Girls Lacrosse: Kelley-Rex Division Preview 2016

Kelley-Rex girls lacrosse
Franklin is once again the favorite in the Kelley-Rex with senior midfielder Emily Spath one of the key returning players. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

ATTLEBORO
2015 Record: 6-11
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jackie Beland

Attleboro comes into its third season of varsity play after winning  pair of Hockomock games last spring and six games overall. As the Bombardiers continue to develop, head coach Jackie Beland will be hoping that Attleboro can start climbing the standings and be competitive with the strong teams above it in the Kelley-Rex as well as with Taunton, which is beginning its first season in the league.

Attleboro will be led by its senior captains Katie Patton and Hannah Lamothe in attack and Sam Spaziano and Kayla Merritt in the midfield. Mish Logie will highlight the juniors, who will be stepping in to fill the void left by Kerri Beland’s graduation, and senior Amy Cadle will be back in goal this spring. Sophomore Grace Mayer saw some time last year as a freshman and could be ready for a breakout year.

FRANKLIN
2015 Record: 15-5
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 East semifinal
Coach: Kristin Igoe Guarino

Franklin enters this season as it does just about every season, as the heavy favorite to win another Kelley-Rex division title. The Panthers will need to replace the scoring and all-around game of Emily Jeffries, but have plenty of players that can step in to fill that production.

Senior midfielders Kenzie Pleshaw and Emily Spath will continue Franklin’s strength in the middle of the field and Sam Jones will be back to lead the defense. University of New Haven-commit Julia Jette will spearhead the attack along with junior Kendall Reardon, last year’s Underclassman of the Year.

Freshmen Annie Walsh and Halle Atkinson will also step into the lineup and show the future remains bright for the league’s top program.

Head coach Kristin Igoe, who has loaded the schedule this year with six of the top seven teams in the state, said, “We have a lot of talent, and when we put all the little pieces together, it is fun to watch. Our goal is to win the Hock and make it back to the sectional final.”

KING PHILIP
2015 Record: 10-11
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 East first round
Coach: Julie Bourdeau

King Philip has been a perennial power in the Kelley-Rex division and will be hoping that a large pool of players that came out this spring will help the Warriors get back on top for the first time since it shared the title with Franklin in 2012. The key for KP this season is the senior class, especially in the midfield.

Jen Lacroix is back after a season in which she scored 60 goals and has been a four-year starter and draw control specialist for the Warriors. While Lacroix gets forward to score the goals, fellow captains Abigial Buchanan and Olivia Dort provide the defensive coverage in midfield. Defensively, KP will miss Rylie Dalzell, who is out injured, but Makenzie Nickerson is back after missing most of last season with an injury and fellow seniors Meghan Reilly and Francesca Tonelli will try to keep things away from KP’s freshman goalie.

In the attack the Warriors will turn to their underclassmen Katie Crowther and Angela Vellante and will also be bringing senior Katharine Yetman from defense to add another weapon up front. Head coach Julie Boudreau said, “We have a strong team this year, we are just looking to pull together a dynamic attack with multiple goal scorers…Last year we had a small team and didn’t have the opportunity to sub much-this year we will many different players in the midfield and on attack.”

MANSFIELD
2015 Record: 6-11
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Alexis Kobey

Mansfield got off to a strong start to last season, including an overtime win over Hingham that was later turned into a tie, but the Hornets could not sustain it and missed the playoffs. This year, Mansfield is looking to build on that and get back into the tournament behind senior attacker Caroline Maher, who was one of the league’s top scorers last year.

In addition the Hornets will count on seniors Julia Todesco and Claire Maroney and juniors Maggie Dunn, Maire Foley, Meg Lydon and Tori Lawlor. Head coach Alexis Kobey is also hoping that freshmen Emily Vigeant and Katie Garvin can steo right in and contribute this year.

Kobey said, “We missed out on the tournament and are ready to get back there (to the tournament) as well as really compete with a tough Hockomock league. Our key returning players are all seasoned veterans and we will be looking to them as the backbone of the squad.”

NORTH ATTLEBORO
2015 Record: 13-6
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 2 East first round
Coach: Mike Vitelli

Last year, North Attleboro had the program’s best ever season with 13 wins and a trip to the state tournament. The Rocketeers were knocked out in the first round, but come back this season with renewed energy and high expectations under first-year coach Mike Vitelli, who won five straight league titles and a sectional championship while at King Philip.

The Rocketeers will lean on UMass Lowell-commit Hana Caster for offense and senior goalie Brooke Ebert will be a key for the North defense, which promises to be much-improved this spring. Sophomore Kenzie Rosenberg has drawn praise from opposing coaches and will be a solid addition to the attack along with classmates Chloe Olsen, Julia Tolfa and Julia Dakin. Emily Schromm and Sam Taggart will join sophomore Alaina Mello to try and lock things down at the back.

Vitelli said, “There’s a lot to digest, but as I’ve told the kids it’s a marathon not a sprint. Mistakes we’ll make in March, April and early May should turn into great results come mid May and hopefully beyond.”

