Athlete Spotlight: Joe Janavey of Lakeland/Panas

Joe Janavey and the Rebels won the section championship in his junior and sophomore seasons. Credits: File Photo

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland graduate Joe Janavey was an attackman on the Lakeland/Panas boys lacrosse team.

How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?

I started playing organized lacrosse in third grade but I was going to camps and had a lacrosse stick in my hand from a very young age.

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What do you think are your strengths as a lacrosse player?

I think my strengths as a lacrosse player are that I am a skilled shooter and feeder and have a high lacrosse IQ.

As a senior on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

I see my role as being someone who brings a positive attitude every day and pushes my teammates to get better.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

After practices and games, a bunch of the guys on the team go to Dunkin’ Donuts and that has become a tradition the last two years.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

I think my biggest role models have been the upperclassmen that came before me. They taught a lot of lessons and helped me develop into a better player and teammate.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know? 

One of my favorite workouts is rice bucket digs.

What does it mean to be able to play for Lakeland/Panas?

It truly is an honor to play with the L/P logo across your chest. Knowing that you are associated with some of the best to do it is really something special.

What is the feeling you get before a game?

Before a game, I’m normally excited and ready to play. If it’s a big game there may be a few nerves but I like to rise up to the occasion so the nerves quickly go away.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I like to listen to mostly rap music. Artists like Travis Scott, Drake, Kanye, Famous Dex and Avicii.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would want to be able to read minds because it would be cool to know what people are thinking.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would want to visit Italy. I am Italian and I think it would be cool to be able to taste the food and go to the beaches.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

My favorite food is penne alla vodka so that’s nice to have after a game.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

JV bagels. They have the best bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches.

What advice would you give to a young lacrosse player growing up in Lakeland?

Put the time in on the wall, turf, track and in the weight room to make yourself a better player. Enjoy every experience you have playing and have fun.

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