SUMMIT, NJ - Frances Workman scored her third goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in the first Overtime period and fourth-seeded Chatham upset the number-one seeded Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team 11-10 in the NJSIAA North 2, Group 3 semifinals at the Upper Turf Field.
The loss both eliminates the Hilltoppers from the State Tournament and ends their season, a campaign in which they went 15-4.
On a warm, windy afternoon, Summit's aspirations for state glory melted away over 52-plus minutes of lacrosse in which they, at times, struggled mightily to earn possession and committed a few too many mistakes to defeat an opponent that played a stellar game. When Summit did have the ball, they were blunted -- and at key times -- by Cougars goalie Tamer Luzi, who had seven saves.
Summit senior captain Katia Carnevale had four goals, including the game-tying tally with just one -- yes, one -- second remaining in regulation time. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, that goal -- Carnevale's 82nd of the season -- would be the last time she touched the ball on the afternoon, as Summit lost the OT draw and then, 165 seconds later, the game.
The Maroon and White led 2-0, but were never able to build a bigger lead and led 6-4 at the half. The tide turned in the final 25 minutes when the Cougars got draw-after-draw and scored six of the next eight goals to turn a two-goal deficit into a 10-8 lead. With the clock racing toward double zeroes, The 'Top dug deep and got within one when sophomore Rileigh Meyer scored with 2:53 remaining.
Inside the final two minutes the teams traded possessions but, although Summit's defense was able to get the ball back, the offense could not get a shot past Luzi. With just 13 seconds left, the Hilltoppers would get one last chance and, off a restart, they got the ball to Carnevale and cleared out. After three or four start-and-stop dodges, Carnevale whirled around the left post across the face of goal and fired home. A single tick was left on the scoreboard and the game was tied, 10-10.
The mixture of relief and delight the home fans were experiencing lasted as long as the Overtime draw, which went the way of the visitors. Working the ball around, the Cougars finally found Workman on the right side and she rifled the ball into the cage.
"We had trouble on the draw especially in the second half and that gave them (Chatham) more opportunities," said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh. "They scrapped well and their goalie played well."
Senior captain Julia Szynal (2G, 1A), Meyer (2G) along with juniors Bridget Moriarty (1G, 2A) and Sophie Zachara (1G) scored from Summit on the day, Senior captain Anna Huntley-Robertson had three assists.