SUMMIT, NJ - The merits of a number-one versus number-sixteen seed game in the NJSIAA Lacrosse Tournament are are definitely up for discussion, but that debate will be left for another time and place.
Safe to say, however, that the chances of a "Cinderella seed" shocking a top-ranked opponent, a la the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, are massively dodgy, at best.
So when the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, the top-seed in their sectional group, took on number 16 Paramus at Investors Bank Field, the game was likely to get out of hand quickly and, this game most assuredly lived up to those expectations.
Blasting out to leads of 7-0 and 15-0 at the ends of the first- and second-quarters, respectively, the Hilltoppers shifted into neutral at halftime and rolled to an 18-0 shutout of the Spartans.
Hat Tricks by captain John Cordrey and Corey McManus highlighted a 12-player contingent of Summit scorers, as essentially the entire roster saw significant playing time from the second quarter through the game's completion.
McManus opened the scoring 38 seconds in, getting what turned out to be the game-winning goal. He added two more in the frame, and was jointed by Andrew Chase, Cordrey, Chris Zanelli, and Charlie Guttila on the score sheet.
Hilltopper Head Coach Jim Davidson began liberal substitutions in a second quarter that yielded eight more Summit goals. Cordrey, Riley Flynn, Cordrey's third, Brian Hagan, Evan Kulpan, Sam Zanelli, Hagan's second, and Jimmy Birle all found the back of the net, setting up a second half that would feel like a pre-season scrimmage.
Despite nearly taking their foot off the gas pedal completely, Summit added three more goals in the third, as Tucker Hall, Riley Newsham, and Sam Zanelli's second on the day completed the rout.
Summit advances to face Pascack Valley-Vernon winner May 19 at Investors Bank Field. Face-off is yet to be determined.