SUMMIT, NJ - Those who arrived tardy because they may have been pre-match hydrating or applying copious amounts of SPF-100 to combat the Kalahari-like conditions Mother Nature bestowed -- and, therefore, did not witness the opening 15 seconds of the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team's NJSIAA State Tournament opener against Cranford -- missed seeing the tilt's game-winning goal.


The laws of science say that the effects of extreme heat -- consistently applied -- can melt and, ultimately, liquefy a solid. Such was the case on the Upper Turf Field as the Hilltoppers joined forces with the afore-mentioned Ms. Nature to microwave the Cougars 15-0.

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Ten Summit players scored, led by two goals each from Helen Louise Johnson, Julia Szynal, Emily Paytas, Sophie Zachara and Katia Carnevale. Maddie Collins and Amy Martino shared time in goal and combined to post the shutout.

Johnson raced in and found the back of the net after just a quarter-of-a-minute, and a lava flow-like river of goals would follow, all amounting to a 11-0 halftime lead for The Maroon and White.

Other first-half tallies would come from Anna Griffith, Olivia Kull, Anna Huntley-Robertson, and the first-ever Varsity goal from Kayleigh Driscoll.

in the second 25 minutes, Summit played keep away for long stretches of the half, eschewing numerous clear looks at goal.

Still, four Hilltoppers potted goals -- Szynal's second, Johnson's second, Zachara's second and the final goal from senior captain Stella Spotts -- with the running clock activated showing some mercy to the visitors and the double-baked spectators.

Next up for top-seeded Summit, now 15-2 on the season, is a North 2, Group 3 matchup May 22 against fifth-seeded Roxbury, which upset number-four seed Hopewell Valley.  Opening draw at the Upper Turf Field is set for 4:30 p.m.