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Below are the official 2018 Hockomock League Girls Lacrosse All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Sophia DiCenso, Foxboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Kyra Lyons, Attleboro
Maggie Connolly, Canton
Sara Addeche, Foxboro
Caroline Boudreau, Foxboro
Meghan Curran, Foxboro
Sophia DiCenso, Foxboro
Christina Rogers, Foxboro
Gianna Cameron, Franklin
Grace MacCallum, Franklin
Annie Walsh, Franklin
Erin Walsh, Franklin
Katie Crowther, King Philip
Christina Hathaway, King Philip
Caroline Klim, King Philip
Dana Truini, King Philip
Kathryn Garvin, Mansfield
Ann Maher, Mansfield
Alaina Mello, North Attleboro
Mackenzie Rosenberg, North Attleboro
Olivia Piazza, Oliver Ames
Ariana Waldorf, Oliver Ames
Emma Eberhardt, Sharon
Sabrina Robbins, Sharon
Alana Tavares, Taunton
Graycen Cassidy, Attleboro
Colleen Boucher, Canton
Molly Murphy, Foxboro
Kelsey MacCallum, Franklin
Alli Meehan, King Philip
Lauren Whitman, Mansfield
Emily Haley, Milford
Katie Lindstrom, North Attleboro
Chloe Kilkelly, Oliver Ames
Bridget McManus, Sharon
Lorna Li, Taunton
By Brian Hines, HockomockSports.com Contributor
FOXBORO, Mass. – The Foxboro Warriors defeated Medfield when the two teams met back in April, but on Thursday in the Division 2 East Quarterfinals, Medfield was ready to flip the script.
“Having played them once before we had a little game change and we started a little more defensively because they’re a huge fast break team,” said Medfield head coach Kathleen McCullough. “I think that helped us kind of defensively and we kept track of their top scorers… the girls’ defense was everything today.”
The defense first strategy worked out as the visitors, the sixth seed in the bracket, held third-seeded Foxboro to one its lowest scoring outputs of the season with an 8-6 result.
Foxboro looked like they were once again ready to easily get past Medfield, as Molly Murphy gave them a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game. But as Medfield stayed true to their game plan, success followed.
Medfield rattled off three consecutive goals over the next seven minutes to open up a 3-1 lead, and goalkeeper Anna Lyons made several key stops to spark the team and maintain the advantage.
“That first save of the game kind of gave [Lyons] that confidence she needed and she was the spark,” McCullough said. “Once she’s hot it spreads to the defense and she was definitely focused today, it was awesome.”
Trailing by two, Foxboro wasn’t going to go down easy. With under five minutes left in the half, Foxboro struck twice in less than 20 seconds after a save from goalie Sara Addeche. Meg Curran scored off a free position then Sophia DiCenso scored immediately off the next faceoff to knot the game at three.
But Medfield had their own answer, using three straight draw controls to add two more goals before the half, both from Margaret McCarthy off of pretty feeds from Erin Seibel.
To start the second half, DiCenso netted her second goal of the game to draw Foxboro back to within two.
Medfield again had an answer, scoring three straight goals (two from Seibel and one from Brooke Deady) to open an 8-4 lead.
“I actually told the sideline that you guys won the game for us today,” McCullough said. “Just the spirit and the support and those cheers, that was something different today but I think it definitely helped the players who were on the field. It’s a great team win all around.”
With just under five minutes left, Foxboro tried to start a rally as Curran scored twice, but there was not enough time to complete the comeback. Medfield finished the upset with an 8-6 victory.
“[This win] just gives us the confidence that we can continue on and that the team we saw today is the team we should continue to be,” McCullough said. “They played their best game today of the season so they should feel confident moving forward.”
Medfield girls lacrosse will now take on Groton-Dunstable in the Division 2 East Semifinals. Foxboro finishes the season 14-6.
FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin and Foxboro have been the dominant girls lacrosse programs in the league for several years, winning a combined 14 league titles in a row (including this spring’s Kelley-Rex and Davenport crowns) and perennially making deep state tournament runs as well.
While the two teams have shared success in the league, the head-to-head matchup has recently been one-sided. The games have typically been close, but it is Franklin that has regularly come out on top, as part of the Panthers incredible win streak against Hockomock opponents that stood at 70 games entering the yearly matchup with the Warriors on Wednesday night at Pisini Field.
This felt like a year that Foxboro could flip the script and end the Panthers’ long unbeaten run, but instead it was a familiar storyline. Annie and Erin Walsh scored four goals apiece, Franklin goalie Gianna Cameron made eight saves (six in the second half) and the Panthers pulled out an 11-5 victory.
“They came out with a lot of energy, a lot of passion,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “it was our senior night so we were honoring them and that energy translated on the draw. Annie did a great job, our circle people (Hailey Toolin, Erin, and Kelsey MacCallum) did awesome fighting for the ball.”
Franklin won 9-of-10 draws in the opening half, which limited the Warriors ability to get the ball into the sticks of their talented attacking corps. Also, the Panthers took full advantage of the opportunities that they were presented with.
“They were using every opportunity they had, for the most part, and capitalizing on them,” said Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry. “When it’s only being done on one side for us, the defense can only do so much, Sara [Addeche] can only make so many saves.”
Following a Nicole Houlihan steal, Annie Walsh put Franklin in front with a shot over Addeche’s stick into the top corner. Less than a minute later it was Erin Walsh bursting through the middle of the Foxboro defense to double the lead.
The Warriors got on the board three minutes later when senior Cat Luciano found space in the middle of the Franklin defense. Erin Walsh answered back with a pump fake and finish, but Foxboro again got the lead down to one with a lefty shot on the run by Sophia DiCenso.
Kelsey MacCallum scored her first of the night to make it 4-2 and then the Franklin defense made several big plays to keep Foxboro at arm’s length. Grace MacCallum was the vocal leader for the defensive unit, calling out switches, slides, and double teams. With the help of Halle Atkinson, MacCallum forced a turnover and scooped the ground ball to win possession back and on the other end Annie Walsh went high-to-low for Franklin’s fifth.
“Grace has been on this team for four years, so she’s a huge leader on the defensive end, kind of the director of the team,” said Igoe Guarino. “We’ve been pushing the defense to get even better and she’s been leading the way.”
She added, “Our communication was up, we were just playing as a team out there. Our doubling, we had a second slide ready and then our goalie just backing us up when they did shoot.”
Foxboro got one back with man-up goal by Molly Murphy off a perfect pass from DiCenso. With three minutes left in the half, Kelsey MacCallum was denied in transition by Addeche, but Franklin forced a turnover on the clearance and Erin Walsh found MacCallum with a precise pass across the crease for a close-range finish.
“We were moving the ball and ball-moving is great but eventually you’ve got to put points on the board,” said Sherry about the Foxboro attack. “We weren’t attacking the cage, we were looking to just a few players to get it done and when those players aren’t getting it done then other players need to step up.”
Murphy had one more chance before the half but Cameron read the bouncing shot and was able to deflect it up over the bar just as the horn sounded. At the start of the second half, Foxboro had several chances in the first few minutes to cut into the lead, but Cameron made three saves to keep it 6-3. Franklin then broke the game wide open.
“When we need her to save it, she does,” said Igoe Guarino of Camerron. “She had 15 saves against Walpole (on Monday) and she had a ton today against some of their best shooters. We’re just lucky to have her.”
Erin Walsh picked up her second assist when she connected with a cutting Katie Jones and the freshman went behind her back on the run for a highlight-reel finish. Walsh then added back-to-back goals on free positions to put the Panthers up by six. Annie Walsh got into the scoring with a drive from the left side to complete her hat trick.
“They play the whole game,” said Igoe Guarino of the Walsh sisters. “They hustle to get ground balls and win us possession and they just do an excellent job of reading when to take one-on-one and when to pass. They draw a lot of attention, but they both finished really well today.”
Murphy scored again to end the Franklin run and Mackenzie Cusack got the benefit of a bouncing ball through traffic on what appeared to be a pass that slipped past Cameron to make it 10-5 with 3:31 left, but Annie Walsh scooped a ground ball on the far sideline and took it herself to seal the win.
Foxboro came into the game on a nine-game win streak and had key players battling illness, but Sherry admitted that Franklin might be in the Warriors’ heads at this point.
“We love competition with Franklin,” she said. “We had the win streak going and…we’re just scared of Franklin. Every time we hear Franklin, we just don’t get it done and if this was any other team we would have a better result.”
Franklin (12-4, 9-0) has not lost a league game since April 2012 and the Panthers will try to complete another perfect league campaign next Wednesday against Canton. Foxboro (11-3, 7-1) will try to bounce back on Thursday with a trip to North Attleboro.
Today’s games are listed below.
Foxboro, 2 @ North Attleboro, 11 – Final – North Attleboro’s Matt Wanless allowed four hits while striking out four batters in six innings of work to earn the win, earning the Rocketeers a berth in the state tournament. Foxboro took a 1-0 lead after a half inning but Big Red plated three runs in the bottom half to get the lead – one it never relinquished. Jeff Gale scored on a single from Zach DeMattio, and then DeMattio and Brendan McHugh scored on a double from Nick Raneri. North added three more in the second inning, all with two outs. Nick Sinacola was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a triple from Gale for North’s fourth run. Big Red capitalized on a pair of errors to make it 6-1. Peter Cohen put an exclamation point on the win with a grand slam in the sixth inning. Chad Bearce went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Foxboro.
Sharon, 3 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – King Philip Chris Sawyer had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Warriors to a walk-off win over Sharon. The Eagles took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh but KP sophomore started the rally with a single. Jaret stole second base and David Morganelli and Jeremy Rhines followed with consecutive walks before Sawyer’s game-winning hit. Sharon rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Liam Rohan pitched 5.1 innings for the Warriors while Tim Crowley pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the win.
Foxboro, 13 vs. Westwood, 1 – Final
King Philip, 4 vs. Dighton-Rehoboth, 2 – Final – King Philip junior Meghan Gorman launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Warriors a walk-off win over Dighton-Rehoboth. Gorman and Hailey McCasland each had two hits and Nicole Carter had a strong game defensively. Elise Pereira didn’t allow a run over the final five innings, striking out nine while walking just one.
Milford, 13 @ Newton North, 0 – Final (6 inn.) – Milford flexed its offensive muscles in a showdown between two of the top teams in the state. The Hawks set the tone with three runs in the top of the first, tacked on single runs in each the third and fourth, three more in the fifth inning and put the game out of reach with five runs in the sixth inning. Shannon Cormier had three hits, including a double, with four RBI and two runs scored to lead the offense. Sabrina Haarstick (double, three RBI0, Jess Tomaso (RBI, two runs), and Kate Irwin (two runs, stolen base) each had two hits apiece while Emily Piergustavo (three walks) scored three times. Kelley Reichert also had two htis, including an RBI double, while allowing just five hits in the circle. Reichert struck out three in six innings of work.
North Attleboro, 8 @ Dartmouth, 7 – Final – North Attleboro trailed 4-0 after four innings, and 6-2 in the sixth inning, but rallied for a win in a tournament-like game. Big Red put up five runs in the sixth inning with Ashley Cangiano (two hits) and Abby Gallagher (three hits) each coming through two two-run hits. Gallagher knocked in one more run in the top of the seventh for the needed insurance run. Katherine Munley added three hits, Emily Nardelli was stellar in the field, and Bella Erti struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk to earn the win in the circle.
Stoughton, 1 vs. Brockton, 0 – Final – Stoughton senior Gina Carafa tossed a shutout and drove in the only run of the game to lead the Black Knights to a win over neighboring Brockton. Carafa went 3-for-3 and had an RBI in the third inning, freshman Nicole Baker went 2-for-3, senior Krista Michienzi added a double, and Brianna Ferrandiz chipped in with a single. In the circle, Carafa allowed just four hits while striking out six. The Black Knights had a strong day defensively behind Carafa.
North Attleboro, 13 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final
King Philip, 3 @ Foxboro, 10 – Final – Click here for a Photo Gallery from this game.
Sharon, 12 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final
Attleboro, 2 @ North Attleboro, 14 – Final – The Rocketeers jumped out to a 10-2 halftime lead and held the Bombardiers scoreless after the break to get the win. Katie Lindstrom and Mackenzie Rosenberg each scored five goals for North, while Julia Dakin and Camille Pizarro each scored a pair and Maggie O’Brien added one.
Foxboro, 13 @ King Philip, 9 – Final – King Philip and Foxboro kept it close for the majority of the game but the visitors scored six of the final eight goals in the game to earn the win. Tied 7-7, Foxboro build a 10-8 lead by consecutive goals from Sophia DiCenso with just over four minutes to go. Caroline Klim led King Philip with five goals, Dana Truini added two goals and an assist, and Lauren Anderson and Alli Meehan each tallied one goal. Caroline Watson made 11 saves in net for the host Warriors.
Mansfield @ Milford, 3:45
Sharon, 12 @ Wayland, 19 – Final – Emma Eberhardt recorded seven points and Sabrina Robbins had four but the Eagles were grounded on the road by Wayland. Eberhardt had four goals and three assists, Robbins scored three times and had one helper, Abbi Solomon and Jenna Goldstein each netted a pair of goals, and Mia Lappen scored her first career goal for Sharon.
