CHESHIRE -- Seven games. One hundred twenty goals.
To say the Mount Greylock boys' lacrosse team has a high-powered offense might be an understatement. Hoosac Valley got a first-hand look at that offense Friday. The Mounties topped the Hurricanes, 19-0.
"I don't really know a word to describe our offense," senior Ethan Ryan said. "I guess, I'd call us the machine. Just because we never stop working. That's the thing about our team, we're always moving the ball around."
Eight different Mounties found the back of the net Friday. Ryan and Michael McCormack each had four goals to lead the way. Brett McCormack had three goals, but added seven assists.
The key to the Mounties' offense thus far has been that balance. Brett and Michael McCormack sit atop Berkshire County in goals. Four different Mounties appear in the top five in assists. Entering Friday's game, Cole Hughes was fourth in assists; he did not play Friday. Hank Barrett and Cole Jackson were also absent from the lineup.
"We just have a lot of different weapons," Brett McCormack said. "We are moving the ball around very crisply. That's basically the key to our offense. It allows us to move a guy to the slot and we can just move the ball to the open guy."
That was the strategy Friday. The Mounties kept the ball on the perimeter and moved it quickly and efficiently, tiring out a short-handed Hoosac squad. The Hurricanes had just four reserves on their bench for the game.
"We've all been playing together so long," Brett McCormack said. "So that's a big part of our chemistry. That's what allows us to move the ball as well as we do."
The Mounties didn't waste any time getting the offense started. Brett and Michael McCormack scored 20 seconds apart, starting with Brett's goal just 2 minutes into the game. Greylock scored 10 goals in the first quarter and fired 22 shots, 14 of which made their way to the net.
The Mounties slowed the tempo down after the first quarter, spreading the ball around even more than normal. Twelve of the Mounties' goals were assisted.
"We want to be balanced," Greylock coach Jeff Stripp said. "That makes us dangerous. That gives us that ability to score from a lot of different locations."
The Mounties were able to take advantage of Hoosac's inexperience in goal.
"Our goalie [Ryan Bartlett], was injured last game," Hoosac coach John Duval said. "We needed someone to fill in against the best team in the county and Cody [LaBrie] stepped up, and he did a nice job for his first time in there."
LaBrie made nine saves on the afternoon.
The Hurricanes' offense wasn't clicking Friday. The Hurricanes didn't get a shot on goal until midway through the third quarter when Tom Galisa fired a shot from just behind the midfield line.
Greylock goalie Cal Filson faced four shots in the game and stopped all of them for his first career shutout.
The Mounties remained undefeated in the county and have allowed just 23 goals on the year.
"We have great lacrosse players playing lacrosse this year," Stripp said. "Last year, we had great athletes playing the game of lacrosse. I think that's the biggest key and biggest difference."
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