Pietrzyk Brothers Power Taunton to Win Over Warriors

Tyler Pietrzyk
Tyler Pietrzyk (6) scored two goals and added two assists as Taunton rolled to a 7-0 win in its season opener. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Prior to the season, Taunton coach Kris Metea talked about how his team had taken its lumps over the past few years, but that the players who were overwhelmed as eighth graders had now spent a few years in the program and were physically ready to make their mark this season.

On Wednesday night, in the Tigers season opener at the Foxboro Sports Center, Taunton outmuscled and wore down Foxboro for a dominating 7-0 victory.

Taunton coach Kris Metea said, “It was nice to see the boys come out and it was a little bit of a slow start but in the second period they put it together.”

The Pietrzyk brothers combined for four goals and six points for the Tigers. Senior Tyler had two goals and two assists, while sophomore Trevor added a pair of goals, including the final goal with just 2:09 remaining.

“They work hard,” said Metea. “They embody what we believe in the program. They give everything they’ve got  and they bleed Tiger hockey. They bring a ton of energy and it shows.”

Tyler Pietrzyk scored the eventual game winner nearly five minutes into the game. On a rush up ice, Will Walsh drew a defenseman and laid a perfect pass into Pietrzyk’s path and he blasted a slap shot over the shoulder of Foxboro goalie John Cronin.

Taunton outshot the Warriors 10-4 and controlled the vast majority of the offensive zone time and puck possession, but could not extend the lead. Still it was only a one-goal lead and Foxboro nearly pulled it back with two breakaways in the final three minutes of the period but Paul Vey’s shot was stopped by Justin Chappell.

Cronin (22 saves) played his part in keeping the Tigers at bay, including a big double save stopping a Walsh breakaway and the rebound. Foxboro coach Jim Genovese said that Cronin will be crucial to keep the Warriors in games this season.

“He’s going to be our backbone this year, especially because we’ve got four freshmen defensemen,” Genovese explained. “He did all the right things in the off-season to improve.”

During the first intermission, the Tigers talked about turning the dominance into goals and that message was received loud and clear. Taunton had nine shots on goal in the opening four minutes of the second period and finally got a second when Zack Albert hit Pietrzyk on a perfect outlet pass and he beat Cronin top shelf.

“We told them as much as they were carrying the play there was another level they could still bring up,” said Metea. “We talked about our ‘D’ getting shots to the net and getting more pressure in front.”

“They amped it up to another level and did everything we asked for adjustments.”

The goal seemed to open the floodgates for the Tigers, who tacked on three more before the end of the period. Defenseman Nick Terry made it 3-0 on the power play when he collected a loose puck by the near side boards and skated across the crease before roofing his shot.

Six minutes later his blue line partner David Perry added another power play goal with a wrist shot through traffic. With 22.6 left in the second, Trevor Pietrzyk knocked in a loose puck after a scramble in front to make it 5-0.

The third period was sluggish from both teams, as the big lead and fatigue set in for both teams. Walsh got his second point of the night when he finished off a nice move with a wrist shot under the bar against Foxboro backup goalie Clay Leopold. Trevor Pietrzyk tacked on his second with a tap in off Jakob Robert’s second assist.

Foxboro had chances to get back into the game, but was 0-7 on the power play including a full 1:30 with a two-man advantage in the third period. The top attacking line of Tim Luciano, Jason Galanti and Vey with Peter Smith added on power plays struggled to put the puck on net.

“We just got to move our feet quicker on the power play and move the puck better,” said Genovese. “We’re forcing passes. We have to slow it down in that aspect, but we have to be moving.”

Metea knows that these penalties could cause problems over the course of the season. “We definitely stressed that penalties will kill us against good teams. We don’t want to give them power play opportunities.”

Taunton has higher expectations this season and this was a solid beginning for the Tigers, as they start what they hope will be a run to the playoffs.

