Summit, Glen Ridge vie for Group 1 title
GROUP 1 LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
At Livingston High, 7:30
SUMMIT (19-1) VS. GLEN RIDGE (16-5)
SEEDS: Summit 1, Glen Ridge 3
MSG VARSITY POWER RANKING: Summit 3, Glen Ridge 9
TITLE CHASE: Summit seeks its seventh group championship and fourth consecutive. Glen Ridge is after its second straight title.
LAST YEAR: Summit was crowned Group 2 champion with a dramatic 7-6 win over Chatham in five overtimes. Glen Ridge won its first NJSIAA title with a 9-8 victory over Mountain Lakes in the Group 1 final.
TRENDS: Summit has won four straight games since suffering its only loss, 10-7, to Ridgewood in the regular-season finale May 16. Glen Ridge also has won four straight since a 9-8 loss to Montgomery to close out the regular season.
STRANGERS: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
NUMBERS: Summit averages 11.9 gpg. and allows 4.15. Glen Ridge averages 10.9 gpg. and allows 5.6.
Summit: Outscored Delbarton, 5-0, in the second and third periods to pull out a 9-4 victory May 2. Nick Kilkowski paced the offense for the Hilltoppers with five goals and goalie Alex Salazar made eight saves. Summit's zone defense, led by Will Weber and Bill Hadley, did an outstanding job of keeping Delbarton shooters away from the crease.
Glen Ridge: Defeated Mountain Lakes, 10-4, in the semifinals on Saturday to avenge a regular-season loss. The Ridgers showed opportunism and patience in the first half to build a 4-1 lead and played an excellent defensive game behind John Winchell, Eric Prezioso and goalie Shane Doss. Jameson Smith and Nick Spitaletta sank four goals each for Glen Ridge.
Summit: Nick Kilkowski, Sr. A (76 goals, 19 assists); Austin Carbone, Jr. M (53-35); Will Weber, Sr. D; Ryan Bringewatt, Sr. M (10-4, faceoff); Alex Salazar, Sr. G; Tom Celmer, Sr. SSDM (16-17); Tyler Carbone, Jr. LSM; David Kalin, Sr. M (12-5); Stef Stadlinger, Sr. D; Bill Hadley, Sr. D; Tom Lackaye, Sr. (6-1, faceoff); Mike Badgley, Jr. SSDM (11-6); Will Shamim, Jr. LSM; Matt Maier, Jr. A (6-8).
Glen Ridge: John Winchell, Sr. D; Jameson Smith, Sr. M (51 goals, 18 assits); Shane Doss, Jr. G; Matt Lander, Sr. A (36-48); Colin Goldstein, Jr. M (44-44); Eric Prezioso, Jr. D; Stephen Ducey, Jr. SSDM (7-5, SSDM); Nick Spitaletta, Jr. (38-11); Michael Lloyd, Jr. LSM; Marcus Cunningham, So. D; Jackson Kinley, So. SSDM; Dan DiGioia, Sr. M (9-4); Joey Salvatelli, So. A (15-2); Ethan Johns, Sr. SSDM.
Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS