AVON, June 5 – The Avon High girls lacrosse team won seven of its final 10 regular season games and finished second in the NCCC this season, one game behind league champion Granby, ending a four-year reign atop the league.
The Falcons (10-7-1, 7-3 NCCC) beat Conard in the first round of the CIAC Division I tournament, 14-12 but were eliminated from the tournament by Hand-Madison, the four-time Southern Connecticut Conference champions, in a 17-5 decision.
Hand took a commanding 10-1 lead to seize control of the game. Emily Jablonski had six goals and three assists for Hand while seven other players scored goals. Maddie Wilson had four goals.
“Avon has a couple of good players and is a pretty good team, but we just outmatched them,” Hand coach Kevin Siedlecki told Shore Publishing. “They didn’t have an answer for Jablonski. It was one of those games when it felt closer than the score indicates. Avon definitely had potential to cause some damage, as they showed in the last 10 minutes, outscoring us 4-2. We just did not let them get comfortable on offense.”
Senior midfielder J.J. Gower earned All-State and All-NCCC honors for the second straight year. Gower, who scored 56 goals and had 38 assists as a junior, had a bigger impact on the scorebook this year with 70 goals and 23 assists. It helped her earn a spot on U.S. Lacrosse’s Academic All-American team.
Danielle Neagle had 53 goals and nine assists for the Falcons while Lauren Ostafin had 10 goals and 12 assists from her defensive midfield position. Gower, goalie Molly Burnett, Ostafin and Neagle each earned All-NCCC honors. Lauren Porter was named an All-State scholar athlete.
The win in the tournament over Conard erased a 18-11 loss to the Chieftains in April.