Sports

Summit Blanks Cranford in Union County Tournament Semifinals, 12-0; Hilltoppers Cruise at Home, Will Face Westfield in UCT Finals at A.L. Johnson High School on Friday Night

7780ccbf89ea185672ce_306scran3_ts2.jpg
Scioscia (10) fires a pass to Nolan Prinzen (24) moments before Prinzen scored a goal for the Hilltoppers. Scioscia finished with five assists on the afternoon to lead all scorers with five points in the Hilltoppers' 12-0 victory over visiting Cranford.
f4c6952ce18b2ef8360b_306scran2_ts2.jpg
Summit's Johnny Scioscia challenges Cranford goaltender Brett Anstatt behind the Cranford net during the Hilltoppers' 12-0 victory over the Cougars at MetroHomes Field on Wednesday afternoon.
8177ed4ba606600bd166_306scran1_ts2.jpg
Summit's Nick Kilkowski scores his third goal of the game during Wednesday's Union County Tournament semifinal match-up against Cranford. Summit won, 12-0 and will face Westfield in the UCT Final on Friday.
7780ccbf89ea185672ce_306scran3_ts2.jpg

SUMMIT, NJ - By the time the first quarter of Wednesday's Union County Tournament semifinal match-up between Summit and Cranford ended, the outcome of the game was almost a certainty. The Hilltoppers led 6-0 and did not allow a decent Cranford shot or scoring chance in the first 12 minutes of play. From that point on, Summit head coach John Davidson began to rotate in his second team and by the end of the first half, the outcome of the game was no longer in question as the Hilltoppers held a commanding 10-0 lead.

"We knew we just had to come out confident," All-State Summit attacker Johnny Scioscia said after the game. "We knew we had to get a solid win because it was our first postseason game. We were happy with our 15-0 regular season, but we know from now on it's do or die, win or go home. We just wanted to get into the UCT final like we have the previous two years and win the whole thing."

Confidence was certainly not an issue for the Hilltoppers as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Marcel Godino fired a laser past Cranford goaltender Bobby Anstatt only one minute into the game. Scioscia then found a cutting Jake Hall for a backdoor shot and score just two minutes and twelve seconds later. Nick Kilkowski scored the first of his three goals on the afternoon when once again, Scioscia found his teammate all alone in front of Anstatt for a point-blank goal. Tim Yager then ripped an absolute laser from the middle of the box past Anstatt just five minutes and 21 seconds into the game to give the Hilltoppers a 4-0 lead. Tom Celmer scored the prettiest goal of the afternoon for Summit when he executed a great spin move that left a Cranford defender on the ground before Celmer drove the net and scored. Kilkowski then finished off the first period scoring with his second goal. Once again, Scioscia found a cutting teammate with a perfect pass. Scioscia finished the game with five assists.

Although the Hilltoppers looked to be just as dominant as they had been over nearly every opponent this year, Scioscia attributed Summit's fresh legs to the double-bye he and his teammates earned during their undefeated regular season. Not only did the Hilltoppers have the luxury of resting during the first two rounds of the UCT, Davidson gave his team some time away from the game after an extremely busy final two weeks.

"The double-bye is great, especially for the postseason because it gives us the ability to take a rest. Coach [Davidson] gave us the whole weekend off just to rest our legs - for me to rest my ankle - and to stay away from lacrosse for a little bit and get our minds off [the game] and come back this week ready to play, ready to get after it," Scioscia said.

Davidson added: "We had gone like two weeks where we had game after game. I think we played four games in seven days, so we got into the weekend [and we let them] get away from it and come back fresh. We had a great practice the other day and today I think we looked lively. It's a new season and hopefully we can keep it up-tempo going into Friday's [championship] game and then going into the state playoffs."

Summit certainly had no issues keeping their game against Cranford "up-tempo" as the Hilltoppers' second and third units picked up right where the starters left off. Goals by Godino, Nolan PRinzen, Kilkowski and Jake Hall rounded out the scoring in the first half and put the Hilltoppers up by a score of 10-0, but the second-string players got the majority of the minutes from midway through the second period until the end of the game. The familiar theme of nearly every player on the Summit bench being afforded at least a few minutes of playing time during a blow-out victory replayed itself on Wednesday afternoon as Davidson was liberal with his substitutions the moment he felt his team's lead would not be threatened.

