No Dawgs Allowed: Milton Dominates
by Caroline McCammond on Friday, December 5th, 2014
From the screaming at the pep rally to the cheering throughout the games, Milton-Nobles day is filled with an energy that highlights Milton’s community and spirit. Teachers and students alike come out to support the Mustangs as they battle the Bulldogs. The day presented many Milton teams with fierce matches where their resilience and skill bled through—with a mix of orange and blue. For football, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball, coaches and players agree these games were some of the most important—and best—of the season.
After a slow start to the 2014 football season, the Mustangs picked up momentum and ended the season with a resounding 40-7 win against Nobles. The score was not the only remarkable feat for the team; the victory marked Coach MacDonald 200th career win. “The whole season is ruined if you don’t beat Nobles,” Coach MacDonald said, and the players proved their excellence, finishing the Nobles game with a 33-point lead. Standouts included Seniors Jeffrey Brown, Bobby Gilmore, Ethan Webster-Zinn, Jonathan Lawson, Charlie Stenhouse, and Junior Domenic Cozier, who scored three touchdowns. The team, one of the best in the ISL, played extremely well and the Senior class led the Mustangs to a trumphant victory.
Nobles’ day provided a pivotal opportunity for field hockey to contend for play-offs as the Mustangs entered the match with an overall record of 8-5-2. Traditionally, the field hockey game against Nobles has always been close, and this game was no different, with both teams performing at a very high level. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were able to pull out the win this season, ending the game 2-1. Head coach Britney Carr commented, “despite the team’s slow start, we dominated the second half. We had a goal called back, and so many near chances.” The Mustangs left their hearts on the field, and, had there been just a few more minutes left on the clock, the end result could have been very different.
Like field hockey, the girls’ soccer game against Nobles was one of the most competitive of the season. The Mustangs fought hard, and only let one goal slide in. The game was key for Nobles because a loss or tie would have cost them the league title. Milton finished 9-7-3, a record that demonstrates the hard work and determination the Mustangs exhibited throughout the season and post-season. Head coach Peter Kahn underscored the team’s drive, as the “girls played really well on [Nobles’ Day], but it just didn’t go our way. They should be proud of the effort they put in that day and all season long.” Despite their loss, the Milton girls’ soccer team ended the Nobles game, and the season, with an excellent show of skill.
The boys’ soccer Milton-Nobles’ game highlighted how well matched these rivalry games can be. The Mustangs held an unbelievable record of 14-0-3 going into the game. Mark Leon demonstrated the team’s skills as he scored on a penalty kick during the first half—giving the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs came back and scored in the closing minutes of the game. Head coach Chris Kane described the game as “a well played and hard fought contest in which both teams had great chances to score.” The defense, led by goalkeeper Conor McManamy and centerbacks Chris Lewis and Adam Bramson, anchored the team as all three shut down the Bulldogs for most of the game.
Midway through the 2014 volleyball season, Milton blanked Nobles 3-0. This past Nobles’ Day was the deciding game for both teams–if the Mustangs lost then the ISL title would have to be shared with Nobles. According to head coach Derek Palmore, the girls’ “up-tempo offense and aggressive/consistent serving” is what separated this Nobles’ match from the rest of the season’s. The game was filled with highlights, but the most remarkable aspect was the fans. After the ‘Stangs won their second consecutive title and beat the Bulldogs 3-0, passionate Milton fans stormed the court.
The fall 2014 Milton-Nobles day proved to be one of the most competitive yet, as teams from both schools reached for ISL titles and spots in the playoffs.
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