Tuesday July 17, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- It's a pretty basic formula: If an athlete is the leading scorer in a particular league, then it's almost a no-brainer that the player is also the most valuable.

In the case of Annie Flynn, senior attacker for the Mount Greylock Regional High School girls' lacrosse team, that is not the complete story.

Flynn is this year's All-Eagle Most Valuable Player for girls lacrosse, and she was the leading scorer in the league this spring. She popped in 87 goals during the regular season.

"She had 105 goals overall," said Mount Greylock girls' lacrosse coach Lindsay Von Holtz. "She had 87 in league contests, but we also played a few independent games, and she was just as effective in those games."

And when the proverbial chips were down, Flynn produced. She scored five goals in an 11-9 win against Wahconah to lead the Mounties into the Western Mass. tournament in a key contest late in the season.

In another late-season game against Hoosac Valley, Flynn scored six goals, including the game-winner, to rally her team past the Hurricanes, 12-11. Her four second-half goals rallied the Mounties from a 6-5 deficit at halftime to a 16-10 win over Pittsfield.

Her season high was 10 goals, in another game against the Hurricanes.

Flynn is technically the first high school girls lacrosse MVP in the county's history, as lacrosse officially began as a varsity sport this spring. But it has been a club sport for several years, and Flynn has played for the Mounties all four years of her high school career.

Although the county did not have a girls' lacrosse league until 2012, there was a club league, and Flynn was a Berkshire County Lacrosse Association All-Star last year.

So she could play. And she could score.

"She's a good shooter, and she has the ability to judge where the goalie is not," said Von Holtz. "And place the ball there."

This sounds like a fairly basic skill, but as Von Holtz explains, Flynn has a quick, accurate release that produces goals.

And, noted Von Holtz, because the Mounties did not play in a vacuum, other teams became aware of Flynn's abilities. As the year went on, Flynn was carrying out these scoring feats and getting more and more attention.

"It was tough for her," said Von Holtz. "Toward the end of the season, she was getting double- and triple-teamed."

But according to Von Holtz, what may have been more important was that Flynn was a strong two-way performer.

"She wasn't just an attacker," said Von Holtz. "She was a defender, too. If we lost the ball, she would get back on defense. She hated to lose possession."

So she scored, and she defended. Annie Flynn played the whole game -- as an MVP should.

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