CHESTER, NJ – Senior attack Nick Kilkowski exploded for six goals for the Summit Hilltoppers and David Kalin, Austin Carbone and Michael Badgley added two apiece as the defending Group 2 and Union County Champions easily handled West Morris Central in a 14-4 win on Tuesday afternoon in Chester.
After a successful season last year that saw Summit suffer only one loss; that coming in the final game of the season in the Tournament of Champions finals against Bridgewater-Raritan to snap the state’s longest standing winning streak at 68 games, the powerhouse Union County squad wanted to pick up right where they left off in 2012.
They have been successful in doing just that thus far as they defeated Westfield 10-4 in their first regular season game on Saturday before dominating West Morris Central to improve to 2-0 early in the year and an astounding 70-1 through a period of almost full three seasons.
“Right now at this point we just got to get through our schedule; same thing we did last year. Those things don’t come around a lot. It’s hard to get there,” Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson said about making it to the Tournament of Champion finals; a feat Summit has accomplished the previous two seasons.
“Our goal right now is to make sure we just keep getting better and hopefully when it comes to tournament time we can just compete,” Davidson added.
Summit certainly looked good in an unfamiliar grass field on the road and they didn’t just compete. For lack of a better word, they all but dominated West Morris.
The opposition’s zone defense did not fool the likes of Kilkowski, Carbone and Harry McCreary as the starting attack helped produce five first quarter tallies to help Summit jump out to a big lead after the first 12 minutes of play.
Kilkowski scored the first three goals and then the final one of the first; all on chances from the center slot after patient offensive movement in the West Morris zone.
Carbone and Michael Badgley got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, as did Kilkowski one more time. Summit enjoyed a commanding 8-2 lead at halftime.
“I thought we moved the ball, let multiple guys score. I thought we were unselfish. It was nice to see,” Davidson commented about the offense. “With the zone, you’ve got to be a little more patient. You’ve got to be able to find the openings. You just can’t rush it.”
And the defense that perhaps played the biggest part in Summit’s run last year was also stellar on Tuesday afternoon.
Led by Will Weber, Billy Hadley and Will Shamim, they were hard on the ball all afternoon and denied time and space during the few offensive possessions that West Morris had.
Alex Salazer, assuming the starting goaltender role with Peter Badgley graduating last year, was another solid player for Summit. The junior recorded nine saves.
West Morris struck first in the third quarter to bring the contest to within five goals, but then Summit scored five in a row to take away any momentum that their opponents might have had.
Kalin, Badgley, Carbone, Liam Mennig and Kilkowski were the goal scorers during the stretch as Summit grabbed a 13-3 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Summit will face their toughest test of the season thus far in their first home game when they take on Saint Joseph Prep (PA) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Metro Homes Field.
“We've got to get ground balls, control face-offs. We've got to play good hard defense. We just can’t give them too much,” Davidson said about the upcoming matchup.
Summit had 33 shots on goal and collected 22 ground balls.