MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas locked down Mahopac’s offense in an 11-4 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Rebels’ Griffin Shiland turned it on after they were called for an illegal stick with 8:05 remaining in the first half, resulting in a three-minute unreleasable penalty. All he did was bury a pair of shorthanded goals, deflating Mahopac’s spirit while boosting Lakeland/Panas’ lead to 6-1 at the break.
“We had to rally the troops,” Shiland said. “We were man-down and locked in so we had to prevail. Coach teaches us that when we are down to keep our heads up and do our thing. That’s what we did. We were down a man but had to keep our heads up and go for it.”
The Rebels have become synonymous with versatile, offensive-minded long-stick middies. Andrew Sofroniou filled the role prior to Shiland and was a similarly dangerous two-way presence.
“We kind of groom these guys going forward,” Lakeland/Panas coach Jim Lindsay said. “We want to play and get up and down the field. That’s a big part of what we do. We like to have a kid in the middle of the field who can handle the ball. (Shiland) knows what to do—he’s been doing that for three years now.”
Lakeland/Panas, which led 3-1 after the opening quarter, continued its domination as the second half got underway. The Rebels outscored the Indians 4-1 in the third quarter and led 10-2 heading into the fourth.
Joe Janavey and Matt Hodges paced Lakeland/Panas’ offense with three goals apiece. Sean Makar (1G, 3A), Tim Fallo (3A), Stephen Magarelli (2G) and Drew Thompson (1G) rounded out the offensive production. Goalie Kevin Dyckman spearheaded a strong defensive effort with eight saves. The four goals scored matched a season-low for Mahopac (2-5), which dropped its fourth-straight game.
“That’s what our main goal is every game—hold the other team under five,” Rebel defenseman Matt Kness said. “We really worked hard this week in practice, mixed up some things and it worked. Everyone did what they were supposed to do.”
Andrew Evans and George Weiss paced the Indians with two goals apiece. Evans also excelled at the dot, winning 13 of 18 faceoffs. Goalie Mike Argila continued a breakout sophomore campaign with 15 saves.
Mahopac, which also suffered a 12-6 loss to visiting Yorktown on April 18, will look to bounce back when it travels to Wappingers for a 4:30 p.m. game on April 27.