Mount Greylock boys lacrosse reasserts itself by handing Hoosac Valley first loss
The Mounties (10-4, 5-1 Berkshire League) appear to be completely recovered from their slow start to the season. In the second matchup against the Hurricanes (12-1, 7-1), they showed the well-rounded play that will put any talk of them loosening their grip on the top spot in Berkshire County to rest.
Michael Wellspeak scored three of Greylock's first four goals, helping the visitors jump out to a 5-1 lead after one.
Hoosac responded with a quick strike goal from Casey Meczywor just seven seconds into the second quarter, offering a slight chance at a potential comeback. But, the Greylock defense clamped down, smothering Hoosac's attack, continually recovering the ball and racing for the counterattack in transition. The Mounties scored six unanswered goals in the second to take control of the game.
One particularly impressive stretch of offense was sparked by goalie David Falk. Hoosac possessed the ball in Greylock territory and attempted to make a pass to the right wing. Falk sprung from his spot in net and intercepted the pass. The Mountie netminder raced up the left sideline before passing to Sean Malloy and absorbing a big hit from a Hoosac player. In the blink of an eye, Malloy whipped the ball to Mac Waynack and Waynack fed Taylor Cummings for the goal.
Falk said the team's attack feeds off of strong defensive plays.
"As this year's progressed our focus has been on raising the energy and playing with more intensity," he said. "There are a lot of good leaders on the defense. By the nature of that, a lot of the energy has come from the defense. Also some of the younger guys on offense like Mac, Michael, Taylor and Sean are really bringing the energy as well. It's good to see everyone supplying some energy for the team."
Wellspeak led the way with five goals and four assists. Waynick had two goals and four assists. Hoby MacWhinnie had two goals and three assists. Malloy had one goal and three assists. Nate Haley led Hoosac with four goals.
While Greylock had energy to spare, the Hurricanes were unable to keep their energy up. They had trouble getting to ground balls and they struggled to recover on defense as Greylock moved the ball at will. Hoosac coach Mark Harrington said Greylock simply wanted to win more.
"Its just like we switched sides — we were really hungry, excited the first game and they were really hungry and excited for a rematch," he said. "You've got to step up and you've got to play. You've got to play with enthusiasm. You've got to be excited, you've got to be focused and they weren't."
In addition to increased team chemistry, Greylock is also back at full strength health-wise. Coach Jeff Stripp said having his full allotment of players has allowed his squad to come together and show what they're truly capable of.
"We take each game as they come," he said. "We've been working hard on being focused on what we do and executing our game plan. Every game plan is a little different, but what we want is the kids to come out and play with confidence and energy. We've been building on it, we've been working on it, and I think we've been starting to put it together slowly. Hopefully we're on a crescendo into the playoffs."
Greylock 5 7 5 2 — 19
Hoosac 1 3 0 2 — 6
Goals — MG: Michael Wellspeak 5, Nick Belouin 3, Mac Waynick 2, Hoby MacWhinnie 2, Taylor Cummings 2, Alex Falk 2, Sean Malloy 1, Ben Prescott 1, Team 1. HV: Nate Haley 4, Casey Meczywor 1, Nick Waterman 1.
Assists — MG: Wellspeak 4, Waynick 4, MacWhinnie 3, Malloy 3, Falk 1. HV: C, Meczywor 3, Justin Meczywor 2, Waterman 1.
Saves — MG: David Falk 4, Cole Seaman 0. HV: Brady Larkin 9, Matt Hall 2.
Akeem Glaspie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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