Mount Greylock boys lacrosse runs past Mount Anthony
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team did not suffer many losses during its run to the Western Massachusetts tournament last year.
One of those losses, however, came at Mount Anthony in a one-point game. The Mounties earned a measure of redemption Friday night, with a 12-4 win over the Patriots.
"It feels great to play as well as we did," Greylock coach Brandon Asplundh said. "It does make it a little sweeter that it was a redemption game. We have a really nice rivalry developing with [Mount Anthony]."
The Mounties scored early and often against the Patriots, using their transition attack to fuel their offense. Attacker Mike McCormack made play after play for Greylock (4-1, 3-0), finding teammates with well-timed passes leading to goals.
McCormack helped get the Mounties on the board first, finding Matt Malloy for a goal 54 seconds into the game. Then, 54 seconds later, McCormack found Cole Jackson for a goal, giving Greylock a 2-0 lead. Greylock scored two more times in the quarter, and controlled the game throughout.
"It was our fundamentals. We just weren't sharp today," Mount Anthony coach Paul Reif said. "Hustle-wise, we were right there. Every time we got possession we'd throw it away, or there was a key fundamental mistake, or a communication error on the back end."
Greylock's ball movement kept Mount Anthony's defense off balance all night.
McCormack finished with seven assists, and added a spinning goal moving left to right in the second quarter, then a long-range goal late in the fourth. McCormack said the team's hot start allowed them to start the game with confidence.
"[Ball movement] is always part of the game plan," he said. "[The defense] usually slides to me, so if they slide and I get doubled, there's usually someone open."
"I have a bunch of guys who are hungry to score, which is great," Asplundh said. "We work really hard on taking care of the ball as well. It's good to see when we can have ball possession be our first priority, and goals still come as a result of that."
Mount Anthony showed signs of life in the third quarter, with goals from Layne Trafton and Damon Young cutting Greylock's lead to six. But the Mounties scored three unanswered goals to start the fourth, ending any chance for a Patriots comeback.
Matt Malloy and Cole Jackson led Greylock with three goals each.
"[Scoring quickly] gives us a lot of confidence," McCormack said. "We moved the ball really well. We were pumped up for this game. ... We got a great start to each quarter."
"It's a great game for us every year," Asplundh said. "We really rose to the occasion and played fantastic."
Mount Greylock 12, Mount Anthony 4
Mount Anthony 0 1 2 1 -- 4
Mount Greylock 4 2 3 3 -- 12
Mount Anthony goals: Avery Peck 2, Layne Trafton 1, Damon Young 1. Mount Anthony assists: Trafton 3. Mount Greylock goals: Matt Malloy 3, Cole Jackson 3, Cole Hughes 2, Mike McCormack 2, Sean McCormack 2. Mount Greylock assists: McCormack 7.
Saves: Mount Anthony - Jackson Thibodeau 23. Mount Greylock - Cal Filson 10.
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