Eagles Earn D1 South Title Behind Singles Sweep

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Sharon’s Lulu Yuan returns a serve in third singles against Wellesley. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSpors.com)
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HINGHAM, Mass. – Shortly after last year’s D1 South Sectional Final, Sharon girls tennis coach Diane Micheroni made it clear that the plan was for Eagles to be back in the same spot again.

Not only did they make the return trip, this time around they walked away with the win and the D1 South title.

After falling to Wellesley in the South final a year ago, top-seeded Sharon exacted some revenge this time around, sweeping singles play for a 3-2 win over the previously unbeaten and second-seeded Raiders.

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While most programs make it a goal to get this far, Micheroni had the confidence to pencil it in that the Eagles would be back.

“They never give up,” Micheroni said of her now 23-0 Eagles. “They just work real hard, every practice, every match. They were just waiting for this day and they really came through, I’m really proud of them.”

Part of the reason for the confidence was that Sharon brought its two top singles players back from last year’s squad, plus a handful of experienced doubles players.

And on top of that, the Eagles got a huge boost with the addition of freshman Emily Zhang, who has started at second singles all season.

With Zhang in the fold, junior Lulu Yuan – the 2015 Hockomock League MVP – made the switch from first singles to third singles, and sophomore Nupur Shukla moved up from second to third singles.

“It was crazy, it was so emotional,” Yuan said of the win. “We’ve been waiting for this moment. I knew that this year, with this team, we would win.”

Yuan put the Eagles on the board first in the match, quickly jumping out to a 4-1 lead before winning the first set 6-1. The second set didn’t take much time as Yuan finished off her opponent in similar fashion, walking away with a straight set 6-1, 6-1 win.

Yuan, who was named team MVP, has taken the move from first to third singles in stride.

“I think it was really beneficial for the entire team,” Yuan said. “I know that getting a win at third singles get help the team win the match. Having players like Nupur and Emily that I can depend on, it’s really helpful. I love my position.”

Yuan is unbeaten on the year, and has only lost a total of four games – two of which came against the Raiders.

“She’s just phenomenal,” Micheroni said of Yuan. “It says so much about her because her primary interest is the team. She’s the heart of the team, she leads them. She went out there this season and set a goal to not drop a game all season. She really gave herself something to aspire to and to make her game better. So many other people would have done the opposite in her situation. She really played with class all season.”

The Raiders evened the match at one game apiece with a win at second doubles. Sharon’s Rithica Neti and Sophia Fein had tied the match early in the second set, but eventually fell 2-6, 3-6.

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Sharon moved back into the driver’s seat as Zhang came away with an impressive win at second singles. Zhang jumped out to a 2-1 lead over Wellesley’s Caitlin Avery, one of the top singles players in the area, and won the first set 6-3.

Zhang didn’t slow down at all, going ahead 3-0 in the second set and eventually scoring a 6-2 win at the second set to put the Eagles up 2-1.

“I thought I was able play pretty consistent and place the ball well and make her move,” Zhang said. “Moving her around caused some mistakes for her.”

“Enormous addition to the team – she’s such an integral part of our team,” Micheroni said of Zhang. “She goes in there and she does her job. She’s very precise, she’s very consistent – she does just her job.”

That put all the eyes on first singles. With first doubles split one set apiece, the teams took a timeout as first singles finished.

Shukla built a 3-0 lead in the first set only for Wellesley freshman sensation Alex Coleman to win three of the next four, cutting the lead to one. Shukla came through, taking the first set 6-3.

At the time of the break, Coleman held a 4-3 lead in the second set. The two split the next two sets, giving Coleman a 5-4 edge and just four points away from forcing a third set.

Instead, Shukla – who was down 0-15 and 30-40 and just one point away from a third set – rallied, tied it at 40-all, won the advantage point and won the next point to tie it at 5-5.

Coleman, who was serving, raced out to a 40-0 lead, again just one point away from winning the next point. But Shukla had other plans, rattling off five straight points to take a 6-5 lead in the set.

“I was just trying to get my serves in, I wasn’t going hard with them because I noticed she liked that pace,” Shukla said. “And then I wanted to keep it on her forehand because she kept ripping her backhand shots down the line.”

It was time for Coleman to rally, overcoming a 0-30 hole and winning the point to make it 6-6, sending the second set into a tiebreaker.

“I couldn’t see myself playing a third set,” Shukla said. “I had my teammates and the crowd cheering so me and I knew that if I put my mind to it, I could pull through, which I’m glad I did.”

With the momentum of her side, Coleman jumped out to 3-0 lead, the last point coming a spectacular shot down the line. But once again, with her back against the wall, Shukla rallied with four straight points to go up 4-3.

After Coleman tied the game, two straight points from Shukla made it 6-4. Coleman cut it to one again but Shukla finished the tiebreaker off with a great shot that forced an error, giving her a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win and the Eagles the clinching point for the sectional title.

“I always say Nupur is the rock of our team,” Micheroni said. “She never falters, she has sheer determination out there and she’s never going to back down from an opponent. And you saw it today, that’s how she plays.”

