The Milford High School lacrosse team won its home opener Thursday afternoon, beating St. Thomas More Academy 13-10 in the rain behind seven goals from DJ Holleger.


Less than two dozen fans and family members braved the rain to watch the Milford High School lacrosse team play its first home game of the season Thursday afternoon.

But the team looked right at home in the bad weather, jumping out to a 6-3 lead early and holding on for a 13-10 victory over the St. Thomas More Academy Ravens.

“We needed a win,” Head coach Tom Pickard said. “We needed to get back on the winning track.”

Senior DJ Holleger led the way, scoring seven goals, including one where he knocked over the Ravens’ goalie, picked up the ball, and tossed it into the open net, giving Milford an 11-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

“He did a great job,” Pickard said. “He’s a very physical player and he was excellent today.”

Alex Bell, Gary Wolfe, Scot Baker, Zach Lynch and David Givens each added one goal.

“Mark Strickland was phenomenal in the cage,” Pickard said.

The Ravens scored the game’s first goal, but the Bucs countered quickly with one of their own and after trading points for a few minutes they finished the first quarter up 6-3. They kept trading goals until the third, when, up 8-6, the Milford offense set up camp in Ravens territory, stretching their lead to as much as five points before finishing the quarter up 12-8.

Pickard said the team’s weakness so far has been defense, especially in the transition.

“We’re allowing too many transition goals. We need to work on that,” he said.  “Defense is our weakest point so far.”

The victory brings Milford to 1-1, after an 11-10 loss to Delmar in the season opener Wednesday afternoon.