Friday, May 17, 2019

Important Meeting for anyone Interested in joining CHS Boys Soccer 2019

Canton High School will be hosting a meeting for any current 8-11th grader interested in becoming a part of the CHS Boys Soccer program this fall- 2019.

The meeting will be held on Friday, June 7th at CHS at 2:45 and will be done by 3:30pm.  It is very important that all interested candidates attend as summer, tryout, practice and schedule information will be shared.

Again, this is for all current 8-11th grade boys.

Any student athlete currently in season in the spring should NOT miss a spring obligation for this meeting.

Click Here for a Flyer promoting the meeting.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

2017 Team Recognized with National Team Academic Award

This arrived in the mail today! Great honor for a group of boys who excelled on the field and in the classroom. 

The CHS Boys Soccer program is proud to announce that our 2017 varsity team earned the United Soccer Coaches Association's Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 school year.

This award recognizes sustained academic success by all members of the varsity roster throughout the entire school-year ending in June 2018.  Only high school varsity teams with average GPA's above 3.25 are eligible for this prestigious, academic honor.

The academic success of the 2017 team was led by the five 2018 graduates- all have gone off to great colleges where they are currently doing great things!

Chris Milne at Harvard
Dillon Anderson at Richmond
Abe Garber at Northeastern
John Agnitti at UMASS Amherst
Jake Verille at Bryant

Our next group from the class of 2019 certainly contributed greatly to earning the award as all are Honor Roll students- Huy Pham, Griffin Roach, Paul Corcoran, Avery Minkin, Simon Cruz, Nate Achildyev, Paolo Ruggeri, and Mike Mazzola.

Congratulations to all member of the 2017 on putting academics first and helping us receive this great honor!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Three captains named for 2019 campaign

The CHS Boys Soccer program is proud to announce our 2019 season captains- Cooper Ashcraft, Colby Ciffolillo, and Alejandro Correal.  All three are members of the CHS class of 2020.

Cooper Ashcraft
Ashcraft has been a member of the varsity squad since his sophomore year.  He was a major contributor to the Bulldog back-four this past fall for most of the season. His leadership as a junior helped to lead the Bulldogs to its second straight season with double-digit wins.  He is the ultimate sportsman- competing hard but always playing with class and dignity. He is a member of the CHS Track & Field team in the spring. He is a great academic role-model as well as he is a high honors student.
Colby Ciffolillo

Ciffolillo has also been a member of the varsity squad since his sophomore year. Over the past two seasons he has contributed in many ways and in many positions. He is a team-first guy. An honor-roll student, Ciffolillo is currently a key member of the undefeated Bulldog Boys Hockey team. He also plays Baseball for the 'dogs in the spring.

Correal will be leading the Bulldogs next fall as a four-year varsity player. During that time he has played 17.5 games in goal, allowing 20 goals and earning 5 shutouts. This past fall, he helped the squad both in goal and in the field, as he would bounce in and out of goal to help add some dynamic play to the attack- something unheard of in high school soccer.  Correal's senior year will certainly be an interesting one as he enters the season as both a goalkeeper and field player. He also plays on the varsity lacrosse team in the spring.

Alejandro Correal 
These three certainly have some big shoes to fill as our graduating captains- Paul Corcoran, Paolo Ruggeri and Griffin Roach all made a huge mark on the Bulldog Boys Soccer program.

They will be leading a scrappy, hard-working, young squad with limited experience in the fall.  Their challenge is great, but their teammates are leaders in their own right and collectively, this group is ready to take on the road ahead.

Be sure to congratulate them and wish them well!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Roach officially commits to Boston University

Griffin Roach signing his commitment letter
with Boston University 
The Canton High School Boys Soccer program is proud to announce that Griffin Roach, class of 2019, has officially committed to continuing his soccer and academic career at Boston University beginning next fall. Roach signed his commitment letter to BU in a brief ceremony held at Canton High School this morning.

Roach becomes the first boys soccer player in the history of Canton High School to officially sign with a NCAA Division I program. The Bulldog soccer program was established in 1984, thus making Roach the first to rise to this level of collegiate soccer in our 35 year history.

Roach has been a major part of CHS Bulldog Soccer over his 4 years here.  He has started every game of his high school career (other than a game where he was injured.)  He has led his teams to three straight MIAA tournament appearances and two straight Hockomock League Davenport division 2nd place finishes. As a captain this fall he was the 2nd leading scorer in the Hockomock scoring 15 goals and adding 9 assists for 24 points.  He graduates CHS Boys Soccer tied for 4th place on the all-time scoring leader list with 32 goals and 20 assists for 52 points. He is a two-time All-Hock selection, two-time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic and two-time EMASS All-Star. He is only the 2nd player in program history to earn All-State honors two-years in a row.

