North Gets Past Offensive Struggles to Beat Stoughton

Caroline Collard
North Attleboro struggled offensively at times, but found enough points, led By Caroline Collard’s nine, to beat Stoughton. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

Josh Perry

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Offense was in short supply in the Kenneth Pickering Gym on Tuesday night, as for long stretches North Attleboro and Stoughton looked like there was a lid over both baskets.

In the end, the home team had just enough spurts of scoring coupled with a strong defensive effort to hold off the Black Knights and pull out a 45-26 victory that puts the Rocketeers within one win from clinching a spot in the state tournament.

The game was essentially decided in the first half. North Attleboro ran out to a 13-1 lead after the first quarter with five players getting on the board, including Ashley Ahern who scored five of her seven points on the night.

It did not get much better in the second. With 4:22 remaining in the half, Stoughton had the lone point of the quarter on a free throw by Ava Seigel, who also scored the Black Knights’ lone point of the first. With 3:07 left in the half, Stoughton got its first field goal on a jumper by Sarah Quattrucci to cut the lead to 10.

“I think we were a little hurried, a little anxious,” said Stoughton coach Charmaine Steele Jordan. “We only scored four points in the first half, so everyone is anxious to score and you’re doing things faster than you normally would.”

North put together a 9-0 run to close out the first half with all nine points coming in the final three minutes of the second. Caroline Collard (team-high nine points) knocked down three straight free throws and then the lid lifted for a couple of minutes to allow Emily Haskell and Julia Feid to knock down threes for their only points of the game.

“Right now, we play great defense, rebound, and just can’t score a basket,” said North coach Derek Herber. “I think we get a little frustrated because we’re not scoring.”

He continued, “The kids work really hard, just right now we got through those stretches where we have to hang our hat on defense and try to hang in…but we do need to get a little better on offense, more efficient.”

Stoughton came out of halftime and scored as many points in the opening 1:55 of the third quarter as it did in the entire first half.

“They fight,” said Steele Jordan. “We talked about that at halftime. It’s a clean slate; we’re not going to get it all back at once, but lets start in the third quarter and chip away. They just ran out of gas.”

Senior Alecia Quinones, who came in as the league’s leading scorer, suddenly found her groove driving to the basket and scored all of her game-high 11 points in the quarter and got the Black Knight as close as 12 twice.

Steele Jordan added, “We brought it to within 12 but we got shaky at our point guard position and when we’d turn it over they’d score or I felt like they got a million second chance opportunities. And the ball didn’t go in the basket and you need that too.”

Herber said, “Quinones is a matchup nightmare. You try to put a guard on her and she goes in the post and you put a post player out there and you’ve got some issues.”

North answered again. Emily Schromm picked up a steal and took it the length of the floor for a layup and Liz Morehouse came off the bench to score in the paint. Collard hit two free throws and then Samantha Taggart scored four quick points to end the quarter and send the Rocketeers to the fourth up by 16 (35-19).

The Rocketeers were like a boxer who knows when the end of the round is coming and always seemed to put together the spurt they needed to extend the lead.

Herber explained, “We can feed off of that defense and we can put in those runs. When we do find it then we can score some points, but it’s when we do find it.”

After Jordan Motley opened the fourth with a basket, Collard scored plus the foul and Schromm (six points) added a pair of layups to extend the lead out to 21.

Stoughton could not keep up with the Rocketeers offensively, but did hold its own on the boards. In a game with plenty of rebounds to be had, Val Whalen pulled down a game-high 16 and Motley added 10. North was led by senior Emily Peters who snagged 13 rebounds, while Collard had 11, Kiersten Bixby had nine and Haskell grabbed eight.

“They’re the team that’s most like us in the post,” said Herber. about the battle on the glass. “They’ve got three or four bodies that can go in there and they bang and there’s no one afraid of going in there.”

Stoughton will try to find its shooting touch before the visit of Canton on Friday. The Black Knights still need two wins to qualify for the postseason and Steele Jordan is confident the team will be able to put Tuesday night’s struggles behind it.

“They work hard, they fight, and I couldn’t be happier with where we are right now in the season.,” she said. “They all want it and I know they’ll be ready to go back to the drawing board tomorrow.”

