By TJ Millman
Milford senior Jonathan Gaglione has committed to play lacrosse and football for Capital University. Gaglione has been first team all-conference in his last two seasons of lacrosse and was just named second team all-conference as a kicker for the football team. Gaglione has been playing lacrosse for a majority of his life, but has only been a football player since his sophomore year of high school.
“My sophomore year my mom heard that they needed a kicker, so she recommended me to the coach. After one of their practices, I went out and kicked and they were impressed. They asked me to join the team, and since then I’ve really fallen in love with kicking,” Gaglione said.
Gaglione never missed an extra point in his career and this year improved a lot on his punting as well. He flipped the field multiple times for the Bucs, including a 74 yarder that rolled all the way down inside the one-yard line. Gaglione still has one season left to play lacrosse for the Bucs and plans on making a statement in his last campaign.
“My goals for the team are the same as everyone else’s…to win a state championship. Personally, I would also like to win our first ever state tournament game and to win the Henlopen conference. For myself, I want to make all-state and set the new record for points in a single season,” Gaglione said.
Though he has grown to love football, lacrosse is still his main passion and the thing that Gaglione is most excited about when looking forward to playing at the next level.
“I’m most excited for the fast-paced tempo of the game. I love playing fast and using the transition game to my advantage. I believe that with the newly implemented shot clock (NCAA rules), the game will only become faster. It’s also cool to make a name for myself again and start over at the bottom again,” he said.
Gaglione chose Capital from a number of interested schools for reasons that extend beyond the lacrosse field.
“Capital is just the perfect fit for me on and off the field. They have a very fast-paced style of play, and (Head Coach) Dom Marzano is very upbeat and loves the game as much as I do. Off the field, they have a 100% acceptance rate into medical school which is perfect for what I want to do. The school doesn’t have too many people, but it doesn’t feel cramped or small either. Right when I stepped on campus I felt at home and knew it was where I should be,” Gaglione said.
Though he is excited to play under a new coach, Gaglione also admitted that it will be hard to leave behind Milford Head Coach Blake Faulkner.
“(Faulkner) has really taken me under his wing and helped develop me into the player I am today. He has made lacrosse fun and keeps a light and fun atmosphere around the field and team. He has been the best coach that I could ask for, and it’ll be a difficult change once I’m not playing for him anymore,” Gaglione said.
Gaglione and the Bucs will return to the field this spring to try and make the state tournament for the 5th time in 6 years.
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