"You Can't See or Hear a Brotherhood, but as a Hilltopper, You Live It."
SUMMIT, NJ - The quote on the back of their shooting shirts -- authored by members of the 2021 Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team -- is both organic and authentic, capturing the essence of the ties that bind the long line of young men who have proudly worn the Maroon and White.
Now that 'Brotherhood' is back, returning to the lacrosse field after an unwanted gap year caused by the pandemic.
Led by iconic Hall of Fame Coach Jim Davidson, senior captains of the 2021 Hilltoppers include Michael Bonomo, Luke Dinola, Austin Groce, Jim Persche, Jackson Moller and Hunter Schluter.
TAPinto Summit looks at the 2021 season with some quick hits from Coach Davidson:
Key Returning Players
"Luke Dinola, Micheal Bonomo, and Austin Groce all bring experience to the team. Dinola has played varsity since his freshman year, and Bonomo and Groce started as sophomores. Also, Jackson Moller, Jim Persche and Hunter Schluteradd experience to the defense and midfield. All three saw some varsity action as sophomores."
Team's Biggest Strength
"Offense should be the strength of this team. Luke Dinola, Michael Bonomo, and Dylan Sebastian are talented and unselfish players that work very well together. Also, Jimmy Persche, Hunter Schluter, Robbie Holmes, Colin Beatty, Conor St.Amant, John Murray, Ronan Burke, and Will Huntley-Roberston and Jack Andersen all add depth to the offense, as do Charlie Milne-Home and Will O'Connell to the goalie position."
Poised for the Next Level
"Matthew Loeloff has been a great addition in the defensive Midfield along with Christian Gohring. Face-off specialists Jake Rainero and Matt Erman have shown promise in the first few scrimmages, and defenders Tim Sajer, Matt Vigliotta, Aidan Cass, Jude Avelino and Rhett Grieco have been improving throughout the preseason."
"The Fitch Division games will all be challenging with Delbarton and Seton Hall Prep being ranked in the preseason National Top 20, Westfield, Chatham, and Montclair making for a tough conference schedule. Also, Ridgewood will be a very tough opponent at the end of the year."
The 2021 Team Will be Successful if...
"We will need to continue to develop players and improve each day. With not playing last year, many players will be stepping on the Varsity field for the first time. We will need our younger players to improve quickly and, if they do, we will have added depth in all positions, which is critical to being successful at the end of the year."
2021 Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team Roster
1- Dylan Sebastian, junior - Attack
2 - Rhett Grieco, junior - LSM
5 - Robbie Holmes, senior - Midfield
6 - Lucas Stocks, sophomore - Midfield
7 - Conor St.Amant, junior - Midfield
9 - Tim Sajer, senior - Defense
10 - Hunter Schluter, senior - Midfield (C)
13 - Will Huntley-Robertson, senior - Midfield
14 - Luke Dinola, senior - Attack (C)
15 - Michael Bonomo, senior - Attack (C)
16 - Jim Persche, senior - Midfield (C)
17 - Will Johnson, sophomore - Attack
18 - Jordan Lowry, junior - Defense / LSM
19 - Ronan Burke, senior - Midfield
20 - Pat Lumelleau, junior - Attack
21 - Jack Andersen, senior - Attack
23 - Jude Avelino, junior - Defense
24 - Will O'Connell, junior - Goal
27 - Matt Vigliotta, senior - LSM
29 - Andy Lumelleau, junior - Midfield
31 - Jay Paasonen, junior - Defense
32 - Colin Beatty, junior - Midfield
33 - Christian Gohring, senior - Midfield
34 - Austin Groce, senior - Defense (C)
37 - Matthew Erman, junior - FOGO
38 - Jake Rainero, sophomore - Midfield / FOGO
40 - Charlie Milne-Home, senior - Goal
41 - Matthew Loeloff, junior - MIdfield 41
43 - Aidan Cass, senior - LSM
44 - Jackson Moller, senior - Defense (C)
45 - Thomas Kohaut, sophomore - Defense / LSM
50 - John Murray, junior - Midfield
66 - Michael Sajer, junior - Defense
88 - Peter Tully, senior - Defense
99 - Charlie Wattick, senior - Defense
(C) - team captain
Jim Davidson - Head Coach, Varsity
Jeff Bigas, Leo McCabe - Varsity Assistant Coaches
Dave Howarth, Charles Muller - JV Coaches
Dan Trench, Freshman Coach
Matt Zanelli - Freshman Assistant Coach
2021 Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team Schedule
All Home Games played at Tatlock Park
Apr 19 v. Columbia - 4:30 p.m.
Apr 21 @ Cranford - 4:30 p.m.
Apr 24 v. Westfield - 11 a.m.
Apr 27 @ Montclair - 4:30 p.m.
May 1 v. Seton Hall Prep - 11 a.m.
May 5 v. Scotch Plains-Fanwood - 4:30 p.m.
May 8 @ Chatham - 2 p.m.
May 13 v. Delbarton - 4:30 p.m.
May 15 v. West Essex - 11 a.m.
May 19 - Union County Tournament (UCT)
May 20 - UCT
May 21 - UCT
May 22 - UCT
May 26 @ Ridgewood - 4:30 p.m.
May 29 v. Pope John XXIII - 11 a.m.