Stoughton (7-6, 7-5) will be at Canton on Friday, while North Attleboro (9-5, 8-4) will be at Attleboro.

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

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/06/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final – Anthony Barreira, Devante Teixeira, Joey Morrison and Hussein Kafel each scored a goal and recorded an assist while freshman Nic Biegel scored a goal and sophomore Cam Cass had an assist. 
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Franklin’s Kevin Hall scored 10 minutes into the second half off an assist from Brian Czuba to break a scoreless stalemate. Farley Asmath doubled the lead off an assist from Austin Kent and Czuba then created an opportunity that resulted in an own goal. 

King Philip, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Sophomore Tyler Melo scored the game’s opening goal for the Black Knights and Loubensky Lucas added a second late in the half to double the lead. Head coach Aaron Salter said Josh Mitchell and Brian Peoples both played very well. 
Girls Soccer
Foxboro, 2 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – For the second time in as many games, North Attleboro senior Hana Caster and sophomore Haley Guertin were the two primary players in three goals. Each Caster and Guertin scored twice with Guertin assisting on both of Caster’s goals. Guertin’s first goal was assisted by sister Grace Guertin. 
Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored two goals and had an assist for Franklin. Alexis Stowell, Jess Kroushl and Emily Mastaj each had goals for the Panthers and Megan Georges had a pair of assists. Brianna Braza and Rachel LeBlanc played well for the Hawks, according to head coach Jay Mastaj.
Stoughton, 3 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Taryn Bates’ first career goal off an assist from Sarah Quattrucci proved to be the game winner for the Black Knights. Sam Tullis converted a penalty kick for Stoughton and Elizabeth Kashian scored the second goal for the Black Knights off an assist from Shanel Ford. Head coach Tara Daniels credited Samantha Tullis and Sarah Widrow with strong games on defense and said goalie Marissa Williams played outstanding. Rachel Hogan scored for KP to tie the game at one and Emma Corcoran gave KP its lone lead off a PK in the first half. 
Volleyball
Taunton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Taunton picked up a 25-17, 25-17, 25-10 win on the road. Aimee Kistner had 19 service points, including five aces and a pair of kills, Emily Moor had 12 kills and four aces and Meghan Navarro played well with eight digs and three aces. 
Field Hockey
Franklin, 2 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Alex Sullivan gave Franklin the lead 10 minutes into the game and Dana Lewandowski doubled the lead with just 12 minutes left to give the Panthers a key win on the road. Head coach Lisa Cropper said Samantha Jones made four big saves on excellent scoring chances to get the shutout. With the win, Franklin qualified for the state tournament. 

Milford, 0 @ Ashland, 3 – Final

North Attleboro, 4 vs. Durfee, 2 – Final
Taunton, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Liana Duarte opened the scoring for the Tigers in the first half and then assisted on Kya Enos’ goal with just over a minute to play. Duarte’s opening goal was assisted by Abbey Kingman. 

Stoughton, 4 @ Brockton, 0 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber and Mia Russell scored two goals apiece for the Black Knights.
Cross Country
Boys
Attleboro, 41 @ Mansfield, 18 – Final

Canton, 30 @ Stoughton, 25 – Final – Stoughton’s Colin Cochran finished second, Cameron Bean was third and Zachary Ferreira finished fourth to pace the Black Knights. Jonathan Lessa was sixth and Nick Quattruci finished 10th for Stoughton.

Milford, 20 @ Foxboro, 35 – Final

Taunton, 37 @ Franklin, 23 – Final – Franklin’s Ryan Spelman finished first in 16:26 and then the Panthers took fourth through eighth place. Tyler Marchioni (4th, 17:03), Jeff Wu (5th, 17:09), and Jimmy Robbins (6th, 17:10) all finished within 10 seconds. Taunton’s Trevor Wysong finished second and Dylan Lynch finished third.
King Philip, 40 @ North Attleboro, 18 – Final
Sharon, 33 @ Oliver Ames, 23 – Final
Girls
Attleboro, 42 @ Mansfield, 17 – Final
Canton, 24 @ Stoughton, 33 – Final – Stoughton got top five finishes from Jennifer Billo (3rd), Sara Vera-Cruz (4th) and Julia Bobeck (5th)

Milford, 33 @ Foxboro, 24 – Final

Taunton, 48 @ Franklin, 15 – Final
King Philip, 26 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final – North Attleboro’s Annie Roberts dominated the three mile course with a time of 18:55 to finish first but King Philip took the next four spots. Erin Quinn finished second (19:59), Nina Sitarski finished third (20:06), Erica Layne was fourth (20:30) and Leia Quinn was fifth (20:39). 

