MILLBURN, NJ - Through the rain, mud and slippery tough conditions, the Millburn fourth grade lacrosse team played another well-rounded game in a big 11-6 victory over Berkeley Heights.
Tensions were high as some knew that Berkley Heights Head Coach also coaches for Building Blocks Lacrosse, and came to battle with a few of his top with a few of its top players from the other squad.
But Millburn came to play with hustle and tenacity. Millburn’s goalie came up big with at least seven saves and some smart clears.
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The squad's unselfish play contributed to the best assist game of the year to date. Millburn had 10 assists on the 11 goals scored. Chace Redler lead the team with five, Cole Luber had two and Nicholas Ferraro, Drew Rothman and Quinn Barkley each had one. It wasn’t only those kids as the Millers had other contributors passing the ball up the field.
Millburn out-hustled Berkeley Heights with Redler leading the way. Ferarro, Barkley, Rothman and Tate also had a few key ground ball wins as well.
Goal scoring was a challenge as players are normally taught to shoot low. However, the rain and muddy conditions mucked up several ground shots, as many of those shots hit the mud and did not move. Despite that, Millburn came out and scored goals aplenty.
In the scoring column, Luber and Redler each had three and Barkley had two. Ferarro and Rothman also scored.
Heading towards the weekend, Millburn will have a big challenge on the docket, with games against Cranford and Scotch Plains on deck.