Summit girls’ lacrosse captures its first TOC crown; Senior Humphrey nets game-winner in 2OT

Hilltoppers, with a final state ranking of No. 1, close historic 2016 campaign with 24-1 mark and 13-game winning streak

PHOTO COURTESY OF GENE NANN - The Summit girls' lacrosse team captured its first TOC crown, downing Ridgewood 11-10 in double overtime in the June 11 final at Kean University.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GENE NANN – The Summit girls’ lacrosse team captured its first TOC crown, downing Ridgewood 11-10 in double overtime in the June 11 final at Kean University.
Summit senior Callie Humphrey (No. 21) scored the TOC championship game's game-winning goal in double overtime.
Summit senior Callie Humphrey (No. 21) scored the TOC championship game’s game-winning goal in double overtime.
Summit junior goalkeeper Maddie Collins (No. 44) deflects a shot taken by a Ridgewood player. The number on the Summit roster for Collins is 52.
Summit junior goalkeeper Maddie Collins (No. 44) deflects a shot taken by a Ridgewood player. The number listed on the Summit roster for Collins is 52.
Ridgewood, in white at left with possession of the ball, and Summit, in dark at right, finished as the top two-ranked teams in the state for 2016 - Summit No. 1 and Bergen County's Ridgewood No. 2.
Ridgewood, in white at left with possession of the ball, and Summit, in dark at right, finished as the top two-ranked teams in the state for 2016 – Summit being No. 1 and Bergen County’s Ridgewood No. 2.

The Summit girls’ lacrosse program has produced numerous championships over the years, including the state final in 1999 – pre TOC – and four consecutive state titles the last four seasons, becoming only the second New Jersey team to accomplish that feat.

However, Saturday’s thrilling extra session victory on the final day of the 2016 season has to rank as the No. 1 Hilltopper victory of all time.

After getting their hearts broken in the past two Tournament of Champions championship games, the Summit Hilltoppers came out on top – this time displaying tears of joy.

Top-seeded Summit – in double overtime on a goal by senior Callie Humphrey – defeated second-seeded Ridgewood 11-10 to capture the 2016 TOC crown at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium in Union.

Summit lost to South Jersey power Moorestown 8-6 in the 2014 final at Bridgewater-Raritan – a game in which the Hilltoppers led 5-3 at halftime – and was then defeated by in-town arch rival Oak Knoll 11-10 in the 2015 final at Kean.

Three years ago, Summit was defeated by Shawnee 13-12 in overtime in the semifinals at Monmouth University.

The euphoria of a close victory to finally win the championship Saturday should outweigh the heartbreak of the three previous very slim defeats.

It was the third straight time Summit defeated Ridgewood by one goal, including in the regular season this year 9-8 and in last year’s TOC semifinals 6-5.

Summit just completed its best four-year run in program history, sparked by standout senior Sara Szynal, who will continue playing at Northwestern.

Summit went a combined 83-13 (.865), including 1-0 in the Group 3 final, 3-0 in the Group 2 final, 4-3 in the TOC and 1-2 in three TOC finals.

This year, Summit finishes as the top-ranked team in New Jersey and with a 13-game winning streak after its only loss, which was to an out-of-state team from Virginia.

Humphrey, who wears No. 21, scored the game’s 21st and final goal during the three-minute double overtime period.

Ridgewood’s Lillie Kloak tied the game at 10-10 with a goal with just 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

Syznal’s game-leading fifth goal put Summit ahead 10-9 with 5:34 left in the second half.

Ridgewood led 6-3 at intermission and was then ahead 10-7 lead with 12 minutes remaining.

From there, Humphrey, Samantha Forsyth and Catherine Cordrey scored to even the game at 10-10.

Humphrey finished with three goals, Cordrey two and two assists and Forsyth one.

For Ridgewood, Alex Absey, Chelsea Trattner and Kloak had two goals, while Katie Bourque, Hannah Cermak, Cat Roxas and Claire Smesko had one.

Summit goalie Maddie Collins made four saves and Ridgewood’s Casey Cole five.

 

A good cast is worth repeating:

Summit girls’ lacrosse, No. 1 in New Jersey for 2016:

13-Kaleigh Brennan, sophomore

3-Katia Carnevale, freshman

52-Maddie Collins, junior

15-Catherine Cordrey, senior

28-Mary Fischetti, senior

26-Samantha Forsyth, senior

6-Shannon Groskoph, junior

18-Audrey Hannigan, junior

8-Julia Harkins, senior

21-Callie Humphrey, senior

10-Helen Johnson, sophomore

4-Emily Kalin, senior

6-Olivia Kull, junior

50-Catherine Maloney, sophomore

55-Amy Martino, sophomore

23-Kathleen Morano, senior

14-Maggie Moriarty, senior

42-Delaney O’Dowd, junior

20-Caitlin Osmulski, senior

9-Emily Paytas, sophomore

10-Julia Persche, senior

12-Teia Ross, senior

2-Ava Spotts, sophomore

27-Stella Spotts, junior

34-Ceclily Stabler, junior

33-Kaitlin Stewart, senior

22-Morgan Strabley, senior

87-Julia Szynal, freshman

25-Sara Szynal, senior

77-Katherine Tully, freshman

1-Isabel Zachara, senior

Head coach: Mike Walsh

 

SUMMIT GIRLS’ LACROSSE BEST 4-YEAR RUN:

 

2016: (24-1)

Group 3 state champions

Group 3 final: Summit 15, Moorestown 6 – at Kean

Tournament of Champions:

Semifinals: Summit 10, Rumson-Fair Haven 4 – at Monmouth

Final: Summit 11, Ridgewood 10 (2OT) – at Kean

 

2015: (20-5)

Group 2 state champions

Group 2 final: Summit 12, Rumson-Fair Haven 5 – at Kean

Tournament of Champions:

Semifinals: Summit 6, Ridgewood 5 – at Monmouth

Final: Oak Knoll 11, Summit 10 – at Kean

 

2014: (21-2)

Group 2 state champions

Group 2 final: Summit 15, Red Bank Catholic 3 – at Kean

Tournament of Champions:

Semifinals: Summit 11, Mountain Lakes 9 – at Monmouth

Final: Moorestown 8, Summit 6 – at Bridgewater-Raritan

 

2013: (18-5)

Group 2 state champions

Group 2 final: Summit 16, Allentown 11 – at Kean

Tournament of Champions:

Semifinals: Shawnee 13, Summit 12 (OT) – at Monmouth

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