Mount Greylock girls lacrosse returning solid core for 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN — Last season was a memorable one for the Mount Greylock girls lacrosse team.
A 19-3 record, an undefeated mark within the county and a run to the Central/Western Mass. Division II quarterfinals were just some of the highlights. And although there were some losses to graduation, the core of the squad returns this season in Williamstown.
Four of Greylock's six first-team All-Berkshire selections from 2015 return as Lucy Barrett and Kelsey Orpin graduated.
Returnees include junior midfielder/attack Sarah Stripp (82 goals, 32 assists last season), senior defender/midfielder Haley Reinhard (28 turnovers forced), senior defender Hope Willis (26 turnovers forced) and sophomore attack/midfielder Emma Polumbo (52 goals, 17 assists).
"Our senior group is a strong group this year," Mount Greylock coach Lindsey von Holtz said. "All of our returning seniors on the offensive side, including Maggie Rorke, who is actually going to be midfield as well, will be strong."
Also mentioned by von Holtz were the aforementioned Reinhard and Willis on defense plus Ari Walden on offense. She also said non-seniors Stripp and Polumbo are among the key returnees. Plus, sophomore Caroline Flynn will play in midfield/attack as she returns from an injury.
"We lost Lucy Barrett and Kelsey Orpin, who definitely helped a lot on offense," Stripp said. "But I think this year we still have a lot of strong players, a lot of young players with Emma Polumbo, Caroline Flynn."
The goalie in 2016 will be Julia Whitney. The senior, replacing Sam MacWhinnie, played attack last season, but has changed positions for her final campaign.
"A lot of the defense is back," Reinhard said. "We lost our goalie, but we found a really good new goalie this year. Julia is doing a lot for her first year, and she's really good. We can benefit from that."
After an 18-2 regular season last year for Greylock, the Mounties received the No. 4 seed in the Central/Western Mass. Division II tournament. That included a 12-0 mark against Berkshire County competition and regular-season losses to only Burr & Burton and East Longmeadow.
Following a bye in the first round of the postseason, Greylock defeated Nipmuc 17-7 in the second round before a loss to eventual sectional champion Groton-Dunstable in the quarterfinals.
"Central teams are once again going to be very strong," von Holtz said. "They start much younger, the youth development programs are very strong.
"I think we put up a good fight each year, both in Berkshire County and Pioneer Valley. It is sometimes a shock when we meet some Central Mass. teams. But it is a goal of the team to make the semis this year. I do think it is possible, but we'll have to play hard and work hard to do so."
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