Golf (7-2)

The Millers started their week with a 178-215 win over Verona, and Blake Oppenheim played like he was on the PGA tour. The senior shot one over for a 36 on the day, beating all other opponents by at least three strokes. Nate Beck ended with a 44, and Jayson Levy shot a +11 with a 46.

The boys faced off against West Essex Wednesday. Once again, Nate Beck had the lowest score of the day shooting a 38, ending +2. Blake Oppenheim followed at +3, and Richard Erhardt finished at +5, needing 41 strokes to complete the course. While the top three Millers did their jobs, the rest of the squad did not. The boys suffered their second loss of the season, 157-163.

On Thursday, the Millers blew through Newark Eastside 159-279. The boys occupied the top six scores on the day. Nate Beck finished with the lowest score at +3, shooting a 39. Blake Oppenheim, Richard Erhardt and Jayson Levy were right behind, each ending the round with a 40. After this win by 120 strokes, the Millers propel to 7-2, and hopefully have gained some momentum for the rest of the season.

Girls Lacrosse (5-2)

The girls pushed their win streak to four following a 16-1 demolition of Cedar Grove. The Millers put the game away in the first half, leading 12-0 when the whistle blew. Once again, the senior trio dominated. Both Lipkin twins scored four goals, and Jordyn added three assists to her stat total. Carly Bernstein and Ceci Muller each netted three, and Sydney Kuehn tacked on two more. Bernstein also had two assists in the win. Julia Davisson had a relatively easy day, only needing four saves to push the Millers to 4-0.

On Tuesday, the girls took on their toughest opponent of the season thus far in West Essex. After a 7-8 first half score, the Millers could not get anything going in the second half. West Essex outscored the Millers 9-2 in the second half to hand the girls their first loss of the season. Jordyn Lipkin did everything she could to bring her squad to victory scoring five goals in the loss. Carly Bernstein also had three goals and one assists, and Ally Lipkin added another one. In a season filled with high hopes, the Millers were stunned by this shocking upset.

Coming off their first loss of the season, the girls took on Caldwell. To no one’s surprise, the trio dominated. The Lipkin’s and Bernstein combined for all 14 of the girls goals, continuing their dominating season. Jordyn Lipkin scored 7, as she eclipsed the 200 goal mark in her incredible career. Carly Bernstein continued her scoring and assisting with three of each, and Ally Lipkin had four goals and one assist in the contest. Down 12-11 with a few minutes to play, the Millers relied on their stars to finish, and they came through. Millburn scored three unanswered goals and closed out a 14-12 win. Julia Davisson was a wall in goal, making 15 saves in the victory.

On Saturday, the Millers were set for a showdown with undefeated Scotch Plains. For this one, the girls were without their star player and top scorer Jordyn Lipkin, so other players needed to step up in her absence. Ally Lipkin did just that. The Penn State commit scored six goals and dished six assists. Carly Bernstein also had a day, scoring 5 and assisting on two more. Sienna Ayes and Rachel Hoffman each added two more, but it was just not enough. The Girls missed the domination of Jordyn Lipkin, and suffered their second defeat of the season 17-15


Baseball (6-2)

The Millers faced off in a pitchers duel against Nutley to start the week on Monday. Oregon commit Steven Echavarria was stellar on the mound, allowing just one earned run in five innings pitched. Echavarria also struck out seven. Just like Echavarria’s first start against Livingston, the Millers could not get anything going offensively. The boys were held to only two hits in a 2-1 loss.  Down 1-0 in the top of the sixth, the Millers were able to tie the game at 1 after a throwing error by the Raiders. However once again, the defense of the Millers became their worst enemy. With one out and a man on first, Relief pitcher Luke Goldenberg forced the Nutley batter into what should have been a routine flyout to get two down. Instead, right fielder Ethan Axelrod was unable to make the catch, putting two Nutley runners in scoring position with one out. Goldenberg was unable to get out of the jam and ended up walking in the final run of the game. In another tough one, the Millers were handed their second loss of the season. 

The Millers looked to bounce back when West Essex came into town on Thursday. Drew Oppenheim once again dominated, throwing 6 innings pitched, giving up two hits and striking out seven. Oppenheim faced trouble in the top of the third. West Essex scored two and jumped on the board first. However the Miller offense responded. Senior Jake Zirlin got the Miller scoring started with an RBI triple. Copeland Culp immediately followed that with an RBI double of his own. Zirlin and Culp were a combined 4-29 on the season prior. After two huge hits, this may be a sign to come for the rest of the season. Alex Wilson handed the Millers the lead in a fielder’s choice that drove one home, and the Millers went up 3-2. The offenses were not able to get anything going for the rest of the game, until the Top of the 7th. West Essex had a man on first and third with one out, looking to send the game to extras. Relief pitcher Daniel Cifu came in for Oppenheim and continued his remarkable season. Cifu used a fake pickoff at first to get the man on third to drift off the bag. Cifu then turned around and fired to Jake Zirlin at third base, who tagged out the third base runner. Cifu then ended the game with a strikeout. Miller’s hard fought victory gives legendary head coach Brian Chapman his 200th career win, and the boys get their fourth win of the season.

