Below are the official 2021 Hockomock League Volleyball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Cailyn Mackintosh, Franklin
Hockomock League All Stars
Natalie Brojek, Attleboro
Julia Leonardo, Attleboro
Anna Verille, Canton
Mallorie Meyer, Foxboro
Lindsey Tarantola, Franklin
Taylor Lacerda, Franklin
Sami Shore, King Philip
Stella Bailey, King Philip
Emily Sawyer, King Philip
Julia Kelly, Mansfield
Aliza Syed, Milford
Katherine McHoul, North Attleboro
Hadley Rhodes, Oliver Ames
Madelyn Homer, Oliver Ames
Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames
Erin Schustek, Sharon
Vanessa Philemond, Stoughton
Mikayla Cleary, Taunton
Lilly Boedeker, Attleboro
Taylor Reynolds, Canton
Alyssa Cloherty, Foxboro
Brigid Earley, Franklin
Ahunna James, King Philip
Nicole Santos, Mansfield
Sarah Brogioli, Milford
Sara Carter, North Attleboro
Courtney Raymond, Oliver Ames
Sonja Grey, Sharon
Angie Berry, Stoughton
Danielle Lofgren, Taunton
MILFORD, Mass. – When junior Emily Sawyer slammed the final point of the second set, it looked like the King Philip volleyball team had all of the momentum in Tuesday evening’s Division 2 State Semifinal clash against undefeated Hopkinton.
The Warriors had just erased a late three-point deficit to win the second set against the Hillers, evening the match at 1-1 heading to the third set.
But point by point, the momentum faded like air slowly leaking from a balloon. Hopkinton won 11 of the first 12 points, building a double-digit it never relinquished to score a decisive win in the third set and went on to take the match, 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-8, 25-21), to advance to the D2 State Championship.
King Philip didn’t go down quietly, despite falling behind in the early stages of the fourth set. Hopkinton jumped out to a 6-0 lead, getting an ace, a strong swinging kill, and a perfectly placed tip kill in the process. It had the makings of a repeat of the third set.
But the Warriors climbed back into the match against the Hillers, winning 13 of the next 17 points in the form of a 13-4 run. Stella Bailey (34 assists) landed an ace and Ahunna James (12 kills, 11 digs) had three straight kills — one from the back row, one off the block, and one down to the floor — to get KP right back into it.
James added a kill on a swing from the middle and Sawyer (11 kills) added one of her own as the Warriors suddenly jumped ahead 12-10. The fourth stayed close throughout, with Sawyer putting KP up 16-13 on a kill. James split the block with a nice kill to take a 20-19 lead but Hopkinton took advantage of a free ball for a kill, landed a roll shot in the heart of the KP defense, and a hitting error put the Hillers ahead 22-20.
James landed a tip after a nice fake on her approach to make it a one-point set but Hopkinton closed it out with three straight, including a block to end it.
“They’re good, they’re really good,” King Philip head coach Kristen Geuss said of the Hillers. “I think we were a little intimidated and I think we got in our own heads a little bit. And from that we weren’t able to play our game. But I don’t want to take anything away from Hopkinton, they were a really good team tonight. I’m sure we had some nerves and we were a little out of our rhythm but I’m not taking anything away from [Hopkinton], they were awesome.”
Hopkinton set the tone early with a big block for the second point of the match. Sawyer landed a kill to keep KP close, down 10-8, before the Hillers were able to do what the Warriors have done all season: a run in the middle of the match to create separation.
It was a 9-3 burst that turned a close first set into a sizable lead. KP clawed back as Sawyer had a kill after a nice pass from Liv Carey, and a strong serve from Sofia Riedel forced a defensive miscue to cut the deficit to 21-16. But that was as close as KP got the rest of the way before dropping the first set.
There wasn’t much separating the two squads in the second set, with the scoring being tied at 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 16 (after a huge double block from Sawyer and Molly O’Brien), and 17 apiece. Hopkinton had its largest lead of the set at 21-18, forcing a timeout from KP.
After a service error, James rose up to block a tip attempt but Hopkinton responded with a kill of its own. Down 22-20, a nice pass from Samantha Asprelli (12 digs) to Bailey set up Sami Shore (nine kills) for a big swing. KP tied it at 22-22 off a kill from James.
After trading points, Gianna DeLorenzo landed an ace on the back touchline to take the lead and Sawyer put down a thunderous kill to clinch the win in the second set.
“Overall, I’m really proud of them, we had a great season and went further than we ever had before,” Geuss said. “It was a fun season, it’s a great group of girls.”
Not much went right for KP in the third set. On top of the big deficit to start, the Warriors didn’t help their own cause with 10 attacking errors. In the fourth, the Warriors overcame a six-point deficit early but couldn’t complete the comeback in the fourth.
“We’ve come from behind before and I knew they could do it again but when you get that many points against a team like that, it’s tough to get back,” Geuss said. “They were great blockers and they passed well but we played well, we left everything we had on the floor but unfortunately it didn’t go our way.”
