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Milford Lacrosse Looks to Return to Postseason

First-year head coach Jeff Bachey wasn't sure what to expect when he took over a Milford boys' lacrosse team that had graduated a good chunk of its starting lineup from last season, but early on he has been pleasantly surprised by what he's seen.
"I knew they lost most of the starting roster, but it's fantastic to see the talent we have back this year," he said. "We have eight seniors, leadership at the goalie position, and speed at all positions. It's more than I could have dreamed of."
Senior Owen Mulcahy will get the nod in goal this season for the Scarlet Hawks. He sat last year behind a senior and Bachey says his new goalie appears ready to step into the starting role. "He's a good communicator and very sound technically," said Bachey. "He was voted as one of the three captains. It's good to have leadership between the pipes because that's where it all starts. He can direct traffic."
Seniors Andrew Garber and Brad White are also moving into larger, leadership roles with the 2014 team. "Andrew is a big, tall, athletic guy with a strong shot, he's also a great communicator," said Bachey. "Brad is the silent but confident leader, he leads by example. Everyone tries to emulate his work ethic.
"That's a great trait of this team, every guy is pushing each other to be better and give even more effort."
Milford finished last season just out of the playoff picture, and Bachey hopes to get the Hawks back to the sectional tournament this spring. The Cincinnati, Ohio native is a former high school lacrosse player who has worked with girls junior varsity programs over the past few years. There are many differences between boys and girls lacrosse, but Bachey says the transition has not been difficult.
"It's been easier in a lot of ways, there's not nearly as many rules and you can have more freedom and improvisation in your offense," he said. "It's a change of pace and a change of mindset. I'm trying to rise to the occasion and the guys are working right along with me."
Bachey has a number of other upperclassmen, who will be taking their turn in the regular lineup after playing behind seniors last year. Mike Mason, Jared Balzarini, and Ryan Keane all enter their final season. "These guys are chomping at the big to start playing together," said Bachey.
Milford will also rely on junior Matt LeBlanc, who's only "problem" might be the fact that he's too unselfish. "Matt is incredibly quick and skilled, but the biggest thing we need him to do is look to shoot more," said Bachey. "He can rip a shot from just about anywhere on the field, so we need him to do that."
Milford's schedule includes a number of local teams, including Hopedale, and Hopkinton. The Scarlet Hawks are, weather permitting, scheduled to open the season Friday against Bellingham.




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