No Raining on This Reign: Hilltopper Boys Lacrosse Defeats Moorestown 4-3 for Davidson's 350th Summit Career Victory

Senior captain Stephen Sajer collects a loose ball spins away from his pursuer as junior Deacon Donaldson (1) and senior Eamon McTernan (32) look on. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - The skies lifted and the drops stopped just in time for the Summit High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team's game against big-time opponent Moorestown, and the Maroon and White took advantage of Mother Nature's benevolence -- the day before Mother's Day -- to deliver a vintage Jim Davidson coached team type of performance, one that was anchored by a tenacious defensive effort, timely offensive execution, and gritty, tough team play.

Both the blueprint performance of the Davidson Doctrine itself and the resulting 4-3 Hilltopper triumph it generated were perfecting fitting on this of all days, as the win gave the iconic, Hall of Fame Head Coach his 350th Summit career victory.

Senior Tom Fischetti had two goals, classmate Joe Persche was massive on face-offs all day, and senior captain Will Vitton, with nine saves, was rock-solid between the pipes for Summit.

Sign Up for E-News

Of note, the eventual game-winning goal in the third quarter from senior Nick Thomson was straight out of the Davidson School of Lacrosse, began with a huge chest save from Vitton, who then collected the rebound and executed a textbook outlet pass to junior middle Greg Moller. Receiving Vitton's clearance, Moller pushed the play on a 40-yard dash before dishing adroitly to Thomson who finished the deal and the play.

Watching Summit play Moorestown is like watching the boys from the 07901 play a near-clone of themselves. The Quakers are talented, expertly coached, disciplined, and lead with a high intensity defense, so it came as no surprise to any seasoned lacrosse observer that the game was a 'D'-dominated affair and that goals came at a high premium.

After each team came up empty on several first-quarter possessions, Moorestown broke through on a goal from Patrick Coleman at the 3:52 mark, but Summit answered right back to take a 2-1 lead after the opening frame on scores from Moller -- knifing to his right to power home -- and Fischetti.

The second quarter looked a lot like the first, and the Quakers Connor McDonough tied the game with 4:05 to go before halftime, but Fischetti responded with a tally 58 seconds later, dropping down sidearm to whip the ball past Quaker goalie Gene Martin who, despite taking the loss, was stellar all game and ended up with 11 stops.

Up 3-2 the next goal would be big if, for no other reason, it seemed like a protracted goal run from either team would not be in the cards, and Summit got it through the afore-mentioned Vitton-Moller-Thomson connection.

Thanks to Persche's work at 'the X' and some stalwart defending, the Hilltoppers took the two-goal lead into the final two minutes. The Quakers made things interesting when they narrowed the lead to oe with 58.2 left in the contest, but Persche won the ensuing face-off and Summit ran out the clock.

Next for Summit, now 12-2 on the season, is a May 14 tussle with Seton Hall Prep which can best be described as the lacrosse version of "out of the frying pan and into the fire." The game at Investors Bank Field -- rescheduled due to snow cover which made the field unplayable on April 3 -- is set for a 4:30 p.m. face-off.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Sun, May 27, 8:00 AM

Summit Summer Farmers Market, Summit

Summit Farmers Market

Community Calendar Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness


Thu, May 31, 11:30 AM

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Luncheon

Food & Drink Giving Back


Thu, May 31, 1:30 PM

Coppola Ristorante, New Providence

Lunch and Learn: Dental Implants and the ...

Health & Wellness

Summit Police Blotter

May 17, 2018

4/24 - At 0728 hours a report was taken for a theft of two (2) sandwiches from a business on Morris Avenue. The manager reported that at approximately 0330 hours a male entered the business and removed two sandwiches from a refrigerated case. After doing so, he exited the store without paying for them. The male suspect was described as Hispanic, approximately 6’0”wearing a blue/gray ...

Video: Point View's Petrides Looks at Trade Truce Sector Beneficiaries, Opportunities

May 24, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, on CNBC's Nightly Business Report (interview starts at 5:05 mark) discussing stocks to buy based on easing trade tensions with China.

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, ...

Video: Point View's Dietze Reviews Investment Strategies as Trade Tensions with China Calm

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on FOX Business on investment strategies in the wake of the thawing of Chinese trade tensions.

For more than 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio ...

Stocks Can Rise in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Investors remain concerned about the potential impact of higher interest rates on stocks. In their most recently released minutes, the Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee indicated the US economy is on solid footing and the economic conditions warrant continued gradual increasing of interest rates. This set off a sale in the stock and bond markets as investors began pricing in a fourth ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!


A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...