WILLIAMSTOWN -- Mount Greylock girls' lacrosse coach Lindsey von Holtz showed her team an empty piece of paper before they took the field for warm-ups Tuesday afternoon. It was the lineup card.
Unhappy with how her team has been preparing for games of late, von Holtz told her squad they needed to earn starting positions in warm-ups.
The tactic worked. The Mounties jumped out to a quick four-goal lead over Pittsfield, and continued to show off their offensive abilities with a 17-9 victory.
"We've been struggling to remain focused and intense during warm-up," von Holtz said. "It's been game after game after game. We wait and [our opponent] scores three before we decide we are going to play. I wanted to change the warm-up, so we were intense and ready to play on the first whistle."
Sarah Stripp led the way for the Mounties with five goals and two assists. Pittsfield's Tori Symanski also had five goals, but was held to just one in the first half as the Mounties built a five-goal lead.
Maggie Rorke got the scoring started for the Mounties eight minutes in. It was the first of her three goals. Stripp rattled off the next two and Alana Chesney put the fourth goal in before Pittsfield could even register a shot on goal.
"We had a really focused warm-up," Stripp said. "[Monday] at practice we knew this was a really big game for us. We focused on getting our passing and catching down. We worked on ground balls, and just all the little things that will help us in the bigger picture."
It wasn't all good for Greylock. The Mounties got a little sluggish as the first half started to come to a close. The Generals crawled back within two before Stripp and Lucy Barrett provided more of a spark.
Stripp scored her third goal of the game with just over a minute to play in the first half. She then fed the ball to Barrett who scored with 14 seconds left on the clock. The sophomore found the back of the net 13 seconds later, barely beating the horn.
"We weren't in panic mode yet, but we definitely wanted to keep that lead a little [bigger] than what they had cut it to," Barrett said. "I was just trying to always stay moving and cut. When you keep moving, you can catch a girl off-guard and my teammates see that. We know we can take advantage of that."
From there the Mounties were seemingly in control. Goaltender Paige Willis made three point-blank stops to open the second half and the Mounties scored three more times before Pittsfield could get back on the board.
"[Willis] played a really good game," Barrett said. "When she is making those saves, it gets us pumped up and gets us ready to score at the other end."
"I really wanted a shutout," Willis said. "But, I'll take whatever win we can get."
Symanski entered the game with 30 goals, good enough for the county lead. She attempted to rally the Generals late, but her four second-half goals weren't enough.
Instead, it was the Mounties' fire power that stole the show. In addition to Stripp's five tallies, Barrett, Rorke and Julia Whitney all tallied three goals. Five other Mounties also recorded a point.
"That's one of the strengths of our team," von Holtz said. "You can't just shut us down by shutting down one person. There are multiple people who can go to the net and put it in the back of the net."
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