Foxborough uses homefield advantage over Franklin
April, 16, 2011
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –- There’s nothing like home cooking.
Well, sort of.
“The kids just came ready to play,” Foxborough boys’ lacrosse head coach Matt Noone said Saturday. “Even though this was technically an away game for us, this is in our backyard. The kids were so energetic before the game that I think they could’ve flown.”
Facing Hockomock League rival Franklin in the first game of a long day of lacrosse action at Gillette Stadium, the Warriors were off and running from the get-go, scoring in the game’s second minute. Foxborough never trailed while taking an impressive 13-7 win over the Panthers.
The Warriors (5-0) received consistent performances from their attackmen with Jake Hyland, Billy Roberts, James Stather and Connor Whalen all tallying multipoint games. Cam Felix also chipped in two goals.
Roberts led the scoring barrage with a hat trick for a four-point game along with Stather (2 G, 2A). Hyland and Whalen each had three-point games with two goals and an assist each.
Foxborough controlled play in the Franklin (4-2) zone for long stretches of the first half, establishing a 7-4 lead at halftime. Still, there were few things Noone wanted his squad to improve.
“The key to everything is possession,” Noone said. “Our defense was a little sloppy in the first half and I told our guys that we wanted to step that up in the second half.”
The Warriors played a stifling defense in the third quarter, limiting the Panthers to a handful of shots on goaltender Greg Stamatov (11 saves). Meanwhile, Foxborough increased its lead, netting the only two goals of the third.
“We would come down in transition and we would have players out of place,” Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi said. “We’ve been working on fastbreaks daily, so that was a little unfortunate, and we threw the ball away a couple of times. But you have to Foxborough credit, they did nice job of extending out on us and we didn’t the pressure as would’ve hoped.”