SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Boys Varsity Lacrosse team opened the game on 5-0 run, and went on to defeat highly-ranked Lincoln-Sudbury, MA, 9-4 at Investors Bank Field.
The first half saw the Hilltoppers offense execute with a pace and proficiency matched perhaps only in their win at Delbarton earlier this season. Goals by John Cordrey, Matt Fischetti, James Strabley, Connor Murphy, and Jarrett Ross gave Summit a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After the Warriors scored to make 5-1, Lax Graeb, Murphy, and Strabley gave Lincoln-Sudbury -- literally and numerically -- a "standing eight count", as the 8-1 halftime score was an accurate reflection of just how decisive Summit's hold was on the run of play, and the game overall.
Lincoln-Sudbury, ranked number-three in the latest boston.com Massachusetts state rankings, showed their mettle by scoring three goals in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Penalties and a few missed ground balls gave the Warriors the momentum they were looking for, and Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson called a time-out to steady the ship.
The Hilltoppers regained their equilibrium, and the remainder of the quarter got scrappy, with both teams committing numerous turnovers. Heading into the fourth, Summit held a 8-4 lead.
Chris Zanelli applied the icing on the cake in the final frame, getting Summit's ninth goal, which proved to be the only goal scored in the quarter.
The Hiltoppers' performance, overall, was extremely solid, considering the season is still young, and the level of competition supplied by Lincoln-Sudbury. Sam Bebout was not called on to make a ton of saves but, as has been the norm this season whether the quantity was high or low, he was there when needed.
Andrew Helmer was impressive anchoring the Summit defense, winning key ground balls, and helping to set-up and execute their defensive zone clear. FOGO Brian Hadley was especially strong in the landslide first half, consistently winning face-offs, and giving the Hilltoppers possession.
Head Coach Davidson was, understandably, happy with the performance. "We moved the ball, ran hard, and played at a speed that we haven't played at this season."
On the third quarter Lincoln-Sudbury run and subsequent jumbled play, he said "This was the first relatively warm game day, and I think both teams ran out of gas a bit. We had a two penalties and a few missed ground balls, but I think our endurance is getting better every day, Competing against a top quality opponent is a great way to evaluate where we are at."
Summit next faces Mendham at home April 15, then travels to Rumson Fair Haven on April 17, with both games' face-off scheduled for 4 p.m.