SUMMIT, NJ - Playing before a packed Upper Turf Field, in their only home night game of the season, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse team got a Hat Trick from sophomore Sara Szynal, and two goals each from Meaghan Celmer and Catherine Cordrey, to beat Farmingdale, 9-5.
The Hilltoppers, who improved their record to 13-1, triumphed in a hard-fought, physical encounter where the referees let the two teams play. Summit responded to the escalation in intensity by dominating draws, possession time, and winning nearly every loose ball.
In the first half, Summit enjoyed a huge possession edge, owning the ball in the Farrmingdale half of the field more than 80% of the opening 25 minutes. Szynal opened the scoring, before the The Dalers got on the board to even things up.
Summit constantly had the ball, but was playing frenetically, forcing some passes and turning the ball over. When they did break through, Farmingdale goalie Olivia Kirk was making some tremendous saves, and forcing the Hilltoppers to alter their shots.
Summit shifted into a higher gear, and got on a four-goal run in the last ten minutes of the half. Maggie Moriarty sniped the top corner, Celmer scored twice in quick succession, and then Cordrey ripped a shot in the upper part of the net, and it was 5-1.
It looked like Summit would add another, but a turnover with 30 seconds left in the half actually turned into a Farmingdale break and score, and the half ended 5-2.
Back-to-back goals from Szynal opened the second half, the latter for the Hat Trick, and it looked like Summit was going to pull away. Farmingdale came back with a three-goal run, to make it interesting at 7-5.
Cordrey gave the Hilltoppers a bit of extra breathing room, and Madeleine Gramigna -- a big part of the draw and ground ball dominance Summit enjoyed on the night -- was rewarded for her efforts with a goal to close out the scoring at 9-5.
"It was a tough, physical, intense game, and we played with a lot of poise." said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh. "It was great to see the sidelines packed, and the girls really fed off that energy."
Next up for Summit is a Union County Tournament semi-final match-up versus Kent Place, May 6 at AL Johnson High School. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.