North Attleboro, 4 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – North Attleboro capped its memorable week with an impressive win over a good Franklin team. Richard Bermudez won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Christian Bermudez won 6-1, 6-3 at second singles, and freshman Jonah Manso lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles. The team of Alex Rinaldi and Sam Gallagher earned a 6-4, 7-5 win at second doubles for North. Franklin’s Derek Wu and Tyler DiPalma won 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 at first doubles.
King Philip, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Stoughton freshman Waseem Sablon earned an impressive win at first singles but King Philip earned the victory with wins at the other two singles matches and both doubles matches. Sablon won 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 for Stoughton’s point. Nick Putney won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Jack Cannon didn’t lose a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. The team of Nick Ihley and Nate Ihley earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at first doubles while Zak Ryan and Tyler Dowd won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles.
Milford, 0 vs. Hopedale, 5 – Final
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Mansfield swept singles play and earned another win in doubles to get a victory on the road at Attleboro. Sarah Doyle won 6-2, 6-0 at first singles, Elizabeth Elsener earned a 6-2, 6-2 win at second singles and Aryana Khosravani won 6-2, 6-3 at third singles. The team of Tessa Garufi and Hannah Podolske earned the Hornets’ fourth point with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at first doubles. Attleboro’s Jill See and Grace Mayer won 6-2, 6-3 at second doubles.
Foxboro, 5 @ Dighton-Rehoboth, 0 – Final – Foxboro went on the road and won all five matches in straight sets against Dighton-Rehoboth. Sophia Prinos (first singles) and Pamela Nelson (second singles) each won 6-0, 6-0 while Kayla Prag emerged from third singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win. The team of Julia Muise and Sarah Prag prevailed 6-1, 7-5 at first doubles and Kendell Milender and Olivia Dantona teamed up for a 6-2, 6-1 win at second doubles.
Franklin, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – It was a clean sweep for the Rocketeers, taking all five matches in straight sets to defend home court. Jordan Willis didn’t drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles, Emily Chiasson earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles, and Katie Ovoian emerged from third singles with a 6-1, 7-6 (10) decision. Azka Siddiq and Leah Marceau won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and the team of Monica Nakhla and Haley Strom won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles.
Stoughton @ King Philip, 3:45
Sharon, 2 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 3 – Final – Sharon suffered its first setback of the season, falling on the road to powerhouse Martha’s Vineyard. Nupur Shukla won 6-3, 6-1 at first singles and Lulu Yuan prevailed in three sets to earn Sharon’s two points.
Today’s games are listed below.
Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton junior Jack Moynihan struck out nine batters without allowing a walk or a run in 6.2 innings of work to help the Tigers beat visiting Foxboro. The Tigers pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first inning and tacked on one more in the fourth inning. Evan Melo had two hits for the Tigers while Sean Quinlan and Jacob Crawford each had an RBI. Foxboro’s Michael Devlin went 2-for-3 on the day.
Stoughton, 11 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – Stoughton overcame an early five-run deficit, tying the game and taking the lead in the fifth inning, and added five insurance runs in the top of the seventh to get the win on the road. Stoughton scored two runs in each the third and fourth innings to get within a run. Senior Ruben Gonzalez led off with a triple in the fifth and scored on a squeeze from George Currier. Stoughton took the lead when Matt Hadley doubled and scored on a two-out single from Robbie Seaman. Zak Paquette got the win for the Black Knights with three earned runs allowed, no walks, and two strikeouts.
North Attleboro @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Canton @ Franklin – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Sharon @ Mansfield – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Milford @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Franklin, 12 @ Canton, 6 – Final – Franklin pushed across five runs in the first inning, highlighted by Jackie Cherry’s three-run home run, and never trailed in a win on the road at Canton. The Panthers added four more runs in the second and then added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Tara Hartnett had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI, Peyton Arone went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Natalie Stott had a two-run single. Cherry and Emily Valentino combined for 10 strikeouts for Franklin.
Taunton, 16 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final (5 inn.) – Taunton senior Kya Enos went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs and sophomore Payton Ceglarski had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI as the Tigers notched a big win on the road. McKenzie McAloon went 2-for-2 with two RBI, Mackenzie Handrahan had two hits, including a double, and knocked in a pair of runs, and Jaime Brown and Kelsey White each had two hits and an RBI. Alexa White earned the win in the circle, allowing three hits while striking out eight.
King Philip, 14 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Meghan Gorman recorded four RBI and scored three runs and Sydney Phillips added three hits and two runs scored to pace the Warriors to a big win. Hailey McCasland, Nicole Carter, Faith Turinese, and Brooke Taute all had multiple hits on the day with KP totaling 17 as a team. Elise Pereira pitched a complete game, allowing three runs in the first but then blanked the Black Knights over the next six. Stoughton’s Gina Carafa was 3-for-3 with a double and two singles, Jordan Lyons was 2-for-4 with a double, and Karly Estremera added another hit. SHS coach Deb Parker noted catcher Brianna Ferrandiz had an outstanding game defensively.
Attleboro @ North Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Mansfield @ Sharon – Postponed to Wednesday, 5/30 at 3:45.
Oliver Ames @ Milford – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 4:00 at Oliver Ames.
Attleboro, 3 @ North Attleboro, 12 – Final – North Attleboro got it done on both ends of the field in a non-league win over Attleboro. Tommy Lindstrom had four goals and five assists, Andy DeMattio scored four goals, and Jack Connolly dished out three assists. Jason McNeany added two goals while Nick Ward and Nick Morse each scored once. North’s defense of Will Yeomans, Max Fontes, Brett Labonte, and Tom Lockavitch combined to force a dozen turnovers while Jack Puccio made five saves in net.
Foxboro, 13 vs. Bishop Feehan, 5 – Final
Milford, 8 @ Oliver Ames, 17 – Final – Oliver Ames used a 10-0 run between the second and third quarters to record a win over visiting Milford. Owen Gallagher (one goal, five assists) notched his 100th career point in the win while Sam Stevens and Eric LeBlanc finished with four goals apiece. Frankie Ireland finished with seven points (two goals, five assists) for the Tigers.
Taunton @ Dighton-Rehoboth, 3:45
Taunton @ Southeastern, 3:30
North Attleboro, 17 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – After a week off, North Attleboro got back on track with a big win on the road. Mackenzie Rosenberg paced the Rocketeers with three goals and four assists, while Katie Lindstrom added four goals and an assist. Camille Pizarro had a hat trick for North, which also got goals from Lilly Cameron, Julia Tolfa, Lexi Sinacola, and Regan Fein. Faith Graveline and Kayla Moulin each made three saves in the North goal. Rocketeers coach Colleen Carchedi said of Attleboro that the Bombardiers played an “aggressive” game and had a strong second half.
