After almost two years since the last game, high school Spring Sports are back.

Girls Lacrosse (3-0)

Coming into the season with three D1 commits in Jordyn Lipkin (Maryland), Ally Lipkin (Penn State), and Carly Bernstein (Duke), the girls lacrosse team has high hopes for their 2021 season. In their first game of the year, they lived up to the hype. The three seniors combined for 14 goals and six assists in a scoring fest. Junior Rachel Hoffman also scored four, and Lana Besner put in two. Maggie Tratnyek and Shannon Finan each netted one on the way to a 22-13 victory over Wayne Hills. Goalie Julia Davisson made 6 saves in the win.

On Thursday, the Millers traveled to Columbia. The Millburn seniors trio made their presence known early, outscoring the Cougars 12-2 in the first half. Jordyn Liplin led her team with an astounding six goals and five assists, her sister Ally was not far behind with 5 goals, and Carly Bernstein brought home 3 of her own. Sienna Ayes tacked on two and Ceci Muller and Rachel Hoffman closed out the 18-5 victory with one goal each.

Going for a 3-game win streak to start the season, Millburn took on Sparta on Saturday. After netting 17 goals in the first half, the Millers breezed to a 20-6 win. The girls had 10 different goalscorers on the day. Junior Lana Besner scored four, the Lipkin twins and Carly Bernstein each had three. Bernstein was also an incredible distributor with a season high six assists as the girls moved to 3-0.

Boys Volleyball (1-1)

Boys volleyball opened up their season with an inter-conference matchup against West Essex on Monday. The Millers started the season on the right foot with a 2-0 victory. The Millers had to fight to come out on top in the first set 25-23. In the second, the Millers had total control, winning 25-15. Anthony Chen led the charge with six service points and two aces. Elson Yap tagged along 3 more service points and had ten assists on the day. 

The Millers traveled to Newark East Side to go up against the Red Raiders on Wednesday. After a dominating performance in their first game of the season, the second brought some trouble. The Red Raiders beat the Millers 2 sets to 0, Millburn losing both sets 25-18. Jason Lam tallied eight service points and three aces in the loss.

Boys Tennis (2-0)

The boys tennis team got their first win of the season in dominating fashion. In a 5-0 victory against rivals Livingston, the Millers only dropped one set out of 10 played. Matias Feoli easily won his first singles match 6-2, 6-2. Aarush Gupta took a victory in a tie breaker 10-4 in second singles, and Will Boo took home a straight set victory in 3rd singles. In first doubles, Aryan Dugar and Aryn Juneja won 6-2, 7-6, and Eric Jones and Seth Abrams capped off the sweep, 6-0, 6-1.

On Friday the Millers battled to get their second win of the season. Matias Feoli eased to victory in first singles 6-1, 6-1. Aarush Gupta and Will Boo were unable to win in second and third singles, but the doubles teams had their back. Aryn Juneja and Aryan Dugar came from down one set to get the victory 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. At second doubles, Eric Jones and Seth Abrams secured Miller’s second win of the season winning 2-1 in sets.  

Baseball (3-1)

In an opening day showdown against Seton Hall on Monday, Daniel Cifu was seemingly untouchable on the mound. Tossing 5 shutout innings, with 9 strikeouts and allowing just two hits, Cifu was lights out in a statement 4-1 win over the Pirates.The Millers used small ball to get on the board in the third, as Robert Sneider laid down a bunt that led to a throwing error, and the Miller’s first run of the game. Copeland Culp followed up Sneider with a sac fly to make the game 2-0. In the 5th, Matt Hollander put the contest to bed with a 2-run homerun that just cleared the fence in left center. Luke Goldenberg came in for the final two innings and was able to get himself out of trouble in both innings, and led the Millers to their first win of the season.

