Gaglione reaches milestone in Bucs’ 11-8 win

MILFORD – At the 6:17 mark of the first quarter in Milford’s Henlopen South lacrosse showdown with Indian River Wednesday night, Bucs’ junior Jonathan Gaglione scored his second goal of the night to put his team up 2-1.

He was completely unaware that he had just reached a career milestone.

The goal marked Gaglione’s 100th career point, which is quite impressive considering he missed most of his freshman season.

Gaglione recorded his 100th career point less than six minutes into Wednesday night’s 11-8 win over Indian River (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

“It’s impressive and it just goes to show how hard he’s worked,” head coach Blake Faulkner said of the feat. “He’s definitely been through his battles, missing pretty much his entire freshman year because of a broken collarbone. I’m sure it means a lot to him.”

“It means a lot, but I can’t do it all myself. It helps having a good, young team around me,” Gaglione said following the game. “The points don’t really matter as long as we win. So, I just try to make plays for my team, it’s such a young team so I like to see what they can do.”

Prior to the milestone being announced over the stadium loudspeaker shortly after the first quarter goal, Gaglione was unaware that he was even chasing the 100-point plateau.

“He didn’t know about it, we didn’t tell him,” coach Faulkner said. “We didn’t want him pressing or thinking he had to do more than what he needed to. So, I didn’t want him to know. I knew all along, his dad knew all along, we just tried to make sure we could do it as easily as possible.”

Gaglione’s two quick goals – at the 8:51 and 6:17 mark in the opening quarter – had nothing to do with the junior attack working towards the career mark. The Bucs were just taking what the IR Indians were giving them on offense.

“We were just reading what they were giving us,” said coach Faulkner. “They kept leaving their faceoff guy on the field, so our thought process was we’re just going to run right at him and wear him down as fast as possible and we did that effectively for a little bit and then we just got a little bit lazy on offense and made some mistakes.”

The Bucs celebrate a first-half goal in Wednesday night’s win (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

Just over a minute after Gaglione’s goal, junior Jordan Passwaters and sophomore Conor Christie each scored goals of their own to extend the lead to 4-1.

Indian River (1-2) had jumped back into the game, trailing just 5-4 by quarter’s end. Forty seconds into the second quarter IR knotted the game 5-5.

Sophomore Alex Herka, who led the team in goals with four, scored a pair of second-quarter goals to put the Bucs in the driver’s seat 8-5 at the half.

With 15 saves from senior goalie Shane Gaglione, and a strong defensive effort in the second half from the Bucs, it only took three second-half goals to put the Indians away, 11-8.

“We’re looking better, we’re still making mistakes but again what team isn’t? We just came off spring break, so it’s been a little while since we’ve been able to get out and be together. But they’re coming along. It’s slowly but surely,” coach Faulkner said of his defensive unit.

Senior goalkeeper Shane Gaglione made 15 saves Wednesday night (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

The win pushes Milford’s overall season record to 4-0 heading into Friday night’s showdown with Newark High (1-2) in the Dave Reynolds Lacrosse Festival at Wesley College. The game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Even with his team sitting at 4-0 on the year, coach Faulkner hopes to clean up some of the Bucs’ mistakes from the past few games.

“We get ahead of ourselves and everything’s bright and green, and then we try to force too many things and make the flashy play,” he said. “I chalk it up to a lot of youth in these kids. We have a sophomore and two freshmen at attack right now. They have the skill, but mentally they’re still preparing themselves for the game. Hopefully that’s not how we’re going to continue the rest of the year.”

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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