Saturday September 8, 2012

LENOX -- Benni McComish couldn't have delivered the free kick much better.

The ball floated over the box just in time for teammate Nathan Majumder to meet it with his head, burying it into the corner of the net. Pretty was one way to describe Majumder and Mount Greylock's 4-0 win over Lenox on Friday night.

"We knew when we saw Lenox, first game, night game, it was going to be a tough one," Majumder said. "It was key to start out well. Coming out with a 4-0 shutout in the first game, you can't top it."

It was a dream start for the Mounties (1-0-0, 1-0-0 North), with Majumder contributing on all four goals. The senior finished with three assists to go with that opening score in the 13th minute while McComish had a goal and an assist in the victory at Lenox High School.

Greylock used what coach Blair Dils called "smart" runs to expose Lenox at the back. Majumder found McComish for his goal after chasing down a ball in the corner and crossing it to the lurking freshman. Alex White also found his way in behind the defense several times, missing one wide-open shot after working down the left side in the first half.

"We just got tired at the end," said Millionaires defender Luke Martino. "Didn't pick up any men dropping behind us. Just too quick for us. They were fast. They had good foot skills."

Dils said he thought Lenox (0-1-0, 0-1-0) was faster as a team but the Mounties picked their spots well. Eric Hirsch set up Majumder's goal with a slashing run through the left side of the defense that drew the free kick for McComish.


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"We're not a fast team. We're not a big team," Dils said. "We hope we can put the ball on the ground and make the ball do the work so that can negate some of the size-speed deficiencies we might have."

It was Lenox that was struggling to catch up on this night. Millionaires coach Scott Chadwick said his team wasn't organized and at times rushed plays.

Lenox just couldn't seem to reel in players like Majumder. On the third goal, he sprinted to scoop up a ball that keeper Trevor Hathaway was calling for before delivering it to Grant Raphael for the finish.

"I think they did a really good job of getting their wingers in on the outside flanks," Chadwick said. "That did disrupt us quite a bit. Our outside backs did a lot of running covering."

Dils said Friday's win wasn't a dominant 4-0 victory but an opportunistic one. Lenox had its fair share of chances -- finishing with 10 shots -- but the Millionaires had to push after falling behind 2-0.

Greylock, on the other hand, finished, often with style, when it needed to.

"They made smart passes in the box and guys finished," Dils said. "That was the bottom line. It wasn't that much of a territorial mismatch that the scoreboard indicates but when we had the opportunity we seized on it."

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Greylock 4, Lenox 0

Greylock 1 3 -- 4

Lenox 0 0 -- 0

First half

G -- Nathan Majumder (Benni McComish), 12:53.

Second half

G -- McComish (Majumder), 57:00.

G -- Grant Raphael (Majumder), 71:02.

G -- Eric Hirsch (Majumder), 76:07.

Saves -- G: Sean Houston 6; L: Trevor Hathaway 6.