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“I know that she has a lot of fight in her, we knew she’d be able to come back,” Zhang said of Shukla’s clinching point. “Even if she’s a couple games down, she’s not out of it, she can come back.”

“She’s an amazing player and a great teammate,” Yuan said of Shukla. “I never doubted that should we be able to pull it out and win.”

Sharon’s second doubles resumed play before Shukla’s win in a tiebreaker, so the match went to a third set instead of a 10-point tiebreaker. Katie Merport and Emily Wen, who won the first set 6-4 but lost the second set 3-6, fell behind 1-4 in the third set.

But even with the title clinched, the Eagles’ duo didn’t give up and battled all the way back to tie the match 5-5. With very little light left to work with – the match now over three hours long – it was agreed to send the match into a tiebreaker. Wellesley won the tiebreaker, 7-0.

Sharon girls tennis moves on to the D1 State Semifinals on Monday, June 12th. The Eagles will play the North champs, Westford Academy (13-5) at Newton North High School at 3:30.

Sharon Boys, Girls Tennis Both Ousted In South Final

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Sharon’s Emily Wen and Adam Dobbin compete in the South Final. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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ROCKLAND, Mass. – Not many teams have been able to beat the Sharon boys and girls tennis teams this year, and it took an extraordinary effort for it to happen in the sectional finals.

Wellesley girls used a win at third singles, a tiebreaker win in the second set at first singles and a third set victory at second doubles for the Raiders to beat the Sharon girls, 3-2 in the D1 South Final.

And the Duxbury boys took a win in straight sets at first singles and then fended off rallies at second and third singles, winning both in three sets to edge the Sharon boys, 3-2 in the D2 South Final.

The Sharon girls team was up first, facing off against the top-seeded Raiders (19-0). The Eagles were able to jump out to a lead with wins at first doubles and second singles to go up 2-0.

Freshman Nupur Shulka concluded her stellar rookie campaign with a quick 6-4, 6-2 win at second singles. Shulka rallied from a 3-4 deficit in the first set with three straight wins to clinch the first set. The freshman was in control throughout in the second set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead before finishing off Wellesley’s Caitlyn Avery.

“And she’s going to be even better next year,” beamed Sharon head coach Diane Micheroni. “She’s determined, she plans on working hard all of summer so we’re excited for next year, we want to build a powerhouse in both singles and doubles.”

The Eagles were forced to mix up their doubles teams after senior Pooja Puttigampala, a four time league all star, was forced to miss the match with a death in the family. Katie Merport made the jump from second doubles to pair up with Michal Kondratiev

The switch didn’t hurt the Eagles though as the two led throughout the entire match, picking up a 6-3, 6-3 win.

Wellesley battled back with Ashley Avery, the South sectional individual champion this season, getting a 6-3 win in the first set and then taking a thrilling 9-7 tiebreaker to get a 7-6 win in the second set over Sharon sophomore Lulu Yuan. Wellesley tied the game at 2-2 with a win at third singles in straight sets.

“She certainly battled,” Micheroni said. “Am I surprised? No. I know she has the capability, she has a great game and we’re excited to have her back next year.”

Sharon’s newly formed second doubles team of Rithica Neti and Sydney Gordon, who had only played together once before, battled back from a 3-4 deficit in the second set, eventually scoring a 7-3 win in a tiebreaker to get the 7-6 win and force a third set.

“What they did today was very impressive,” Micheroni said. “Especially with Sydney stepping into a situation where she hasn’t seen much. She hasn’t played in any playoff matches yet, she was fantastic though, I couldn’t ask more for her.”

Wellesley’s pair of Pooja Reddy and Alexis Tsang showed off their experience together, scoring a 6-2 victory in the final set to secure the match and the title.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Micheroni said. “They are a great team and they fought hard. It came down to the third set, so what more could you ask. The kids were great all year and all of the matches were close today.”

“We look strong for next year,” Micheroni said. “We’re losing both of our number one doubles [to graduation] but our number two doubles should be able to step right up. They were split up today but I think Katie Merport and Rithica Neti are ready to step up next year. Then we have some freshman, some JV kids that are just waiting for their turn. Our plan is to be here again next year.”

The top-seeded Sharon boys team jumped out to a quick lead as well in their match against #2 Duxbury but the Dragons fired off wins at all three singles matches to get the win.

“They are just an amazing group of very smart, devoted, hardworking guys,” Sharon head coach Joan Cutter said.

The Eagles absolutely dominated doubles play, taking a lead right off the bat in both matches and never looked back.

Freshman Danujan Thirumavalavan and senior Tilak Mehta dominated at second doubles, losing just one match in a 6-1, 6-0 win to give Sharon a 1-0 lead.

Adam Dobbin and Alex Romantz both had strong serves and used the full court to their advantage with a handful of nice shots down the line. The pair, which has been terrific all season, concluded their season with a 6-3, 6-1 win and gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

“The doubles have really learned to play together as a team,” Cutter said. “Every time I went over there, they were fine. They did what they needed to do, they were great. And they all want to be playing singles too. Tilak and Danujan really wanted to play singles but they were willing to learn to play doubles together.”