Mansfield, 21 @ Canton, 13 – Final – Click here for a Photo Gallery from this game.
Foxboro, 21 @ Bishop Feehan, 9 – Final – Sophia DiCenso and Caroline Boudreau each scored five goals as the Warriors offense exploded for 21 goals in an impressive non-league win. Foxboro also dominated the draw controls with Boudreau, DiCenso, and Christina Rogers controlling the center circle and helping the Warriors win 23-of-29 in the game.
Oliver Ames @ Weymouth, 4:45
Attleboro @ North Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Franklin @ Canton – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Taunton @ Foxboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
King Philip @ Stoughton – Postponed to Thursday, 5/3 at 3:45.
Mansfield @ Sharon – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Oliver Ames @ Milford – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
North Attleboro @ Attleboro – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Canton @ Franklin – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Foxboro @ Taunton – Postponed to Thursday, 5/24 at 3:45.
Stoughton @ King Philip – Postponed to Thursday, 5/3 at 3:45.
Sharon @ Mansfield – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Milford @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/1 at 3:45.
Milford, 3 vs. Medfield, 0 – Final
Taunton, 3 vs. Barnstable, 1 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Sharon, 5 @ Attleboro, 13 – Final – Attleboro overcame a 4-1 deficit, scoring three runs in the fifth inning to tie it, two more in the sixth in the take a lead, and then seven runs in the final inning to put the game to bed. Attleboro senior Drew Pagano earned the win in relief, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings. James Weir went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two RBI, Troy Gamache had two hits and an RBI and Sam Larkin chipped in with two hits. Sophomore Alvaro Espinel drew five walks, stole three bases and scored three runs while senior Corey McKenna had a two-run double and three stolen bases.
Foxboro, 3 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Foxboro senior Steve McLaughlin tossed a complete game shutout, scatting three hits while striking out three to lead the Warriors to a win over Franklin. Chad Bearce (single) and JT Burke (double) each recorded an RBI as Foxboro scored single runs in each the first, second, and fourth innings. Anthony Mollica and Joe Cavaleri each had a hit for Foxboro. Franklin’s Jake Noviello struck out 11 batters in five innings of work with just two walks and no earned runs allowed.
King Philip, 17 @ Canton, 4 – Final – King Philip’s offense exploded for 17 runs in its season opener to pick up a win on the road. Sophomore Robbie Jarest went 3-for-3 with an RBI while Jeremy Rhines had two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Rhines earned the win on the mound with five innings of work, striking out four batters without allowing an earned run. KP head coach Greg Kessler said Collin Cooke and Nolan Bradley had strong games defensively.
Mansfield, 9 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Mansfield broke open a 1-1 game with two runs in the fifth and then added four more in the sixth, and two more in the seventh inning to turn a close game into a big win in both teams’ season opener. Hornets senior Tyler Dalton scattered four hits over four innings of work while striking out four to earn the win. Kevin Dow pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Offensively, Sam Nugent (RBI, run), Mike Hargadon (two RBI, run), Cullin Anastasia (RBI), Eric Longley (run), and Dow (two RBI, run) each had two hits for the Hornets. For Stoughton, Ruben Gonzalez, Mike Nazzaro and Will Eckhart each had a pair of hits. Eckhart allowed three earned runs in five innings of work while striking out four.
Taunton, 5 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Taunton senior Tyler Medeiros allowed just four hits in five-plus innings of work, striking out seven with two runs allowed to earn the win. Taunton scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead, added another run in the fifth inning, and tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Josh Lajoie (save), Christian Simoes, and Jacob Crawford each had two hits for Taunton while Jack Moynihan had a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning. For Milford, Danny Corsini allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work with three strikeouts. Colby Pires (RBI) and Matt Shaver (walk, two runs) each had a pair of hits for the Hawks.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro senior Nick Sinacola dazzled in his season debut, striking out 11 batters over six innings of work with five hits and two walks allowed. North scored single runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth. OA had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded in the seventh inning but Peter Cohen came in to get the final out via strikeout. Nick Raneri went 2-for-3 with a double, Zach DeMattio went 2-for-3, and Nolan Buckley had a two-out RBI triple in the fifth for the Rocketeers. Oliver Ames senior Mitch Goulet was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Sharon, 1 @ Attleboro, 13 – Final (6 inn.) – Attleboro’s McKenzie Bergdoll had a strong day in the circle and at the plate to help the Bombardiers open the season with a win. Bergdoll struck out eight in four innings of work, allowing just two hits and one unearned run. At the plate, she had two hits and two RBI. Jenna Gittle finished the final two innings in the circle, striking out three while allowing two hits. Makenzie Killough and Ashley Macia each had big days at the play; Killough went 3-for4 with four RBI, including a home run while Macia was 3-for-4 with five RBI and a home run. Jordyn Lako chipped in with three hits and two RBI for Big Blue. “This was a good start with only three practices outside so far,” said AHS coach Mark Homer. “Everyone in the starting lineup contributed offensively.”
Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 25 – Final (5 inn.) – King Philip’s Meghan Gorman had four of the Warriors 15 hits, including a two-run home run and a pair of doubles, finishing with five RBI. Brooke Taute contributed three hits, including a triple, and three RBI while Faith Turnese and Hailey McCasland each had multiple hits. Elise Pereira earned the win with a complete game, six strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
Foxboro, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Chelsea Gibbons went 2-for-4 to lead the Warriors, while Hannah Davis and Jill Finn each had an RBI single in the victory. Foxboro’s Emma Rohan went the distance in the circle to get the win.
Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final – Mansfield coach Lori Letendre called the opening game of the season “a great team effort,” as the Hornets got a strong start from Sarah Cahill, who allowed only three hits and struck out five, and had six players record at least two hits. Mady Bendanillo and Caty DeMassi both went 3-for-4 with DeMassi just a double away from the cycle. Sydney Woods, Felicity McMullin, Ella Verheggen, and Cahill each went 2-for-4. Every player in the Mansfield lineup had at least a hit or an RBI. Kerran Holmes also made a big play in left, turning a double play after a shoestring grab.
Milford, 8 @ Taunton, 7 – Final – Click here for a recap and photo gallery of this game.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ North Attleboro, 22 – Final (5 inn.) – Bella Erti struck out six and allowed only three hits in five innings of work, while also registering three hits at the plate. Ashley Cangiano led the offense, going 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI. Abby Gallagher scored four runs, while Olivia Capobianco scored three times and had a stolen base and Annabelle Hebard and Katy Daby each had triples. All four finished the game with two hits apiece. Lexie Campbell, Kayla Georgeu, and Katie Mills each had a hit for Oliver Ames.
