Taunton’s Wentworth Finds a Home In the Endicott Goal

Kayla Wentworth
Taunton grad Kayla Wentworth has found a home at Endicott College and that translated into a strong season in goal, earning second-team all-conference honors. (David Le/Endicott College Athletics)

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It has been a winding road for Kayla Wentworth since she graduated from Taunton High. After helping the Tigers make not only their first-ever playoff appearance but also earn their first-ever state tournament victory, the talented goalkeeper had the opportunity to play Div. I college soccer.

Playing for a Div. I program is the dream of just about every high school player that laces up their boots each fall, but the reality of playing at that level and the singular focus that many, if not most, Div. I programs require of their student-athletes isn’t for everyone.

Sometimes, you just need to find the place where you feel comfortable and happy.

After a year at Iona College (New Rochelle, N.Y.), where she admitted struggling with the coach, Wentworth gave Div. I a second chance with a transfer closer to home to play at UMass Lowell. She stayed for one semester in Lowell before making a second switch, heading to Beverly in the spring of 2018 to attend Endicott College.

It is a move that has worked out on and off the pitch.

“It’s good to find a home,” said Wentworth in a phone call ahead of Endicott’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament opener against Western New England. “Here I have a great group of friends, soccer is just the right amount, our coaches are really good, really supportive, academics are great, everything is here is more like home than my other schools.”

Wentworth has certainly made the most of her time with the Gulls, earning a second team all-conference nod after leading the league with a 0.72 goals against average. She recorded six clean sheets in her first season with the Gulls and led Endicott to the top seed in the CCC tournament.

“I think it’s really important to just be yourself in order to play better,” she explained. “If you’re not comfortable where you are, then you’re not going to play well.”

When asked about the demands of playing at the Div. I level, Wentworth, who is a psychology major and wants to attend med school, noted that everything took a backseat to soccer. As much as she loves the game, she also had to be realistic about where her career was headed and the important of academics.

“I love soccer, so that wasn’t really part of it, but when you play Div. I you find that’s your life,” she said. “Realistically, after college I’m not going to go play professionally, so there was no reason for that to be the only thing in my life.”

Unlike when she transferred to UMass Lowell, Wentworth joined Endicott in the spring. It afforded her the time to get acclimated with the campus, her classes, and with her new teammate. She took advantage of the extra time to become comfortable with her situation.

She also benefited from being the lone goalie in the spring, with the Gulls adding two freshman to the roster this fall. For the first time since leaving Taunton, Wentworth had control of the No. 1 jersey and was between the posts for every game. All soccer players, but particularly goalkeepers, rely on confidence to perform at their best and Wentworth felt the confidence growing with each appearance.

“The other two goalies with me are freshmen, so I knew that I had a shot at the job, but I still had to work for it,” she said. “The goalie position is more mental and knowing that they have the confidence to put me on the field every game definitely boosted my confidence. It makes me play better.”

At the time of the interview, Wentworth was preparing for the tournament opener and she was counting on her high school experiences to help her handle playoff pressure. Wentworth was the goalie for the only Taunton girls’ team to make the postseason and she helped the Tigers go on the road to beat Wellesley for the program’s first playoff win.

It is an experience that still resonates for the players that were part of it.

“We’re all still really good friends and looking back on it I even cry sometimes,” she said. “I don’t think Taunton will ever see another team that was that much of a family and that determined to get to the playoffs and get the job done. We made history and that’s something I’m never going to forget.”

Unfortunately, Endicott didn’t experience the same success in the tournament. The Gulls were beaten on penalties after 110 scoreless minutes, despite putting eight shots on goal and holding WNE to just one. It was the fourth straight year that the Gulls had the season end at the semifinal stage.

It wasn’t the ending that Endicott was looking for, but Wentworth knows that the team is in a good place and, more importantly that she is too. After two years of searching for the right place to play, the best fit for her, Wentworth has found a home in Beverly and she is brimming with confidence after a successful fall.

“Coming in I did have a lot of goals for myself because I had played at two other schools,” she reflected, “and I obviously didn’t have the chance to earn those honors there. Looking back, I’m kind of surprised with myself because I actually did it and my confidence shot up.”

She added, “Coming into a team that was already successful was very nerve-wracking, but I’ve definitely succeeded here and I think it’s gratifying to see that and know that those changes were the right decision. It’s nice to be able to step back and reflect and see that it all worked out.”

