All-Eagle girls lacrosse team
Graham, who goes to Lenox but plays for the co-op program, led the Wildcats back into the Western Mass. tournament. Graham, who just took up the sport two seasons ago, scored 60 goals and 12 assists.
The coach's take: She was a captain this year, and she grew into that position. She will go with her left hand and right hand to be as ambidexterous as possible. That's huge.
-- Lee coach Dave Galisa Megan Gaul
An All-Eagle pick at midfield in 2012, Gaul moved up front and didn't miss a beat. She had 45 goals, a drop of 12 from last year. But her 30 assists were an improvement over 2012.
The coach's take: She took a slightly different role. She took a more active role in helping some of our less experienced players gain field experience.
Barrett didn't play in her freshman season, but you wouldn't have known that based on her accomplishments. The sophomore had 60 goals, 4 assists, 14 caused turnovers and 28 draw controls as the Mounties went from a 7-7 record to a 11-5 mark.
The coach's take: Lucy was huge in transition for us this year. She started as a midfielder and then eventually moved to third Home so that she could help get the ball from the defense and into the attacking end.
-- MG coach Lindsey von Holtz
Coach Galisa moved McKenna back from attack, where she was last year. The coach called her "our point guard" then, and she finished this season with 40 goals and 25 assists -- both above last year's totals. McKenna took most of her team's faceoffs.
The coach's take: Moriah had a higher level of intensity. If the ball was on the ground, nobody else got it and beat her.
When first-year coach Jenna Giardina outlined her team in the preseason, she thought Symanski would play up front. She moved to midfield and came through with 58 goals.
The coach's take: She was the kind of player you could put a lot on her shoulders and she rose to the occasion. She had an eye for the goal and an eye to score.
-- Pittsfield coach Jenna Giardina
A solid defender in the midfield, Chesney had 10 goals and forced 20 turnovers for the Mounties. She also had 26 draw controls.
The coach's take: Her speed and ability to know where she should always be frequently prevented the other team from making long runs down the field.
-- Von Holtz
Eighth grade Midfield
Stripp was originally slated to play defense for Lindsey Von Holtz's Mounties. But Stripp, who is still not a high schooler, stepped up her game and was one of the top middies in all of Berkshire County. She scored 31 goals, forced 41 turnovers, won 31 draws and 26 ground balls.
The coach's take: Sarah controlled the midfield. She forced the other team to drop the ball or intercepted it in the air 41 times. She was both a defensive and offensive threat that opponents did not know how to stop.
-- Von Holtz
The Warriors were in rebuilding mode having graduated 150 goals. Keator was a leader on the field for Wahconah. She scored 28 goals, had 13 assists, and led the team with 33 ground balls.
The coach's take: She was the heart and soul of the team. She's a great leader and worked hard all the time. She worked hard end to end.
-- Wahconah coach Kathy Budaj
The senior captain was the team's defensive MVP, forcing 14 turnovers. She was not only a team captain, but her coach said that Anderson was the defensive quarterback for the Mounties.
The coach's take: She frequently stopped the opponent's attack and was able to get the ball out of our defensive end and up the field.
-- Von Holtz
Adams forced 22 turnovers and won 29 ground balls, and teamed with Anderson to stop rival teams from making frequent runs toward the goal.
The coach's take: Alexa was a first-year player who learned quickly. She was basically like having an assistant coach on the field.
-- Von Holtz
Wood converted from a mostly defensive role in 2012 to a more offensive posture as a defender in 2013. Wood scored 29 goals and added 8 assists for the Warriors.
The coach's take: She was totally on defense last year. She transitioned well. Once she realized that we believed in her, she did well.
One year after leading Berkshire County in save percentage, Hosley picked up where she left off. Her biggest effort of the season came in a 6-5 win over Wahconah, the Hurricanes' first win of the year. She had 17 saves that day, including five in the last 1:30 of the game.
The coach's take: Kelsey is an experienced goalkeeper. She's quick with the stick and was good from all the angles. She's a very quiet leader. She was that kid the other kids rely on.
-- Hoosac co-coach Molly Meczywor
Coaches Second Team
Attack: Jaci Aubin, Hoosac Valley; Paige Chiaretta, Wahconah; Alyssa Kelly, Lee.
Midfield: Maeve Denning, Hoosac Valley; Haley Reinhard, Mount Greylock; Maggie Rorke, Mount Greylock.
Defense: Casey Collins, Lee; Angela Coulson, Wahconah; Ashley McLaughlin, Pittsfield; Nikki Gingras, Wahconah.
Goalkeeper: Hannah Hunter, Lee; Mikayla Weigel, Wahconah.
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