King Philip concludes its best season in program history at 22-2 with its first-ever state semifinal appearance.
WRENTHAM, Mass. — The King Philip volleyball team looked poised to run away with the first set, and possibly the match, against visiting Woburn when they staked a nine-point advantage and were just mere points away from an early lead.
But the Tanners refused to go quietly, scrapping and clawing their way back to make it a two-point game.
The Warriors got a huge momentum double block from Emily Sawyer and Molly O’Brien against Woburn’s top hitter Sophia Furxhi, and Ahunna James put down an emphatic kill two plays later and KP survived the opening set
King Philip clearly learned its lesson.
The second-seeded Warriors went on to dominate the next two sets and didn’t give the visiting Tanners a chance to get back into it, earning a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-11, 25-12) over Woburn to book a trip in the Division 2 Final Four.
“I think at first we just needed to settle down and play our game,” said King Philip head coach Kristen Geuss. “I think they were just a little apprehensive about what they were going to see, what’s going to happen, how (Woburn) plays. Once they found their groove, and our serve receive became a little bit better in the back row, that settled everything down. And then we were able to play our game, play on our side of the court.”
King Philip was strong from the service line throughout with just seven errors on 74 attempts (including three in the first set). In particular, both Samantha Asprelli (17 service points, one ace) and Stella Bailey (14 service points, three aces) kept the Woburn defense off balance.
With the Warriors holding a 6-5 edge in the middle set, Asprelli stepped to the line and helped guide the hosts on an 8-0 with Woburn spending both of its timeouts during the stretch.
Asprelli’s strong serves led to a big block from Sami Shore and then a kill from Shore, followed by back-to-back errors from the visiting carey/”>Liv Carey delicately dropped a push attack over the block for a point.
After an ace, another strong serve from Asprelli couldn’t be sent back over and KP suddenly held a 14-5 lead.
James added two kills and Sawyer denied Woburn on back-to-back big blocks. Sawyer added a kill and Shore froze the defense with a tip around a double block to get the 25-11 win and a 2-0 lead.
“We had to move our feet and we had to cover more,” Geuss said of adjustments made between the first and second sets. “We had to get used to that pace and once we did that, we were able to play our game.”
The third set played out similarly to the second set. The visitors were able to keep pace early on despite a kill from Shore on the first point and an ace from Bailey two plays later. A tip kill got Woburn within one at 9-8 but a service error brought Asprelli back to the service line for the hosts.
This time, Asprelli and King Philip rattled off seven straight points as the Warriors’ strong serves made it difficult to Woburn to get any clean swings, and when they did, KP’s big block forced the visitors into hitting errors.
Shore had a kill and a block sandwiched in between four straight plays in which the Tanners couldn’t cleanly get Asprelli’s serve back over and the lead grew to 17-8.
“Our serves are pretty strong so if we can get the other team out of system, that just helps us all around,” Geuss said. “That’s what we work on, we want to try and get the other team out of system and get a free ball back over and then we can try and do something with it.”
Carey recorded two late kills in the set and one from Shore made it 22-10, prompting the Tanners to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Tanners had a pair of errors and Shore finished the match off with a kill.
“This is awesome,” Geuss said. “It’s awesome for them, they just want to keep on playing and play the best that they can.”
#2 King Philip will take on #3 Hopkinton in one of the state’s Division 2 State Semifinals with the date, time, and venue still to be announced.
Franklin overcome a 2-1 deficit to take down previously undefeated King Philip in a five-set thriller, 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 15-25, 26-24, 15-11), in a clash of the Hockomock League’s two best teams, and two squads that are poised for deep runs in the postseason.
With the win, Franklin claims a share of the Kelley-Rex division title along with the Warriors. It marks the third straight season the two teams have shared the division crown. At least one of the two programs has won the division each year dating back to the 2013 season.
Earlier this season, Franklin saw a two-set advantage slip away on the road in Wrentham. On Thursday night, the Panthers won the first set but were five points from getting swept on the season, trailing 2-1 overall and 20-17 in the fourth set.
“The girls have definitely been looking forward to this one. It’s tough to go on the road, and we didn’t finish what we started there,” said Franklin head coach Samantha Redmond. “KP is such a good team so we know we had to bring our ‘A’ game. With our fans, in our gym, we knew we had to bring it tonight. Every game we’ve played since, they were taking things and preparing for this one.”
In front of a packed house that created a playoff-esque environment, the top two teams in the Hockomock went back-and-forth, trading kills, blocks, aces, key digs, and hustle plays to keep the action going. Just when it looked like the match was heading in one direction, it took a turn.
“We talked about focusing on what they had to do, who they are as players,” Redmond said. “KP is a fantastic team and they bring out the best in us. Sometimes in these games when it doesn’t go your way, you give up a little and you stop playing your game. It was just about playing their game the best they could, and I thought they did that, I thought they put their all in and left it all on the court.”
