Mustangs Second Half Surge Sinks Sharon

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Mark Bloom (22) scored a first half hat trick for Sharon against Medway. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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SHARON, Mass. – Heading into halftime of Tuesday morning’s game, Sharon had answered back from a Medway run and had managed to tie the game on Mark Bloom’s third goal of the half. The momentum was with the home team at the break, although the Mustangs started the third quarter man-up thanks to a penalty at the halftime whistle.

Medway scored on that man-up situation, then a minute later added a second. Then it was another EMO goal for the Mustangs to make it 10-7 and then another on a locked in, two-minute penalty. When the dust settled on the third quarter, Medway had broken open a tied game and taken a six-goal lead.

“In the first half, we played with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity and I’m not really sure what it was…they popped in a couple of quick ones and the wheels kind of fell off,” said Sharon coach Peter DeSisto.

The third quarter run was enough to hand Medway a 15-9 road win and continue Sharon’s struggles at the start of the season.

DeSisto said, “It just kind of snowballs. Defense is getting beat, offense is trying to go to the cage every time we touch it, so we just need to get better at our mental toughness.”

The Eagles showed resiliency in the first half. Bloom scored a pair of goals in the opening three minutes of the game to give Sharon a lead and Matt Cancian scored the first of his three goals to make it 3-1, but then Medway answered right back with five straight to lead 6-3 with 4:38 left to halftime.

The Eagles did not panic and started chipping away at the lead. Sophomore Brett Litner received a pass from Craiog Titus in the heart of the Medway defense, spun, and scored to make it 6-4. Thirty seconds later, Cancian scooped a ground ball in the attacking zone and drove at the cage before finishing past Medway goalie Tanner Pearl.

With 1:09 left in the half, Titus had his shot blocked by a defender in front, but the ricochet took it right to Cancian and the senior fired it home to tie the game. Evan Rackliff regained the lead for Medway but again Sharon had a response with Bloom taking a pass from Spencer Hall and taking his time to line up a rip and make it 7-7.

“It’s definitely there,” said DeSisto. “We have flashes where we’ve played as one team and when we do that we’re a dangerous team but when we don’t, just like any other team, we’re not a very good team when we play as individuals.”

Coming out of the break with an EMO, Medway took its time and scored with three seconds remaining on the penalty. Junior Jeffery Wenzel then added a third quarter hat trick to turn the lead from one goal to four. After a 2:00 penalty against the Eagles, Ben Steinhoff added his second of the quarter to make it 12-7.

“It absolutely kills us,” said DeSisto about the penalties, “and it just adds on to that discouragement that guys feel when we can’t possess the ball for a minute at a time because of all the penalties. That goes along with mental toughness; guys are getting frustrated and they start taking stupid penalties.”

Offensively, the Eagles started to grow impatient as the deficit widened. Cancian, Bloom, and Josh Rotman continued to get into decent positions but were not able to beat Pearl from distance. As the Mustangs continued to tack on goals, Sharon’s offense grew increasingly one-on-one.

“That’s one of our toughest challenges,” said DeSisto. “We do have a young defense, so it’s not unusual for us to go down a couple goals ion a short amount of time, but we just need to learn that it’s okay, it’s lacrosse, it’s the nature of the game, and we just need to be patient and play our game.”

The defensive unit, including freshman Coleman Loftus, sophomore Zach Reingold, junior Jared Zunenshine, and freshman LSM Sam Spencer, lacks varsity experience and the Medway attack took advantage.

Medway added a goal late in the third and Jake Tomsik turned and beat junior goalie Dan Spelfogel (six saves) to make it 14-7 early in the fourth. Titus scored with a lefty rip to end the run for the Mustangs, but Ross Cooperstein came right back with another goal.

The Eagles would wrap up the scoring with 1:59 remaining on arguably the prettiest goal of the day, even if it was only a consolation. Rotman played the ball to the edge of the crease and Jack Lesser took a quick touch before depositing a low-angle, behind-the-back shot past Pearl.

Sharon (1-4) will try to get on track on Thursday against Taunton.

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

Boys Lacrosse: Davenport Division Preview 2016

Canton senior attack Ben O'Neill is one reason that the Bulldogs have a chance to repeat as Davenport champs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Canton senior attack Ben O’Neill is one reason that the Bulldogs have a chance to repeat as Davenport champs. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2015 Record: 11-7
2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Bill Bendell
The Bulldogs have won two Davenport division titles in the last three years and will be looking for a third in 2016. With a beefed up non-league schedule, Canton will be looking to make a deep run in the D2 South tournament this season.
“I really like this team and I think we will be very difficult to beat once we figure things out,” head coach Bill Bendell said. “Our goal this year is to trust the process…ignore the scoreboard and instead focus on doing your job to the best of your ability and the wins will follow.”
Canton will be relying on an experienced defense this season. Senior Chris Albert returns to the cage while senior Jake Ragusa and junior LSM Michael Pigeon will anchor the backline. Senior Dan Nadeau, junior Jonathan Sutton and sophomore Gabe Galeotos all saw time on defense last season and will fit in nicely again this year.
On offense, Ben O’Neill – one of the best offensive players in Canton history – enters the season with 125 career points. He’s got a high lacrosse IQ and can battle through defenses to find the net. Shaun Kirby, Dan Dillon, Bobby Mullaney and Eddie McCabe will all chip in with O’Neill offensively.