Griffin Roach proudly surrounded by CHS AD and Boys
Soccer Coach Danny Erickson , his father and mother Joe and
Joan Roach, and CHS principal Derek Folan. 
(Interested in checking out CHS Boys Soccer career stats? You can find them at our History page by clicking here. )

The BU Terriers compete in the Patriot League as well as face off against all of the other big D1 schools in the state each year. The Terriers are coached by local soccer legend Neil Roberts, who will be in his 35th season at the helm when Roach arrives in August. Bulldog fans will be able to easily support Roach at his home games as BU hosts their opponents at Nickerson Field in Boston.

Long-time CHS Boys Soccer coach Danny Erickson had this to say about Roach's contributions to CHS Soccer and his future at BU:

"Griffin has the full package. He is gifted athletically but also with the work ethic to match.  I have seen many kids with potential come through our doors but Griffin had that really high ceiling and he reached it through hard work. He is a role model for all student athletes. Early in his high school career, he set the personal goal of playing high-level collegiate soccer.  Through all of his work on the practice and game pitches at CHS and with his club team at GPS, he forged his own path to get there. I cannot say how proud and excited I am to see him moving on to Boston University. He will have a great career there- and one that will allow us all to see him play!" 

Roach is also a captain and star on the successful CHS Boys Lacrosse team- where he will finish up his Bulldog playing career this spring.

Good luck Griffin!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

2018 post-season honors- updated 1-27-19

Griffin Roach and coach Erickson
at EMASS all-star game where Griffin
was awarded his EMASS and All-State
Despite an early exit from the MIAA state tournament (0-1 loss to Dartmouth), many Bulldogs were recognized for their individual efforts during the season. For the 2nd straight year, the 'dogs posted a final record of 10-5-4.

Individual Honors:

Paolo Ruggeri- Ruggeri, a senior captain, earned Hockomock League All-Star status for his great play this season in his central defensive midfield role. 

Paul Corcoran- Corcoran, a senior captain, earned Hockomock League All-Star status for the 3rd consecutive season. He joins Chris Murray ('12) and Damian Kozak ('15)  as the only players in Bulldog history to be named to the All-Hock team for 3 seasons. He also earned Eastern Mass All-Star status this year- an honor reserved for the top 8 players in the Hock. He also earned Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Honors for the 2nd straight season. 

Corcoran and Roach (far left of photo) at the Patriot Ledger
Award Banquet
Simon Cruz- Cruz, a senior, earned Hockomock All-Star Honorable Mention status for his tremendous season. He was also asked to participate in All-Star Classic. 

Griffin Roach- Roach, a senior captain, earned Hockomock League All-Star status for the 2nd consecutive season.  He also earned Eastern Mass All-Star status this year.  Most impressive- he was named the All-State team for the 2nd season in-a-row, joining Kozak ('15) as the only Bulldog to earn that honor twice. He also received Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honors for the 2nd straight season. 

Individual Season Stats:

Griffin Roach- 14 goals, 9 assists- 23 points (2nd in league)
Paul Corcoran- 6 goals, 7 assists- 13 points
Simon Cruz- 6 goals, 3 assists- 9 points
Paolo Ruggeri- 3 goals, 2 assists- 5 points
TJ McCabe- 2 goals, 3 assists- 5 points
Avery Minkin- 1 goal, 1 assist- 2 points
Mike Mazzola- 1 assist- 1 point
Colby Ciffolillo- 1 goal- 1 point
Dylan Baird- 1 assist- 1 point

Alejandro Correal- 16 games played, 18 goals allowed, 1.13 gaa, 5.5 shutouts
Dylan Coyne- 2 games played, 4 goals allowed, 2.00gaa, .5 shutouts

Friday, November 23, 2018

Frigid Alumni Game brings out hearty alums

I wouldn't call it great weather for soccer...but 25 CHS Boys Soccer Alums converged on the Memorial Field turf tonight, braving freezing temperatures to take part in our annual alumni tournament. Participants ranged from the class of 1989 thru the class of 2019.

The Championship team was made up of the Old Timers (with the help of some '19ers).  The championship goal came in the form of  a golden goal- scored by the oldest guy on the field- George Thomas '00.  Thomas' team also featured the great play of Adam Castonguay, Matt Aucoin, DJ Murray, Jake Shapiro, Paolo Ruggeri, Avery Minkin, and Huy Pham.

Thanks for all who attended! See you next year.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Dogs set to begin MIAA Tourney

The Bulldogs have earned a #5 seed in the D2 South MIAA Tournament. This is the team's best seed since 2011. The 'dogs will face the #12 seed- Dartmouth High School- on Sunday, November 4th at 5:00pm at CHS's WWII Veterans' Memorial Field.
Ticket prices- Adults- $7, Students/Senior Citizens- $5
The Bulldogs head into the State Tournament as the two-year Hock Davenport runner-up. This year's regular season record was 10-4-4. Dartmouth posted a record of 9-8-1. They recently shutout Hockomock Kelley-Rex Champion Mansfield 2-0.  This should be a great game!