Heading into the new boys lacrosse season, there were high expectations set for the Milford Buccaneers, both by themselves and those on the outside.
So far, they’re off to a nice start to the 2018 campaign, winning each of their first three games, all against Henlopen South opponents. Heading into their fourth-straight divisional matchup tonight at home against Indian River, the Buccaneers look to stay hot behind a deep and talented group.
Even though the Bucs are off to a 3-0 start, Head Coach Blake Faulkner and his team are focused on the game’s ahead rather than patting themselves on the back.
“We always want more,” Faulkner said. “It’s about understanding that while it’s good to accomplish certain things, we can always get more out of ourselves and the season.”
When it comes to motivating themselves, the Bucs are driven by the goal of being more than just a good player or part of a good team.
“We talk about being the best and that doesn’t always pertain to lacrosse,” Faulkner said. “[It’s] more about being the best player and person that each of us can be; understanding and striving to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.”
While there is still plenty of season to go, the Buccaneers have already showcased the kind of character on the field that will once again make them a contender.
In wins over Lake Forest, Woodbridge and Delmar, the Bucs have seen contributions throughout their lineup, from seniors to freshman, everyone has seemingly been involved.
Through three games, two players have already reached double-digits in goals. Sophomore Alex Herka leads the way with 12 goals, while junior Jonathan Gaglione has found the back of the net for 11 goals this season.
Fellow underclassmen, freshman Matthew Hague and sophomore Conor Christie are also off to good starts, combining for 11 goals in three games.
Along with Hague, freshman Landan Hajek, Bryce Wells and Corey Messick have already seen opportunities on the field. Led by Hague’s six tallies, the four freshmen have scored a combined 11 goals for the Bucs this year.
Meanwhile, defenders like Jayden Arthurs, Ryan Johnson and Nicholas Slonacher have played well in front of standot goalie, senior Shane Gaglione, who is averaging just seven goals against per game so far.
The Buccaneers look to continue their strong start to the season tonight at home when they host the 1-2 Indian River Indians at 7 p.m.