Franklin used the momentum from the home crowd to come out swinging and take the first set. Senior Brigid Earley recorded five of her team-high 18 blocks in the opening set, including one that preceded back-to-back aces from Jennifer Soohoo to give the Panthers a 14-7 lead early on.
The Panthers kept the advantage around that same range but a couple of kills from KP junior Ahunna James (14 kills, 11 digs) kept the Warriors close, and a strong serve from libero Samantha Asprelli got the visitors within two at 24-22 but Franklin setter Cailyn Mackintosh (46 assists, 13 digs, six kills, six aces) alertly swung at the first free ball back over and got a kill to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
“This game could have gone either way…Franklin played great, we played great, it really could have gone either way,” said KP head coach Kristen Geuss. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a season going 19-1 so that in and of itself, I couldn’t be prouder of. What we’ll take away from this is that we’ll play each point for what it’s worth. They’ve had a lot of pressure on them the whole season, they’ve had a big target on their backs and everyone wants to beat us and that’s a lot. I think this prepares for whatever is out there in the tournament.”
KP got off to a better start in the second set as junior Sami Shore (team-high 18 kills on 28 attempts) had three kills in KP’s first five points. James added four kills and a good serve put KP ahead 12-6, prompting an early timeout. The break didn’t slow the Warriors too much as James had a kill, Shore added an ace, and Emily Sawyer (10 kills, six blocks) placed a perfect tip into space for a 19-13 lead.
Franklin closed the gap to four after a nice tip from Cate Roberge and a high-IQ decision on a dump by Mackintosh on the second ball, but that would be as close as the Panthers would get the rest of the set. Sawyer had back-to-back monster blocks and then put down a kill of her own, Liv Carey (12 kills) added a kill, and Shore put an exclamation mark on the set with another kill to make it 1-1.
King Philip seemed to gain a lot of confidence from evening the match and that carried over into the third set. The Warriors once again had a strong start, getting an early ace from Stella Bailey (53 assists, six aces) and a pair of early kills from Carey, which was a sign of things to come this set.
Carey had nearly half of her kills come in the third set, giving the Warriors another option along the net that not only made it difficult on the Panther defense, but also opened up opportunities for single blocks for Shore. KP made its move early on, turning a two-point deficit into a five-point lead with a 9-2 run that featured a kill and ace on back-to-back plays from Shore, a pair of kills from James, and a big block from Sawyer.
An ace from Asprelli pushed the lead to 18-13, forcing a Franklin time out. Again, KP marched on and finished the set with a 7-2 run, including back-to-back kills from Carey out of the timeout. A monster dig from Sofia Riedel kept KP in it late, setting up the clinching point for a 2-1 lead.
“We have several weapons and as a coach, that’s what you want,” Geuss said. “And what’s great is that they can all step up when we need them to and Liv did that in the third set for us.”
Mackintosh stole some of the momentum back by starting the fourth set with three straight aces, helping the Panthers settle back into the match. Besides Franklin’s 3-0 start and one point later in the set, the fourth set never had a lead greater than two points for either team. Franklin led 15-13 after a hitting error but KP rattled off fourth straight points, including a kill from Sawyer, to take a 17-15 advantage.
A service error gave KP a 20-17 lead but Franklin refused to go away. Sophomore Taylor Lacerda (16 kills, 11 digs) put down back-to-back kills, and then a big kill from Delaney Zolnowski on a quick set from Mackintosh got the Panthers within one. Mackintosh followed with an ace to make it 21-21.
Franklin seized a 23-21 lead after putting the pressure on the KP defense but a kill from Shore and an ace from Bailey knotted it at 23-23. Franklin libero Meghan Linkkila made a terrific play to prevent a second straight ace from Bailey and the Panthers turned it into points on a kill from Lacerda. After trading hitting errors, KP thought they had tied it at 25-25 but the hit was ruled to have gone out without any touch.
And just like that, it was 2-2.
James sandwiched a pair of kills around one from Shore early on as KP built a 5-2 lead, and a nice roll shot from Sawyer from the 10-foot line pushed it to 7-3. After a timeout, Franklin rattled off four straight points including a nice line shot from Earley on a right side attempt and a big double block from Lindsey Tarantola and Roberge.
A reversed out-of-bounds call put the Panthers ahead but KP rattled off three straight, including a kill from Carey, to jump ahead 10-9. Franklin answered in the form of a kill from Roberge, who had a great night attacking with nine kills.
“Cate has done a fantastic growing all year,” Redmond said. “It started with her fighting to just get into the starting spot, she had never played fully with Cailyn before so they’ve done a nice job working together, and she’s just done a fantastic job being a force at the net for us down the stretch.”
An ace from Soohoo and a kill from Lacerda was answered by one from James to make it a one-point match at 12-11, but Franklin finished it off with three straight points to get the win and share the division title.
