PITTSFIELD -- With just one game remaining in their regular season, the Mount Greylock girls lacrosse players would like to maintain the status quo heading into Friday's Central-Western Mass. seed meeting.
It's certainly worked for them so far.
Four goals each from Sarah Stripp and Lucy Barrett led Greylock to a 17-7 win over Pittsfield on Monday at Herberg Middle School. The win puts the Mounties at 13-1-1, with only Hoosac Valley left on the regular-season slate. That game is Wednesday.
Stripp, a freshman, and Barrett, a junior, contributed eight of the 17 goals Monday. Greylock coach Lindsey Von Holtz, though, doesn't feel she needs to rely on just two players.
"The best part of this season is we don't have one or two players that can score," she said. "We don't have one or two players who can keep possession. We have an entire group."
That entire group certainly kept possession throughout the game, especially in the first half. After Lindsay Curry's goal gave PHS an early 2-1 lead, the Mounties rattled off seven unanswered goals. Pittsfield got a three-goal surge in the final minutes of the first half to cut the Greylock lead to 8-5 at the half, but the Mounties pulled away for good by scoring the first four goals of the second half.
"We worked really well on passing and catching, which was a big part," Stripp said. "We were calling a lot of our plays and trying to move the ball. We've been working on trying to get more assisted goals, instead of just running it in.
Julia Whitney and Kelsey Orpin each scored two goals for Greylock. As for the assists, Maggie Rorke led the way with two.
Makenzi Astore led the way for Pittsfield with three goals -- two of them in the final 3 minutes of the first half. Curry scored twice for the Generals.
"We just knew that we needed to keep up the pressure and keep showing them we do know what we're doing," Astore said of the first-half surge.
"They [Greylock] are just very good with their passing and catching. They know where the next person's going to be even before they are there. They know how to double, they know how to check."
Despite a lot of pressure on her in the first half, Pittsfield goalie Haley Milne kept her composure and stopped 19 shots, many of them from close range.
"She gets a lot of hits on her. They get a lot of fast breaks," PHS coach Kendra Isbell said. "She [faces] quick shots and quick rebounds where they're firing again, so in the midst of them being one of the best teams in the league, she really stands up to the pressure really well."
Greylock 8 9 -- 17
Pittsfield 5 2 -- 7
Greylock goals: Lucy Barrett 4, Sarah Stripp 4, Kelsey Orpin 2, Julia Whitney 2, Alana Chesney 1, Sophie Leamon 1, Haley Reinhard 1, Rachel Clement 1, Miranda Bucky 1. Pittsfield goals: Makenzi Astore 3, Lindsay Curry 2, Jacie Salvie 1, Lauren Curry 1. Greylock assists: Maggie Rorke 2, Barrett 1, Orpin 1, Stripp 1.
Saves: MG -- Sam MacWhinnie 4, Paige Willis 2. P -- Haley Milne 19.