The 2016 Hockomock Girls Lacrosse All Stars & HMs

Below are the official Hockomock League Girls Lacrosse All Stars.

Hockomock League MVP

Kenzie Pleshaw, Franklin

Hockomock League All Stars

Kayla Merritt, Attleboro
Mary Nee, Canton
Hallie Canfield, Foxboro
Sophia DiCenso, Foxboro
Julia Jette, Franklin
Sam Jones, Franklin
Kenzie Pleshaw, Franklin
Kendall Reardon, Franklin
Emily Spath, Franklin
Abbey Buchanan, King Philip
Katie Crowther, King Philip
Jen Lacroix, King Philip
Caroline Maher, Mansfield
Hana Caster, North Attleboro
Brooke Ebert, North Attleboro
Erin Holley, North Attleboro
Mackenzie Rosenberg, North Attleboro
Erin Fitzgerald, Oliver Ames
Alex Rabb, Sharon
Sabrina Robbins, Sharon

Honorable Mentions

Hannah Lamothe, Attleboro
Casey Bradley, Canton
Melissa Lynch, Foxboro
Annie Walsh, Franklin
Olivia Dort, King Philip
Maire Foley, Mansfield
Morgan Smith, Milford
Alaina Mello, North Attleboro
Sophia Masciarelli, Oliver Ames
Anna Crosby, Sharon
Lorna Li, Taunton

Second Half Rally Lifts Franklin to D1 East Title

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Kendall Reardon (5) celebrates at the final whistle, as Franklin held off Acton-Boxboro to win the Div. 1 East title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Prior to taking on Acton-Boxboro, Franklin gathered together to watch footage of the program’s only sectional title win. The players were inspired by the film of the dramatic victory over Concord-Carlisle, but those positive memories did not translate into a great start to Thursday’s Div. 1 East final at Pisini Field.

The Panthers struggled to find the cage in the first half against the Colonials and went into halftime trailing 5-2. Franklin did not panic. The players huddled together, reminded of the tough games that they have played this season, and made a couple of small changes.

“We’ve been down 12-0 before at halftime, to Westwood, and I said that to them, so 5-2 was nothing,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe. “And it wasn’t anything dramatic going on, it was little things that we could fix. So, we didn’t get down on ourselves.”

The Panthers turned the game on its head with five straight goals after halftime and then held on to possession for the final four minutes of the game to pull out a 7-6 victory to claim the program’s second sectional title.

“It feels amazing, my senior year, our home turf…there’s no better feeling,” said senior midfielder Kenzie Pleshaw. The recently-named Hockomock League MVP scored three goals to lead the Panthers.

Pleshaw opened the scoring after six minutes of possession by the Panthers. A-B answered right back off the ensuing draw and then, five minutes of Franklin possession later, forced a turnover and scored in transition to take the lead.

After A-B scored its third, freshman Annie Walsh scooped a ground ball in the defensive zone and started a quick break that flowed through Julia Jette up to Emily Spath, who finished to make it 3-2. The momentum did not stick with the home team, as A-B closed the half with a pair of goals, while Franklin went 10 minutes without finding the back of the net.

“I think shooting, a little bit,” said Igoe about the problems of the first half. “I think once we pushed the fast break, which we wanted to do, and we got momentum we felt more confident.”

Pleshaw was asked what the team talked about at the break. She responded, “Just come out and play like it’s 0-0. This is our field and we don’t want to go home with a loss on our own turf. We just told the girls to come out and play with heart.”

The Panthers answered the call and it was Pleshaw that gave them the spark with a goal five minutes after the break. It was a patient possession and she took multiple opportunities to probe the A-B defense before dodging past her marker and finishing on the run.

Two minutes later, Franklin burst forward in transition and Kendall Reardon caught the A-B goalie out of position to feed Spath all alone in front of the cage to make it 5-4. Walsh won the ensuing draw control and then bounced in the game-tying goal from a free position.

A-B smacked the bar with a shot in transition, but that was a rare chance for the Colonials in the second half. Dani Lonati made four saves for the Panthers and the defense, led as always by Olivia Truenow, Sam Jones, and Dana Lewandowski, stymied A-B time and time again.

