In the last week of October, the Miller sports teams looked to pick up their play in the final pushes of the season.
Millburn Girls Tennis (7-0)
It is finally tournament time for Girls Tennis. On Wednesday, they took on Paramus in the sectional semifinals, continuing their perfect season with a 5-0 thrashing. In what is becoming a regular occurrence, Paulina Feoli was flawless in 1st singles, winning 6-0, 6-0. Ritika Mishra and Angelina Lei also took home victories in their matches, not losing more than a game in each match. In doubles, the Millers were just as dominant, defeating their opponents in straight sets. The girls looked incredible on Wednesday, not losing a single set in each of the five matches, as they punched their ticket to the sectional final round.
Millburn Girls Soccer (5-3)
There is no better feeling than taking down your rival, especially when it is in upset fashion. On Wednesday, the girls traveled to Livingston to take on the No. 9 ranked Lancers, looking to complete the impossible. With two minutes left in the first half, Carly Bernstein pulled through with a solo goal, making it 1-0 just before the break. Minutes into the second half, Bernstein had her name called again, scoring off a rebound to make it 2-0. To win, all the Millers needed to do was defend. Tha Lancers scored with 30 minutes left to pull within one, but the Miller back line behind Jordyn Lipkin and Hannah Meyerowitz stood strong for the rest. The Millers did what no one thought they could do, edging out the Lancers for a shocking 2-1 upset victory, handing Livingston their first loss of the season.
Looking to build off their incredible win over Livingston, the girls took on Belleville on Saturday. Right as the whistle blew, the Millers kicked it into high gear, scoring five goals in the first half. The Millers refused to slow down, scoring three more in the second. Zoe Palomaki led the charge with a hat trick, and Ella Chrizanowski scored two of her own. Emily Mayo, Julia Benitesz and Carly Bernstein each put one into the back of the net, while Maggie Ellsworth, Jordyn Lipkin and Emily Mayo also had an assist in the 8-0 win. Looking to keep their three game win streak alive, the Millers will face off against Caldwell on Tuesday.
Millburn Field Hockey (5-3-1)
The Millers had their hands full when Johnson came into town on Wednesday. The away team got on the board first, but the Millers were poised for a comeback. Meghan Boehm was able to level the game at one with a goal in the second quarter. The defenses of both teams shined in this game, as the Millers and Johnson needed more than four quarters to determine a winner. Once again, Meghan Boehm came to the rescue. Her second goal of the game gave the Millers a big 2-1 victory in overtime. Kate Regan and Brooke Snider both had assists in the win, and Sydney Keuhn tallied three saves.
On Friday, the Millers looked to get their second win of the week, against Mount St. Dominic. The girls dominated the game from start to finish, winning with a final score of 4-0. Meghan Boehm continued her impressive play with a hat trick and one assist in the win. Kathrine Gula also contributed a goal and assist, while both Kate and Olivia Regan had a pass that led to a goal as well. The Millers will look to continue their four game win streak against Columbia on Wednesday.
Millburn Football (0-5)
The misery of a season continued for the Miller football team on Saturday, as they fell 41-6 at the hands of Orange. Luke Goldenberg threw for 136 yards and a touchdown, along with three big interceptions. Robbie Almgren led the Miller receiving core with 3 catches for 62 yards, and Luke Pickard caught the lone touchdown, his first of the season. Once again, Michael Policarpio led the Miller defense with 10.5 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception, a sole bright spot for the boys. Connor Davisson and Michael Leff each tallied half a sack in the loss. The Millers will close out their season against Madison on Saturday.