Bucs score boys’ lax win

MILFORD — For nearly two weeks the Milford boys’ lacrosse team had to think about their last game played.

That one was back in March when the Buccaneers fell in their season opener to rival Lake Forest.

Returning to the field last Wednesday following a long hiatus due to spring break, the defending Henlopen South champions were determined not to fall to 0-2 on the season. That showed, as Milford jumped on visiting Indian River early then fended off a late Indians’ surge to capture a 12-10 victory.

“All I could think about was the loss,” said junior Cohen Bonneville, who led Milford with four goals. “It was good to come out here and get a win with the team.”

Milford defeated IR 12-10 last week for its first win of the season. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford defeated IR 12-10 last week for its first win of the season. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Junior Dallas Rhoades scored two of his three goals in the opening quarter, which Milford won 4-2. He was joined in the box score during the quarter by senior Mark Henderson.

After he missed the opener versus Lake Forest due to injury, the Buccaneers weren’t sure what they would see out of Henderson when he took the field last week. The Indians likely didn’t even know the Milford captain and leader was going to play.

Having him back on the field, Bonneville and head coach Blake Faulkner said, helped boost the Buccaneers’ confidence. Playing on a minutes restriction, Henderson scored two goals and added a pair of assists.

“Getting Mark back was definitely an advantage for us,” Bonneville said. “We were just moving the ball more than we were (against Lake Forest).”

“Having Mark back out there, even in a limited time, he’s just a presence in more than one way,” Faulkner added about Henderson. “Offensively he takes the pressure off a lot of people. Mark demands that kind of attention, and it’s good to have him back. Hopefully he stays healthy. Having a leader like Mark on the field helps make our offense a little bit better.”

Leading by two after the opening quarter, Bonneville began to take over for Rhodes in the scoring department and helped Milford take an 8-3 advantage into halftime. He scored his first goal of the evening half a minute into the second quarter then added a pair of goals late in the period to give the Buccaneers plenty of momentum heading into the break.

Milford was able mostly maintain its healthy advantage throughout the contest, save for the final few minutes when the Buccaneers seemed to let off the gas a little bit and the Indians rallied for some late scores to make the final tally close.

“It feels good to get a win and see our offense doing what they can do,” Faulkner said. “But, we definitely have some things we need to work on. We’re still not near where we need to be.”

Delmar comes to Milford Wednesday night for the first of two meetings between the teams that finished in a regular season tie for the South title a year ago. The Buccaneers follow the tilt against the Wildcats with a nonconference match versus Newark at Wesley College on Saturday.

IR, which got a four-goal effort out of sophomore William Josetti in the loss, was scheduled to play nonconference Red Lion on Monday in a game that did not finish before press time. The Indians are home against Lake Forest on Wednesday and at Sussex Tech Friday night.


From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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