MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn Field Hockey Team put on a show in front of a large crowd of friends and family on their senior day celebration. All of the rain stopped and the sky cleared, Coach Pallino, Parlavecchio, and Toth, honored each senior with roses. The Lady Millers celebrated all 10 of its seniors including Jordan Barry, Emily Blumstein, Arielle Brochin, Emily DeAlto, Maura Herbertson, Eleanor Davis, Julia Kaminsky, Isy Portnoi, Lauren Weissman, Zoe Zingale, and star forward Lily Mynott.
The Lady Millers will miss all of their seniors next season, but Mynott may be the biggest loss. She is the team’s leading scorer, on top of leading the team in assists. The senior forward is on her way to being selected to the All-Conference 1st team, for the third consecutive year, and 1st team All-County for the second year in a row.
Despite the pregame festivities, the Lady Millers played host to a Glen Ridge team with a chip on their shoulder, after being trounced by Millburn 6-2 in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County Tournament.
Glen Ridge’s Maggie Smith struck first, scoring on Millburn goalkeeper Emily Blumstein. Blumstein and Sophomore Raquel Winer are both strong goalies for Millburn; Pallino determines the starter for each game during warmups. However, Blumstein got the Senior day start.
Millburn responded quickly with Junior Holly Graziano’s fifth goal of the season, the result of a superb string of passes by the entire Lady Miller squad. Minutes later, Mynott showed off her skills, weaving through the Lady Ridger defense, but getting fouled less than a second before scoring an acrobatic goal. That wouldn’t prevent Mynott from scoring though. On the penalty stroke, Mynott went top shelf, past Caroline Keavey, the Glen Ridge keeper, to give Millburn the 2-1 advantage heading into the halftime intermission.
Glen Ridge was first out of the gate in the second half as well, as Sarah Looney flicked a goal past Blumstein to tie the game up at 2 apiece. After Looney tied the game, the oxygen level decreased in Millburn. “We are a first half team” said Parlavecchio. “That is odd. Most teams in most sports play better in the second half.”
But the Lady Millers refused to go away. With Millburn threatening on Glen Ridge’s side of the field, and Mynott controlling the ball, Glen Ridge’s Gretchen Gilmore fouled Mynott. Mynott had to hobble off the field with an apparent toe injury. Moments later, Millburn found themselves in uncharted territory. With Mynott, the leading scorer, on the sideline, a penalty corner opportunity arose after Gilmore continued her excessive aggressiveness. Millburn’s next best scorer, Lauren Dresner stepped out of her usual role as a passer in the penalty corner plays, and replaced Mynott as the featured player. Millburn was able to get the ball to her. The well struck sweep-shot was redirected by Graziano to put the Lady Millers on top, which would prove to be the decider.