“We changed up the game plan a little bit; [Julia Neyland] was doing great for them and we marked her up a little tighter and…when the other team went to goal we just crashed, no swinging,” said Igoe.

Julia Jette gave the Panthers their first lead since it was 1-0 when she finished off a pass by Caroline Lounsbury from a free position. Pleshaw raced down straight off the draw and drove to the net to give Franklin a two-goal lead with her third of the game.

Caroline Maxwell scored off an eight-meter opportunity to cut the lead back to one with 9:02 remaining, but it would be the last goal of the game.

With 3:59 remaining, the Panthers grabbed possession in front of their bench and Igoe immediately called timeout. Franklin set up a plan for the final minutes that included attempting to score another goal but A-B goalie Brenna Keefe made two big saves.

Franklin kept possession both times and Igoe called another timeout with 1:30 to go and this time it was all about the stall. She explained, “I didn’t want to completely stall with four minutes left…but we took a couple shots and their goalie made excellent saves, so after that I’m just like she’s awesome why don’t we hold the ball?”

Pleshaw admitted there were “flashbacks” to last year and the semifinal against Lincoln-Sudbury where the Panthers turned the ball over in the final minute and the Warriors scored to tie the game and then eventually won in OT.

This time, Franklin held on, swinging the ball from side to side, and pulled out the victory to set off a celebration made even sweeter by the fact it was taking place on home turf.

“We just ran our hearts out and even though we were tired it didn’t matter,” said Pleshaw. “If you had the ball, you were going to run like you were in a marathon.

“We have eight seniors who want to go far and we didn’t want this to be our last game.”

Igoe added, “I think the girls really deserve it. You’ve really got to keep pushing through in the postseason and they really did that today. No matter what the situation was…it’s just an accumulation of the season.”

Franklin (19-4) will face North champion North Andover in the state semifinal at Babson College on Monday. The teams squared off in April with the Scarlet Knights pulling out a 9-8 win.

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

Battle Tested Panthers Return to D1 East Final

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Kenzie Pleshaw (15) led the Franklin girls lacrosse team to its second D1 East final in three years with a win over Feehan. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – For the second time in three seasons, Franklin will be playing in the Div. 1 East final, following a 14-7 victory on Tuesday night against fifth seed Bishop Feehan at Pisini Field.

The Panthers beat Feehan for the second time this season (Franklin won 10-3 in the regular season meeting) and the experience of playing a regular season schedule loaded with tournament-caliber opponents, including many ranked in the top 10 in the state, is paying off, according to head coach Kristin Igoe.

“I definitely think strength of schedule is a big factor,” she explained. “We’ve been in games where we’re up, we’ve been crushed, and we’ve been close at half…we’ve had every situation and I think that helps in the tournament.”

The Panthers have faced the likes of Westwood, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham), and Needham, which are widely considered the top three programs in the state, as well as perennial Div. 1 powers like North Andover, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Andover.

With that experience under their belts, Franklin was ready to play a type of defense that Feehan coach Nancy Anderson-Semple admitted was on a different level of physicality than the Shamrocks had encountered in the regular season.

“They’re playing teams that are tougher than ours during the season, so they’re used to playing that way,” said Anderson-Semple. “A lot of our kids have bruises everywhere, hits to the head, all that kind of stuff; we’re not used to that physical type of play.

“They have a tougher schedule where I guess they’re allowed to do that, so that was a little bit of a shock to the girls.”

While the Panthers had success against the Shamrocks in the regular season, Igoe insisted her team was focused to take on Feehan on Tuesday.

She said, “Our biggest thing was don’t underestimate Bishop Feehan. Even though we beat them in the regular season, it doesn’t matter. It’s tournament; it’s a whole new slate.

Thanks to strong play on the draws from senior Mandy Semple, Feehan was able to hang with the Panthers early in the game. Freshman Annie Walsh opened the scoring on a drive to her right hand three minutes in but the Shamrocks quickly answered to tie it.

Kendall Reardon scored on a low, eight-meter shot to regain the lead and Kenzie Pleshaw, who was recently named the Hockomock League MVP, made it 3-1 with a sidearm shot on the run, undeterred by a bump on her way to goal. Semple got one back but Emily Spath came down 24 seconds later to make it 4-2.