Attleboro, 2 @ King Philip, 15 – Final
Canton, 2 @ Foxboro, 13 – Final – Foxboro built a 7-0 lead by halftime and never looked back to earn a league win over division foe Canton. Louis Piccolo collected eight points – three goals and five assists – to pace the Warriors’ offense. Shayne Kerrigan went 15-for-17 at the face-off X and Bobby Yerardi chipped in with three goals.
Sharon, 4 @ Franklin, 13 – Final – Franklin junior Jacob Alexander dominated the face-off X, winning 17 of 21 attempts to help give the Panthers the edge in possession. Eric Civetti paced the offense with six goals and assist while Zach Alexander, Jacob Alexander, Jake Davis and Nitin Chaudhury each scored once for the Panthers. Will Davis made five saves in net for Franklin.
Mansfield @ Stoughton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Oliver Ames, 10 @ Milford, 8 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Eric LeBlanc had a hand in over half of the Tigers goals, helping his side earn its first win of the season. LeBlanc scored five goals and had one assist to pace the offense while Shane Kilkelly added two goals and three assists and Frankie Ireland finished with a goal and two assists. Milford freshman goalie Evan Hazard made 15 saves in net while Andrew Gallagher had a team-high five points with two goals and three assists. Mike Demko and Brendan White each scored a pair of goals while Chase Blanchette had a strong game defensively with six ground balls.
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 12 – Final
North Attleboro, 16 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – North Attleboro had eight different goal scorers, as new coach Colleen Carchedi gets her first win on her Rocketeers debut. Kayla Moulin earned the shutout in net. Alana Tavares grabbed two draw controls for the Tigers, while Hannah Moniz and Rosemary McGrath each had three ground balls.
King Philip, 17 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final KP had seven different scorers and improved to 2-0 on the season. Katie Crowther led the way for the Warriors with seven goals and two assists, while Caroline Klim chipped in with three goals and three assists. Alli Meehan and Olivia Tormey each added two goals and an assist, while Dana Truini, Victoria Tormey, and Ali Wilson each scored once in the win. Caroline Watson made eight saves for KP.
Foxboro, 19 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Sophia DiCenso scored three goals and Caroline Boudreau recorded four assists, as Foxboro used 13 different goal scorers to get the division win. Sara Addeche picked up the shutout in goal.
Franklin, 18 @ Sharon, 5 – Final – Franklin junior Annie Walsh and sophomore Erin Walsh combined for 15 points to lead the Panthers to a win on the road at Sharon. Annie had seven goals and two assists while Erin finished with four goals and two assists. Katie Jones added two goals and two assists while Nicole Houlihan had two goals and Corinne Lewis had a strong game defensively with two ground balls. Gianna Cameron made seven saves in the win while Kate Morse made her season debut after suffering an ACL injury this past Fall. Sabrina Robbins scored a pair of goals, grabbed four draw controls, and three ground balls, while Emma Eberhardt added a pair of goals and five draw controls for the Eagles. Sharon also got a goal and an assist from Lydia Chase and 13 saves from goalie Rose Wald.
Mansfield, 16 vs. Holliston, 12 – Final
Milford, 6 @ Oliver Ames, 16 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Chloe Kilkelly and Olivia Piazza combined for seven goals and six assists to lead the Tigers to a win.
Sharon, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – It was a clean sweep for Sharon with all five matches ending in straight sets. Fred Bondar won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles, Danujan Thirumavalavan, won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Ashwin Sreevatsa won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles for the Eagles. The team of Max Brody and Russell Rapaport earned a 6-2, 6-0 decision at first doubles while Arie Chinnappan and Alex Aspel won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles.
Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – King Philip’s Marco DiStefano rallied after losing the first game to win the second and take a third set tiebreaker to complete the Warriors sweep. DiStefano won 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-7 while Nick Putney (6-2, 3-6, 6-1) also went three sets at second singles. Jack Cannon won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles, Aidan Ignatius and Nick Ihley won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Sean Desrochers and Nate Ihley didn’t lose a single game (6-0, 6-0) at second doubles.
Foxboro, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Franklin swept singles play and took another win at first doubles to beat Foxboro. Rohan Herur (6-1, 6-3), Liam Marr (6-0, 6-1) and Tony Calderone (6-4, 6-3) took care of business in singles action while Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu rallied from one set down to earn a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win. Foxboro’s team of Justin Neale and Brady Gardner earned a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win at second doubles.
Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – The Hornets picked up a pair of wins in singles as well as doubles to defend home court against Stoughton. Luke Nickerson won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles and Peter Lally earned a 6-1, 6-0 decision at third singles. The team of Jalaj Singh and Danny Radev notched a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles while Ben Salden and Yash Sakitarkar won by the same score at second doubles. Stoughton’s Erik Anderson won 6-4, 6-4 at second singles.
Milford, 0 @ Taunton, 5 – Final – Taunton’s Mike Briggs (third singles) and Alex Pugh and Trevor Hart (second doubles) each won in straight sets without dropping a game to pace the Tigers. Francois Hennaux won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Brett Beaulieu earned a 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and the team of Charlie Fiske and Dylan Kullas notched a 6-0, 6-2 win at first doubles.
North Attleboro, 5 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – North Attleboro won all five matches in straight sets without dropping a single game to record a win on the road. Richard Bermudez (first singles), Christian Bermudez (second singles) Jonah Manso (third singles), the team of Ben Pfeffer and Sam Gallagher (first doubles) and Alex Pfeffer and Alex Rinaldi (second doubles) all won 6-0, 6-0.
Taunton, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final – The Tigers notched a pair of wins in singles play and two more in doubles to take home a win from Milford. Vanessa Rosa won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles and Jocelyn Pagliuca took a 6-2, 6-1 decision at third singles. The team of McKenzie Lurie and Sam Martin dropped just one game (6-0, 6-1) at first doubles and Amanda Pugh and Brianna Ferrier did the same (6-1, 6-0) in a win at second doubles. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitz won 6-3, 6-3 at first singles.
Attleboro, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final – Sharon dropped a total of three games in singles action and two total in doubles play in a sweep over Attleboro. Nupur Shukla won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, Lulu Yuan didn’t lose a game (6-0, 6-0) at second singles and Emily Wen earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles. The team of Katie Merport and Sophia Fein earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles while Rithika Neti and Lauren Glass didn’t lose a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles.
