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.
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.