Emily Ierardo and Mary Kate Kelly each scored once in the win for Mansfield. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Kara Ploss made 10 saves to deny Canton an equalizing goal while Angela Connolly scored the lone goal for the Black Knights.

Foxboro, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Senior Kelsey McPhee scored a pair of goals and Dana Lewandowski also scored once for the Panthers. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Taylor Reutlinger and Kenzi Pleshaw also had strong games.

King Philip, 2 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – The Warriors scored once in each half to get the road on the win. Alli Meehan opened the scoring for KP with an unassisted goal in the first half and Caitlin Donahue added a second off an assist from Courtney Foley in the second half. 

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Olivia Powers scored a pair of goals for Oliver Ames and Carly Cidado and Sara Stevens each scored once. Head coach Janice Sundell said Hannah Friend and Katie Davenport played well for OA. 

Stowell Brace Clinches League Title for Franklin

Victoria Stowell
Victoria Stowell (16) scored a pair of goals in the second half to beat Mansfield and earn Franklin a sixth straight league title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – During Franklin’s win on Friday, head coach Tom Geysen noticed that senior Victoria Stowell was getting frustrated because, despite her team leading 7-0, she could not find the back of the net.

He took her aside and told her to save the goals for the games that matter most to the Panthers. On Monday night, Geysen explained, “Anybody on this front line and in the middle can score against these teams, there are certain teams that they can’t and those are the teams you want to focus on.”

Stowell paid attention and on Monday she celebrated Senior Night against Mansfield with a pair of second half free kick goals that gave Franklin a 2-0 win and clinched the program’s sixth consecutive Kelley-Rex Division title.

“He says score in the important games and that’s what I did,” said Stowell with an ear-to-ear grin. “They’re rivals; I have to score against our rivals.”

In a game that featured few chances for either team, Franklin had a golden opportunity in the 53rd minute. The ball was flicked forward by Alexis Stowell into the path of Emily Spath and the senior was able to chip it past the onrushing freshman keeper Lauren Whitman but then watched helplessly as the ball skipped off the far post.

Just seconds later, Franklin won a free kick and from 35 yards out, Victoria Stowell smashed the ball off the far post and in for the game’s opening goal to make it 1-0.

Megan Georges hit the bar for Franklin 12 minutes later and then with five minutes remaining Stowell again teed up a free kick – this time from 40 yards out. Once again (and for the third time in two games against the Hornets this seaon), she was able to curl the ball into the top corner to make it 2-0.

“They had two fantastic free kicks – upper 90 far post and then upper 90 near post,” said Mansfield coach Kevin Smith. “How do you defend that unless you have a 6-foot-4 keeper?”

“If someone’s going to beat you, let it be on something like that.”

Geysen praised Stowell after the first win against Mansfield as a big game player. She lived up to that billing in the rematch as well.

He added, “She’s rock solid and shows no emotion during the course of the game. It’s all business until it’s over and then maybe you’ll get a smile from her.”

Mansfield’s best chance came with two minutes remaining. Jen Kemp laid a pass into the path of Rebecca Bornstein and the senior smacked the ball off the crossbar from the edge of the 18.

It was one of the few shots that the Franklin defense allowed and only second shot that Mansfield put on target in the game. The Hornets put junior Hannah Reiter up top to be the focal point, but the Panthers defense closed down her space and closed off the passing lanes to her fellow forwards.

“The movement off the pass to her wasn’t in the spaces we needed,” said Smith. “We talked about playing, like Franklin does, move forward, pas backward and play forward. When we played forward, there was no back pass because we weren’t moving into that space.”

Geysen explained, “I told my two center backs (Lauren Rudolph and Meghan Dieterle), you have to decide who is going to pick her up higher because she’s going to end up unmarked and the other one has to be behind. The two of them have been rock solid all season.”

The Panthers defense, which also features Nadia Havens and Abigail Gipson, is a major reason why another they claimed another league title. Franklin has yet to allow a goal through 14 games, which is even more remarkable because three of the four starters from last year (Lindsay Mastaj, Leah Benson, and Nicole Ellin) needed to be replaced.