King Philip, 5 @ Canton, 0 – Final – King Philip won all five matches but some were closer than the score indicates. Erin Regnier won 6-0, 7-5 at first singles, Meghan Sepich earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory at second singles and Caitlin Gonser walked away with a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. The team of Grace Ely and Mia Valencia squeaked out a win at first doubles (5-7, 6-4, 10-8) while Katarina and Schneider and Lucy Barnard dropped just two games in a 6-0, 6-2 win at second doubles.
Franklin, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final – Foxboro won three matches without losing a single game in a sweep at home over Franklin. Sophia Prinos (first singles), Pam Nelson (third singles), and the team of Julia Muise and Sarah Prag (first doubles) each won their match 6-0, 6-0. Kayla Prag won 6-0, 6-3 at second singles for the Warriors and Olivia Dantona and Kendall Milender emerged victorious (6-2, 6-3) at second doubles.
Mansfield, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Mansfield opened its season with a win, winning all three singles matches in straight sets. Senior Sarah Doyle won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Elizabeth Elsner took a 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles and freshman Aryann Khosravani won 6-1, 6-3 at third singles. Junior Tessa Garufi and sophomore Samantha Sternberg won 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles while junior Hannah Podolske and senior Cindy Gu prevailed with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 win at second doubles.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final – North Attleboro edged out Oliver Ames with a pair of wins in singles play and one win in doubles. Jordan Willis had a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win at first singles, senior Katie Ovoian won 6-1, 6-4 at third singles and the team of seniors Leah Marceau and Shurobhi Nandi prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) at first doubles. For Oliver Ames, Tate Hadges won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at second singles and Olivia Groebe and Rachel Stryke notched a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 win at second doubles.
Taunton, 3 @ Brockton, 0 – Final – Taunton picked up a convincing win on the road behind a balanced attack. Malik Charles had a team-high eight kills while Alex Tavares (four blocks), Lens Esquil (three blocks), and Lance Law (four aces) all registered seven kills. Ricardo DaFonseca finished with 32 assists for the Tigers.
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2018 Hockomock Girls Lacrosse Preview
2017 Record: 2-16
2017 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Coach: Kevin Patton
Attleboro went into 2017 with an inexperienced lineup and first-year head coach Kevin Patton tried to bring together a roster that had essentially never played together at the varsity level. With all but two players back for this spring, Patton is expecting the Bombardiers to be improved in all facets of the game and to be more competitive in the league.
Leading scorer Kyra Lyons is back for her third varsity season and the junior midfielder will be a key player, as the Bombardiers look to improve on last season’s league-low 88 goals. The offense will be bolstered by senior Emily Patton, who is a four-year varsity player, and fellow senior Alison Wall. Junior Alex Compton will also be back for a third season to make an impact for Attleboro. On defense, seniors Graycen Cassidy and Kim White will provide much-needed leadership for a unit that allowed 273 goals last year.
“Because we only lost two players to graduation last year, we have a lot of varsity experience on both sides of the field,” Patton said. “I am looking for the upperclassmen to take a leadership role and am looking forward to seeing the girls in essentially their second year all playing together on varsity.”
2017 Record: 6-12
2017 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Coach: Laurie Chabot
Canton has a new coaching staff this season that will try to build on a talented crop of underclassmen to get the Bulldogs back into the postseason. Laurie Chabot has taken over this spring and the coaching staff is excited to get the season underway and see what this Bulldogs roster, which has only three seniors, can accomplish.
Senior midfielder Molly Colburn will be the leader for the Canton attack this season, while fellow captain Colleen Boucher provides vocal leadership in the defensive zone to keep everything in check. Senior Jess Powers is still battling an injury, but Canton has a host of younger players that can step in, including juniors Maggie Connolly, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Maggie Malloy, and Leah McLellan and sophomore Alexa Maffeo, who all had success with their winter teams.
Chabot said, “With three seniors (all captains) we are looking at a young but skilled and talented group of girls. With speed and a strong stick skillset our girls are ready to compete.”
2017 Record: 17-5
2017 Finish: Reached D2 East Final
Coach: Brittany Sherry
Last season, Foxboro reached the Div. 2 East final for the first time in program history, continuing the program’s upward trend as one of the top D2 teams in the state. The loss to Walpole in the final has left the Warriors, who had only four seniors on last year’s roster and return 10 starters, wanting more and the team comes into a new season experienced, battle-tested, and loaded with talent, including 2017 league MVP Sophia DiCenso, who in her two varsity seasons has already made quite an impression with her all-around game.
Joining DiCenso in the potent Foxboro attack is fellow junior Meghan Curran, who is coming off a breakout season and is capable of finishing against the best defenses. Senior Caroline Boudreau returns as one of Foxboro’s biggest threats on the draw and classmate Christina Rogers is back to lead the defensive unit, which is an aggressive group that puts a lot of pressure on the opposition. Sophomore Sara Addeche is back in goal after a very strong rookie season.
“Going into this year we’re looking to pick up where we left off,” said Foxboro coach Brittany Sherry. “Losing to Walpole in the sectional finals left us wanting more. These girls are ready to progress to the next level. They’ve dedicated their off-season and preseason to preparing our comeback.”
2017 Record: 22-2
2017 Finish: Reached D1 State Semifinal
Coach: Kristin Igoe Guarino
Franklin has emerged not only as the top program in the Hockomock League but in recent seasons as one of the top programs in the state. The Panthers have won the Div. 1 East title in three of the past four seasons, although they have yet to find a way past the state semifinal and get the opportunity to play for a state championship. Despite being a team loaded with underclassmen again this spring, Franklin comes into the new season once again as the team to beat in the league and with state title aspirations.
Reigning Underclassman of the Year Annie Walsh is back to spearhead the Franklin attack and create scoring opportunities for herself and for her teammates. One of the teammates that benefits is her sister Erin. The sophomore is a creative finisher around the crease and will be a top scoring threat again this year. Sophomore Gianna Cameron is back in goal for the Panthers after an impressive rookie campaign and senior Grace MacCallum is back to lead Franklin’s stingy defensive unit. Sophomore Kelsey MacCallum will be a player to watch in the midfield, while freshman Katie Jones is a newcomer that could make an instant contribution.
“We are definitely still young, but now our youth has experience,” said Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino. “The team is doing a great job so far of playing fast, smart and together. We have some excellent leadership in our senior class, and we are working hard every day to get better!”
2017 Record: 10-11
2017 Finish: Reached D1 East Semifinal
Coach: Kourtnie Wilder
It was an up-and-down spring for King Philip in 2017, but it certainly finished on a high as the Warriors pulled off a pair of upsets in the state tournament to reach the Div. 1 East semifinal and a rematch with rival Franklin. The Warriors will have a new coach, Kourtnie Wilder takes over this season, and a number of returning players to make a run at unseating the Panthers from the top of the Kelley-Rex division, including senior attacker Katie Crowther, who comes into the season with more than 200 goals for her career.
