Boys’ Lacrosse: Surprising Bears placed four in ECC Division II First Team | Latest Sports

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STONINGTON — Conor Doyle’s first season as boys’ lacrosse coach at Stonington High was near historic. The Bears came very close to winning their first ECC tournament title last spring.

Waterford prevailed in double overtime, 6-5, in May to win the ECC and end Stonington’s impressive bid for the elusive prize, a bid which included an 11-10 upset against East Lyme in the semi-finals .

Stonington barely passed Fitch to qualify for the fourth and final ECC playoff spot, but eventually advanced further than ECC Division II regular season champion Bacon Academy, as well as ‘East Lyme. The Bears won a Class S state tournament match against Norwich Tech/Windham before losing to Ellington, 6-3, in the quarter-finals. They finished with an 11-8 record.

The success is set to continue next season — four juniors have represented the Bears on the ECC Division II first team: forward Cam Elenteny, midfielder Ben Massengale, defender Ben French and midfielder field defender Jackson Hayes.

Elenteny, who will attend Loomis Chaffee Prep next year, surpassed the 50-goal mark for the second straight season to repeat as an All-ECC after making the ECC North All-Star team last year . He led the Bears in scoring with 79 points (52 goals, 27 assists).

“Cam is an exceptional all-around player, an excellent dodger, shooter and feeder,” Doyle said. “He’s really taken command of the offense this season, starting plays and dictating the pace of play.”

Massengale (32 goals, 12 assists) made the Division II first team after earning an honorable mention as a sophomore. Massengale was a deadly right-sided shooter and had a knack for scoring key goals, including the extra-time winner against East Lyme and the equalizer against Waterford in the ECC tournament final.

“Ben was our best shooter and always reliable in no-fault situations and in clutch situations,” Doyle said. “He plays with passion and fire for four quarters every game.”

The Frenchman was a repeat All-ECC selection as a defenseman. He sacrificed his involvement in any offense focusing on limiting the opposition’s top scorer.

“Ben was a containment advocate,” Doyle said. “He caused us a lot of turnovers. He teamed up with the best attacking player in the opposing team. He was also versatile in being able to play the long-stick midfield representatives at times when needed.”

Hayes also focused on defense, specializing in taking possession of loose field balls as a midfielder. He registered one goal and one assist last season.

“It was his first year on the team and he played exceptionally well,” Doyle said. “We paired him with the best midfielder whenever we could. He was a ground ball machine.”

Sophomore forward Tyler Simao, who scored 51 goals, was named ECC Division II Honorable Mention along with senior goaltender Will Banfield. Senior Jake Flynn, who scored 15 goals, was named an ECC Scholar Athlete. Senior defender Alex Castagliuolo was on the ECC’s sportsmanship list.

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