“I thought that I would have a huge job this year,” said senior keeper Dani Lonati, “but honestly I’ve had not even a dozen shots. They communicate really well and, I don’t know, we just work really well together and it’s been one of the more solid parts of the team.”

When asked if the team talks about not giving up a goal, Lonati cut off the question before it was finished and like a pitcher during a no hitter would not talk about it. She smiled and said, “Nope, keep quiet, we don’t want to jinx it.”

Following the Senior Night celebration, Stowell noted, “We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year, losing Bailey [Knous] quick, losing Megan Adams quick, and inexperienced players have to step up and learn the ropes quickly…and I think the sophomores and juniors have done a good job stepping up to replace that defense.”

Franklin (13-0-1, 12-0-1) will put its unbeaten record on the line on Thursday evening at Taunton. Mansfield (9-3-2, 8-3-2) will travel to North Attleboro on Friday afternoon.

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

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/19/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Franklin, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 2 @ Norwood, 2 – Final – After trailing by two goals at halftime, Stoughton rallied to tie the game with a pair of goals in the second half. Jordan Asnes headed in a cross from Josh Mitchell to cut the deficit in half and then Asnes repaid the favor, connecting with Mitchell on a long throw in to tie the game.
Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored both goals for Franklin, both off of long-range free kicks that found the top corner. Rebecca Bornstein went closest for Mansfield with a shot off the bar with two minutes to play.
Stoughton, 2 vs. Norwood, 1 – Final – Emerson Sprague netted the first goal for the Black Knights off an assist from Shanel Ford and Samantha Tullis converted a penalty kick for Stoughton.
Taunton, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – The Tigers qualified for the postseason with the win. Meghan Navarro had 18 service points, including five aces, and seven digs, Emily Moor had 10 kids and five digs and Lexi Natsis played well with 10 assists, 13 service points and a pair of aces.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton picked up the 25-10, 25-15, 26-24. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with eight kills, nine digs and seven aces. Casey Shea had an effective day offensively, hitting .667 with no errors.
Milford, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Milford had to battle back from being down 2-1 to force a game five and took the match 25-16, 20-25, 17-25, 25-16, 15-10. Kara Halpin had 13 kills, Jill Powers had eight kills, six digs and two blocks and Allie Collins had 21 assists.
Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Franklin took a close first set and then won games three and four to get the win (27-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22). Dayna McCue had 47 serve receives for the Panthers, adding 22 digs and four aces. Sam Campbell had seven digs and five aces, Alyssa Shea had 10 kills and four digs and Beth Neal had 16 assists, five kills and four aces. For Mansfield, Cathryn Heavey had 36 assists and 16 service points while Meg Hill had 11 kills and six blocks. 
North Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip got the sweep 25-11, 25-22, 25-15. The Warriors got strong serving efforts as Emma Lopez had 11 service points in the first game, Liv Balduf had seven service points in game two, Carly Adams had eight service points in game three and Gwen Uyrus had seven service points in game three. Josie Rowean paced the offense with 16 kills while Micaela Murray had nine digs and Amanda Loewen had five digs.
Field Hockey
Milford, 2 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Jessica Palmer setup Elena DelloRusso for Milford’s first goal in the first half and then double the Scarlet Hawks’ lead with a goal of her own early in the second half. 
Attleboro, 2 vs. Dartmouth, 2 – Final – Attleboro rallied from a two goal deficit at halftime to earn a point against Dartmouth. Emily Houle scored off an assist from Grace Mayer and Hannah LaMothe had an unassisted goal for the Bombardiers.

Kemp, Carchedi Fire Mansfield to Win at Foxboro

Carchedi and Kemp
Jackie Carchedi (8) and Jen Kemp (12) combined for four goals to lead Mansfield to a road win at Foxboro on Friday afternoon. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Against Canton on Wednesday night, Mansfield coach Kevin Smith moved junior Hannah Reiter from center back to forward and the Hornets offense sprung into life for a frantic final 20 minutes at Gillette Stadium.

