FOXBOROUGH, MA - Prior to their Wednesday matinee, Foxborough head coach Matt Noone seemed optimistic about his team’s chances of avenging their first loss of the season.
“We had a tough loss [on Tuesday],” Noone said. “We graduated nine guys, so we’re trying to fill holes and that’s what we’re [doing], but yesterday, we had a tough loss against Xaverian [Brothers] and I wanted to see the kids comeback today and respond. And I think they did.”
“I told them that the best way to overcome a loss is going out on the field and winning,” added Noone.
The Warriors overcame their five-goal deficit by pummeling their first conference foe, Canton, 12-4.
Drew McGeary, (four goals) and Jake Soccorso, (three goals, three assists) paced the Warriors offense with seven tallies combined, while the Villanova-bound netminder Greg Stamatov deflected nine shots between the pipes.
“They’re a tough team, they’re good, they’re physical, [and] they’ve got a lot of good players,” said Canton head coach Bill Bendell. “We knew it was going to be a battle, but they outplayed us.”
Foxborough jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Tyler Ames, (two goals, one assist) connected with McGeary, who deposited the ball past Canton’s goaltender Rich Nee, (four saves).
McGeary notched his second strike early in the second session, which sparked the Foxborough offense to tally an additional four more points, as Ames, Kyle Sperzel, and Anthony Fertita, (two goals, one assist) provided the Warriors with a comfortable, 6-0 advantage at the break.
“Our offense was working the ball around, opening things up, and we got a bunch of assists, a lot of cuts [by] just opening things up,” McGeary said. “We just focused on getting the offensive possessions, and then we [were] just patient on offense, setting ball screens, away screens, just really mixing it up, staying in motion, [and] opening things up.”
“[We were] just flying around, getting the ground balls, looking for all those opportunities that we [were able to] capitalize on,” Ames said.
Fertita extended the Warriors lead roughly five minutes into the third quarter before Canton’s Pat Ward registered the Bulldogs first goal literally a minute later.
Foxborough quickly regained the momentum 11-seconds later, and padded their lead with two back-to-back strikes by Soccorso.
“Our team played good,” said Soccorso. “I thought we came out flying, and we did our job.”
Canton managed to muster three more goals before the horn sounded, but struggled to score during a three ‘man up’ series late in the third session when Stamatov, Ames and Alex Noonan were sent to the box.
“Yeah, it happens,” chuckled Noone. “Six on three – it’s sports, [and] sometimes you let your emotions get the best of you, and you feel bad about it after, but in the heat of the battle, I couldn’t help it.”
“I think my freshman year was the only other time that we [were] three men down, so it’s quite the experience,” said Soccorso.
Foxborough has now defeated Canton 10 consecutive times since May of 2007.
Foxborough's Tyler Ames fires a shot on net.
Foxborough's Greg Stamatov denies a shot on net.
Canton gathers prior to face-off.
Foxborough gathers prior to face-off.