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HockomockSports.com Best XI
Franklin senior Sabrina Addi was a rock at the back for the Panthers, who tied King Philip for the fewest goals allowed this season and only allowed two goals in regulation over the final 13 games of the season. Addi dominated from her center back position and led a relatively inexperienced defensive unit. She also stepped up on the offensive side, scoring seven goals and dishing out a pair of assists. Franklin coach Tom Geysen said, “Sabrina took an inexperienced defense and helped turn it into an outstanding group of defenders. She took the challenge on and performed with outstanding consistency. She is well skilled, physical, tough, and reads the game as well as any defender we have had in a long time.”
Franklin senior goalie Breanna Atwood earned first team honors for the second year in a row after another impressive season between for the Panthers. Atwood was one of the main reasons that the Panthers had one of the league’s top defensive records, allowing only nine goals in 18 games and allowing only two goals in regulation over the final 13 games of the season. She finished with 11 clean sheets and was selected as an all-star by the Hockomock League coaches for the second straight season. Franklin coach Tom Geysen said, “Her toughness, athleticism, and understanding of the game made Bre the best keeper in the league. In addition, she was a team leader and led by example in every possible way.”
HockomockSports.com Second XI
Franklin senior Anna Balkus played in multiple positions for the Panthers this season, but it was her move to left back that helped solidify the backline and turned Franklin into one of the best defensive squads in the league. The Panthers allowed only nine goals in 19 games and gave up only two goals in regulation over the final 13 games of the season. Balkus, who started up top and in midfield early in the year, scored twice and had an assist. Franklin coach Tom Geysen said, “We were 1-3 and treading water. After the move to defender, Anna turned our season around. Game after game she marked the other team’s best offensive player and shut her down. A totally unselfish player for all positions.”
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