Sports Highlights: Milton Academy’s 2012-2013 Mustangs
by Josh Pomper on Friday, June 8th, 2012
Boys Varsity Football vs. Lawrence Academy.
In one of the opening games of the 2011 season, the boys varsity football team took on a strong opponent in Lawrence Academy. As the game was coming to a close, the Mustangs, leading 29-28, prepared for victory. Lawrence, however, would not give up without a fight as they attempted a final drive to win the game late in the fourth quarter. When Lawrence reached the 20 yard line, Milton fans anxiously stood in their seats, slowly losing hope. Then the Mustangs, led by Capitan Devaughn Holliday (I), made a strong defensive stand, bringing the Lawrence drive to an abrupt halt and securing the victory for Milton.
Girls Varsity Soccer
The girls varsity soccer team began the 2011 season on an undefeated streak and quickly established itself as one of the squads to beat in the ISL through its motivation and teamwork. Although the winning spell eventually ended, it was capped off by a rare hat trick by senior standout Megan Kim in a rainy game against St. Marks. The team closed the season with a record of 10-5-2 and finished amongst the best in the league.
Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Brooks.
This year, the boys varsity basketball team played a thrilling game against The Brooks School. After a hard fought duel, Milton found itself up by one point with the end of the game fast approaching. Just before the clock ran out, a Brooks guard made an impressive play to take the ball to the basket and put the Bishops ahead by one. Captain Travis Sheldon (I) quickly responded by taking the ball up the court and hitting a buzzer beating layup to seal a Mustang victory. The crowd went into a frenzy, creating an unforgettable moment for the team and all who were present.
Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Tabor.
After battling back and forth all game, the boys varsity basketball team found itself in a second overtime period against Tabor Academy. With few seconds to spare, Nick Pagliuca (II) hit a jump shot to secure the win for the Mustangs. The crowd stormed the court and the game was marked as one for the ages.
Boys Varsity Baseball vs. Belmont Hill
One of this years most successful Milton teams played some of their best baseball against this year’s ISL champion Belmont Hill. Regardless of their prior success, Belmont Hill was no match for the Mustangs, who shut them out in a 5-0 win. At the time, this victory, highlighted by pitcher Mike Davis’s (III) strong seven innings, made Milton the only undefeated team in the competitive ISL.
Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Nobles
This year’s spring Nobles Day proved to be wildly successful. Perhaps the most significant victory was that of the girls varsity lacrosse team. Milton had not beaten Nobles in girls lacrosse for eight years before this May’s match-up, when the girls fought hard all day and secured a 10-6 victory over the Bulldogs.
Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Groton
Goalie Jake Hogan (III) began the game by warding off a barrage of shots. After an outside rip by a Groton midfielder, Hogan cleared the ball to senior defender John Franco, who sprinted up field, looking for an outlet and finding none. With a clear path to the goal, Franco accelerated and took a shot 15 yards from the Groton net. The ball flew on a line into the upper left corner for Milton’s first goal of the game. The rare goal by a defender, Milton’s only of the year, catapulted the Mustangs to a win.
Girls Varsity Softball vs. Nobles.
This year’s softball team entered Nobles day with a five year long loosing streak to the Bulldogs. From the moment the game began, it was clear that both teams were prepared to fight hard for victory. At one point, Nobles had the bases loaded with no outs, but Milton got out of the jam. The Mustangs went on to win 2-1, finally snapping their loosing streak against Nobles.
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