SUMMIT, NJ - Eleven different Hilltoppers scored, including a Hat Trick from John Cordrey, as the Summit High School Boys Varsity :Lacrosse Team easily defeated Princeton 14-2 at Investors Bank Field.
Improving to 8-1 on the season, Summit opened the scoring on a hard, low shot from distance by Jarrett Ross. On the ensuing face-off Brian Hadley, who was stellar on draws all day, scooped up the ball and drove to the goal to make it 2-0.
After Cordrey scored again, Chris Zanelli scored off a beautiful, cross-crease feed from James Strabley to make it 4-0. Defender Andrew Helmer then scored a highlight reel goal, winning a ground ball in the offensive zone, spinning around two defenders, dodging a third, before beating the goalie low.
Cordrey's second goal, followed by a tally from Matt Fischetti, took the Hilltoppers to halftime with a 7-0 lead. Fischetti's goal came on a man-up situation, after Strabley suffered a dangerous, head-high hit that resulted in a 2-minute, non-releasable penalty to the Princeton defender. Despite the check, Strabley bounced back up, and stayed in the game.
Despite not being called on often, goalie Sam Bebout made a handful of impressive saves in the half, but it was clear the Tigers were out-manned, and the second half was going to be more of the same.
Princeton did break the shutout early in the second half, but Summit responded with goals from Cordrey and Strabley to make it 9-1. After another Tigers score, Summit scored the game's final five goals to make the score line match their run-of-play dominance.
Riley Flynn, returning after missing virtually all of the season to date due to injury, scored, followed by goals from Lax Graeb, Strabley, Kyle Waldron, and Kyle Crotty.
"It was good to finish the week strong," said Head Coach Jim Davidson. On his offense, which was erratic during a stretch of games earlier in the season but now appears to operating with much higher level of precision, he said, "It comes with time, knowing where your people are in our sets, finding them and the open areas."
The positive vibe, created by the comfortable win, was dampened somewhat by an injury suffered by Dan Childers in the third quarter. Appearing to roll his ankle, Childers left the game and did not return.
The opposition degree of difficulty will increase for Summit April 22, when they travel to Westfield. Face-off is set for 4 p.m. A trip to Mahwah on April 24 -- starting at 4:30 -- will be followed by the Hilltoppers returning home to face Mendham April 26 at 11 a.m.