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20 things we learned in Miami Dolphins’ 33-10 win over to Carolina Panthers

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20 things we learned in Miami Dolphins’ 33-10 win over to Carolina Panthers

Where has this Miami Dolphins team been all season?

The Dolphins (5-7), who began the season 1-7, had been warming up lately. But Miami played its first complete game of the season on Sunday, dominating the Carolina Panthers in all phases of a 33-10 win.

Miami’s defense was stingy, and made Cam Newton look like a quarterback who just came out of retirement. And the offense was efficient with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, delivering his fourth 100-plus passer rating game of the 2021 season.

Here are some more takeaways from the Dolphins’ victory on Sunday:

Fourth straight win gets Miami to respectable

The Dolphins’ win over the Panthers put Miami at five wins with five games left in the season. A win over the New York Giants (4-7) next Sunday could get the Dolphins in the mix for a wild-card playoff berth in the AFC, which was unfathomable considering the 1-7 start Miami had. No matter how you slice it, four consecutive wins in the NFL is impressive. — Omar Kelly

Jaelan Phillips continues to heat up

The former University of Miami standout the Dolphins selected with the 18th pick in the 2021 NFL draft delivered his first three-sack game of his young career, bringing his season total to 6.5 sacks with five games left to go. What’s interesting about Phillips’ hot streak is that he’s used as a pass-rushing specialist instead of an every-down linebacker, which means his opportunities have been limited.

Brian Flores proving he’s a good second-half-of-season coach

The Dolphins have annually gotten off to a slow start in Flores’ three seasons, then picked up steam in the second half of the year. Miami won 5 of the final 9 games in 2019. The Dolphins got off to a 1-3 start in 2020 and then won five straight before finishing the season 10-6. This season, the Dolphins have rebounded from a 1-7 start to win four games in a row.

Duke Riley continues to make his presence felt

Riley, an offseason singing who had primarily played on special teams earlier this season, has been utilized in the defensive game plan the past month and has been making positive plays for the Dolphins. Riley, who is used in a three inside linebacker package the Dolphins created specifically for scrambling quarterbacks, contributed three tackles against Carolina. He also blocked the punt Justin Coleman recovered and scored on for the game’s first score.

Dolphins rush for 100 yards again

The Dolphins delivered the season’s fourth 100-plus rushing yard performance against the Panthers, gaining 112 rushing yards on 39 carries. And it was Miami’s second straight game of rushing for more than 100 yards considering the Dolphins put up 115 on the ground against the Jets.

Jaylen Waddle delivers 100-yard half

Waddle had been having a steadily productive rookie season, but the Dolphins’ 2021 first-round pick hadn’t delivered a breakout game until Sunday when he caught nine passes for 137 yards and scored one touchdown. Waddle contributed 101 of those yards in the first half and is proving that he should be in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Phillip Lindsay contributes in his first game as a Dolphin

Lindsay, a former Pro Bowl talent the Dolphins claimed off the waiver wire this past week, participated in one walkthrough and one practice with the Dolphins before playing in Sunday’s game, contributing 42 yards on 12 carries. Most of it came in mop-up duty when the Dolphins were trying to run out the clock, but overall it’s a good start for the impending free agent who is trying to impress a future employer.

Xavien Howard leads NFL in interceptions since joining league

The first half interception Howard pulled down and returned for 16-yards made him the fastest NFL player to record 25 interceptions by games played (67) since 1990. Marcus Peters was the previous record-holder, getting his 25th pick in his 68th career game.

Dolphins’ defense makes Cam Newton look washed up

The Dolphins defense ended Newton’s honeymoon with the Panthers. Newton was 5 of 21 for 92 yards with two interceptions in his three quarters of work, and eventually got replaced by former XFL standout P.J. Walker in the fourth quarter. Newton finished the game with a 5.8 passer rating, which was the fifth-worst passer rating against the Dolphins since 1970.

Justin Coleman scores his fourth career touchdown

Coleman had a rough start to his tenure as a Dolphin, but the cornerback has been playing well lately. The dime package cornerback didn’t pull down an interception this week, but he took a blocked punt return in for a touchdown. It was the fourth time this defender has scored a touchdown in his seven-year career.

Well now, who is the top-performing rookie-first-round-pick pass rusher from UM?

