It’s almost tournament time for the Miller sports programs, and teams are looking to end the regular season the right way.

Millburn Boys Soccer (6-2-1)

After suffering back to back losses at the hands of MKA and Montclair, the Millers were on a cold streak heading into the first round of the state tournament. On Saturday, looking to repeat last season’s state championship run, the 6 seeded boys team faced off against the 11 seeded West Essex squad. In the first half, the Millers dominated the possession of the ball, but could not find the back of the net. After a 0-0 first 40 minutes, the Millers got the breakthrough they needed early in the second. Malcolm Migoya lofted a ball into the box off of a corner, and Jason Mazer was able to knock it in for the 1-0 lead. The back line stood strong for the rest of the match, and the boys advanced. The Millers will travel to Tenafly on Tuesday, looking to punch their ticket into the semifinal round.

Millburn Girls Soccer (7-4-1)

This past Tuesday, the girls took on a struggling Cedar Grove team. The Millers put away two goals in the first and one in the second for a 3-0 victory. Zoe Palomaki, Julia Saggio and Ella Chrzanowski each had a goal of their own, and Carly Berstein dished out two assists in the win. The defence shined in the victory, allowing Cedar Grove a mere one shot on frame.

The Girls needed a quick turn around as they took on Ridge on Wednesday. In this one, Ella Chrzanowski took over. In a 3-2 victory, Chrzanowski was responsible for all the goals. Maggie Ellsworth and Zoe Palomaki each had an assist in the win. Liliana Tomko was huge when she needed to be, tallying 10 saves. Chrznowski’s hat trick propelled the girls to seven wins on the season, and provided some momentum heading into the state tournament. 

Millburn Field Hockey (8-3-1)

On Wednesday, the Millers went up against Newark Academy. Right from the first whistle, the Millers put on an offensive clinic. With six different players each scoring a goal, the girls dominated from start to finish, ending the game with an 8-1 victory. Meghan Boehm and Miriam Wolk each had two, while Katherine Gula, Olivia Regan, Brooke Snider and Grace Regan each put away one of their own. These goals all came from excellent team plays. Kate Regan, Olivia Regan, Grace Regan and Brooke Snider each contributed two assists in the big win.

Millburn Football (1-6)

It took until the last game of the season, but the Millburn Football program finally got a win. On Thursday, the Millers destroyed Harrison 41-13, led by Andrew Kanter’s three rushing touchdowns. Jake Zirlin also added another TD on the ground. Luke Goldenberg threw for 128 yards on 9 completions and tossed two touchdowns to Robbie Almgren and Alex Cheung. Goldenberg turned the ball over twice, one of them resulting in a pick-six. The boys saved their best defensive performance of the year for the last game, holding Harrison’s offense to only 6 points. In a season to forget, the Millers were able to end it on a high note.

Jason Mazer is a sophomore at Millburn High School and a sports commentator for Studio 462. He co-hosts the sports podcast "Down the Line" with Emory Kaplan.