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

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/14/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
Stoughton, 3 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final – Stoughton freshman Sean Doherty scored his first career goal with 39 seconds left in the game to grab a point. Mark Sheehan and Jon Lessa also scored for the Black Knights. Mike Carresi, Tim Luciano and Sam Garrabrant scored for Foxboro.
Wrestling
Mansfield, 6 @ Oliver Ames, 69 – Final – Oliver Ames had nine wrestlers pick up pins on Monday night, including Ryan DeCosta at 113, Liston Funai at 132 and Shea O’Connor at 145. 

The 2015 Hockomock Golf All Stars & HMs

Ryan Tomaso
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Ryan Tomaso, Milford

Hockomock League All Stars

Jack Goyetch, Canton
Danny Powers, Canton
Tim Luciano, Foxboro
Bryan Woelfel, Franklin
Mickey Riley, King Philip
Danny McLoughlin, King Philip
Jason Hindman, Mansfield
David Craig, Mansfield
Ryan Tomaso, Milford
Robbie Congdon, North Attleboro
Jack Green, Oliver Ames
Brian Lambert, Oliver Ames
Ryan McGarry, Oliver Ames
Steven Tasho, Oliver Ames
Ryan O’Berg, Taunton
Mario Wilson, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Kyle Delsignore, Attleboro
Jim Jenkins, Canton
Kurt Dudek, Foxboro
Matt Dao, Franklin
Todd Bushway, King Philip
Matt Chirichiello, Mansfield
Anthony Arcudi, Milford
David Colsanti, North Attleboro
Nick Lombardi, Oliver Ames
Max Avratin, Sharon
Kaynel Gonsalves, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Golf All Stars & HMs

Ryan Tomaso
Below are the official Hockomock League Golf All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Ryan Tomaso, Milford

Hockomock League All Stars

Jack Goyetch, Canton
Danny Powers, Canton
Tim Luciano, Foxboro
Bryan Woelfel, Franklin
Mickey Riley, King Philip
Danny McLoughlin, King Philip
Jason Hindman, Mansfield
David Craig, Mansfield
Ryan Tomaso, Milford
Robbie Congdon, North Attleboro
Jack Green, Oliver Ames
Brian Lambert, Oliver Ames
Ryan McGarry, Oliver Ames
Steven Tasho, Oliver Ames
Ryan O’Berg, Taunton
Mario Wilson, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Kyle Delsignore, Attleboro
Jim Jenkins, Canton
Kurt Dudek, Foxboro
Matt Dao, Franklin
Todd Bushway, King Philip
Matt Chirichiello, Mansfield
Anthony Arcudi, Milford
David Colsanti, North Attleboro
Nick Lombardi, Oliver Ames
Max Avratin, Sharon
Kaynel Gonsalves, Taunton

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. 

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/28/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Franklin, 4 vs. Xaverian, 0 – Final Hatim Brahimi scored the opener for the Panthers and also added the final goal. Brahimi’s first goal was set up by David Stowell, who also scored a first half goal for Franklin off an assist from Austin Kent. Kent then found the back of the net in the second off off an assist from junior Cam LeBlanc. Henri Guilmette had the shutout in net for the Panthers. 
Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 5 vs. Dartmouth, 0 – Final – Emily Spath scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Victoria Stowell had three assists in the non-league victory.
Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – Six different players registered a point for the Rocketeers, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and never looked back. Hana Caster opened the scoring off an assists from Felicity Monfils. Shannon Kingsley then doubled the lead off an assist from Grace Guertin and Haley Guertin made it three off Caster’s pass. Grace Guertin scored a fourth goal in the second half off an assist from Lauren Dowd. Freshman Emma Noreck made her varsity debut and combined with Kiersten Bixby for the shutout in net. 
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip picked up a 25-12, 25-7, 25-12 sweep at home over Attleboro. Carly Adams had 12 service points in game alone to give the Warriors an early jump and Gwen Uyrus had 10 service points in game three, totaling seven aces for the match, to help the Warriors close. Head coach Kristen Geuss said Angela Vellante had strong defensive game.