Franklin finishes the season at 15-1, both in league play and overall, while King Philip finishes at 15-1 in the Hock and 19-1 overall. Official volleyball rankings from the MIAA are set to be released on Monday and both squads are projected to have a home game to start.
Today’s games are listed below. We will update with any changes when we receive them.
King Philip @ Attleboro – Postponed to Friday, 10/29 at 3:30.
Sharon @ Canton – Postponed to Wednesday, 10/27 at 7:00.
Taunton @ Mansfield – Postponed to Wednesday, 10/27 at 6:45.
North Attleboro @ Stoughton – Postponed to Saturday, 10/30 at 9:00.
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip fended off a challenge from Attleboro in the opening set and went on two win two more to get a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-17, 25-8) on the road, clinching at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title before its showdown with Franklin on Thursday. Samantha Asprelli served 11 straight points in the final set to clinch the win while Sami Shore (10 kills), Ahunna James (nine kills), and Emily Sawyer (seven kills) paced the Warrior offense. Julia Leonardo led the way for Attleboro with 10 kills.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – After splitting the first two sets, Oliver Ames won two straight tight sets to close out the win on the road over Foxboro, 3-1 (25-5, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22). Senior Hadley Rhodes dished out 27 assists while Maddie Homer recorded 27 digs for the Tigers. Sophomores Sarah Hilliard (18 kills) and Claire O’Rourke (10 kills, seven aces) paced the offense while junior Megan MacDonald had a strong defensive performance.
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton honored its seniors and that group led the Bulldogs to a win over visiting Sharon, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13,25-16). All nine seniors contributed to the win led by Syd Gallery with seven kills and a block while Katie Dever, Amaiah Christian and Talya DeGraw each added four kills. Kelly MacDonald, Ella Lewis, Anna Verille and Jess Vo played well on defense. Taylor Reynolds distributed the well, adding 25 assists.
Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin took care of business against visiting Milford, setting up a league title showdown with King Philip on Thursday. The Panthers won three straight (25-17, 25-20, 25-12) to sweep the Hawks. Taylor Lacerda had a strong showing with eight kills, five digs, and four aces. Franklin will host KP on Thursday and have a chance to earn a share of the division title with a win.
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield strengthened its playoff rating with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-20, 25-9) win over visiting Taunton on Senior Night. Calysta Robyn recorded five aces and a kill while Christina Lydon dished out 11 assists for the hosts. Julia Kelly (10 kills) and Nicole Santos (four kills, three aces, two blocks) also played well in the win.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery from this match.
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 4 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – King Philip took an early lead but the visitors scored three goals before halftime and added an insurance tally in the second half to get the two points and stay in the Kelley-Rex division title hunt. Trailing 1-0, sophomore Billy Badger scored a pair of goals — the first off an assist from Alex Vecchioli and the second from senior Yianni Skordas. Skordas then extended the lead before halftime off of Vecchioli’s second assist of the season. Attleboro senior Liam Bischoff capped the scoring with a late strike off an assist from junior Esvin Morales.
Canton, 2 @ Sharon, 2 – Final
Oliver Ames, 4 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this game. – Oliver Ames scored four goals in the last 40 minutes of action to beat Foxboro, and combined with other results from around the league, clinched the Davenport division title outright. It marks the second straight Davenport title, the program’s third straight division crown, and the fourth in the last five seasons for OA. “I think we just started to relax and play our game,” said OA head coach John Barata. “To achieve that with this new group, I’m very happy for him. Our first goal is always qualifying for the the tournament, the next is to win the league and we’ve done those too…the third is to see what we can do in the tournament.” Foxboro took the lead in the 18th minute when senior Matt Angelini was taken down in the area. Angelini deposited the penalty kick low to the left and that 1-0 advantage held up to halftime. But it didn’t hold long into the second half as OA struck less than a minute into the second frame. Michael Haikal’s shot was denied on a good save by Derek Axon but senior Clide Neau, back in his first game after missing a handful of games due to injury, was first to the rebound and touched it over the keeper and into the net. OA doubled the lead 15 minutes later as Haikal blasted a free kick over the wall and in from 25 yards out. Foxboro nearly drew level in the 62nd minute when sophomore John Hollis whipped in a cross that was met by junior Alex Penders, but his header was stopped on a diving save from OA keeper Drew Hall, who was forced into the match due to an injury that happened on the penalty kick. “Drew had a fantastic save, what a save for a freshman,” Barata said. OA tacked two more within a five-minute span; first a free kick from just over midfield from Mathias Taylor was finished off at the near post by freshman Casey Milliken, and then Milliken played Neau in behind and he slotted a low shot past the oncoming keeper to the far stick.
