Greylock makes history with its first lacrosse win in tourney
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Ethan Ryan said he didn't know where his stuff was after tossing it in the air.
It was that kind of euphoria at John T. Allen Field after the senior delivered Mount Greylock's first-ever postseason win in boys lacrosse, 13-12 over Minnechaug.
"This means more than anything," Ryan said. "This is lacrosse. This is the last sport we're ever going to play in high school. The seniors came out and put everything on the line. No team [at] Greylock has ever made it this far. I think that's one thing that we're just psyched about."
Ryan's goal with 36.2 seconds left gave the Mounties the win in the Western Massachusetts Division II quarterfinals. Greylock advances to the semifinals for the first time on Tuesday. The Mounties will face either South Hadley or Chicopee Comp. The winner of that game reaches the Western Mass. final at Chicopee Comp on Saturday.
The win avenged a playoff loss to Cathedral a year ago on the same field.
"Overwhelming," said Greylock coach Jeff Stripp. "I'm still overwhelmed right now."
Ryan finished with six goals for the No. 3 Mounties (19-2), while Michael McCormack had three and Brett McCormack scored twice. Greylock maintained a one-goal advantage for much of the second half, turning around a first-half faceoff deficit that helped No. 6 Minnechaug (11-9) control possession for large stretches of the first half.
Minnechaug won 13 of the first 15 faceoffs, at one point taking a 7-5 lead with three goals in 70 seconds. Two came on assists from Joe Christman, who had six assists and two goals.
Greylock tasted the same kind of instant offense, tying the game up when Brett McCormack scored after a rare faceoff win later in the second. It followed a Michael McCormack goal eight seconds earlier, tying the game at 7.
The Mounties would take a halftime lead, though, when Cole Hughes scored a buzzer-beater off a long bomb of a pass from Hank Barrett. Greylock maintained that lead by finding success in those faceoffs, winning four of six in the third. Stripp said the Mounties did that by mixing up personnel.
"I thought the guys dug down real hard and understood at that point how much faceoffs meant for us," Stripp said. "And they got it done. Real proud of them."
Minnechaug tied the game on Josh Henry's first goal with a little more than four minutes to play. After Greylock killed a penalty, the Mounties fired three shots off target but maintained possession. That set up Ryan.
"I face-dodged him," Ryan said. "Great pass from [Brett McCormack]. I took him low because I'd been taking him high all game. It just bounced in."
Greylock 13, Minnechaug 12
MG 4 4 3 2 -- 13
MC 4 3 3 2 -- 12
Greylock goals -- Matt Malloy, Ethan Ryan 6, Michael McCormack 3, Brett McCormack 2, Hughes.
Greylock assists -- Hank Barrett 2, M. McCormack, B. McCormack 4, Ryan.
Minnechaug goals -- Chase Beauchamp 3, Frank Kochanowski 3, Joe Christman 2, Sam Christman 2, Nick Beauchamp, Josh Henry
Minnechaug assists -- J. Christman 6, Beauchamp, Kevin Collins, S. Christman
Saves -- M: Sam Wheaton 12; G: Cal Filson 8.
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