By Kevin Eickman
On the surface, last season’s 5-10 record looked disappointing. However, when you dig a little deeper, there is evidence that Milford is headed in the right direction. This is a program that has yet to enjoy any measure of serious success, but looks to be moving forward quickly.
Coach Joe Vavala enters his third season, and believes that Milford is ready to take another step on the road to respectability. “We won more games last year then the year before that, our goal has always been to improve and we want to continue that, we want to try and get to .500 or better,” he said.
Getting ready for this season, Vavala believes that his team is getting better with each practice. “We have been giving them more things to do this season and each time we give them something new they are able to apply it the next time we practice,” stated Coach Vavala. “That’s a big step for this team, it shows that we are headed in the right direction.”
The sophomores of two years ago, are now the seniors that Vavala expects to become the leaders this season. “Cory Dodd and Hunter Robinson are both tremendous leaders on this team,” commented Vavala. “They come ready to play every day, and lead by example.” In addition to his seniors, Vavala has several underclassmen that he expects to be key contributors including Kyle Herman, Evan Becker, Matt Viramontes, Matt Groce and Mark Henderson. “These guys have all been improving, and it has been great to see,” Vavala said.
Coach Vavala believes the team will be improved in all areas, but believes that the defense will be the most important factor in determining just how far the Bucs get this season. “Our defense is our strong point, we have four guys playing long stick that are very solid at the position,” stated Vavala. “We also have a freshman, Clay Stevenson, that will be working in goal and he has great potential.” Milford will open up Friday, March 22 at home against perennial powerhouse Cape Henlopen; game time is 7 pm.