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Canton dominates Somers to win third straight NCCC Tournament title

Canton’s Ashley Potter (2) had two goals and earned MVP honors as the Warriors won their third straight NCCC Tournament title Thursday.

GRANBY, May 24 – Julianna Iovine had four goals and five assists while tournament MVP Ashley Potter had two goals as the Canton High girls lacrosse team won their third straight NCCC Tournament championship with an 18-8 victory over Somers Thursday.

It was the 23rd consecutive NCCC victory for the Warriors, who improve to 15-2.

Maeve Balavender had four goals for Canton while Abby Charron and Ashley Huff had three goals each. Goalie Courtney LeFave had 11 saves in net to pick up the victory.

Canton’s Julianna Iovine (8), shown earlier this season, had four goals and five assists in Thursday’s NCCC tournament title victory over Granby. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Somers, who upset No. 2 Granby in the league semifinals 13-8, were led by Brie Bernier with four goals and Ashlie Delskey with two.

The two teams will meet for the fourth time this year on Tuesday in the first round of the CIAC Class S tournament in Canton. The Warriors are seeded No. 2 while Somers earned the No. 15 seed.

Canton 18, Somers 8
At Granby
Canton (15-2)       xx  xx – 18
Somers (9-9)         xx  xx – 9
Goals: Julianna Iovine (Ca) 4, Maeve Balavender (Ca) 4, Abby Charron (Ca) 3, Ashley Huff (Ca) 3, Ashley Potter (Ca) 2, Zoe Bates (Ca), Allie Delsanto (Ca); Brie Bernier (S) 4, Ashlie Delskey (S) 2, Sam Brown (S), Marianne Dalessio (S); Assists: Iovine (Ca) 5; Saves: Courtney LeFave (Ca) 11, Jasmine Yard (S) 16

2018 NCCC Tournament
Tuesday, May 22
At Granby
Semifinal: Somers 13, Granby 8

Thursday, May 24
At Granby
Final: Canton 18, Somers 8

NCCC 2018 Girls Lacrosse

Team Lg Overall
xy-Canton 10-0 14-2
Granby 8-2 13-3
Somers 6-4 8-8
Suffield 3-7 4-11-1
Ellington 3-7 3-12
Rockville 0-10 3-13
x-won league championship
y-won league tournament

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

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