Hockomock Cross Country Championship Results 2018

Hockomock Cross Country Championship
King Philip junior Mike Griffin won the boys’ varsity race at the annual Hockomock Cross Country Championship at the Wrentham Development Center. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

The Hockomock League held its annual cross country championships on Sunday morning at the Wrentham Development Center. Below are Hockomock cross country championship team and individual results.

Click here for a photo gallery from the boys’ meet.

Click here for a photo gallery from the girls’ meet.

Boys

Team Results
1. Franklin – 38
2. Mansfield – 41
3. King Philip – 109
4. Milford – 124
5. Sharon – 142
6. Oliver Ames – 157
7. Taunton – 191
8. North Attleboro – 195
9. Attleboro – 208
10. Foxboro – 286
11. Canton – 302
12. Stoughton – 369

Individual Results
1. Michael Griffin, King Philip – 15:54.67
2. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 15:55.00
3. Nicholas Calitri, Franklin – 16:15.56
4. Jason Windvogel, Mansfield – 16:26.14
5. Mike Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:29.48
6. Michael Hagen, Franklin – 16:35.98
7. Alexander Starovoytov, Sharon – 16:36.23
8. Michael Norberg, King Philip – 16:38.50
9. Patrick Heavey, Mansfield – 16:39.59
10. Paxton Howard, Mansfield – 16:45.32
11. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 16:49.25
12. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 16:55.98
13. Cullen Lancaster, Mansfield – 17:00.61
14. Eric DeLorenzo, King Philip – 17:06.14
15. Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:07.88
16. Jake McCann-Tiede, Franklin – 17:10.00
17. Julian Dixon, North Attleboro – 17:10.24
18. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 17:12.03
19. Kyle Sarney, Oliver Ames – 17:14.00
20. Anthony DiStauro, Milford – 17:15.00
21. Mitchell Regan, Franklin – 17:16.00
22. Maxwell Manor, Milford – 17:17.00
23. Ryan Proulx, Foxboro – 17:17.64
24. Miguel Torres, Milford – 17:21.04
25. Liam Monahan, North Attleboro – 17:21.42
26. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 17:21.64
27. Brendan O’Shaughnessy, Milford – 17:28.54
28. Daniel Barrow, Franklin – 17:30.24
29. Peter Sullivan, Mansfield – 17:30.51
30. Ty Cali, Taunton – 17:33.36
31. Gianni Panno, Milford – 17:37.26
32. Sam Donnellan, Mansfield – 17:37.81
33. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 17:41.20
34. Bradley Weiss, Sharon – 17:41.55
35. Chris Berthrong, Milford – 17:43.00
36. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 17:46.00
37. Ryan Goldman, Franklin – 17:47.00
38. David Fiedorczyk, Oliver Ames – 17:49.00
39. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 17:50.00
40. Liam Walker, Attleboro – 17:50.38
41. Dan Botte, King Philip – 17:50.88
42. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 17:51.00
43. Siddharth Reddy, Sharon – 17:51.63
44. Kanishka Sethi, Sharon – 17:52.33
45. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 17:52.76
46. Francis Wenner, Attleboro – 17:53.37
47. Ryan Connor, King Philip – 17:54.66
48. Kyle Downing, Canton – 17:59.00
49. Alex Ramirez, Oliver Ames – 18:00.00
50. Colin Rahaman, Stoughton – 18:03.00