On Friday afternoon at Sam Berns Community Field, Smith moved Reiter up front right from the start and once again Mansfield went on the attack.

With Reiter in the middle of the front three, space was opened up on the counter for seniors Jen Kemp and Jackie Carchedi, who totaled all four goals for the Hornets in a 4-2 win over Foxboro that leaves Mansfield just one point shy of tournament qualification.

“It helped a lot,” said Smith about Reiter’s impact on the Mansfield attack. “She’s such a good influence up there and…she should have had two goals herself.”

It took Mansfield only 1:40 to get the lead when Reiter found space in the hole between midfield and defense and slipped a through ball to Kemp to spring a 2-on-1 with the last defender. Kemp laid the ball into the path of Carchedi and she made no mistake with a first time finish.

Foxboro also created some dangerous situations coming forward with Hannah Burns forcing a save out of Emily Gaumond before Kemp hit the post on the other end. Burns would tie the game when she capitalized on hesitation in the Mansfield defense from a cross by Hailey Maling and pounced from close range.

In the 23rd minute, Reiter should have given Mansfield the lead after good combination play between the front three but she sent her shot narrowly wide when clean through on goal.

Three minutes later, Kemp teed up Carchedi for her second. Kemp worked space down the right channel and somehow kept the ball alive under pressure on the end line. She managed room for a low cross that picked out her classmate for a side-foot finish.

“Defensively, we obviously had some breakdowns,” explained Foxboro coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn, “which is something that we’re working on.”

“t’s a fairly new defense with not having Kiersten [Warner] from last year, so we’re regrouping. It’s one of those things that we’ll be continuously working on.”

Four minutes to halftime and the lead was extended. Senior Rebecca Bornstein ran onto a through ball by Kemp and tapped the ball past the onrushing keeper before being tripped. Kemp stepped up to put away the penalty and make it 3-1.

Just four minutes after the break, Kemp got her second. The forward ran at the center of the Foxboro defense, cut to her left and fired a low angled shot past the keeper to make it 4-1.

The game was not over for the Warriors, who kept the pressure on in the second half despite the deficit. Riley Collins provided a consistent outlet on the wing and she forced a save by Gaumond with a good run down the left. Carolyn Will also forced a save with a long, curling free kick.

One struggle for Foxboro was the tight marking that Mansfield had on midfielder Lily Sykes. With Katie Bongarzone and Jill Savoie in close proximity at all times, Sykes had little time or space with the ball to try and create.

“I can’t say anyone has really done a one-on-one mark with her,” said Lamothe-Vaughn. “She’s struggling with her ankle but she’s doing extremely well with it.”

Smith noted, “The key is win the midfield and that doesn’t allow teams to attack us and then we can go. That allows us to play a 4-3-3; lose the midfield and we have to sink people back and it becomes a 4-5-1.”

The Hornets switched a number of players as the second half wore on and Bornstein, who had been starting games until the decision was made to move Reiter forward, was a constant menace down the right wing.

“I told her that it’s not a demotion because Hannah is going up, but she just said I got it,” said Smith. “She drew the PK, almost had a couple of assists over there…she’s doing a great job.”

Sykes would get Foxboro one closer with five minutes remaining. Rather than sending her free kick into the box, she went for goal and was able to beat Gaumond at the near post to make it 4-2.

“Unfortunately, I think we had the ball up in the air way too much and not possessing at our feet,” said Lamothe-Vaughn, whose team was missing keeper Hallie Canfield and forward Kristen Bortolotti. “I think if we had played more of the game that we’ve played against other teams then it would’ve been a better outcome.”

She added, “It was a lot of kick and run today from both teams.”

Mansfield (8-2-1, 7-2-1) will host Sharon on Tuesday, while Foxboro (5-4-0, 5-4-0) has a quick turnaround and plays at Walpole on Saturday night.

