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After two losses, Canton rallies with eight goals to beat Suffield

Canton’s Chayce Lucca (5) looks to move upfield in Monday’s NCCC contest in Ellington. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON, April 10 – After scoring just three goals in their first two games of the season, the Canton High boys lacrosse team scored eight goals on Tuesday to earn their first victory of the season with an 8-3 victory over Suffield in North Central Connecticut Conference play.

It was Canton’s first NCCC victory since May 2016, snapping an 10-game losing streak to NCCC opponents. Matt Moraski led the way for the Warriors with four goals while Carter Gavin had two goals. Chayce Lucca had a goal and one assist but he won nine of 13 faceoffs to help Canton keep possession of the ball.

Carson Humphrey added a goal for Canton while Griffin Weller, Andy Thibodeau, Brian Connolly and Nick Benedetti each had an assist.  Goalie Charlie Parchen was big with 17 saves to earn the victory in net for Canton (1-2, 1-2 NCCC).

The Warriors began the season with a pair of losses to NCCC opponents. Two-time defending Class S champion Somers blanked Canton on opening day with a 19-0 decision on April 5. The Spartans are currently ranked No. 13 in the latest top 10 boys lacrosse poll.

Alex Sullivan (24) had two goals in Monday’s loss to Ellington on the road. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

On Monday, Alex Sullivan had two goals and Harrison Mitchell had one goal in a 12-3 loss on the road to Ellington. The host Purple Knights (2-0) scored five goals in the third period to pull away.

Ellington took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Hunter Neil in the first period. But Canton responded on a pair of goals in 18 seconds from Sullivan and Mitchell.

Ellington retook the lead, 3-2 on a goal from Ethan McAllister with 11:12 left in the second quarter. Sullivan tied the match at 3-3 with 5:37 left in the quarter but Neil, who had a game-high four goals, gave the Knights the lead for good with 1:20 left in the first half.

Canton returns to action on Monday when they host Lewis Mills at 4:15 p.m. on the turf field at the high school.

Canton’s Harrison Mitchell (14) cradles the ball in Monday’s NCCC game in Ellington. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Ellington 12, Canton 3
At Ellington
Canton (0-2)                 2  1  0  0  — 3
Ellington (2-0)              2  2  5  3  — 12
Goals: Hunter Neil (Ell) 4, Nate Clapp (Ell) 2, Ethan McAllister (Ell), Blake Printy (Ell), Steven Miller (Ell), Chris Gordon (Ell); Alex Sullivan (Ca) 2, Harrison Mitchell (Ca); Assists: Matthew Moraski (Ca); Dan Brodina (Ell), Mike Shuman (Ell); Saves: Alex Joslin (Ell), Charlie Parchen (Ca)

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