North Adams Transcript
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Hank Barrett scored with 12 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Mount Greylock boys’ lacrosse team a lead that it would never relinquish on its way to a 17-7 victory over Pittsfield, on Tuesday.
"We had kind of a poor first quarter. We weren’t catching or throwing, we were dropping the ball, we weren’t getting to ground balls, and we were tied," Barrett said. "I heard the countdown and knew that we didn’t want it to end tied and I wanted to give us a little momentum to carry into the second quarter."
Mount Greylock would indeed carry that momentum into the second quarter as it struck for five goals in the first four minutes of the quarter. In that span, Kent Hanson snapped home two of his three goals, and Ethan Ryan recorded two of his game-high four goals. Noah Kelley had the fifth goal.
The Mounties snagged nine goals in all in the second frame, while goaltender Pat Malloy needed to make only one save during that span.
"The way we played in the second quarter is how we are supposed to be playing," Greylock coach Jeff Stripp said. "We were happy with the level of play in the second quarter."
In the second half, the Generals kept pace with the Mounties, as both teams scored six times, but the damage was done in the second quarter.
"The second quarter killed us," Pittsfield coach Scott Aitken. "Defensively we were standing around a little to much."
After the half Pittsfield came out with something to prove, scoring twice in the opening minute. Brady Aitken scored seven seconds into the half and Kevin McCloksey scored 35 seconds later. It looked as though the Generals were going to be able to claw back into the game.
Then Greylock’s Brett McCormack took control, scoring two goals in eight seconds before brother Michael scored his second of two goals 18 seconds later.
"As soon as they scored those two quick goals we knew we had to get back into it," Brett McCormack said. "I just rode hard and took the ball away from the goal and was able to put it in."
It was the second time the Mounties struck for multiple goals inside of a minute, and it was enough to put the game out of reach.
"They moved the ball very well and finished all of their chances," Aitken said.
The Mounties got goals from six different players, with all of them notching multiple goals.
"Our offense likes to share the ball a lot," Stripp said. "When that is happening we’re in pretty good shape and the boys love it. They like sharing the ball and moving the ball. It makes it a little frustrating for defenses as far as how you defend and who you defend."
Freshman Michael McCormack led the Mounties by recording six points, two goals and four assists. Ethan Ryan had four goals for the Mounties and Brett McCormack, Kelley and Hason all had three goals while Barrett recorded two.
Brady Aitken scored three goals for the Generals, while McCloskey notched two. Ethan Carr and Shane DeCarlo each recorded one goal.