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

Canton Bounces Back By Beating Hornets at Gillette

Kathryn Doody
Canton goalie Kathryn Doody stops a last minute chance by Jackie Carchedi to preserve a 2-1 win against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Following Monday’s loss to Attleboro, Canton coach Kate Howarth told her team to leave take one night to get over the defeat and come back for practice on Tuesday ready to work and ready to prepare for Wednesday’s test against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium.

“At the beginning of practice, I said, did you all go home, cry, and do what you had to do to get ready for practice?” said Howarth. “They all laughed and said yeah we cried, which was good because they should’ve, but this is the response that you want.”

The Bulldogs played arguably their best game of the season, scoring in the opening 10 minutes of each half and then holding on against relentless Hornets pressure to pull out a 2-1 victory.

Howarth said, “We put the ball down and played the best game we have all season. We possessed better than we have all year.”

Canton jumped all over Mansfield at the start of the game. The Bulldogs dominated the ball and moved it around from side to side, while left back Sarah Collins bombed forward with consistent overlapping runs. It was Collins that would open up the Mansfield defense for the game’s first goal.

The freshman was fed by Sarah MacQuarrie down the left and she cut it back to Tessa Cudmore, who then fed the ball across the six-yard box to Hannah Link and she prodded it past Emily Gaumond.

Collins’ ability to get forward and create scoring opportunities was due to a switch made by Howarth for the game. She moved MacQuarrie from right back to the center of midfield and the senior captain was a dominant figure throughout.

“I tried her there a couple of times early in the season and in scrimmages,” explained Howarth, “but we ended up tucking her back because I like the way she got up. We made some adjustments and it worked.”

The Hornets started to create chances near the end of the first half with Rebecca Bornstein creating an opening in the final 10 minutes but her cross from the right channel just missed the foot of Jen Kemp and went all the way across to Jackie Carchedi, but her shot sailed over the bar.

Six minutes into the second half and MacQuarrie again popped up in an important position, driving into the box between a pair of Mansfield defenders who clipped her to give away a penalty. Center back Sarah Connolly stepped up to the spot and her shot past the outstretched Gaumond to make it 2-0.

“They were the best team for the first 15 minutes of each half…by far,” admitted Mansfield coach Kevin Smith. “Credit to them, they earned it. I thought that for the last 15 minutes of every half we were better but we missed a ton of good opportunities.”

As the second half wore on and Canton continued to be in control, Smith moved junior Hannah Reiter up from the center of defense to lead the line as a center forward, which also allowed Carchedi and Kemp to move out wide.

The switch instantly paid dividends with Reiter sending a header wide and then Kemp finding space on the left to send a ball back to Katie Bongarzone stepping up from midfield but her 20-yard shot was over the bar.

With 15 minutes left to play, Reiter got Mansfield back in the game. Jordan Zarat pressed forward from right back and she played a quick pass in behind the defense that Reiter ran onto and slipped past Canton keeper Kathryn Doody.

“She’s a dominant player,” said Smith of Reiter. When asked why he does not play the Quinnipiac-commit up front more often, he responded, “She’s just such a good defender. We have seven shutouts with her at center back.”

“She has so much composure on the ball and trust in her abilities. The girls know they can make runs because they’re going to get the ball.”

The Hornets continued to press with Bongarzone, Kemp, Reiter, and Carchedi all having chances that were saved or narrowly off target. The Hornets also had a late penalty shout when Carchedi went down in the box, but the official waved it away for a goal kick.

“We had our shots,” said Smith. “It was the complete opposite of how we played on Monday night.”

In the final minute of the game, Mansfield had one last chance when the ball was headed into the path of Carchedi, who managed to get a toe on it under pressure from Collins, but Doody was out quick to block the shot and deny the equalizer.

“She’s been solid all year and she’s come up big when we need her to,” said Howarth. “She’s been consistently solid back there.”

The Canton players stood together after the game, snapping selfies and looking around at their surroundings to take in this rare opportunity to play at Gillette. Unlike Monday, there was no reason for tears after this game.

Canton will host Kelley-Rex leader Franklin on Friday night, while Mansfield will travel to Foxboro.

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