"I know I've probably told you before, it's nice to get the [second and third team] kids in [the game] but they played hard and worked hard there at the end. They had a couple of opportunities. All three of the goalies had saves," Davidson said.

Although the Hilltoppers added only two more goals - Yager added a second and Nick Kitsos scored Summit's final goal of the game - they did not allow Cranford to generate anything in the way of offense. More impressive than Summit's rampant goal-scoring was the patience exuded by both the offensive and defensive units. While the Hilltoppers' precision ball movement and possession seemed to force Cranford to collapse defensively, Summit's defensive prowess kept the Cougars at bay and far away from the net all afternoon. As usual, Davidson's team did everything thing right en route to yet another convincing victory.

The Hilltoppers will meet Westfield - against whom they played their toughest game of the season, a 9-7 victory at Kehler Stadium earlier this season - in the Union County Tournament Finals on Friday evening at A.L. Johnson High School. Although the Blue Devils gave Summit a run for its money that day, the Hilltoppers were without two All-State players as Scioscia sat with a badly sprained ankle and defenseman Bobby Lawrence missed the game due to stitches in his forehead, an injury he suffered during Summit's previous game against St. Joseph's (Pa.). While Lawrence is completely healed, Scioscia's ankle is still an issue.

"Rest on my ankle for me right now is important, especially with this weather change because it messes with your ankle a little bit," Scioscia said after the game. "It's been tight recently so I've just been trying to keep it loose, keep it iced and keep it taped and in a brace just to limit the possibility of re-rolling it. I'm a little tentative, but day by day I'm going to get better."

Although his team is close to 100 percent healthy heading into the UCT championship game, Davidson acknowledged that there is still room for improvement. While most coaches would be somewhat content with a team that is now 16-0 on the season and hasn't lost since April of last year, Davidson felt that his squad could still up its game another notch.

"It doesn't matter whoever we get in the Finals," Davidson said. "We need to pick up our level of play going into the championship and we have to pick up our level of play going into Group I which will be just next week." 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_bc30a776270d0825eaac_what_stays_graphic

Sun, February 18, 2:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

What Stays by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar

Carousel_image_5ee8c2f0eb2fa7451dad_1936833_116854767125_491173_n

Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit

NJIO's Winter Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_06f9ba160a4082bf98ad_storytime_0317

Mon, February 19, 11:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

All Ages Storytime Squad

Arts & Entertainment Education

Summit Fire Department Blotter

12/16/17 7:42 am     FD dispatched to DE FOREST AVENUE and MAPLE STREET for a strong odor of natural gas in area. On arrival found an outside odor of natural gas. PSEG was requested and responded to the scene. Readings of 7% natural gas were found in the manholes in the center of the intersection. CVS was checked and zero readings for natural gas were found. Summit FD was released ...

Summit Police Blotter

February 12, 2018

2/1 - At 0955 hours a report was taken for a theft of a street sign. The unlawful incident occurred between an unknown time frame on Pine Grove Avenue. Value of the street sign was not immediately available at the time of the report.

2/5 - Roberto C. Noel-Berman, 23, of Summit was arrested and charged with possession of CDS. Mr. Noel-Berman was released with a pending court date.

2/5 - ...

Assistance Programs Available for JCP&L Customers to Help with Winter Heating Bills

February 16, 2018

As the cold weather continues, financial assistance programs are available for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying JCP&L customers is available through the Lifeline, Universal Service Fund (USF), Weatherization, Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) and New Jersey SHARES programs.

Lifeline ...

Video: Point View's Deitze Tell CNBC Fed is 'On Track' for March Rate Hike

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on CNBC on how to position your portfolio despite more volatility:

cnbc.com/video

For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Doing Well While Doing Good

The new tax law is predicted to reduce significantly the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions.  That has some concerned about charitable giving. There are ways for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to give to charity and still receive some tax benefits.

Give from your IRA. Those aged 70-1/2 or older, who must take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts, can ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

Movies! Movies! Movies! - Three Ways to Enjoy Movies

Most people who use the Summit Free Public Library are familiar with our video collection: thousands of DVDs and nearly 800 BluRays -- and growing!

In addition to recent box-office hits and Hollywood classics, we have foreign films, anime, and musical performances from Aida to ZZ Top. Binge-watch a must-see TV series, discover a new one, or introduce your kids to your childhood ...