The Milford Bucs Lacrosse team beat Caravel by a score of 11-10, improving to 7-1 on the season. Freshman Conor Christie led all scorers with 5 goals, and senior Cohen Bonneville had the most assists with 3. Goalie Shane Gaglione stood tall with 20 saves and even cleared the ball a few times by himself.
The Bucs fell behind early, going down 7-2 by halftime. As the players jogged to the sideline to end the half, senior Cohen Bonneville could be heard actively trying to pick his teammates up. “There’s only so much you can say. Basically, they were out hustling us. We were better than them talent wise, we just needed to pick it up and start playing harder. I told everyone that we needed to get it together and that we were still in this,” Bonneville said.
Bonneville’s maturity was also noticed by his head coach. “He’s been every definition of the word captain. He’s done everything that I have asked of him as a senior and as a leader of this team. Looking at how much he has grown since his freshman year is pretty amazing,” said head coach Blake Faulkner.
After halftime, a re-energized Milford team took the field and outworked Caravel on every possession. Sophomore Jon Gaglione ignited the rally after drawing a slashing penalty, running all the way down the field, and then scoring a backhanded goal as he was being knocked to the ground. The Bucs are an excitable team, and are capable of building momentum quickly.
Milford rang the net repeatedly in the fourth quarter, outscoring Caravel by a score of 6-1. Conor Christie scored the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds left and it was obvious that Milford would not be denied the win. Caravel possessed the ball for the final 50 seconds, but they were unable to score, never getting a shot off without first being checked by a Milford defenseman.
The unsung hero of Milford’s win was senior Michael Judson. Judson won’t show up in the stat sheet, but anyone watching the game knows what an impact he made. Judson moved from his normal position of an in-close defender, to the wing to play long-stick midfielder. Jon Gaglione battled at the faceoff X all day, but Caravel was winning all of the early ground balls. Moving Judson to the wing proved to be the best decision of the night as Milford was able to take possession more and more as the game progressed.
“I will take Mike Judson against anybody else in this state, any day of the week, twice on Sunday. That kid did everything for us tonight, and he’s done it since he picked up a stick his freshman year. He is a born lacrosse player, and it’s a shame that he never played before his freshman year. He’s just one of those gifted players who never gives up. He gives everything that he has and he does everything that we ask of him,” said Faulkner.
What really stood out was Milford’s unwillingness to give up. Earlier in the year, the Bucs lost their only game to IR by a score of 18-8. In that game the Bucs got down on themselves after falling behind early, and quite honestly they gave up. Milford grew up fast against Caravel, proving that they have what it takes mentally to be winners. Milford gets their chance to measure their growth this Wednesday, May 3, when they go up against IR for a second time. The score has yet to be determined, but IR is going to find themselves up against a completely different Milford team than they played last time.
The game is at home, and the opening face-off is set for 7 pm.
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