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

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:

Griffin Roach and coach Erickson
at EMASS all-star game where Griffin
was awarded his EMASS and All-State
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. 

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. 

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!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Senior Night Success!

Hats off to our 8 graduating seniors and 2 managers for a great performance against Foxboro on Sunday, earning a hard fought, come-form-behind win over the talented Warriors, 2-1.

The 'dogs found themselves down early as a Foxboro strike from 30 yards out beat Alejandro Correal over his head and dipped under the bar.  The score remained 1-0 through the half. The 'dogs would strike early in the 2nd frame when Correal (playing in the field) found Griffin Roach in for a breakaway which Roach calmly finished. With just 15 minutes to play, Simon Cruz's corner kick found Paolo Ruggeri, who hit a great head ball past the Warrior keeper. Both teams had chances down the stretch but the Bulldogs held on for the 2-1 win.

Other seniors putting in great performance on the night were Paul Corcoran, Avery Minkin, Nate Achildyev, Mike Mazzola, and Huy Pham. It was truly a great night for our seniors.

The win wraps up the regular season for the Bulldogs with an impressive 10-4-4 record. They await MIAA seeding to come out on Wednesday with a first round game expected this weekend.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dogs fall to Milford- concede Davenport

Thursday night saw the top two teams in the Hockomock Davenport face off for a game which would determine the Davenport Championship.  It was an amazing high school soccer game but, in the end, Milford would score a goal in the final minutes to grab the 2018 league title.

The 'dogs went into the game two points behind the Scarlett Hawks- thus needing a win to grab a piece of first place. The first half saw the Bulldogs control territory, possession and chances but the only time they found the back of the net, the goal was called back. Simon Cruz played a great ball through to Griffin Roach, who buried the chance, but Cruz had been taken out while making the pass and a whistle ended the play as the ball went by the Scarlett Hawk goalkeeper.

The game was scoreless heading into the 2nd half but there would be 5 goals from that point on.  The 'dogs scored first when Paul Corcoran's free kick from 35 yards out froze the Milford keeper and found its way into the back of the net. The lead would only last for 90 seconds as Milford came right back up and converted a long throw-in. The 'dogs would then fall behind 2-1 on a scrum in the Bulldog box that ended up with the ball in the back of the Bulldog goal. Simon Cruz would convert on a Corcoran long throw to tie the game up with 15 to go, but the 'dogs ran out of steam as Milford controlled the final 10 minutes and scored on a nice shot late in the game. Final score- Milford 3, Canton 2.

The Bulldogs will end their regular season campaign on Sunday when they host Foxboro on Senior Night.