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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.