CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — The lead was never in jeopardy as top-seeded Lakeland/Panas’ boys lacrosse squad jumped out to a 4-0 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back in a 17-8 victory over No. 8 Mahopac in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class A tournament on Friday at Walter Panas High School.
Rebels’ senior captain Sean Makar (4G, 4A) scored the first goal of the game.
“It’s always good to get off to a good start and garner momentum,” Makar said. “You always want to be up in this game so coming out strong, putting them down and trying to break their confidence in the first quarter is what we were attempting to do.”
Mahopac cut the Rebels’ lead to 5-2 early in the second quarter before the Rebels scored four consecutive goals.
“We got the momentum back, which was important,” Makar said.
Having plenty of confidence was Makar’s teammate Kevin Dyckman (15 saves), who saved two big shots at the outset of the third quarter, preserving the Rebels’ 10-5 halftime lead.
Dyckman’s saves ignited the Rebels (14-3), who tallied four of the five goals scored in the third quarter, with three coming from Tim Fallo (5G, 2A), to go up 14-6.
“Those two saves were big, especially because they got one late in the second quarter," Fallo said. "So for him to come out and make those two saves and to get the ball in the back of the net was huge for momentum."
Winning 17 of 25 face-offs for the Rebels was T.J. Bryan.
“He’s a workhorse," Fallo said. "He’s there every day practicing and for him to come out like that was huge for us, to get us the ball, we put in some goals and backed him up,” Fallo said.
Joe Janavey (4G, 2A), Griffin Shiland (1G, 2A), Drew Thompson (1G, 2A), Tommy Briscoe (1G) and Matt Hodges (1G) also contributed to the Rebels’ winning effort.
Mahopac (8-10) was paced by Andrew Evans' three goals and an assist. Michael Argila made 11 saves.
Lakeland/Panas will host fourth-seeded Mamaroneck in the semifinals on Monday at home with the game time yet to be determined.