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.

As reported by Christopher James, from The Berkshire Eagle
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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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Andy Budz Nest 2 Goals for St. Anselm Hawks

Former Greylock standout lacrosse player, Andy Budz nets 2 goals in contest against Molloy College.

February 25, 2012 – ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – Despite two goals each from Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) and freshman James Peters (Medway, Mass.), the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse team fell by a 7-6 margin to the Lions of Molloy College Saturday afternoon. With the non-conference victory for Molloy, the Lions improve to 1-0 on the season while the Hawks fall to 0-1 in their season-opener.

For Molloy, Anthony Marino capped off a hat trick with his game-winning man-up goal with only two minutes remaining in the contest, breaking the 6-6 deadlock with his third goal of the season. Within the second half of the contest, the Hawks were outscored by a 4-to-1 margin as Saint Anselm carried a 5-3 lead into the half.

Peters scored his first collegiate goal to open the scoring for Saint Anselm with 10:42 remaining in the first half, knotting the score at one apiece. Senior midfielder Tyler Steinetz (Sparta, N.J.) and Messner added the next two goals of the game to lift Saint Anselm to a 3-1 lead. Two quick Molloy strikes were countered by goals from freshman Andy Budz (Williamstown, Mass.) and Messner to enter the half.

Hawks goaltender Jonathon O’Reilly (Plano, Texas) drew the loss, his first of the season, by allowing seven goals on 17 shots on net. For Molloy, netminder Tommy Bruno collected his first victory of the season by halting three shots on net and allowing five goals.

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