SUMMIT, NJ - 'TCB' was the personal action motto -- and his band's rhythm section name -- of Elvis Presley. Standing for "Taking Care of Business" The King even had a logo to accompany the acronym featuring a lightning bolt, meant to boxcar some urgency onto the performance promise -- "Taking Care of Business... in a Flash."
The number-one seeded Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, thank you very much, already has a seasonal motto -- 'Rise Up' -- however they seemed to take the former Graceland resident's credo to heart in their NJSIAA North 2, Group 3 Tournament Sectional Final versus second-seeded Mendham, taking care of business and delivering an strong, methodical 50 minutes of lacrosse to defeat the Minutemen 13-6.
Sectional trophy in hand, the Maroon and White -- who improved to 17-3 on the season -- now advance to play Immaculate Heart Academy, the winner of NJSIAA North 1, Group 3 Section, May 30 at West Essex High School.
When Summit and Mendham met earlier this season on April 10, the Hilltoppers earned a narrow 12-10 win. Not really noticed by many was the fact that the game was sandwiched in between two traditional, Titanic opponents -- Oak Knoll and Ridgewood -- and right, smack dab in the middle of spring break. That's not to diminish Mendham's quality, but Summit may have been mentally stretched when they traveled to Morris County.
There was no such distraction in the rematch, which came on a day when temps flirted with 90 degrees on the Upper Turf Field. Like the thermometer readings, the Hilltoppers dialed up the intensity -- especially on the defensive end -- frequently turning over the Minutemen, while senior captain Amy Martino was equally strong in goal with 11 saves.
Offensively, juniors Julia Szynal and Katia Carenvale dropped ten goals combined -- five scores each -- on Mendham and senior captain Helen Louise Johnson fired home a three-tally Hat Trick.
Mendham was paced by Megan Graziano's three goals and two scores from Kolina Ungar. Kelly McIntyre, a human draw-control machine who has given the Hilltoppers fits in the past, did so again, winning 14 out of 21 draws, but the Summit 'D' held her to just a lone goal on the day.
Summit stated its intentions by jumping to leads of 2-0, 4-1 and, ultimately, 8-3 in the first half. Playing feisty and physical and with a much deeper bench, the girls from the 07901 were able to use a stout defense to compensate for the disparity in draws, and the home team's offense was workmanlike and efficient.
The second half started brightly for the Hilltoppers when Szynal scored her fourth of the game just 1:23 after the restart, but Mendham answered with back-to-back goals 2:20 apart to make it 9-5 with 20 minutes to go. Summit regained total control by scoring the next four goals -- three by Carnevale and Szynal's fifth -- to make it 13-5.
An eight-goal ditch and the fact the metaphorical needle on their gas tank was bobbing at 'E' meant that this would be the final game of 2018 for the Minutemen.
Asked to identify the difference between his team's first game against Mendham and the Sectional Final, Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh said, "Our intensity was much better today, I thought we dialed it up and Amy (Martino) had a really nice performance in goal."
Summit will face immaculate Heart Academy May 30 at West Essex High School. Game time is tentatively set for 4:30 p.m.