SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— As the son of a former Section 1 lacrosse coach, the sport is in Joe Janavey’s DNA.
“I’ve been around lacrosse my whole life, so I’ve seen some of the best players to come through Section 1—whether it was watching Somers play against Yorktown or Lakeland,” said Janavey, who used to roam the sidelines when his father Lew was the head coach at Somers. “I’ve seen all the great players like John Ranagan, Kevin Interlicchio, the Pruntys and JoJo Marasco play. I tried to do my best to keep myself to that standard.”
Clearly, all that watching paid off.
Janavey, a junior attackman at Lakeland/Panas, recorded his 100th career goal against Wappingers in a 16-10 win on May 11. He finished the game with four goals and now has 102 for his career and 38 on the year.
“It was a fast break and I got a feed from one of the middies,” said Janavey, detailing his 100th career goal. “I was on the crease and was able to finish one-on-one with the goalie.”
Janavey is the definition of a finisher, possessing an innate ability to find soft spots in a defense. He also has a lightning quick release, unloading a deadly accurate shot before the slides come charging.
“I think one of my best traits as a lacrosse player is just finding open space in the defense,” Janavey said. “One of my strengths is shooting. I’m normally able to find good spots against goalies and I’m able to put the ball in the back of the net.”
While Janavey has a future in college lacrosse, he’s undecided where it will be. He’s drawn interest from both Mercy College and LIU Post.
For now, the goal is to try to help Lakeland/Panas (12-3) capture its second straight Section 1 Class A title. The Rebels got off to an 11-1 start in 2017, but they have dropped two of their last three against Yorktown and John Jay-Cross River. Still, a Top 5 seed appears within reach.
“We need to start playing with some confidence,” Janavey said. “We need to find a swagger and get some momentum going into sectionals.”
Sean Makar had five goals and an assist in the win over Wappingers. Tim Fallo added three goals.