Josh Perry, Managing Editor of HockomockSports.com, provides the recap for Franklin's field hockey final four match vs. Andover. The season ends with a 5-0 loss.
"Andover had been in the state semifinal in three of the past four seasons and won the 2017 state title. With nine seniors on the roster, the Golden Warriors had plenty of experience to call on, particularly at this late stage of the season. In contrast, Franklin started four freshmen and were making the Panthers were making their first state semifinal appearance.
Experience paid off in Tuesday night’s semifinal at Burlington High, as top-seeded Andover booked a return to the final with a dominating 5-0 win. The Golden Warriors will face No. 2 seed Walpole. It wasn’t the ending that Franklin (20-2-0) had hoped for, but while head coach Michelle Hess was speaking after the game, in the background the Panthers were reminding themselves that this was a historic run, and one to build on for the future.
“They’re very highly skilled,” Hess said of Andover. “We knew coming in that they were going to be skilled and fast, super fast. I think the one thing that I was a little disappointed in was they were able to get us frazzled and we weren’t able to play our game and execute and I think the frustration level got a little high for us.”
|Franklin field hockey saw its tournament run in the state semifinal after a 5-0 loss to top seed Andover. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)|