SUMMIT, NJ - Two games into a savage stretch of four tilts against elite area prep lacrosse antagonists, card-carrying members of Hilltopper Nation would have to say "so far, so really good," as Summit slipped by Chatham on the road April 13 and now, four days later, has smacked Westfield.
The latest triumph, a 14-7 Hilltopper win over the Blue Devils at Tatlock Park, was the result of a robust Summit performance that saw the home team dominate shots (27-13), ground balls (25-10) and -- of course, most importantly -- goals.
Sophomore Luke Dinola had four goals, senior captain Jackson Tyler -- a standout all over the field, all game-long -- scored three times, and senior Tyler Hadley had seven saves between the pipes for the Maroon and White, which improved to 7-0 on the season. Summit will now takes its unbeaten record up Route 24 on April 20, taking on Delbarton in a rematch of last year's Tournament of Champions Final.
Summit set the tone for the game in a strong first quarter during which they built a 4-0 lead and ended up leading 4-2. Senior Gray Humphrey, juniors Pat White and John Fischetti, along with Dinola, all found the back of the net. While the Hilltopper momentum was tempered a bit by two Blue Devil goals 13 seconds apart late in the period, Summit was the aggressor and carried that mentality over to the second stanza where they took a commanding lead.
Two goals from Tyler sandwiched around a Westfield score, and single tallies from Tyler's classmate and captain Skyler Schluter and Dinola led to a 8-3 halftime lead.
Dinola, Humphrey and Tyler would fire home in the third quarter, a feisty 12 minutes which Summit shaded 3-2, and the Hilltoppers took a 11-5 lead to the fourth. A Blue Devil goal right off the final frame's face-off quickened the home team fans' pulses, but Summit's attack -- namely Dinola, Schluter and sophomore Michael Bonomo -- went uno, dos, tres and that gave The 'Top an eight-goal lead, at 14-6 and, as Ernest Tubb sang in 1942, that's all she wrote.
"We played well defensively today and we were able to get the match-ups we wanted offensively," said Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson.
Summit (7-0) next travels to Delbarton April 20. Face-off is set for 11 a.m.