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Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Wins WNEPSLA Class B Championship

Meredith Berry-Toon

Following a successful 13-5 season and three additional tournament game win, Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse was named Class B Champion of the Western New England Prep School League Association. The team was seeded #1 heading into the multi-bracket tournament and earned a home field advantage for each game. After beating Suffield Academy, CT, 17-5 in the quarterfinals, the team advanced to the semifinals where they won against Pomfret School, CT 15-12. The finals game, which took place on Sunday morning, May 19, was an exciting rematch against Williston Northampton School, MA, the team to which Canterbury had lost in the finals a year prior. The team was victorious with 10-5 as the final score, running across the field to greet their coaches with hugs and exclamations at the final ring of the buzzer. 

“We went into this season with very high expectations for our team but with knowledge that it was going to be a challenge with our schedule,” noted Coach Mulhern. “We ended the season playing 21 games in just seven weeks so the success we earned is truly a testament to the athletes’ dedication and hardwork.” 

The season was full of individual and collective accomplishments for the team. Emma Gambardella ’20 and Charlotte Zapletal ’21 represented Canterbury as players for Connecticut Team 1 at the National Tournament in Baltimore, MD, while Emma and CC Poli ’20 were named Western New England All-Stars. Megan LeBlanc ’20 finished the year leading the team in points with 105 (56 goals/49 assists). Fifth Former Bella Cotier was the leading scorer with 60 goals, and Emma Gambardella ’20 dominated the draw control with 85. At the end-of-season athletic ceremony, Coach Mulhern named Goalie Casey Chizmazia ’19 the MVP and awarded Katherine Hesslink the Coach’s Award. 

“Our timing just worked this season,” Coach Mulhern continued, reflecting on the team’s success. “We were healthy and the girls peaked at the right time. They were a dedicated and energetic group who were determined to win!” 

Congratulations, Saints!