SUMMIT, NJ - One knows a lacrosse team has played well when they dispatch a solid opponent with relative ease and even a bit of panache.
Such was the case at Investors Bank Field when, on a prototypical spring afternoon, The Maroon and White delivered a team-wide performance of equal stature, systematically dismantling West Morris Central, 11-1. The Wolfpack, despite their record, are a quality team, having recently lost a tough, one-goal game at Seton Hall Prep and previously giving Westfield all they could handle.
Most coaches enjoy discussing the need to win 'phases' and 'segments' of a game, and even though the Hilltopper Head Coach Jim Davidson is not one to wax poetic, the Hall of Famer had to be pleased that his boys won every virtually every phase, segment and nuance of this encounter handily.
Summit directed 41 shots at target to the Wolfpack's seven and claimed the ground ball battle, 36-18. Attack Harry Kilkowski -- with four goals -- and senor captain Corey McManus -- with a hat trick -- accounted for seven of the Summit scores, and junior goalie Will Vitton came within minutes of a shutout and was credited with three saves.
In what is becoming a consistent theme, Summit again displayed a successful alchemy of Yeoman's work at 'The X' from Sam Zanelli and Joe Persche, tenacious and voracious defense and ground ball play, and methodical offensive execution, all of which combined to create lopsided performance metrics and results.
In a first quarter that had the Hilltoppers owning the ball for about 90 percent of the 12 minutes, Summit built a 3-0 lead through goals from McManus, Kilkowski, and a missile from sophomore Greg Moller.
The second quarter was more of the same but, in perhaps the only constructive criticism one could direct at the home team on this day, the Hilltoppers did not finish their chances or the score would have ballooned way beyond the 4-0 mark it stood at when the teams went to halftime. McManus' second, assisted by Fowler, was the lone tally by either team in the frame.
The twine was bulging on a more regular basis in the third quarter, as Jack Johnson made a sweet pass to McManus on the crease for his Hat Trick, Eamon McTernan scored off a feed from Moller, and Johnson set-up Kilkowski.
The sweetest score, from the home supporters' perspective, was the quarter's last goal at the 3:59 mark when -- immediately after Kilkowski's score made it 7-0 -- defender Jameson Waldron stampeded off the wing on the ensuing face-off, picked up the loose ball and wheeled into the Wolfpack zone.
His 'long pole' carrying the ball aloft, Waldron powered his way into the middle of the field and then cranked the ball past West Morris goalie Nick Dondarski setting of an extra loud sideline celebration.
Up 8-0, the Hilltoppers slotted three more goals in the final quarter. Jackson Tyler launched a howitzer up high, followed by a pair of Kilkowski scores. Jack Dipietro had the lone Wolfpack goal.
"We did a good job, especially through our wing play and our defenders, on ground balls today," said Davidson. "We probably could have gotten even more out of the possession we had, but we have to be sharper on our finishing."
Summit, now 7-1 on the season, will take on West Essex April 20 at Investors Bank Field. Face-off is set for 4:30 p.m.