MORRISTOWN, NJ - Like General George Washington 230 years ago, Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Mike Walsh took his 'troops' to Morristown to ready and steady them for the battle ahead.
Unlike Washington, who faced harsh weather, malaise and threat of mutiny, Walsh's -- and his team's -- experience went, in general terms, exactly to 'spec'.
After struggling to subdue the Colonials 9-6 at home on April 13, Summit took the quick trip up NJ-24 for a rematch, scheduled last-minute as a way to stay sharp for the upcoming NJSIAA state tournament by taking on a feisty foe.
Twenty hours removed from their 'Senior Night' victory over Kent Place School, a contest that frankly did not deliver a Louvre-quality performance, it was back to business for The Maroon and White, and they made sure the took advantage of the tune-up test by taking care of that business tout de suite.
Helen Louise Johnson had a Hat Trick, and Ava Spotts, Julia Szynal and Katia Carnevale all each found the back of the net twice, the quartet part of a nine-player contingent of Summit scorers on an afternoon that saw Summit beat Morristown handily, 14-4.
The job was essentially done and dusted after a first half that saw the Hilltoppers score nearly as many goals -- eight -- as they did in the entire previous tilt with the Colonials. Morristown could only answer with a pair, and the second half was -- from a scoreboard perspective -- a near mirror-image match, with Summit firing home six more tallies and the Colonials another pair.
Three members of the 'Anna Brigade' -- DiSibio, Griffith, and Huntley-Robertson -- all notched goals, as did senior captain Cecily Stabler and Sophie Zachara. Senior captain Maddie Collins had five saves in goal. Annika Begley paced Morristown with three goals.
Summit, which upped their record to 14-2 on the season, now begins defense of their State Championship. Seeded first in the North 2, Group 3 bracket, the Hilltoppers will take on the winner of the West Windsor-Plainsboro North (seeded ninth) - Cranford (eight seed) matchup May 18 on the Upper Turf Field. Opening draw is tentatively set for 4 p.m.