Lakeland/Panas outduels Mamaroneck
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CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — Monday's Class A semifinal between Lakeland/Panas and Mamaroneck featured two of Section 1's most explosive offenses.
For the top-seeded Rebels, the outcome proved historic.
Undefeated Lakeland/Panas (16-0-2) downed the No. 4-seeded Tigers, 24-16, and managed to set two records along the way. The 24 goals were a single-game scoring record for the program, which started way back in 1985. In addition, senior attacker Alexa Bonnes set an individual record with a program-best 11 goals.
“We always stay at 19 goals and never go over 20,” said Bonnes, who also notched an assist. “But it was a close game so we wanted to get that extra step ahead.”
Five-time defending Class A champ Lakeland/Panas — which clung to a 13-11 lead with a little over 16 minutes left in regulation — closed out the game on an devastating 11-5 run.
The UConn-bound Bonnes netted five of her seven second-half goals during the game-sealing surge. Overall, she leads Lakeland/Panas in scoring with 88 points (64G, 24A).
“We worked transitionally, saw the open gaps and I executed,” Bonnes said. “The first half we were just getting into the flow of things, but we had a good talk at halftime. We realized that we had to get ahead more than.”
Teammate Emma Bozek, who held the previous record for goals in a game with 10 earlier this year vs. Bronxville, lauded Bonnes' pinpoint accuracy.
“Her shooting was on and that's something that we've been working on in practice,” said Bozek, who added four goals and two assists. “I think it shows that it really paid off.”
Lakeland/Panas coach Sharon Sarsen wasn't surprised with her senior star's record-setting performance.
“(Bonnes) is just so athletic and she can do so many great things for us,” Sarsen said. “I thought she didn't pick her spots in the beginning, but as the game wore on she became more and more efficient and more and more effective. She's a great weapon to have and she really helped us today.”
Overall, the Rebels outscored the Tigers (11-3-4) 15-9 in the second half. They won the majority of the draws, dominated in transition and had a seemingly endless amount of offensive opportunities.
“It was a change of intensity and a change of mindset,” Bozek said of the second-half dominance. “We locked down on defense and our attack really picked it up. Our transition scoring was awesome today and that's a credit to our defenders, midfielders and certainly our attack for finishing.”
Of course, Bonnes and Bozek weren't the only Lakeland/Panas players to light it up. Molly Fitzpatrick (4G, 1A), Chyna Hill (2G, 1A), Taylor Scialdone (1G, 1A), Kristen Conroy (1G) and Amanda Vasta (1G) all contributed to the offensive onslaught.
To its credit, Mamaroneck matched the high-scoring Rebels for much of the game. In fact, the 16 goals were the most any team had scored against Lakeland/Panas this season. Senior star Abby Baigelman paced the Tigers with a team-high seven goals. Jessica Corbin (4G, 1A), Meaghan Fitzgerald (2G), Kayla Robinson (2G) and Katherine Grinnell (1G) rounded out the scoring.
Mamaroneck went on a 5-1 run over the final 2:27 of the first half, scoring back-to-back goals inside the final 21 seconds to cut Lakeland/Panas' lead to 9-7 at the break. The Tigers hung tough in the second half, clawing back to within five goals at 20-15 with 6:12 left in regulation. In the end, however, the hole was too deep to dig out of.
“We let down for a little bit and that really killed us,” Baigelman said. “(Lakeland/Panas) scored a few goals really quick and we couldn't get back from it, but we never gave up.”
Unlike 10 of the previous 12 years, including the last five straight, rival Suffern will not be waiting for the Rebels in the championship game. The Mounties were knocked off by No. 2-seeded North Rockland in the other semifinal. Lakeland/Panas will take on the Red Raiders Wenesday at 5 p.m. at Suffern Middle School.
“I was a little shocked,” Bozek said when she found out Suffern had been knocked out. “We are used to seeing Suffern every year, but North Rockland's a great competitor and I can't wait to see them.”
Both teams enter the showdown undefeated, making it one of the more enticing sectional title games in recent memory.
“We have to come out just as hard as we did in the second half of this game to be successful in the section finals,” Bonnes said.
Mamaroneck 7 9 16
Lakeland/Panas 9 15 24
MK (23:19) Abby Baigelman unassisted | 1-0 MK
LP (22:47) Alexa Bonnes unassisted | 1-1
LP (20:52) Emma Bozek from Bonnes | 2-1 LP
MK (19:00) Katherine Grinnell unassisted | 2-2
LP (18:37) Bozek unassisted | 3-2 LP
MK (11:43) Meaghan Fitzgerald from Jess Corbin | 3-3
LP (11:12) Chyna Hill unassisted | 4-3 LP
LP (10:35) Bonnes unassisted | 5-3 LP
LP (4:31) Molly Fitzpatrick unassisted | 6-3 LP
LP (3:15) Hill unassisted | 7-3 LP
LP (2:41) Bonnes unassisted | 8-3 LP
MK (2:27) Baigelman unassisted | 8-4 LP
MK (1:37) Corbin unassisted | 8-5 LP
LP (1:10) Bonnes unassisted | 9-5 LP
MK (0:21) Kayla Robinson unassisted | 9-6 LP
MK (0:04) Baigelman unassisted | 9-7 LP
LP (23:30) Amanda Vasta unassisted | 10-7 LP
LP (22:45) Bonnes unassisted | 11-7 LP
MK (21:14) Corbin unassisted | 11-8 LP
LP (20:28) Bozek unassisted | 12-8 LP
MK (19:34) Robinson unassisted | 12-9 LP
LP (18:57) Bonnes from Taylor Scialdone | 13-9 LP
MK (18:25) Baigelman unassisted | 13-10 LP
MK (16:08) Corbin unassisted | 13-11 LP
LP (15:53) Bonnes unassisted | 14-11 LP
LP (14:14) Bonnes from Bozek | 15-11 LP
MK (13:35) Baigelman unassisted | 15-12 LP
LP (13:14) Bozek unassisted | 16-12 LP
MK (12:31) Corbin unassisted | 16-13 LP
LP (11:42) Kristen Conroy from Fitzpatrick | 17-13 LP
LP (8:58) Fitzpatrick from Hill | 18-13 LP
LP (8:46) Scialdone from Bozek | 19-13 LP
LP (7:57) Bonnes unassisted | 20-13 LP
MK (7:09) Baigelman unassisted | 20-14 LP
MK (6:12) Baigelman unassisted | 20-15 LP
LP (2:10) Bonnes unassisted | 21-15 LP
LP (1:51) Fitzpatrick unassisted | 22-15 LP
LP (1:31) Bonnes unassisted | 23-15 LP
MK (1:17) Fitzgerald unassisted | 23-16 LP
LP (0:40) Fitzgerald unassisted | 24-16 LP
Mamaroneck: Liza Stephanz (6); Gaby Anselmo (1)
Lakeland/Panas: Amelia Lopez (9)