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51. Jared Osofsky, Sharon – 18:07.00
52. Alexander Hagen, King Philip – 18:12.00
53. Matthew Shumway, Franklin – 18:14.00
54. Nick Raffa, Attleboro – 18:16.23
55. Thomas Flood, North Attleboro – 18:17.00
56. Damian Geltrude, Attleboro – 18:19.57
57. Gabriel Pardo Cota, Milford – 18:21.67
58. Justin Miller, Mansfield – 18:22.08
59. Ryan Strawbridge, Taunton – 18:24.51
60. Matthew Letourneau, Taunton – 18:25.00
61. Joshua Smith, King Philip – 18:25.50
62. Christopher Galligan, North Attleboro – 18:25.77
63. Trevor Flint, Mansfield – 18:25.99
64. Matthew Andrews, King Philip – 18:27.00
65. Mark Starovoytov, Sharon – 18:28.00
66. Brendan Lemieux, King Philip – 18:31.50
67. Ryan Kelley, Milford – 18:33.00
68. James Kong, Sharon – 18:34.00
69. Mike Peel, Mansfield – 18:35.00
70. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 18:36.00
71. Ben Giffen, Mansfield – 18:38.00
72. Jack Hernon, Canton – 18:41.00
73. Sean Marshall, Attleboro – 18:43.00
74. Shea Duffy, King Philip – 18:46.00
75. Patrick Piscitelli, Foxboro – 18:47.00
76. Cooper Ross, Franklin – 18:47.80
77. Nate Palter, Foxboro – 18:49.00
78. Paxton Downs, Foxboro – 18:51.38
79. Noah Wieland, Sharon – 18:52.00
80. Neil Bowie, Attleboro – 18:57.11
81. Skyler Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:57.56
82. Lucas DeSousa, Taunton – 18:58.00
83. Casey Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:59.00
84. Nipoti Jacob, Oliver Ames – 18:59.50
85. Gavin Kelley, Taunton – 19:00.00
86. Sam Pollack, Foxboro – 19:02.00
87. Liam Bennett, Milford – 19:03.00
88. Andrew Waldorf, Oliver Ames – 19:06.00
89. Tyler Comeau, Foxboro – 19:07.00
90. Aayush Patel, Milford – 19:10.00
91. Zachary Martin, Attleboro – 19:15.00
92. Joey Looney, Oliver Ames – 19:15.50
93. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:15.50
94. Wyatt Fritchman, Oliver Ames – 19:19.00
95. Trey Lawson, Foxboro – 19:31.00
96. Patrick Ibarra, Attleboro – 19:31.00
97. Avery Evan, Oliver Ames – 19:34.00
98. Joshua Tiews, Attleboro – 19:47.00
99. Ryan Carney, Canton – 19:49.53
100. Michael Henriques, Stoughton – 20:00.84
101. Elias Jabbour, Canton – 20:07.00
102. James Vo, Canton – 20:11.00
103. Brendan Gallagher, Stoughton – 20:20.92
104. Sebastian Malek, Stoughton – 20:26.91
105. Kyle Wanless, Canton – 20:38.12
106. Sohil Apte, Canton – 20:42.47
107. Ethan Freedman, Stoughton – 20:50.95
108. Sawyer Julier-Albert, Canton – 21:09.00
109. Joshua McNamara, Stoughton – 21:12.00
110. Robert Currier, Stoughton – 21:23.00
111. Marcos Amado, Stoughton – 21:33.00
112. Gabriel Arroyo, Stoughton – 21:45.56
113. Timothy Gallerani, Taunton – 21:55.00
114. Brad Russo, Stoughton – 21:58.93

Girls

Team Results
1. Mansfield – 79
2. King Philip – 97
3. Franklin – 102
4. Foxboro – 114
5. Attleboro – 131
6. North Attleboro – 134
7. Oliver Ames – 137
8. Taunton – 141
9. Sharon – 180
10. Milford – 254
11. Canton – 332

Individual Results
1. Lexi Quinn, Foxboro – 19:17
2. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 19:32
3. Tessa Lancaster, Mansfield – 19:42
4. Maya Evans, King Philip – 19:51
5. Margaret Riley, Mansfield – 19:57
6. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 19:58
7. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 20:04
8. Meghan Reardon, Oliver Ames – 20:06
9. Katrina Walbert, Franklin – 20:09
10. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 20:22
11. Lindsey Nelson, Foxboro – 20:34
12. Ryenn Hart, King Philip – 20:35
13. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 20:36
14. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 20:45
15. Julia Fenerty, Franklin – 20:48
16. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 20:52
17. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 20:56
18. Stephanie Hawkins, North Attleboro – 20:59
19. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 21:01
20. Brinly Meelia, Mansfield – 21:05
21. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 21:19
22. Sarah Giuliano, Franklin – 21:21
23. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 21:22
24. Isabelle Crocker, King Philip – 21:27
25. Mackenzie Wildrick, Attleboro – 21:28
26. Shea Jamieson, Attleboro – 21:29
27. Abigail Simmons, King Philip – 21:30
28. Kaleigh Walsh, Oliver Ames – 21:32
29. Catherine Hanewich, North Attleboro – 21:34
30. Sydnee Hyacinthe, Stoughton – 21:37
31. Meg Sherwood, King Philip – 21:37.50
32. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 21:42
33. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 21:43
34. Shruti Srinivasan, North Attleboro – 21:43.50
35. Madison Bettencourt, Taunton – 21:44
36. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 21:45
37. Dayna Aubin, King Philip – 21:46
38. Olivia Dias, Taunton – 21:46
39. Ariana Baker, Attleboro – 21:47
40. Tarah Agati, Franklin – 21:49
41. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 21:51
42. Mary Viera, Franklin – 21:57
43. Lillian Thibeault, Milford – 21:59
44. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 21:59.50
45. Natalie Kaiser, North Attleboro – 22:03
46. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 22:04
47. Ava Pisani, King Philip – 22:06
48. Margaret Li, Sharon – 22:06.40
49. Chloe Pennacchio, Canton – 22:06.80
50. Abigail Dunne, King Philip – 22:07