Franklin, 1 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Click here for a photo gallery of this game. – Milford and Franklin scored just a minute apart in the second half as the teams each took a hard-fought point in a physical battle that felt like a playoff game. After a scoreless first half, Milford junior John Borges delivered a terrific cross from the right side and classmate Eduardo Santana made a nice run to the near post and finished to put the hosts ahead in the 44th minute. But Franklin orchestrated an immediate response as senior Jack Moran stuck with the play down the left wing, somehow keeping it in bounds around a pair of defenders before sliding a low cross that was finished at the far post by junior Will Krysak. Franklin’s back four, anchored by senior Aidan Griffth and sophomore Rex Cinelli, played well. Franklin goalie Griffin Tolonen made a point-blank save in the 74th minute while Milford keeper Kevin Gomes did the same in the final three minutes to preserve the draw.
Mansfield, 1 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Mansfield took down Taunton for the second time this season, snapping a six-game winless streak to get back in the win column. Senior Matt Hyland headed in a long throw from classmate Michael Caridi in the 24th minute for the lone tally of the game. Sophomore Ty Duffin earned his first career shutout in his first career start, making 10 saves for the win. Sophomore Derek McGrath filled in at center back for the Hornets and had a terrific showing to help the visitors get the shutout. Caridi, senior Ian Leeds, senior Kevin McCarthy, and junior Brendan Flynn also played well defensively alongside McGrath while Hyland, senior Danny Rowe, and juniors Dan Checkoway and Grady Sullivan all had a good game in the midfield.
Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 7 – Final – Holding a 1-0 lead at halftime on an own goal, North Attleboro turned it on offensively in the second half with six different goal scorers to run away with a win over the visiting Black Knights. Sophomore Kaden Burns, junior Carson Dameron, senior Connor Ward, senior Patrick McDermott, senior Jaad Ismail (from junior Silas Brooks-Hedstrom), and senior Connor Bearer (from Joe Shepard) all scored (in that order) in the second half for the Rocketeers.
King Philip, 2 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final – Attleboro battled back from two goals down at halftime to earn a tie with KP and move the Bombardiers to the brink of tournament qualification. Emily Dunlea started the comeback with a free kick from 18 yards that cut the lead in half. Attleboro tied it on a run by Emily Khang, who fed the ball across to Zoe Johnson-Kiff for the finish. Bombardiers coach Steve Santos praised his team’s defensive effort and goalie Alexis Campbell for timely saves.
Sharon, 3 @ Canton, 4 – Final – Canton jumped out to a 4-1 lead and then held off a Sharon comeback in the second half to get back to .500 on the season. Emily McCabe continued her torrid scoring form with a hat trick and Anne Hoban returned from an injury that has kept her out for the past few weeks, scoring a goal in her final home game. Wendy Wooden got Sharon’s first goal, assisted by Olivia Soby. After the break, the Eagles got a brace from Autumn Simon, both goals set up by Sofia Goclowski. Amber Marcus-Blank played well defensively in the loss.
Foxboro, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this match.
Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – With the win, and KP’s draw against Attleboro, Franklin clinched the outright Kelley-Rex title. Anna Grasso scored twice to lead the Panthers on senior night. Riley Fitzpatrick and Anya Zub each had a goal and assist, while Stella Regan and Emily Reilly each had assists for the Panthers.
Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield bounced back with a clean sheet against Taunton. Lyla Nappa, Carly Devine, and Gabby Smith each found the back of the net for the Hornets.
North Attleboro, 7 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – North kept its playoff hopes alive with a big win at Stoughton. Emma Pratt and Steph McKenna each scored a pair of goals to lead the Rocketeers. Caroline Ferrin opened the scoring by finishing off scrum in front of goal and Pratt doubled the lead off a Casey Butanowicz assist. McKenna made it 3-0 and then Pratt closed out the half with her second of the day, assisted by Brooke Sullivan. McKenna got her brace early in the second half, with Ferrin getting the assist, and Charlotte Moynihan added one from the spot. Butanowicz closed out the scoring with her first varsity goal, finishing off a Moynihan corner. Maddie Ferrin stopped a penalty to record the clean sheet. Samantha Tran played well and Abigail Durand made several big stops for the Black Knights.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – For Oliver Ames, Georgia Costello had the goal on a penalty stroke while Maddie Proia, Lily Gaskill, and Ava Costello all played well.
Foxboro vs. Westwood, 5:00
King Philip, 3 @ Medway, 0 – Final – King Philip earned its fourth non-league win of the season and improved to 18-0 with a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-11, 25-22) on the road at Medway, who entered the game at 14-2. Senior Gianna DiLorenzo had a stellar showing at the service line for the Warriors with 17 service points while Stella Bailey also played well overall with four aces and five digs. Ahunna James (seven kills) and Sami Shore (seven kills, three blocks) both played well at the net.
Sharon, 3 @ Norwood, 1 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Madison Ellis scored the lone goal of the game three minutes into the fourth quarter, giving Attleboro a road win over the Tigers and a sweep of the season series (both games finishing 1-0). Olivia Hamilton picked up the assist on the game-winner and Ava Haggerty made eight saves to preserve the shutout. Taunton goalie Em Gannon turned away 10 shots while Kylie Thorpe, Kaysie DeMoura, Thalia Nogueira, and Jasmine Lucier played well for the Tigers.
