Defense Doesn't Rest as Summit High Boys Lacrosse Shuts Down Westfield, 5-2

Will Vitton had 12 saves as Summit beat Westfield, 5-2. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - Under threatening skies at Investors Bank Field, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team -- for the third straight game to open their season -- faced an opponent whose nature matched the looming weather pattern.

On this day, the foe was Westfield, a match-up that would complete the tough triad of tests that began with a victory at Seton Hall Prep and was followed by a weekend loss at Delbarton.

Given the circumstance, Summit had to be ready and likely wanted to prove their bouncebackability. The Maroon & White validated those criteria and then some, delivering a top-to-bottom quality performance to defeat the Blue Devils, a bona-fide quality adversary, 5-2 to win their second game of the young campaign.

Sign Up for E-News

Sophomore Harry Kilkowski and senior captain Corey McManus each had two goals, and Will Vitton produced 12 big saves to pace Summit, who were strong in all phases and held the lead for the game's final 27 minutes.

The Blue Devils opened the scoring at the 11:28 mark when Nick Bond scored. For the next 11-plus minutes, both teams' defenses took turns stymieing the offenses, either by dispossessing them of the ball, or through solid stops from the goalies.

The Hilltoppers finally broke through when, on a man-up situation, Chris Fowler found McManus who rifled a shot past Westfield's Jack McCauley to knot things at 1-1.

Things stayed defensive for the high-majority of the second quarter until Kilkowski turned and fired past McCauley at the 3:02 mark to put Summit ahead 2-1, which is how the teams went to the break.

Kilkowski struck again at the 6:50 mark of the third quarter, using a swivel move to beat his defender, but Westfield came right back just over a minute later through Matt Rittendale, and the Summit lead was trimmed back to one at 3-2 heading to the final quarter.

A two-goal lead in a lacrosse game can vanish in the blink of an eye, but when sophomore Greg Moller drove to his right and bounced a shot high into the net, the Hilltoppers' 4-2 lead -- given the game's defensive vibe -- seemed huge.

Vitton and the defense in front of him held the fort the rest of the way, and McManus added an insurance goal with 2:51 remaining, off an assist from Kilkowski, to cement the result.

Summit came out on top in the stat battle, claiming an edge in face-offs (6-4), ground balls (20-17), and shots (38-31).

"We looked at a lot of film, learned from mistakes we made, and stepped up defensively," said Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson. "We improved our overall play from the last game and beat a very good team today."

Summit stays home to next face Old Bridge April 6. Face-off at Investors Bank Field is set for 4:30 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Summit Police Blotter

May 29, 2018

5/15 - Sean M. Reidy, 52, of Summit was arrested on a contempt of court warrant out of Summit. Mr. Reidy was able to post bail and released with a pending court date.

5/18 - At 1615 hours a report was taken for a theft from a Springfield Avenue business. The incident occurred at approximately 1031 hours when a white female entered the business and removed a blue Ramy Brook Blouse from a rack.

Bridges Outreach: Miracles in Manhattan

June 17, 2018

Bridges Outreach: Miracles in Manhattan (and elsewhere)

My good friend Joan Olszewski reached out to me the other day to tell me the Friday, June 8, Bridges Outreach run to Manhattan needed volunteers, “Let’s go,” she said.  The lunches were provided by Pimco, a dedicated corporate sponsor of Bridges, so all we needed were some bodies and the love necessary to offer food ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Looks at Media M&As, Fed's Hike Strategy

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on FOX Business AM discussing M&A in the media industry and the Fed's path to four hikes in 2018:

​​​​​​For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio ...

Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Returns -- Beware the Taxman

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

Video: In The Zone with Christa Anderson

A must watch for anyone considering renovations, here is a recent interview that I conducted -- on my HomeTowne TV Show called “Are You Ready for Life?” -- with Christa Anderson, City of Summit Zoning Officer, to discuss the nuances within the variance process.

I asked Christa to shed some insight into the approval process, explain why it’s necessary, and ...

Hello, Neighbors

Hi, Summit families!

My name is Betsy Stoeber and I’ve been the owner and director at the specialized learning center Brain Balance of Summit since 2011. I first encountered Brain Balance the year before we opened as a parent. My own son participated in our innovative program at the center in Norwalk, CT, to address a number of learning challenges.

Traveling there three times per week ...

A Date with Destiny

Leslie. . . it would be the bomb . . .  if we could go to prom . . . together.


For the record, Leslie is my wife, and this is my openly public attempt at a promposal.  


My twin high school seniors taught me about promposals, those cute, showy, and sometimes over-the-top ways of asking someone special to prom.  This year they have been on both the ...