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Canton High boys’ lacrosse off to a 7-0 start

Ben Lodge, above, had no experience in net before taking over this year, and Canton High’s boys’ lacrosse team, 7-11 last year, is off to an 8-0 start. Left, senior captain JC Marcone has helped pace the offense with 20 goals and 11 assists.
Ben Lodge had no experience in net before taking over this year, and Canton High’s boys’ lacrosse team, 7-11 last year, is off to an 8-0 start.Photos by George Rizer for The Boston Globe

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Half-jokingly, Ben Lodge suited up in goalie gear and jumped into net, facing shots from a collection of 11-year-olds one day last summer, part of a weeklong clinic run by Canton High boys’ lacrosse coach Bill Bendell.

“Hey, be careful,” Bendell told Lodge, fully aware that he did not have a returning goalie this spring. “You’re going to really play yourself into that role.”

One month and eight games — all wins — into the 2013 season, Lodge has seized the position.

The slender 6-foot-2, 165-pound junior boasts a stellar 4.8 goals-against average and .723 save percentage for the Bulldogs, who sit atop the Hockomock League’s Davenport Division. Canton has already topped its win total of a year ago, a 7-11 season that ended with a 5-4 loss to Weston in the preliminary round of the tournament.

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