After a blazing start where he had three sacks, an interception, four tackles for loss (TFL) and three quarterback hits (QBH) in Buffalo’s 4-1 start, defensive end Greg Rousseau, who was selected 30th in the 2021 draft out of the University of Miami, has cooled down. Meanwhile, Jaelan Phillips, a ‘Canes alum picked 18th by Miami, is on fire after getting situational duty in his first two career games. In the 10 games since then, Phillips has terrorized offenses for 6.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and five tackles for loss. Rousseau still has those three sacks, albeit in one fewer game played by the Bills. — Steve Svekis

Emmanuel Ogbah’s eye-popping pass-bat streak continues

Ogbah extended his amazing streak of games with a batted pass to seven with a third-quarter deflection of a Cam Newton pass in the end zone. He has eight bats to lead the NFL and it matches his league-leading number of 2018. For context regarding the streak, during J.J. Watt’s monster 2012, where he had 15 bats, the longest streak he had was three games. Ogbah did have company on Sunday, with fellow pass rushers Phillips, Zach Sieler and Adam Butler getting their hands on a pass.

A healthy Raekwon Davis and the run defense have hit their stride

The Dolphins have allowed 84.4 rushing yards per game in the past seven. In that time frame, the most run yards Miami has allowed in a game has been 102 (Jets and Bills). How stout is that 84.4 figure? Over the entire season, the NFL’s top two run defenses have been the Buccaneers, allowing a microscopic 78.4 rushing yards per game, and the Ravens at 88.6. And suddenly, the Dolphins have the ninth-best run defense in the NFL at 104.9 yards allowed per game.

Catching up with the talented 2021 draft’s top-10-pick receivers

Tua Tagovailoa was brilliant as he led the offense to 26 points, with the most exciting aspect being his continued one-mindedness with Jaylen Waddle, including a beautiful pass to hit his fellow Alabama teammate in stride for a 57-yard electric gain. The rookie is right in the midst of the race for best rookie WR in the NFL this year. He still trails No. 5 pick JaMarr Chase, who has 50 receptions, eight touchdowns and a yards-per-catch of over 18 yards for the Bengals. But Waddle is piling up a huge rookie season, even when accounting for the pass-happy nature of today’s NFL, and he has pulled away from his former Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith, with 77 receptions for 759 yards and four touchdowns. Smith has 48 catches for 686 yards and also four scores in Philadelphia with the Eagles.

Tua got a positive stock-market correction in the second quarter

Tagovailoa came into the Panthers game with a solid 94.1 passer rating in his first quarters and excellent 105.5 and 105.0 ratings in the third and fourth quarters respectively. However, the second quarter had been his Bermuda Triangle, with a 67.4 coming into the game. Against Carolina, though, he was on fire in the second 15 minutes, completing 11-of-14 passes for 126 yards and his touchdown pass. That 128.0 passer rating Sunday lifted his season number for the second quarter to a much-more-healthy 79.5.

The pass rush was a half-beat late the first half of the season, but not now

When the Dolphins were 1-7, they had a lot of pressures but only 12 sacks. Then, the switch flicked, with a whopping 16 sacks during the win streak. The have lifted their per-game sack rate from 1.50 after those first eight games to 2.33 per game now. The Dolphins will be in the top half of the league in that stat after having been bottom-three after the game at Buffalo.

It seems heavy risk vs. minimal reward to have Jaylen Waddle or Jevon Holland returning punts

The New York Giants tried this folly with their young standout cornerback Jason Sehorn in an exhibition game in 1998. He was tackled returning a kickoff and blew out his knee. Is there that much of a benefit in the return game to risk Waddle or Holland, who average under 7 yards per return. Protect those and get a reliable — but less valuable — ball-catcher back there.

Dolphins 2022 opponents update

The Dolphins are pretty safely ensconced at third-place team in the AFC East, so let’s get the latest look at the three variable matchups for 2022. At home and the road, Miami will face its annual troika against the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Jets. Of the eight other established matchups for next season, the Dolphins get home games against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, three of those four being 2020 playoff teams who could be starting a new full-time quarterback. The eighth home games will be against the AFC South team with the corresponding finish to the Dolphins’ in the East. That team will either be the Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars, each owning 2-9 records. Houston owns the tiebreaker, but the teams still have a game in Jacksonville among their remaining seven.

On the road, the Dolphins will play nine games total (they likely wasted the benefit of nine home games this year), with set-in-stone contests against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. The two variable matchups (again, based on corresponding division finish to Miami’s) will be against the AFC West and NFC West. The AFC West is tighter that a drum, with Kansas City on their bye week leading at 7-4, with the Los Angeles Chargers at 6-4, Las Vegas Raiders 6-5 and Denver Broncos 5-5. So, as of the 4 p.m. window Sunday, the Dolphins would be making a trip to Vegas for a third straight year, but there is a ton of movement to come there still. The NFC West’s third-place team is the San Francisco 49ers, two games behind second place and two games ahead of fourth.

Will Eagles — with Miami’s pick — be picking higher in the first round than Miami?

