MILTON – In the team's first game in over a year, the Yellow Jackets celebrated nine seniors and took on BFA-Fairfax. The Bullets came out on top, 7-5, after a close match-up.
Milton's seniors were honored April 17 with photographs, signs and balloons organized by dedicated parents. When each senior's name was announced, he ran to the center of the field to stand for a photo with his family. Hugs were shared and a few tears were shed.
From the announcer's box, Milton Athletic Director Marcel Choquette wished the seniors the best in their future endeavors.
"They have contributed on the field and in the classroom with other athletes, their coaches and their peers," he said. "And now for the words we've been waiting to hear, let's play a game."
Milton scored first, kicking off what Head Coach Trevor Wagar said was a game that met his expectations. Yellow Jacket scorers included senior Zack Kay, senior Cole Deuso, junior Logan Forkay and senior Dustin Brunelle.
Milton goalie Alex Thompson, a junior, made 4 saves, and junior Chaz Larivee made 3.
"Overall the game was a bit what we expected, in that we were a bit unorganized and we lacked in a few facets of the game," Wagar said. "We dominated possession, but couldn't score enough to climb back in fully and get the win."
Wagar was proud of the Yellow Jacket defense, which handled the ball quickly and deftly. This week in practice, the team will be working to improve its coordination between offense and defense.
Saturday's win for Fairfax was the first in the program's history. Fairfax boys played on the Milton team for many years before finally garnering enough interest to launch its own program this year.
"It's been great having their players play with us over over the last few years and seeing them develop and grow," Wagar said. "Now that they have a high school team, I couldn't be happier for the game of lacrosse in this area. I hope to have some good battles in the future."
Milton Boys Varsity Lacrosse will next play at 4 p.m. Friday, April 23 at St. Albans.