You ain't gonna find nothin' down here friend
Except seeds blowin' up the highway in the south wind
Movin' on movin' on it's gone gone it's all gone
- Bruce Springsteen
SUMMIT, NJ - Another NJSIAA Girls Lacrosse Tournament day meant another match-up for the top-seeded Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team against a lower seed in their North 2, Group 3 bracket. And that equated to another comprehensive win for the girls from the 07901 courtesy of game that was a carbon copy of a plethora of previous playoff prelims.
Like a confused DVR-aholic who, after 20 minutes of watching a program recorded a while back, says "I think I've seen this show already," the Hilltoppers' contest versus fifth-seeded Roxbury had a heavy dose of deja-view to it.
The Maroon and White cranked out to an hefty lead -- 9-zip in this case -- played a bit dodgy in stretches, but have so much horsepower compared to their opponent that they could downshift through the second half to victory.
The degree of difficulty will now get dialed up but, on this day, Summit eased to a 14-3 victory over the Gaels to advance to the Group final. The top-seeded Hilltoppers will now host neighbor rival and number-two seed Chatham May 25 on the Upper Turf Field. Game time is tentatively set for 4:30 p.m.
Katia Carnevale had five goals, Anna Huntley-Robertson notched a Hat Trick, and Julia Szynal added a pair of scores to pace Summit. Szynal, who was superb throughout, also added four assists. The Hilltoppers' Maddie Collins was credited with four saves in goal.
Summit was far from perfecto in the first half, forcing some offensive looks that were much more like glimpses and turning the ball over several times. The flip side was that they bottled up the Gaels clear so comprehensively that, when the Hilltoppers did commit a hiccup with the ball, they got it right back.
Offensively, the home team's first-half attack was much like the pace of the light rain that fell for much of the opening 25 minutes -- slow and steady.
Huntley-Robertson scored twice to open the scoring, followed by tallies from Ava Spotts and Szynal. When Huntley-Robertson scored her Hat Trick goal with nine minutes and change left in the half, it was 5-0 Summit and everyone in attendance knew then, if they hadn't known already, how this story was going to end.
The rain stopped but the Hilltopper scoring did not. Another goal from Szynal, two scores from Carnevale and a solo snipe by Shannon Groskoph upped the lead to 9-0.
Roxbury got on the board late, but an uneventful closing 25 minutes and a running clock beckoned.
After Roxbury scored to open the second half, Summit popped in five straight goals - three from Carnevale and a goal each from DiSibio and Kelsey Space, who delivered an emphatic, charge-down-the-middle-and-drop-the-hammer finish for her first-ever Varsity goal which, it must be said, was achieved in fine style.
Summit heads to the Group Final with a record of 16-2. They have won four games in a row, during which time they have outscored their opponents 58-14.