Year in Review: Sports Teams of 2015

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The Bulldogs celebrate after scoring a goal against Beverly last season. (Mike Barucci photo)

The Bulldogs celebrate after scoring a goal against Beverly last season. (Mike Barucci photo)

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Male Team of the Year: CHS Boys Ice Hockey

It was déjà vu for the CHS boys ice hockey team in 2015 as the Bulldogs reeled off 16 victories, captured their fifth straight Hockomock Davenport Division title, and returned to the Division 2 south sectional finals for the second year in a row. In the end, the squad fell a few goals short, losing to eventual state champion Westwood 4-1 in front of a packed crowd at Gallo Arena. But it was a special season nonetheless — one that saw the Bulldogs overcome the loss of their home rink and play some of their best hockey down the stretch, culminating with playoff wins over No. 3 Plymouth South and No. 2 Medfield. Leading the way for Canton was the forward line of John Femia, Matt Lazaro and Brian Hagan, who combined for a whopping 54 goals and 71 assists. Other key contributors included sophomore forward Shaun Kirby, all-star defenseman Jackson Maffeo, and junior goalie Justin Slocum.

Female Team of the Year: CHS Volleyball

For the fourth year in a row, the Canton High varsity volleyball team earns the nod as Canton’s top female team, and once again it wasn’t all that close. Led by veteran coach Pat Cawley and her three star captains — Elizabeth Hamilton, Olivia Devoe, and Rye Verille — the lady Bulldogs won 17 matches and made it back to the central sectional finals for the third time in four seasons. The squad also continued its dominance in league play, posting a record of 15-1 and capturing its ninth straight Hockomock title. All three captains garnered league all-star recognition, and Hamilton was named Hockomock MVP. Other top performers included junior setter Nicole Poole, an all-league honorable mention, senior Sarah Reissfelder, and juniors Emma Murphy and Casey Shea.

Team Honorable Mention: CHS Swimming (Hockomock Davenport title for the girls, 2nd place and 6-2 record for the boys; multiple sectional and state qualifiers; double gold at sectionals for sophomore Sebastian Melendez)

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