Lakeland/Panas Edges Mahopac in Girls Lacrosse

Rebel Kristen Kelly looks to get a shot off. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas defeated visiting Mahopac 10-8 on May 8, ignited by Carlyn Mucci (4G), Emily Kness (3G), Kelsey McCrudden (2G, 1A), Gianna Scialdone (1G), Kristen Kelly (1A) and Miranda Lopes (6 saves).

“We were able to play as one team,” Lakeland/Panas senior captain Mia Lennon said. “Our offense played well and our defense played well. We took care of the ball and finished when we needed to. I think everyone on our team was happy with how our game went.”

A key to the win against Mahopac was the Rebels, stepping up their defensive intensity in the second half.

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“In the first half we made a lot of little mistakes that resulted in goals and we really didn’t like that,” Lennon said. “Going into the second half we knew we had to step it up and I think we did. We used our mistakes as motivation to get the ball back.”

The Rebels (11-5) hosted Somers on their senior night May 10, falling to the Tuskers 17-6, led by Carlyn Mucci (4G), Kness (1G), McCrudden (1G), Kelly (1A), Kiera Scott (5 saves) and Lopes (4 saves).

For Lennon, it was an emotional senior night.

“I’m going to miss everything about this program—the team, my coaches, game days, the sport itself,” Lennon said. “My teammates are my best friends and not seeing them every day is definitely going to be upsetting. It’s been the best senior season I could ever ask for.”

Yorktown’s girls lacrosse squad knew it needed a solid performance on its senior night against visiting Mahopac on May 10 and it came away with just that in a 17-4 victory against the Indians.

“This win meant a lot for us,” Yorktown senior captain Michelle Seger said. “It was our last home game, last time playing on this field and honestly it meant the world to every senior. Everyone on this team won for each other.”

Appropriately, it was Seger (5G, 1A) and fellow senior captain Rilea Fusco (4G, 2A) that ignited the Huskers to the victory.

“We just have this bond on the field, it’s awesome,” Fusco said of her play with Seger. “I love being on the field with her. We know where each other is all the time. We just connect so well with one another.”

Seger agreed.

“We played since we were so young together,” Seger said. “It’s great to play on the field with her. I’m going to miss her next year. It’s just like we are best friends on and off the field and that really helps with our game.”

Ellen O’Callaghan (2G, 3A), Caroline Keenaghan (1G, 3A), Kelsey McDonnell (2G), Caroline Garti (1G, 1A), Kayla Reilly (1G), McKenna Duff (1G) and Lexi DelBene (4 saves) also helped Yorktown to its triumph.

“We lost the past couple of games so it was definitely great to get back on track,” Fusco said. “We had a great practice yesterday and we knew how important this night was for us, to get this win because we needed to regroup. We love each other and have fun with one another. It’s just an amazing feeling. Winning is the best feeling in the world, especially with this team.”

Yorktown led 10-1 at the half, winning 10 of the 13 draw controls before halftime.

“We were really aggressive on the draw controls and we took our time on attack and we were very patient,” Seger said. “Our defense was playing very good. We were just really aggressive and really wanted it. We played with heart.”

Yorktown fell at Scarsdale 13-11 on May 8, paced by Seger (6G), Fusco (3G, 2A), Ciara Frawley (2G), Keenaghan (1A), DelBene (7 saves) and Sophia Altimari (1 save).

The Huskers (8-7) won 19-8 at Horace Greeley on May 12, led by Keenaghan (7A), Seger (5G, 1A), Fusco (3G, 1A), Garti (3G), Ciara Frawley (3G), McDonnell (3G), Duff (1G), Emily Hirsch (1G), DelBene (3 saves), Bridget Murphy (2 saves) and Olivia DeCicco (1 save).

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