It’s not uncommon. Teams often preach the “next man up” bromide, a rallying cry for any squad that has endured a significant injury. If one goes down, the proverbial next man will assume his role and fill in capably as the group trudges onward.
It sounds good in theory, and it really does works… so long as the other players can actually deliver.
Introducing Hudson Miller: The Next Man Up.
Continuing his torrid stretch, the sophomore scored four goals and dished two assists to lead the Red Hook boys lacrosse team over visiting Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, 11-1, on Tuesday.
“We lost our captain Max Spagnoli to a knee injury a few games into the season, but Hudson has done a great job of stepping up and he’s been on a tear lately,” Raiders coach Rich Saulino said. “Max was a significant contributor to our offense. But Hudson has picked up the slack in the midfield.”
With his improved shooting touch, Miller has scored 16 goals in the last four contests, and that’s in addition to his duties as a faceoff maven.
Star attack Nick Michitsch was scratched before the game with what Saulino called a “tweaked hamstring.” But up came the Next Man, Cam Hackett. He scored four goals, dominating on catch-and-shoot plays near the crease.
Mikey Gildersleeve added a goal and an assist, and Owen Sagerman and Jeremy Safford each scored for Red Hook (4-6). Liam Quinlan made eight saves and Henry Tynes anchored the defense.
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