SUMMIT, NJ - In the context of a team setting, Webster's defines depth as "a large number of good players".
The Summit High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team launched depth charge after depth charge at a game, but over-matched Glen Ridge side, the result being nine different Hilltoppers scoring the game's first nine goals en route to a dominating 16-4 victory. In sum, 12 different Summit players scored at least one goal.
The fact that Summit, which improved to 9-1 on the season, is deep is not exactly breaking news, but the scale of the depth reveals the quality of their players, the strength of their scheme, and an unselfish, "team first" mentality that enables the entire offensive unit to flourish.
"They (Glen Ridge) opened the game by 'face guarding' Sara Szynal," said Summit Head Coach Mike Walsh. "Before I could even say anything, she sets two quick screens that create two goals. We have seven players in the offensive end of the field and, because of unselfish play like that, all seven can score."
And, they did.
Olivia Kelly opened the scoring, followed by goals by Stephanie Ford, Maggie Moriarty, Szynal, Catherine Cordrey, and Callie Humphrey. Glen Ridge changed their goalie, and Isabel Zachara, Emily Kalin, Meaghan Celmer scored, followed by Moriarty's second to make 10-0 at half-time.
Summit goalie Kady Glynn deserves high marks for making several point-blank saves in the first half, keeping her focus despite the runaway score line.
Szynal scored her second, making it 11-0, before Glen Ridge got on the scoreboard. To their credit, the Ridgers competed to the end but, with Walsh substituting freely, the Hilltoppers kept scoring.
Cordrey's second goal of the game was followed by Celmer's second, Moriarty's Hat Trick score, then Cordrey's Hat Trick goal. After Emily Kalin scored her second, Julia Persche added Summit's 17th goal, but they weren't finished.
Samantha Forsyth and Olivia Kull -- who notched her first goal of the season -- completed the 19-goal effort.
Summit's week gets much more challenging when they travel to Mendham April 23 for a 4 p.m. start, and then return home to face Shawnee April 26 at 11 a.m.