- Scott Barboza, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here are a smattering of thoughts from No. 25 Foxborough’s 10-2 non-league win over Barnstable on Friday morning:
DEFENSE LEADS TO OFFENSE
The Warriors (2-0) are built from the crease out, with ESPN Boston All-State goaltender Greg Stamatov leading the way. However, against the Red Raiders (1-2), Foxborough’s defenders were able to eliminate any kind of possession game for Barnstable early, and conversely were able to set up their own offense.
Long poles Conor Lynch, Al Noonan (4 ground balls) and Luc Valenza, along with long-stick middie Brenden Lovely (4 GB) bottled up the Red Raider attacks’ dodges and were able to use their speed to capitalize on Barnstable’s turnovers.
Foxborough head coach Matt Noone lost a bunch of key offensive contributors to graduation from last year’s squad, so the offense has been a work in progress during the early weeks.
The Warriors displayed their skill against Barnstable though, particularly on Mike Campbell’s dazzling third-quarter goal, scored nearly with his back to cage off a dodge. Campbell netted a hat trick along with fellow attack Tyler Ames.
Midfielder Anthony Fertita also had a three-point game with two goals and an assist.
“Right now, our defense is strong and our offense has come along, but that’s natural for the offense to be a little behind the defense this early in the season,” Noone said. “But we have guys that stepped up today. Mikey Campbell stepped up on attack and obviously Greg Stamatov in goal is just great.”
WIDE OPEN HOCK
After some early season shockers, it looks as through the Hockomock League title are very much up for grabs.
Noone was in agreement.
“I think [the league] is wide open,” he said. “Obviously, Franklin and Foxborough have had a mark on their backs with us winning the small Hock and Franklin winning the big Hock. But the other day Mansfield beat Franklin and North Attleborough beat King Philip.
“For now, we’re just worrying about what we can do here in Foxborough.”