Milford junior Evan Becker scored three goals, but it wasn't enough as the Buccaneers fell to Sussex Tech 11-9 in a well-played boys' lacrosse game Friday night on the Buccaneers' home turf.
Goalkeeping and defense made the difference as Sussex Tech rallied in the second half to take the lead, and eventually the victory.
The game was tied 3-3 early in the second quarter as both defenses were controlling the tempo on the field, unlike the second half when they were able to withstand some ferocious offensive attacks. That's when Tech rallied was able to forge the lead.
In addition to Becker's three goals, Kyle Herrman had two goals and two assists, Hunter Robinson had two goals, Justino Cosentino has one goal and one assist, and sophomore Matthew Viramontes recorded one goal and two assists for Milford. Sussex Tech Coach Don Golacinski said Viramontes has developed into an outstanding player, "We had to put our best player on him all night, because we were concerned about his goal-scoring ability. He was all over the field tonight."
Sussex Tech Freshman Ian Carlisle had four goals and one assist. The other attack freshman Jason Whaley had a goal and an assist. Junior Dylan Baker had three goals and two assists, and junior Willis Dickerson had two goals and one assist. Sophomore long pole middie Travis Quillen handled face offs for the Ravens, and came up with 11 ground balls. Junior Scott Powell accounted for the final goal.
"We are starting five freshman and they are beginning to play better together," said Golacinski. "I was very pleased with our goalkeeper Jordan Spicer who made 20 saves during the game. If he hadn't played that well, we might have lost the game. I was very impressed the way Milford played tonight," he said.
Once Tech found their offensive rhythm in the second half, Spicer came up with numerous big saves for the Ravens. At the other end, Bucs' goalkeeper Clay Stevenson also had a solid game, turning back 18 shots from the Tech attackers.
The Buccaneers' lacrosse team fell to 4-5 on the season.Their next game is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. when they host Sanford. The Ravens, meanwhile, improved to 4-7 and they played Wednesday at Indian River at 5:30 p.m.