The Millburn men’s lacrosse team kicked it into fifth gear on Wednesday night in the first round of the North, Group 3 State Tournament. Millburn, the sixth seed went head to head with eleventh seeded Wayne Hills Patriots.
The Miller and the Patriots were knotted up in the first quarter with Wayne Hills’ Steven Prince putting the Pats on the board, keeping them in contention down by one.
But Millburn pulled away in the second quarter. Trevor Stack facilitated the 5-1 second quarter run with dimes to Nolan and Owen McCarthy leading to goals. The rest of Millburn’s second quarter success was due to the strong, crisp ball movement which every player seemed to play a role in.
With a 7-2 halftime lead, Millburn was smooth sailing. Wayne Hills fighting for their season, hopped on Steve Prince’s back in the third quarter. The magic formula for every upset: the underdog’s sense of belief was brewing in the third quarter, as Wayne Hills took advantage of three miscommunication between goalie, Wes Moshier, and Millburn’s defenders.
An unlikely Miller put down the Wayne Hills rebellion in the fourth quarter though. Millburn’s lone freshman, Daniel Horgan found the back of the net twice. With Horgan’s fourth quarter push, and Owen McCarthy and Scott Shainberg’s hat tricks, the Millers were able to schedule a meeting with third seeded Mt. Olive in the second round of the tournament on Saturday.