Canton, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Canton swept the Scarlet Hawks 25-13, 25-13, 25-15. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 13 kills and also had a strong game on defense. Head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe sparked the defense and “made many great plays.” Cawley also said Erika Lum and Kehla Minkin played well on defense and Rye Verille and Emma Murphy both blocked well. 

Stoughton, 3 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Stoughton notched a 25-22, 25-20, 29-31, 25-23 win over division rival Foxboro. Stoughton junior Christina Gelin had 12 assists, 10 digs and eight service points and sophomore Valerie Whalen added 13 kills, five blocks, nine service points and four aces.
Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – The Panthers won 25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 15-5. Aubrie Kutil led Franklin with 12 kills and Hannah Chace had seven. Elizabeth Neal led the team with 18 assists and Dayna McCue had 37 digs. Emily Moor led the Tigers with 16 kills and Tatum Speicher had 32 assists, two kills and seven digs. Libero Molly Sullivan had 13 digs and Alyssa Gibson added six kills for Taunton.

Mansfield, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Hornets picked up a sweep but all three games were close, with Mansfield winning 25-22, 25-22, 29-27. Cathryn Heavey led the way with 39 assists while Meg Hill had 11 kills and Jess Haradon had 11 digs. 
Field Hockey
Foxboro, 4 @ Bellingham, 0 – Final

Canton, 0 @ Norwood, 2 – Final
Mansfield, 5 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final – Caroline Maher netted a pair of goals to lead the Hornets to a non-league win. Emily Ierardo, Caitlin Whitman and Olivia Horn each scored once for Mansfield. 
Milford, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Hannah Friend and Carly Cidado each scored in the first half to put the Tigers ahead while senior goalie Cassie Gavin made eight saves to prevent a Scarlet Hawks comeback. Elena DelloRusso scored 10 minutes into the second half for Milford.
Taunton, 1 vs. New Bedford, 4 – Final
Golf
Mansfield, 171 @ Foxboro, 191 – Final – Mansfield senior David Craig carded a 40. Foxboro’s Tim Luciano shot a 43.

Oliver Ames, 154 @ Sharon, 168 – Final – The Tigers became the first team to punch their ticket to the state tournament with the win. Brian Lambert carded a match low 36 while Ryan McGarry and Mark Bissonette each shot 39 and Eric LeBlanc shot a 40.

Franklin, 164 @ Attleboro, 169 – Final

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/17/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
King Philip, 15 @ Foxboro, 17 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 10 yard pass to Connor McNamara, John Cronin XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) John DeLuca 9 yard rush, Zach Boari XP good.
3rd Quarter: (F) M. Clagg 29 yard pass to Jason Procaccini, J. Cronin XP good.
4th Quarter: (KP) J. DeLuca 1 yard rush, J. DeLuca 2pt rush good; (F) J. Cronin 28-yard field goal.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 2 @ Randolph, 4 – Final
Volleyball
Milford, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton took the match 25-20, 25-16, 26-24. Molly Sullivan had 14 digs and a pair of aces for the Tigers while Meghan Navarro had seven digs and three aces and Tatum Speicher had 27 assists in the win.

Sharon @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Sharon swept the Eagles by scores of 25-16, 25-15, 25-13. Beth Neal had nine assists, six kills and three aces for the Panthers while Dayna McCue added seven digs and six aces and Aubrie Kutil had five kills. Franklin head coach Catherine Horsmann said Rose Morrissette and Sam Campbell played well defensively for the Panthers. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield walked away with its second five set win in as many days with a 21-25, 25-23, 14-25, 25-19, 15-12 win over the Black Knights. Juliana Newell had 10 service points and six kills to pace Mansfield while Ali Belanger had 12 service points and Cathryn Heavey notched an impressive 60 assists. Stoughton’s Ava Siegel had 12 kills, 18 digs and 20 service receptions while Bianca DeSousa had 10 aces, 12 assists, eight kills, and 13 service points. 
Oliver Ames, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final
Cross Country
Boys
Franklin, 23 @ Attleboro, 35 – Final
Stoughton, 23 @ Foxboro, 32 – Final
King Philip @ Taunton, 3:45
North Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 16 – Final
Oliver Ames, 17 @ Milford, 42 – Final
Girls
Franklin, 15 @ Attleboro, 50 – Final
Stoughton, 44 @ Foxboro, 15 – Final