The win on Sunday by the Dolphins shoved the Eagles-owned Miami 2022 first-rounder — which had briefly represented the first pick in the draft — down to 10th. The 49ers played Minnesota in the 4 p.m. window. A loss to the Vikings could put the Dolphins-possessed 49ers pick to as high as 13. If the Vikings win Sunday and Washington wins Monday, the those positions could shimmy up to ninth and 12th. The 49ers travel to face the Bengals, Titans, Rams and Seahawks on the road, where the Dolphins play the Saints and Titans on the road. San Francisco has upcoming home contests against the Texans and Atlanta Falcons, while Miami has a home-tilting remaining schedule (and a week off), playing the Giants, Jets and Patriots.

On deck: New York Giants, Hard Rock Stadium, Sunday, 1 p.m.

In a season where the Dolphins will play the six teams against whom they have the fewest wins (Saints: 6, Jaguars: 5, Buccaneers: 5, Panthers: 4, Texans: 2, Giants: 2), the Giants represent the opponent against whom having only two wins is most mystifying. The Dolphins have played nine games against the G-Men (winning 22.2% of the games), and the series started with a 23-13 victory during the undefeated season of 1972, but that was the only matchup in Miami’s first 24 years in the league. The only other Dolphins win came in 2003.

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Howie Carr: Somebody, please ask Biden today about the Texas terrorist

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Howie Carr: Somebody, please ask Biden today about the Texas terrorist

At his annual press conference today, will any of the Democrat operatives with press passes ask Dementia Joe Biden how yet another foreign Muslim terrorist was allowed to come into the country and take hostages at a synagogue in Texas?

President Brandon, one of them might ask, why did the FBI first say the well-known UK terrorist and career criminal who demanded the release of a Pakistani-born terrorist known as “Lady al-Qaeda” was “not connected to the Jewish community?”

Why did it take you and the FBI a day to admit that this foreign fiend had committed “an act of terror?”

Here’s what Brandon originally said of the Muslim terrorist:

“I don’t think there is sufficient information to know why he targeted the synagogue … why he was using anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli comments.”

In other words, he was baffled — again. He showed a lot more consideration to the savage than he did to Kyle Rittenhouse, whom he instantly defamed as a “white supremacist?”

But what can you expect of Dementia Joe? He still thinks it’s 2020.

But what about the FBI? I’m sure the G-men would say that, well, this latest “lone wolf” was from the UK and they’re the U.S. domestic secret police.

Not that that stopped, say, crooked agent Peter Strzok from flying to Britain in 2016 when the feds were trying to frame Donald Trump, et al., on their beloved Russian collusion hoax.

But all these years after that FBI dirty trick fell apart, how could “America’s premier law-enforcement agency” not notice that other feds had allowed this career terrorist to vacation in the Great Satan and buy a gun, apparently without an FBI background check.

(Did Malik Faisal Akram utilize that infamous “gun-show loophole” that Democrats never fail to denounce in debates?)

The devout adherent of the Religion of Peace likewise had no visible means of support — but that’s a resume enhancer as far as the Brandon administration is concerned.

Was Akram vaccinated? Was he wearing a mask when he pulled out his roscoe at the temple? If he wasn’t, now that might really elicit some denunciations on MSNBC, unless of course he’d been partying with, say, AOC, in Miami Beach.

Seriously, though, why didn’t the FBI do anything about this Muslim terrorist? This is a recurring question, of course.

Remember Fort Hood and the Palestinian mass murderer? Dr. Nidal Hasan screamed “Allah Akbar!” so the crack sleuths of the FBI shrugged off his bloodthirst spree as “workplace violence.”

How about the Bernie bro (not a Muslim) who shot up the Republican Congressional baseball practice in 2017 and severely wounded a GOP Congressman? The FBI brushed that one off as “suicide by cop.”

In 2013, they got a tip from their Russian secret-police counterparts about the Tsarnaev brothers, before those Third World welfare leeches blew up the Boston marathon. The feds couldn’t even be bothered to follow up the tip.

Then there was Gary Lee Sampson, who died last month in prison while awaiting his execution. In 2001, he tried to turn himself in to the Boston office of the FBI. His mistake was trying to surrender on a Friday afternoon … in the summer … so no G-men could be bothered to go out and arrest him.

Sampson slaughtered three people over the weekend.

How about Omar Mateen, who shot up a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016 and murdered 49 people. The FBI knew about him, but as the Washington Post reported, he was a Hillary Clinton voter so … nothing to see here folks, move along. Plus his father gave money to the DNCC, which as far as the FBI is concerned makes you Good People.

When the FBI released a transcription of Mateen’s taped rants as he slaughtered the infidel gays, the G-men helpfully translated his repeated exhortations of “Allah Akhbar!” to “God is great,” because … diversity.

How about the Pakistanis who murdered 14 people in cold blood at the Christmas party in San Bernardino? That guy had been in contact with targets of an FBI terror investigation. Then there was the Chattanooga terror attack by an anchor baby whose father was on the terrorist watch list.

