CLARK, NJ – Summit girls’ lacrosse goalie Kady Glynn stole the show during Monday’s Union County Tournament final against Westfield.
The junior net-minder stopped 12 Blue Devils shots en route to the Hilltoppers 12-4 championship victory at Arthur L. Johnson High School.
“She was pretty good, huh,” Summit head coach Mike Walsh said jokingly following his team’s second straight county championship. “She made some saves.”
Glynn was perfect in the second half, robbing Westfield time and again to hold the Blue Devils scoreless in the second half.
Westfield head coach Samantha Warner kiddingly said she couldn’t wait for Glynn to move on to Loyola Univeristy Maryland in two years.
“Kady Glynn, she’s probably the best player we see every year. I’ll be happy when she graduates…just kidding,” Warner said. “She played a tremendous game. She probably played the best I have ever seen her play.”
The Summit offense took care of their goalie on the other side of the field, but not without trying to figure out Westfield goalie Mallory Wesse.
Wesse did all that she could to keep the Hilltoppers off the scoreboard, including an early kick-save in the first half. However, Summit’s offense was just too much to control.
The Hilltoppers led by three goals less than 10 minutes into the game when Sara Szynal scored two of her three first half goals.
But after facing a four-goal deficit in the first half, Westfield’s Sam Paoletti scored with 17 seconds to play in the opening half to cut Summit’s lead to three.
However, after the halftime break, the Hilltoppers responded with six unanswered tallies in the second half to seal the win. Olivia Kelly scored twice in the half to lead Summit’s offense to their second victory over Westfield this season.
“We knew that we had to come hard because we knew they were going to come out very hard to try and get the lead on us,” Glynn said. “[Coach Walsh] just told us to keep playing our game and try harder. We did and gave our all.”
Both teams have more important games in their immediate future with the state tournament set to begin on Wednesday. Summit earned the top seed in the North, Group 2 bracket. They will host River Dell. As the No. 5 seed in the North, Group 4 tournament, Westfield receives a visit from No. 12 Old Bridge.