Area lacrosse teams continue to progress and become more competitive, and our 2018 All-Herald Lacrosse Team highlights three boys and three girls who have helped their programs move toward that bright future.
Jack Lombardo was a huge part of Berlin’s 14-4 record this season, including a CCC-South conference championship. The senior was named to his third consecutive all-CCC team and was honored with a second-team All-State selection this season with 27 takeaways and seven interceptions, despite missing six games due to injury. Lombardo cemented himself as one of the best Redcoats in program history, tallying the most goals scored by a defenseman in Berlin’s history. Lombardo has committed to play lacrosse next season at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Tyler Ralph was the leader of the Berlin offense. The junior scored 44 goals to lead all Berlin players this season, eclipsing the 100-goal mark along the way to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. Ralph joins Lombardo in being selected all-conference and All-State this season. Even with Lombardo graduating, the Redcoats will be in good hands with Ralph at the helm.
Newington midfielder Connor Brennan is the top point-scorer in program history, including 64 points his senior season. Brennan was not only an all-conference lacrosse player this season, but also as a football player in the fall. Brennan was awarded the George Brinley Award by the high school, which is awarded by the coaches to the most outstanding multi-sport athlete. Brennan has committed to play lacrosse at Saint Michael’s College next season.
For the girls portion of the team, Berlin, Newington and Southington all had one athlete selected.
Morgan Luciani did it all in four years at Berlin. On top of running varsity track and cross country, she has spent the last three years as a varsity lacrosse player. She served as the captain for all three teams this school year and was an all-conference lacrosse selection. Luciani will be a nursing student at Sacred Heart University next fall and plans to try out for the lacrosse team.
Maya Gajowiak returns to the All-Herald Lacrosse Team despite facing obstacles this season. The Indians were under an entirely new coaching staff, but the team still improved its record to 7-11. Gajowiak was the biggest reason for Newington’s progression and was honored as an all-CCC athlete for the second straight year. The attacker stayed strong on offense, leading the team in goals, while also bringing an increased focus on the draw control. She still has one year to go, so she will continue to be a focal point as Newington seeks to keep moving in the right direction.
Southington’s Talie Richardson shined in her freshman season with the Blue Knights, netting 45 goals at midfield. Richardson was named to the all-CCC team and was an honors student. It’s still early in her high school career, but Richardson hopes to make the jump to collegiate lacrosse when the time comes.
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