Lacrosse: Bucs drop first-round tournament game to St. Andrew’s

MILFORD — The Milford High boys’ lacrosse program enjoyed a successful 2018 regular season, posting a 12-3 record to earn the No. 8 seed in the DIAA state tournament and the right to host a first-round match-up.

It all came to an end Wednesday, May 23, as the No. 9 seeded St. Andrew’s squad out-matched the Bucs and pulled away with an 18-6 first-round victory.

Junior Jonathan Gaglione and freshman Landan Hajek each scored a pair of goals in the playoff loss.

Christie scored one of the Bucs’ six goals in the first-round loss to St. Andrew’s (The Chronicle/Ben Heck).

Junior Jordan Passwaters and sophomore Conor Christie each scored a goal as well, but the Bucs were unable to climb out of its early deficit.

“We played sloppy early, we played sloppy in the middle and we played sloppy in the end,” head coach Blake Faulkner said, simply, of the team’s loss.

Senior goalkeeper Shane Gaglione made 12 saves in what would be his final high school lacrosse game in a Milford Bucs jersey.

“I feel bad for him because we wanted to make sure he and [Nick] Slonacher went out on a good note,” coach Faulkner said. “Shane gave us the best that he had as much as he could, and we’ve been very fortunate the last six years combined with good goaltending. It’s going to be tough to replace Shane.”

While replacing Gaglione and Slonacher in 2019 will be difficult, the Bucs will have plenty of talent returning in 2019.

Jonathan Gaglione and Jordan Passwaters will be entering their senior season; Alex Herka, Conor Christie, Zyair Toledo, Jashawn Harmon and Charles Hayes will be juniors.

Now that Landan Hajek, Bryce Wells, Corey Messick, Aaron Sollie and Matthew Hague have each completed their freshman lacrosse campaigns, the five players are poised to make an even bigger impact for the Bucs in ’19.

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

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