By Kevin Eickman
Milford Lacrosse battled Sanford at home last Thursday. It was a game that can best be described as confusing. While the Buccaneers looked to do so many things right, the scoreboard never indicated the effort that was being put forth. Possession after possession. The Bucs worked themselves into good scoring situations, but Sanford’s sophomore goalkeeper, Erik Lundberg was being very stingy.
The game was a defensive struggle, with Milford trailing 3-2 at the break. Unfortunately it would not remain that way. Sanford erupted for four unanswered goals and just like that the Bucs found themselves trailing 7-2. While the game looked to be over, nobody told Milford. Not giving up has been a lesson that coach Joe Vavala has been trying to instill in this his third season at the helm. “The guys didn’t give up today, they refused to quit and that’s what we want to see,” commented Vavala.
Milford stayed within themselves, and while it had to be frustrating, they never showed any signs of struggling. Slowly they worked their way back into the contest, the deficit became 7-3 and then 7-4 with 6:43 left in the game. While the Buccaneers continued to have their chances, there was always Lundberg, turning away shot after shot.
The Buccaneers made it 7-5 with 2:53 left in the game. That was it however, as Milford could get no closer. Talking with Vavala after the game, he was stunned with how the game had turned out. “We had 45 shots today, that is a huge amount, we would have hoped to have scored more,” said Vavala. “Our hats off to their goalie, he mad a lot of great stops out there today.” Of the 45 shots Milford had 28 of them were on target, a sign of the Milford offense progressing, but also an indication that there is still work to be done. “One area that we need to improve in, is shooting.” Vavala added “Our shots were good, but we need to make them better.”
The loss gives Milford a record of 4-7 for the year, with four games still to go. While it would be tough for the Buccaneers to get to .500, it is still a possibility for Milford. However, Vavala has never been too worried about what the record would be at the end of the season. “The guys come to practice every day, and work hard,” stated Vavala. “They are getting better with each game and they have such a great attitude, they are just great to be around.” Judging from the never say die display last Thursday, it is hard to argue with him.