Just 10 months ago, one Ahmed Alissa shot up a supermarket in woke Boulder, Colo. He too was being watched by the FBI, but not too closely, because … equity.

On the other hand, it’s not like the FBI isn’t busy. Right now, they and their Democrat masters are obsessed with “domestic terrorism.”

The G-men have set up a special task force to go after those terrible parents who go to school board meetings and complain about the way their children are being taught (or not).

Do you recall a Democrat operative named Andrew McCabe who briefly served as director of the FBI? His candidate wife took $700,000 from a Hillary Clinton bundler at the same moment he was formulating an “insurance policy” with his fellow corrupt G-man Democrats to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

The inspector general has said that McCabe lied repeatedly under oath to corruption investigators but of course he was never charged because … he’s a Democrat.

Last week McCabe took time out from his arduous new duties as a CNN analyst to attend a conference at the University of Chicago.

McCabe told the eggheads that he thought it might be a “good idea” for the American Gestapo that he used to mismanage to target “business owners, white people from the suburbs, educated, employed.”

Because they are, you understand, “domestic violent extremists.”

Unlike, say, Malik Faisal Akram, whose motives we may never know, as the FBI always says, wink wink nudge nudge. Baffled is what they are, baffled.

The only thing that’s baffling me is why more people aren’t demanding that the FBI be defunded and abolished, and that the J. Edgar Hoover building be razed and the lot it’s on be sown with salt, as the Romans did with Carthage 2,300 years ago.

As Cicero might have put it, FBI delenda est. The FBI must be destroyed.

 

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FIELD HOCKEY ALL-SCHOLASTICS

Hailey Beatrice (Silver Lake)

Kendall Blomquist (Westwood)

Kaitlyn Carney (Franklin)

Caroline DiGiovanni (Monomoy)

Maggie Driscoll (Watertown)

Madison Ellis (Attleboro)

Hannah Gillis (Scituate)

Paige Hawkins (Sandwich)

Reagan Hicks (Barnstable)

Lizzie Loftus (Watertown)

Rose MacLean (Andover)

Ava Meehan (Bishop Feehan)

Lana Mickelson (Pentucket)

Brooke Moloney-Kolenberg (Winchester)

Isabelle Mosley (Middleboro)

Zoe Onken (Acton-Boxboro)

Marissa Politano (Acton-Boxboro)

Tori Postler (Concord-Carlisle)

Emma Reilly (Andover)

Linde Ruitenberg (Ipswich)

Katherine Shanahan (Falmouth)

Maggie Sturgis (Masconomet)

Jess Tosone (Walpole)

Amy Vytopilova (Manchester-Essex)

Caroline Whalen (Walpole)

Grace Waldeck (Concord-Carlisle)

ALL-SCHOLASTICS

HAILEY BEATRICE

SILVER LAKE

The senior forward stepped up her game on the field this season with career-bests in goals (17) and assists (8) to secure her first Patriot League All-Star selection and the Patriot League Keenan MVP award for Silver Lake. Those feats figure even more impressive with her shared duties as a National Honors Society member, the president of her class in student council, the vice president of the Best Buddies program, and a three-sport athlete (spring and winter track).

KENDALL BLOMQUIST

WESTWOOD

Blomquist played a vital role in the midfield to help Westwood secure its first Div. 2 state title with 13 goals and 16 assists en route to a Tri-Valley League MVP award. The four-year varsity starter controlled the field as best as anyone could to earn her third TVL All-Star selection and help the team win a competitive TVL Large for a third time. A member of the National Honor Society and class treasurer. She’ll play field hockey at Holy Cross next year.

KAITLYN CARNEY

FRANKLIN

Carney was a scoring machine for Franklin amid a run to the Div. 1 Final Four, amassing 38 goals and 18 assists in her junior season. Those numbers have her already over 100 points for her career with 105, leading to a second Hockomock League All-Star selection. A member of the National Art Society and an honor roll student, Carney will play lacrosse at James Madison University.

CAROLINE DIGIOVANNI

MONOMOY

Every game felt like a highlight reel for the senior center-forward, firing in 43 goals to help Monomoy reach the Div. 4 Final Four as the tournament’s top seed. Her efforts earned her Cape and Islands League Atlantic co-MVP honors, marking a third straight year the two-time All-Scholastic was selected a league all-star and had a share of the MVP award. The Babson-commit finishes her career with 93 goals. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

MARGARET DRISCOLL

WATERTOWN

The Raiders made their way back to glory this season with an undefeated Div. 3 state title run, and Driscoll played a pivotal role with 14 goals, 19 assists and dominant play in the midfield. The two-time All-Scholastic junior was the Middlesex League’s MVP. The three-sport athlete has one more year to help Watertown go for repeat titles as one of the state’s best players with 75 career points, and has committed to play at Boston University upon graduation.

