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Milford Boys LAX Battles Tough Schedule

The Milford boys lacrosse team made the post-season last year with 11 wins, but head coach Dave Dague wasn't entirely pleased with the way his team was playing. "Last year we clinched a play-off berth pretty early and I think it affected our effort down the stretch," he said. "We went into the play-offs not playing our best lacrosse and I think it was partially based on the schedule."
MHS added some challenging non-league games this year, including neighboring towns like Ashland, Medway, and Hopkinton who have all been playing lacrosse longer than Milford. Dague believes there are both long and short term benefits.
"I feel if we are going to get better, we need to play better teams," he said. "I think our goal of winning the league may be difficult, but we still have the secondary goal of making the play-offs and we cant to be playing our best when we do."
The Scarlet Hawks posted a 6-5 record through their first 11 games. They brought back a junior class that accounted for 80 percent of their scoring as sophomores in 2011. Eric Overdahl has led the way scoring with 22 goals and 22 assists. Jonathan Dague has added 21 goals and 18 helpers. Despite the big numbers, Dague says the offense has been a work in progress.
"When we started the season, I didn't think scoring would be an issue, but it was," he said, referring to single digit scoring efforts in four of the team's first six games. "We moved some guys to defense and we had a great goals against average, but we just weren't scoring enough."
Kyle Kirby was one of the players originally moved from short stick midfield to a more defensive-minded long stick position. Dague moved him back to the short stick, and the result has been more than three goals per game and 23 tallies on the season. "Moving Kyle back to offense has allowed us to balance it out a little bit," said Dague.
Senior captain Jake Scordato is another player who moved from attack to defense, with solid results. "Last year, with all the numbers we had on offense, getting on the field was difficult for Jake," said Dague. "He has had no problems whatsoever and has worked hard at it. He has become one of our best defenders and, as a captain, has shown a lot of leadership on the field."
Junior Matt McIntire has been between the pipes for the Hawks this season and has drawn rave reviews from his head coach. "Matt has become one of the best goaltenders in the league," said Dague. "He single-handedly keeps us in a lot of games. He plays in the summer on travel teams and works hard. He stands in there, takes 'em off the chin, the helmet, wherever, and just laughs them off."
With eight games left in the season, Milford will need four more wins in order to qualify for the post-season. "I think it's going to come down to the last couple of games of the season, which is fine," said Dague. "I'd rather be 10-9 and feel good about the way we are playing."




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