Canton @ North Attleboro, 6:00
Foxboro, 4 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Franklin, 6 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Franklin scored three goals on either side of halftime to earn a season sweep of the Hornets. Kendall Jones opened the scoring (from Raena Crandall) and Emily Carney and Kaitlyn Carney each scored once in the second quarter to give the visitors a 3-0 lead at the break. Payten Crandall added two goals in the second half, Haley Wernig had a goal and an an assist and Emily Carney added two more helpers.
Milford, 0 @ King Philip, 7 – Final – Seven different players found the back of the net for the Warriors, as they earned their 12th win of the season. Lily Brown opened the scoring with what turned out to be the game-winner eight minutes into the game and senior Veronica Nowakowski wrapped up the scoring with her first career goal in the fourth quarter. Kelly Holmes and Margo Riley each scored once and assisted on two goals apiece, while Sydney O’Shea and Mara Boldy each had a goal and an assist. Makenzie McDevitt also scored for KP and Christina Gifun and Abby MacDonald both had assists.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Georgia Costello scored in the final second of the first quarter for what turned out to be the game-winner for the Tigers. Erin Cottam assisted on the opener and then doubled the lead with a goal just 30 seconds into the second quarter. Tyla Delamere got the assist on the second goal. The Tigers had 25 penalty corners and put more than 30 shots on goal. Stoughton goalie Melody Casna stood on her head to keep the Black Knights in the game, making 29 saves in a remarkable performance.
Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – In a very evenly matched contest, Taunton prevailed with a hard-fought 3-1 win (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22) over the visiting Bombardiers. For Attleboro, freshman Julia Leonardo recorded 29 kills and 14 digs, Natalie Brojek dished out 34 assists to go along with 13 digs, Lilly Boedeker added 24 serve receptions and 12 digs, and Kate Petrosso recorded four blocks and seven kills.
Foxboro, 1 @ Sharon, 3 – Final
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Canton swept North Attleboro 26-24, 25-10, 25-20 to stay within one match of division-leading OA. The Bulldogs had a strong match at the net, recording seven blocks as a team and getting good balance in the attack. Taylor Reynolds was a key to the offense with 30 assists, while adding two kills and two aces. Anna Verille continued to be strong on the back row with 19 digs.
Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – The Panthers rallied after dropping the first set to remain in the hunt for the league title. Franklin won 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-4. Taylor Lacerda had a great all-around performance with two aces, 11 kills, and nine digs. Julia Kelly led the Hornets with 11 kills and added six aces and six digs. Nicole Santos and Elyssa Buchanan (nine digs) each had five kills, Christina Lydon had 13 assists, and Jackie Zelic had 10 digs for Mansfield.
Milford, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – KP maintained its one-match lead on Franklin with a sweep of Milford. The Warriors won 25-8, 25-22, 25-16 and can clinch at least a share of the league title with a win in their next match. Samantha Asprelli had a strong game on the back row and the service line with 10 aces, seven digs, and 21 service points won. Stella Bailey added five aces and 13 service points won and Sofia Reidel added nine digs. Sami Shore led KP at the net with 10 kills and three blocks and Emily Sawyer chipped in with eight kills.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – OA swept Stoughton (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) to move within one win of clinching at least a share of the division title. Kelli Crowley was a standout for the Tigers with her aggressive play at the net. Hadley Rhodes set the OA offense in motion with 22 assists and Maddie Homer was dominant on the back row with 21 digs. Sarah Hilliard led the way with 14 kills and five aces.
Today’s games are listed below.
Milford, 0 @ Attleboro, 8 – Final
Canton, 4 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Holding just a one goal lead at halftime, Canton found the back of the net three time after the break to pull away from Stoughton for a win on the road. Senior Lily Carlino put the Bulldogs on the board, a 1-0 advantage that Canton took into half. Senior Payton McDonough, junior Ellie Bohane, and sophomore Payton England each scored in the second to give Canton a 4-0 win.
North Attleboro, 1 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final
Franklin, 7 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Franklin’s Kaitlyn Carney scored a first quarter hat trick and the Panthers never looked back in a win over Taunton. Haley Wernig opened the scoring less than a minute in and Carney followed with three straight before the first 15 minutes expired. That score held over the next two quarters before Ella Mahoney scored in the fourth and Shaw Downing (who also had three assists) scored back-to-back goals to get to 7-0. Payten Crandall had an assist for the Panthers.
Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – Three different Warriors scored and King Philip picked up its 11th win of the year with a 3-0 decision at home over Mansfield. Senior captain Molly Piller scored her first career goal off an assist from Kelly Homes while sophomore Mara Boldy (from Holmes) and freshman Makenzie McDevitt (from Sydney O’Shea) also scored for KP.