“They have an excellent draw taker and that’s where their momentum was,” said Igoe. “They would constantly win draws, which wasn’t good for us, but if they scored our defense shut them down on the next one of Dani [Lonati} made a save. It was important to not them get on a run.”

The defensive unit for Franklin proved to be the difference in the first half with a strong ride that stymied the Shamrocks in transition and then a settled defense that took away cuts and passing lanes. Led by Sam Jones, Olivia Truenow, Grace McDermott, and Dana Lewandowski, among others, the Panthers would limit Feehan to just three goals in the opening half.

Meanwhile, the offense was clicking into gear. Caroline Lounsbury assisted on Spath’s goal and on the next goal by Julia Jette that capped off a transition started by Truenow’s outlet pass. After Semple scored her second, Lounsbury converted an eight-meter try for her first goal of the game.

Pleshaw capped the half with a pinpoint shot across her body into the top corner with three seconds on the clock to give Franklin an 8-3 lead at the break.

Feehan tried to turn things around in the second half and again the draw controls played their part as the Shamrocks won the first two and turned both into goals by Caroline Toomey. But, Walsh snagged the next draw control for the Panthers and then converted on a free position for her second of the night.

“You would never know that she was a freshman,” said Igoe of Walsh. “The way she ran up and down the midfield today, she played like a senior. She may not get credit for all the goals and assists but the ground balls, the draws, she caused turnovers, she didn’t give them second chances.”

Semple converted her hat trick but Feehan still could not put a run together, as the score stayed 9-6 or five minutes before Diana Griffin put one under the bar for the Panthers, which was followed by goals from Pleshaw and Reardon to build the lead to six.

Feehan scored to make it 12-7 with 5:20 remaining but before the ensuing draw, lightning was seen and the teams had to take a 45-minute break until the weather cleared. Walsh scored off an assist by Pleshaw and then played provider on Griffin’s second to let the Panthers close out the game in style.

It was not unexpected to see the Panthers, the top seed in the sectional, get back into the final, but a little bit of a surprise is that it will be Acton-Boxboro making the trip to Franklin on Thursday night, not No. 2 seed Lincoln-Sudbury.

When asked about A-B, Igoe remarked, “I know they beat a great Concord team and a great L-S team, so they must be good. They were losing a bunch and people kind of doubted them and they said, who cares. They must be good and we’re not going to underestimate them.”

The final is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.

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

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 06/02/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.

Baseball
D1 South
#2 King Philip, 3 vs. #15 Catholic Memorial, 4 – Final

#4 Taunton, 1 vs. #13 Brookline, 2 – Final (8 inn.) – Luke Figueira pitched seven innings without surrendering an earned run but the Tigers couldn’t overcome a run by the Warriors in the top of the eighth inning. Figueira struck out seven and allowed three hits and four walks in a no decision. Christian Simoes, Jack Moynihan and Matt Machado each had two hits for Taunton, which totaled 11 hits as a team.

#9 Franklin, 4 @ #8 Durfee, 6 – Final – Franklin took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but the Hilltoppers climbed back into the game with four in the bottom half and added single runs in the second and third. Offensively, Nick Santucci went 1-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored, Brad Jarosz was 2-3, Mike Skaza knocked in a run and both Steve Ferguson and Alex Bissanti scored a run for the Panthers. Sophomore Jake Noviello pitched well in relief for the Panthers, tossing four innings with just one run allowed while striking out five.

#12 Attleboro, 1 @ #5 Norwood, 0 – Final (9 inn.)Click here for a recap of the game.

D2 South
#12 Oliver Ames, 0 @ #5 Nauset, 9 – Final – Oliver Ames only registered a pair of hits against Nauset pitcher Paul Prue, who tossed a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts. Senior Josh Minuskin had a triple and sophomore Matt Muir had a single for OA.

