LIVINGSTON, NJ - Millburn has always been considered a baseball town, but over the last few years, the youth lacrosse program is also making a splash. This past weekend’s Livingston lacrosse tournament was filled with Millburn jerseys.
"The [sic] Lax culture is so cool, it’s like one big tailgate," Fourth Grade Coach Scott Redler said. "You have parents and kids hanging out, eating heros and pizza, listening to music and supporting the other grades."
"Parents were walking around cheering and watching each others' kids play. It’s a great way to get to know other parents and kids in the town," said coach Mitch Barkley. "It creates town comradery."
The third-grade team numbers are growing, as they had two teams entered and had a strong showing. Coach Gregg Edell, Chris Walsh and Chris Franklin are developing a group of young players with lots of potential.
The fourth-grade had the best showing of the three grade levels at the tournament, with a clean sweep. The squad won all five of their games starting Friday night against host Livingston with a 10-6 win.
Saturday morning they did get a bit of a scare from undefeated Tenafly, as they went down 1-0 in the first few minutes, but they regrouped lead by a big defensive effort from Drew Rothman and Brenden Nettune. Chace Redler sparked the offense with Cole Luber to then score a few fast goals, setting the boys on a path to win 7-4.
Additionally, Quinn Barkley did a sufficient job stabilizing the middle and moving the ball.
Verona was next, but the game was not a competitive match, as it was 12-3 Millburn. A 9-4 win versus Caldwell followed.
The last game of the slate was supposed to be a tough one vs Westfield. But the team put in a good effort, knocking off the Westfield squad 8-4.
However, Westfield had a split team at the game. They will bring their full group to a rematch this Friday night in Millburn. The two-year undefeated streak has now reached 34-0. There are another 10 or so games to go standing between Millburn and a truly unprecedented run of dominance at the local level.
Additionally, the fifth grade split teams amongst two tournaments to make sure all the kids had more than enough playing time to let all levels grow and advances. The fifth-grade boys showed plenty of hustle and heart.