SUMMIT, NJ - The threat of severe storms postponed Old Bridge's scheduled April 6 visit to the Hilltop City. Facing the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse team on a warm, slightly humid afternoon, the wet stuff stayed away for the rescheduled tilt but that didn't mean that the there wasn't a downpour.
Oh, it was raining all right. Raining goals. Fourteen of them to be exact, a 'baker's dozen' plus one without -- until very late on -- a reply from the visitors.
The Maroon and White piled up an 11-goal lead in the first half, activated the running clock in the second, and allowed Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson to go deep into his reserves as the Hilltoppers sailed to a 14-1 victory at Investors Bank Field.
Eamon McTernan and Harry Kilkowski each had Hat Tricks as eight different Hilltoppers found the back of the net. Chris Fowler had three assists and, in a telling stat, neither of Summit's three goalies -- Will Vitton, Pat Moriarty, nor Sam Kaplan -- was credited with save.
On the topic of stats, they were -- from a Summit perspective -- as gaudy as the scoreline. The Hilltoppers dominated in shots (39-4), ground balls (32-9) and face-offs (14-5).
Summit had the ball for approximately 80 percent of the game, often enjoying long possessions that resulted in multiple shots at target and, usually, an eventual goal.
The home side's 4-0 first quarter lead was built on a pair of snipes from McTernan, followed by scores from Kilkowski and Nick Thomson, whose goal was the first-ever of his Varsity career. The final three goals of the frame all were assisted by Fowler.
The second 12 minutes brought a tsunami of tallies -- seven in a nine-minute span, to be exact -- that decided the outcome and brought about early minutes for the high majority of reserves. Goals were scored by Kilkowski (2), Greg Moller, Thomson, Jackson Tyler, McTernan and Joe Persche, who got the 11th goal after winning the face-off, racing towards goal, and then launching a wicked bounce-shot that kicked up high into the upper right-hand corner of the net.
The first-half goal deluge slowed to a drizzle in the third quarter, but Summit still managed two scores from Tom Fischetti. The period at the end of the goal sentence was supplied by sophomore Gray Humphrey, who scored his first-ever Varsity goal with just over six minutes left in the final quarter, his cannon shot from the outside -- fired from the center of the field -- hitting the top right corner after smashing in off the goalpost,
The Hilltoppers, now 11-2 on the season, next travel to AL Johnson High School May 4 for the Union County Tournament semifinals. Summit, the number-one seed, will face the winner of the quarterfinal between fourth-seeded New Providence and fifth-seeded AL Johnson.
The semifinal will face-off at 7:30 p.m.