Chatham gives Summit fits in classic five overtime loss

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountylacrosse

Group II final

Going into Thursday’s state title game against Summit, Chatham vowed that it was going to give the defending champion Hilltoppers their best game. Once it was over there was no doubt that the Cougars did just that. Summit went five overtimes before finally defeating Chatham 7-6 on Sunny Round’s unassisted goal with 2:26 left in the fifth overtime period in what was clearly one of the longest games in state tournament history.

Mike Ford scored four goals and Terry McKenna added a goal and an assist for Summit which captured its 67th consecutive victory and third consecutive group title in the contest played at Ridge High School.

Sean Whiteman scored two goals and Kyle Howard-Johnson, Corey Heideran, Sam Carson and Jack Eisenreich also tallied. The Cougars were vying for their first state boys lacrosse crown.

Kyle Howard-Johnson scored the goal that sent it into overtime. He hit a wraparound shot with 5:21 left to knot the game at 6-all. Chatham trailed 5-4 going into the final period but tied it at 5-5 on Whiteman’s second score. His goal was matched by McKenna’s only goal of the game two minutes later but Howard-Johnson would eventually get the equalizer.

Summit goalkeeper Mike Badgeley was kept busy all afternoon. He made 12 saves to help Summit improve to 22-0 this season.

Corey Fritts made six saves for Chatham. The Cougars were patient and by all accounts were strong with their shot selections. Chatham was embarrassed with the 12-4 loss they suffered from their neighbors on April 26. They may not have gotten the victory but gained plenty of respect as well the honor of being in one of the longest state games in tournament history.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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