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Canton dominates Granby to win fourth straight NCCC Tournament crown

Canton’s Ashley Potter (2) tries to get past Granby’s Emily Miller (23) in Wednesday night’s NCCC Tournament final. Potter had two goals in Canton’s 18-9 victory.

SUFFIELD, May 22 – Ashley Huff and Abby Charron scored four goals each while Maeve Balavender and Fiona McNally had three goals each as the Canton High girls lacrosse team won their fourth straight North Central Connecticut Conference tournament Wednesday night with an 18-9 win over Granby.

Canton (15-2, 10-0 NCCC) became the first team to win four straight NCCC Tournament titles and extended their NCCC win streak to 35 games dating back to the 2016 season.

Since losing to No. 9 New Fairfield, 17-6, on May 11, the Warriors have won four straight matches including an eight-goal win over Simsbury nine days ago in the pouring rain, 15-7.

“We’ve gotten on a pretty good roll since New Fairfield,” Canton High coach Sean Cole said. “That win over Simsbury gave us a ton of confidence. We just dominated them.”

Granby (13-5, 8-2 NCCC) has been the one team in the NCCC that has been competitive with Canton this season but the Warriors controlled play for long stretches of this league tournament championship game.

“I didn’t think we would be as dominant as we were tonight,” he said. “There were stretches tonight when we just outstanding. Defense leads to great offense.”

Ashley Potter and Allie DelSanto had two goal each for the Warriors, who had 11 assists in the game. DelSanto and McNally had three assists each while Charron had two.

“We got tremendous play from all over the field,” he said. “Our goalie (Courtney LeFave) came up big in the second half.”

The Warriors celebrate with Madi Bahre, right, was was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

The most outstanding player in the tournament was Canton’s Madi Bahre for her defensive play. The Bears had just two goals in the second half before adding a third score in the final 11 seconds.

Granby scored three times in a two-minute span in the first half to cut Canton’s seven-goal lead, 8-1 to just four, 8-4, when Bahre was sitting out for a penalty. But that was as close as the Bears would get.

Both teams will be playing in the upcoming Class S tournament. Canton looks to be the No. 2 seed in the tournament behind New Fairfield. First round action begins on Tuesday.

NOTES: Canton captured their fourth straight NCCC Tournament title – the most in tournament history. Avon, coached by Cole at that time, won three straight NCCC tournament crowns from 2012-14. … Granby was in the final for the first time since 2015 when they beat Somers for the title. … It was the first time that the two rivals squared off in the NCCC tournament final.

The Canton High girls lacrosse team went 14-2 for the third straight year and won the NCCC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

Canton 18, Granby 9
At Suffield
Granby (13-5)                            6  3  — 9
Canton (15-2)                          12  6  — 18
Goals: Ashley Huff (Ca) 4, Abby Charron (Ca) 4, Maeve Balavender (Ca) 3, Fiona McNally (Ca) 3, Ashley Potter (Ca) 2, Allie DelSanto (Ca) 2, Julia Olchowski (G), Maddy Skiff (G), Tessa McMillan (G) 2, Sophie Zacchera (G), Jaira Paine (G) 3, Morgan Wichman (G); Assists: Charron (Ca) 2, DelSanto (Ca) 3, Balavender (Ca), McNally (Ca) 3, Paine (G) 2, Alana King (G) 2; Saves: Courtney LeFave (Ca) 4, Erin Kulcsar (G) 5

2019 NCCC final standings

Team NCCC Overall
xy-Canton 10-0 14-2
Granby 8-2 12-4
Ellington 4-6 5-11
Suffield 4-6 6-10
Rockville 2-8 6-10
Somers 2-8 6-10
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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