#14 Canton, 1 @ #3 Middleboro, 0 – Final (9 inn.) – Canton senior Kevin Powers tossed a complete game, nine inning shutout to lead the Bulldogs past the defending D2 State Champions. Powers worked around a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the eighth and the Bulldogs went on to score the winning run in the top of the ninth. Jim Jenkins had his second hit of the game, a double, and moved to third on a bunt from Jimmy Hamrock. Sean Doyle then connected and Jenkins came home to score on an error. Powers stretched his scoreless inning streak to 24 straight, scattering five hits while striking out six batters. Mike McMahon also had two hits for Canton while Joe Peccia (11 putouts), Joe Bires and Matt Casamento each had a hit.

D3 South
#17 Foxboro, 1 @ #16 Scituate, 2 – Final

Softball
D1 South
#14 North Attleboro, 7 vs. #19 Walpole, 8 – Final – North Attleboro rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but were unable to push the tying run across the plate. Liz Morehouse connected for a two-run home run and Kaylea Sherman had three hits on the day.

#15 Franklin, 4 vs. #18 Somerset Berkley, 6 – Final (8 inn.)

#16 Mansfield, 4 vs. #17 Notre Dame Academy 0 – Final – The Hornets scored all four runs in the third inning and senior pitcher Maddie Letendre struck out 12 while allowing just two hits as Mansfield advanced in the tournament. Megan Letendre and Marissa Staffier (2-3) each knocked in a run and Maddie Letendre (1-3) singled to score them both to take a 4-0 lead. Bri Homer and Jocelyn Reardon (1-2) scored runs for the Hornets. Mady Bendanillo, Kara Bendanillo and Rachel Carafa each added a hit for the Hornets.

#23 Oliver Ames, 4 @ #10 Norwood, 8 – Final – Oliver Ames scored three runs in the first inning and added another in the second but the Mustangs offense proved to be too much. Missy Krim (2-3, run scored) reached on a single to left, advanced on a bunt single from Rachel Han and bunt single from Victoria Ziner (2-4, run scored) loaded the bases. Jamie Gottwald (1-4, RBI, run scored) batted in a run for OA and then scored off a two-RBI hit from Caroline Mahoney (2-3, two RBI).

D3 South
#21 Foxboro, 9 @ #12 Westwood, 6 – Final

Boys Lacrosse
D1 South
#5 Franklin, 17 vs. #12 Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – FinalAustin Kent scored four goals and had three assists for the Panthers, who also got four goals and an assist from Eric Civetti. Chase Tanner added three goals for Franklin and Jake Alexander had two, as well as winning 21-of-23 face-offs.

#11 King Philip, 6 @ #6 Mansfield, 5 – Final – Click here for a recap of the game. Click here for a photo gallery from the game.

D2 South
#8 Oliver Ames, 0 @ #1 Hingham, 17 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
D1 East
#1 Franklin, 11 vs. #8 Newton North, 3 – Final – Franklin raced out to a 7-0 lead at half and held the Tigers of Newton North scoreless for the first 35 minutes of the game. Kenzie Pleshaw had four goals to lead Franklin while Julia Jette had one goal three assists, Diana Griffin scored twice and had a pair of assists. Head coach Kristin Igoe credited her defense with a very strong game, led by Sam Jones, who won six draws and two ground balls.

D2 East
#8 North Attleboro, 10 @ #1 Walpole, 20 – FinalHana Caster scored four goals for the Rocketeers and Mackenzie Rosenberg added three in the loss.

Boys Tennis
D1 South
#13 Mansfield, 1 @ #4 Franklin, 4 – Final – Franklin got a pair of wins in both singles and doubles to advance in the MIAA tournament. Junior Eli Brooks battled back for a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 win at second singles and freshman Dan Barrow won 6-4, 6-2 at third singles. Tom Mancini and James Johnston continued their stellar seasons with a 6-2, 6-1 win at first doubles and Jeremy Gan and Derek Wu won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles. Mansfield’s Benny Lin won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles.