Sharon, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Georgia Costello scored a hat trick and Ava Costello had three assists as Oliver Ames picked up a win at home over Sharon. Julia Maclaine opened the scoring in the first quarter (from Ava Costell) and Georgia Costello followed with back-to-back goals, one in the second and one in the third. Erin Cottam (from Georgia Costello) stretched the lead to 4-0 before Georgia Costello completed the hat trick in the fourth. Sharon goalie Natalie Kessler had a very strong performance in net. Also playing well for OA were Lily Gaskill, Lauren Mularczyk, and Emilee Welch.
Milford, 2 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Click here for a Recap and Photo Gallery from this game.
North Attleboro @ Foxboro, 5:00
Canton, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – It was a total team effort from the Bulldogs in a win over neighboring Stoughton, earning a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-14) sweep of the Black Knights. Jess Wright led Canton with 13 kills and three aces while Amaiah Christian, Fatima Sidibay and Katie Dever were all strong in the middle, combining for 11 kills and a pair of blocks. Sally Hoban was perfect in her serving debut with three aces. Kelly MacDonald, Ella Lewis, Zoe Scibelli and Jess Vo were strong in the backcourt for the Bulldogs.
Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Franklin made it three straight wins by taking down Taunton, winning all three in straight sets, this time a 25-16, 25-13, 25-23 victory over the Tigers. Sophomore Taylor Lacerda had a strong all-around game with nine kills, nine digs, and three aces for the Panthers. For Taunton, Mikayla Cleary had a strong game with nine kills and a pair of blocks while Dani Lofgren (nine digs), Emily Machado (six digs), and Jess Foley (six digs) anchored the defense.
Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip won its 16th straight match to start the season and kept its spot atop the Kelley-Rex division with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) of Mansfield. Ahunna James (eight kills), Sami Shore (eight kills, four aces), and Emily Sawyer (six kills) paced the offensive attack for the Warriors. Sofia Riedel (five digs, three aces) and Samantha Asprelli (five digs) anchored the KP defense. For Mansfield, Julia Kelly had five kills and three aces, Nicole Santos added four aces, three kills, and three blocks, and Elyssa Buchanan chipped in with four kills and three digs to lead the offense. Christina Lydon and Izzy Flint each dished out nine assists, Lexie Scibilia finished with three blocks a pair of aces, and a block, and Jackie Zelic notched four digs.
Sharon, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – A day after rallying for a comeback win over Bridgewater-Raynham, Oliver Ames took care of business in straight sets with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-14) over visiting Sharon. Junior Brianna Monteiro had a strong all-around game in the Tigers’ win. Maddie Homer notched 20 digs, Hadley Rhodes finished with 17 kills and five aces, and Shannon Willard chipped in with 10 assists and a pair of aces.
North Attleboro @ Attleboro, 3:45
Canton @ Medfield, 3:45
Today’s games are listed below.
Mansfield, 23 @ Attleboro, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) CJ Bell 6-yard rush, James Gilleran XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Kaiden Murray 1-yard rush, Anthony Salviati XP good; (M) Rocco Scarpellini 5-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good.
3rd Quarter: (M) Safety.
4th Quarter: (M) Connor Curtis 19-yard rush, J. Gilleran XP good.
Foxboro, 21 @ North Attleboro, 14 – Final – Click here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (NA) Tyler Bannon blocked punt, safety.
3rd Quarter: (NA) Chase Frisoli 24-yard pass to Gavin Wells, XP no good; (F) Tom Marcucella 40-yard pass to Rashaad Way, T. Marcucella conversion pass to R. Way.
4th Quarter: (NA) Tyler DeMattio 1-yard rush, Conversion no good; (F) Dylan Gordon 72-yard rush, Sam Carpenter XP good; (F) T. Marcucella 68-yard pass to R. Way, XP blocked.
Milford, 14 @ King Philip, 17 – Final
Stoughton, 31 vs. Brockton, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Anthony Girolamo 24-yard rush, Conversion no good.
2nd Quarter: (S) Jonah Ly 1-yard rush, Conversion no good; (B) Mauricio Powell 20-yard rush, John Dumas XP good.
3rd Quarter: (S) A. Girolamo 19-yard rush, J. Ly XP good; (S) Jarred Daughtry 5-yard rush, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (B) Jason Wonodi 24-yard rush, XP no good; (S) J. Daughtry 8-yard rush, XP no good.
Sharon, 7 @ Norwell, 32 – Final
Canton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames hit the post and hit the crossbar but couldn’t find the back of the net and the Tigers and Bulldogs of Canton took a point each. Mathias Taylor, Michael Haikal, Hector Bucio and Diego Rivera had great games for the Tigers while Sasha Priajinski earned his eighth shutout of the season in net.
Foxboro, 4 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Foxboro scored twice in each half to pick up two points on the road over Stoughton. The Warriors scored in quick succession in the first half as AJ Carvalho opened the scoring in the 26th minute and then an own goal (credited to John Hollis) doubled the advantage just two minutes later. In the second half, Cam Barreira set up Alex Penders in the 60th minute for the 3-0 lead and then Barreira capped the scoring with a goal of his own off a feed from Jacob Tessier. Derek Axon notched the shutout in net for Foxboro.
