CHATHAM, NJ - Mac Bredahl had three goals and three assists, and Chatham rode a torrent of first-half possession to build a six-goal lead en route to a convincing 8-2 victory over the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team at Cougar Field.
Chatham won the ball on 10 of 11 first-half face-offs, a mix of clean wins and ground ball collections, and the Hilltoppers turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions in the opening minutes of the first quarter. The Cougars executed when they had the ball, and Summit -- even on the ultra-rare occasions when they did have it -- did not.
Jack Bonomo scored in the second quarter and Chris Fowler in the final frame, but around and in-between those tallies it was all Cougars. Will Vitton, while beaten for eight goals, did his level best to stem the tide, with several of his seven saves fitting into the five-star category.
The home team set the tone in a first quarter that yielded the Cougars a 4-0 lead through two goals by Bredahl and scores from Connor Byrd and Ryan Chase. Summit had one good look at goal -- a underhand whip by senior captain Corey McManus that went wide -- but The Maroon and White spent the virtual totality of the opening 12 minutes defending.
By the 9:09 mark of the second quarter it was 6-0 and the Hilltoppers were reeling. Bonomo's goal the 4:22 mark seemed like the beginnings of a lifeline, but Chatham scored their seventh just over two minutes from the break.
Down 7-1 and in the most unfamiliar of positions for a Summit team, the second half was oddly devoid of the drama normally associated with games between the two teams, especially when Chatham scored the only goal of the third quarter.
Fowler scored with 4:45 remaining in the game, but by then the result had long been obvious.
The stats, other than the face-off metric which favored the Cougars 12-2, were not as slanted as the scoreboard and run of play would have predicted. Summit was outshot 22-17 and came in second-best in ground balls, 14-12.
"They (Chatham) did a great job possessing the ball," said Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson. "They had too many long possessions, we broke down defensively and they took advantage of it."
Summit now heads to High Point Solutions Stadium for a special, under the lights matchup against Moorestown. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on the campus of Rutgers University.