Millburn’s boy’s lacrosse team proved too much for Livingston yesterday defeating them by a score of 5-1. The Millers (6-2) were the favorites ahead of yesterday’s game against the Lancers (2-3), however, in a game like The Jake’s Cup anything can happen.
Ahead of the game, coach Stromko admitted that “this one was circled on everyone’s calendar.” He talked about the significance of the game and what it meant to the players. He also stated that “before the season started, everyone set team goals and personal goals. Everybody’s goal is to win The Jake’s Cup.”
After losing the past two years, it was clear from the start that MIllburn were determined to win this game. The game started quickly for Millburn as Nolan McCarthey scored early in the first. Livingston tried to retaliate, but Davis Moshier quickly scored another goal to put the Millers ahead.
Livingston had long possessions throughout the game, but Millburn’s defense proved too strong not allowing the Lancers to get inside. Millburn continued to force the Lancers either out-wide or backwards preventing the Lancers from any open shot opportunities. With that being said, when called upon, Wesley Moshier came up big providing some big saves.
As the game progressed, Millburn continued to work on the counter-attack. Their game strategy proved to be superior to that of Livingston’s as the Millers managed to score 3 more goals making the game 5-0 late in the 4th. Livingston did manage to score, however, as the game finished 5-1.
It was Nolan McCarthey who was the X-Factor in yesterday’s game scoring a hat-trick and proving his big-game pedigree. Confidence must be high now for the Miller’s after a win as meaningful as this one. Ultimately, after winning this game, Millburn can consider this season successful no matter what happens in the County Tournament.
The Millers not only improved their record to (7-2), but they also returned The Jake Cup to where they believe it rightfully belongs. At (2-4) the Lancers have to make sure they do not lose confidence for the remaining part of their season.
After lifting The Jake’s Cup, the Millburn players were jumping with joy. Their reaction following the game shows just how intense the rivalry is between the two schools.
Here is the link to rewatch Millburn’s victory!