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51. Megan MacVicar, Mansfield – 22:07
52. Eliana Boxerman, Sharon – 22:08
53. Tatyana Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:08
54. Sara Comisky, Milford – 22:09
55. Ellen Marshall, Attleboro – 22:13
56. Kimberly Esteban, Attleboro – 22:17
57. Morgan Coleman, Attleboro – 22:17
58. Rebecca Lally, Stoughton – 22:19
59. Jenn Yeomans, Foxboro – 22:20
60. Ariella Levy, Sharon – 22:20
61. Brandi Osborne, Franklin – 22:21
62. Stephanie Malachowski, Franklin – 22:22
63. Rachel Davis, Oliver Ames – 22:23
64. Dana Jaffe, Sharon – 22:25
65. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 22:26
66. Berta Faktorovich, Sharon – 22:28
67. Madeline Peckham, Oliver Ames – 22:29
68. Erin Barry, Franklin – 22:29
69. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 22:30
70. Julia Miller, Mansfield – 22:33
71. Catherine Griffin, Sharon – 22:34
72. Jill Finn, Foxboro – 22:34
73. Meredith Cowan, Mansfield – 22:36
74. Anne Riley, Mansfield – 22:37
75. Kaicey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 22:38
76. Celine Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 22:38
77. Briana Aronne, Attleboro – 22:39
78. Julia DiGiacomo, Franklin – 22:40
79. Katerina Donahue, Milford – 22:41
80. Maura Bruns, Franklin – 22:43
81. Jessica Hart, Canton – 22:44
82. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 22:45
83. Abigail Querzoli, Oliver Ames – 22:46
84. Lilia Angelone, King Philip – 22:46
85. Stephanie Goulet, Milford – 22:53
86. Valaree Buonora, Mansfield – 22:53
87. Julianna Parsons, Attleboro – 22:56
88. Kayla Wong, Canton – 22:57
89. Lindsey Perry, Attleboro – 22:58
90. Kasey Hart, King Philip – 23:00
91. Sarah Roberts, Taunton – 23:03
92. Amy Conley, Foxboro – 24:08
93. Theresa Billo, Stoughton – 24:10
94. Lydia Uhlar, Oliver Ames – 24:11
95. Hannah Fidas, Canton – 24:13
96. Foltz Morgan, Oliver Ames – 24:21
97. Erika Boone, Canton – 24:27
98. Fiona Jorden, Milford – 24:36
99. Sophia Lisle, Sharon – 25:04
100. Lauren Iolli, Taunton – 25:05
101. Allison Chin, Canton – 25:07
102. Heather Maddalena, Stoughton – 25:27
103. Haley Braga, Oliver Ames – 25:35
104. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 25:47
105. Isabella Matondi, Milford – 26:10
106. Michelle Popucheyev, Milford – 26:16
107. Isabella De Souza, Milford – 26:26
108. Jennifer Mazzola, Canton – 26:27
109. Charlotte Hartfiel, Canton – 26:58
110. Kate Pease, Milford – 27:23

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Gordon, Franklin Win Big On The Road Over Taunton

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Franklin’s Owen Palmieri (top) is tackled by Taunton’s Max Moitoso. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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TAUNTON, Mass. – Heading into Friday night’s contest against Taunton, Franklin head coach Eian Bain wanted to get as many of his skill players involved as possible to keep the Tigers’ defense guessing.

Senior quarterback Nick Gordon delivered with a near flawless performance, going 11-for-14 for 243 yards, connecting with six different receivers, and tossing four touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a dominant 42-7 win over Taunton.

Franklin was essentially perfect in the first half with Gordon completing all of his passes (7-for-7) and the team recording 254 yards of offense, scoring on all four of its drives for a 28-0 lead at the break.

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“We got off to a very fast start and I thought we executed the game plan really well,” Bain said. “We try to think about players not plays so we wanted to get certain kids to touch the ball. We had a lot of different kids touch the ball tonight and that wasn’t by accident.

“Taunton does a nice job of changing up their looks, they don’t use the same coverages and fronts a lot. It’s a fun cat and mouse game to play but it’s tough. But we were ready, made some audibles, and when the run game hits, everything is easier and we had some nice runs.”

