The many, many Milton fans that packed the rink were thrilled with the Milton boys’ varsity hockey team’s overtime tie (4–4) this weekend against Nobles, this year’s ISL championship team. The boys won the weekend for intense, non-stop play, from the first Milton goal, scored in the first minute of play, through the gripping five-minute, sudden death overtime. As one of the faculty members emailed to the team: “Teamwork and heart were on brilliant display throughout the game but most vividly at the end when there wasn’t anything left to give and they kept on giving. Courageous and inspirational are the words that come to my mind.” This was the tenth season overtime for Milton — a season of unrelenting spirit and concentration. Next year bodes well, when the varsity will be joined by a number of the junior varsity players, who beat Nobles this weekend, 6–3. The girls’ hockey teams plan on a similar trajectory, as varsity lost and junior varsity won.
Other weekend highlights include the volleyball team that went to the Eastern Independent League (EIL) tournament at Bancroft. The girls came out of the weekend as finalists, geared up to compete against the number one western Massachusetts team at the New Englands, this Wednesday. Girls’ squash also had a terrific weekend, coming in third in the New Englands. With plenty of help from their young, Class IV teammates, the girls earned 96 points, 11 ahead of their nearest rival. The boys’ squash team competed in the Interscholastics at Groton and finished 5th out of 36. Their overall ranking for the year is 4th after Taft, Brunswick and Belmont Hill.
All the Milton athletes are looking forward to hearing from Keith Caldwell ’02, speaker at the winter athletics dessert this Wednesday, March 1. Keith was drafted by Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids; he will graduate from Brown this spring.