WILIAMSTOWN — The Mount Greylock girls lacrosse team started fast, building a big first-half lead for a 19-10 win over Oakmont in the first round of the MIAA Central/Western Massachusetts Division II tournament. The No. 7 Mounties advance to face No. 2 Groton-Dunstable in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
The visiting Spartans struck first, scoring just 1 minute and 58 seconds into the game. The goal seemed to awake the Mounties, however, sparking a 6-1 run. Emma Polumbo scored four first-half goals including three in the final 1:13 of the half.
Greylock coach Lindsey von Holtz said the fast start was a welcome change from her team.
"We've been a second-half team for most of the season and every game we go into it hoping we won't be a second-half team," she said.
The Mounties did some damage in the first half, but they opened up the floodgates in the second, consistently winning the draw and controlling possession. Caroline Flynn and Polumbo scored two goals each while Sarah Stripp added a goal as well, putting the hosts up 13-3 midway through the second half.
The Spartans responded with three unanswered goals, cutting their deficit to 13-6 with 12:27 left in the game. But the Mounties answered with three goals of their own, extending the lead back to 10. The teams traded goals for the remainder of the half. Stripp's goal with 30 seconds left was Greylock's final blow.
"It was what we expected. We knew we had to come in, work hard and step up our game," Oakmont coach Jared Quinn said. "We spent the time from our Lunenburg game to here practicing and working hard. A couple things didn't go our way and here we are."
Stripp led the offense with seven goals and one assist. Polumbo had five goals. Flynn had three goals. Gabriella Orpin and Ada DeGooyer had two assists each. Madi Chevarie led Oakmont with four goals. Julia Whitney made eight saves for Greylock. Rose Hanmore made seven saves for Oakmont
"We knew this would be tough. ... The girls played very well," Von Holtz said. "I'm proud of how well they played together, passed well and looked up and took care of the ball."
The Mounties await Gronton-Dunstable, the reigning Central/West D-II champions, and the team that defeated Greylock 15-6 in the quarterfinals last year.
Stripp said it's hard to gauge the talent of teams from Central Mass., but if they move the ball well, the Mounties should be able to compete with the Crusaders.
"This year, we're looking for more of a variety of players to score, not relying on one or two players," she said. "That's been happening a lot in our games at the end of the season. ... So I think we've gotten more people scoring and teams can't focus on two particular people."
Oakmont goals — Madi Chevarie 4, Courtney Allard 2, Hannah Harrington 2, Morgan Beatty 1, Madison Tocci 1. Oakmont assists — Harrington 2, Alyssa Girouard 1.
Greylock goals — Sarah Stripp 7, Emma Polumbo 5, Caroline Flynn 3, Ari Walden 1, Lauren Howard 1, Haley Reinhard 1, Karen Aliberti. Greylock assists — Gabriella Orpin 2, Ada DeGooyer 2, Lauren Alberti 1, Walden 1, Stripp 1, Karen Alberti 1.
Saves — O: Rose Hanmore 7. MG: Julia Whitney 8.
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