Lacrosse title emotional one for coach Mills

Matt Veno
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BROOKFIELD - Stu Mills isn't one who's often lost for words.
But the 49-year-old Bass River resident was just that last night after coaching the Truro Townsview Estates Bearcats to their second provincial title in three years with an 8-4 victory over the Sackville Wolves in Brookfield.
Mills suffered three broken ribs, a neck injury and several lacerations after a five-tonne truck slammed into the toll booth he was working in at the Cobequid Pass on April 20.
"I really don't think I can put it into words," said the ex-military sergeant after a pause when asked what winning the title felt like. "It's just an awesome feeling. I've looked at pictures of the accident and by rights I shouldn't be here. So to be able to do this with these guys is an awesome feeling."
Mills said it was an emotional night.
"It's hard to put it into words without getting choked up."
Less than a week after the accident Mills returned to coach the team to a 12-1-1 record and Metro minor league regular-season title.
The championship caps a run of three consecutive appearances in the final for Truro, which won the title in 2007 and finished as runners-up a year ago.
After coming into the contest with a 4-3 Game 1 victory, Truro took control early, opening a 4-1 lead in the first period. It never looked back.
Jon Mattix and Robert MacNevin netted two goals apiece with single tallies coming from Todd Myette, John Moffatt, Colton Brown and Lee Davidson.
Matt Fitzgerald was the winning netminder.
"That really got us going," Mills said.
"And we didn't lose our cool. There have been times where we had a lead and lost it and had to get it back. But we stayed out of the box and it was an all-around team effort."

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Organizations: Metro inc.

Geographic location: BROOKFIELD, Bass River

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