Last weekend, Milford’s girls water polo team battled through its youth and its competition to finish in the top half of the state’s 10 best teams.
The Eagles defeated Mason 10-9 in double overtime to finish in fifth place. The Comets finished sixth overall.
Milford held a 7-6 lead with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth period when Mason called a timeout. After the restart, the timekeeper didn’t start the clock.
Amidst the consternation, the Comets scored to tie the game.
In the extra periods, the Eagles hung on to secure the victory.
“Table errors happen in any big match,” Milford head coach Kevin Metzger said. “All we can do when that happens is adapt, come back and win like we did. At the beginning of the year, we thought we had a really, really young team. From day one, they kept growing and figuring each other out. I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. We kept up with some of the top teams in the state.”
Milford loses five seniors, including two captains, for next season. A large group, including Skyler Fontaine and keeper Emily Noll, returns.
“The state experience itself is good for some of these girls,” the coach said. “A lot of the girls on the team are younger … It’s real beneficial for those sophomores and juniors to get this experience so they can see what the state tournament is like and apply that when they come back next year and play.”