#6 North Attleboro, 5 vs. #11 Brockton, 0 – Final – North Attleboro won four of the five matches in straight sets to knock out the Boxers. Mitchell Dyer won 6-4, 6-3 at first singles, Zack Pfeffer won 6-1, 6-1 in second singles and Barsomo Nuay won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles. Jeff Yao and Ben Pfeffer won 3-6, 7-5, 8-6 at first doubles and Jake Fontes and Daniel Zhang won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

D2 South
#13 Canton, 3 @ #4 Dighton-Rehoboth, 2 – Final
#14 Foxboro, 0 @ #3 Plymouth North, 5 – Final

Girls Tennis
D1 South
#14 Taunton, 4 vs. #19 Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final

#18 Franklin, 5 @ #15 Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Franklin won all three single matches in straight sets and won both doubles matches in tie breakers to get the sweep. Hannah Sweeney won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, Anna Humphreys won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Anja Deric won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. Stephanie Schaivo and Katelyn Davenport won 0-6, 7-6 (8-6) at first doubles and Selma Wu and Halle Love won 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2) at second doubles.

#20 Mansfield, 3 @ #13 Marshfield, 2 – Final – The visiting Mansfield Hornet swept doubles play and sophomore Sarah Doyle scored a big win at third singles to get the upset win. Doyle won 6-1, 6-2 to get Mansfield’s lone point in singles play. Senior Cathryn Heavey and junior Chloe Peterson won 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) and freshmen Tessa Garufi and Elizabeth Elsner won 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

D2 South
#4 Foxboro, 3 vs. #13 Westwood 2 – Final

Top Ranked Notre Dame Wins Big at Franklin

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Franklin struggled to contain the NDA attack on Monday night, falling to the top ranked Cougars 15-4. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – It just snowballed for the home team. An early yellow card, a quick goal, the pressure ratcheted up and next thing that Franklin knew it was trailing Notre Dame Academy (Hingham), the top ranked team in the state, 7-0 midway through the first half.

It proved to be a deficit too deep to recover from and NDA rolled to a 15-4 victory on Monday night at Pisini Field and showed that the Panthers still have some work to do to compete with the very best in the state.

“Just their speed and their skill shocked us a little in the beginning and we kind of dug ourselves a hole that we couldn’t get out of,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe. “I saw flashes of us being great, but we just didn’t have the ball enough.”

Reflecting on the result, Igoe said, “They very talented and very well-coached and I just told my team at the end, you should want to be like them.”

Franklin defender Sam Jones picked up a yellow card for a foul just 1:12 into the game. The controversial call put NDA up a player and the Cougars took advantage. Freshman Madison Ahern scored the first of her four goals to put the visitors in front.

Senior Morgan Caron followed with the first two of her four goals on the night and Igoe was forced to call a timeout with the Panthers down 3-0 after seven minutes.

“They’re so good that you have to capitalize when you get a chance,” she explained, “and from there put pressure on. We could never really put the pressure on them; they were always putting the pressure on us.”

NDA star Charlotte Allard tacked on a pair of goals and then another freshman, Kelsey Kenney, scored a pair before Franklin could get on the board.

Caroline Lounsbury finally found the back of the net for the Panthers off an Emily Spath assist and then Spath made it 7-2 with a sidearm finish. The momentum was short-lived, as Ahern came right back with a pair of goals, slicing through the heart of the Franklin defense.

Franklin’s transition game, generally a strong suit for the Panthers, was being swallowed up by NDA’s aggressive defense and its ability to send multiple players to the ball on the ride. With 5:40 left in the half, the Panthers finally broke free thanks to a good run by Grace MacCallum, who split a few defenders before passing to Kendall Reardon who hit Julia Jette for the goal.

When Dani Lonati made her seventh save of the first half to stuff an Allard chance, Franklin had another break that could have cut the lead to just five with a few minutes to go before the break, but Jette saw her shot saved by freshman Caroline Cooper.

“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities like when our goalie came up with saves or we came up with the draw,” said Igoe. “We have to be able to finish…and then we were one-and-done and they were off to the races.”

Lonati would make eight saves on the night and Igoe praised her senior goalie for another big game against a strong opponent. Unfortunately, Igoe noted that Lonati’s saves could only do so much when the Panthers could not get the ball into the attack.

“Dani played awesome,” Igoe said. “She kept us in the game, but then we couldn’t clear; we couldn’t get the ball up. So, then they just get it right back and we have to play defense for another five minutes.

“We’ve got to be able to clear it and give our offense the ball.”

