Rough day for Mountain Lakes; both teams eliminated from T of C

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Both boys and girls Mountain Lakes lacrosse teams put together stellar seasons that include Group I state titles. However, both also had their seasons end on Wednesday against opponents from Summit in the semifinal round of the Tournament of Champions. The Summit boys defeated Mountain Lakes 10-3 in Bridgewater-Raritan. The Summit girls topped Mountain Lakes 11-9 in a game held at Hunterdon Central.

Boys

Mountain Lakes 10, Summit 3

Goals by Brad Landry, Brad Smith and Ryan Frawley were all the Lakers could muster. Christian Cuccinello and Zach Lesko added assists for Mountain Lakes.

James Strabley had two goals and three assist to pace the Hilltoppers. Summit dominated from the beginning with seven consecutive goals to take a 7-1 halftime lead.

4 bl mlsum delbrwIt was part of Summit’s gameplan to make sure Mountain Lakes’ Christian Cuccinello was well covered. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

The Hilltoppers defense made it a point to smother Cuccinello and Brad Smith anytime they had the ball with even a sliver of space to work in. Offensively, Summit was clicking in the first half. The Lakers didn’t get on the board until Landry connected with 1:27 left in the second quarter.

When the Lakers did get a spark and rallied with back-to-back goals early in the fourth quarter, Hilltopper’s keeper Sam Bebout stepped up to end any threat. He finished the contest with 11 saves. Summit moves on to face Delbarton in Saturday’s title game which will also be played at Bridgewater-Raritan. Paul Kimmelman and Kevin Beimfohr combined to stop seven shots for Mountain Lakes. The Lakers finish the season with a 22-4 mark.

14 bl mlsum delbrwMountain Lakes’ Zach Lesko has to deal with a Summit double team. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Girls

Summit 11, Mountain Lakes 9

Victoria Kalamaras, Jackie Perry and Rachel Treweeke each posted hat tricks for the Lakers. Mountain Lakes trailed 5-3 at the half but rallied to tie the game at 5-all early in the second half. Treweeke, who has given the Lakers a spark during the second half of the season, did it again on Wednesday.

She scored twice within the first six minutes and tied the game at 5-all with 19:27 left in regulation.

However, Summit’s Meaghan Celmer stepped up to score four second-half goals including one that broke the tie at 15:59 and the Hilltoppers pulled away. Celmer would score twice and Olivia Kelly added a goal in an 11-minute span to make it an 8-5 game. The Lakers wouldn’t score again until Kalamaras connected with 4:46 remaining to make it a 2-goal game again.

Summit would eventually build an 11-7 advantage. The Lakers scored twice in the final 46 seconds but the clock ran out on the Morris County champs which finished the season at 23-2.

Summit advances to play perennial juggernaut Moorestown which topped Lenape 13-7 for its 76th consecutive win.

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

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