Sophomore Caroline Whelan (17) drives the ball towards the cage late in the first half.
By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Walpole High School varsity field hockey team took to Turco Field last Thursday looking to continue their unbeaten season against rival Braintree. Behind a four-point performance (three goals, one assist) by sophomore Jessica Tosone, the Porkers (13-0-1, 9-0-1) rolled to a 5-2 victory to remain unbeaten with three regular season games remaining.
Tosone drew first blood for Walpole with 27:34 to play in the first half by burying a shot down low on a penalty corner try. The game remained 1-0 until 12:23 to play in the half, when Tosone notched her second of the contest, this time finishing a feed from sophomore Caroline Whelan at the net-mouth to make it 2-0.
Just 1:28 later, Whelan secured her second point of the day by burying a feed from senior captain Sydney Scales on a rush from the left side of the cage to make it 3-0. The goal forced Braintree to take a timeout.
Braintree got one back to make it a 3-1 game at halftime, but Scales responded accordingly for the Porkers to begin the second half, rushing the ball up the field and floating home a shot up high to make it a 4-1 game with 28 minutes remaining. Tosone would complete the hat trick moments later to make it a 5-1 game. The Porkers would go on to prevail by a 5-2 final.
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