SUMMIT, NJ - When Harry Kilkowski sits down at the family table for a holiday meal this weekend, don't blame him if he doesn't go back for seconds because, in the first two games of the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team's 2018 season, the senior captain has been busy feasting on the opposition.
Kilkowski -- as he did in the opener at Old Bridge -- ripped home four goals, and freshman Luke Dinola had a Hat Trick as the Maroon and White crushed West Essex 14-2 in their home opener at Investors Bank Field.
For all the members of Hilltopper Nation who couldn't make it to Matawan on March 28 to catch the season-opener, Head Coach Jim Davidson and his boys were kind enough to provide a mirrored game and result in the 07901. The two opponents -- Old Bridge and West Essex -- even share the same mascot moniker: Knights.
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As they did against the Knights to start the season, Summit rocketed out to a big lead against the Knights after one quarter, kept right on going through to halftime and upped the advantage to double digits, and then hit cruise control for the ride to the finish.
In truth, if the game wasn't over midway through the first quarter, it was at the end of the opening 12 minutes, as the home team scored seven unanswered goals in a first frame which saw them direct 16 shots at target to two for their opponent, and claim 14 ground balls to West Essex's one.
After the Knights won the loose ball off the opening face-off they enjoyed essentially their only prolonged spell of possession in the first half but could not score. From there, it was nonstop ownership of the rock and more than goal-a-minute time for Summit.
Actually there were seven Hilltopper tallies in just under six minutes time, all following the familiar recipe of:
Joe Persche wins face-off
Summit works the ball around
Hilltopper middies and attack just too quick for opponent
Repeat step one
For good measure, Summit -- now 2-0 on the young season -- scored three more in the second quarter and four in the third, taking a 12-0 lead before West Essex got on the board.
In addition to the firepower supplied by Kilkowski and Dinola, senior Nick Thomson had two goals, and senior Jack Browne, senior Tom Fischetti, junior Greg Moller, junior long-pole Deacon Donaldson and junior Skyler Schluter all scored. For good measure, Kilkowski added three assists for a seven-point day.
Senior captain Will Vitton, senior Julian Rupkey and junior Tyler Hadley all saw time between the pipes as Davidson played his entire roster.
After two lopsided wins, things now get real serious, real fast as the Hilltoppers will face powerhouse Seton Hall Prep April 3 at Investors Bank Field. Face-off time is set for 4 p.m.