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Mucci's Late Goal Lifts Rebels to Thrilling Win

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Lakeland/Panas’ Keirra Ettere makes her move. Credits: Deena Bell
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YORKTOWN, N.Y.— Megan’s Mucci’s goal with just nine seconds remaining gave third-seeded Lakeland/Panas’ girls lacrosse squad a thrilling 10-9 victory against visiting No. 6 Suffern in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class B girls lacrosse tournament on May 19.

Lakeland/Panas set up the winning goal when its coach Rebecca DiSisto-Leslie wisely called timeout late in the game and its team followed by doing an excellent job of being patient while waiting for the perfect time to attack the goal.

“We gained possession with about two minutes left in the game and when we settled the ball our coach called a timeout,” Lakeland/Panas’ sophomore Jenna McCrudden said. “We decided to hold possession until there were 20 seconds left in the game, then work hard to get a hard shot on goal. Megan did a great job driving to goal and drawing a shooting space call and she finished with a nice hard shot to win the game.”

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McCrudden and Mucci both did an outstanding job of finding the net throughout the game, as they each shared game-high honors by scoring three goals apiece, along with Suffern’s Samantha Schelling.

“Megan and I were as successful as we were because we didn’t force plays and we took care of the ball, which has been a big goal for the team as a whole,” McCrudden said. “All three of my goals had an assist so it really came down to my teammates having great vision.”

Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 2A), Emily Kness (1G, 1A), Keirra Ettere (1G), Raquel Nieves (1G) and Miranda Lopes (6 saves) also contributed to the Rebels’ hard-fought victory.

“We pulled through with the win because we worked hard for the entire game—we didn’t take plays off,” Jenna McCrudden said. “We battled and we kept our cool which led to our success defensively and offensively. Our goalie Miranda also made some crazy saves when we needed them most.”

Lakeland/Panas’ season ended when it lost at No. 2 John Jay-Cross River 19-5 in the semifinals on May 21.

Kness (2G), Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 1A), Kristen Kelly (1G), Katelyn Cerrato (1G), Jenna McCrudden (1A), Lopes (9 saves) and Bella LeBlanc (2 saves) produced for the Rebels (10-8).

Top-seeded Yorktown outscored No. 9 Ursuline 7-0 in the second half to defeat the visitors 11-1 in the quarterfinals of the Class B tournament on May 19.

Yorktown senior captain Ellen O’Callaghan said the Huskers’ dominance in the second half started with its tough as nails defense.

“Our defensive unit was aggressive and forced turnovers that provided our offense with many opportunities,” O’Callaghan said. “In the second half we figured out what was working on offense and remained patient and smart throughout.”

Offensively, the Huskers, who have won the last two Class B titles, used a well-balanced attack to garner the victory.

Ciara Frawley (2G, 1A), McKenna Duff (2G), Kelsey McDonnell (2G), O’Callaghan (1G, 1A), Caroline Garti (1G, 1A), Jesse Barer (1G, 1A), Caroline Keenaghan (1G) and Sophia Spallone (1G) made up that well-balanced attack.

“Every member of our team has the ability and potential to score,” O’Callaghan said. “Today we used that to our advantage with many different people scoring the goals. It is harder for the defense to defend our offensive unit when anyone can take it to goal at any time.”

That type of offensive production, combined with a defense that was in sync with one another and backed up by Sophia Altimari’s five saves, made the Huskers unbeatable on this day.

“Our defense was great today at communicating effectively and sending the proper slides,” O’Callaghan said. “Everyone had each other’s backs, forced turnovers, and got to the ground balls first.”

Yorktown earned a berth in the championship game, which it will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Torne Valley against John Jay-Cross River, when it defeated No. 4 Fox Lane 13-4 in the semifinals on May 21.

Keenaghan (1G, 4A), Frawley (4G), Caroline Garti (2G), O’Callaghan (2G), McDonnell (2G), Spallone (2G), Maddy Marr (1A) and Altimari (5 saves) led the Huskers (12-5).

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