TAUNTON
2015 Record: n/a
2015 Finish: n/a
Coach: Kerry Northup

Taunton is opening its first season of varsity play (and already has recorded its first win with a blowout of Bristol-Plymouth), so its entire roster is filled with newcomers that will be learning on the job. Head coach Kerry Northup admits there will be bumps in the road, but that there is also a chance for the Tigers to “make a name” for themselves in the Hock.

Layne and Abbey Kingman and Delaney Powell will be the key players for Taunton in the first season and combined for 10 goals in the season opener. Hannah Moniz will be another player that the Tigers will be counting on this season. 

Northup said, “My goal for what I want my girls to accomplish this season is to come out hard and showcase what they’ve got…We know it may be a difficult season being our first year, so we are staying positive, keeping up the morale, and maintaining our resilience.”

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/29/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final – Mansfield built a double-digit lead by halftime and never looked back. Matt Ehrlich had a team-high 14 points and added four rebounds, Sam Goldberg had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists and Max Boen (four rebounds), Tyler Boulter and Phil Vigeant each had six points for the Hornets. Jake Dunkley had a game-high 15 points for Attleboro, Lucas Boucicaut added 12 points and Kyle Murphy had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Milford, 68 @ Canton, 50 – Final – Dimitry Torres netted a career-high 26 points to spark the Scarlet Hawks to a road win at Canton. Dwight Anderson added 15 points and Josh Andonian chipped in with 10 points for Milford.

Foxboro, 46 @ Sharon, 49 – Final – David Roelke hit a three as time expired to lift Sharon to a key Davenport division win. Roelke had a team-high 12 points while Peter Banks (eight rebounds) and Bryce Smith each had 10 points. Foxboro’s Jason Procaccini had a game-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds and six steals. Alex DuBrow had 13 points and Rob Lowey had seven points and 14 rebounds. 

North Attleboro, 57 @ Franklin, 60 – Final – Tim Prunier hit two free throws down the stretch to stretch the Panthers’ lead to three as Franklin outlasted North Attleboro. The Rocketeers trailed by nine at halftime but rallied to get a 45-44 lead heading into the final period. Prunier finished with a team-best 18 points while freshman Jay Dieterle added 13 points and sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points. North junior Brent Doherty also had 18 points, Kyle McCarthy scored a career-high 13 points in his first start and Mario Bresko added 11 points. 

King Philip, 54 @ Taunton, 62 – Final – King Philip led for three quarters but Taunton was able to overcome the deficit and get the win in the final quarter. Senior Carlos Borrero scored all 11 of his points in the second half and senior Jose Mercado finished with a game-high 17 points. Tommy MacLean added 13 points. Sophomore Tom Madden had a team-high 13 points for KP, who also got 10 points from Seth Sullivan and Pharoah David each. 

Stoughton, 48 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Dylan Mahoney had a team-high 15 points while Tim Kelley, Shawn Cardoza and Nick Welch all added 11 points apiece in the Tigers’ big win. 
Girls Basketball
Canton, 47 @ Milford, 42 – Final – Kate Irwin was Milford’s top scorer with 10 points in the win. Jill Powers and Nicole Dahlgren each added nine for the Hawks.

Sharon, 20 @ Foxboro, 50 – Final – Ashley Sampson had a game-high 15 points, Grace Tamulionis added 11 points and MacKenzie Anderson chipped in with six points. 

Franklin, 63 @ North Attleboro, 47 – Final – Franklin broke open a three-point game at the half with a 20-5 run in the third quarter. Carli Koffinke was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13, while Aubrie Kutil added a double-double with 11 points. Lauren Rudolph for Franklin and Olivia Adiletto eight. Emily Peters scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a losing effort. 

Taunton, 41 @ King Philip, 50 – Final – KP outscored the Tigers 15-5 in the fourth quarter to get the win. Rylie Dalzell led the Warriors with 13 points. KP also got 10 points each from Maddie Purdue and Christina Hathaway. Taunton sophomore Hannah Moniz had a game-high 14 points and freshman Lily Patneaude chipped in with nine points for the Tigers. 

Mansfield, 38 @ Attleboro, 48 – Final – The Bombardiers finished the game with a 9-0 run in the final 4:27 to clinch the win. Sam Pierce led Attleboro with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Deyo had 13 points and 12 boards and Emily Houle had nine points for the Bombardiers. Mansfield was led by Jen Peel with 11 points and five assists. Meg Hill added nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight blocks.

