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Several former Canton, Avon lacrosse players are playing in college

Sophomore goalie Amanda Gottlieb of Canton is coming off the bench for the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team. (Photo courtesy University of New Hampshire)

Several former Canton and Avon High lacrosse players are playing in college with three playing at the Division I level – Avon’s Paige Hammick and Britt Douglass and Canton’s Amanda Gottlieb.

Canton’s Grace Giancola is on the University of Vermont team but it sitting out the season with an injury.

Hammick is a senior goalie at Sacred Heart University, which is struggling with a 0-9 season. Hammick made a season-high 13 saves in a 10-2 loss to New Hampshire on opening day in February. Hammick (0-9) has made 77 saves in nine games with 125 goals against.

She played every minute of the season in 2017 when the Pioneers went 6-11 and made the Northeast Conference tournament. She had a career-high 14 saves in a win over LaSalle in February. As a sophomore, she played in 15 games and made 14 starts in goal.

Douglass is a senior forward at Furman University. As a freshman in 2015, she was the Atlantic Sun freshman of the year with a team-high 43 goals, 13 assists and a team-leading 56 points. Douglass missed her sophomore season with an injury.

As a junior, she had eight goals and three assists for 11 points. This year, Douglass has played in eight games and started seven for Furman (2-8). She has eight goals and one assist for nine points. Douglass had three goals in a win over High Point in February.

Canton sophomore Amanda Gottlieb is the backup goalie at the University of New Hampshire (4-6). Gottlieb (0-1) has played in seven games and has made 17 saves. On March 31 against Hartford, Gottlieb played 38 minutes, made three saves and didn’t allow a goal in a 17-0 America East win over Hawks.

Gottlieb made a career-high five saves against Fairfield on March 5 but also allowed five goals in a 15-9 loss to Stags.

Canton’s Emma Charron, a sophomore at Muhlenberg College, has started all eight games for Muhlenberg and has 15 goals and five assists for 20 points, which is third on the team in scoring. Her most productive game was a four goal effort against Connecticut College on March 20. She had a career-high seven shots in the game. Muhlenberg is 5-3.

Sophomore Kaelyn Oliver of Canton had one goal in Saint Michael’s 21-8 loss to No. 15 Merrimack College in NCAA Division II play. Oliver is tied for fifth on the team lead in scoring with two other players. Oliver has nine points thanks to seven goals and two assists. Saint Michael’s is 0-8.

She had two goals each in losses to Malloy, N.Y. and Colorado-Colorado Springs in March.

Oliver had 10 goals and four assists in 14 games as a freshman with Saint Michael’s.

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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 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.



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