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.