In the second half, Franklin appeared to have forced a turnover, but a late foul was called against Kenzie Pleshaw that gave NDA back possession. On the whistle, Allard fired a pass across the face of goal to a wide open Kenney for her third goal of the game.

That sparked another big NDA run of five straight goals that ended any thought of a potential comeback by Franklin.

When asked about the importance of not settling for the lead, NDA coach Meredith Frank responded, “Franklin’s a fantastic team. They have a lot of fast, athletic players, so we couldn’t ever rest or ever think they weren’t going to come back hungry and make plays.

“So, You have to keep that edge and keep that fight and that hunger.”

Spath scored her second goal of the game with 5:41 remaining, skipping her shot off Cooper’s stick and under the bar, but Caron scored her fourth with three minutes left to wrap up the scoring and a dominant performance by the Cougars.

Franklin (12-3) will try to rebound when it travels to Foxboro for a battle of league leaders on Wednesday. NDA will get another Hockomock League opponent on Friday when North Attleboro pays a visit to Hingham.

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

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/28/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
North Attleboro, 6 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Through four innings, it was a pitcher’s duel between rivals Big Red and Big Blue. North took a 1-0 lead in the fifth with a squeeze from Bryan Harris to score Nick Pedro. Attleboro struck back in the bottom half with three runs but the Rocketeers plated five runs in the seventh inning to get the win. Ridge Olsen had a two out RBI single and Brian Poillucci had a two RBI triple.

Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 6 – Final – King Philip scored four runs in the third and added two more in the fifth to pick up a win over the Panthers. Jon Rolfe scattered seven hits but didn’t issue a single walk and struck out win in a complete game effort to get the win. Ryan Guenette had two successful suicide squeezes and Jack DiCenso added a pair of hits for the Warriors, who didn’t make any errors on defense.

Softball
North Attleboro, 14 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace earned his 200th career victory with the win. Mycala Moody, Jordan Sharpe and Gina Miceli each had three hits and Sam Courtemanche had a pair of hits. Amelia Murphy struck out seven, allowing three hits in five innings for the win.

Foxboro, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalClick here for a recap from this game.

Franklin, 4 @ King Philip, 12 – Final Franklin held a 2-0 lead but King Philip rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back. Hailey McCasland led KP with four hits, Kali Magane had three hits and Christa Wagner had a pair of hits. Brooke Taute added a home run for the Warriors.

Boys Lacrosse
North Attleboro, 7 @ Attleboro, 5 – Final

Taunton, 5 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 7 – Final – Griffin Speicher scored twice and had one assist and Ethan Paterson scored twice for Taunton. Mike Perrotta scored once and Josh Grasso, John Almeida and Andrew Wellington each had an assist.

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 3 @ North Attleboro, 19 – Final – Senior Hana Caster and sophomore Mackenzie Rosenberg each scored seven goals apiece to pace the Rocketeers.

Franklin, 15 @ King Philip, 8 – Final – Franklin’s Julia Jette and Kenzie Pleshaw each scored three goals and had an assist to lead the Panthers. Head coach Kristin Igoe praised the defensive play of Sam Jones, who had three draws and four ground balls.

Boys Tennis
North Attleboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Rocketeers won all five matches in straight sets, bouncing back from their first loss of the season on Wednesday. Mitchell Dyer won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Zack Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Barsomo Nuay won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Jeff Yao and Nick Lockavitch paired for a 6-3, 6-0 win at first singles and Jake Fontes and Daniel Zhang won 6-0, 6-2 at second doubles.

Franklin, 4 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – All three singles matches went to three sets and oen doubles needed a tiebreaker in what was a terrific match between Franklin and King Philip. Junior Rahul Herur was able to pull out a marathon win at first singles, prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8) while classmate Eli Brooks won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at second singles. Tom Mancini and James Johnston were solid for Franklin at first doubles with a 6-1, 6-1 win while Cam Piana and Jeremy Gan won 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at second doubles. King Philip freshman Blake Ginter emerged with a 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 win at third singles for the Warriors.