MADISON ELLIS

ATTLEBORO

With a program-record 27 goals and 13 assists in a single season, Ellis played her way to a Hockomock League MVP award while also becoming the school’s all-time scoring leader. She is also a member of the National Art Society and plays club field hockey for Lead The Way. A member of the National Honor Society is also a three-sport athlete (winter and spring track) and has committed to play Div. 2 field hockey at East Stroudsburg University.

HANNAH GILLIS

SCITUATE

Gills stepped up in a big way in her final season, earning Patriot League Fisher MVP honors. The senior captain played a critical role for Scituate as it contended for the league crown, as she was also selected to the Patriot League All-Star team for the first time. Gillis is a National Honors Society member and has a love for the outdoors with interests in skiing and hiking. She plans to attend college, where is undetermined.

PAIGE HAWKINS

SANDWICH

Hawkins proved incredible once again, capping off her senior season with 22 goals and 11 assists en route to a third Cape and Islands League All-Star selection. Her six goals in the postseason helped Sandwich reach the Div. 3 state final, marking nearly half of the team’s 13 scores before falling just short of the state title. The two-time All-Scholastic has been a starter since the eighth grade.

REAGAN HICKS 

BARNSTABLE

Elite scoring filled the Cape and Islands League, but Hicks was one of the best with 23 goals and 13 assists, setting a single-season scoring record for Barnstable. The senior forward graduates as co-MVP of the Cape and Islands League Atlantic, while earning a spot in the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. A member of the National Honor Society and the Math National Honor Society, Hicks heads to Endicott next year to play field hockey and study exercise science.

LIZZIE LOFTUS

WATERTOWN

The Raiders posted an astounding 22 shutouts en route to a Div. 3 state title, which Loftus played a key role in. The junior defender impressed all year across the board, also setting career highs in goals (15) and assists (17) to give her 68 career points. The two-time All-Scholastic captain is also a captain in ice hockey and competes in track. She competes in the summer for Boston Field Hockey Club.

ROSE MACLEAN

ANDOVER

The Golden Warriors boasted one of the best midfields in the state, which is a large credit to the efforts of MacLean. The junior accrued a career-best 11 points and was a force on defensive corners coming out of the cage as a flyer (7 goals allowed in 22 games), helping Andover secure the Div. 1 state title. She’s an academic ace with High Honors every semester, is a National Honors Society member and a three-sport athlete (ice hockey, lacrosse).

AVA MEEHAN

BISHOP FEEHAN

As part of a breakout season for a Shamrocks program that won the competitive upstart Catholic Central League, the sophomore phenom led the team in points and earned the CCL MVP award. Meehan has been selected as a CCL All-Star both years she’s played, while also making honor roll in the classroom. She plays for Patriot Field Hockey Club in the offseason in search of playing Div. 1 field hockey at the collegiate level.

LANA MICKELSON

PENTUCKET

Perhaps no team turned as many heads as Pentucket did by winning its first Cape Ann League title and making it to the Div. 3 Final Four, and Mickelson served as the major engine by earning CAL Kinney MVP honors. Her 18 goals helped her secure a spot on the ALL-CAL team and was selected to the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. A member of the National Honor Society, Mickelson will play lacrosse at Iona next year.

BROOKE MOLONEY-KOLENBERG

WINCHESTER

A four-year starter, Moloney-Kolenberg earned Middlesex League Liberty MVP honors in her final season, along with MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star selections. She finishesd as the fourth-leading scorer in school history. Moloney-Kolenberg is a member of the National Honors Society and French Honor Society, and captain of the alpine ski team. She heads to Bates College next year to continue her field hockey career.

ISABELLE MOSLEY

MIDDLEBORO

More than half of Middleboro’s games saw Mosley holding opponents scoreless in net, picking up 10 shutouts and an 83% save rate to help her secure South Shore League Player of the Year and SSL All-Star recognition for a second straight season. The two-time All-Scholastic junior has been high honor roll every year in school, while also showing interest in musical theater, writing and is a first chair violinist.

ZOE ONKEN

ACTON-BOXBORO

Onken starred in goal for Acton-Boxboro picking up nine shutouts in her senior season to finish her high school career with 33 shutouts and a 0.65 goals against average. Her efforts garnered a Dual County League All-Star selection, as well as spots on the NFHCA Massachusetts Region All-Region Team and the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. Onken is an honor roll student and has committed to play field hockey at Providence next year.

MARISSA POLITANO

ACTON-BOXBORO

Politano excelled in her final season, boasting strong play in the midfield for the Colonials to earn a NFHCA All-Region Team selection and a spot in the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. Her efforts in the classroom garnered a MSFHCA Joanne Paquette Senior Academic All-Star nod as well while spending the last eight offseasons playing club for the Strikers Field Hockey Club. She heads to Saint Anselm College to play field hockey.

