SUMMIT, NJ - An elevated, superb second half defensive performance, and three successive Andrew Chase goals lifted the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team past West Morris Central 6-4, on a wet and raw day at Investors Bank Field.
Trailing 3-2 at halftime, Summit -- now 4-0 on the season -- ratcheted up the defensive intensity, gaining and regaining possession, and the offense came alive in the fourth quarter to win the day against a tough and talented Wolfpack squad.
The Hilltoppers trailed 1-0 when West Morris Central's Cole Draghi found the back of the net at the 8:08 mark of the first quarter, but leveled the score less than three minutes later on a goal by Chris Fowler.
The Maroon & White then took the lead with 45 seconds remaining in the opening frame when Corey McManus powered an underhand shot past Wolfpack goalie Joe Reilly.
West Morris Central scored two goals in under a minute and a-half in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Jake Congdon and Cooper Sloan were on target. the former of the two scores sailing past a screened Teddy Cranley, who did not move until the net bulged.
McManus tied the game early in the third quarter, getting in on the business end on what was a textbook offensive set, with each Hilltopper touching the ball, and swinging it quickly until they got the look they wanted.
A swim move and finish from Chase put Summit up 4-3 less than a minute into the fourth. The senior captain scored again less than a minute later to up the Hilltopper lea to 5-3, but Kyle Skurchak halved the lead for the Wolfpack at 7:25.
A couple of big Summit defensives stands kept the home side in front, until Chase's Hat Trick goal at 1:15 gave them the cushion they needed to see the game out.
Cranley was solid in goal, ending up with 12 saves, while Malcolm Feeney's usual strong work at "The X" -- especially in the second half -- went a long ways to enabling the comeback.
The Hilltoppers ended the afternoon with relatively narrow advantages in shots (29-23) and ground balls (22-17).
Afterwards, Davidson acknowledged the effort in the final two quarters. "It was a good win. Our kids played hard in the second half, which enabled us to make the comeback."
Summit stays at home to take on another West Morris opponent, this time West Morris Mendham, April 12 at 4:30 p.m.
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