Sharon, 1 vs. Wellesley, 4 – Final

Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 4 – Final

Taunton vs. New Bedford, 4:00

Girls Tennis
Attleboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro improved to 9-0 with a sweep over rival Attleboro. Julia Mark won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, Allie Grinavic won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles and Emily Chiasson won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Jhanavi Kapadia and Gabby Duva picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at first doubles and Katie Demontigny and Hana Hershey won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles for the Rocketeers.

Canton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Mansfield swept singles play and won once at doubles to get the win at home. Paulina Martin won 6-1, 6-4 at first singles, Kathleen Giffels battled for a 6-3, 7-5 win at second singles and Sarah Doyle picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory at third singles. Cathryn Heavey and Chloe Peters teamed for a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win at first doubles for the Hornets. Canton’s Talya Mayman and Julia Buskowsky won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 at second doubles.

King Philip, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 5 – Final – Milford picked up a win in a competitive contest with the Black Knights. Allie Collins 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, Ally Buckenmsier won 6-4, 6-4 at second singles and Jess McIntire won at third singles. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitz and Megan Cafarella won 6-1, 6-4 at first doubles and Victoria Beydr and Kate Rosenblatt won 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (11-9) at second doubles.

Taunton, 5 @ New Bedford, 0 – Final – Taunton took care of business on the road, winning each match in straight sets. Jordan Pagliuca won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, Olivia Sweeney won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Kelsey Hebert won 6-2, 6-2 at third singles. Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor won 6-4, 6-2 at first doubles and Caroline Hebert and Jillian Pagliuca won 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles for the Tigers.

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 vs. Randolph, 1 – Final

Boys Outdoor Track
Sharon @ Canton 3:45
Mansfield @ North Attleboro 3:30
Stoughton, 49 @ Milford, 88 – Final

Girls Outdoor Track
Sharon @ Canton 3:45
Mansfield @ North Attleboro 3:30
Stoughton, 40 @ Milford, 96 – Final

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/18/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Franklin, 5 @ Bishop Feehan, 6 – Final (8 inn.)

Milford, 3 @ King Philip, 7 – Final – Sophomore Ben Furfari’s first home run couldn’t have come at a better time. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Furfari connected for a walk off grand slam to give the Warriors’ a non-league win. Jake Cavanagh pitched four innings, scattering four hits with five strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. Jake Lannigan got the win in relief, going three innings with three hits allowing, one strikeout and one earned run allowed. King Philip had 10 hits as a team.

Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Silver Lake, 11 – Final – The Tigers scored seven unanswered runs but it was too little too late after handing the Lakers an early lead. Josh Minuskin had a pair of hits and knocked in four runs for OA while Chris Romero also had a pair of hits.

Taunton, 5 @ Coyle & Cassidy, 6 – Final (9 inn.) – Christian Simoes had three hits and three RBI for the Tigers, while sophomore Joe Manchester had a pair of hits and an RBI and Matt Machado had two hits and two runs scored. Freshman Jack Moynihan made his pitching debut for Taunton, striking out a pair in three innings of work while allowing two earned runs.

Softball
Franklin, 1 @ Bishop Feehan, 7 – Final

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 3 @ Sharon, 22 – Final

Foxboro, 1 vs. Reading, 15 – Final – Jake Addeche made 12 saves for the Warriors and Brendan Tully scored Foxboro’s lone goal of the game.

Girls Lacrosse
Franklin, 10 vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 – Final – Kendall Reardon scored twice and had one assist to lead the Panthers while Diana Griffin and Annie Walsh each netted a pair of goals. Head coach Kristin Igoe noted the entire defense played well, led by five ground balls from Sam Jones.

King Philip, 7 vs. Medfield, 18 – Final

Boys Tennis
Franklin, 2 vs. Hopedale, 3 – Final

Girls Tennis
Mansfield, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Mansfield junior Paulina Martin won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, senior Kathleen Giffels won 6-3, 6-0 at second singles and sophomore Sarah Doyle won 6-2, 6-3 at third singles. The Hornets also got wins from senior Cathryn Heavey and junior Chloe Peters at first doubles (6-1, 6-2) and freshmen Tessa Garufi and Elizabeth Elsner at second doubles (6-3, 6-2).