Duxbury’s Eric Sewald brought the Dragons right back in, using a torrid serve to sweep Sharon’s Griffin Fein, the Hockomock League MVP this year, 6-0, 6-0 at first singles.

Sharon sophomore Fred Bondar impressed with a comeback at second singles after losing the first set. Bondar settled in and picked up a 6-4 win in the second set but Duxbury’s Ethan Mall tied the match 2-2 with a win in the third set.

That meant the match came down to Sharon senior Han Cui, who entered the contest unbeaten this season, and Duxbury junior Jack Simon.

Simon overcame an early deficit to take the first set, 6-4. Cui did the same in the second set, coming back to win 6-3 and force a deciding third set. Simon jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then a 5-2 advantage. Cui fought off match point twice to win two sets to close the gap to one. Cui carried the momentum and looked to have tied the match when his long floated shot hit the line but his shot was called out, clinching the win for Duxbury.

“Han’s just amazing, he’s so steady,” Cutter said. “He’s going to Dartmouth next year. I think he was actually a little nervous. His opponent played very well in the first set but Han got in there in the second, he’s very analytical and figures out his opponent and how to play him. In the third set, his opponent played very. very well.

“He played his own style, his own way. If anyone could have done it, with that kind of pressure, it would be Han.”

Sharon girls tennis finishes the season at 19-1 but the future looks bright with all three singles players back as well as second doubles. Sharon boys tennis finishes 20-2 overall and will bring back both first and second singles, as well as Alex Romantz and Danujan Thirumavalavan from doubles play.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 06/08/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.

Baseball
D1 South
#12 Attleboro vs. #1 Silver Lake (@ Braintree) – Postponed to Thursday, 6/9 at 4:00.

D2 South
#4 Stoughton vs. #1 Dighton-Rehoboth (@ Rockland) – Postponed to Thursday, 6/9 at 4:00.

Softball
D1 South
#7 King Philip vs. #6 Hopkinton (@ Taunton) – Postponed to Friday, 6/10 at 6:15.

Boys Tennis
D2 South
#1 Sharon, 5 vs. #12 Westwood, 0 – Final – Sharon won all five matches in straight sets to get the sweep and advance to the D2 South Final. Junior Griffin Fein won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles, sophomore Fred Bondar won 6-3, 6-2 at second singles and senior Han Cui swept 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. The team of Adam Dobbin and Alex Romantz won 6-3, 6-1 at first doulbes and Tilak Mehta and Danujan Thirumavalavan won 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

Girls Tennis
D1 South
#3 North Attleboro, 0 @ #2 Sharon, 5 – FinalSharon girls tennis swept the match, winning all five in straight sets to advance to the D1 South Final for the second straight year. Lulu Yuan won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Nupur Shulka won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Emily Wen won 6-2, 6-0 at third singles. Seniors Pooja Puttigampala and Michal Kondratiev won 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles while Katie Merpot and Rithica Neti won 6-0, 6-3 at second doubles.

D2 South
#4 Foxboro @ #1 Apponequet – Postponed to Thursday, 6/9 at 4:00.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 06/06/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.

Baseball
D1 South
#12 Attleboro, 2 vs. #13 Brookline, 1 – Final – Attleboro senior Nolan Kane had a pinch hit walk off single to give the Bombardiers the win.

D2 South
#14 Canton, 0 @ #11 Sandwich, 3 – Final

Softball
D1 South
#7 King Philip, 3 @ #2 Taunton, 0 – Final

#8 Milford, 0 @ #1 Silver Lake, 5 – Final

Boys Tennis
D1 South
#4 Franklin, 0 vs. #5 Wellesley, 5 – Final
#6 North Attleboro, 0 @ #3 Brookline, 5 – Final

D2 South
#1 Sharon, 5 vs. #9 Medfield, 0 – Final – Sharon won four of its five matches in straight sets to advance to the D2 South Semifinal. Junior Griffin Fein won 6-2, 6-4 at first singles, sophomore Fred Bondar won 6-2, 6-0 at second singles and senior Han Cui won 7-5, 6-0 at third singles. Senior Adam Dobbin and junior Alex Romantz scored a strong 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles while Tilak Mehta and Danujan Thirumavalavan battled back to win 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

#13 Canton, 1 @ #12 Westwood, 4 = Final

Girls Tennis
D1 South
#2 Sharon, 4 vs. #7 Framingham, 1 – Final – Sharon girls won a pair of singles matches and both doubles to advance to the D1 South Semifinal, awaiting the winner of #3 North Attleboro and #11 King Philip. Freshman Nupur Shulka won 6-0, 6-3 at second singles and sophomore Emily Wen won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles. Pooja Puttigampala and Michal Kondratiev won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles and Katie Merport and Rithica Neti sealed the win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at second doubles.

#11 King Philip, 4 @ #6 Plymouth South, 1 – Final

D2 South
#4 Foxboro, 4 vs. #5 Hingham, 1 – Final

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 06/04/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.

