There were big shoes to fill at Pittsfield with the graduation of inaugural All-Eagle MVP Brady Aitken. Tagliaferro stepped in and did an outstanding job filling those shoes. The senior was Pittsfield's leading scorer with 50 goals.
The coach's take: Dan worked really hard in the offseason. it paid off for him -- and for us.
-- Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken Michael McCormack
Michael and Brett McCormack grew up with lacrosse in their blood. Their father George is the head coach at Williams, and the background translates on the field. Michael McCormack scored 74 goals and had 62 assists.
The coach's take: What made him important for us was his versatility. He played both midfield and attack for us, but predominantly attack. He's a left-hander, and that makes him dangerous.
-- Mount Greylock coach Jeff Stripp
The older brother had more goals, but just a couple of fewer assists than his younger brother. Brett scored 82 goals and added 59 assists, and shared the coaches MVP award with teammate Ethan Ryan. McCormack's quick release on his shot was one of his more impressive attributes.
The coach's take: His dedication and love for the game, that's what drives him. You add the skill and his work ethic, he has the right package.
The co-MVP as chosen by the lacrosse coaches had 52 goals and 33 assists, and managed six goals in Greylock's Western Mass. quarterfinal game against Minnechaug. He was also the All-Eagle football MVP.
The coach's take: He was one of our most valuable players. Anybody who watched or game against Minnechaug, he had a phenomenal night. That was Ethan Ryan in a nutshell.
Barrett and Ryan were quite the one-two punch for Greylock in the midfield. Barrett had 24 goals and 43 assists and was outstanding at both ends of the field.
The coach's take: He was the heart and soul of our midfield. His energy, leadership and his ability to pick up ground balls were tops.
Everything the Wildcats did this year went through the midfielder. Wolski was a threat to score for Lee, and was also a quality defender. He is blessed with good stick skills and a good shot.
A coach's take: He was [a player] that we tried to watch and tried to shut down. He definitely was a big offensive threat.
- Monument coach Rob Leary
Ferro took all of the Generals' faceoffs during the season and had a 60-70 percent success ratio.
The coach's take: He was one of our bright spots when we played Mount Greylock. If you don't have the ball, you can't score.
Senior Long Stick Midfielder
Ramsey was new to the Generals this year and adapted to his defensive midfield roll with ease.
The coach's take:
He was definitely unsure until he grasped the concept. Once you get through that, he was our go-to defender.
Senior Long Stick Midfielder
Lambert moved to the long stick position in order to help the Crusaders with their faceoffs.
The coach's take: He did a good job playing midfield and defense for us. He did everything I asked him to do.
-- St. Joseph's coach Ben Kline
The Mounties were as good defensively as they were offensively, and Clement had a lot to do with that. A speedy defender, he was there when needed. His tenacity and ability to throw good checks were also critical portions of his game.
The coach's take: Once he does have the ball, his speed helps him. We're very fortunate to have him at that position.
Kelly, a captain, anchored the defense for the Crusaders. He was called the best defender on his team and Kline said he was one of the top defenders in the league.
The coach's take: He had a fabulous work ethic and he was an amazing example for our players to follow.
On teams that don't score a ton of goals, defenders are critical. Broztek was the anchor of a Wahconah defense, who would be physical when needed and could get the ball out of danger.
A coach's take: [At Monument] we play from the defense out. He was solid back there, definitely made good contact at appropriate times and played strong. That makes it harder for you to run your offense.
Rahilly faced a lot of shots and made a lot of saves. One of Rahilly's skills was as a passer, as he was able to help the Generals go from defense to offense quickly.
The coach's take: He kept us in a lot of games. We won a couple of close games. He was never afraid of the ball and had quick hands.
Coaches Second Team
Attack: Alex Teichert, Pittsfield; Stephin Wallace, Hoosac Valley; Matt Duane, Taconic; Cole Hughes, Mount Greylock.
Midfield: Brendan Leary, Pittsfield; Ceasar Quinn, Wahconah; Mike Basile, Monument Mountain; Matt Malloy, Mount Greylock.
Faceoff: Brendan Faas, St. Joseph.
Long Stick Midfield: John Driver, Mount Greylock.
Defense: Jake Martin, Pittsfield; Matt Hogan, Mount Greylock; Tom Galisa, Hoosac Valley; Collin Abderhalden, Lee.
Goalie: Cal Filson, Mount Greylock.
Most Valuable Players: Brett McCormack, Mount Greylock; Ethan Ryan, Mount Greylock