“We had individual meetings yesterday about who was going to fill that role,” Foxboro High girls’ lacrosse coach Brittany Sherry said of replacing two-time Hockomock League MVP Sophia DiCenso, who missed the Warriors opening MIAA Tournament match Thursday due to attending the final round of Team USA U-19 tryouts in Maryland.
Sherry’s message was heard loud and clear by junior Jamie Notarangelo and classmate Julia Kelley.
With the pair leading the way, including the winning goal by Notarangelo in the final seconds, the No. 4 seed Warriors pulled out a 15-14 victory over No. 5 Weston High in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Division 2 East Sectionals.
Notarangelo scored to put Foxboro out front 15-14 with 18 seconds left in regulation.
“Jamie (Notarangelo) knows it kind of has to be on her shoulders,” Sherry said of the junior who finished with four goals and one assist. “She went to X, got the ball and just went.”
The goal broke a drought in which Foxboro did not score for 12:20. During the span, Weston scored five unanswered goals to erase the Warriors’ 14-9 lead.
“I think we got a little complacent,” Sherry said. “(We were) not going to cage as much as we should.”
Notarangelo was far from the lone offensive contributor. Kelley finished with seven points on five goals. Meghan Curran (two goals, assist), Abby Hassman (goal, two assists), Lilly Vey (two goals) and Molly Murphy (goal, assist) all complemented the Foxboro offense.
Foxboro scored the first two goals of the second half to take its biggest lead of the match at 12-6.
Sophomore goaltender Sara Addeche (13 saves) helped limit the damage on the other end with eight saves in the first half as Foxboro built a 10-6 lead at the break.
Addeche made a pair of saves during Foxboro’s first man-down of the second half and stopped another shot during the second man-down situation with four minutes remaining in a two-goal game.
The Warriors dug themselves a 3-0 deficit in the opening 2:21 before scoring five straight goals. Foxboro outscored Weston 10-2 in the final 21 minutes of the first half.
“We were rusty,” Sherry said. “We were more focused on ‘We don’t have (DiCenso)’ and we knew there were some players that had to step up, and I think they did, but having those two weeks off, it showed big time.”
Foxboro (14-7) advances to play top-seeded Wayland (17-4) in the East Sectional semifinals on Tuesday.
Boys' Lacrosse: Westwood 10, Foxboro 8
The No. 4 seed Foxboro High boys’ lacrosse team had its first postseason win since 2015 there for the taking on Thursday as the Warriors hosted No. 5 Westwood High in the Division 2 Central/East Sectional quarterfinals.
But with the Wolverines holding the clear advantage on the draw and Foxboro making some costly miscues at inopportune times, the Warriors were eliminated from the MIAA Tournament after a 10-8 loss at Sam Berns Community Field.
Foxboro held a 8-7 lead after sophomore Charlie Baughan netted his second goal of the game with 7:53 left in the fourth.
From there on, the Wolverines won a crucial ground ball with 6:05 left, which ultimately led to the tying goal. Foxboro made three costly turnovers in the fourth quarter, the second of which came as the Warriors possessed the ball, trailing 9-8, with just over a minute remaining.
“The things that we did today cost us the game, mistakes,” Foxboro coach Matt Noone said.
The Warriors were also impacted by allowing three goals in a 54-second period. Westwood scored two goals in the final 10 seconds of the half, securing one of their 14 draws before netting one in transition.
Westwood also scored the first goal of the second half, merely 44 seconds in, to take a 5-3 lead.
Along with Baughan, Foxboro was led offensively by Bobby Yerardi (two goals), Aidan Stapleton (two goals) and Brendan Tully (goal, assist). Senior attackman Pete Conley also scored for the Warriors.
Freshman goaltender Matt Tully kept Foxboro in it early on. He made eight of his 11 saves in the first half.
Foxboro was 1-for-3 on the man-advantage while Westwood scored its first goal of the game on a Warrior man-down.
The Warriors finished the season at 12-7.
Softball: Dedham 8, Foxboro 5
The Foxboro High softball team built a 5-1 lead in the third inning, but could not hold on and fell 8-5 to No. 13 seed Dedham in the first round of the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional Thursday.
Peyton Feldman, Morgan Sylvestre and Chelsea Gibbons had two hits apiece for the No. 20 seeded Warriors (8-13).
Foxboro plated three runs in the first inning runs behind pitcher Cam Willis and added another pair of runs in the third inning to take a four-run lead before the Marauders came back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and another run in the fifth, then exploded for four runs in the sixth inning.
"We played well, but Dedham won it," Foxboro coach Mark Maguire said.
Foxboro left a pair of runners stranded in the fifth inning and Nicole Theriault stroked a one-out single in the sixth inning, while the Warriors were retired in order in the seventh inning.
Willis allowed Dedham seven hits and had three strikeouts.
Sylvestre and Gibbons both had RBI singles in the first inning for Foxboro, which totaled 10 hits.
In the third inning, doubles by Gibbons and Willis produced one run, while a fielder's choice scored the Warriors' fifth run.