Mount Greylock Girls Lax Gets Off to Strong Start
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Spring has slightly sprung in Williamstown as the Mount Greylock girls lacrosse team got its first taste of outdoor play Friday afternoon in a 15-3 win over the Pittsfield Generals.
With the amount of snow this winter dropped, it has been tough for teams across the county to to find playable fields. The Mounties were lucky enough to get a slot for play at Williams College’s Weston Field turf to get in their first game of the season.
Freshman Caroline Flynn got the rally going for Greylock in the first half with 17 minutes to play. She carried the ball into the crease and let one go putting, the Mounties on the board and giving Greylock the edge it needed to get out those “first game jitters.”
"There was a lot of nerves in the beginning," Greylock coach Lindsey von Holtz said. "It was their first time out there and for some of them their first time ever, so you could definitely see the nerves; a lot of dropped balls and bobbling in the beginning, but I think we settled down after a while and it helped once we got a couple goals."
With less that 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Generals called a timeout as Greylock went up 4-0, with two goals from senior Lucy Barrett and one from senior Sarah Stripp. The Mounties were out-shooting them 8-1.
Greylock put in nine more goals before half; another from Stripp and Barrett, two from Lauren Aliberti, two from Emma Polumbo, and one from Cat Cavali and Maggie Rorke.
The Generals put in their first goal before half from Jacey Salvie with less than nine minutes remaining; leaving the score at 13-1.
"The first half was really really tough," Pittsfield coach Kendra Isbell said. "A lot of that was the cobwebs, us getting them out. Our first outdoor practice was yesterday, but I'm really happy with how the girls responded in the second half."
Despite the lead Greylock held after the first half of play, Pittsfield continued to work and put in two more goals: one more from Salvie with one from Shea Hassett.
Greylock saw another from Stripp and one from Julia Whitney that came at the opening of the second half.
"It was exciting to be out there," von Holtz said. "It's great to get a win under your belt and it's also great to figure out what we need to work on in the next week while nobody's playing because there's no fields available to play."