TORI POSTLER

CONCORD-CARLISLE

Postler saved her best season for last, helping guide Concord-Carlisle to the Div. 1 Final Four in a historic season by playing a versatile role in the midfield and defense. Her performance garnered a third Dual County League All-Star selection, all before earning a spot in the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. A member of the National Honor Society Member, Postler heads to Northeastern for field hockey next year.

EMMA REILLY

ANDOVER

Reilly starred in every game for Andover this year, scoring 28 goals and 21 assists to help the Golden Warriors to a Div. 1 state title. Her dominance led to a Merrimack Valley Conference MVP award and a NFHCA All-Region Team selection. The junior has been a high honors student since freshman year and committed to her dream school at Columbia to play field hockey.

LINDE RUITENBERG

IPSWICH

Ruitenberg made a massive difference as a foreign-exchange student from the Netherlands, helping lead Ipswich to its first Div. 4 Final Four with a few postseason goals. The senior midfielder drew a Cape Ann League All-Star selection and a trip to the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. She is on the indoor track team and plans to play lacrosse in the fall before deciding if she’ll stay in the United States longer or go back home to the Netherlands.

KATHERINE SHANAHAN

FALMOUTH

A force in the midfield playing in a competitive Cape and Islands League, Shanahan impressed once again to earn a third league all-star selection with 14 assists and nine goals this year. The junior was critical in helping Falmouth to the Div. 2 Final Four, while also starring in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society, the National Math Honors Society, and the National Art Honors Society. Shanahan heads to Quinnipiac to continue her field hockey career.

MAGGIE STURGIS

MASCONOMET

Every game was a highlight reel for Sturgis, lighting up the cage all year with 38 goals and 20 assists to help her to 117 career points as a junior. She was named Northeastern Conference Player of the Year to go with a league all-star selection, adding to her Cape Ann League All-Star nod before Masconomet changed conferences. Sturgis is her class treasurer, a National Honors Society Member, a part of the Red Cross Club and DECA Club, and is on Student Council.

JESSICA TOSONE

WALPOLE

Tosone added to the rich lore of the Walpole Porkers as a versatile midfielder, helping them reach the Div. 1 state final as a key cog to the team’s elite defense. She was a Bay State Conference All-Star for a third time, and was selected to play in the MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game. The four-year starter is an honors student and a star lacrosse player, in which she is committed to play at Bryant next year.

GRACE WALDECK

CONCORD-CARLISLE

The Patriots thrived to reach the Div. 1 Final Four with how well-balanced they were, but Waldeck found a way to star by scoring 28 goals with six assists. The senior was a Dual County League All-Star as a result, adding to high honors in the classroom with departmental awards in Spanish, English, Math, Social Studies and Science. Waldeck has committed to play field hockey at Johns Hopkins next year.

CAROLINE WHELAN

WALPOLE

Whelan often was the best player on the field this season, finishing the season with 18 goals and 22 assists to lead Walpole’s offense as part of a trip to the Div. 1 state final. The senior center forward finishes her career as a three-time Bay State Conference All-Star and two-time All-Scholastic with 101 career points. The lacrosse star is a high honors student, and is committed to play at UMass next year while studying business.

AMY VYTOPILOVA

MANCHESTER-ESSEX

Starring in the midfield, Vytopilova was crucial for the Hornets in reaching the Div. 4 Final Four as the Cape Ann League’s Player of the Year with five goals and 10 assists. The junior was a CAL All-Star for a second time in process, while also spending time as a member of the National Honors Society, editor and writer on the journalism staff, vice president of the science team, a peer mentor, and a member of six other clubs. She’s a three-sport athlete with a 4.63 GPA.

LEAGUE ALL-STARS

BAY STATE CONFERENCE

Ella Maher, Camille Kouroriez, Sam Mealey (Newton North); Maggie Burchill, Bridget Lee (Braintree); Jessica Tosone, Caroline Whalen, Madi Clark, Lauren Wong, Kerin Birch (Walpole); Megan Webb, Sophie O’Sullivan (Wellesley); Alejandra Mineo-Levitsy, Olivia Sheehan (Brookline); Brooke Spiegel, Olivia Norchi (Natick); Nora Walsh (Milton); Maeve Hymovitz, Erica Stanton, Emma Ferrara (Needham); Angela Venturo (Weymouth); Ava Sullivan (Framingham)

MVP: Ella Maher, Jessica Tosone

CAPE AND ISLANDS

ATLANTIC: Paige Hawkins, Lily Tobin, Haley McLaughlin, Emma Dintino (Sandwich); Katherine Shanahan, Avery Johnsen, Natalie Bosselman, Grace Hostetter (Falmouth); Caroline DiGiovanni, Caroline Upson, Carly Dimock (Monomoy); Penny Baroni, Reagan Hicks (Barnstable); Zoe Bates, Lauren Knight (Nauset); Isabella Gannon, Tess Labelle (Dennis Yarmouth)

