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LAX: Championship rematch: No. 7 Summit and No. 1 Ridgewood to face off Saturday after memorable T of C final


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By Evan Slavit | For NJ Advance
on March 31, 2017 4:12 PM, updated March 31, 2017 6:53 PM

Last year’s Tournament of Champions final was as good as it gets.

Both Summit, No 7 in the Top 20, and No. 1 Ridgewood had improbable comebacks late in the game, and it took to double overtime to decide a winner after the two New Jersey powers battled to a one-goal game earlier in the season.

Summit ultimately prevailed by an 11-10 score, winning its first Tournament of Champions title and keeping Ridgewood from winning its third and first since 2011, thanks to a three-goal comeback late in the second half. Ridgewood’s heroics was a goal from Lillie Kloak, who tied the game with 18 seconds left after Summit took the lead in the final few minutes.

Now, with the rain unlikely to postpone Saturday’s noon contest, the two are set up for another classic.

It’s not exactly the same cast of characters, with Summit losing one of the more talented senior classes that included Player of the Year Sara Syznal, as well as Catherine Cordrey, Julia Persche, Callie Humphrey, Maggie Moriarty and Teia Ross.

There’ll still be plenty of firepower on both sides, though.