It was all Panthers from the get-go. After forcing Taunton to punt on its opening drive, Franklin needed just four plays to find the end zone. Owen Palmieri (10 carries, 50 yards) took the first play for 20 yards and the third for four more, sandwiched around a pass from Gordon to Jack Nally (75 all-purpose yards). On the fourth play, Gordon hit Ryan Driscoll (two catches, 88 yards) on a short bubble screen, and the senior got the block he needed to race for a 32-yard touchdown.

Parker Chevrant (6-for-6 extra points) drilled the point after for a 7-0 lead with 6:58 to play in the first quarter.

After another defensive stop that resulted in -5 yards for Taunton, Franklin needed just three plays this time around. On a broken play, Gordon scrambled to the left sideline and waited until the last second before linking up with Driscoll. After a nice block, Driscoll was able to cut inside and raced across the field for a 56-yard score and a 14-0 advantage with 2:59 left in the first quarter.

“We came out flat, we didn’t answer the bell at all to start the game,” said Taunton head coach Brad Sidwell. “They are a good, athletic team and I know we’d have a tough matchup with them at spots defensively. I thought we might have been able to do a little more offensively but we didn’t. We had one good drive to start the second half running the ball, but we have to do that for all four quarters.

“We thought we’d be able to do some things but they did a nice job of getting the ball to their playmakers, they’re a skilled team.”

Taunton moved the ball some on its next drive but a tackle for loss from junior Austin Jordan put the Tigers in a hole and they were forced to punt. Franklin responded with its most methodical drive of the game, rattling off 10 plays to cover 50 yards. The longest play on the drive was from Gordon to Nally for 16 yards, and Palmieri finished with a 1-yard plunge to make it 21-0 with 5:31 left in the second quarter.

Franklin’s defense stuffed Taunton on a 3rd and 1 attempt to force another punt and get the ball back. And the offense wasted little time to move the ball yet again.

Nally and Gordon ripped off back-to-back runs that combined for 25 yards and then Gordon found Jake Davis in stride down the right sideline for a 45-yard touchdown and a 28-0 advantage heading into halftime.

“Keeping the offense on the field in a rhythm is a big part of it,” Bain said of his defense forcing quick three-and-outs. “Last week against KP, they had a lot of third and short opportunities. Tonight we were able to get ahead and get them into second and longs. When you can force a team to be one dimensional, it shrinks the playbook. Our staff is really good at creating different pressures. Noah is really dangerous, he can throw and run so you have to have smart pressure and I thought we did that this week.”

Taunton looked like a new team coming out in the second half, forcing its first three-and-out of the game to get the ball early in the third quarter. The Tigers offense rewarded the defense with its best drive of the game.

With a boost from senior fullback Damian Manning, who had two carries for 16 yards and one catch for five yards — two of those plays resulting in first downs, Taunton got on the board. On the eighth play of the drive, quarterback Noah Leonard used a QB sneak – with a push from Manning – to score from 1-yard out and cap an 80-yard drive to make it 28-7.

The momentum carried over to the Taunton defense, which again came up with a stop, including a big pass breakup from Curt Marshall. The Tigers got the ball back with 2:59 left in the third with a chance to make it a two-score game, but Franklin’s defense had other plans.

On third and 6, Franklin put pressure on Leonard and forced a quick throw on a screen attempt, and Taunton had to punt.

“It could have been closer there, but the defense did a nice job,” Bain said.
“We don’t scoreboard watch, we don’t care about what happened the previous drive or the previous play, we have to focus on the current play. We can’t worry that they scored the drive before, we have to make the stop on this series. That was huge for us.”

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Franklin’s offense got back into gear, marching 71 yards on six plays, the big play a pass and catch from Gordon to Sean Leonard over the middle for 24 yards. Nally came across in motion and took a simple touch pass forward while on the run and went around the left edge for a 15-yard score and a 35-7 lead with 9:55 to play. It was Gordon’s fourth touchdown pass of the day.

“He’s like Ricky Bobby, he just wants to go fast,” Bain said of Gordon. “When I slow the game down in my play calling, I take away what he does well. He has that ability to go on the fly. The touchdown pass to Driscoll, the second one, that was a bad call and he made it a good one with his athleticism and vision. He does a lot of smart things too. He knows the situations and makes good decisions.”

Sean Hofferty added a 4-yard rushing touchdown in the final minutes.

Franklin football (4-2 overall, 2-2 Hockomock) returns home next Friday to take on Attleboro in what could be a potential playoff preview. Taunton (3-3, 1-3) will try to bounce back when it hits the road to take on King Philip.