WILLIAMSTOWN -- Lee is unbeaten no more.
The Mount Greylock girls' lacrosse team used a relentless attack to hand the Wildcats their first regular season loss as a varsity team, 16-8 on Monday afternoon.
"It feels really amazing," Maggie Rorke said. "I think we all knew that it was time that we were able to beat Lee. We just needed to believe in ourselves more and focus, mainly."
Going back to last year, Lee had played all four Berkshire County teams five times and never lost, good for a 20-0-1 record. Then they came to Williamstown without leading scorer Megan Gaul and starting goalie Hanna Hunter, and the Mounties jumped all over the opportunity.
Lucy Barrett had four goals in the first 12 minutes, 15 seconds before getting some help from Sarah Stripp and company. The additional scorers helped take a 4-3 Greylock lead to a 9-6 advantage at the half.
"It was just a great win and it feels really good to beat them after we've lost to them twice and they haven't lost a county game," Barrett said. "We came in and I think that we just took it to them. We were all fired up."
The Mounties took control with great draw control retrievals, quick and precise passing and well-placed shots. Barrett and Kelsey Orpin put all that on display twice in the first 25 minutes.
The first started the scoring just 10 seconds after the opening draw. Orpin scooped up a ground ball and fed Barrett for the quick strike. With less than 11 minutes remaining before the half, the two worked their chemistry again with a beautiful give-and-go as Barrett fed Orpin to the right side of the goal and broke to the net for a return pass, which was right on target. She found the open side with ease and the Mounties had their first three-goal lead.
One key to the Mounties' success in the first half was the draw control. Stripp routinely was able to fling the ball toward Greylock's attacking half. The Mounties -- specifically Barrett -- were always in the area to scoop it up.
"We just got a connection," Barrett said. "It was very nice when they always go to me, but also when she gets it that far onto the attack line where I'm playing at, I'm always trying to fight for the ball because she's gotten it there and I don't want it to be useless because it's very nice."
For as quickly as Barrett found the net on those two transitions, the Mounties exercised great poise with the ball in the attacking zone. They waited for their opportunities instead of forcing a bad position and it paid off. Many times it led to free-position shots. Stripp converted two and Barrett added another.
Von Holtz has been stressing to make the goalie move in those situations.
"Definitely did a little bit better and even not on free-position shots," coach Lindsey von Holtz said. "There was a couple plays we ran across [the front of the goal] then shot it the opposite direction, which is big-- shooting it where the goalie is not."
Seemingly any time Greylock failed to convert on a possession, it earned the ball back in the offensive half. The attacks swarmed Lee defenders with the ball and forced them into bad passes that either found a Greylock stick or hit the ground where a Mountie scooped it up.
Barrett immediately turned an intercepted pass into her second goal of the game at the 4:58 mark, but the Mounties did it time and again throughout the half.
"I think that was the key factor, especially in the first half getting the momentum as they did not let the ball out of our attack side," von Holtz said. "Every time we turned it over down there, you here the whole team yelling ‘lock it in, lock it in,' because that's one of the things we've been working on is that everybody's marking tight."