SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Section 1 champion Lakeland/Panas clinched its second-straight trip to the Class A state Final Four when it beat Section 2 champion Shaker 10-9 at Mohonasen High School in the regional title game on June 3.
“Making it back means a lot to us,” Lakeland/Panas junior Joe Janavey said. “All the hard work we have put in this year has brought us this far. All we have to do is win the final two games and we can do something that has never been done in school history.”
Janavey (4G, 2A) scored the game-tying goal with 42.7 seconds left before registering the winning goal with just 16 seconds remaining.
“The first goal we were man up,” Janavey said. “I caught the ball on the crease and put one in the top corner and on the last play coach called a play and we were able to execute it.”
Tim Fallo (3G, 3A), Drew Thompson (1G, 2A), Sean Laukaitis (1G), Griffin Shiland (1G), Matt Hodges (1A), T.J. Bryan (12 of 21 faceoffs won) and Kevin Dyckman (12 saves) also contributed.
Lakeland/Panas (18-3) is scheduled to play in the Class A state semifinals at the University at Albany on Wednesday, June 7.
If the Rebels are victorious, they would play at 10 a.m. in the Class A state championship game on Saturday, June 10 at St. John Fischer College in Rochester, with Lakeland/Panas looking for its first state title.