SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— It wasn’t the ending eighth-seeded Mahopac envisioned as it fell 17-8 to defending Section 1 Class A champion Lakeland/Panas in the quarterfinals on May 18.
The top-seeded Rebels took control early on, leading 4-0 after one quarter and they never looked back.
George Weiss and Ryan Dugan netted goals to cut the Rebel lead to 5-2 midway through the second quarter. Lakeland/Panas went on a 4-0 run before Mark Carey (1A) answered for the Indians to end the drought.
Andrew Evans then displayed an incredible individual effort. He won a faceoff, charge downfield, absorbed two checks and dove while shoveling the ball into the back of the net to cut it to 9-4 with 3:25 until halftime.
Evans then scored with just two seconds left in the quarter to send the game into the break with the Rebels leading 10-5.
Lakeland/Panas quickly seized the momentum in the third quarter with Tim Fallo scoring two quick goals. The Rebels led 14-6 after three quarters with a Mahopac (8-10) comeback looking very bleak.
A key for Lakeland/Panas was T.J. Bryan on the faceoff X. He dominated by winning 17 out of 25 draws. Mahopac also had a tough time stopping the Rebel trio of Fallo (five goals), Sean Makar (four goals) and Joe Janavey (four goals), who combined for 13 out of 17 goals.
Evans led the Indians with three goals and an assist. Shane McDonald and Jack Sarfaty added a goal apiece. Michael Argila made 11 saves.
Mahopac rolled past ninth-seeded Carmel 14-1 in the opening round on May 17. Dugan paced the attack with four goals and three assists. Carey added four goals, while Evans had two goals and two assists.