Baseball
D2 South
#4 Stoughton, 2 vs. #13 Hopkinton, 1 – Final

Softball
D1 South
#2 Taunton, 4 vs. #18 Somerset Berkley, 1 – Final – Taunton bounced back from allowing a run in the first inning, plating four unanswered runs to get the win. Jordan Wade and Aimee Kistner each had a pair of hits, including a double apiece, and an RBI. Kya Enos and Katie Van Zandt each went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and Amber Wainwright hit a solo home run. Kistner got in the win, tossing a complete game by scattering four hits and striking out four.

#7 King Philip, 5 vs. #10 Norwood, 0 – Final

#8 Milford, 9 vs. #24 New Bedford, 2 – Final – Maddy Bonvino (2-3) and Jess Tomaso (1-3) each knocked in a pair of runs as Milford’s offense continued to roll. Kate Irwin went 3-3 with a run scored and a pair of stolen bases and Emily Piergustavo was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Ali Atherton tossed six innings, striking out five while scattering three hits and one earned run.

Girls Lacrosse
D1 East
#10 King Philip, 5 @ #2 Lincoln-Sudbury, 20 – Final

Boys Tennis
D1 South
#10 King Philip, 4 @ #7 Dartmouth, 1 – Final

Girls Tennis
D1 South
#14 Taunton, 2 @ #3 North Attleboro, 3 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s Jhanavi Kapadia and Emily Chiasson battled through an epic three set match at first doubles, overcoming a first set loss to get a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win to give the Rocketeers the edge. In a match that took nearly four hours, Kapadia and Chiasson dropped the first set to Taunton’s Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor before battling back in a tremendous match. Jordan Willis won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Allie Grinavic won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles to complete the win for North. Taunton’s Olivia Sweeney won 6-3, 6-2 at first singles and the team of Jillian Pagliuca and Caroline Hebert won 6-4, 6-1 at second doubles.

#18 Franklin, 1 @ #2 Sharon, 4 – Final – Sharon won second and third singles as well as second doubles in straight sets without dropping a game to advance in the tournament. Nupur Shulka won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Emily Wen won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. The team of Katie Merport and Rithica Neti won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Pooja Puttigampala and Michal Kondratiev won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won 7-5, 6-2 at first singles.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/27/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Mansfield, 1 @ Attleboro, 5 – Final – Attleboro starting pitching Nolan Kane was superb in six innings of work, allowing just one unearned run. Kane struck out four and allowed just three hits to get the win. At the plate, Dakota Kirby was 3-3 with a big two RBI double in the sixth inning and Nate Tellier had a pair of hits, scored one run and had a stolen base. Attleboro head coach Matt Bosh noted that Brandon Galvao played excellent defense at first base. Matt Callahan came in and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Bombardiers.

Canton, 2 @ Stoughton, 13 – Final – Ryan Sullivan did it all for the Black Knights, picking up the win on the mound and helping his cause at the plate. Sullivan tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out four. At the plate, he scored three runs and knocked in a pair of runs. Luke Johnson led Stoughton’s offense, hitting a triple with the bases loaded and finished with another triple a run scored and five RBI. Jake Gibb went 2-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Doug Seaman scored two runs, Justin Hutchinson drove in a pair of runs and Nick Quattrucci also had a triple.

Sharon, 4 @ Foxboro, 8 – Final – Darren Kelly and Jesse Galanti each reached base three times and came around to score three runs each to pace Foxboro’s offense. Nick Wright and Steve Couroupacis combined on the mound for seven strikeouts.

Franklin, 6 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Franklin used a four run seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and secure the win. With the bases loaded and two outs, Franklin sophomore Jake Noviello’s fly ball fell in the infield for a pair of runs and Mike Skaza followed with a two run single to create the separation. North Attleboro took a 1-0 lead in the first inning behind an RBI single from Ridge Olsen, scoring Kyle McCarthy (single). The Panthers tied it up in the top of the third when Ryan Hodgkins singled, stole second and was sacrificed to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Nick Santucci. Franklin took the lead in the top of the fifth when Tyler Gomes singled in Hodgkins (triple). The Rocketeers quickly tied things up in the bottom of the inning behind a home run from sophomore Zach DeMattio. Hodgkins finished 2-4 with a pair of runs, Jake Lyons was 2/2 with a run and Santucci finished with three walks, a run and an RBI. Jake Noviello went six innings, striking out a pair while allowing two runs on four hits. Jason Ulrickson closed the game out for Franklin. North Attleboro’s Andy Katch was stellar in 6.2 innings of work, striking out three.

Taunton, 3 @ King Philip, 4 – Final

Milford, 10 @ Oliver Ames, 11 – Final (12 inn.) – In a back and forth affair, Oliver Ames was able to prevail in the 12th inning. Sophomore Mitch Goulet led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed to second and the Tigers walked off on an RBI single from sophomore Matt Muir. Muir and senior Chris Romero each had three hits for the Tigers.

Softball
Attleboro, 4 @ Mansfield, 6 – Final – Mansfield’s Rachel Carafa went 2-3 with an RBI, Maddie Letendre had two hits, Megan Letendre had an RBI and Kara Bendanillo and Jocelyn Reardon each had a hit for the Hornets. Maddie Letendre allowed just three hits while striking out nine for the win.

