Lucy Barrett said she stopped playing lacrosse when she entered the ninth grade at Mount Greylock High School. One year later, the rising senior picked up a stick again.

Barrett finished her junior season this spring at Greylock and had a good enough season to be named the All-Eagle most valuable player.

Barrett scored 56 goals and added eight assists as Greylock made it to the Western Massachusetts tournament for the second consecutive season. The Mounties did, however, make some history.

This was the first year that girls lacrosse was split by divisions in Western and Central Mass. Instead of being lumped into one Western Mass. division with teams from Greylock to Longmeadow, the Mounties moved into a Central/Western Mass. Division II.

With that came the historic first tournament victory, a 16-11 win over Cathedral. The Mounties fell in the next round to Littleton.

"Having a first-round home game was a highlight," she said. "It was hard not to be on the field."

Barrett was off the field because she contracted mononucleosis and had to miss the tail end of the regular season.

"Even not being part of that game was a highlight," she said. "It makes me more anxious to do it again in my senior year. I want to be on the field."

Barrett first started playing in the fourth grade, and took to the game right away.

"I loved it," she said. "It was a very new thing. It wasn't in high school."

Mount Greylock isn't a huge school, so Barrett knows her teammates from class.


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But she did admit that some of her lacrosse teammates weren't the same ones she shared in other sports.

"For me, it's not all the names you remember from basketball and soccer," Barrett said. "This year, more girls have come out."

"Lucy played a key role in our midfield this year," Greylock coach Lindsey von Holtz said. "She was an integral part of our defense, our transition and our attack."

The Mounties were 17-1-1 in the regular season, and set a target for next year's team to go after.

"I think what we've learned this year is when we work as a team, we can compete with anyone," Barrett said.

As an individual, she said that playing defense in lacrosse is different than playing it in basketball or soccer.

"The hard part of [lacrosse] was that I played defense" before this year, she said. "In basketball, you're playing offense and defense the whole game.

"Playing defense is so much different than basketball or soccer."

Though she has been for a three-sport standout at Mount Greylock, Lucy Barrett said she is now fully a lacrosse player.

"I came in as an athlete," she said. "Now I feel like I have the mindset of a lacrosse player."

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