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Summit High Girls Lacrosse Bolts Out Early, Blasts West Morris Mendham 16-6

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Sophomore Anna Griffith had three goals in Summit's 16-6 victory over West Morris Mendham. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
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SUMMIT, NJ - If there was any carryover 'funk' from their weekend setback at Ridgewood, the Summit High School Girls Lacrosse Team got over it quickly - then they got all over West Morris Mendham... quickly.

Slingshotting out of the gate, Summit fired home the game's first five goals in the opening five minutes to stagger their opponent, then took off from there, early outdistancing the Minutemen 16-6 in Mendham.

Goals from sophomores Anna Griffith, Julia Szynal, Katia Carnevale, and back-to-back tallies from junior Helen Louise Johnson and senior captain Cecily Stabler prompted the home side to call a time-out, which steadied the West Morris ship, if only for a bit.

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The Minutemen, equilibrium temporarily regained, narrowed the Hilltoppers' lead to 5-2 with 12:51 to go in the first half, but The Maroon & White got back on the front foot, pumping in the next three more scores from Griffith, Carnevale and Szynal and it was 8-2 in a hurry.

Senior Anna DiSibio and Griffith's Hat Trick goal were offset by two West Morris scores, and the teams went to the break with Summit up 10-4.

If there was any competitive tension in the match, it went poof early on in the second half when senior captain Stella Spotts -- notching her first-ever Varsity goal -- and Carnevale's Hat Trick tally made it 12-4.

Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh rotated his players freely and, after West Morris made it 12-5, Emily Paytas, Sophie Zachara first Varsity goal, Carnevale's fourth, and Stabler's second of the game -- which was finished with gusto -- cranked the advantage up to 16-5.

Maddie Collins, in goal for Summit until late in the game, was credited with 2 saves. Amy Martino spelled the senior captain and had one stop.

"I thought we came out and played hard and were good on the draw early in the game," said Walsh, adding, "We are still a work in progress."

Summit, now 2-1 on the season, next travels to Mahwah April 5. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.

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