FOXBORO

2015 Record: 12-8
2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central/East Quarterfinals
Coach: Matt Noone
Foxboro graduated a handful of talented players last season but the biggest loss might be losing last year’s leading scorer Pat McCarthy to a knee injury this year. But with five seniors and plethora of youth, Warriors will look to try and claim their first Davenport title since 2011.
“You can’t replace Pat McCarthy, thankfully we still have his leadership, he will help the young guys,” Foxboro head coach Matt Noone said.
Connor McNamara and Brian Buckner are both entering their third year on varsity and will be relied upon heavily. McNamara is a factor at both sends of the field, Noone adding “He can carry us at times.” Buckner, a defenseman, possess great speed and positions himself well, Noone saying “His athleticism and IQ make him tough to beat on and off the ball.”
Foxboro will rely on Andrew Whalen, Louis Piccolo and James Silveria – all sophomores – on attack. McNamara will be complemented in the midfield by senior Austin Ryan and juniors Colin Spinney and Trey Guerrini. Noone called all three great athletes. Defensively, two year starters Tom Piccolo and Bobby Kierce will work alongside Buckner while sophomore Pat Kaveny has improved his game as well.
Expect sophomore Jake Addeche and junior Tyler Silveria to battle for the starting goalie job.

MILFORD

2015 Record: 2-17
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Ralph Bono
Milford will be looking to try and improve after recording just two wins in the 2015 season. New head coach Ralph Bono will try to turn things around in his first year at the helm.
The Scarlet Hawks graduated their two top scorers from last season in Nick Mobilia (30 points) and Spencer Lawson (19 points) so there will be some questions to answer up front.
In midfield, junior Alex Salamone registered 10 points last season and had 12 grounds balls while sophomore Andrew Gallagher made an impact with nine points in his rookie campaign. Jack Boyle, Nick Lurie and Ian Bucal all factored into the scoring last year as well.
Defensively, Harrison Bliss led the Scarlet Hawks defensemen in grounds balls as a sophomore while Andrew Palaria and Riley Burns also saw time. In goal, Pietro Bon Tempo made 123 saves last year in 17 games played and should provide some experience in the back.

OLIVER AMES

2016 Record: 6-10
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Chris DiGiacomo
After missing out on the playoffs last season, second year skipper Chris DiGiacomo will be relying on a large senior class to try to get back to the postseason.
“There is a lot of positive energy surrounding the program currently,” head coach Chris DiGiacomo said. “The boys have been working very hard, and we are very excited to get started.”
Senior attack Matt Gilson is back for his fourth year on varsity to pace the offense while senior Jake Aronson returns to man the goal for the Tigers. Senior captain middie Aidan Connly will be relied upon to take care of both ends of the field.
Connly will be joined by classmates Mike Sullivan, Jack Long, Connor Howe and Max Bamford so the Tigers will boast a very experienced midfield. On defense, senior Max Sheldon will anchor the backline in front of Aronson.

Sharon

2015 Record: 10-9
2015 Finish: Reached D2 Central/East First Round
Coach: Peter DeSisto
The Eagles are looking to get back to the top of the Davenport mountain and are hoping former Canton player Peter DeSisto will lead them there in his first year at the helm.
“I am really excited for this season, we are a young team but the captains and upperclassmen have really set the tone for this season,” DeSisto said. “They’re showing the newer players what it takes to be successful at this level. We’ve set high expectations for ourselves, but we know that if we come together as a unit and work hard we are completely capable of reaching our goals.”
After coming up just short in the division race last year, Sharon has a strong returning core to try to win the division for the second time in three years. Senior captains Mark Bloom and Craig Titus will be the focus of the attack again this year while sophomore Jon Greenberg will be back in goal after a terrific freshman campaign in 2015.
UMass commit Josh Rotman will be paired with senior captain Matt Cancian in the midfield to provide a power 1-2 punch while sophomores Spencer Hall and Chase Waxman will also see a lot of time in the middle of the field. Sharon will have to fill some holes defensively but expect junior Jared Zunenshine and sophomore Zach Reingold to step in.