By Kevin Eickman.
This was not the way it was supposed to be. Late in the first quarter as the Milford Buccaneers hosted the visiting Sussex Academy Seahawks a look at the scoreboard indicated something that few expected. Milford were trailing 3-1 and more importantly looked disjointed and confused. For the majority of the quarter the Buccaneers were outplayed by the Seahawks
“There is no doubt about it, we came out very slow and lethargic. It is something that has happened to us a few times this year and we need to stop it,” Coach Blake Faulkner stated. “That is not the way we look to play lacrosse, which is not the way we want to do things.”
What followed the rest of the game was a clinic on how Milford wants to play the game. They gained their composure and began to take control of the game. In rapid succession Milford found the back of the net with startling efficiency. One play after the next the Bucs put on a spectacular offensive display.
“Once we got it going the offense took control and the defense stepped up as well,” Faulkner commented. “This was a win that we really needed to have and the guys responded when they had to.”
By the end of the first quarter Milford turned the 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 advantage, never looking back from there. To erase any doubt, the Buccaneers found the twine nine times in the second quarter to end the half with a 13-4 lead. Continuing their dominance in the second half, Milford earned a 21-6 victory with a host of Buccaneers finding the net. Senior John Gaglione led the way with five goals, followed closely by sophomore Alex Herka who recorded four on the evening. Other Buccaneers who found the net included junior Connor Christie (3), sophomore Landen Hajek (2). Senior Jordan Passwaters, sophomore Corey Messick and freshman Shane Sylvester each found the net one time each.
The victory moved Milford to 5-3 (4-1) on the season, just one game past the halfway point. In contrast the Buccaneers looked solid at 7-1 at this same point last season and were cruising on their way to the Henlopen South title. If Milford wishes to retain that title they are going to have to clean a few things up and believe that they have it in them.
“We passed really well tonight, we had good flow. That is what we need to do as a team going forward to improve,” Gaglione stated.
Milford’s lone defeat in the Henlopen South was a 9-8 come from behind victory on the road to an inspired Indian River Squad. IR sits atop the Henlopen South with a 4-1 identical Division record, with Lake Forest and Delmar fast on their heels. The second half of the season is going to come down to the wire and it is anyone’s to win or lose. The team that works the hardest will be the one which emerges from the scrum.
“We have a lot of work to do with regards to getting ready for the second half of the year,” said Faulkner. “We have had some really close games the first half of the year and I don’t expect that to change much. We have to dig in and get it done.”
Milford will return to action following spring break on April 29 as they host Caravel Academy, face-off is set for 6 pm.
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