The Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team entered the 2014 season with high expectations.
Coming off the team’s first ever Central/Western-Mass. playoff win, a Central/Western Mass. title was a realistic next step for the program. In addition to the team achieving its goal by beating Grafton 7-4, junior attack Mike McCormack re-wrote the Mount Greylock and Massachusetts lacrosse record books. His dominating performance earned him All-Eagle MVP honors.
McCormack is a three-sport athlete for the Mounties, but lacrosse is his best, and a family tradition. McCormack’s father George is the head coach at Williams College; his brother Sean also plays for the Mounties; and another brother, Brett, finished up a solid career as at Mount Greylock in 2013.
"Mike is gifted in everything he does, but lacrosse is his first love," Greylock coach Brandon Asplundh said. "He puts effort into getting better. He keeps a lacrosse stick in his hand year-round. ... Being as good as he is doesn’t come easy. It comes with hard work."
That work paid off for McCormack, who broke the Massachusetts state record for points (goals plus assists) in a season with 191. He led his team in every offensive category and his game was about more than just putting the ball in the net. His team-leading 57 assists show that he was willing to share the ball with teammates.
In the Central/Western Mass. tournament, teams focused on denying McCormack the ball.
"Teams tried to deny him the ball all year. They didn’t have success with it until tournament time, but he responded with great maturity," Asplundh said. "He won faceoffs, set picks and continued making good decisions. Having one point didn’t bother him."
Greylock’s season ended one game shy of a Division III state title appearance, but with the Laxpower.com Western Massachusetts All-American McCormack returning next seson, he wil look to take his game and team to new heights.
"It’s hard to point out weakness in his game," Asplundh said. "I know that there’s room for improved dodging, feeding and shooting. Then we’ll have an even better version of him next year."
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