Area lacrosse has continued to make strides, and our All-Herald Lacrosse Team is made up of six of the top players from both the boys and girls game that have helped the sport’s upward trend.
Among the girls, each of the three teams - Southington, Berlin and Newington - produced a player that made our squad.
Morgan Raymond is the Blue Knights’ representative. The senior captain and midfielder makes a return to the All-Herald Team after a strong senior season in which she helped Southington improve six wins to once again make the postseason. Raymond was rewarded for her play with an invite to the Senior All-Star Game and an all-conference nod. Ranking in the top 50 of her graduating class, Raymond will be attending the University of Delaware for academics.
From Newington is Maya Gajowiak. Although the Indians struggled, compiling a 6-10 record, Gajowiak was a bright spot. The sophomore midfielder was one of the Newington’s top offensive threats, netting an astounding 75 goals, an almost five-a-game average. Her play earned her an All-CCC selection.
The Redcoats also missed the postseason, but Olivia Curtin finished out her final season at Berlin on a strong note, netting an all-conference choice.
Berlin’s Thomas Hebert begins the boys portion of the team and was selected to the all-conference team thanks in part to his ability on offense. The midfielder and faceoff specialist netted 20 goals during his sophomore campaign. When unable to get to the net himself, Hebert was able to get his teammates involved, accumulating 20 assists. He also earned all-academic honors.
Jack Lombardo is the second Redcoat to make our list. The defenseman capped off a strong junior season in which he was named to his second consecutive All-CCC team. A versatile player, Lombardo showed an ability to be a shutdown defender while also helping on the offensive end. Lombardo scored eight goals and tallied 18 interceptions and 25 takeaways. He is currently receiving offers from Eastern and Western Connecticut State, Mitchell College and LaSalle University.
Newington’s Rob Petronio is the final selection on our All-Herald Lacrosse Team. The Indians make it back to the postseason in part thanks to the junior defenseman. Petronio recorded 72 ground balls this past season and was named all-conference for his play.
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