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Four is Enough: Summit Boys LAX Takes Group 2 Title with 4-2 Victory Over Somerville; T of C Next

May 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

SUMMIT, NJ - Winning championships is not supposed to be easy and, for the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, their Group 2 Final versus Somerville definitely met that expectation.

Despite equaling their single-game, season-low total of four goals scored, the Hilltoppers won the Group 2 Title and s berth in the Tournament of Champions, defeating Somerville 4-2 at Ridge High School.
On this day,neither a lack of possession, limited shots, or the play of a hot goalie was the restrictor plate on Summit's offensive output.  The Hilltoppers had the high majority of possession and, by the estimation of their coaching staff, had nearly 40 attempts on target.
 
While several of the attempts were saved, Summit had trouble hitting the target, getting good looks but firing high or wide.  For most teams, this would be a death-knell, but Summit's defense and the play of their goalie made a relatively anemic, by their standards, goal total seem somewhat invincible.
 

Sam Bebout had 12 saves, and the defense led by Andrew Helmer, Matt Sajer, Sean Andrews, and Matt Muller was virtually air tight throughout, surrendering just one lone goal per half.
 
Summit scored the first quarter's only goal, as John Cordrey scored left handed from the slot off a feed from Kyle Waldron.  The goal culminated an almost four-minute long possession for the Hilltoppers, one of three significant possessions they had during the opening 12 minutes.  Somerville committed three turnovers in the frame.
 
Summit's shot count began adding up in the second quarter, but the goals wouldn't follow.  It was , therefore, ironic that their second goal was not actually a shot.  Waldron, looking to pass the ball to the crease from the left perimeter, saw his toss fly past a screened Somerville goalie and it was 2-0 Hilltoppers.
 
Andrew McCarthy broke the ice for the Pioneers with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter, cutting Summit's lead in half.  As the break arrived, it was 2-1 Summit, however the shot advantage was more like 20-2.
 
When Brian Hadley won the second half face-off and Chris Zanelli scored 23 seconds into the third quarter, it looked like the goal flood gates would soon open.  Possessions continued to not bear fruit, however, due to shots missing the cage and several unforced turnovers.  Still, Connor Murphy hit James Strabley with a beautiful pass on the right side of the crease and it was 4-1 Summit.
 
After Bebout made two saves, it seemed as Summit would ease into the final quarter with a three-goal lead, but Brian Rogers scored for Somerville to make it 4-2 with just over a minute remaining in the third.
 
The fourth quarter was relatively similar to the first three and, ultimately, uneventful.  As the final horn sounded, the Hilltoppers sprinted to Bebout, knowing that having claimed the Union County, Sectional, and Group 2 Titles, their journey is now just beginning.
 
"We are happy to be here, and moving on to the next round," said Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson.  "Offensively, we got some great looks, but we were a little tight today.  We probably had nearly 40 shots.  You have to find a way to finish when you get those chances and put the ball in the goal."
 
Summit will wait to learn its Tournament of Champions seeding, opponent, and schedule.  It is likely the Hilltoppers will receive a first-round bye.
 

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