Bucs Take L, Bounce Back

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By TJ Millman

The Milford Boy’s Lacrosse Team went 1-1 this week, dropping a game to Indian River and picking up a win over St. George’s Tech. The week was full of lessons for a young Milford team, and even over two games the growth was noticeable. Milford now sits at 2-1 on the season and is 1-1 in conference play.

They began their week on Wednesday, away at Indian River. Milford played inconsistently the entire day and IR capitalized early. Milford and IR shared possessions equally in the first quarter, but Milford lacked any offensive continuity. Most of the possessions were wasted by unforced errors or forced shots that did not need to be taken. The quarter ended with IR leading 3-0, and the second quarter is where things really started to go poorly.

Indian River outscored the Bucs 10-1 in the second quarter, and the young Milford squad seemed to give up on themselves. It was only when the game was out of reach, down 13-1, that Milford seemed to settle down and play their brand of lacrosse. The Bucs outscored IR 7-5 over the second half of the game, showing what they can do if they have the right mindset. Head Coach Blake Faulkner called that second quarter a, “humbling experience,” for his players and hopes that they will use this opportunity to learn how to handle adversity.

 

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A few bright spots for the Bucs were freshman Connor Christie, junior Shane Gaglione, and senior Michael Judson. Christie scored 4 of Milford’s 8 goals and played with a poise that not many freshman would show. He kept his emotions in check and let the game come to him, scoring Milford’s first three goals of the game when other players seemed to be giving up. “He’s a great kid. He does everything you ask, and he plays the game the right way. He’s a guy that you can be excited about for the next four years,” Faulkner said.

Goalie Shane Gaglione had another standout performance, in a game where he was often left out to dry. He made 22 saves, a very high number for a lacrosse game, and at times looked like a brick wall in the net. “Shane had an incredible game. Who knows what the score would have been without him back there,” Faulkner said. Also on the defensive end, defenseman Michael Judson stood out. While IR seemed to score at will, the ball usually stopped when it found Judson. At times it seemed like IR would actually avoid playing around Judson and keep the ball to the other side of the field.

After a tough loss, Milford headed in to their game against St. George’s Tech with a clear mind. They jumped out to an early lead and outscored St. George’s 6-1 in the opening quarter. The Bucs would ride their early lead into a 13-10 victory, with sophomore Jon Gaglione leading the way with 6 goals and 2 assists. Senior Cohen Bonneville also added 4 goals. “Tonight’s win is another step in the right direction, but we still see things that need to be fixed as we go deeper in the season,” Faulkner said. The Bucs showed their grit, bouncing back from a tough loss and not letting the past affect their present.

Milford’s next game is Friday, April 7 at home against Smyrna. The faceoff is set for 7 PM.

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