SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland’s Matt Makar, a standout in both lacrosse and football for the Rebels and Hornets, will continue his lacrosse career this fall at SUNY Cortland.

“I’m looking to become a better lacrosse player,” Makar said. “I would also like to win a championship while I’m playing at SUNY Cortland.”

As a junior All-Section midfielder in 2019, Makar helped Lakeland/Panas get to the Section 1 Class A title game, where he scored two goals in a playoff victory at Scarsdale. Makar said that was his best lacrosse memory.

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“Those 2 goals contributed to our big win, to keep advancing,” Makar said.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, Makar was unable to make any lacrosse memories during what was supposed to be his senior campaign.

“Not being able to play lacrosse this spring was devastating,” Makar said. “Lacrosse is my favorite sport, and not having a season was hard to grasp. Not playing with friends one last time was tough. We were going to have a great season.”

To stay in “lacrosse shape,” Makar said that he went on runs around his neighborhood and worked out in his backyard.

“I would also shoot in my backyard,” Makar said.

As he heads upstate, Makar will take the lessons he learned from playing under Rebels coach Jim Lindsay.

“What I learned from coach Lindsay was to keep playing hard and to get a left-hand,” said Makar, the latter comment referring to passing and shooting left-handed.

Makar said that it also meant a lot to be a part of the Lakeland football squad, where he was an All-League running back and one of the team captains this past fall.

“Lakeland football was one big family,” Makar said. “Going 4-2 in the regular season was a big accomplishment for our team. Even hosting a playoff game was a huge accomplishment for the program.”

Makar said his best football memory, was blocking a field goal, which was a game-changer, at Our Lady Lourdes, in a critical, 22-20 win.

“Playing Friday night under the lights will always be missed,” said Makar, who rushed for 460 yards and 7 touchdowns, both team-highs. “I’ll miss playing with my friends a lot, and will also miss the coaches. I can always stop by during summer workouts to see what’s going on.”