By TJ Millman
The Milford Lacrosse Team finished a grueling 7 day stretch of 4 games this past week, picking up 3 wins to finish the regular season with a 12-3 record. That record puts the Bucs in a spot to earn a favorable seed going into the state tournament, and Milford can look to improve their seed even more with the Henlopen Conference Championship coming up this Friday, May 18 against Cape Henlopen. Cape will represent the North, Milford the South, and Cape is favored going into the match. Regardless of who the favorite is, Milford Head Coach Blake Faulkner is going to make sure that he does not over-coach his team going into the game.
“We’ve done that before where you start thinking about who the opponent is, and you focus too much on what they do and not what you can do. We just need to go out and play lacrosse. The game doesn’t hurt us. It’s a chance for us to pick up something extra on the year, but we just need to go out and play our brand of lacrosse and let the rest take care of itself,” Faulkner said.
Milford began their 4 game stretch with a win against 16-15 win against Poly Tech. The game was close for all 4 quarters, and the Bucs only managed to sneak the game winner in with 1.2 seconds to spare. Tied at 15, with just over 6 seconds on the clock, sophomore Conor Christie attacked the cage from behind and found a slashing Jonathan Gaglione for the game winner. It was Gaglione’s 4th goal on the game and Christie’s 6th assist. Sophomore Alex Herka also added 4 goals in the win.
Milford won a 9-7 contest against conference opponent Indian River two days later before losing in another two days to Delmar High School by a score of 15-9.
Coming out of the weekend, Milford traveled to play Sussex Tech for the final game of their regular season. The Bucs and Ravens traded blows early, and Milford went into halftime trailing 5-4. Jonathan Gaglione assisted or scored all 4 of Milford’s first half goals, and said he was making a conscious effort to try and get his team rolling early.
“The past couple of games we’ve come out slow, so I wanted to set the tempo early. We have a tendency to not put a full game together, and that usually starts right at the beginning. I feel like we did a good job of putting together a more complete game today, and now it’s on to Cape this Friday,” Gaglione said.
Gaglione also scored his 100th career goal in the game.
Milford blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Tech by a score of 9-4, and built a cushion for senior goalie Shane Gaglione to play behind. Gaglione had 19 saves on the day, keeping up a stellar senior campaign. During that third quarter, freshman Landan Hajek scored 4 consecutive goals over a span of 1 minute and 22 seconds. He finished the game with 5 goals.
“I was just feeling it. I can do a lot form behind the cage, and I’m feeling better as the season goes on. The experience helps, but I’m also getting over some injuries that I had early in the season. We knew this game was one that we could win, and I just did everything that I could to help my team pick up the win,” Hajek said.
Milford and Tech split the 4th quarter 6-6 and the Bucs finished the year with a 19-15 win over the Ravens.
Milford is not expected to win on Friday against Cape Henlopen. It has become a tradition each year for the Henlopen South team to get blown out by the much bigger school from the North, but this Milford team does not plan on rolling over.
“We just have to go out there and play our hardest. That’s all we can do. We leave it all out there, and see if we can pull off the upset,” Hajek said.
The Henlopen Championship game is going to be played at DE Turf at 7 PM this Friday, May 18.
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