Lakeland/Panas Edges Fox Lane

Rebel Kelsey McCrudden, left, chases a loose ball. Credits: Rick Kuperberg

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas’ girls lacrosse team defeated visiting Fox Lane 14-12 on April 10.

“We’ve been working a lot on working together as a team and utilizing all of our players on both offense and defense,” senior captain Mia Lennon said. “On defense we were communicating, our slides and two away were there and our one-v.-one defense was solid. On attack we worked the ball around really well and finished when we needed to.”

Leading the way for the Rebels was Carlyn Mucci, who netted six goals.

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“When Carlyn puts her mind to something, she does anything she possibly can to achieve it,” Lennon said. “She never stopped working and she created so many opportunities for us offensively.”

Emily Kness (2G, 4A), Jenna McCrudden (2G), Raquel Nieves (1G, 1A), Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 1A), Kristen Kelly (1G), Gianna Scialdone (1G), Miranda Lopes (6 saves) and Kiera Scott (3 saves) also contributed to the Rebels’ effort.

“I don’t think it was just one single person who played well on defense, the whole team played very solid team defense,” Lennon said. “Our slides were there, and our communication was right where it needed to be. Each player played an important role in why we were so successful.”

Lakeland/Panas (4-2) lost at Brewster 16-7 on April 12, led by Mucci (2G), Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 2A), Jenna McCrudden (1G), Kelly (1G), Raquel Nieves (1G), Cayci Hill (1G), Kness (1A), Lopes (6 saves) and Scott (4 saves).

Yorktown overcame a 9-2 deficit to win 17-15 at Suffern on April 13.

Michelle Seger (7G, 2A), Rilea Fusco (4G, 1A), Ellen O’Callaghan (2G, 1A), Caroline Keenaghan (1G, 2A), McKenna Duff (2G), Caroline Garti (1G) and Lexi DelBene (12 saves) all took part in the Huskers’ huge road victory.

Yorktown also came away with a big 17-9 triumph against visiting North Rockland on April 11.

“Today was a huge day for us because it was a section game,” Yorktown senior defender Emily Hirsch said. “We knew we had to come out strong and we had a lot of fire underneath us. Myself, Ciara Frawley and the rest of the defense played well because we did a good job shutting down their offense. We came out focused, picked up 50/50 balls and caused many turnovers, which added to our success.”

Their play is important after losing Ohio State University-bound Carli Mager for the season because of a preseason injury.

“Carli was a huge part of our defense,” Hirsch said. “She kept us in tact with her loud voice and good-field awareness. Communication is a big struggle in our defensive end right now. A responsibility I have put on myself is to become a better leader on the defensive end like Carli was. We have a young defense so communication is a key component if we want to win.”

Keenaghan, a junior who plays attack, led Yorktown with seven points (2G, 5A) against the Raiders.

“Caroline is an important part of our offense,” Hirsch said. “She is a key feeder, which leads our team to many goals. When the other team is clearing the ball, she is a major part of our ride. She causes many turnovers, which allows our team another opportunity to score.”

Keenaghan said the Huskers came out ready because they knew they were going against a tough sectional opponent.

“We knew today was a big Section 1 game,” Keenaghan said. “So we all had to step up to the plate. Our plays and the transition enabled me to get some good feeds.”

Leading the Huskers (5-1) against the Raiders in goals were Seger (4G, 1A) and Fusco (4G).

“Rilea and Michelle did an awesome job today, they did a great job getting open and finishing,” Keenaghan said.

Duff (2G, 2A), O’Callaghan (2G, 2A), Frawley (2G), Garti (1G) and DelBene (3 saves) all got into the box score for the Huskers.

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