SUMMIT, NJ - Scoring on what seemed like every offensive possession they had, the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team defeated Kent Place School 19-9.
As was the case in their win earlier this week against James Caldwell, Summit had multiple goals scorers -- nine to be exact -- led by Meaghan Celmer, who tallied six times.
Each team had a five-goal run in the first half, in which 19 goals were scored. After going down 1-0 in the first minute of the game, Summit reeled off five goals in a row, and 10 of the next 12, to take a 10-3 lead.
Celmer, Stephanie Ford, Celmer again, Catherine Cordrey, and Isabel Zachara assembled the first run, before Ford, Celmer for the Hat Trick, Persche, Ford for the Hat Trick, and Olivia Kelly built what appeared to be the launch pad for a runaway victory.
Kent Place School, however, had a run of its own up their sleeve.
Winning possession after possession, Kent Place scored five successive goals, during the midst of which Summit Head Coach agitatedly called a timeout. The run continued, and soon it was 10-8, and game on. Celmer's fourth goal just before halftime restored a bit of order for Summit but, at 11-8, the contest was a long ways from being over, and light years away from where it was appeared it was headed just 10 minutes earlier.
"We weren't getting possession, and were a half-step slow on some of our defensive slides." said Walsh. "They have players who catch and throw the ball very well."
The depth of Lady Hilltoppers offensive firepower, however, is both impressive and, when they get possession, relatively unstoppable. So went the second half. Summit saw a lot more of the ball, and one side of the scoreboard -- the "Guest" side -- began to blink.
Another five-goal run, featuring strong finishing, came from the sticks of Cordrey, Sara Szynal, Maggie Moriarty, Kelly and Szynal again, and the close game was no more at 16-8. Kent Place managed another score, their lone goal of the half, but Celmer's fifth and sixth goals sandwiched around a score from Samantha Forsyth, made the final 19-9.
"In the second half, we turned them over, made some timely slides on defense , and Kady (Glynn) made some saves, and that got us the ball," said Walsh, who added, "When we had the ball, we scored."
The team now enjoys a brief break from game play, returning to the Upper High School Turf field to face Glen Ridge April 21 at 4 p.m.