Second-Half Shutout Helps Summit High Girls Lacrosse Pull Away from Oak Knoll, 9-4

Summit's Katia Carnevale collects a loose ball in the Hilltoppers 9-4 victory at Oak Knoll. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

GREEN VILLAGE, NJ - Call it a Maroon & White-wash.

Knotted up at 4-4 after the first half of play, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team held Oak Knoll scoreless over the final 25 minutes, and used an efficient, methodical offense to steadily pull away from the Royals, winning 9-4 at the Oak Knoll Athletic complex.

Performing with grit and tenacity all game long, the Hilltopper defensive unit and goalie Maddie Colllins smothered, thwarted, and stymied Oak Knoll's talented attack which, coming into the game, had potted 73 goals in five games.

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Sophomore Katia Carnevale -- with four goals -- and senior captain Cecily Stabler -- who had a Hat Trick -- did the majority of the offensive damage for Summit.

Collins was again superb, especially in the second half, and finished with 12 saves. Her Royals' counterpart, Ryan Schlageter, was also outstanding, making a series of big saves throughout the contest.

Summit raced off the starting line and scored just 24 seconds into the game. Senior Anna DiSibio's goal was matched 90 seconds later by a score from Oak Knoll senior standout Ali Baiocco.

Stabler collected a loose ball and scored at the 21:14 mark to put the Hilltoppers back in front, but Baiocco's second of the game at 17:40 tied things up again.

After Carnevale's first of the day put Summit back ahead 3-2, Oak Knoll began to gain more possession and cashed in twice. First, Annabelle Zembrowski made it 3-3. then Diana Kelly put the Royals ahead for the first time in the game with 1:03 left in the half.

Carnevale gave the Hilltoppers a lift heading to the break when she scored with 21 seconds left to make it 4-4.

Early in the second half, Stabler's second put Summit up for good with 23:04 left. Junior Helen Louise Johnson slashed from her left into the middle and scored at 14:52 and The Maroon and White had their first two goal lead of the day at 6-4.

The Hilltoppers had numerous chances to take even firmer control of the game, thanks to their stout 'D' and sharp play from Collins, but they instead got into a five-plus minutes-long cycle that saw them commit multiple turnovers which gave Oak Knoll repeated, successive possessions.

What could have proven lethal ended up being fairly uneventful, as Collins held the fort and Summit eventually got through the worrisome stretch, scoring the game's final three goals -- through a pair by Carnevale and Stabler's third -- as the home side chased the game.

"I think we did a nice job defensively all day, especially in the second half when we communicated better," said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh. "They are very athletic and gave us some problems with their ride, but we have to show more poise with the ball."

Summit, now 4-1 on the season, returns to the Summit High School Upper Turf Field April 13 to take on Morristown. Game time is set for 4 p.m.


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