Photo Gallery | Mount Greylock at Wahconah boys lacrosse
DALTON — The Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team is poetry in motion when executing its offense. The Mounties set timely screens, move well without the ball and receive passes on time and in position to score. Wahconah was on the receiving end of Greylock's offensive onslaught Tuesday, losing 17-4, but the Warriors can use the game as a learning experience.
"Game awareness and ball skills," Wahconah coach Zach Sondrini said of what makes Greylock so difficult to stop. "They pick the ball up and they know immediately where every guy is on the field. They string together three passes — and it's in the back of the net."
The Mounties showed off their passing skills by assisting on 13 of their 17 goals. Thomas Astle led the visitors with five assists. Pat Storie added four assists and scored four goals as well. Michael Wellspeak also had four goals for Greylock (7-0, 4-0 Berkshire League).
Storie started the scoring with a goal early in the first quarter. He added two more first-quarter goals, leading to an 8-1 advantage after 12 minutes.
Wahconah (4-3, 2-2) scored first to start the second quarter, as Kyle Gazzillo netted an unassisted goal moments after a narrow miss from close range. The goal cut the deficit to six, but that was the closest the host would get. Greylock scored the next eight goals, putting the game out of reach. Even with the offense firing on all cylinders at times, Greylock coach Brandon Asplundh said the Warriors did a good job of making his players work for goals, causing the Mounties' to suffer lulls in their scoring. The defensive game plan for Wahconah was to force long shots from the Mounties. It was successful at times, but good ball movement set up several close-range scores. Vinnie Orlandi made 13 saves for Wahconah. Cal Filson had three for Greylock.
"That was the only difference when we slowed down was hitting the goal," Asplundh said. "We were dodging and feeding great. We were doing a good job on set plays, but we stopped hitting the goal for a while. That will happen and I thought they rebounded nicely after a couple tough stretches."
The Warriors scored the final two goals of the game, as Gazzillo and Dart Jaggi found the net. Wahconah fought hard until the end, but Sondrini knows it will take time to build a program as strong as Greylock's
"This is what the game is suppose to look like," he said of how Greylock executes its game plan. "I was happy with the way we came out in the second half. I know the scoreboard didn't reflect it, but my guys were fighting. I was happy."
Greylock goals — Pat Storie 4, Michael Wellspeak 4, Owen Politis 3, Reilly Parker 2, Sean McCormack 2, Cam Hadley 1, Thomas Astle 1. Greylock assists — Astle 5, Storie 4, McCormack 2, Wellspeak 1, Parker.
Wahconah goals — Dart Jaggi 2, Connor Washburn 1, Kyle Gazzillo 1. Wahconah assists — Jeremy Girard 1, Sam Clayton 1, Matt Cedar 1.
Saves — MG: Cal Filson 3. W: Vinnie Orlandi 13.
Contact Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252.