MVP: Caroline DiGiovanni, Reagan Hicks

LIGHTHOUSE: Emily Gorsuch, Kaylee Anthony, Shea Ryan, Erin Hatton, Lili Crofford (Saint John Paul II); Shannon Keating, Charlotte Hagerty, Ava Navarro (Sturgis West); Melanie Bamber, Maclaine Willet, Lily Remick (Nantucket); Alana Nevin, Penelope Long, Izabella Blake, Reese McCracken, Geneveive Hyland (Martha’s Vineyard)

MVP: Melanie Bamber

CAPE ANN LEAGUE

Yaya Levassuer (Amesbury); Vivian Burr (Georgetown); Maeve Clark (Hamilton-Wenham); Linde Ruitenberg, Ella Vogler, Chloe Pszenny (Ipswich); Jacqui Carbone (Lynnfield); Amy Vytopilova, Caelie Patrick (Manchester-Essex); Lilly Ragusa (Newburyport); Mary Majeski (North Reading); Lana Mickelson, Meg Freiermuth, Haley Dwight (Pentucket); Maddie Hillick (Triton)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lana Mickelson, Amy Vytopilova

CATHOLIC CENTRAL LEAGUE

Grace Klingman, Ava Meehan, Sam Blette, Kay Murphy, Sammy Buonaccorsi (Bishop Feehan); Kathryn Karo, Lily O’Neill, Caroline Melanson (Austin Prep); Grace Morey, Kailey Silva, Emma Perry, Zoe Elwell (Bishop Fenwick); Judith Bonneau, Hannah Fortin (Bishop Stang); Yirsy Queliz, Maggie Pierce (St. Mary’s)

MVP: Ava Meehan

GREATER BOSTON LEAGUE

Peyton Lightbody, Darryn Ho, Lydia Li (Malden); Omar Marshall, Jessica Colman, Melissa Lopes (Everett); Skyla DeSimone, Alannah Burke, Shayna Smith (Revere)

HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE

Madison Ellis, Olivia Hillman, Emelia Westwater, Ava Haggerty (Attleboro); Carly Fitzgerald, Erin Lane, Sarah Cunningham, Ellie Bohane (Canton); Kate Collins, Val Beigel (Foxboro); Kaitlyn Carney, Kate O’Rourke, Kendall Jones, Shaw Downing (Franklin); Kelly Holmes, Sydney O’Shea, Lily Brown (King Philip); Caitlin Dumouchel (Mansfield); Maddie Hunt (Milford); Julia Puccio North Attleboro, Caroline Folan (North Attleboro); Georgia Costello, Ava Costello (Oliver Ames); Zofia Bangs (Stoughton); Kylie Thorpe, Emily Gannon (Taunton)

MVP: Madison Ellis

MAYFLOWER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Rachel Smith, Joelle Cameron, Isabelle Waldron, Abby Matta (West Bridgewater); Avery Avila, Lily Gifford, Molly Bazinet (Westport); May Munro, Nilianna Gomes (Southeastern)

MVP: Joelle Cameron

MERRIMACK VALLEY CONFERENCE

Anna Broderick, Rose MacLean, Abby Miller, Emma Reilly (Andover); Alexis DeMattia, Kerri Finneran, Sydney Moda (Central Catholic); Sarah Latham, Maddie Preistly, Remore Serra (Chelmsford); Brenna Corcoran, Sydney Keyes (Haverhill); Carleigh Ahern, Cate Shanahan (Lowell); Natalia Fiato, Vanessa Fritschy (Methuen); Summer Gordon, Brenna O’Brien (North Andover); Avery Dellapiana (Tewksbury)

MVP: Emma Reilly, Vanessa Fritschy

MIDDLESEX LEAGUE

LIBERTY: Camille Clarke, Charlotte DeLucia, Maddy Dengler, Shannon Miranda, Brooke Moloney-Kolenberg (Winchester); Grace Corsetti, Maddie Krepelka, Molly Conneely, Megan Carmody (Arlington); Madaket Rzepka, Brooke Golden, Natalie Wall (Reading); Hannah Ward, Anna Hazewindus, Sophie Ortyl (Lexington); Ellie McLaughlin, Sajni Sheth-Voss, Mia Mueller (Belmont); Sophia Metivier (Woburn)

MVP: Brooke Moloney-Kolenberg

FREEDOM: Maggie Driscoll, Lizzie Loftus, Molly Driscoll, Taylor Lambo, Ellie Monahan (Watertown); Abigail Boudreau, Grace Seabury, Elise Theriault, Angelina Nardone (Wakefield); Celia Kulis, Allison Foley, Rita Roche (Wilmington); Jolene Russo, Anna Otis (Burlington); Kalina Piasecki, Megan Casey (Melrose); Olivia Alleyne, Ava Krasco (Stoneham)