One of the strengths for KP this season will be the defense, which is loaded with experience and vocal leaders. Christina Hathaway and Victoria Tormey will be the key defensive returners along with Caroline Watson, who has been one of the league’s top goalies for the past two seasons. The midfield will chip in on defense and help Crowther in the attack. Dana Truini, Alli Meehan, and Caroline Klim will all be back to solidify the midfield unit.
“We are going into the season with a clean slate and working to improve each week and being focused at practice,” said Wilder. “This is a hard-working and dedicated team and it will be exciting to see their hard work pay off.”
2017 Record: 10-9
2017 Finish: Reached D1 East First Round
Coach: Alexis Kobey
Mansfield got back into the tournament last season and gave Bishop Feehan all it could handle in the first round. The Hornets come into this spring motivated by unfinished business, as they look to not only get back to the postseason but also to make a deep tournament run. The first week of the season will provide a good early test with Mansfield facing Natick, Sharon, and North Attleboro, all 2017 playoff teams, right out of the gates.
The Hornets return four seniors from last year’s team and they will be expected to provide the leadership to push a talented group of juniors. Ann Maher will be back to add steel to the midfield and will try to get the ball forward to senior attacker Lauren Whitman and junior Katie Garvin. The defense will be as strong as its ever been, according to head coach Alexis Kobey, anchored by senior Danielle Skinner and with senior Hannah Sternberg back in goal.
“Making the tournament last year but losing by two to Bishop Feehan, we are definitely coming into the season with a bit of a chip on our shoulder,” said Kobey, “and want to improve on our record from last year and want to make it deeper into the playoffs.”
2017 Record: 4-14
2017 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Coach: Tim Dowd
In his second year in charge, Milford head coach Tim Dowd said that his team is focused on trying to outwork teams this season and to be “scrappy on the field,” as the Hawks look to make a move up the standings and compete with what has developed into a very deep league. The Hawks return several key players and have a few freshmen that will be added to the mix and given the opportunity to contribute right away.
Junior Emily Haley is the leader of the attack and Dowd said that he is expecting her to “have an incredible season.” Joining Haley in the midfield and attack are senior Jadyn White, junior Brianna Maietta, and sophomore Annie Flanagan. The defense has several players back from last season, including seniors Emily Condon and Alexa Lancisi, who provide the necessary vocal leadership to keep the defensive unit organized. Dowd added that there are a number of underclassmen that will play important roles this season, as the Hawks use their team speed to cause problems.
“We’re looking to be the team that goes the extra mile for each other and constantly works to win battles on the field,” said Dowd. “One of the things I’m looking for is improvement every day. We’re going to try to focus on the little things to hopefully make big improvements.”
2017 Record: 13-7
2017 Finish: Reached D2 East Quarterfinal
Coach: Colleen Carchedi
North Attleboro has achieved quite a bit in the past few seasons, including its first home playoff game and its first playoff victories, and new coach Colleen Carchedi, who comes over from Sharon after achieving similar success in building that program up, is hoping to continue the Rocketeers’ upward trajectory. North will have a tough non-league schedule to prepare itself to make a deep tournament run.
One of the key players that North will rely on this season is senior midfielder Mackenzie Rosenberg, who was in the league MVP conversation last season and has been one of the league’s top scorers for the past two seasons. Senior Alaina Mello and senior goalie Kayla Moulin will lead the defensive effort along with classmate Caroline Vigorito. North will have plenty of speed to call on in the midfield this season with senior Julia Tolfa and sophomores Katie Lindstrom and Lindsey Spratt. The attack will be led by seniors Camille Pizarro and Julia Dakin, who are part of a very experienced roster that wants to lift North beyond the second round for the first time.
“These girls have been working really hard in the off-season and we are not willing to settle,” said Carchedi. “I have found that this team plays with passion and if we can continue to play with that energy and determination we are up for a great season.”
2017 Record: 8-12
2017 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Coach: Nicole Lang
Oliver Ames is another developing program that has added depth to the Hockomock League in recent seasons and the Tigers are poised to make a breakthrough into the postseason as first-year coach Nicole Lang takes over this spring. While the coach is one of several new faces for the Tigers this season, Lang believes that OA will be able to build on its successes from the past few years to continue building the program.
Senior goalie Ariana Waldorf, fresh off a trip to Israel this winter to help spread the game of lacrosse, will be back between the pipes this spring for the Tigers, one of many talented goalies across the league. Chloe Kilkelly and Olivia Piazza, who was named to the HockomockSports.com Second Team last year, will provide leadership and be counted on to step up in all phases this year.
Lang said, “Our girls have been preparing harder than ever for the upcoming season. We have a lot of new faces to the team and are looking to our seasoned players to lead the way to a potential playoff berth.”
2017 Record: 15-5
2017 Finish: Reached D1 East Quarterfinal
Coach: Shara Ginthwain
Sharon has been a program on the rise for the past several seasons, including best-ever second-place finishes in the Davenport division, the program’s first playoff appearance, and last spring the Eagles added a first playoff win as well. While Sharon will move on this year with a new coach and without leading scorer Alex Rabb, the Eagles still have the talent to make a run at the postseason and new coach Shara Ginthwain has been an assistant at Sharon for the last three years, so it should be a smooth transition for the players.
Senior Sabrina Robbins is back to add dynamism to the midfield in both defense and attack and she will be joined by junior Emma Eberhardt, who adds speed, size and finishing ability from the middle of the field. Senior Abbi Solomon is back in the attack and junior Bridget McManus will be back in the heart of the defense. With 10 returning players, experience will be a strength for the Eagles, particularly on the defensive side where goalie Rose Wald also returns. Freshman midfielder Jenna Goldstein is a newcomer to watch for Sharon this year.
“Having our first playoff win in program history last season really lit a fire for a lot of these girls, it’s clear that the girls put in a lot of work in the off-season and they are ready to go!” Ginthwain said. “The girls are really motivated to work hard and to win. They are determined to be competitive in the Hock and into playoffs.”
2017 Record: 7-11
2017 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Coach: Kerry Northup
Taunton is still a relatively young program and it enjoyed its best season in 2017 with seven wins, including a pair of wins in the league, and now the Tigers are going to try to build on that despite the loss of several players that had significant impacts. The focal point for Taunton this spring will be freshman midfielder Alana Tavares, who put together a stellar rookie campaign as an eighth grader and was one of the league’s leading scorers.
