Wednesday July 18, 2012

Judge Duval

Senior, Hoosac Valley

Attack

The All-Eagle football player led the Hurricanes with 14 goals and 10 assists. He was also a physical presence on the front line.

The coach's take: He brought that football mentality. He helped raise the team up and made us able to compete in the county.

-- Hoosac coach John Duval Michael McCormack

Freshman, Mount Greylock

Attack

McCormack has an opportunity to become the first four-time All-Eagle lacrosse player, if he puts together three more seasons like he did this year. McCormack, whose father George is the lacrosse coach at Williams, had 62 goals -- second best in the county. He was also second in the league with 42 assists.

The coach's take: Having a pure lefty involved in the offense was a big difference. His shooting capabilities, his accuracy and his range were tops in the league.

-- Greylock coach Jeff Stripp

Brady Aitken

Senior, Pittsfield

Attack

A three-sport varsity athlete, Aitken led the county with 69 goals. He was third in the league with 30 assists.

The coach's take: He's a pretty competitive kid. His game sense is better than some others. That comes from being around the game so much. He has the stick skills.

-- Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken

Ethan Ryan

Junior, Mount Greylock

Faceoff

Ryan, who was a key cog in Mount Greylock's Super Bowl win this fall, was also a key factor in the Mounties' making a run to the Western Massachusetts tournament. Ryan also had 45 goals and 20 assists.

The coach's take: He was our go-to guy [on faceoffs]. He's as scrappy as they come. Faceoffs to me are about winning the 50-50 balls. A lot of times you're not going to win it cleanly. He's a ground ball machine. If he did win a clean faceoff, he became an immediate threat.

-- Stripp

Kent Hanson

Senior, Mount Greylock

Midfield

The football MVP, Hanson was outstanding in the spring on the lacrosse field. The midfielder scored 29 goals, had 11 assists, and controlled that part of the turf for the Mounties.

The coach's take: What Kent gave us was leadership. That came from his success on the football field and in skiing. He was our MVP because he did so much for us. What he did between the two restraining boxes was invaluable.

-- Stripp

Kevin McCloskey

Senior, Pittsfield

Midfield

An offensive lineman during football, McCloskey played with that same aggressive edge during lacrosse. McCloskey finished up with 13 goals and 6 assists.

The coach's take: There's a kid who give you everything every second. He's probably not the best athlete out there. He loves the game. He'll do it no matter what it takes.

-- Aitken

Mark Duane

Senior, Taconic

Midfield

Duane scored only three goals for the Braves but had 10 assists. He was also Taconic's defensive stalwart in the midfield.

The coach's take: Throw the statistics out the window. His value to the Taconic lacrosse team was his leadership ability, and his diligent and persevering defense.

-- Taconic coach Bill O'Brien Garvey

Neil Bednar

Senior, Pittsfield

Long pole midfield

Bednar started the last two years for Pittsfield's club team in the Berkshire County Lacrosse Association, and stepped right in as a starter in the inaugural varsity season. A long pole middy gives a team some extra defense against the opponents best offensive midfielders. Bednar was good at starting fast breaks for the PHS offense.

The coach's take: He was good with groundballs. He was the guy we would match up against the other team's strong offensive middie. He was just relentless.

-- Aitken

Brendon Tetlow

Senior, Hoosac Valley

Defense

It was only Tetlow's second year in lacrosse and the senior did a fine job helping to lead the Hoosac defense. He often had to guard the other team's top offensive player.

The coach's take: He has come so far from where he started. He always gives 110 percent in practice. He did everything the coaches asked.

-- Duval

Ben Kobrin

Senior, Mount Greylock

Defense

Kobrin helped anchor what Stripp called "a very good defense." Kobrin manned the right side and was also very adept at starting a Greylock counter-attack after clearing the ball out of danger.

The coach's take: What I saw from him this year was great. He got better as the season went on. He had a knack for where to go with the ball.

-- Stripp

Dan Shaw

Senior, Pittsfield

Defense

Shaw started last year for PHS' club team and anchored the Generals' back line this past season. A big, strong defender, Shaw gave opposing offenses plenty of trouble.

The coach's take: He usually drew the opponents' best attack player assignment on defense. He took his game to another level on defense. He became the leader of the group.

-- Aitken

Pat Malloy

Senior, Mount Greylock

Goalkeeper

A physical offensive lineman and linebacker in football, Malloy played a lacrosse position where you didn't hit as much. Malloy was as capable in goal as he was at the line of scrimmage. Stripp said one of Malloy's most memorable days came when he had 12 saves in a 9-5 win over East Longmeadow.

The coach's take: He was one of our leaders on the field. He was a very good defender and we asked him to be a goalie. He evolved nicely. He put together a complete year.

-- Stripp

-- Capsules by Howard Herman, Berkshire Eagle Staff