Foxborough senior attack James Stather proved unstoppable with easy layups in front of the Canton net as he paced the Warriors’ offense with six goals. Three of Stather’s goals came within less than a 1:30 span late in the third quarter.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever had somebody score six before,” Foxborough coach Matt Noone said. “We have a team that’s very unselfish. They don’t mind making the extra pass, because these guys have been playing together for so long. But a lot of them are the result of making one extra pass to find the guy that has the easy layup. James Stather happened to be the guy that was the end result of that today.”
Warriors’ senior captain Connor Whalen, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound attack, dished out six assists for the defending Hockomock League champs. Foxborough junior goalie Greg Stamatov was largely exceptional in net despite giving up goals in the second and third quarters.
Foxborough (3-0, 2-0 Hock) led 2-0 at the end of the first and 6-1 at halftime before exploding out to an 11-2 lead to start the fourth. Noone pulled his starters up 13-2 with 5:51 remaining in the contest. He’s been on the other side of such scores before.
“I never take [a 14-3 win] for granted,” Noone said. “I’ve gotten killed, killed, 14-3, so I want to enjoy it, but at the same time this one’s over and we’ve got to look forward to our next game which is Oliver Ames on Tuesday.”
Earlier this week the Warriors had a 9-4 win over Acton-Boxborough and a 13-4 win over Sharon. With Villanova-bound Stamatov in net, the Warriors are expected to compete for the Hock title again. But complacency is not an option.
“Am I confident? Absolutely not,” Noone said. “I’m never confident. The second you let your guard down is the second you get bit. We play with confidence and I want them to play with confidence, but am I confident? I feel like the second I feel over-confident I’m going to let my guard down and pull off the gas a little bit on these guys and set them and myself up for disappointment so. But I love our chances, I love our team. We’ll take it one game at a time.”
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