SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit boys lacrosse team remained perfect in the 2013 season with a 16-6 win over West Essex on Tuesday at InvestorsBank Field.
"Coming into the game, we knew we couldn’t underestimate West Essex,” Summit’s Chris Zanelli said. “They are a dangerous team who has already beaten some highly regarded opponents. It took us a little bit to wake up and get ourselves into the game, but once we settled in we just rolled and didn’t look back."
Summit had a man-advantage almost immediately into the game, as West Essex was called for a “stick to the head” penalty. During the ensuing power play, Connor Murphy took the ball and put the Hilltoppers ahead with his first of four goals in the game.
Not long after, West Essex was able to work around the Summit defense and find the back of the net to tie the game.
Though West Essex was the underdog, they managed to score another goal and take the lead over Summit. After working around the ball for about five minutes, a West Essex attacker was able to come up from the right side of the goal, dodge his defender, and shoot before Summit could recover, to go ahead 2-1.
For a while the ball traveled up and down the field but when Summit got their offense running, they were able to tie the game with another goal when senior Matt Meier found the back of the net, sending the game into the second quarter at 2-2.
“We started off the game slow and had let up a couple of early goals but then we woke up and didn't let them score as much as we did,” Summit sophomore Andrew Helmer said.
The second quarter began slowly as neither team was able to score for a while. That was until about seven minutes in when Summit began their major goal streak to secure the win.
Austin Carbone came from around the back of the goal and pushed through the defense then went in front of the goal to score.
Immediately after, Summit’s Brian Hadley won the faceoff and got the ball to James Strabley who ran right up the field and scored.
“I'm glad I could contribute to the win with a goal,” Strabley said. “I thought we started off kind of slow but picked it up as the game went on. We need to keep up a high intensity for games to come.”
Despite being down 4-2, West Essex did not give up. Almost copying the previous play, West Essex won the faceoff and took the ball to the goal. As time ran thin in the second quarter, Summit managed to secure a few more goals before the half. Summit’s Matt Herman scored, followed by Tyler Carbone, who put in two before the end of the second quarter.
In the third, with the Hilltoppers up 7-3, Austin Carbone scored his third goal. The goals were left untouched for a while, then West Essex tried to narrow the difference, by getting in a fourth goal. Unfortunately for them, Connor Murphy scored another goal to put the score at 9-4, before the quarter-ending buzzer.
The fourth quarter was no different from the one before it. Summit dominated the the ball and the field, scoring seven more goals while West Essex only managed two.
Murphy added two more goals, resulting four for the game.
Carbone led all scorers with nine points, including six goals and three assists.