Canton Girls Varsity Lacrosse defeated Bedford in an away tilt Monday night 14 – 11 to secure a school tying record 11th win. Despite their roster being shorthanded for the match (missing 4 key players), the Chiefs still mustered plenty of offense, led by the spectacular trio of Katelyn Waligora, Isabelle Plave and Lexi Villarini. Katelyn Waligora, without her partner in crime, sister, and often the one who feeds her scoring passes (freshman sensation) Morgan Waligora, was up to the task this evening. As she’s been the entire season, Waligora was dominant all night long, with 5 goals (63 for the season) and finds herself on the cusp of breaking her own school scoring record. Waligora was the beneficiary of many spectacular passes threaded deftly from Lexi Villarini (2 goals) whose 6 assists in the game set the Chiefs all-time single game record. The third piece of the Chiefs offensive juggernaut, Isabelle Plave (4 goals) was deadly and accurate with timely goals in the second half that were instrumental in Canton’s victory.
Canton was also solid defensively for the game as they contended with a very talented Bedford offense, that was quick and explosive and handled the ball very well. Between the pipes the dynamic duo of Savina Osann (6 saves) and Grace Coyne (7 saves) came up huge all evening. The 2 netminders complimented each other brilliantly with Osann constantly thwarting opportunities, holding Bedford to 4 goals in the first half and Coyne making several crucial game saving stops in the closing minutes of the second. Leading the defenders was once again Jenna Anheuser (8 ground balls, 5 takeaways), demonstrating how she has re-written the Canton record book this year with her “attack the ball” defending style that gave the Bedford players fits, and caused chaos on their ability to handle the ball and keep possession.
The 11 – 7 Chiefs look to continue their season as district play begins this week. Their next opponent and game time is yet to be determined.