Canton rebounds with tough loss to Warde with 36 goals and two victories

Canton’s Fiona McNally (28) moves through the middle of the field in Monday’s win over Bethel. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

SUFFIELD, May 16 – The defending Class S champion Canton High girls lacrosse team finished undefeated in the North Central Connecticut Conference with a dominating 18-3 victory over Suffield on Tuesday. The Warriors (13-2) finish the league season with a perfect 8-0 mark and become the first team to run the table in the league since Avon did it in 2014.

Canton (13-2, 8-0 NCCC) had little problem with Suffield, racing out to a 10-1 lead at halftime. Grace Giancola scored a game-high six goals while Ashley Huff had a season-high four. Abby Charron had three goals while Anna Holland, Julianna Iovine, Jess Rogowski, Anna Miller and Laura DiMartino scored for the Warriors.

Jesse Webb made five saves in goal to earn the win as Canton won the NCCC for the second consecutive season.

Canton’s Julianna Iovine protects the ball in Monday’s victory over Bethel. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

It was the third game in four days for the Warriors. Canton fell to No. 10 Fairfield Warde on Saturday, 17-5 before rebounding to beat Bethel, 18-6 on Monday on the road. In two games, Canton has scored 36 goals and secured a pair of victories. The 18 goals in a single game is one shy of the team record of 19, a feat achieved in three games a year ago.

Against Bethel, the game was tied 2-2 after four minutes before Canton went on a 4-0 run to take command with a pair of goals from Giancola and Charron.

Charron scored twice in the final 1:34 of the first half while Giancola scored twice in the first three minutes of the second half to give Canton a commanding eight-goal lead, 12-4.

Giancola finished with a game-high seven goals and four assists while Charron added six. Maeve Balavender scored two for the Warriors, who got three saves in net from Jesse Webb to earn the win.

Canton’s Ashley Huff (10) scored four goals Tuesday in a win over Suffield. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton closes out the regular season by hosting Watertown on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the turf field at the high school.

Canton 18, Suffield 3
At Suffield
Canton (13-2)                                    10  8  — 18
Suffield (3-10)                                      1  2  — 3
Goals: Canton – Grace Giancola 6, Ashley Huff 4, Abby Charron 3, Julianna Iovine, Anna Holland, Jess Rogowski, Anna Miller, Laura DiMartino; Suffield – Kelli Martin, Grace Guzzi, Maddie Fable; Assists: Canton – Iovine, Charron, Holland; Saves: Jesse Webb (C) 5, Chase Lambert (S) 10

Canton 18, Bethel 6
At Bethel
Canton (12-2)                                    10  8  — 18
Bethel (6-10)                                       4  2  — 6
Goals – Canton: Grace Giancola 7, Abby Charron 6, Maeve Balavender 2, Fiona McNally, Julianna Iovine, Alexa Huff; Bethel: Victoria Gracy 2, Christina Ruiz 2, Brooke Healy, Sofia Orrico; Assists – Giancola (C) 4, Laura DiMartino (C), Charron (C), Zoe Bates (C), Leah Eschenbrenner (C); Saves – Jesse Webb (C) 3, Jill Rodgers (B) 10

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