Coach Vavala Looks to Strong Offense


The 2010 Lacrosse season was a bit of a struggle for the Buccaneers finishing the season with a below .500 winning record which included a 20-6 season ending loss to Caesar Rodney.

However with new coach, Joe Vavala and the Bucs already seasoned veteran’s players with a host of new talent Milford lacrosse looks to have a fresh start in 2011.

Going into the new year the change in coaching staff looks to be the biggest adjustment for the team.

“The biggest challenge will be getting the players adjusted to the new staff and change of culture. Vavala said. “We believe how you play how you practice so there has been a greater emphasis on intensity and hard work when we prepare.  We have also been trying to build our players confidence so that they expect to win when they play.”

Coach Vavala looks to have a stronger offense then the one that struggled last year. With the attack lead by Junior John McIlvain and joined by fellow juniors Atticus Hall and Mitch Breeding, along with seniors Steven Horton and Adam Gonzalez.

The Bucs will also be looking to keep the ball out of their net with a defense lead by Junior’s Charlie Galante and Brent Prouse. Who will be the starting goaltender has become a question due to injuries.

“Because of those injuries our starting goaltender will be senior Josh Marks, Vavala said. “We will need him to step up and have a big year for us.”

With a roster of newer players the senior players will also be looked upon to bring leadership. “Horton and Gonzalez have shown to be strong leaders. Hall and Galante have also been stepping up and leading by example.” Vavala said. “I expect all experienced players to lend a hand and provide words of wisdom to help others grow and become better lacrosse players.”

With its senior leadership and attacking force, Milford looks to contend with the top dogs, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney in the Henlopen Conference.

“The sport of lacrosse has been continually growing in the state of Delaware so I expect each game to be a challenge. Vavala said, “We can’t afford to overlook any opponent and must work hard and play smart each game to secure victories.”