WILLIAMSTOWN -- While his team warmed up, Cathedral boys lacrosse assistant coach Bobby Cecchetelli said it was time to "Make a statement."
Instead, it was Mount Greylock that sent a resounding message two hours later with a 23-3 dismantling of the Panthers.
"I don't know what to say," Cecchetelli said with a glance toward the scoreboard at John Allen Field. "I'm flabbergasted."
The Springfield school got a taste of what's become typical in Berkshire County -- a Greylock rout. Brett McCormack had six goals and six assists while Ethan Ryan found the back of the net five times. Cole Hughes and Hank Barrett had three goals each.
It was a nice feeling for Michael McCormack after this same Cathedral team ended Greylock's 2012 season.
"It feels amazing, especially because we lost to them in the first round of the playoffs last year," he said. "It feels great to beat them this way."
The Mounties left little doubt. Cole Jackson got the scoring started 20 seconds in and Greylock led 7-2 after a quarter. The Mounties scored 17 straight times, shutting Cathedral (2-4) out for 19 minutes, six seconds at one point.
Greylock (7-1) used stifling pressure to maintain the onslaught. Possessions were few and far between for Cathedral, with the Mounties swinging the ball across the field. Brett McCormack often found himself right on the cage, ready to fire.
"Moving off ball, that's key for us," he said. "Try and just get as open as possible like on the back side, backcut your defenseman once he's not looking. Just good, crisp passing."
Greylock coach Jeff Stripp said this year's offense is even better than last year's edition that dominated Berkshire County. That may be a question of degree, but there's little doubt this year's Mounties are dangerous.
"I have a lot of faith in our guys," Stripp said. "The big thing about them is they know, like and trust each other very well. That, for me, is the biggest thing about our offense. When they do that -- I was getting on them a little bit because they weren't doing that -- they can play with anybody."
In just its second year as a varsity program, that should be what scares Greylock's opponents, in Berkshire County and beyond. After the Panthers sent the Mounties home early last year, this Greylock group wants to stick around deep into June.
"I feel like if we keep working hard maybe we can get to that point, but we still got some work to do to win Western Mass.," said Michael McCormack. "There's a lot of good teams."
Greylock 23, Cathedral 3
Greylock 7 8 7 1--23
Cathedral 2 0 1 0--3
Greylock goals -- Cole Jackson 2, Hank Barrett 3, Michael McCormack 2, Brett McCormack 6, Ethan Ryan 5, Cole Hughes 3, Matt Malloy 2.
Greylock assists -- Barrett 3, M. McCormack 5, B. McCormack 6, Ryan, Hughes 2, Jonah Kelley.
Cathedral goals -- Dominic Blad 2, C. Peritz.
Cathedral assists -- Williams, Ben Roberts, Zac Steigmeyer.
Saves -- G: Cal Filson 2; C: John Leonard 12; Nick Serrazina 9.