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Lacrosse: Falcons finally come out ahead in close game

AVON,  June 5 – Close fought games were the norm for the Avon High boys lacrosse team in 2010. The Falcons were 1-6 in games decided by two goals or less, including one loss in overtime and another in double overtime.

But in a close contest in the Class M tournament, the Falcons came out ahead. Junior Kurtis Shelly scored with 40 seconds left in overtime to Avon to a 9-8 victory over Brookfield. The game was tied eight times before it went to overtime.

“We’ve played tight games all year,” Avon head coach Scott Kossibiel told the Brookfield Patch. “We’ve won and lost games by one or two goals, we are used to situations like this.”

New Canaan ended Avon’s season in the Class M quarterfinals with a 14-3 decision. The Falcons finished 10-8 overall and 5-3 in the NCCC, tied for second with Suffield. Granby won the league title with a 6-2 record. Suffield beat Avon in the semifinals of the league tournament, 11-9 before falling to Granby, 11-10 in the championship match.

Senior midfielder Connor Maniatty was named second team Class M All-State. Maniatty and senior midfielders Ryan Coyle and Nick Stanczyc each earned All-NCCC honors.

The Falcons lose 12 seniors but with 13 juniors and a junior varsity team that finished its regular season unbeaten, prospects are good for a solid season next spring.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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