Mills boys lacrosse picks up big win over Pomperaug
BURLINGTON - The Lewis Mills boys lacrosse team is looking to go to the next level and it took the first step toward their goal Saturday.
Max Stone scored with just under five minutes to go and the Spartans held on from their for an exciting 14-13 victory over Pomperaug of the SouthWest Conference.
The win raises Lewis Mills’ record to 3-0 on the season and more importantly it showed them a glimpse of their potential. Mills entered Saturday having won its first two games by a combined score of 39-2. Pomperaug provided a sterner test and Lewis Mills passed.
“That was the best team we have beaten in the history of our program,” Lewis Mills coach Patrick Schmitt said. “They have a really good team, some very good players. This is a big win for our team and our program and I think it can be a springboard for us into the rest of the season.”
Stone scored the winning goal after finding some room in the slot and beating Pomperaug goalie Tyler Nevers with a quick shot to give Lewis Mills a 14-13 lead.
Both teams had chances down the stretch but were unable to convert as both goalies made big saves. Nevers made a kick save on what looked to be a sure goal that would have given the Spartans a two-goal cushion with two minutes to play while Lewis Mills goalie Connor McNaboe made two big saves on point-blank shots in the final minutes.
“Connor made some big saves and except for maybe one turnover I like how we played down the stretch,” Schmitt said. “This team has a lot of experienced players that have been together for a while. I think we are better than we have ever been and this group has a chance to really leave a mark on the program.”
David Borovsky led the Spartans with five goals and an assist. Stone added four goals and an assist and Ben Kelley had three goals while Trevor Watts chipped in with a goal and an assist and Tyler Lagasse netted one goal.
Last season Mills went 13-5 in the regular season and was undefeated in the Western Connecticut Lacrosse Conference. The Spartans backed up their regular-season title with a 19-3 victory over Watertown in the league title game.
Looking to bolster their schedule and have some tough games to learn from, the Spartans added Pomperaug, Valley Regional, Notre Dame-Fairfield and Ellington to the schedule.
Pomperaug has played in the last two SWC Division II title games and the SWC has had at least one team play for a state title in each of the past seven seasons, winning a title in five of those seasons.
Looking to be more prepared for the state tournament is the reason the Spartans added games like the one they played Saturday and it looks like they will be up for the challenges to come.
“It was a hard fought game and we knew we were going to come up here and be in a battle,” Pomperaug co-coach Joe Perreault said. “We knew Lewis Mills was a scrappy team that was going to come out and play hard and that’s what they did.”
Schmitt is entering his fourth season as coach of the Spartans and has guided them to the state tournament in two of the program’s first three seasons. He is looking forward seeing what this group of seniors can accomplish as they will be the first to complete four years in the program.
“This is out first four year group, this senior group now we have had since they were freshmen and its a pretty special group to the coaches,” Schmitt said. “We are excited about seeing what this group can do for an encore.”