Stoughton, 3 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Gina Carafa pitched well for the Black Knights, giving up one run on five hits and striking out eight for the win. Offensively, Stoughton was led by Jordan Lyons, Jenni D’Andrea and Nicole Bodette, who got a pair of hits each. Bri Ferrandiz (RBI), Gina Carafa and Sam Tullis also got hits in the win for the Black Knights.

Foxboro, 5 @ Sharon, 8 – Final – Sharon junior Clara Cook threw a complete game, collecting 11 strikeouts and allowing eight hits. Offensively, Cook was 2-4 with a first inning RBI triple and a sixth inning RBI single. Senior catcher Rachel Usen and freshman Rebecca Clayman were also also 2-4, each recording a pair of singles. Sharon head coach Deb Parker said freshman Jody Goldenberg played an outstanding game in right field.

Franklin, 9 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Maddie Connelly and Alexx Niss each knocked in three runs as Franklin picked up a big win over division rival North Attleboro. Connelly went 4-5 with three RBI while Niss had a three-run home run along with three walks. Olivia DiGiacomo added a two RBI double, Clara DeCarvalho had three hits and Olivia Haba had three hits and an RBI. Caroline D’Aprile picked up the win, going five innings with five strikeouts. Emily Sawyer pitched the final two innings for the Panthers.

King Philip, 0 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 10 – Final – It was another perfect day at the plate for sophomore Emily Piergustavo, going 3-3 with a double and an RBI. Shannon Cormier went 2-2 with a pair of RBI and Maggie Farrell knocked in a pair and had a triple. Maddy Bonvino was 2/3 with a double and Jess Tomaso was 1/2 with a sacrifice fly. Ali Atherton tossed a complete game, striking out eight. Oliver Ames’ Rachel Han was 3-4 with a pair of singles, a double and two RBI. Victoria Ziner was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Lexie Campbell (1-3, two runs scored) and Jamie Gottwald also scored for the Tigers on Han’s double.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 14 – Final – Ten different players found the back of the net for King Philip, who built a big lead and never let it go. Freshman Collin DeVellis led the Warriors with a hat trick and one assist while juniors John DeLuca and Ben Palmer each netted a pair of goals and had one assist. Freshman Robbie Tartaglia scored his first career goal in the win.

Canton, 8 @ North Attleboro, 7 – Final (2OT) – Ben O’Neill scored a team-high five goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime to give the Bulldogs a big league win. The Bulldogs trailed 6-4 at halftime but were able to limit Big Red to just one goal in the second half and overtime periods. Canton goalie Chris Albert was a big reason for that with 19 saves. Joe Mulkay, Dan Dillon and Mike Shaw each scored once and Shaun Kirby finished with three assists for Canton.

Milford, 1 @ Foxboro, 25 – Final – Louis Piccolo was in the giving mood on Wednesday, recording a career-high 10 assists in the Warriors’ big win. Piccolo also scored twice while Andrew Whalen scored four goals and had one assist, Trey Guerrini scored four goals and had two assists, Colby Nickerson notched a hat trick and Brian Buckner had one goal and one assist.

Mansfield, 7 @ Franklin, 15 – Final – The Panthers built a six goal lead by halftime and stretched the margin to double figures (16-5) by the start of the fourth quarter. Austin Kent led Franklin with eight points, scoring five goals and adding three assists while sophomore Eric Civetti scored six goals and had one assist. Sam Arsenault added a hat trick in the for Franklin. Freshman Jacob Alexander continued his dominance at the X, winning 23/28 faceoffs. Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi touted the play of his defense in front of sophomore goalie Connor O’Rourke (six saves).

Sharon, 13 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 3 @ King Philip, 13 – Final

North Attleboro, 16 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Mackenzie Rosenberg led North Attleboro’s offense with five goals while senior goalie Brooke Ebert played strong with 20 saves in net.

Foxboro, 19 @ Milford, 2 – Final

Franklin, 18 @ Mansfield, 8 – Final – Julia Jette paced Franklin’s offense with four goals and one assist while Caroline Lounsbury and Annie Walsh each found the back of the net three times in the Panthers’ win.

Oliver Ames, 11 @ Sharon, 8 – Final

Boys Tennis
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – The Hornets swept singles play and won at first doubles to get the divisional win. Benny Lin picked up a 6-0, 6-3 win at first singles, freshman Luke Nickerson won 6-1, 7-5 at second singles and Gus Daganhardt won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Mansfield’s final point came from Danny Radev and Sam Cavicchi with a 6-1, 7-5 win at first doubles. Attleboro’s Khaled Hantash and Ahijah Joseph won 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at second doubles.

Canton, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

Sharon, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – The Eagles won each match in straight sets in a big divisional test against the Warriors. Junior Griffin Fein won at first singles, sophomore Fred Bondar won 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and senior Han Cui took a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles. Junior Alex Romantz and senior Adam Dobbin teamed for a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles and Tilak Mehta and Dahujan Thiru won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles for Sharon.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Franklin won three matches in straight sets and had to battle through to others to get the sweep. Junior Eli Brooks won 6-4, 6-2 at second singles and freshman Dan Barrow picked up a 7-5, 6-3 decision at third singles. James Johnston and Tom Mancini won 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles for Franklin. Junior Rahul Herur had to battle back after dropping the first set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at first singles. The team of Cam Piana and Jeremy Gan had to the same to get a 6-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8) win at second doubles for the Panthers.

