SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— It was far from the prettiest game Lakeland/Panas’ boys lacrosse squad has played when it hosted Mamaroneck in a potential Section 1 Class A championship preview on April 13.
Fortunately, for the Rebels, lacrosse isn’t a beauty contest and they were able to gut out a 12-10 victory.
“I thought we were lackadaisical. I didn’t think we came out with a lot of emotion,” Lakeland/Panas coach Jim Lindsay said. “We were sloppy, we had turnovers. We didn’t finish opportunities. They deserved to win the game—that’s just the bottom line. We did not deserve to win this game, we were lucky to win this game. We’ll take it and move on. Credit to Mamaroneck, it wanted the game more. This is probably as bad as I’ve seen this team play all year, so we have a lot of work to do tomorrow in practice.”
Lakeland/Panas senior captain Sean Makar agreed with his coach’s assessment of the Rebels’ play.
“The first three quarters we didn’t play like ourselves,” Makar said. “We weren’t running as hard as we should’ve been and it took us until the last three minutes to run like we should.”
The production of Joe Janavey (4G, 1A) and Makar (2G, 3A) helped the Rebels’ overcome their sloppiness against the Tigers.
“They made some plays,” Lindsay said. “It wasn’t the greatest performance out of us today and the kids know that too. It’s a win against a big rival so we’ll take it and move on.”
More important was the play of Rebel sophomore midfielder T.J. Bryan (2G), who won 20 of 25 faceoffs.
“The difference in the game was the faceoff with T.J. controlling most of those draws,” Lindsay said. “I think if their faceoff kid plays and is not hurt, we probably don’t win this game. So, we have to take this with a grain of salt. We have a lot of work to do and we have to improve.”
Kevin Dyckman (9 saves) did plenty of work in the Rebels’ goal, including stopping a point-blank Mamaroneck shot that led to a Griffin Shiland (2G) score and a 9-8 Rebel advantage early in the final quarter.
“That was a big momentum changer. That is what set the tone,” Makar said. “Kevin was playing on his head the whole game and Griffin was doing his thing, ran up the field, caught the ball and made a play.”
Mamaroneck tied the game before goals by Matt Hodges, and Janavey, off an assist from Tim Fallo (1G, 1A), with 7:11 remaining in the game, put the Rebels up 11-9.
“We were out in transition and Timmy hit me on a feed,” Janavey said. “I was on the crease, I was open. It was a big goal in the game.”
A big reason for Janavey’s four-goal day was taking advantage of matchups, according to Makar.
“He took his kid to the net every single time,” Makar said. “When he beat his man, he was able to look up and find me and Tim.”
Makar then sealed the game courtesy of an assist from Janavey to put the Rebels up 12-9 with 2:24 left in the contest.
“Sean played great today,” Janavey said. “He competed the whole game.”
Mamaroneck did score once more, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Rebels.
“We came out slow, but in the end we gritted it out and were able to come away with the victory,” Janavey said.
Lakeland/Panas (6-0) finished the week with a 12-4 win at Penn Yan on April 15, led by Fallo (3G, 4A), Makar (3G, 4A), Janavey (4G), Drew Thompson (2G), Steve Mays (1A) and Dyckman (3 saves).