Mills boys lacrosse finishes off unbeaten regular season
BURLINGTON - The Lewis Mills boys lacrosse team faced one of its toughest tests of the season on Sunday afternoon and the Spartans rose to the challenege to cap a perfect season.
David Borovski and Max Stone each scored four goals and Tyler Lagasse added three goals as the Spartans held on for a 12-10 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield. The win raised Lewis Mills' record to 16-0 on the season and the Spartans will begin the Class S tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Borovski added four assists and Matt Borovy added a goal for the Spartans. Lewis Mills goalie Connor McNaboe made a number of huge stops and finished with eight saves.
The Spartans are currently scheduled to begin the state tournament on June 4 against an opponent yet to be determined.
Being the top seed is nice, but on Sunday the Spartans were focused on finishing off an unbeaten regular-season run, a first in the program's short history. A fast start and strong finish made it happen.
"It was a great win for us. We played hard and never let down even when we made some mistakes," Mills coach Pat Schmitt said. "I'm sp proud of the team, their attitude and effort, they never give in."
Mills jumped out to a 5-0 lead but Notre Dame (8-8) never went away and made the Spartans work for this one. It was 8-5 Mills at the half but Notre Dame won the third quarter, 3-1, to pull within 9-8 entering the fourth.
Stone scored a huge goal while the Spartans were a man-up with 9:40 to play and make it 10-8. Notre Dame got within one three minutes later but goals by Lagasse and Borovski off a nice feed from Griffin Hayes gave the Spartans some breathing room at 12-9 with 1:21 to go.
Lagasse came up with a steal as Notre Dame was trying to clear and after a quick move he was in one-on-one on the Notre Dame goalie. He converted from close range to make it 11-9 and thwart another Notre Dame comeback.
"I was just thinking I'm in all alone and better not miss," Lagasse said. "I just made a quick move and saw an opening and it was a pretty big goal."
Notre Dame scored with 25 seconds left to cap the scoring and Mills gained control and ran out the clock, spilling onto the field at the horn to celebrate an unbeaten season four years in the making.
The current senior class is the first to spend all four of their seasons in the program and it was a special day for a special group.
"These seniors just give us so much that doesn't show up on the stat sheet," Schmitt said. "I'm proud of this group and happy for them, they have brought so much to the program."
"We have come a long way in four years," Stone said. "The team works so hard and has come together over the years. Getting the win today, it's a great way to cap the season."