Boston High School: Tyler Ames

The Hockomock League recently announced its boys' lacrosse All-Stars and season Most Valuable Player.

Here's a look at the list, courtesy of Ryan Lanigan and

Editor's note: League all-star lists may be sent to editors Scott Barboza ( or Brendan Hall (

Pat Ward, Canton

Kurt Leavitt, Canton
Ben Lodge, Canton
J.C. Marcone, Canton
Conor O’Brien, Canton
Pat Ward, Canton
Tyler Ames, Foxborough
Alex Pacitti, Foxborough
Luc Valenza, Foxborough
Kyle Finamore, Franklin
Mike Patjane, Franklin
Jake Sargeant, Franklin
Mike Sullivan, Franklin
Connor Eshmann, King Philip
Brendan Murphy, Mansfield
Matt McIntire, Milford
Eric Overdahl, Milford
Josh Rosenblum, Sharon

D2 lacrosse: Foxborough 8, Walpole 7

May, 29, 2013
WALPOLE, Mass. – Walking away from an 8-7 win over Walpole in a Division 2 tournament preliminary round matchup, Foxborough head coach Matt Noone referred to his team as the “Road Warriors.”

His Warriors have proved themselves a worthy adversary on the road during the regular season, and they were want to continue the trend on Tuesday facing the Rebels. They ran with it.

“We took the adversity, we took the seed, and we went, ‘alright, let’s prove what we can do,’” Noone said.

Despite trailing the Rebels 5-3 at half, Foxborough (13-7) pulled ahead in the third on the backs of attackmen Tyler Ames and Kyle Sperzel, who both tallied hat tricks.

Yet, it all came down to the defense, as Walpole (11-8) made it a one-goal game late in the fourth. In the final minute, with possession and coming out of a timeout, the Rebels cycled the ball around the attacking zone, looking for attack Chris Frye, who’d already scored five goals (for six points) on the afternoon. With less than 30 seconds to play, Warriors senior pole Ryan Smith sealed the victory, forcing a Rebels turnover with a deft stick check.

While the Rebels – in particular Frye – were able to get theirs, the Warriors held (just enough) when it counted most.

“Nice little slap check there,” Noone said of Smith’s crucial defensive play. “I had Brendan [Lovely] on [Frye] at the beginning of the game, but Brendan was a little too aggressive on him. So I wanted to change it. Lukey [Valenza] ended up on him for a while in the third quarter and then Ryan ended up on him.”

However, the defensive struggle against the Rebels began even before the game’s start, with Foxborough’s coaching staff implementing a zone defense.

“We knew they like the inverts, so we put a zone in today and I think our zone did well today,” Noone added.

It was a bittersweet end for the Rebels, in particular Frye – a 60-goal scorer this year who ended the season with a dazzling display of skill and a pure nose for the cage.

“It was a game of runs,” Rebels head coach Jason Andalo said. “We made ours early, they made theirs late and we came up one short.”

D2 boys' lax: Foxborough 3, Reading 1

June, 1, 2012

READING, Mass. – No. 10 seed Foxborough (16-3) continued their dominating brand of defensive lacrosse as they defeated No. 7 seed Reading 3-1 in a Friday evening Division 2 first-round matchup.

In a game that featured two All-American goalies and two disciplined team defenses, it was not a surprise that it would be a low scoring affair. Foxborough senior goalie Greg Stamatov and Reading junior netminder Matt Comerford were both on point all game saving eight and 12 shots, respectively.

Reading would strike first in the opening quarter as junior Greg Connery beat his man on a left side dodge and beat Stamatov and give the Rockets a 1-0 lead.

The one-goal Reading lead would hold up through the second quarter as both teams pitched shutouts in the scoreless second. The inability of both offenses to get quality shots on net was more a credit to the defensive game plans of both coaches and the discipline rotations of the players.

Foxboro’s aggressive on-ball defense stood out all evening, highlighted by the play of sophomore close defender Luc Valenza, who possesses some of the fastest hands in Massachusetts lacrosse.