While much of the attention will, deservedly, be on Tavares and the attack, senior goalie Lorna Li is also back to give the defense some solidity after a really strong junior season. Seniors Hannah Moniz, Diana Brens, and Kayla Phillips will also be back to try and chip in with goals and leadership, while sophomore Kamryn Li could take on a larger role after the graduations of Abbey Kingman and Delaney Powell. Freshmen Anastasia Lajoie and Rosemary McGrath also saw time with Tavares as eighth graders last year and could step in to contribute more this season.
“We lost some talented seniors but have a lot of promise in some of our younger players,” said Taunton coach Kerry Northup. “We are excited to see what they can bring to the team this year.”
By HockomockSports.com Staff
Players are listed alphabetically
Gianna Cameron, Sophomore – Franklin
Franklin sophomore goalie Gianna Cameron made quite the impression during her rookie campaign as she helped solidify the Panthers defense on the way to another league title, a third Div. 1 East title in four years, and a spot in the state semifinal. Cameron, who was named to the HockomockSports.com First Team last spring, allowed only 5.9 goals per game and saved 58.2 percent of the shots that she faced to emerge as one of the league’s top goalies in her first season. With a loaded roster returning from last year’s team and several new faces ready to step right into the lineup, Cameron and the Panthers appear to once again be the team to beat in the Hockomock.
Katie Crowther, Senior- King Philip
King Philip will once again be looking to unseat Franklin from its place at the top of the Kelley-Rex division and the Warriors will be counting on senior attacker Katie Crowther to provide the goals that will make a title run possible. Crowther enters the season as a three-year starter for KP and helped the Warriors pull off a pair of upsets in last year’s Div. 1 East tournament to build momentum coming into a new season with a new coach. The Southern New Hampshire University-commit scored 80 goals, recorded 21 assists, and added 29 draw controls last year, as one of the league’s most dynamic scorers. She already has more than 210 goals in her KP career.
Meghan Curran, Junior – Foxboro
While reigning league MVP Sophia DiCenso steals many of the headlines, Foxboro junior Meghan Curran was also a standout attacker for the Warriors last season, on her way to a second-team All-Eastern Mass. nod and a place on the HockomockSports.com First Team. Curran scored 48 goals and recorded 42 assists for the Davenport champions and her playmaking ability helped the Warriors reach the Div. 2 East final for the first time in program history. With Curran and DiCenso leading the attack, Foxboro boasts one of the league’s most fearsome offenses and the duo has the Warriors thinking of going a step further this spring to bring home their first sectional title.
Sophia DiCenso, Junior – Foxboro
Foxboro junior attacker Sophia DiCenso already has plenty of silverware in her trophy case, including the 2016 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year award, last season’s Hockomock League MVP and being named to the All-Eastern Mass. first team. The Warriors won a sixth straight Davenport division title last spring with DiCenso recording 58 goals and 24 assists to power the offense. Her quickness, stick-handling, and vision make the University of Richmond-commit a constant menace to opposing defenses and she should be in the running for Player of the Year again this season as Foxboro makes a run not only at a league title but at a first Div. 2 East crown as well.
Emma Eberhardt, Junior – Sharon
There have been some significant losses in the Sharon program heading into the new season, with head coach Colleen Carchedi heading to North Attleboro and last year’s Player of the Year Alex Rabb at Ithaca, but junior attacker Emma Eberhardt is back and has the chance to emerge as both the Eagles’ top scoring threat and as one of the top attackers in the league. The Lehigh University-commit has a unique combination of size and speed that makes her a constant scoring presence in and around the goal crease and gives Sharon an enviable target to run offensive sets through or to look for in the transition game. The midfield combo of Eberhardt and senior Sabrina Robbins will be hoping to keep the Eagles in the mix for the Davenport title and a playoff spot.
Kyra Lyons, Junior – Attleboro
Attleboro is coming off a rebuilding year under first-year head coach Kevin Patton, but the Bombardiers have confidence in their improvement this spring and one of the reasons for that enthusiasm is the development of junior midfielder Kyra Lyons, who is in her third year on varsity. Lyons brings energy to the Bombardiers squad and also showed a good finishing touch in front of goal. Although Attleboro struggled to score against some of the better defensive sides last year, Lyons showed the ability to find space and create looks for her teammates. Voted an honorable mention for all-star last spring, Lyons will be hoping to keep improving as an individual and help the Bombardiers improve as a team.
Olivia Piazza, Junior – Oliver Ames
Oliver Ames narrowly missed out on a first state tournament appearance last spring and one of the main reasons for the Tigers’ emergence in the Davenport division was the play of junior Olivia Piazza. As a sophomore, she scored 47 goals and recorded 10 assists from her midfield position and her improvement as a playmaker and scorer has OA thinking about breaking through and getting into the postseason this year. The Merrimack University-commit is an all-around performer for the Tigers, adding 32 ground balls and 74 draw controls to her scoring punch. Her tenacity on the defensive side of the ball is contagious and the Tigers will be expecting Piazza to be a leader as OA tries to climb up the league standings.
Mackenzie Rosenberg, Senior- North Attleboro
North Attleboro senior midfielder Mackenzie Rosenberg has been terrorizing opposing defenses since breaking onto the scene two years ago and each season the Trinity University-commit has improved her scoring total. This year, with a new coach and several new faces in the lineup, Rosenberg’s two-way ability will be critical for the Rocketeers to continue the program’s upward trajectory, which includes playoff wins in each of the last two seasons. Rosenberg scored 77 goals and added 33 assists last spring and those numbers may be hard to replicate as North gets used to a new system, but she should be among a handful of players in the running for MVP and Player of the Year by the end of the season.
Alana Tavares, Freshman – Taunton
Not many eighth graders can step into a varsity roster and immediately contribute, let alone become one of the league’s top scorers, but that is exactly what Taunton freshman Alana Tavares did last year. With a year under her belt, Tavares will be looking to take her game to the next level as the young Tigers program continues to improve. Last year, Tavares scored 64 goals and recorded 13 assists, while also grabbing 83 draw controls and a league-best 79 ground balls. Tavares will not be sneaking up on anyone this spring, but her speed and finishing ability should keep her among the league leaders as Taunton tries to make a run at a playoff spot.
Annie Walsh, Junior – Franklin
Franklin junior Annie Walsh, the reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year and an honorable mention for last year’s Player of the Year, will spearhead another loaded Panthers lineup in search of a sixth straight outright league title and seventh straight overall. Walsh scored a team-high 59 goals and added 13 assists as the focal point for the 22-2 Panthers, who went on to win a third Div. 1 East title in the last four years. Her play improved in the playoffs, as Walsh tallied 22 points in the postseason including 16 goals combined against Natick and Concord-Carlisle. A two-way player for the Panthers, Walsh also contributed 91 draw controls, scooped 53 ground balls, and caused 52 turnovers last season.