Boys Varsity Lacrosse
by Sam Barrett-Cotter on Friday, June 8th, 2012The 2012 boys varsity lacrosse team entered the season as league underdogs. With sixteen new players, including six sophomores and one freshman, the Mustangs found themselves alone in their optimism for a good season. During preseason play in St. Petersberg, Florida, senior midfielder and face off specialist Eddie Richardson guaranteed 10 wins for the young Mustang squad. With 14 other elite teams in the ISL, 10 wins is no small feat, but one the boys were determined to accomplish.
“We wanted to prove the doubters wrong,” said freshman long pole midfielder Sean Brennan.
Ultimately, the lacrosse team finished with a middle-of-the-road record of 7 wins and 8 losses. The Stangs had a bad habit of playing down to their lesser opponents’ level. An early season showdown at home against the perennially bottom-dwelling St. George’s exposed Milton’s Achilles’ heel. The Dragons jumped out to an early lead and appeared to be on their way to winning a pivotal game. Milton was able to pull it out in the end however, and won 14-11 for the first victory of the season.
Much later, the Mustangs were not so fortunate. The 0-12 BB&N Knights were poised to avoid a donut in the win column, while Milton rolled into the Cambridge turf with their minds on the fast approaching Nobles Day. The Knights rode the Mustangs all the way to overtime, where Milton fell 11-10.
The season’s high points, however, were also plentiful. Milton punished a visiting Belmont Hill early in the season, an upset win that energized the Mustangs and setback a league rival. The loss, from which the Hillies would never fully recover, led to a much worse than expected season from Belmont Hill.
Despite a disappointing end result, the game against St. Sebastians proved that Milton could compete with the ISL powerhouses. The 12-11 loss hurt the Mustangs’ record, but shocked the rest of the league into respecting Milton much more than it had previously. The game bred confidence for Milton and kicked off a strong second half of the season.
Later wins versus St. Pauls, St. Marks, and Groton were sweet, but none was sweeter than the victory over Nobles. Milton’s rivals were no match for the motivated Mustangs. Backed by strong goal tending, the Stangs won 10-8.
When asked to reflect on the season, Captain Nick Gagnon (I) summed it up best: “We beat Nobles, enough said.”
Goals by captain Sam Wasserman (I) and leading scorer Cole Morrissette (II) catapulted Milton to the first of many Mustang victories on this past Nobles Day.
“We had a good season, but it could’ve been better,” said Wasserman. “We underestimated ourselves from the start, but we finished strong.”
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