Taunton, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – King Philip handled business against the visiting Tigers, taking all five matches in straight sets. Cole Ginter won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Garrett Schneider won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles and Blake Ginter won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles. KP’s Sam Colella and Ryan Gemelli won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles and Justin Rohan and Jake Webster paired for a 6-0, 6-1 victory at second doubles.

Milford, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final – The Hornets picked up the win in dominating fashion on Wednesday. Paulina Martin won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Kathleen Giffels won by the same score at second singles. Sophomore Sarah Doyle won 6-2, 6-0 at third singles. Mansfield senior Cathryn Heavey and junior Chloe Peters won 6-0, 6-0 and freshmen Tessa Garufi and Elizabeth Elsner won 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8) at second doubles.

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final – Canton swept through singles play and added a fourth win via first doubles against rival Stoughton. Carly Scanlon won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Skyler Jabbour won by the same score at second singles and Jude Aboukhater won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles. The Bulldogs wrapped up the win behind a 6-2, 6-1 victory from Tiffany Ha and Sarah MacQuarrie at first doubles. Stoughton’s Becca Lawson and Alyssa McGillicuddy battled back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at second doubles.

Foxboro, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final – Sharon freshman Nupur Shulka won a three set thriller to clinch the match for the Eagles. Shulka dropped the first set but battled back for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 win to hand Sharon the win. The Eagles swept doubles play to help clinch the win. Pooja Puttigampala and Katie Merport won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and Michelle Cao and Rithica Neti won 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles. Foxboro’s Diana Prinos won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and Sophia Prinos won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.

Franklin, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – The Rocketeers continued their undefeated start to the season with a sweep of visiting Franklin. Julia Mark picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles, Jordan Willis won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Allie Grinavic won 6-0, 6-2 at third singles. The Rocketeers continued to win in doubles play with Jhanavi Kapadia and Emily Chiasson winning 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Gabby Duva and Azka Siddiq winning 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.

King Philip, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames swept singles play and notched a win at second doubles to secure the win on the road. Riley Spillane used strong net play to pick up a 6-3, 6-1 win at first singles, Jackie Sulkala’s strong serves aided a 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and freshman Sarah Leger was resilient in a 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-4 win at third singles. OA’s Rachel Stryke and Olivia Groebe won 6-2, 6-4 at second doubles. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitcz and Megan Cafarella won 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles for the Scarlet Hawks.

Boys Outdoor Track
King Philip, 62 @ Attleboro, 74 – Final

Girls Outdoor Track
King Philip, 99 @ Attleboro, 36 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 @ Marlboro, 1 – Final

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/11/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Milford, 1 @ Attleboro, 6 – Final – Senior Tyler Stowe was a spark for the Bombarbiers in the leadoff spot with a pair of hits, a pair of stolen bases and a pair of runs scored. Nate Tellier hit a two run double in the sixth inning to turn a two run lead into a 5-1 lead. Tellier also scored two runs and then pitched the final two innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced. Brent Cook went 2-2 with a pair of RBI for Attleboro. Junior Tyler McGovern made his varsity debut, striking out seven in five innings of work for the win, scattering four hits.

Canton, 1 @ King Philip, 8 – Final – King Philip’s Jake Cavanagh tossed a complete game, scattering four hits while striking out 10 batters. Jack DiCenso and Jon Rolfe each had multiple hits for the Warriors. Ryan Coulter knocked in a pair of runs for KP while Cavanagh, Stephan MacMeans and Leo Munafo each plated one run for the Warriors. 

Foxboro, 0  @ Taunton, 8 – Final – Senior Luke Figueira got it done on the mound and at the plate as the Tigers opened the season with a win. On the mound, Figueira struck out eight batters and allowed just two hits and no walks in five innings of work. At the plate, the senior had a pair of hits and knocked in two runs. Matt Machado and Max Bowden each added a pair of hits and RBI as well. William Emerson had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Brendon Mazerolle knocked in one run and had two hits.

Franklin, 14 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Sophomore Jason Ulrickson came on in the fourth inning in relief and pitched four innings without allowing an earned run to get the win for the Panthers. Ulrickson struck out four and scattered three hits. Sophomore Matt Foley pitched the scoreless innings to start the game for Franklin. Offensively, senior Joe Corsi scored four runs, going 2/4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Jake Lyons went 2/4 with two RBI and a run scored, Tyler Gomes had a double and two runs scored, Josh Macchi went 3/4 with a double and three RBI, Jake Noviello was 2/4 with an RBI and Mike Skaza went 3/4 with an RBI and two runs scored. 