Foxborough senior midfielder Jake Soccorso would tie the game in the third quarter with 1:49 remaining after both teams fought off the first penalties of the contest.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the fourth quarter Foxborough patiently controlled the majority of the possessions. Both defenses remained flawless until Foxborough junior midfielder Tyler Ames beat his man from X and snuck a shot past Comerford to give Foxboro a 2-1 lead with 3:52 remaining in the game.

Ames would add the third and final goal, with under a minute to play, to seal the win for Foxborough. The goal was a result of Comerford leaving the net in an attempt to gain a final possession for the Rockets.

“I am proud of these guys,” Foxborough head coach Matt Noone said. “Greg Stamatov is a great goalie but we have a great 10 people in front of him as well.”

Reading, playing without key members of their attack and defense, competed all game but could never muster enough quality opportunities to gain momentum.

“Both teams played outstanding and both teams have incredible goalies that played very well,” Reading head coach Charlie Hardy said. “Foxborough was great tonight and all of the credit goes to them.”

Lockdown D: The Foxborough defense has allowed only two goals in their last four games, including two wins over Bishop Feehan and Mansfield to conclude the regular season. They shut out Silver Lake 9-0 in the preliminary round of the D2 tournament and maintained their consistency on Friday.

“We are just a little town in Foxborough in the south that is finally here,” Noone said. “I think we proved it by beating Reading and I think we proved it last year.”

Stamatov has been the rock in net for Foxborough all season but the Villanova bound senior deferred all credit to his teammates.

“Everyone was all over the place and ready to help,” Stamatov said. “They forced shots that were down the alley and not good angles and I can make those saves a little bit easier.”

Next up: Foxborough will travel to Concord on Tuesday to take on No. 2 seed Concord-Carlisle (18-0) in the D2 EMass quarterfinals. C-C boasts one of the state’s best defenses with All-American goalie Doug Gouchoe (Air Force) and All-American close defender Henry Bumpus (Brown, football) leading the way. C-C defeated Wakefield 15-6 on Friday to advance to the quarters. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

“I do not know too much about them but I see that they are beating everyone so that is going to be a tough game,” Stamatov said. “If we just play our system we can beat anyone.”

Recap: Foxborough 6, Sandwich 2

April, 21, 2012

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Foxborough boys’ lacrosse dug in against Sandwich in the second quarter. The Blue Knights closed to within in a goal, and headed into the third quarter, Sandwich held a man-up.

The Blue Knights continued to exhibit patience with the ball and had several clean looks at the cage in the opening minutes of the second half.

And there was Greg Stamatov.

The Warriors’ goaltender and Villanova signee swatted and scooped his way to five of his nine saves in the third quarter. On calmer seas, the Warriors settled in for the fourth and added to their lead, taking a 6-2 win over the Blue Knights at Gillette Stadium.

“He kept us in the game during that storm in the second quarter,” Foxborough head coach Matt Noone said of Stamatov, “and then we were able to get some separation a little bit in the fourth quarter, but what a game. My defense played well in front of him, too, but what can you say about Greg Stamatov? We’ll miss him when he’s gone.”

The Warriors’ victory was capped on the second goal of the day from attack Tyler Ames (2 G, A), but the offense was balanced. Seven Foxborough (6-2) players recorded points.

Foxborough defensive unit was also game behind poles Conor Lynch, Al Noonan and Luc Valenza.

Of the players Foxborough lost to graduation, they were particularly hard hit on offense.

Ames is among the group that has tried to pick up the slack.

“Things have been really clicking lately,” the junior attack said. “We’ve tried some different things in practice and then brining those things onto the field. Coach has told us with all of those kids graduating from last year, we have to step up. There more we’ve gotten into this season, we’re trying to fill those shoes and get after it.”

Ames showed quick hands on a nice pass across the crease on Anthony Fertitta’s goal with 6:56 to play. He then capped the victory with a goal, flying through the air across the cage with under four minutes.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Here are a smattering of thoughts from No. 25 Foxborough’s 10-2 non-league win over Barnstable on Friday morning:

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.”

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.”