'Rox, Buried: Summit H.S. Girls Lacrosse to Face Mendham in Sectional Final After Blowing Past Gaels, 16-4

Katia Carnevale's shot skims over the crossbar. The junior delivered one of four Hilltopper Hat Tricks in Summit's win. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - Four Hilltoppers notched three-goal Hat Tricks, and the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team is headed to the NJSIAA North 2, Group 3 Final after flying past Roxbury, 16-4, on the Upper Turf Field. The number-one seeded Maroon and White will face second-seeded Mendham in the Sectional decider, after the second-seeded Minutemen edge three-seed Chatham, 11-10, in the other semifinal.

Seniors Emily Paytas, along with juniors Katia Carnevale, Anna Griffith and Julia Szynal, all each had a trio of tallies, and senior captain Amy Martino had four saves in goal for Summit, now 16-3 on the season.

A pre-game drenching from Mother Nature could not dampen the Hilltoppers offensive firepower in a first-half that saw the girls from the 07901 build a 9-1 lead. Summit tossed another seven shots into the back of the net in the second half to add an exclamation point, but the day's story was written in the opening 25 minutes of play.

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Senior captain Anna Turk, junior Anna Huntley-Robertson, sophomore Sophie Zachara, and freshman Rileigh Meyer all had goals, and senior captain Helen Louise Johnson had two assists. Grace Monaghan and Melissa Murphy each had two scores for Roxbury, and the Gaels' Mary Piccitto stopped 10 shots between the pipes.

Summit will face Mendham on May 25 on the Upper Turf Field. Game-time is set for 4 p.m. The two teams have played once this season, with the Hilltoppers winning 12-10 in a close contest played at Mendham on April 10.



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