Stoughton, 14 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 5 @ North Attleboro, 6 – Final – In a game of lead changes, North senior Zach Rofino (2-4, two runs) reached on an infield single to start the bottom of the seventh, advanced to third on a double from senior Brian Poillucci (3-4, RBI, R) and then scored on a base hit up the middle from Brian Kleczkowski (2-3, RBI) as the Rocketeers walked off with the 6-5 win. Ridge Olsen, who was intentionally walked to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored while sophomore Zach DeMattio went 2-3 with his second home run in as many games and knocked in three runs. The Rocketeers pitchers didn’t issue a walk all game. Andy Katch went six innings, striking out three while Matt Papineau pitched the top of the seventh to get the win. Oliver Ames tied the game in the top of the sixth when Kevin Geary hit a triple and a single freshman Chris Pearsons. OA senior Chris Romero had three hits in the game and classmate Josh Minuskin had a pair of hits.

Softball
Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 12 – Final (5 inn.) – Ali Atherton tossed a one hitter, striking out nine batters in five innings of work while issuing just one walk. At the plate, Jess Tomaso went 3/4 in her debut for the Scarlet Hawks with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Emily Piergustavo went 3/4 with a double and two RBI and Sydney Pounds was 3/3 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.

King Philip, 18 @ Canton, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – Elise Pereira, Kali Magane and Jenn Hutnyan combined for one hit ball in the circle for the Warriors. Magane went 2/2 with a triple while Pereira connected for a home run. Freshman Meghan Gorman debuted by going 2/2 with a home run and four RBI while Sydney Phillips also connected for a home run. Senior Christa Wagner scored three runs for KP.

Taunton, 15 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – Courtney Fisher struck out 11 batters in five innings of work, scattering three hits without a walk to get the win for the Tigers. Taunton’s offense stayed hot behind four RBI from Aimee Kistner (2-4, double), three RBI from Jordan Wade (3-4, double) and a pair of RBI from Liana Duarte (2-4, double). Kya Enos and Meghan Navarro each added a pair of doubles and an RBI and Jaime Brown went 2-2 with an RBI.

Franklin, 12 @ Sharon, 0 – Final (6 inn.) – Caroline D’Aprile struck out six and allowed two hits to get the win for the Panthers. Maddie Connelly had a pair of hits, a pair of runs and a pair of stolen bases and Alli Shea added three runs scored and two hits. Clara Decarvalho knocked in four runs on three hits while Julia Arms had a three run home run and Rachel Cousineau connected for a solo home run. 

Mansfield, 3 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final – Stoughton’s Shannon Flaherty allowed just one earned run in six innings of work to get the win. Flaherty struck out nine and issued just one walk in the win. Mansfield erased a 2-0 deficit in the top of the sixth inning but the Black Knights scored twice more in the bottom half to regain the lead. Jocelyn Reardon had a pair of hits, including a two RBI single in the sixth while Mady Bendanillo, Megan Letendre, Kara Bendanillo and Amanda Giambanco all had a hit in the game for the Hornets. .

North Attleboro, 6 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Amelia Murphy allowed just three hits in her Big Red debut, fanning four batters to get the win. Rylie Guthrie, Sam Courtemanche and Liz Morehouse each had an RBI single while Kaylea Sherman had four putouts in center field and also a double play. Oliver Ames’ Victoria Ziner was 1/2 with a run scored, Katie Pursley had an RBI and Lexi Campbell also had a hit. Campbell pitched a complete game, striking out five with just two earned runs allowed.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro @ Dartmouth, 4:00

Canton, 5 vs. Scituate, 1 – Final – The Bulldogs were able to accomplish a feat not many are able to: shut down Scituate’s offense. Canton only allowed one goal, coming with six minutes left in the game. Defensemen Jake Ragusa, Dan Nadeau, Gabe Galeotos and Jonathan Sutton combined to limit the Sailor while Chris Albert made 16 saves in net. Ben O’Neill netted a hat trick with one assist while junior Ryan Lodge had a goal and two assists and freshman Mike Shaw scored once.

Taunton, 0 @ Foxboro, 21 – Final – Andrew Whalen led Foxboro with seven points, scoring three goals and added four assists and Louis Piccolo added four goals and two assists. Brendan Tully had three goals and two assists and Colin Spinney chipped in with a pair of goals and a pair of assists for the Warriors. 

King Philip, 10 @ Medway, 9 – Final – Senior Sam Agricola scored King Philip’s first five goals of the game to keep the Warriors close and then scored the game winning goal in the third quarter. Agricola finished with six goals, one assist and five ground balls, helping KP take advantage of the extra man opportunities. KP scored on six of their seven EMO while limiting Medway on their special teams chances. Junior Paul Macrina made 23 saves in the game including seven in the fourth quarter. Head coach Jacob Kravitz called it a great character win and credited Steve Eaton’s switch to LSM in the second as a big turning point in the possession game. Tim Watson and Anthony Truini each scored twice for KP. 

Mansfield, 5 @ St. John’s, 14 – Final
Milford, 1 vs. Plymouth North, 14 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 @ North Attleboro, 9 – Final
Sharon, 8 @ Bishop Feehan, 16 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 3 vs. Dartmouth, 9 – Final

Foxboro, 20 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – Caroline McGreary scored four goals and Sophia DiCenso and Lauren Flahive each netted a hat trick to lead Foxboro. Megan Curran and Lily Feeney each chipped in with two goals for the Warriors. Taunton’s Delaney Powell scored both of the Tigers’ goals. 