Sharon, 27 @ Oliver Ames, 28 – Final
Golf
Foxboro, 180 @ Franklin, 170 – Final – Franklin Sophomore Bryan Woelfel shot a 41 for the Panthers and David Hardin shot a 42. Tim Luciano and Brandon Wasserman each shot 44 for Foxboro.

Canton, 162 @ Oliver Ames, 139 – Final – Jack Green shot a one under 33 to lead the Tigers while Brian Lambert shot a par 34, Ryan McGarry shot 35 and Steven Tasho carded a 37. Jack Goyetch and Griffin Jerrier each shot a 40 for the Bulldogs.

Sharon, 172 @ Stoughton, 178 – Final
King Philip, 179 @ Mansfield, 168 – Final

North Attleboro, 162 @ Milford, 164 – Final – Robbie Congdon led the Rocketeers with a 39. Milford’s Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, shooting a one under 34. 
Taunton, 158 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 176 – Final – Jason Stern carded a team-low 37 for the Tigers while Mario Wilson and Mike Volkmann each shot 40. 

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/02/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Game of the Week – Football
Foxboro, 10 @ Canton, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Woanyen Mahn 4 yard rush, Thomas Monagle XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 43 yard pass to Ronnie Martin, John Cronin XP good; J. Cronin 29 yard field goal.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Football
Attleboro, 42 @ Taunton, 6 – Final
1st Quarter: (A) Brendan Nunes 14 yard rush, Lewis XP good; (A) John Burns 35 yard rush, Lewis XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) B. Nunes 51 yard rush, McKenna XP good; (A) J. Burns 4 yard rush, McKenna XP good.
3rd Quarter: (A) Ethan Dubeau 15 yard rush, McKenna XP good.
4th Quarter: (A) Sam Corrado 2 yard rush, XP failed; (T) Jason DaRosa 1 yard rush, 2pt failed.
Mansfield, 7 @ King Philip, 15 – Final
1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (M) Brian Lynch 40-yard pass to Nick Graham, D. DeSousa XP good; (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 1-yard rush, Z. Boari XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (KP) Alex Olsen 1-yard rush, John DeLuca 2-point rush.

Oliver Ames, 8 @ Milford, 42 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Zach Lanzetta 19 yard pass to Blake Hill, Sean Lehane XP good.
2nd Quarter: (M) Z. Lanzetta 30 yard pass to B. Hill, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Z. Lanzetta 14 yard pass to Leo Moronta, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Z. Lanzetta 23 yard pass to Jack DeSantis, S. Lehane XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (M) B. Hill 1 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (M) Shapel Feaster 45 yard rush, S. Lehane XP good; (OA) Aidan Connly 4 yard rush, Kyle Gagliardi 2pt rush.

Sharon, 14 @ Stoughton, 34 – Final
1st Quarter: (Sto) Christian Hill 4 yard rush, XP failed.
2nd Quarter: (Sto) Ryan Sullivan 7 yard rush, 2pt failed; (Sto) C. Hill 5 yard rush, R. Sullivan 2pt rush.
3rd Quarter: (Sto) Jordan Taylor 1 yard rush, Guy Eddy 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (Sha) Juvan Elisma 1 yard rush, 2pt failed; (Sto) Nick Hardy 10 yard rush, XP fail; (Sha) J. Elisma 25 yard rush, 2pt good. 

Franklin @ North Attleboro – Postponed to 10/3 at 4:00
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Zach Rodrigues scored once in the first half and then again in the second half to pace the Bombardiers over rival North. Junior Coca also scored a first half goal for Attleboro.