King Philip, 18 @ Taunton, 37 – Final – King Philip sophomore Erin Quinn earned her first varsity win in 21:05 while classmate Nina Sitarski finished in second at 21:10. Taunton took third place while KP’s Erica Layne (22:56), Lucy Hamilton (22:57) and Leia Quinn (23:03) took fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. 

North Attleboro, 19 @ Mansfield, 44 – Final
Oliver Ames, 20 @ Milford, 41 – Final
Golf
North Attleboro, 177 @ Taunton, 171 – Final – Mike Volkmann carded a match best 41 to lead the Tigers while Mario Wilson and Jason Stern each shot 43. Dylan Kane had a team-best 42 for the Rocketeers while Robbie Congdon and Ty Sinacola each shot 44. 
Milford, 161 @ Oliver Ames, 144 – Final – Brian Lambert’s one-under par round of 33 paced Oliver Ames to its second win over Milford in three days. Nick Lombardi added a 36, Matt Kelley shot 37 and Steven Tasho shot a 38 for OA. Milford’s Ryan Tomaso was just two shots over par with a 35 and Tylor Renaud carded a 39.

Foxboro, 173 @ Canton, 159 – Final – Canton senior Griffin Jerrier had the best day on the course, shooting a match-low 39. Senior Jim Jenkins and sophomores Danny Powers and Joey Vaughan all shot 40 for the Bulldogs. Foxboro’s Kurt Dudek carded a 40 while Tim Luciano added a 42. 
Attleboro, 184 @ Franklin, 153 – Final – The Panthers carded a season-low 153 to pick up their first win of the season. Sophomore Bryan Woelfel shot an even par 35, junior Matt Dao carded a 38 and Matt Pleshaw and David Hardin each shot 40. Attleboro’s Tyler Letendre shot a team best 44 on the day. 

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/08/15

Below are today’s games.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Norton, 3 – Final

Field Hockey
Foxboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Sophomore Grace Mayer scored in the second half to give Attleboro the win.

Canton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Freshman Annie Walsh scored her first career goal on an assist from senior Diana Griffin and sophomore Christina Quinn also scored on assists from Walsh and junior Alex Sullivan. Franklin’s defense only allowed one shot on goal and head coach Lisa Cropper said senior Taylor Reutlinger and junior Dana Lewandowski played well in midfield.

Sharon, 0 @ King Philip, 9 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final

Stoughton, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell scored a hat trick for the Black Knights and Ashley Chipman added one goal. Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said Angela Connolly “dominated at midfield.”

Cross Country
Hockomock Jamboree (@ Borderland), 3:30
Golf
Milford, 173 @ Foxboro, 170 – Final – Matt Tierney, Tim Luciano and Blake Wasserman all shot a team-low 42 for Foxboro.
Attleboro, 182 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Mansfield junior Jason Hindman was the match medalist for the second straight time, shooting a 39. Seniors Devon Barbero and David Craig each carded a 41 for the Hornets. Keagin Larkin shot a team-low 42 for the Bombardiers.

Stoughton, 198 @ King Philip, 163 – FinalMickey Riley, a senior for King Philip, shot a team-low 38 for the Warriors in the win.
Canton, 170 @ Sharon, 169 – Final – Sharon senior Cam Sydney had a match low 38 for the Eagles. Canton’s Griffin Jerrier shot a low score of 41 for the Bulldogs.