On Tuesday, the Livingston Lancers came into town. Sophomore Oregon commit Steven Echavarria took the mound for the Millers in his first highly anticipated start of the season. The Lancers got on the board in the first, but Echavarria was able to get out of a jam to keep the game at only 1-0. In the bottom of the second, Shai Abbot hit a grounder to second that was just enough to bring home Echavarria who was at third, and the game was tied at 1. The Oregon commit was able to settle down after the first, tossing four straight scoreless innings. However, the Millers did not give him any support at the plate. It took an RBI single from senior Jake Zirlin to break the deadlock at 1 in the bottom of the sixth, and the Millers went up 2-1. In the top of the 7th, disaster ensued for the Millers. After the Lancers tied it up with a single, relief pitcher Emory Kaplan forced the Livingston batter to pop out with two outs and a man on second and third. For what looked to be a routine fly out, Echavaria, who was in center, was not able to make the play, and two Lancers scored on an error. The Millers were unable to force the game into extras, and they suffered a heartbreaking loss 4-2.   

Following that loss, the Millers looked to bounce back on Friday against South Plainfield. Drew Oppenheim was on the mound for the Millers. In his first career varsity start, the sophomore was almost perfect. Oppenheim tossed six scoreless innings allowing just two hits and striking out ten in the win. Ethan Axelrod drove in a run with an RBI double and Steven Echavarria brought in the second. The Millers defeated South Plainfield 2-0.

In the final of a four game week, the Millers dominated Caldwell on all sides of the ball and won 6-0. Daniel Cifu was back on the mound and was once again excellent, throwing four scoreless with 8 K’s and letting up just two hits. Once again Ethan Axelrod led the offense with a 2 RBI double. Robert Schneider and Copeland Culp each had an RBI of their own, and the Millers improved to 3-1.

Golf (5-1)

In their fourth match of the season, the Millers grabbed their first win over Nutley 228-162. Freshman Nate Beck led the Millers shooting 1 over par, and senior Richard Erhardt shot two over with a 38. Blake Oppenheim followed shooting a +3 on the day with a 40, while Jason Levy and Casey Hein each shot a 47. Jamie Cohen ended his day at +15, shooting a 51. 

The Millers then took on West Orange and were able to move to 5-0 on the season. Winning by a commanding 57 strokes, the boys continued their hot streak shooting a team total of 182 to West Orange 239. The Millers had 6 out of the seven lowest scores on the day. Richard Erhardt shot 4 over par with a 41, and Nate Beck followed right behind him, shooting a 44.

In the third match of the week, the Millers suffered their first loss at the hands of Seton Hall Prep 170-166. Even though Millburn’s Beck and Erhardt continued their incredible play shooting a +3 at 39, the rest of the Millburn squad could not back them up, and the Millers moved to 5-1.

Boys Lacrosse (0-2)

The boys traveled to Scotch Plains to face off against the Raiders on Monday night. The Millers got off to a slow start, losing the first quarter 5-1. The second quarter was not much better, as the Millers were down 10-2 at half. Millburn was able to hold their own in the second half as senior Harrison Richman was substituted into net. Richman was the sole bright spot in the loss, as he made 8 saves and let in just three goals. Junior Ethan Shapiro led the Miller scoring with two goals and one assist. Seniors Connor Davisson, Brandon Merves and Isaac Lenner each added one of their own. Andrew Kanter and Davisson each tallied an assist in the loss.

The Millers then had the tough task of taking on Bernards on Friday. Senior Brandon Merves had two goals in this contest, but it was not enough. Bernards ran over the Millers with a final score of 15-4, and the boys dropped to 0-2 on the year.

Softball (1-2)

After back to back losses to Pequannock and West Essex, the Millers girls got back to their winning ways after a 16-0 crushing of Bloomfield. Katherine Soughan was unstoppable in the batters box, going 3-3 with 3 RBI’s and 1 HR. Amie Sorkin and Brielle Angelson also had three hits in the win, and Charlotte Toll added a homerun. Brooke Snider was stellar on the mound, pitching 5 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts, allowing just 4 hits.

By Jason Mazer

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.