Monument Mountain boys lacrosse finds positives in a tough first season


GREAT BARRINGTON -- When the clock hit 0:00, there was no celebrating by the Monument Mountain boys lacrosse team. There were also no long faces.

Despite losing 10-2 to Lee on Friday afternoon and finishing the season 0-12, the newest high school lacrosse team in Berkshire County understood just what it accomplished.

"This is my fourth month of ever playing lacrosse in my life. I think we've come the farthest out of any team in this league," said Ben Baum, who plays attack for the Spartans. "We started with 15 freshmen and we were competing against the best teams -- maybe not Greylock -- but we played with every single team.

"These kids have more heart than every other team out there."

Mike Basile scored both of Monument's goals on Friday, while Jordan LePrevost and Adam Finnegan both had hat tricks for Lee (4-7).

The game itself was fairly competitive, at least in two of the zones. It was a game that coach Rob Leary said was one of Monument's more competitive of the season.

The winless season didn't diminish what the Spartans say they've accomplished.

"I started in the fall at Julian Michaels' house. That's the first time I picked up a stick," said Monument freshman defender Samson Weiner, who was playing his first high school sport. "Now I'm here."

Michaels, a junior midfielder, played competitively at Berkshire Country Day before attending Monument. Michaels credited the school administration and his teammates for helping get the lacrosse team off the ground.

"One of the things I did over the summer as well as during the school year, I actually had them at my house where we could play and get sticks in their hands," said Michaels. "We had no trouble going out there and putting everything we had into a game, every single time."

The Wildcats were in a similar position 12 months ago. Lee was part of the inaugural group of teams in the Berkshire County league. Wildcat midfielder Cav Wolski said he remembered how the Spartans felt, and that feeling would eventually change.

"It's difficult," said Wolski, who scored a goal and an assist. "When you have a lot of young players and new players, it's a struggle."


Lee 3 4 2 1 -- 10

Monument 0 1 1 0 -- 2

Lee goals -- Jordan LePrevost 3, Adam Finnegan 3, Cav Wolski, Kyle Boyer, Emerson Wolski, Cam Abderhalden.

Monument goals -- Mike Basile 2.

Lee assists -- C. Wolski, Mark Williams, Tom Toomey.

Saves -- Monument: Jonah Swotes 10. Lee: Cam Forest 7.


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