MILLBURN, NJ — After an incredible run to capture the Group 3 State Championship last November, the Millburn Boys Soccer team finally received their championship rings in a halftime ceremony during Thursday night's boys basketball game against Livingston.
The team assembled together at mid court, where each player had their name read off, and received a championship ring. The sectional and state championship trophies were also present, mementos of an incredible season that ended in even more incredible fashion.
For Senior Captain Alex Migoya, the ring ceremony was the capper to an incredible year, one that he was proud to share with his teammates.
"It's really something special," Migoya said. "I love all of my teammates. The way we went out, I'm just so proud, I'm still so proud, and it's something that I will carry with me forever. Obviously it was huge for the seniors to win in their last year playing high school soccer, and it's a memory I'll always have."
Migoya also said that with the presentation of the rings, the feeling of being a state champion has started to sink in, although he would love to have one more year of high school soccer to play.
Each ring bears the Millburn Athletic Department "M" on top in the school's signature blue. On one side, the player's name and number sit over five stars that represent each of the titles won by the program. The other side recognizes the group and year of the title win.
And on the inside of the ring, the final line of the poem Invictus, by William Henley, which reads "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." The poem was used by the coaches to fire up the team this year and adds a personal touch to the ring.
For head coach Jason Robinson, who won his second state title last season, the ring ceremony is always special, no matter how may times he does it.
"For me, it's always going to be the first one, because it's always going to be with a different group of guys," Robinson said. "We talked about it a lot this year. This team wasn't the team that was in the finals last year. The front of the jersey was, but that was all.
"It's a different team every year, a different journey, and we'll see how well we can do every year. That's the ultimate goal. So it'll never get old, ever."
With the 2019 season officially in the books, Robinson is now turning his attention to next year. Keeping his players healthy and coming into the season with a full head of steam are two things he woants to accomplish.
But for one final night, the Millburn Boys Soccer team was able to gather together in celebration, and enjoy the rewards of a well-earned journey.
The 2019 Millburn Boys Soccer Team; State Champs Now and Forever:
SENIOR CAPTAINS; Rahul Aggurwal, Aidan Grigorian, Rory McLaughlin and Alex Migoya. SENIORS; Alex Dorfsnider, Kyle Jacobs, Jason Kopito, Dhanuk Lal, Zach Parker, Peter Powar, Griffin Schwartz, Owen Togher and Austin Wolk. JUNIORS; Omar Aly, Zach Barr, Ryan Garfinkle, Alex Marx, Jason Mazer, Malcolm Migoya and Blake Wiseman. SOPHOMORES; Fernando Didier, Zach Evenchick, Tomas Santos and Will Tokar. FRESHMEN; Baruch Akwaboah. HEAD COACH; Jason Robinson. ASISSTANT COACHES; Frank Gontier and Meesh Sapsai. ATHLETIC TRAINERS; Gianni Nasonte and Mackenzie Barton.