Coach Matt Noone and the Foxboro High boys’ lacrosse team concluded the 2019 season with its third Hockomock League-Davenport Division title in the last four seasons.
The Warriors finished the season 12-7 following a loss in the MIAA Division 2 Central/East Sectionals. Noone said despite the exit in the playoff opener, he’s still going to look back fondly on the year.
“The boys and the way they competed all season,” Noone said, “I mean, we dropped Stoughton and picked up Newton North. That’s just the way we role in Foxboro and we’re always going to be that way. Whatever we have, we’re going to fight.”
That fight was on full display this season during the Chowda Cup tournament, which Noone referred to as one of the highlights this season. The Warriors defeated Norwell 8-6 in the tournament title game and took down Marshfield 7-5 in the semifinals.
“I loved the win against Marshfield, I loved the win against Canton,” Noone said in reference to the game which ultimately won the Warriors the league title.
“And that loss against Medway (season opener) was a message. That was a gift knowing the season we went on to have and the team we had.”
Sticking true to its system, Foxboro was led this season by the ability to possess the ball on offense and stop teams defensively. With All-Hockomock selection Pat Stapleton anchoring the defense in front of goaltender Matt Tully, the Warriors concluded the season third in goals allowed this season. They allowed just 6.5 goals per game.
Offensively, Foxboro was led by the contributions from Providence College commit Brendan Tully and attackman Pete Conley. Tully had a team-best 39 goals with 15 assists while Conley netted 30 goals in addition to his team-high 22 assists.
Fellow attackman Charlie Baughan (25 goals), Aidan Stapleton (18 goals, 22 assists) as well as midfielder Shayne Kerrigan (24 goals) and Bobby Yerardi (23 goals) all complemented the Foxboro offense.
The Warriors will graduate a handful of seniors including four-year contributors in Pat Stapleton, Tully and Conley.
“Having four seniors, and three who were key contributors,” Noone said, “they gave us that key presence on the field.”
The Warriors will have a handful of players returning, with another year of varsity experience, like midfielder Nick Penders, Aidan Stapleton, Kerrigan and Yerardi as well as defensive players Ronnie MacLellan, Will Morrison, Dylan Kerrigan and others. Both Matt Tully and Charlie Baughan will not be returning to the Foxboro program as Tully is heading to Nobles and Greenough and Baughan attending Portsmouth Abby next year.
“I’m already counting the days,” Noone said regarding the anticipation for next year. “I’m going to teach these boys how to play Foxboro lacrosse. It’s no different than any year and looking for to it. I know kids are the same thing.
“We got some kids coming back, we’re going to be good,” Noone added. “We’re going to reload Foxboro style, from the ground up.”