“That’s a big thing in our town,” Foxboro High coach Matt Noone said following the Warrior boys’ lacrosse team being defeated by Xaverian in large part because the Hawks held a clear advantage on the face off battle.

“I’m calling all face off men. I mean it, if we want to beat the teams who we’re no supposed to beat, we need to develop someone to Face Off Academy,” Noone added. “So, I’m challenging the people of Foxboro right now to get us a face off guy. Please, put that in the paper. We have all these players, but not anyone who faces off. And I need one. Bad. That’s how you beat those guys”…

Carlie Stern stepped up for us after Alex Stamatos got injured,” Foxboro High girls’ lacrosse coach Brittany Sherry said of the Warrior defensive standout. “Carlie Stern went from pretty much a junior varsity player her first three years to never coming off the field as a senior. She played really, really well. She played some lights out defense”…

“I’ve only known him for a few months,” first-year FHS boys’ tennis coach T.J. Ostrander said of lone senior Brian Gardner. “But he did everything you asked of him as a captain.

“He was always going to give it everything he had physically. There were times where his (No. 2 doubles) partner was sick, or he played with a guy he hadn’t played with, but he had some big wins for us. When we beat Mansfield, that was because of him and (partner Sean) McAvoy”…

“Well, when my older sister (Lexi Nelson) was on the team, that’s kind of the same way she played,” Foxboro High No. 1 singles player Pam Nelson said following the Warriors opening round MIAA Tournament win over Hopkinton.

“So, I think I took it from her, I use the same strategy (forcing opponents to scurry from side to side in order to keep the ball in play on the end line). And playing with Sophia (Prinos) last year, I got to see what she was good at too.

“I thought with losing Sophia, and all the seniors actually, it were going to impact us more, but people have definitely stepped up,” Nelson continued after the Warriors 4-1 victory including a straight-set sweep in the singles rotation…

“He never shied away from the spotlight,” Foxboro baseball coach Derek Suess said of senior captain Anthony Mollica, who had a .372 on base percentage in the lead off spot while scoring 16 runs, belting 15 hits and tallying 10 RBIs.

“He always worked hard for the younger guys. I don’t know where we would be without him. We’ll certainly have to fill his role next year”…

Foxboro softball coach Mark Maguire passed out the Teammate award to left fielder Maria Dunn, the Practice Player award to second baseman Peyton Feldman, the Defensive MVP award to catcher Ally Willis, the Unsung Hero award to pitcher-first baseman Cam Willis and the Warrior MVP award to shortstop Morgan Sylvestre ...

“She had a strong freshman year,” Maguire said of Ally Willis, who replaced former Hockomock League All-Star Hannah Davis behind the plate. Ally even caught for older sister, Cam, who filled in nicely when four-year starter Emma Rohan was sidelined with a concussion, Maguire said. “She has a good arm, blocks the ball well,” Maguire added of the younger Willis…

“I think there were moments when we were like, ‘Wow, we’re getting beat pretty bad by these teams,’” said captain Sophia DiCenso regarding the uncertainty that may have followed the Warrior girls’ lacrosse on their bus ride from Longmeadow, against Norwell or others during the regular season.

“But I feel like those losses were just motivators, reasons why we wanted to win and reasons why we thought we can prove people wrong in the tournament. We did it. It feels awesome”…

“That was great example of what he’ll be capable of doing in the future,” Noone said following the Warrior laxmen MIAA Tournament loss against Westwood, specifically noting a crunch-time play by freshman Tom Sharkey as the rookie came away with a takeaway in the final minute and Foxboro trailing by only a one goal.

“To make that play as a 14-year-old, you can only imagine the plays he’s going to make as an 18-year-old,” Noone added…

Coach Brittany Sherry admitted when junior Julia Kelley unleashed a shot with a minute left and the Warriors leading by one in the MIAA Division 2 East Sectional final, rather than continuing the stall offense Foxboro was using to keep the ball away from Medway, her heart may have skipped a beat.

“But she has been working hard,” Sherry said of Kelley. “She got a lot of time last year, but this year she really stepped it up for us.”

Sean McGuire is the sports editor of The Foxboro Reporter and can be followed on Twitter at @BySeanMcGuire.