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Milford's Haley Nets 100th Career Goal
Milford senior Emily Haley managed to brighten a dreary spring day with her third goal of the game and the 100th of her varsity career. "When the game started, I was feeling very flat because it wasn't a high energy game," Haley said. "It was wet and cold and everything was just miserable."
As she's done for four years, Haley lifted the team's spirits through her standout play. "I had my teammates on the sidelines and they were cheering for me as soon as I got my first goal and then when I scored the second," she said. "When I finally scored my third goal it all went insane, everyone threw themselves at me and
they all had confetti." Lacrosse is relatively new to Milford High, but Haley has played since kindergarten. After attending middle school in Medway, she returned to play with longtime friends at Milford High.
"It was weird having other people from Milford to talk to about lacrosse and play with," Haley said. "I've felt more connected to this team than any team I've ever played with."
Scoring 100 goals seemed out of reach for Haley, primarily because she played
defense. Then-MHS head coach Jason Gelmini moved her to midfield and she found her form helping the Scarlet Hawks' offense. During her sophomore year, under Tim Dowd, Haley showed her resilient spirit. In the season's penultimate game, she scored a career high four goals but also suffered an injury when a slash from an opposing player left her temporarily without feeling in her hand. Fitted with a sling, she still played in MHS's next game, scoring five goals. Now playing for her third high school coach, Nicole Serra, Haley's career is winding down, but she is preparing for new challenges. She will attend UMass Amherst in the fall to study political science hoping to becoming a Japanese translator. Haley plans to study abroad in Japan and play either club or intramural lacrosse. Throughout her college search and MHS career, she said the support of her parents, William and Stephanie, has been invaluable. "They have been a huge part of all of it," Haley said, recalling when a trick from her mother helped her through a junior year slump. "She kept saying 'Emily, you can do it, I know you'll be able to finish it strong,'" Haley said. "Before every game she came up to me with a little container on confetti and threw it on my head, she called it 'Mommy Magic.'" The magic has helped Haley have a landmark career for the Scarlet Hawks.




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