By: TJ Millman
The Milford Buccaneers Lacrosse Team won both of their games this past week, moving themselves to 4-1 on the season. On Friday, the Bucs played a Smyrna team that beat Milford 11-10 the year before. This time however, Milford got the better of the Eagles and picked up a 14-10 win. Just 12 hours later, on Saturday afternoon, the Bucs played against Newark High School at Wesley College. The game was part of the Dave Reynolds Lax Festival, which Milford has been attending since 2010. Milford won handily, beating the Yellow Jackets by a score of 14-7.
Against Smyrna, Milford spent a majority of the game in the defensive end. Milford capitalized quickly on offense, scoring quickly and efficiently, but struggled to turn over the Eagles in the defensive zone. The Milford defense held strong, giving Smyrna only the narrowest of windows to shoot through, and junior goalie Shane Gaglione continued his impressive season with 21 saves.
In the offensive end, Milford scored with ease. Ignoring the times that Milford would rush themselves into taking poor shots, which were few and far between, the Bucs went to work. Freshman Conor Christie led the way with 5 goals and an assist. Senior Cohen Bonneville showed his years of experience, finding 3 teammates with assists, as well as scoring two goals of his own.
On Saturday morning, Milford’s defense played well again, but this time they were also able to turn over their opponent with consistency. Milford fell behind early, going down 4-3, and then the defense stiffened up. Senior Michael Judson took the ball away from the Yellow Jackets on three consecutive possessions, each possession leading to a score. Judson has been the number one guy this year for Milford, playing with a defense that lacks experience at the Varsity level.
“At the beginning I definitely felt some pressure, but I really feel like we’re getting into a rhythm now. The guys told me that they have my back, and that helped me to calm down and just play my brand of lacrosse. It also helps having Shane (Gaglione) behind us. He talks to the defense consistently and keeps on us if we start slacking,” Judson said.
Milford scored 9 goals in a row and took the game from a 4-3 defecit, to a crushing 12-4 lead. When asked about the slow start, Head Coach Blake Faulkner said, “I think it just took us a little time to wake up. Playing a game late last night may have tired them out a little bit, but we just needed to find our groove and settle into playing our game.”
Milford freshman Conor Christie scored 5 goals again, and did so while taking a beating from a Newark team that liked to slash. The Bucs showed their depth in this game, and had some goals from a few players outside of the usual suspects. Senior Jase Meredith provided a spark from the bench, laying a big hit only seconds into the game, and then followed that up with a goal. Freshman Bevensky Augustin also scored his first points of the season, picking up a goal and an assist.
Milford will play their biggest game of the season this week, against a Delmar team who has been fighting with Milford to be the top dog in the Southern Conference since its inception. That game is on Wednesday April 12 at 5:30 in Delmar. On Friday Milford plays Lake Forest for a second time, and will have an easy game to close out their week. That game is away as well, starting at 7 at the new DE Turf Sports Complex.