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 vs. Nipmuc, 0 – Final

Pleshaw Fires Franklin to Comeback Win

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Kenzie Pleshaw (15) scored five goals and the Panthers rallied from an early deficit to beat Concord-Carlisle. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – On Thursday evening, the Franklin girls’ lacrosse team began a run of five straight games against teams ranked among the top 25 in the state with the visit of Div. 1 Central/East rival Concord-Carlisle, which won the sectional title last spring.

After losing a second half lead against Needham in the season opener and eventually falling in overtime, this was an opportunity for the Panthers to pick up a marquee win early in the season and build momentum for a difficult portion of the schedule.

It did not start well. The Patriots jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first half, but senior midfielder Kenzie Pleshaw took over with four goals before the break and five in the game to spark a Franklin comeback that turned into a comfortable 13-7 victory.

“I think their speed kind of took us by surprise at the beginning,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe. “They were just charging right down, blowing by us. Once we kind of settled in a little bit and saw their strengths, our defense did a great job slowing it down and we figured out how to play against them.”

“From there we just played as a team.”

The Patriots, behind star senior Hannah Dudley, dominated the draw controls at the start of the game. Concord-Carlisle won the first six draws as they built an early lead and goalie Abby Flynn made three of her six first half saves to keep Franklin off the board.

The game changed when the Panthers switched things up in the middle. Sophomore Grace MacCallum was moved in and took the draws against Dudley. From that point on Franklin won five of the last seven draws in the first half and nine of the next 13 overall.

Concord-Carlisle coach Paul Morrison said, “I think their momentum came when they switched up on the draw. She did an excellent job, I think she won four or five in a row, and their possessions were excellent. They barely dropped the ball.”

Julia Jette, who reached the 100-goal plateau on Wednesday, scored to cut the Patriots lead to 4-2 and then 23 seconds later, after the Panthers won the draw control, Pleshaw notched her first goal and just like that Franklin was down by one.

Junior Kendall Reardon tied the game, but the Patriots answered back with 8:19 to play in the first half. Three minutes later, Pleshaw shook off her defender with a spin move and finished over the top of Flynn to tie it again. Two minutes later, she completed her hat trick with a shot on the run. With 1:39 left in the half, she made it 7-5 with a shot cutting across the middle.

Igoe said of Pleshaw, “Kenzie is fearless, she can use both hands, she’s an awesome dodger, but she’s just so competitive and has that drive for goal. Those three goals were really important and gave us a kind of cushion.”

The momentum did not waver after the break. Emily Spath stole a clearance and fed Jette for a goal four minutes after the break and then four minutes later Pleshaw earned a free position and finished it. When the Panthers added another on a quick transition between Reardon, Spath, and finished off by Diana Griffin, the visitors were forced to take a timeout.

In the huddle Igoe reminded the Panthers of the lead that they held against Needham in the season opener and how important it was to keep pushing to extend the advantage.

“We just kept playing hard,” said Igoe. “We got some saves when we needed to, got some ground balls when we needed to, so they were never able to go on a run to get momentum.”

A couple minutes after the timeout, Reardon got her second goal of the game, capping a 7-0 run that gave the Panthers a six-goal lead.

After the patriots ended the run, Spath added her second goal on a free position. Griffin would also get her second of the game to answer another Patriots goal with 2:25 to play.

The offense was clicking but it was the defense that turned the tables on the Patriots. Senior Sam Jones controlled the defense, as the Panthers closed off the middle of the field, and classmate Dani Lonati came through with eight saves, including a couple down the stretch that kept the Patriots from changing momentum.

Igoe said of Jones, “You can hear her on the sidelines, sending doubles and coming up with knock downs and ground balls. I’m really proud of our defense and how they figured them out and were able to crash on their top dodgers and slow them down.”

It was the perfect way to start this tough stretch for the Panthers (4-1), but Igoe wanted to make sure that her team was not getting carried away with a trip to North Andover looming on Saturday.

“We have a good stretch of games coming up and we’re going to kind of take it one-by-one,” she said. “I told them this is exciting, have fun with this win, but tomorrow we have stuff we have to work on. We’re happy, but we’re not satisfied.”

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

Girls Lacrosse: Kelley-Rex Division Preview 2016

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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.”