SUMMIT, NJ - In weather that would make the crew of the Cornelia Marie feel right at home, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team took on West Morris Central in a game played in miserable conditions on the Upper Turf Field.
Wet, windy, and raw doesn't really begin to describe the nastiness that Mother Nature bestowed on both teams, and the slick surface and November-like cold definitely had an effect on the squads' abilities to pass, handle and shoot the ball.
Nonetheless, it was a gritty performance by every student athlete on the field, playing in climate that would make most people change their minds about going to the grocery store, let alone play a lacrosse game.
Sophomore Katia Carnevale scored five goals, and senior captain Cecily Stabler and junior Helen Louise Johnson scored four times each as The Maroon and White improved to 10-1 on the season and 6-0 in League play by hydroplaning over the Wolfpack, 20-8.
Stabler had the first two goals of the game and Hat Trick by halftime. Carnevale had the final three goals of the first half and the opening scores of the second as she scored five consecutive Hilltopper goals.
Summit led 12-5 at the half after opening the game up 5-1 and then seeing West Morris claw back to 5-4 through a combination of draw control and some ragged Hilltopper play, a wobbly home team performance that caused Head Coach Mike Walsh call a uber-rare first-half timeout.
Anna Huntley-Robertson, two goals from Johnson, and solo markers from Anna DiSibio, Anna Turk, Emily Paytas and Anna Huntley-Robertson were all part of Summit's opening 25-minute goal haul.
In the second half, a pair of tallies from Johnson and Julia Szynal and solo scores from Huntley-Robertson and Stabler joined Carnevale's brace to fire Summit to their first 20-goal total of the season.
The flip side is the eight goals scored by West Morris tied the most allowed by Summit in a single game this season.
Senior captain Maddie Collins had a lone save before being relieved by Amy Martino. Lauren Hamilton, Cassidy Orban, Holly Reidinger and Kristin Sona each scored twice for the Wolfpack.
"Tough weather to play lacrosse in and I think we started slowly," said Walsh. "I was glad to see us respond out of the half to put the game out of reach against a tough West Morris squad."
Summit next travels to Westfield April 27. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.