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Bite-size previews: Boys and girls lacrosse

Avon's Hannah Davey puts the pressure on Granby's Kathy Kleis in Thursday's NCCC Tournament final.

Avon’s Hannah Davey, left, puts the pressure on Granby’s Kathy Kleis in last May’s NCCC Tournament championship game.

The lacrosse season begins Wednesday with Canton hosting a doubleheader against Avon. The boys face off at 3:45 p.m. on the turf field at Canton with the girls playing afterward at 5:45 p.m. due to the wet fields in Avon from Tuesday’s rain. Below are our bite-size previews for the lacrosse teams. 

BOYS LACROSSE: Avon (8-11, 6-4 NCCC) had its first losing season since 2004. But the Falcons finished on a strong note with two victories in the Class M tournament beating Farmington, 9-5 and No. 2 seed East Lyme, 7-5. Second-year coach Jeff Lombardo hopes to build on that momentum this spring. … Canton (3-13, 0-10 NCCC) looks to continue their growth under second-year coach Chris Weller. Junior Jake Whittingslow scored 22 goals a year ago while junior Eddie Melton added 10. 

GIRLS LACROSSE: Avon (17-3, 10-0 NCCC) advanced to the Class M semifinals for the second year in a row last year and will be a favorite to win a fourth straight league championship. Catherine “Cat” Hanks takes over for Sean Cole and has several veteran players returning including a pair of All-State players – Hannah Davey (94 goals last spring) and Sammy Maniatty (62 goals). … Cole, the director of Security in the Canton school system, has taken the head coaching position at Canton. The Warriors (7-9, 2-8 NCCC) had their best season ever last spring, qualifying for the Class S tournament for the first time and beating Ellington in their initial tournament contest. Junior goalie Amanda Gottlieb and sophomore midfielder Grace Giancola are two of Canton’s top players.

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