MVP: Maggie Driscoll

NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Maggie Sturgis, Ava Tello, Lily Conway, Julia Graves (Masconomet); Aria Caputo (Gloucester); Jane O’Neill (Marblehead); Jamie Dupont (Beverly); Katherine Purcell, Grace Brinkley (Danvers); Isabella Modica (Swampscott); Georgia Fiore (Saugus); Jackie Scopa (Peabody)

MVP: Maggie Sturgis

PATRIOT LEAGUE

KEENAN: Elizabeth Clancy (Duxbury); Olivia Phelps, Lauren Dunn (Whitman-Hanson); Abigail Powers, Hailey Beatrice, Jayme Carr, Lily Ulvila (Silver Lake); Megan Hanna, Caroline Egan, Maeve Campbell, Emily Jenkins (Plymouth North); Abbey Kennedy, Kyle Wilson, Kenzie Wilson, Shea Berigan, Lilly Thrun, Siena Brackett (Hingham)

MVP: Hailey Beatrice

FISHER: Emily Irwin (Plymouth South); Megan Dorsey, Kaleigh Murphy (Pembroke); Kylie Campbell, McKenzie Foley, Ella Stone, Katie Radzik (Hanover); Erin Boyd, Taylor Brilliant, Hannah Cochran, Lyla Hunter, Genevieve Pitts (Marshfield); Anna Feeney, Hannah Gillis, Ainsley Routh, Anna Kruggel, Ava Von Freyman (Scituate)

MVP: Hannah Gillis

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lauren Monahan, Abby Szumita (Bridgewater/Raynham); Molly Corvino, Kaytlyn Legault (Brockton); Emma Tetrault, Kathryn Lancaster, Grace Haskell, Samantha Souza, Abbie Zuber (Dartmouth); Kathryn Gauvi, Ellia Delisle, Emily Curran, Josie Caine (Durfee); Tatum Reis, Kennedy Franklin, Tess Tarpey, Sydnee Ramos (New Bedford)

SOUTH SHORE LEAGUE

Molly Stephens, Ainsley Allen, Maddie Miller, Frances Brisbane, Catherine Brisbane, Brooke Evans, Lily Reilly (Cohasset); Ashleigh Johnson, Isabelle Mercer (Carver); Hope Newman, Morgan Young (East Bridgewater); Isabelle Mosley, Camryn Tingdahl, Allyson Rideout, Nora Williamson, Carly Quill (Middleboro); Lizzie Carnes, Hope Greene, Tia Cantor (Norwell); Isabella Egan (Mashpee)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Isabelle Mosley

TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE

Jordan Kuharaich , Bridget Glynn, Abby Glynn, Peyton Hastings (Holliston); Kendall Blomquist, Kate Deheen, Lindsay Diomede, Mia O’Donnell, Amelia Cogan, Olivia Williams (Westwood); Nieve Chapin. Trinity Vo (Dedham); Shea Larkee (Norwood); Ashley Malmquist (Medfield); Nicole Mayer (Dover-Sherborn); Olivia Gleason (Ashland); Camille Perlov (Hopkinton); Jenna Costa, Delaney Gover (Norwood); Maggie Monaghan (Medway); Rylee Chiappone (Bellingham)

MVP: Kendall Blomquist, Trinity Vo

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Ranking J.C. Jackson, Devin McCourty and all the Patriots’ free agents by signing priority

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Ranking J.C. Jackson, Devin McCourty and all the Patriots’ free agents by signing priority

Before the Patriots can address free agency at large, they have 21 decisions to make at home: re-sign or relinquish their own free agents.

It’s a top-heavy list, with J.C Jackson and Devin McCourty far outpacing their teammates as priorities. The Pats are projected to hold $13.3 million in cap space this offseason, according to Over the Cap, well below league average. So who should stay and who can go?

Below is a complete ranking of the Patriots’ free agents by signing priority.

*denotes restricted free agent

1. CB J.C. Jackson

He’s a top-5 player on the roster entering his prime. Enough said.

Now, the Pats have been reluctant to commit major and/or long-term money to Jackson thus far. If they want to keep him, they won’t have a choice. Jackson was arguably their MVP this season, particularly given the drop-off in talent in the secondary behind him. He finished second in the NFL with eight interceptions, and no one has grabbed more since he entered the league in 2018. The franchise tag is a strong possibility here.

2. S Devin McCourty

McCourty’s contract is scheduled to void before the new league year starts in March. He’ll turn 35 next summer, but continues to play as if he’s years younger. So long as his long speed remains, McCourty will remain a cornerstone of the franchise. If he wants to continue playing, he should return.

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