Summit High School boys lacrosse hopes to win big in Tournament of Champions
The best high school boy's lacrosse team in New Jersey will be crowned this week.
Summit, Mountain Lakes, Don Bosco and Pingry are in the final four and are battling it out in the Tournament of Champions.
The boys on the Summit team say that their mindset is to survive and advance.
“It shows how close of a group that we really are,” says senior Luke Dinola. “All of our seniors have been best friends for our whole lives, and we have 17 this year. So it really shows the characteristics of our team.”
At 17-0, the Summit Hilltoppers are looking to complete a perfect season. Head coach Jim Davidson is in his 23rd year and says that the foundation of his team’s success is his players’ attitudes.
“These guys ever day came out and worked hard and understand that you just don’t know what the next day is going to bring. So they’re excited about it, they worked hard. I think what makes this difference is that they’re grateful that they’ve been able to play,” Davidson says.
Summit is looking to win the tournament for the third time in the program’s history. The team previously went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.
“We always talk about the 2009 and 2010 teams and if we can be right up there with them at the end of this journey. That would mean the world to everyone on this team,” says senior Michael Bonomo.
Summit will face the defending Tournament of Champion winner Mountain Lakes in the semifinals on Wednesday. The last time these two teams met was in the 2019 semis. Mountain Lakes won in triple overtime.
“We can't let them get in our heads. We know what we're capable of. We have to play hard and play our best lacrosse and see what happens,” Dinola says.
Summit and Mountain Lakes play on Wednesday. On the other side of the bracket is undefeated Don Bosco and Pingry.