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Canton girls have won 22 straight NCCC matches and three straight league titles

Canton’s Julianne Iovine (8) has scored 15 goals in the last five games for the Warriors as Canton clinched their third straight NCCC championship.

CANTON, May 18 – The Canton High girls lacrosse team left no doubt, took care of business and secured their third straight North Central Connecticut Conference championship last week.

Canton (14-2, 10-0 NCCC) finished undefeated in the NCCC for the second consecutive season and have now captured 22 straight NCCC matches following victories over Suffield (18-5) and Rockville (19-1) last week.

The Warriors completed the regular season on Saturday with a 14-10 victory over Hall to finish with a 14-2 record for the second consecutive season.

Canton ended the regular season with a seven-game winning streak. They allowed just 20 goals while scoring 72 goals in their final four league contests.

“Our defense has been shutting teams down of late, allowing just three goals against a good Old Lyme team and nine goals against a good Granby team,” Canton coach Sean Cole said. “It’s been a good season.”

And the Warriors have received balanced scoring. Canton had eight players score in recent wins over Old Lyme, Suffield and Rockville and seven players score goals in the win over Granby.

Ashley Huff (10) has scored 14 goals in the past five games — her most productive five games of the season.

Canton had their Senior Day festivities prior to an 18-5 win over Suffield honoring defensive captain Tady Whitney and senior attack Skylar McNally. The Warriors also honored Suffield’s two seniors — Grace Cloyd and Grace Gozzi – and had a moment of silence for Brianna Mailloux, Suffield’s senior captain who passed away in April.

Allie DelSanto and Julianne Iovine each had four goals for Canton while Ashley Huff had three goals and two assists. Abby Charron scored two goals and had three assists. Iovine had three assists while DelSanto had one.

Zoe Bates had two goals and an assist, Maeve Balavender had a goal and an assist while Ashley Potter and Laura DiMartino each had one goal. McNally added one assist as well. The Warriors had 32 shots on net.

Canton goalie Courtney LeFave had five saves on 10 shots to earn the win.

Iovine and Charron had four goals each while DelSanto and Huff had three goals each as the Warriors rolled over Rockville on Friday, 19-1, to finish the NCCC campaign undefeated (10-0) and win their 19th straight league match dating back to the 2016 season.

On Saturday, Canton received six goals from Charron to beat Hall (10-5) by a four-goal margin, 14-10. Huff and DelSanto had three goals each. Huff has scored 17 goals in the last five games while Iovine has scored 15. DelSanto has scored 19 goals in the last five outings.

LeFave made nine saves for the Warriors.

The NCCC Tournament begins Tuesday with No. 2 Granby hosting No. 3 Somers at 5 p.m. in the semifinal. The winner plays top-seeded Canton at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Granby.


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

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