Oliver Ames, 51 @ Stoughton, 34 – Final – Francesca Calabraro led all scorers with a season-high 23 points and added eight steals while classmate Niyera Mitchell had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. 
Swimming
Boys
Canton @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro, 5:30
Girls
Canton @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro, 5:30
Oliver Ames, 87 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final

Sunday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/27/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Taunton, 65 vs. Hope (RI), 39 – Final – Sophomore Tyler Medeiros scored a team-high 13 points to pace a balanced attack for Taunton. Senior Jose Mercado and junior Tommy MacLean each chipped in with 12 points in the win for the Tigers.
Girls Basketball
King Philip, 57 vs. Cumberland, 44 – Final – Rylie Dalzell scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second as the Warriors outscored Cumberland 21-8 over the final eight minutes. Julia Leroux added 10 points, Shannon O’Connor and Maddie Purdue each chipped in with nine points and head coach Marty Crowley said Courtney Kelleher played a big role off the bench.
Hockey
King Philip, 1 vs. Milton, 3 – Final
Mansfield, 0 vs. St. Peter Marian, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 3 vs. Nauset, 0 – Final
Wrestling
Marshfield Tournament (Mansfield, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames, Sharon) – After one day of competition, North Attleboro is sitting in first with 138 points. Sharon is currently in 5th with 85, Oliver Ames is in 17th with 58 points and Mansfield is in 32nd with 24 points. North Attleboro has eight wrestlers that have advanced to the semifinals while Sharon has five grapplers in the semi finals. The list includes Sharon’s Yosef Ellis-Rech (113), Luke Stillman (132), David Ellis-Rech (138), Tyler Jensen (145) and Jason Powell (152) and North Attleboro’s Devin Spratt (120), Alex Devitto (126), Mike Gould (138), Nick Gould (145), Colin Fiske (152), Jack Donahue (170), Leo Thibeault (220) and Brennan Sankey (285). 

Warriors Offense Stalls in Second Half at Smithfield

Julia Leroux
Freshman Julia Leroux (21) had seven points off the bench for the Warriors but it wasn’t enough to take down Smithfield (R.I.). (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – King Philip has prided itself on its defensive effort in the past couple seasons and on Saturday night the Warriors went into Smithfield (R.I.) and held the Sentinels to just 37 points.
Unfortunately, the offense is still a work in progress. KP only scored 10 points in the second half and none in the final five minutes in a 37-34 loss in the opening game of the Smithfield Holiday Tournament.
KP coach Martin Crowley said, “You hold a team under 40 points and you think you have a shot and all the stuff we did in the first half, we stopped doing in the second. We became impatient.”
The Warriors led 24-20 at the break and Sam Madden hit a layup that extended the lead to 27-22 early in the second half (Rhode Island uses halves not quarters). Freshman Julia Leroux had a steal and a fast break bucket that made it 29-23.
The Sentinels battled back with baskets by Julia Mitchell (six points) and a layup by Michaela Dolan that cut the lead to just two, but then Leroux (team-high eight points) stepped into a three-pointer off an assist by Maddie Purdue that kicked the lead up to five.
The game turned into a war of attrition for the final 10 minutes with neither team getting any flow going on the offensive end. KP would go five minutes without a basket until a jumper by Olivia Dort with just over five minutes left to play. It was the final basket for the Warriors.
On the other end, the KP defense was keeping it in the game. Purdue had blocks on consecutive Smithfield possessions, Rylie Dalzell, Madden, and Leroux each came up with several steals. Despite going through a fallow stretch on offense, Dort’s jumper still had the Warriors up by five (34-29).
Crowley said, “We’d get a stop and turn it over; get a stop and then turn it over, We didn’t capitalize on those like the first half.”
“In a game like this, three-, four-, five-point game, if you don’t convert on your chances then it’s going to comeback to haunt you.”
Those missed opportunities did eventually hurt the Warriors. Juliana Romeo scored a traditional three-point play on a drive to the basket for the final three of her game-high 11 points to make it a two-point game and then Mitchell scored on a put back to tie it.
“If you let scrappy teams hang around then they’ll beat you in the end,” said Crowley.
That proved to be the case, as Taylor Deming (10 rebounds) got free in the corner and buried a jumper to put the Sentinels ahead by three inside the final minute.
The Warriors would still have several possessions to try and tie it, but on both attempts they turned it over without getting a shot off. In the final five seconds, Smithfield missed the front end of a one-and-one and freshman Shannon O’Connor (six points) pushed the ball up court and had a look but it was off target.
“We’re trying to go too quick,” said Crowley about the second half struggles. “We’re not making good passes and once it starts to snowball it goes and it’s tough to try and get your confidence back.”
He added, “We always felt like we were in control but then a kid hits a three to tie it and a kid hits one to go ahead and momentum swings.”
The first half was far from a shootout with both teams struggling from the floor. Leroux knocked down a three to make it 11-9 before Smithfield went on an 8-0 run. KP answered right back with a 10-0 run of its own.
Jen Lacroix started it with a corner three then added a layup and a couple of free throws. In the middle O’Connor buried her second three-pointer of the half. Dort added a three-point play to close out the half with the Warriors in front.
About his two freshmen, O’Connor and Leroux, Crowley said, “They’re great assets for the program. They’re really special players and they’re going to help us in the long run.”
KP (0-4) will have little time to dwell on Saturday’s game. The Warriors will be back on the court against Cumberland (R.I.) on Sunday, also at Smithfield High.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.