MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn High School Boys Lacrosse program is officially in full swing and as the first games speedily approach. The boys appear ready to gear up and prove that their hard work on the field has paid off. The varsity, JV, and freshman teams all have games to prepare for within the next two weeks, and now is the time to buckle up the chinstraps and hit the field strong with hard work.
The Millburn High School varsity lacrosse team hosts Governor Livingstonon on March 19th at 4 pm to start their season. This upcoming matchup is evident in the locker room and the players know that they need to work hard and have strong contributions from now until their home opener in order to be successful.
Varsity Coach, Bill McCutcheon has continually stressed performance on and off the field, which includes making his players into better men. McCutcheon expects a great team attitude and the utmost focus on lacrosse from his team. His philosophy includes a strong work ethic, teamwork and respect.
The junior varsity program, which was coached by Chet Parlavecchio last year, saw a change over the off-season when Parlavecchio accepted a coaching offer at another school and informed the team that he would be leaving. The position was not up for grabs for long, Syracuse lacrosse alumni Andrew Joyce stepped up to lead the team. Joyce won two national championships during his tenure of playing at Syracuse and has implemented his own unique game plan into the Millburn lacrosse fundamentals.
Though some things regarding the team have changed, other things have stayed the same, like the position of goalie, which has been occupied by senior Matt Berns since his sophomore year. When Berns was asked about his aspirations for the upcoming season he said, “We are looking forward to a great season. We feel we have a lot of potential with a bunch of returning seniors. We are very excited to make a deep run in states.”
When senior leader, Nathan Weinrauch was asked about the impending season he said, we are really excited to get the season underway. We have prepared immensely for the season and we continue to work hard everyday. The team is led by a great senior class and we expect to have a very productive and a very successful year.” Weinrauch will continue his efforts next year as a lacrosse player at Hamilton College. Nathan is excited for his final year and hopes the team's hard work will lead to a state title, a goal shared by all of his senior peers.
The effort that the team has put forth was displayed on day one of practice when the only thing that could stop the team from practicing was the light. The team surpassed its practice end time of seven o’clock and was shut down only when the lights at Nigel Field turned to darkness at eight o’clock last Friday night.
Likewise, the freshman team is running up to par. Though some of the eighth grade players from last season have moved on to private and boarding schools, the team has put together a closely knit group that is excited to start their high school lacrosse careers. As in previous years, Coach Mark Friedrich, who is also a faculty member at MHS, will lead the team.
This very established Millburn lacrosse program has had many good seasons, including making the state tournament last year, and this year has had a great start, with a great positive attitude from all of the players. Four-year Millburn laxer, Tyler Alexander addressed his teammates after last Saturday’s very productive practice, saying “Keep up the awesome work everyone! We're sticking to our goal of having a positive attitude so far and we are all giving it our all when we step on the field.”
The team has coined the phrase “All In,” as its team motto. The New York Giants had the same slogan when they reached their full potential and won the Super Bowl in the 2011 football season. The Millburn Lacrosse players are hoping for a similar result.