King Philip, 14 vs. Medway, 9 – Final – Katie Crowther was nearly unstoppable, netting a team high nine goals to lead the Warriors. Jen Lacroix added three goals while Abbey Buchanan and Allie Meehan each found the back of the net once. 

Sharon, 6 @ Oliver Ames, 11 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Hannah Friend made an impact all over the field to lead the Tigers. Friend scored four goals and had one assists while nabbing two draw controls and five groundballs. She also had three intercepted passes for the Tigers. Erin Fitzgerald was another reason for OA’s strong possession game with 10 draw controls. Ariana Waldorf had 12 saves in net while Sofia Masciarelli, Chloe Kikelly and Emalyn Duvall each scored twice. Carly Cidado had a goal and an assist, Abby Duvall had two assists and Kendall Clifford notched an assist for OA.

Boys Tennis
Milford, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Attleboro scored wins at first and second singles and sealed the win with a marathon win at second doubles. Timothy Vermilyea won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles and Tyler Letendre picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win at second singles. Khaled Hantash and Ahijah Joseph won the first 7-5 at second doubles but after losing 3-6 in the second, rallied to win 6-4 in the final set. Milford’s Brendan O’Shaunghnessy won 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) at third singles and Tabish Syed and Stephen Donnelly won 6-3, 6-4 at first doubles.

Canton, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – KP sophomore Cole Ginter won 6-4, 6-1 at first singles and freshman Blake Ginter won 6-4, 6-3 at third singles to lead the Warriors. Sam Collela and Ryan Gemelli won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles and Jake Webster and Justin Rohan won 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles for the Warriors. Canton’s Jake Wolicki won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at second singles. 

Foxboro, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Taunton’s lone win came when Charlie Fiske and Connor Briggs battled back for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win at first doubles. 

Sharon, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Sharon won all five matches in set straights to start the season with a win. Griffin Fein won 6-2, 6-3 at first singles, Fred Bondar won 6-3, 6-3 at second singles and Han Cui won 6-2, 6-1 at third singles. Adam Dobbin and Alex Romantz picked up a 6-1, 6-3 win at first doubles and Tilak Mehta and Dahujan Thiru won 6-1, 6-4 at second doubles. 

Stoughton, 0 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final – Mansfield junior Benny Lin won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, freshman Luke Nickerson won 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and junior Gus Daganhardt picked up a 6-3, 6-1 at third singles. Sophomores Danny Radev and Sam Cavicchi won 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles and sophomore Ben Salder and junior Stephen Zenack won 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles. 

Oliver Ames, 1 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – North Attleboro got wins from a pair of juniors in singles play and three seniors and one junior in doubles for a 4-1 win. Junior Barsomo Nuay won 6-4, 6-4 at second singles and junior Zack Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Seniors Jeff Yao and Nick Lockavitch won 7-5, 6-1 at first doubles and senior Jake Fontes and junior Daniel Zhang won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles. Oliver Ames’ Thomas O’Leary notched a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) win at first singles. 

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 1 @ Milford, 4 – Final

King Philip, 4 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Becca Ricci and Meghan Sepich won at first and third singles respectively to lead the Warriors. Ricci picked up a 6-3, 7-6 win and Sepich won 6-0, 6-0. KP’s elly Masse and Megan Davenport won 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 at first singles and Connie Palumbo and Carly Adams won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles. Canton’s Skyler Jabbour won 6-3, 7-6 at second singles. 

Taunton, 1 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final

Franklin, 2 @ Sharon, 3 – Final – Freshman Nupur Shulka debuted with a 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles to help lead the Eagles to a season opening win. Sharon sophomore Emily Wen won 6-1, 6-2 at third singles and junior Michelle Coo and sophomore Rithica Neti won 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and junior Anja Deric and sophomore Katelyn Davenport won 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-6) at first doubles. 

Mansfield, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Seniors Paulina Martin and Kathleen Giffels won in straight sets in singles play as Mansfield rolled to a sweep. Martin won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Giffels won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles. Sophomore Sarah Doyle won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles for the Hornets. Cathryn Heavey and Chloe Peters won 6-3, 6-3 at first doubles and Tessa Garufi and Elizabeth Elsner won 6-0, 7-5 at second doubles. 

North Attleboro, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – North Attleboro’s Julia Mark picked up a 6-3, 6-1 at first singles, Jordan Willis won 6-2, 6-2 at second singles and Allie Grinavic didn’t lose a set in a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. Jhanavi Kapadia and Emily Chiasson won 6-0, 6-3 at first doubles and Gabby Duva and Katie Demontigny won 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) at second doubles for the Rocketeers.

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 1 vs. Millis, 3 – Final – Milford won the third game but couldn’t overcome the 2-0 hole. Senior Mike Haver led Milford with 11 kills and added three blocks. Senior Ryan White had 16 assists, eight kills, four digs, two blocks and an ace while Juan Ruelas had 13 assists, seven kills and three digs and blocks.