By TJ Millman
The Milford Buccaneers Lacrosse Team came out firing on all cylinders this past Wednesday, beating Delmar by a final score of 21-12. Freshman Conor Christie led Milford with 6 goals and 3 assists, after dropping 9 goals on the Wildcats in their first meeting back in April. Freshman Alex Herka also played one of his best games of the season, scoring 5 goals and adding 2 assists. Goalie Shane Gaglione finished with 9 saves.
The game started fast with sophomore Jon Gaglione winning the opening faceoff, and the Buccaneers offense wasting no time getting on the board. They swung the ball around the zone once before Herka stepped down and delivered a laser from the top of the box. Milford kept their foot on the gas pedal, taking a 12-3 lead into the half. The defense was quiet but efficient for the much of the first half, turning Delmar over on the few offensive chances that they had.
This lead allowed some players to get some rest, and Milford relied on their younger talent to carry them through the rest of the game. Jon Gaglione got a break at the faceoff X with freshman Bevensky Augustin and Jayden Arthurs, as well as junior Tyler Herholdt, helping to carry the load. Freshman Quinn Reinhardt also saw some playing time, recording an assist in the second half.
Head Coach Blake Faulkner was glad he was able to rest his players and had full confidence in his young guys to perform. “Those 3 or 4 guys that stepped up for us tonight really brought something positive to our game. They put the work in during practice, and it is starting to show promising results. This is a long season and anytime that we can rest our guys, we are going to do it.”
Milford came in to this game having lost their two previous games against up-state teams Archmere Academy and Delaware Military Academy, and Faulkner said that this did not discourage his team at all. “We understand that our goals go further than just one game. We play better competition so that we can better ourselves. Looking at those games, I’m not saying that we should have won, but we could have played better. Our guys know that, and we know that we can do better,” he said.
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While all of Milford’s athletes played well, freshman Jayden Arthurs really stood out on the field. He battled in every faceoff and gave maximum effort regardless of whether he won the faceoff or not. His skills were raw, as a freshman’s should be, but he showed the hard work attitude that can only come from within.
This win moves Milford to 5-1 in conference play and should set the Bucs up in a favorable position for the Henlopen South Title. There are still games to be played by other teams, but the Bucs have put themselves at the front of the pack for the title.
Looking ahead, Milford finishes their season on the road against Dover on May 15 and against Poly Tech on May 19. Both games are instrumental in looking at the state tournament, as wins could help the Bucs earn a higher seed for the first round. The game at Dover is set for 3:30, and the game at Poly Tech is set for 7:00.
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