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Seniority Abound for MHS Boys LAX

The Milford High School boys lacrosse team has a motto that head coach Dave Dague has used in each of his three seasons at the helm, "expect nothing, earn everything." With 18 seniors on a 29 man roster, nine returning seniors in the starting lineup from a team that went to the district tournament last year, and 85 percent of the scoring back from 2012, it's hard not to have high expectations for this year's team. But they have had to earn each of their first three wins, including a pair of come-from-behind, overtime victories.
"We are a five year varsity program coming into the Hockomock League where there is a lot of stability," said Dague. "Many of these programs have been around for 15 years or more, so there are no gimmies in this league. It's great for a confidence boost when you can win in overtime early in the year."
Milford beat King Phillip in OT 17-16 and earned an 11-10 overtime win over Mansfield on Monday. In each game, the Scarlet Hawks were down by three goals in the fourth quarter and scored the game-tying goal in the final minute.
The Hawks are 3-0 this year, and will once again be lead on the attack by Eric Overdahl and Jonathan Dague. The senior captains were among the leading scorers in Central Mass last season. "Eric and Jonathan ended last season strong and they have picked up right where they left off," said Dague. "We expect them to put up a lot of the same numbers."
Matt McIntire is back in goal for Milford, his third year as a starter. "He is a great goaltender who works hard during the year and in the off-season," said Dague of McIntire, who is slated to continue his lacrosse career at Southern New Hampshire University. "Our defense can play with more confidence when you have a goalie like that because they know they can be more aggressive."
Milford was able to get a great deal of scoring from its midfield last season, but Dague says the middies need to step up even more with a deeper and more experienced Hockomock League schedule. Milford boasts speed in its midfield, including seniors Michael Titlebaum, Kyle Kirby, and Justin Speroni. Titlebaum and Kirby will help out in the scoring department, while Speroni is a face-off specialist who won several key draws late in the Scarlet Hawks' overtime wins. "Justin is a three sport athlete who takes it as a challenge to win every face-off," said Dague. "He has been winning his share, he works hard on his craft."
In addition to the experience having so many seniors brings to this year's team, Milford also features a squad that has great chemistry on the field, the product of many years playing together.
"We started out youth program in 2006, so a lot of these guys having been playing together since the fourth grade," said Dague. "The youth program is blossoming now and we are starting to see the fruits of it. These guys like each other, and the maturity level shows up on the field and you can see the results. So far, so good."




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