SUMMIT, NJ - For the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, the 2021 season starts with a nod to their sisters in arms that saw their 2020 campaign wiped out by the pandemic. Emblazoned on the sleeves of their shooting shirts, this year's squad has the word 'Grit', which was the season theme of the 2020 squad.
The linkage dovetails nicely with the 2021 team's motto of 'Tradition'. The latter statement, according to Hall of Fame Head Coach Mike Walsh, is there to remind the team and its members that they are the keepers of the program’s success, reaping the benefits of the hard work put in by those Maroon and Whiters that have come before them.
Captains for 2021 are seniors Brianna Carnevale, Skye Gilbert, Anna Gohring, Quinn Meyer, Rileigh Meyer and Hallie Williams. Quinn Meyer will, unfortunately, miss the entire season due to a knee injury.
TAPinto Summit looks at the 2021 season with some quick hits from Coach Walsh:
Key Returning Players
"I tempted to say 'no one' since we were a senior dominated squad in 2019 and return really only Rileigh Meyer with any experience."
Team’s Biggest Strength
"Hard to identify our biggest strength right now since we were only able to get two varsity scrimmages in an abbreviated preseason. We have always prided ourselves on our ability play good defense and I think this team will keep up that tradition. I also think we have, possibly, some depth but that will be a work in progress as our freshman and sophomore classes are good but have no varsity game experience."
Possible Breakout Players
"Maggie DeFabio, junior midfielder. Has the tools and work ethic to be very good. Rileigh Meyer is expected to contribute on both ends. The loss of Quinn is a huge blow. After that, we really expect and hope to see a balanced scoring attack."
"Oak Knoll as always, Chatham -- last time we played was a loss at home to them, Mendham, Ridgewood -- we are hoping to be able to get in a usual schedule with the exception of big, out-of-state games."
The 2021 Team Will be Successful if...
"We play Hilltopper lacrosse. We pride ourselves on solid defense, hustle in the midfield and good ball movement on offense. If the players on the roster are able to overcome a lack of big game experience and perform well, we should have a solid season."
2021 Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team Roster
15 - Brianna Carnevale, senior - Attack (C)
30 - Diana D'Onofrio, senior - Goal
27 - Skye Gilbert, senior - Defense (C)
13 - Anna Gohring, senior - Attack (C)
3 - Georgia Kelly, senior - Midfield
20 - Quinn Meyer, senior - Defense (C)
19 - Rileigh Meyer, senior - Midfield (C)
23 - Hallie Williams, senior - Defense (C)
29 - Maddie Busam, junior - Goal
22 - Summer Cullen, junior - Midfield
6 - Maggie DeFabio, junior - Midfield
12 - Brynn Freeman, junior - Defense
10 - Olivia Huntley-Robertson, junior - Defense
24 - Hailey Messer, junior - Defense
5 - Jessie Penner, junior - Midfield
2 - Ashley Thomas, junior - Attack
26 - Caitlin Walsh, junior - Goal
7 - Kit Zanelli, junior - Attack
14 - Maddie Ducey, sophomore - Defense
4 - Jane Freeman, sophomore - Attack
16 - Abby Iacovelli, sophomore - Midfield
17 - Grace Matter, sophomore - Midfield
18 - Lily Spinner, sophomore - Attack
11 - Cece Webb, sophomore - Defense
8 - Lauren Riley, freshman - Midfield
9 - Lindsey Thomas, freshman - Midfield
(C) - team captain
Mike Walsh - Head Coach, Varsity
Mary Kate Renehan, Varsity Assistant Coach
Brian Erickson, Head Coach, JV
Lauren Ponzio, Freshman Coach
2021 Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team Schedule
All Home Games played on the Summit High School Upper Turf Field
Apr 19. v. Immaculate Heart Academy - 4 p.m
Apr 21 v. Morristown - 4 p.m.
Apr 24 @ Manasquan - 10 a.m.
Apr 27 v. Ramapo - 4 p.m.
Apr 29 v. Oak Knoll - 4 p.m.
May 1 v. Montclair Kimberley Academy - 11 a.m.
May 4 @ Chatham - 4 p.m.
May 6 @ Montclair - 4 p.m.
May 8 @ Westfield - 1 p.m.
May 10 @ Sacred Heart Greenwich Convent of the Sacred Heart School - 4 p.m.
May 11 @ Sparta - 4 p.m.
May 13 v. Mountain Lakes - 4 p.m.
May 15 v. Ridge - 11 a.m.
May 16 - Union County Tournament (UCT)
May 17 - UCT
May 18 - UCT
May 19 - UCT
May 20 - UCT
May 21 - UCT
May 22 - UCT
May 24 @ Mendham - 4 p.m.
May 26 @ Glen Ridge - 4 p.m.
May 28 @ Ridgewood - 4:30 p.m.