Senior Night Squeaker: Summit H.S. Girls Lacrosse Edges Morristown, 11-8

Senior captain Helen Louise Johnson and her Hilltopper teammates had to dig deep to defeat Morristown. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Megan Abate and family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Captain Kaleigh Brennan and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Charlotte Cass and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Ali Demakos and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Molly Driscoll and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Alexandra Haggerty and her mom. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Captain Helen Louise Johnson and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Molly Kasemeyer and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Charlotte Kull and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Captain Amy Martino and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Emily Paytas and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Ava Spotts and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Natalie Schluter and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Captain Anna Turk and Family. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
The Class of 2018 with Head Coach Mike Walsh, and assistant coaches Mary Kate Renehan, Laura Cataldi, Taylor Solaja, and Kate Martino. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - For 25 minutes of game action, it looked like if one was to grab their handy copy of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, and looked up the word 'Morristown', the entry for the definition would say something to the effect of "see 'Party Pooper'."

That's because the Colonials were staging an uprising, leading the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team 7-6 at halftime and threatening to spoil the Maroon and White's 'Senior Night' celebration.

However the girls from the 07901 were not about to let that happen and, as a matter of fact and even though they still trailed at the break, they had already begun to do something to eradicate that troubling possibility. The Hilltoppers were actually down 5-2 with 10 minutes left in the first half, but rallied to score four of the next six goals to narrow the deficit to just a single tally.

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That 4-2 jog turned into a 9-3 Usain-like bolt to the finish, as Summit owned the second half by the sum score of 5-1 and went on to claim the come-from-behind victory, 11-8.

Junior goal-machine Katia Carnevale scored three times, as did classmate Julia Szynal, and senior captain Helen Louise Johnson and junior Anna Huntley-Robertson each found the back of the net twice. Senior captain Amy Martino -- who had to be really good in a first half when Morristown had a ton of the possession -- ended the game with six saves. Junior Anna Griffith also scored for Summit.

Nicole Ferrara had two goals and four assists for Morristown, who also got a pair of goals from Katie Siverson and Callie Sundin and seven draw controls and four ground balls from Annika Begley. Kara O'Brien had six stops in goal.

Losing 10 of 14 draws against a really good opponent is a sure-fire way to make a team's life stressful, and that is just what happened to the Hilltoppers over the course of the fist half. Observers were challenged to remember a time when Summit surrendered seven first-half goals and-or were down by three goals at home to a team not named Oak Knoil or Ridgewood, but there they were and that was the case.

Down a goal entering second-half play, Summit got even when Johnson scored at 22:31 and then grabbed their first lead since the 15:46 mark of the first half when Szynal notched a goal 51 seconds later.

After Morristown tied things at 8-8, Huntley-Robertson got the eventual game-winner at 14:31 and then the Hilltoppers added a brace of insurance goals from Carnevale to finally let the 'Senior Night' party begin.

Post-game, Summit honored the following Class of 2018 team members:


11 - Megan Abate, senior - Attack
13 - Kaleigh Brennan, senior - Defense (C)
21 - Charlotte Cass, senior - Defense
7 - Ali Demakos, senior - Attack
22 - Molly Driscoll, senior - Attack
19 - Alexandra Haggerty, senior - Defense
10 - Helen Louise Johnson, senior - Midfield (C)
30 - Molly Kasemeyer, senior - Attack
0 - Charlotte Kull, senior - Midflield
15 - Amy Martino, senior - Goal (C)
9 - Emily Paytas, senior - Attack
2 - Ava Spotts, senior - Attack
6 - Natalie Schluter, senior - Defense
26 - Anna Turk, senior - Attack / Midfield (C)

(C) - denotes team captain

Summit, now 14-2 on the season, will next road trip to Newton Square, PA, to take on Episcopal Academy May 12. Game time is set for 11 a.m.

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