Greylock stuns East Long Meadow

By Christopher James, Berkshire Eagle Staff

Sunday April 22, 2012

EAST LONGMEADOW — Jeff Stripp brought his Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team here Saturday morning to face what he called a “really good” East Longmeadow squad.

It turns out the Mounties were even better.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge for us,” said Greylock senior Kent Hanson. “But I don’t think most of the guys thought we’d actually win it. I knew we’d give them a good fight.”

Hanson and his teammate did win it, though, stunning the Spartans 9-5 on their home field. Hanson had a goal, two assists and countless interceptions that kept the ball in a Mountie stick and the pressure on East Longmeadow (6-3). Noah Kelley added three goals while Ethan Ryan had two. Michael McCormack added two goals and an assist.

It was a milestone victory for a Mountie program in its first year at the varsity level against a team that had made the Western Massachusetts tournament three of the last four years. Spartans coach Dan Blinn said he remembers helping Greylock learn the sport when the school had just a club program.

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Girls lacrosse arrives: Teaching is priority for new varsity sport

Friday March 30, 2012 | WILLIAMSTOWN — The first day of varsity girls lacrosse in Berkshire County was all about teaching.

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Moments before visiting Belchertown and Mount Greylock took to the field at the Williamstown school, Mounties coach Lindsey von Holtz was explaining the rules to her timekeeper. When the game got underway, the two referees spent plenty of time telling players where to go on restarts. Parent and youth coach Jeff Albert spent plenty of time on the sideline, fielding questions from fellow parents about what was happening in front of them.

“There’s a lot of rules to learn as far as a parent sitting on the sideline,” Albert said. “You’ll ask questions, but by the end of the season, you’ll be telling the people the answers. It’s not too difficult.”

After years of hoping and months of anticipation, lacrosse’s advocates were happy to play teacher during Greylock’s 16-7 loss. Mounties boys coach Jeff Stripp proudly watched his daughter’s varsity debut just as he wrapped up the boys practice on an adjacent field.

“This season, it’s really only hit me today,” Stripp said. “My daughter’s playing here and my son’s over here. It’s amazing. I kind of pinch myself when I go home. I feel very fortunate that that’s the case. I’m excited.”

Stripp, through the Berkshire County Lacrosse Association, has helped lead the fight to bring lacrosse from a club sport to the varsity level in the county. While St. Joseph’s has long had a boys team, Thursday was the first time a varsity girls game had been contested in recent memory, and this spring will see the debut of high school leagues for both genders.

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Ian Jones @ Muhlenberg

Ian Jones was a primary contributor in Muhlenberg’s longest game in program ever.

The Mules fell to the Royals 8-7 on a goal with 1:56 left in the fourth overtime. The four overtimes are the most in any sport in school history, and the 74-minute game was nearly five minutes longer than the Mules triple-overtime win over Franklin & Marshall in 2008.

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