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Milford Boys LAX Takes Aim at Playoffs

Despite finishing last season 3-15, first-year boys' lacrosse head coach Dave Dague has an ambitious target in mind for Milford in 2011. "From the first day of practice, we have set the goal of making the playoffs," he said. "A .500 record would get us there and that's exactly what we are striving for."
Milford is in the third year of its varsity lacrosse program and was able to show improvement from year one to year two. Dague started the youth lacrosse program in Milford in 2006, and has a number of those players leading his team this year including tri-captains Alex Boudreau, Andy DiDuca, and Frank Furlo. "They have been there from the start, and they were named captains because of their experience and workmanship, they're very skilled players," said Dague.
Boudreau is a long pole defenseman will likely be tasked with marking the opposing team's top offensive threat. In addition, he is a good transition player who can get a ground ball and start an unsettled situation on the offensive end. "Our defense is going to be our strength," said Dague. "(Boudreau) can burst up the field and score, and that's something we have been missing."
DiDuca brings good size and range to the long pole position, as well as mobility. Furlo is expected to see significant time as a midfielder and will likely take the bulk of face-offs. "These are kids who understand the game and what it takes to win," said Dague. "We get better every year, but so does the league, and from the first day of practice they have played a big part in getting people ready."
The Scarlet Hawks will field a great deal of the youth, including sophomore goaltender Matt McIntyre. Dague says McIntyre strength is on the clear and expects that he will aid the transition game.
The attack will be led by a pair of sophomores who saw significant playing time as freshmen, Eric Oberdahl and Jonathan Dague. Coach Dague is counting on his attack to score, but also to set up other players for scoring opportunities.
"This is an unselfish team that looks for the open man," he said. "If they are getting doubled they know someone is open, and I expect most of our goals to be assisted."
Dague points out the goal differential for last year's team was only around four goals per game, or one additional goal scored or saved per quarter. That fact has the head coach believing his team can make a big turnaround this season, and he wants the players to feel the same way.
"We want to step on the field and believe we are going to win every game and if we give our best effort every day, we will have a chance to win," said Dague. "We want to make the tournament, and we wouldn't put that goal out there we didn't think we could get to it."




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