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Division 2 boys lacrosse: South Hadley controls Mount Greylock to reach finals

  • Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, scores on Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Filson Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, scores on Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Filson Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, and Matthew Malloy of Mount Greylock cross legs while going after a loose ball Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, and Matthew Malloy of Mount Greylock cross legs while going after a loose ball Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, scores on Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Filson Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, scores on Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Filson Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Thomas Fitzell of South Hadley, center, shoots against Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Fitzell Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Thomas Fitzell of South Hadley, center, shoots against Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Fitzell Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Sam Duda of South Hadley, left, moves the ball against Riley Baker of Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sam Duda of South Hadley, left, moves the ball against Riley Baker of Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Evan Marcus of South Hadley begins a pass during his team's win against Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Evan Marcus of South Hadley begins a pass during his team's win against Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Ryan Dickinson of South Hadley, left, evades a block from Matthew Malloy of Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ryan Dickinson of South Hadley, left, evades a block from Matthew Malloy of Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Griffin Fitzell of South Hadley, left, begins a pass against Mount Greylock defenders Brett McCormack, left, and Matthew Malloy Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Griffin Fitzell of South Hadley, left, begins a pass against Mount Greylock defenders Brett McCormack, left, and Matthew Malloy Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.
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  • Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, scores on Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Filson Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, and Matthew Malloy of Mount Greylock cross legs while going after a loose ball Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Tom Crotty of South Hadley, left, scores on Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Filson Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Thomas Fitzell of South Hadley, center, shoots against Mount Greylock goalie Calvin Fitzell Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sam Duda of South Hadley, left, moves the ball against Riley Baker of Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Evan Marcus of South Hadley begins a pass during his team's win against Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Ryan Dickinson of South Hadley, left, evades a block from Matthew Malloy of Mount Greylock Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Griffin Fitzell of South Hadley, left, begins a pass against Mount Greylock defenders Brett McCormack, left, and Matthew Malloy Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

CHICOPEE — If Mount Greylock had found a way to beat South Hadley’s TJ Fitzell on faceoffs, the game might have been at least more competitive.

When the Mounties had the ball, they were fairly effective on offense. But the Tiger junior was nearly unbeatable in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Lacrosse Tournament semifinals as No. 2-seeded South Hadley bulldozed No. 3 Greylock 17-6 Tuesday at Chicopee Comp.

“The score reflected how well we played,” South Hadley coach Kyle Cloutier said. “We jumped out early, got on top of them and didn’t really give them much room. We worked hard. It was a testament to our kids. Our goal all year was to get back to championship Saturday. We’re excited to be there.”

The Tigers (16-5) figure to face a much stiffer test in the finals with undefeated No. 1 seed Longmeadow (22-0), Saturday at 5 p.m. at Chicopee Comp. Longmeadow beat No. 5 Amherst 13-3 in the other semifinal.

“Everyone Longmeadow puts on the field can pass, catch, shoot and score and play defense,” Cloutier said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge. We’re grateful to be able to play for championship.”

Fitzell won 15-of-17 first-half faceoffs as the outcome was decided before intermission. Evan Marcus opened the scoring 16 seconds in the game, faking a shot high from close range to draw goalie Calvin Filson’s stick up, before firing a waist-high shot by him. It was Marcus’ first of three goals.

Ethan Ryan tied the game for the Mounties with 9:31 left in the first half, ripping an overhand shot from 12 yards out.

But Mount Greylock (19-3) barely touched the ball after that as South Hadley ran off 10 straight goals over 13 minutes to take an 11-1 lead. The Mounties got two back after a rare faceoff win, but Sam Duda, who led South Hadley with eight goals, scored with 1:11 left to put South Hadley up 12-3 at halftime.

“Possession is definitely key in big games like this,” said Fitzell, who had two assists. “I got in a little rhythm in the first quarter all the way through to the rest of the game. We were able to generate offense because of it.”

Cloutier wasn’t surprised.

“We didn’t know a ton about these guys,” Cloutier said. “We got a couple of scouts. We thought we might be able to have an advantage at the faceoff X and TJ did a great job there.”

When Greylock did get the ball, its offense was forced into an unenviable position. The Mounties needed to score quickly and often to cut into the sizable Tiger advantage, but at the same time, possess the ball for a decent chunks of time to give their defense a badly needed break. The swarming Tigers’ defense prevented Greylock from doing either effectively.

South Hadley stretched its lead to 15-4 before Fitzell came out with 4:10 left in the third quarter. He returned for the beginning of the fourth before Cloutier took his starters out for good.

The lead reached 16-4 on a goal by freshman Griffin Fitzell with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter and triggered the running-time rule for the remainder of the game.

After the game, the Tigers were already thinking about Saturday’s meeting with Longmeadow.

“We can’t make any mistakes. We have to play as well as we did today,” Duda said.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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