Rebels Too Much for Mahopac

Lakeland/Panas’Drew Thompson and Sean Makar celebrate a goal. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Top-seeded Lakeland/Panas’ boys lacrosse squad jumped out to a 4-0 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back in a 17-8 victory against visiting No. 8 Mahopac in the quarterfinals of the Section 1 Class A tournament on May 19.

Rebel senior captain Sean Makar (4G, 4A) scored the first goal of the game.

“It’s always good to get off to a good start and garner momentum,” Makar said. “You always want to be up in this game so coming out strong, putting them down and trying to break their confidence in the first quarter is what we were attempting to do.”

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Mahopac did cut the Rebels’ lead to 5-2 early in the second quarter before the Rebels scored four consecutive goals.

“We got the momentum back, which was important,” Makar said.

Having plenty of confidence was Makar’s teammate Kevin Dyckman (15 saves), who saved two big shots at the outset of the third quarter, preserving the Rebels’ 10-5 halftime lead.

Dyckman’s saves ignited the Rebels, who tallied four of the five goals scored in the third quarter, with three coming from Tim Fallo (5G, 2A), to go up 14-6.

“Those two saves were big, especially because they got one late in the second quarter,” Fallo said. “For him to come out and make those two saves and to get the ball in the back of the net was huge for momentum.”

Dominating the face-offs for the Rebels was T.J. Bryan, who won 17 of 25 face-offs while pitted against Mahopac senior Andrew Evans, who is bound for Marist.

“He’s a workhorse,” Fallo said. “He’s there every day practicing and for him to come out like that was huge for us, to get us the ball. We put in some goals and backed him up.”

Joe Janavey (4G, 2A), Griffin Shiland (1G, 2A), Drew Thompson (1G, 2A), Tommy Briscoe (1G) and Matt Hodges (1G) also took part in the Rebels’ winning effort. 

The Rebels routed No. 3 Mamaroneck 14-3 in the semifinals on May 22.  Makar (3G), Janavey (2G) and Thompson (2G) led the way.

Lakeland/Panas (15-3) finished its regular season with an 18-6 triumph against visiting Bronxville on May 15.

Janavey (8G, 3A), Makar (3G, 6A), Fallo (1G, 4A), Shiland (2G), Thompson (1G, 1A), Hodges (1G), Bryan (1G, 13 face-offs won), Sean Laukaitis (1G) and Dyckman (15 saves) helped the Rebels to the victory.

Top-seeded Yorktown defeated No. 8 Brewster 25-6 in the opening round of the Class B tournament on May 20, jumping out to a 10-1 first-quarter lead on senior day and not looking back.

“That is what coach (Sean) Carney wanted to do since it’s playoff time,” Yorktown senior captain Justin Cavallo said. “There’s no turning back. It’s the start of the new season so we didn’t want to stop. We wanted to keep going, keep the foot on the pedal and do the best that we could today to show everyone that we are back to win the championship this year.”

Cavallo led the Huskers with seven points (4G, 3A).

“I just kept moving around and my teammates found me the ball. I just finished every shot I could,” Cavallo said. “You only get one senior day so I tried to have as much fun as I could today.”

Steven Veteri (4G, 1A), Jamison Embury (2G, 3A), Kyle Casey (3G, 1A), Shane Dahlke (2G, 2A), Keegan Doller (1G, 2A), Tyler Cunnington (1G, 2A), Richard Giannasca (2G), Max Costello (2G), Hunter Embury (1G, 1A), Reese Andrews (1G), Justin Comerford (1G), Anthony Molea (1G), Jose Boyer (1A), Anthony Altimari (12 of 13 face-offs won), Brendan Williams (10 of 13 face-offs won), Louis Ragusa (3 saves), Giovanni Santini (2 saves) and Daniel O’Meara (1 save) all contributed.

Yorktown (12-4) fell to visiting Ridgefield 12-9 on May 15 in its regular-season finale.

Altimari (3G, 18 of 23 face-offs won), Hunter Embury (2G, 1A), Jamison Embury (2G), Casey (1G), Cavallo (1G), Comerford (1A) and Ragusa (6 saves) led the Huskers.

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