SUMMIT, NJ - Sara Szynal had five goals, Meaghan Celmer and Catherine Cordrey added Hat Tricks, and the Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team ripped of several multi-goal runs to beat Chatham 16-8, reaching the sectional finals. The Hilltoppers will face Rumson May 28 at the Upper Turf Field, with game time set for 4 p.m.
Summit scored two goals inside the game's first two minutes, both by Szynal, and it looked like the first half could be a repeat of the Hilltoppers regular season encounter with Chatham, where they outscored the Cougars 13-4 in the opening 25 minutes.
Chatham answered right back, however, with a pair of their own goals to tie the game, both scored by Beth Kuyk. Summit was dominating the draws, however, and with draw control comes possession, with possession come goals, and goals stack up quickly to create an extended run.
Szynal completed her Hat Trick, followed by goals from Olivia Kelly, Catherine Cordrey, Stephanie Ford, Celmer, and Szynal again to make it 8-2. While they were owning large chunks of possession and scoring goals, the Hilltoppers were playing -- uncharacteristically -- a bit fast and loose with the ball, and Chatham took advantage at the end of the first half and beginning of the second to make a game of it again.
Morgan Sullivan and Maggie O'Neill scored at the end of the first half to narrow the lead to 8-4, and two more Cougars goals began the second half to make it 8-6.
As they consistently have, Summit answered aggressively when pushed, and they reeled of five consecutive goals to put the game out of reach. Cordrey, Madeleine Gramigna, Szynal, Isabel Zachara, and Celmer tallied before two Chatham goals trimmed the lead to 13-8. Celmer, Ford, and Cordrey scored later in the half to provide Summit's third and final run of the contest.
"Draw control plays a big part of every game, and it definitely did today," said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh. "We made some defensive adjustments at the half, but Chatham is a very good, well-coached team, and they exposed some things today that we need to work on. We were sloppy in some areas, and we will work to clean that up between now and next Wednesday."