Summit High Girls Lacrosse Gets Possessive, Drops Chatham 10-7

Julia Szynal drives to the goal and prepares to score in Summit's 10-7 win at Chatham. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

You can't always get what you want 
You can't always get what you want 
You can't always get what you want 
But if you try sometimes well you might find 
You get what you need

You Can't Always Get What You Want
The Rolling Stones

CHATHAM, NJ - What the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team wanted, in their game versus next door rival Chatham, was the ball.

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After the contest's opening five minutes, in which The Maroon and White had come up short on the first four draws, had the rock once for a grand total of about 30 seconds before turning it over, and trailed to 2-0, Summit needed the ball.

A defensive takeaway on yet another Cougar possession finally swung the momentum pendulum, the Hilltoppers set up their offense and sophomore Katia Carnevale found the back of the net.  In a scenario reminiscent of their previous win versus Glen Ridge, Summit went on to pot seven of the game's next eight goals over parts of two halves, giving them enough of a lead to roll to the finish line and win 10-7 at Haas Field.

Carnevale had four goals in sum, and senior captain Cecily Stabler and junior Helen Louise Johnson each had a pair of goals in the triumph. Senior captain Maddie Collins had seven sees in goal as the Hilltoppers ran their record to 8-1 on the season.

Like their victory against the Ridgers April 19, this was not a five-star Summit performance, but it was a hard-fought victory against a talented and dogged opponent and, at the end of the day, while every team would like to deliver Michelangelo-quality performances every time out, trophies are earned by wins, not aesthetics.

After Carnevale trimmed the Chatham lead -- built on a pair goals from Abby Morgan -- Stabler, Johnson and sophomore Julia Szynal scored to make 4-2 with just under ten minutes left in the half. The Cougars' Schuyler Bixby narrowed things to 4-3, and the teams traded possessions until the half's final minute, which turned out to be a turning point in the game.

Carnevale scored with 23.1 seconds left, and then Stabler got a mini-dagger of a goal off the ensuing draw. The two 'Topper tallies in a span of 16.8 seconds -- inside the half's final 30 ticks -- made it 6-3, a scoreline that flattered the visitors a bit and must have been a harsh reality for the home team to take, as their play in the opening 25 minutes likely deserved better.

Summit's play continued on an uptick as the second half began, with the Hilltoppers scoring four of the game's next six scores to take a 10-5 lead with seven minutes to go. Johnson, then Carnevale's Hat Trick goal -- set up by a big takeaway from senior Anna DiSibio -- and then her fourth, along with a snipe from sophomore Anna Huntley-Robertson, made the result seem inevitable.

Chatham played rugged until the final horn, scoring two goals relatively late to make it 10-7, but Summit got enough of the ball over the final five minutes to run out the clock.

"We didn't have the ball," said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh of his team's sluggish start. "Every play in the game is the next opportunity to get possession. I really like how hard this group works and competes. They just get after it and now we are 5-0 in the division."

Summit is right back in action April 22 as they again make the long journey out to Long Island, this time to take on perennial power Cold Spring Harbor. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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