SUMMIT, NJ - Playing the return leg of a home-and-home series against highly-rated Lincoln-Sudbury, MA, that began last year, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team got Hat Tricks from Chris Zanelli and John Cordrey, along with 10 saves from goalie Jay Winchell to earn a 9-6 win over the Warriors.
Summit (6-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on an unassisted goal from Evan Kulpan and a score from Riley Flynn, assisted by Zanelli. Play was relatively even throughout the frame, with Winchell being credited with three saves.
In the second quarter, Cordrey took a feed from Flynn to make it 3-0 at 10:35, and then Zanelli -- off an assist from Xavier McCormick -- made it 4-0 just over two minutes later.
Consecutive goals from Lincoln-Sudbury halved the Hilltoppers advantage, before McCormick and Zanelli replicated their earlier play, with senior captain Zanelli again on the scoring end to make it 5-2. Kulpan, again unassisted, made it 6-2 Summit with just 40 seconds left until halftime.
In the third quarter, the Warriors notched a pair of goals in two minutes to again narrow the Hilltopper lead to two goals, but Zanelli's third goal restored order, unassisted at 4:26, to make it 7-4. The teams then traded goals, with Cordrey picking off a goalie clearance and scoring to make it 8-5 Hilltoppers heading to the fourth.
In the final quarter, Zanelli dished to Cordrey for his third goal to make it 9-5 and, despite allowing one final goal, Summit saw out the remainder of the game to make the long trip more than worthwhile.
Next Game: April 14 - @ Mendham, 4 p.m.
Next Home Game: April 16 - Glen Rock, 4:45 p.m.