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Canton tops Granby to clinch share of third straight NCCC championship

Canton’s Ashley Huff (10), who has scored eight goals in the last two games, had four goals in Thursday’s win over Granby.

GRANBY, May 10 – Ally DelSanto tied her career-high with five goals while Ashley Huff had a season-high four goals to lead the Canton High girls lacrosse team to a 19-9 decision over Granby that enabled the Warriors to clinch a tie for their third straight North Central Connecticut Conference championship.

The Warriors improved to 11-2 overall and 8-0 in the league with two league games remaining against Rockville and Suffield this week. One more victory will give Canton the outright league championship.

Granby, which dropped a 12-11 overtime decision to Canton in April, slips to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the league with two NCCC contests remaining.

Canton raced out to a quick 4-0 lead, helped by winning many draws and gaining control of the ball for the Warriors. Abby Charron won 19 draws or faceoffs at midfield after a score.

But after a Granby timeout, the Bears roared back to tie the game at 4-4. That inspired Canton, which scored the final five goals of the first half for a 9-4 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Warriors stretched the lead to 11-4.

Canton defender Madi Bahre helped the Warrior defense play well in Thursday’s win over Granby.

Canton defenders Tady Whitney and Madi Bahre had a good day playing outstanding defense against two of Granby’s better players – Katie Martel and Madison Skiff. And when Granby did threaten with some good shots on net, Canton goalie Courtney LeFave made some excellent saves to keep the Warriors in front.

“It was a complete game (for us),” Canton coach Sean Cole said. “We outplayed them in every facet of the game.”

DelSanto has scored nine goals in the last two games and 16 goals in the last four contests. Huff has scored eight goals in the past two games.

Canton has won eight straight games over the Bears, who last beat the Warriors in the 2015 season finale. It was the most lopsided win the series for the Warriors since Canton’s nine-goal victory in 2016.

Canton returns to action on Tuesday when they host Rockville at 4:45 p.m. at the turf field at the high school.

Canton’s Allie DelSanto has scored 16 goals in the last four games including five in Thursday’s win over Granby.

Canton 19, Granby 9
At Granby
Canton (11-2)                    9  10   – 19
Granby (11-3)                    4    5  – 9
Goals: Ally DelSanto (Ca) 5, Ashley Huff (Ca) 4, Maeve Balavender (Ca) 3, Abby Charron (Ca) 3, Zoe Bates (Ca) 2, Julianna Iovine (Ca), Ashley Potter (Ca); Elsie Phillips (G) 3, Alana King (G) 2, Julia Olchowski (G), Gabby Vitti (G), Katie Martel (G), Maddy Russell (G); Assists: Iovine (Ca) 4; Saves: Courtney LeFave (Ca) 6, Haley Terva (G) 10

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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