Foxboro @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBA

Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Hatim Brahimi put the visitors in front off an assist from Brian Czuba and Franklin took a 1-0 lead into the break. Senior Nick Parent then iced the game with a late goal in the second half off an assist from senior Austin Kent.

Taunton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Five minutes into the game, sophomore Sean Lanzillo put the hosts on the board off an assist from Jack Rielly. Just over 15 minutes later, senior Jared Miller doubled the lead for the Hornets off an assist from Charlie Rogers to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Five minutes into the second half, Lanzillo set up Rogers for Mansfield’s third goal and just 10 mintues later Brendan Sullivan finished off a pass from Jareme DiLoranzo to make it 4-0. Austin Botelho scored a late goal for Taunton. 

Milford @ Stoughton – Postponed to TBA
Girls Soccer
North Attleboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sophomore Haley Guertin and senior Hana Caster linked up three times for the Rocketeers to get a big win on the road over rival Attleboro. Caster set up Guertin for North Attleboro’s first and third goals while Guertin set up Caster for the Rocketeers’ fourth goal. Leah Jette scored North Attleboro’s second goal off an assist from Felicity Monfils and Caster added her second on a breakaway. Paige Medeiors scored Attleboro’s goal. 

Canton @ Sharon – Postponed to TBA

Foxboro @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBA
King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Bailey Knous and Alexis Stowell each scored goals for the Panthers.

Taunton, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Jackie Carchedi had a goal and an assist for the Hornets. Jen Kemp had the second goal and Emily Gaumond made four saves to record her fifth shutout of the season.

Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Katie Brown and Kristen Franzini each scored for Milford and Maggie Boyle had her fourth assist of the season. Stoughton goalie Marissa Williams made 12 saves in her first game back from injury. Stoughton head coach Tara Daniels said Samantha Tullis, Sarah Quattrucci, and Sarah Widrow kept Stoughton’s back field strong.
Volleyball
North Attleboro, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Oliver Ames picked up its third straight win with a 25-20, 20-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9 win on the road. Bridget McCarthy led Oliver Ames with 48 assists and Emma Petrillo controlled the offense with 22 kills. 

Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – The Panthers picked up a key Kelley-Rex win with scores of 28-26, 26-24, 19-25, 25-21. Dayna McCue had 30 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil and Beth Neal each had 10 kills while Kutil added an ace and Neal had a pair of aces and blocks and 13 assists. Franklin Head coach Kate Horsmann said Caroline Maguire had a huge role defensively at the net with four blocks and three kills. For King Philip, Josie Rowean led the team in attacks and had six service points in game one, Gwen Uyrus added seven service points in game two, Emma Lopez had eight service points in game three, and Amanda Loewen had five digs.

Taunton, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – In a back and forth affair, Taunton snapped its three game skid with a 11-25, 29-27, 25-20, 16-25, 15-12 win. Tatum Speicher wa the catalyst for the offense with 39 assists, six digs and three kills. Molly Sullivan had 29 serve receives and 16 digs while Meghan Navarro solidified the back row with 15 digs and three aces. Mansfield sophomore Meg Hill had 13 hills, Juliana Newell added eight kills and Jess Haradon had 17 digs. 

Milford, 2 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pull off a 13-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13 win in thrilling fashion. Stoughton senior Bianca DeSousa had 20 assists, 15 digs, 27 service points and 10 aces and sophomore Valerie Whalen had 15 blocks and 6 kills. Stoughton head coach Ken Gay said Elizabeth Slade had outstanding defensive play for the Black Knights. For Milford, Jill Powers had a team-best 12 kills while Kara Halpin, Aleye Momodu and Kayla Antonellis each had seven kills apiece. Lauren Zouranjian and Allie Collins combined for 41 assists. 
Field Hockey
Taunton @ Mansfield – Postponed to 10/30 at 3:30
Golf
Mansfield, 160 @ North Attleboro, 166 – Final

Canton, 171 @ Franklin, 180 – Final – Canton sophomore Jack Goyetch was the match medalist, shooting a 40 for the day. Bryan Woelfel shot a 43 for the Panthers.