Daniel Cifu is looking like one of the best pitchers in the state. The Senior has given up 0 runs over 14 innings pitched. Against St. Peter’s Prep, Cifu continued to deal on the mound. Prep was coming into this one on a seven game win streak. Cifu was the perfect pitcher to slow them down. The senior ripped through the Prep lineup and tossed four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and 9 K’s. Unlike in games prior, the Miller bats were able to give Cifu some support. After a Matt Hollender three-run-double in the bottom of the second, the Millers held a 6-0 lead. Hollander accounted for 5 of the Millers 11 RBI’s in a 11-5 win. Robert Schneider and Alex Wilson both had two hits and one RBI’s on the day. Henry Jacobs and Ethan Axelrod also drove one in. The Millers finished the day with nine hits, four of them going for extra bases. Emory Kaplan and Luke Goldenberg were able to close it out and get the win.

On Sunday, the Millers traveled to take on No. 16 Delbarton. Millburn jumped on top early with a three-run first inning. The hot start combined with Oregon commit Steven Echavarria pitching set up a long day for Delby. Echavarria was flawless, giving up no runs in six innings pitched, allowing four hits and striking out four. The Miller bats were just as unstoppable as Echavarria. Senior Jake Zirlin is coming alive at the right time, going 2-4 with two RBI’s. Matt Hollander also drove in two on two hits. The Millers had nine different players with a run batted in en route to a 12-5 win. After hitting a mere .188 through the first five games off the season, the Miller bats on are fire now. The Boys have driven in 23 runs in the past two games, outscoring their opponents by over six runs. The Millers are now on a three game win streak.

Boys Tennis (5-1)

The Millers looked to keep their perfect season alive against Montville on Tuesday. Matias Feoli continued his flawless play in first singles, winning in straight sets and dropping only two games out of 14 played. The Millers were unable to grab victories in 2nd and 3rd singles, so it was up to the doubles’ teams to complete the comeback. Aryn Juneja and Aryan Dugar got it done in straight sets, winning the second in a 9-7 tiebreaker. Eric Jones and Seth Abrams brought home the victory in second doubles, winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Trying to improve to 5-0 to start the season, MKA came into town. From the first serve to the last, Millburn was completely in control. Matias Feoli started it off with a straight sets win 6-0, 6-0. Aarush Gupta delivered just as dominant a performance, winning 6-0, 6-1. Aryaman Sampat capped off the strong team singles performances with a 6-3, 6-0 victory. Seth Abrams and Eric Jones had no trouble in their first singles match as they won 6-0, 6-2. Aryn Juneja and Liam Pilarski finished off the Miller win in second doubles 6-4, 6-1. In a 5-0 victory, the boys did not give up a single set and added on a fifth straight win.

The Boys took on the Juggernaut Delbarton Tennis team in the quarterfinals of the Newark Academy Invitational. The Millers were not able to secure one singles victory in the match. Eric Jones and Seth Abrams secured the one victory on a tiebreaker in first doubles, but it was not enough. The Millers were eliminated 4-1.

Boys Lacrosse (3-2)

On a day that started off by honoring the late Robbie Almgren, the boys wanted nothing less than to win for their former captain. Connor Davisson made sure that happened. The senior put in four goals and added three assists in a 12-5 victory over John Dayton. Brandon Merves also had a hatrick and tacked on one assist. Andrew Kanter netted two and dished out two more assists, and Jack Witty, Bryson Escobar and Ethan Shapiro each scored one in the win. When Almgren dominated on the field, he wore the number 12. There was no better way to honor him than to put 12 goals up on the scoreboard, and the Millers got their first win of the season.

The Boys took on Newark Academy on Thursday, looking to win back to back games. Conner Davisson put in a hat trick on the way to a 6-2 win. Senior Andrew Kanter had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Merves netted one more. The Millers relied on their defense in a low scoring victory.

For some of the Boys on the team, the Jake Cup against Livingston is the biggest game of the all. Winning a trophy against your rival can make or break your season, so the Millers came ready to play. After going down 1-0 within the first minute, the boys were able to relax and comeback. In this one, it was all about the Miller attack. Combining goals and assists, the trio of Davisson, Kanter and Merves combined for 23 points in a 17-6 demolition of the Lancers. With six goals and two assists, Connor Davisson was unguardable. Brandon Merves also accounted for a hat trick and six assists. Andrew Kanter rounded out the dominating attacking performance with two goals and four assists. Sid Robinowitz and Ethan Shapiro each added two more in the victory. The Millers find themselves on a three game win streak. 

Softball (3-4)

Coming off a tough loss to Montclair, the Millers faced off against Montclair on Monday. Millburn bats exploded early, as they put up 7 runs in the first inning. From there, the Millers never looked back. The girls scored two more in both the second and third, and were up 9-0. Millburn had to fight off a short comeback scare after MKA scored five in the fourth, but they were able to do so. The girls got their second win of the season with a final score of 15-9. Brielle Angelson led the Millers offense with two RBI’s. 

The Millers hot bats continued in a 10-0 victory over Payne Tech on Thursday. Both Armie Sorkin and Katherine Soughan ended their day with two hits and two runs batted in. Brielle Angelson also tacked on three RBI’s in the win. 

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.