Boston High School: Cam Felix

Foxborough keeps historic run going

June, 8, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -– It took all four quarters for Foxborough’s offense to produce points against Reading’s midfield and defense, but in the end, the Warriors earned an impressive 8-1 victory over Reading on Tuesday afternoon in an MIAA Division 2 East quarterfinal.

“It was a good game. We worked hard [and] it feels like we wanted it more,” Foxborough senior co-captain Connor Whalen said. “We want to keep [our tournament run going because] we’re making history right now.”

Foxborough’s offense came to life when Whalen netted his first of three goals at 9:37 in the first quarter. Reading (15-6) responded two minutes later with their only strike of the contest when freshman David McDermott connected with junior Nick Guenard, who sent the ball past Greg Stamatov (13 saves).

The Warriors (19-3) recovered and earned their second lead of the contest during the closing seconds of the opening quarter, as senior James Stather scored to give Foxborough the lead for good.

“It looked like we weren’t clicking in the first quarter,” Foxborough head coach Matt Noone said. “We had our opportunities, some silly turnovers [but] they turned it on in the second quarter.”

Senior co-captain Cam Felix connected with Whalen in the second quarter, while senior Dan McCarthy found junior midfielder Jake Soccorso in the third. The Warriors offense added four more goals during the final 12 minutes, as Soccorso and Whalen each chipped in one, while senior midfielder Jake Hyland recorded the final two points.

“Our defense was spot on today, we got a great goalie in Stamatov. We just possessed the ball all day long and when you posses, they can’t score. Today was another good example of that and that’s been my theme all year with these guys,” Noone said. “It was just a great game, overall effort by the offense and the defense.”

“I think we just ran out of gas,” Reading head coach Charlie Hardy said. “We [had] a little bit of illness over there. We have three kids with mono, two kids were [vomiting] before the game. I think they played hard, they’re good kids, they did the best they [could]. Foxborough’s a good team. They’re a good club, they’ve got the right things and they outplayed us today.”

Foxborough will face-off against Medfield on Friday in the Division II East semi-finals. It is the farthest the Warriors have ever been in the MIAA tournament.

“We’ve never been [to the semi-finals] this is all uncharted,” Noone said. “It feels very satisfying and yet, we have a lot of work to do still. I’m very proud of these guys, but they know that there’s a bigger wolf up North and they can take [them] out.”

“We’ve still got to work harder if we want to get any further though,” Whalen said.

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.”