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MHS Girls LAX Exceeds Expectations

Milford High School girls' lacrosse coach Jason Gelmini had some big expectations for his team coming into the 2012 season, and his team was able to capture a league title, clearing the ambitious bar with room to spare. "We had a great season," he said. "We definitely surpassed a lot of the goals we had set for ourselves."
The Scarlet Hawks finished the season 14-6 overall and posted a 12-2 record in the Mid Wach "B". The league record was good enough to capture the program's first league title by a game over 11-3 Tyngsboro and Oakmont. Milford was also able to make the district tournament as a 6th seed, losing to Nipmuc in overtime by a 16-14 final.
"We tried to take things one game at a time," said Gelmini. "We had made the playoffs so we just wanted to keep things moving forward and see how we do. We were extremely happy with the league title, it's something the girls worked hard to achieve."
At the beginning of the year, Gelmini was concerned about how his squad was going to replace three starters on attack who had graduated the previous spring. MHS did have a number of returning players on the defensive end of the field, but scoring was a concern, one that Blair Smith went a long way towards alleviating. Smith finished the year with 72 goals, setting a new program scoring record in the process. "Blair really stepped up on the attack, and we needed her to do just that," said Gelmini.
Reba Barrows also anchored the offense with more than 80 points. Milford averaged 14.6 goals per game this season, enough to make it the top scoring team in the league.
Mikayla Pasciuto was one of the top players all season on both ends of the field, capturing Mid Wach "B" MVP honors and a district all-star nod. "She was incredible," said Gelmini of his senior co-captain. "We relied on her heavily and she exceeded our expectations. She is an incredible leader and played amazing all year."
Co-captain Samantha Salamone also played an important leadership role for the Scarlet Hawks. "Samantha was a spark plug for us on both offense and defense," said Gelmini.
Milford also had to overcome youth and injuries in net. Samantha Faucher started in net but went down mid-season with a concussion. Samantha Bobby, a freshman without any previous varsity experience, stepped in and was able to fill the void. Despite the youth in goal, Gelmini will graduate 10 seniors this year, many of whom saw significant playing time. He is already setting his sights high for 2013.
"We start right away," he said. "We are trying to get those younger players who now have a chance to play an opportunity to reach their potential. We will set our plans for next year."




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