Lakeland/Panas Girls Lacrosse Wins Thriller Over Mahopac

Rebel goalie Miranda Lopes blocks the shot by Mahopac’s Sophia DeFrancesco while Raquel Nieves defends. Credits: Deena Bell

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - yorLakeland/Panas’ girls lacrosse squad may be young but is filled with talent and on April 7 it showed that despite its youth, it can handle pressure situations as well as anyone.

The Rebels traveled to rival Mahopac and played the Indians in a thrilling back and forth contest, which was tied 4-4 at halftime.

The squads continued to battle each other tough in the second half and with the score tied at 6-6, Rebel junior captain Emily Kness came up clutch.

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Kness (2G) scored the tie-breaking and what would be the eventual game-winning goal, lifting the Rebels to a thrilling 7-6 triumph.

“The last goal was scored on an 8-meter due to our defense transitioning the ball quickly up field,” Kness said. “I was able to get a shooting space called and buried the ball in the back of the net. It was exciting and a great relief to score with such a close game.”

The Rebels showed how much they have matured in a relatively short time by remaining cool and calm in closing out the game by holding onto the ball for the final 3:30 of the contest.

“Our team worked hard to get open and remained calm throughout the last minutes,” Kness said. “We used short and smart passes to make sure we didn’t turn the ball over.”

Megan Mucci (2G), Raquel Nieves (2G), Jenna McCrudden (1G), Keirra Ettere (1A), Kelsey McCrudden (1A), Cara O’Shea (1A) and Miranda Lopes (7 saves) also played important roles.

“It felt great to win after everyone worked hard throughout the whole game,” Kness said. “It helps to build our confidence for the rest of the season.”

Lakeland/Panas’ started its week by win at Ossining 18-5 on April 3.

The Rebels jumped out to an 11-3 halftime lead against the Pride and never looked back.

Igniting Lakeland/Panas to the road win was Jenna McCrudden, recorded four goals and five assists, Kness (4G, 3A) and Kelsey McCrudden (4G, 1A).

Nieves (2G), Ettere (1G), Mucci (1G), Kristen Kelly (1G), Katelyn Cerrato (1G) and O’Shea (1A) also contributed.

Doing the job in goal for Lakeland/Panas were Lopes and Isabella LeBlanc, who made three saves and two saves, respectively.

Lakeland/Panas (3-1) fell against visiting Putnam Valley 11-10 on April 4.

Ettere and Kness led a well-balanced attack with two goals and two assists each.

Jenna and Kelsey McCrudden were not far behind, registering two goals each with Mucci and O’Shea also recording a goal apiece. Lopes was solid in goal, making 10 saves.

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