West Milford makes school history with fourth straight win

West Milford's Vivian Sirnik's dominance taking draws was key to helping the Highlanders remain undefeated on the season with a 14-3 win over Clifton on Wednesday.

CLIFTON - A team that controls the draw often controls the game. A huge component of being a successful team happens in a manner of two to three seconds after a goal or to start each half. Having consistency when it comes to draw control is something every lacrosse team searches for. Even though it is early in the season, West Milford has found that chemistry and it has led to unprecedented early success this season. With a chance to make history for the program, the combination of Vivian Sirnik and Kailey Maskerines were all over the draws and the Highlanders in turn put together another dominant performance.

The duo combined to control 13 of the 15 draws taken by Sirnik. It allowed West Milford to set the pace and maintain it throughout a 14-3 victory over Clifton on Wednesday morning at Clifton High School.

"I try and read what the other team is trying to do and make a motion to Kailey or my other teammates to give us a little advantage," said Sirnik. "Winning the draw helps us set up things on offense and look at what we have. Once we get possession, we just try to be smart with the ball and take quality shots."

Having never started a season with four straight wins in school history, the Highlanders came out like a team on a mission. Clifton's Kaylee Miller scored to tie the game at 1-1, but the remainder of the half was all West Milford. The Highlanders took the lead on a goal by senior attack Trista Starr. Paige Fava then converted two turnovers into goals. She added a third first-half goal following a goal by Sirnik to give the Highlanders a commanding 6-1 lead at the half.

Clifton started strong in the opening minutes of the second half with a nice individual effort by Miller to cut the lead to four goals. The Mustangs had two quality chances to slice the deficit even further. West Milford goalie Jakke Galella only needed to make four saves on the afternoon but came up with two big ones early in the second half to keep the momentum in the Highlanders' favor.

Clifton's' Kaylee Miller had all three of the Mustangs' goals.

Following the latter of those saves, Maskerines went almost the length of the field and scored. She added two more goals over the next three minutes as the Highlanders did not allow Clifton to possess the ball in offensive half of the field for over 11 straight minutes en route to the first 4-0 start in the program's history.

Miller had all three goals for Clifton (1-2).

With one milestone achieved already with the 4-0 start, the Highlanders will look to keep it going on Friday in their biggest test of the season to date when they travel to face Passaic County rival DePaul. The team is pleased with their start, but also knows that there is plenty of room for improvement.

"I think our chemistry is getting better every day and we're building up to having a great season," said Sirnik.