By Kevin Eickman
Going into the just completed lacrosse season, Milford knew that it was going to be full of challenges. After going 14-1 the previous year to win the Henlopen South, the Buccaneers slipped to 5-10 after increasing the level of their non-divisional competition. While the record may not have been what Milford wanted, the belief is that the increased skill of their opponents will pay dividends down the road.
“We knew that when we upped our schedule it was going to be a challenge, but we also knew that it was something we had to do if we wanted our program to keep on improving,” coach Blake Faulkner stated.
The following are the Milford varsity awards:
Most Improved Player, junior, Brennan Hajek: “This was a player that played varsity last year but did not see a whole lot of playing time. Because of the depth we had on last years’ squad,” Faulkner stated. “It took a while for the light to come on, but once it did he was one of our most outstanding offensive threats.”
Heart and Hustle, senior, Eli Kemp: “This is an award that we give out to a player who just gives everything he has, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Anything you asked, he did,” Faulkner said. “Defensive mid-field, face-offs, playing on the wing, If he had to he probably would have grabbed a d-pole if we needed him to. Anything we needed, he got it done.”
Offensive Player of the Year, senior, Mark Henderson: “This is one of the first kids who was here my entire coaching career. He tied for the team lead in goals this season, despite battling injuries most of the year,” Faulkner commented. “He’s a fantastic player and it’s going to be very sad to watch him leave.”
Defensive Player of the Year, senior, Clay Stevenson (goal keeper): “Clay is another player who has been with us since I started here. They say the two most important parts are face-offs and goal tending. Without this player, I can’t imagine how tough some of the seasons could have been,” said Faulkner. “He kept us in so many games, even against some of the top teams in the State. It has been a pleasure to watch him pay and develop over his four years here.”
Most Valuable Player, junior, Michael Judson, (defense): “There was never any doubt when it came to selecting who the team MVP was, Mark did it all for us. Whether it was playing the wing, playing in close, playing man down, ground balls, whatever,” Faulkner stated. “Whoever the other team’s best player was, that was who we tried to match Mark up with. There were even some coaches when we went to the all-conference meeting, who complimented Mark on his ability to take away their best player.”
All-Conference: 1st Team -Mark Henderson, Michael Holstein, Mike Judson , Clay Stevenson; 2nd Team – Dallas Rhodes, Don Scott, Eli Camp; Honorable Mention- Cohen Bonneville.
Academic All-Conference: Michael Holstein, Nathan Wells, Clay Stevenson and Michael Judson.
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