SUMMIT, NJ - Dominating the second-half ground ball and face-off battle, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team rode wave after wave of possession, storming from behind to score the game's final six goals in a 11-6 victory over Mendham at Investors Bank Field.
Tailing 5-3 at the half, Summit won 18 of 22 ground balls, and 9 of 12 face-offs in the second half to outscore the Minutemen 8-1, including a 6-0 whitewashing in the final frame. Senior FOGO Brian Hadley, as he was in the previous game versus Mahwah, was superb at "the X," and the Hilltoppers prolonged possessions appeared to wear down a talented Mendham side.
Connor Murphy had a three-goal Hat Trick, and Jarrett Ross, Chris Zanelli, John Cordrey each had two goals for Summit.
The Hilltoppers opened the scoring with a goal from Cordrey, and ended the first quarter up 2-1 after a goal from Zanelli. After Mendham tied the game, Cordrey notched his second tally, but Mendham responded with the first half's final three goals, one going in off goalie Sam Bebout's stick, and another ricocheting off a Summit defender's foot.
Mendham's was firing -- with success -- from distance, and the momentum was definitely in favor of the Minutemen going into the break.
The second-half opened with back-to-back Summit goals, the first coming from Zanelli, the second from Murphy, and the game was tied. Bebout made a sting of strong saves, but Mendham broke through to take a 6-5 lead entering the fourth.
The final quarter was all Summit. Ross scored to tie it, then consecutive goals by Murphy, followed by a score from James Strabley off a face-off win and feed from Hadley, drove the comeback. Now ahead 9-6, Summit continued to win the ball and execute on offense. Matt Fischetti was rewarded for his hard work on the afternoon with a goal, and Ross grabbed his second of the game and the Hilltoppers won going away.
"Mendham is an explosive team, but I thought we did a good job handling their pressure," said Summit Head Coach Jim Davidson. "In the second half, we had some long possessions, we were running hard, driving to the goal with our heads up, and we finished."
After a three-game week, Summit -- now 11-1 on the season -- returns to action April 30 when then face Seton Hall Prep at Investors Bank Field. Face-off is set for 4 p.m.
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