Yorktown Celebrates Senior Night with Playoff Win

Yorktown’s Alex DeBenedictis, left, and Chris Perrino clamp down on a Clarkstown North player. Credits: Bob Castner/

YORKTOWN, N.Y.— Second-seeded Yorktown hosted No. 10 Clarkstown North in the Section 1 Class B boys lacrosse quarterfinals on May 21 on its senior night and celebrated with a 22-1 victory.

“It was a step in the right direction regarding the playoffs,” Yorktown senior Brett Makar said. “The seniors were appropriately recognized and after the ceremonies everyone was locked in from the start. You can’t ask for more as a captain.”

Fellow senior captain Jamison Embury was on fire, registering 11 points (6G, 5A).

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“Jamison’s IQ is really what separates him from any player I’ve played with,” Makar said. “He knows where his teammates are going to be before they do and can pin point passes while also having a quick first step to beat his defender. He has really started to play his best lacrosse at the right time.”

Embury’s play was symbolic of this night for the Huskers (13-3), who jumped out to an 11-1 first-quarter lead.

“We came out fired up, this is the time you work so hard for and this is when the season really starts to get fun,” Makar said. “There’s nothing like the playoffs and especially on senior night there was a lot of positive emotion.”

Alex DeBenedictis (6G), Shane Dahlke (3G, 3A), Hunter Embury (2G, 3A), Joe Atherall (2G), Keegan Doller (1G, 1A), Thomas Cane (1G, 1A), Mike Broder (2A), Tim O’Callaghan (2A), Dante Esposito (1G), Justin Comerford (1A), Alex Fraoli (1A), Reese Andrews (1A) and Louis Ragusa (1 save) also contributed to the Huskers’ senior-night victory.

Seventh-seeded Lakeland/Panas was ready to go and it showed in its Class A first-round game against visiting No. 10 White Plains on May 19 as it defeated the Tigers 15-3.

The Rebels, who have won three of the last four Class A titles, showed they were ready right from the start as they built up a 9-1 halftime lead.

Sharing the ball offensively while being aggressive defensively helped the host build up its lead.

“We were being unselfish getting each other the ball,” Lakeland/Panas senior captain Joe Janavey said. “The defense was relentless and gave the offense plenty of opportunities.”

What also helped Lakeland/Panas throughout the game was the dominant play at the X from T.J. Bryan, who won 17 of 19 face-offs.

“He was able to win most of them to himself, and when they made adjustments he was able to rake it to the wings,” said Janavey, who moved into fourth place on the Rebels’ all-time scoring list against the Tigers, with 217 career points (155G, 62A).

Sean Lindsay, Brian Prunty and Conor Prunty are the three Rebels ahead of Janavey.

Steve Magarelli (4G, 3A), Regan Fallo (3G, 3A), Janavey (3G, 2A) and Matt Hodges (3G, 2A) made up the majority of the Rebels’ scoring against White Plains.

“The four of us work well together, and after a good week of practice we were able to bang the ball attacking the zone and being unselfish,” Janavey said.

While the above four wrecked havoc on the Tigers, Mason Nocito (1G, 3A), Phil Dellamonica (1G), J.P. Walsh (2 saves) and Declan Fullerton (1 save) were Rebels (6-10) who also contributed.

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