Mount Greylock boys lacrosse takes off in second half to top Pittsfield
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PITTSFIELD — With the game still delicately in the balance, the Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team came out of halftime with an offensive outburst to put away Pittsfield on Thursday, 15-2.
The Mounties (11-0, 7-0 Berkshire League) led just 4-1 at the break, but three goals in two minutes to start the third blew the game wide open as Greylock continued its unbeaten start to the season.
"We really did play a crappy first half," Greylock's Pat Storie said. "Coach [Brandon Asplundh] just said we had to step back and play our game. Transition is our game, and we just came out right at the beginning and scored three goals in transition."
The game was a case of night and day. The first half was cagey, with sloppiness on both sides keeping the score low. Greylock led 2-0 after a quarter, and a goal from Pittsfield's Ryan Jacoby was sandwiched by Greylock goals from Owen Politis and Storie in the second period.
But once the third quarter started, both coaches felt the tide switch. By the time the quarter ended, Greylock led 10-2.
"They got their feet under them," Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken said. "They are a very good team. I think we got caught flat-footed in the second half when we came out and you can't give them that many chances. Just two different halves."
For Asplundh, the switch in the second half was a case of his team playing crisp lacrosse.
"I think, basically, we just woke up at halftime," Asplundh said. "We were making good decisions, but we kept throwing the ball away, making mistakes that aren't typical of our game. We did a good job of turning that around at halftime."
Storie led the way with five goals in the win, bringing his season tally to 56 goals. Around him, Sean McCormack and Tom Astle recorded hat tricks, and in total six different Mounties found the back of Nikolai Pixley's cage.
"Everybody we put out there can be counted on," Asplundh said. "If one guy doesn't get it done, the next one will and it's a great feeling. We are a pretty small team and not deep overall, but scoring wise we have great depth."
For Pittsfield (4-6, 2-3), Aitken noted that the effort in the first half is what his team has to bring game in, game out if the Generals are going to compete with the best.
"[We] were in it for the first half," Aitken said. "They need to learn from [Greylock] — if you play well for two halves you can stay with teams like this. We'll get back to work for Monument on Monday. We'll go back to work for that."
Cal Filson had 11 saves in the win, while Pixley stopped nine shots in the loss.
Mount Greylock goals — Pat Storie 5, Sean McCormack 3, Tom Astle 3, Reilly Parker 2, Michael Wellspeak 1, Owen Politis 1. Greylock assists — McCormack 3, Parker 2, Storie 2, Politis 1, Wellspeak 1.
Pittsfield goals — Ryan Jacoby 1, Cam Giardina 1. Pittsfield assists — Giardina 1.
Saves — MG: Cal Filson 11, P: Nikolai Pixley 9.
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