Mount Greylock Boys Finish With Win Over Drury
Drury coach Greg Caproni said the Mounties presented a major challenge to the young Blue Devils. And all things considered, the one goal Drury scored was a positive.
"What a tough game to end the season," Caproni said. "Mount Greylock's first touch is so clean and their second touch is so fast it is hard to defend them. They play so well with each other, they know right where their teammates are at all times.
"I was pleased to find the net on them."
Mount Greylock coach Blair Dils was impressed by what he saw from the Blue Devils.
"Drury has a few dangerous players," he said. "Sully Boland is a dangerous striker, and the goal they scored was just a pure hustle play from Jake Daugherty. And their goalkeeper Joe Liporace is very good."
Daugherty put Drury on the board with 10 minutes left in the first half, scoring unassisted to cut into a 3-0 Mount Greylock lead.
"Jake Daugherty works so hard when he gets out on the pitch," Caproni said. "He made their backs work a little faster and was able to steal the ball in the box and banked a back post ball into the net."
But Dils scored twice in the second half to put the game away.
Liam Collins, Eric Hirsch and Zach Leamon had the other goals for Mount Greylock; Hirsch also had two assists for the Mounties, who ran up a 27-6 edge in shots on goal.
"It was nice to see Zach Leamon break into the scoring column," Blair Dils said. "He works very hard in training and he got his reward today with a nice goal from right out front."
Mount Greylock finishes the regular season 11-3-4 and looks ahead to Wednesday's Western Massachusetts Championships seeding meeting. Drury went 5-13 in what could best be described as a rebuilding year.
"I am so pleased with my team this year, they well exceeded my expectations for this season," Caproni said. "This season, we had them most wins in a season since I have been the head coach and we had a winning record in the South, also a first since becoming the head coach.
"We as a program are moving in the right direction, and I am looking forward to what the future will bring for this Drury program."