The Milton Academy lacrosse program will enter its 45th season of competitive lacrosse in 2014, and its 27th as a member of the Independent School League (ISL).
Traditionally Milton has competed against the ISL member schools in addition to non-league opponents, including Moses Brown School (RI), Tabor Academy (MA), Philips Exeter Academy (MA) and Philips Andover Academy (MA).
The Milton Academy lacrosse program began under the coaching of former faculty member and 1945 Saltonstall Prize recipient, Thomas G. Cleveland '45. Coach Cleveland and captain (and current trustee) Og Hunnewell '70, along with 3-year letter winner Rod Skinner '72, led Milton’s first lacrosse team in 1970. Coach Cleveland and assistant G.C. Buell quickly brought the Mustangs to prominence with winning records in 1972 and 1973.
Captain T.M. Chase '77 led the way in the spring of 1977 as the Mustangs earned a 13-1 record to highlight a string of nine years with winning seasons from 1976–1984. Coaches Cleveland and J.B. Barber worked together from 1974 through 1980 bringing Milton lacrosse to prominence.
Derek Stolp took the reigns from Mr. Cleveland in 1982 and carried the Mustangs through 21 seasons of successful lacrosse, including 12-win seasons in 1989 and 1990, an 11-win season in 1991, and 10-win seasons in 1992 and 1993. The Mustangs, under Coach Stolp, won the ISL title in 1989, building a 12-2 record behind captains Jon Fitzgibbons (All-ISL) and ISL MVP and All-America, Bill Hanson, who registered 43 goals and 37 assists during his senior campaign.
In his 21 seasons behind the helm, Coach Stolp developed and coached numerous All-League and All-ISL players, regional All-America selections (including Eric Churchill '84, Ethan Burnes '89, Bill Hanson '89 and Owen P. Hughes Jr. '92), and Academic All-Americans (Michael A. Iovino '96 and Tim Churchill '01 ). Coach Stolp amassed a total of 150 victories during his tenure.
George Dunnington and Tom Gagnon coached the Mustangs from 2003 through the 2009 campaign. The team went 67-37 in those seven seasons of competition, including one campaign as an undefeated ISL champion in 2004.
Corey Simonson and Tom Gagnon coached the Mustangs from 2010 through the 2012 campaign. The team went 23-20 in those three seasons of competition and produced six All-ISL players and six H.M. All-ISL players.
Numerous Milton Academy lacrosse alumni have gone on to compete at Division I, II, III and CCLA schools over the last dozen years including:
Amherst College (Michael Greenberg '06)
Bates College (Rory Baldini '03)
Boston College (Eddie Richardson '12, Michael O’Sullivan '05, Matt O’Sullivan '08)
Bowdoin College (Cullen Winkler '05)
Colby College (Sam Wasserman '12, Nick Hunnewell '08, Sam Burke '02)
Colorado College (Zach Pierce '08)
Connecticut College (Alex Dey '05),
Dartmouth College (Tim Daniels '04, Tom Pilla '02)
Hamilton College (Andrew Dassori '03, Sam Dudley '04, Corbin Brown '07)
University of Miami (Harry Pearce '12)
University of Michigan (Justin Gal '00)
Roger Williams University (Nicholas Gagnon '12)
Skidmore College (Russell Dey '01)
Trinity College (Zac Trudeau '05, Brad Hunnewell '05, David Huoppi '00)
Williams College (Sean Doherty '11, Rob Hawkins '04)