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Turbocharged Start Powers Summit Girls Lacrosse Past Mendham, 16-8

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Samantha Forsyth rips a high shot into the net in Summit's 16-8 victory over Mendham.
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SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team and Mendham played a competitive 45 minutes of lacrosse, trading chances and goals in a fast-paced, athletic contest.
 
The challenge for the Minutemen, is that girls lacrosse games are 50 minutes long, and to say that the opening five minutes was all Summit, would be an understatement of seismic proportions.
 
In the opening 321 seconds, the Hilltoppers -- as if shot from a cannon -- exploded for six unanswered goals, gaining draw control, executing offensively with precision, and playing with a nitro-quick tempo.
 
 
The sextet of scores built a lead that would never be threatened, and Summit went on to defeat Mendham, 16-8. Sara Szynal scored four goals, a trio of Hilltoppers -- Callie Humphrey, Catherine Cordrey, and Samantha Forsyth -- had Hat Tricks, and Kady Glynn came up big in the Summit goal with 14 saves.
 
Summit's first six goals were scored -- on average -- about one minute apart. Szynal, Humphrey, Cordrey, Szynal again, Humphrey again, and Forsyth all found the back of the net and, with 19:39 still on the first half clock, it felt like game over.
 
The lead reached 7-0 when Forsyth scored her second, and the Minutemen looked beyond overwhelmed. Mendham is a quality team, however, with multiple student athletes headed to Division I schools, and they got up off the canvas to score a pair of goals to make it 7-2.
 
Perhaps it was a surplus of energy created by the hyper-kinetic start, but the Hilltoppers play -- which had been frenetic and flawless -- turned much more the former than the latter the rest of the way. Turnovers started to happen, the play between the teams became more balanced, and the remainder of the game was fairly even.

 
Most of the damage had been done but, while the play got a tad ragged, Summit (11-3) was not finished scoring. Humphrey made it 8-2, before Mendham scored again. The Hilltoppers scored the final two goals of the half, coming off the sticks of Szynal and Cordrey.
 
Up 10-3, Summit came out in the second half and ended any modicum of suspense that remained. Cordrey and Szynal scored to make it 12-3, and then teams essentially traded goals after that.
 
Isabel Zachara added a pair of goals, while freshman Helen Johnson and Forsyth added solo markers to close out the scoring.
 
"I was pleased with our transition from defense to offense, and we did it in a hurry," said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh. "In the process we, at times, pushed it a bit too hard, became less cautious, and turned the ball over on offense."
 
Next Game / Next Home Game: May 2  - Our Lady of Good Counsel, MD, 12 p.m.*
 
*Note: Game is the traditional "Pack The Stands" event

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