CANTON, May 5 – By design, the Canton High girls lacrosse team had a challenging schedule placed in front of them this spring.
The Warriors lost their first game of the year to defending Class S champion New Fairfield on April 21, 14-8. A little over a week later, Canton dropped a 10-9 decision in overtime to East Catholic on Monday, April 30.
Since then, the Warriors have been on a roll.
Canton (10-2) has won three straight games by a combined score of 54-12 including a stunning 20-3 rout over Old Lyme on Saturday at the turf field in Canton. Not only does 20 goals tie a school record for most goals in a single game but it came against an Old Lyme team that went to the semifinals in two of the past three seasons.
It was the sixth time in 12 games that Canton has held the opposition to four goals or less.
Oh, and it was the 100th career victory for Canton High coach Sean Cole (100-30), now in his fourth year at Canton after three seasons at Avon.
“The growth in our conditioning is our conditioning is really starting to come into form,” Cole said. “Our conditioning is becoming a factor now and everyone has a very good understanding of their role on the team. We’re finding our groove.”
Julianna Iovine, Allie DelSanto and Ashley Huff each had four goals while Abby Charron had three. It was a season-high four goals for DelSanto and Huff. Iovine added five assists, too. Charron had 16 draw controls or she won 16 faceoffs – crucial to a team controlling the tempo of the game with possession of the ball.
“We didn’t expect to blow them out the way that we did,” Cole said. “We played exceptionally well. We played fast and clean.”
The Warriors came up with plan to shadow or faceguard Old Lyme’s leading scorer. The Warrior defense, led by Katahdin Whitney and Madi Bahre, held sophomore Daisy Colvin scoreless and with just two shots on net. Canton goalie Courtney LeFave made 10 stops in net to secure the win.
“It was fun to watch and be a part of,” Cole said. “It was our best game of the year.”
The entire second half was played with a running clock — a move toward sportsmanship with one team leads by 10 or more goals.
DelSanto has scored 11 goals in the last three games while Laura DiMartino has scored seven. Charron has scored 10 goals in the last three games with Iovine chipping in with seven. Canton rolled past Ellington, 16-5 on Tuesday and whipped Watertown on Thursday, 18-4.
DelSanto had five goals against Ellington while Charron led the way against Watertown with four goals.
After four games in six days last week, the Warriors (10-2, 7-0 NCCC) get a few days off before returning to action on Thursday traveling to Granby (10-2, 5-1 NCCC) for a big contest beginning at 4 p.m. A win for Canton would put the Warriors in position to capture a third straight NCCC championship and secure the top seed in the upcoming NCCC Tournament.
Canton 20, Old Lyme 3
Old Lyme (6-5) 1 2 – 3
Canton (10-2) 12 8 — 20
Goals: Julianna Iovine (Ca) 4, Allie DelSanto (Ca) 4, Ashley Huff (Ca) 4, Abby Charron (Ca) 3, Laura DiMartino (Ca) 2, Maeve Balavender (Ca), Zoe Bates (Ca), Ashley Potter (Ca), Paige Britton (OL), Biana Tinnerello (OL), Anna Sather (OL); Assists: Iovine (Ca) 5; Saves: Courtney LeFave (Ca) 10; Clarie Britton (OL) 13