Taunton, 1 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – King Philip and Taunton traded goals, one coming in each half, and the Warriors and Tigers split the two points. Andrew Seropian gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute, finishing off a pass from Stephen Griffin to make it 1-0. Taunton’s Riley Rebello equalized in the 49th minute, finishing a free kick to the back post to bring the Tigers level.
Milford, 2 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Milford used a pair of first half goals to earn two points on the road, splitting the season series with Mansfield. Artur Tome opened the scoring with an assist to Bill Silva. Just minutes later, Eduardo Santana doubled the lead with the assist going to Tome.
Sharon, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – The Rocketeers registered a pair of goals before the half hour mark and then put the game away with a third with just 10 minutes to go for a win over Sharon. Quinn Conley earned a penalty for the Rocketeers early in the match and Connor Ward buried the chance from the spot, putting the hosts ahead in the 10th minute. Junior Griffin Rodden doubled the lead in the 28th minute, taking a pass from Givany Carney and finishing. Jaad Ismail’s goal in the 70th minute secured the points for North as the senior finished a corner kick from Ward for a 3-0 lead.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Junior Mary Cross scored the lone goal of the game as Oliver Ames claimed a key two points on the road over Davenport for Canton. Cross finished off a pass from Allison Evin in the first half for the lone goal of the game. Emily Meyers earned the shutout in goal for the Tigers.
Stoughton, 0 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final – Foxboro scored four times in the second half to break the game open and keep itself in a first-place tie with OA. Kailee McCabe and Jordan Carman each recorded four points for the Warriors. McCabe scored three times and added an assist, while Carman found the back of the net once and had a hat trick of assists. Lauren Miley scored a brace and DeAnna Hardiman got one. Shayla Ford had a solid game in defense for the Black Knights and Sivannah Marcy was a good outlet up front.
King Philip, 5 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – A day after she tallied a hat trick and five points, Ella Pisani added two more goals and another assist to lift KP to another road win. The Warriors pulled even on points with Franklin for the league lead, having played one more game. Pisani, Brooke Mullins, and Dani Lomuscio all scored in the first half to put KP comfortably ahead. Morgan Norrman, Eilish McGowen, and Pisani each had assist in the opening half. After the break, Pisani completed her brace and Kylie Menendez added the fifth. Paulina Baczkowski and McGowen assisted on the second half goals.
Mansfield, 2 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Tarynn Smith’s brace lifted the Hornets to a road win at Milford, getting Mansfield back on track and keeping it alive in the league title race. Olivia Salisbury made one stop to earn the clean sheet.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Emma Pratt and Abbie Pratt each scored in the first half to put the Rocketeers in front. Autumn Simon scored early in the second half off a Sofia Goclowski assist to cut the North lead in half, but Emma Pratt added her second of the game to seal the two points. Haley Sinacola assisted on each of Emma Pratt’s goals and Caroline Ferrin had the assist on Abbie Pratt’s. North came close several times in the second half, with Steph McKenna, Autumn Hewitt, and Casey Butanowicz narrowly missing. Brayden Rice played well for the Rocketeers in midfield, while Meaghan Dowd, Summer Doherty, and Charlotte Moynihan had good games at the back. Leah Steinberg and Carmen Leonardi played well defensively for the Eagles.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final
Canton, 3 @ Fontbonne Academy, 1 – Final – Canton overcame an error-prone opening set to settle in, using a complete team effort to rally for a 3-1 win (23-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15) on the road at Fontbonne. Talya DeGraw had an all-around good match for the Bulldogs with six kills and 27 digs, Katie Dever played well in the middle with four kills and two blocks, and Kelly MacDonald played strong in the backcourt and served well.
King Philip, 3 @ Walpole, 0 – Final – KP swept Walpole for the second time this season, winning 25-12, 25-15, 25-10 to stay unbeaten. Sami Shore led the way with 11 kills and four aces, while Ahunna James had eight kills and seven digs, and Emily Sawyer finished with seven kills and three blocks. Sofia Reidel had a strong service game with seven aces and Stella Bailey chipped in with four aces and five digs. Samantha Asprelli had another strong defensive match with eight digs.
Taunton, 3 vs. Durfee, 1 – Final – Taunton jumped out to a two-set advantage and took care of business in the fourth to win the match 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 23-25, 25-14) after dropping a close third set. Angie Lynch had a great all-around game for the Tigers with eight kills, seven digs, four aces, and a block to lead the way. Mikayla Cleary added five kills, four aces, and four blocks while Anna Abouzeid dished out 18 assists and added three kills and a pair of aces. Dani Lofgren (14 digs and excellent serve receive) and Jess Foley (eight digs, three aces) both played well defensively for Taunton.