Mount Greylock boys lacrosse defeats Agawam 15-2
WILLIAMSTOWN — Mount Greylock boys lacrosse coach Brandon Asplundh knows his team has only played two of its 17 games. But that couldn't keep the Greylock coach from smiling.
"Honestly, I think this is the best I've ever seen us play this early in the season," said Asplundh, after the Mounties (2-0) rolled past Agawam 15-2 Saturday afternoon at John T. Allen Field.
"It's very encouraging," said Asplundh. "It's expected that we struggle early on. This is one of the best games I've seen us play.
"I'm incredibly encouraged."
Reilly Parker had four goals and four assists, while Sean McCormack had four goals and an assist. Pat Storie chipped in with three goals and three assists.
The Mounties were coming off a 16-2 win over Hoosac Valley in the season opener. That contest helped the Mounties get some momentum rolling into the game against a Valley team.
"It feels really good" to get the win, said McCormack. "Going in, we thought they were going to be just as good as us. The way we played shows a good future for our team.
"Playing two games in a row is hard, but going off a win made it so much easier."
It didn't take the Mounties very long to get on the board. It was a minute, 29 seconds to be exact.
Kyle Bazonski threw a diagonal pass from the right side to McCormack, who caught it in stride. The sophomore middie crossed the center line and cut toward the middle of the Agawam defense. McCormack fired and beat Zach Fiedler.
On a day where there was little good news for the Brownies, they got some with 5:30 left in the quarter as Agawam got to play a man up for that time. Unfortunately for the Brownies, it was Greylock who put points on the board.
One minute in, McCormack made it 2-0. Parker scored a man down and McCormack made it 4-0 just after the penalty ended.
"It really changed the momentum," said McCormack. "Our defense played incredibly well today, and that gives us a lot of hope."
Agawam coach Joe Heney could only shake his head when asked about those short-handed goals.
"Those are opportunities we really have to take advantage of," said Heney, "and we didn't do that today. Clearly, Mount Greylock was successful because of that."
On the day, Greylock goalie Cal Filson had nine saves in three-plus quarters of work. His first save came with just under seven minutes to play in the opening quarter, stopping T.J. Maniscalchi from in front.
"I like to think if I can make a save on the first shot of the game, it boosts my confidence as well as my team's," said Filson. "That happened today. I was glad to be able to make that happen."
Agawam goals — T.J. Maniscalchi, Tytus Moen. Agawam assists — Thomas Dagenais, Robert Mirolli.
Greylock goals — Sean McCormack 4, Reilly Parker 4, Pat Storie 3, Michael Wellspeak 3, Owen Politis 1. Greylock assists — Parker 4, Politis 2, Storie 3, McCormack 1, Thomas Astle 2.
Saves — A: Zach Fiedler 14. MG: Cal Filson 9, Grady Holubar 1.
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