Gus Guido had a big game on offense for Iona Prep, but the Gaels fell to Lakeland/Panas 10-9. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
Lakeland/Panas has had its share of difficulties when it comes to shooting the ball.
I put it diplomatically.
Rebels coach Jim Lindsay did not.
“We are a horrendous shooting team,” Lindsay said after the Rebels came from behind to win 10-9 at Iona Prep today. “We are shooting in the 20-percent range. We haqve to find a way to put the ball in the net.”
The Rebels managed to do just that in the crucial final period today, as they outscored Iona Prep 4-2 in the final period.
Lakeland/Panas vs. Iona Prep was one of the early games today. Action wrapped up tonight as New Fairfield beat Rye 13-7 and junior attackman Greg Petre scored a career-high six goals for Somers in a 15-3 win over Clarkstown South.
The Rebels’ fourth-quarter rally was keyed by Shawn Honovich, who scored the go-ahead goal with 8:14 remaining, giving the Rebels an 8-7 lead. That goal came off the face following another goal by Honovich which tied it at 7-7 with to go.
Honovich’s three goals were big for the Rebels since leading scorer Jack Doherty was limited to one goal and one assist. The Binghamton University-bound all-America attackman was defended by Chris Jackson throughout the game.
Iona Prep’s top offensive weapon, Drexel-bound senior Nick Trizano (who led the nation in scoring last season), was contained by Lakeland/Panas senior Andrew O’Mara. Trizano finished with a goal and two assists. Teammate Gus Guido had three goals and three assists.
Entering the game, it was uncertain whether or not O’Mara would even play. He suffered a pulled hamstring in a two-goal win at Mahopac earlier in the week.
“I knew he was quick, so I overplayed him,” O’Mara said. “I just basically played basic D. As the game went on, I could tell he was getting frustrated.”
Trizano’s father, Iona Prep coach Rick Trizano, was pretty frustraed too.
Before the team, he emphasizes to his team that desire beats skills. After the game, he was echoing that theme.
“It’s all mental,” he said. “Some of our seniors expect to have success without having to work. That’s not how it happens.”
Clarkstown South’s game at Somers featured two of the stars of the Hudson Valley Empire State Games bronze-medal winning team goaltender Luke Haggerty of Clarkstown South and attackman Joe Marasco of Somers.
Though the Tuskers won easily and Marasco had four goals and an assist (including a goal off a hidden-ball trick), but players performed well.
Haggerty, who was peppered with shots after South took a 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a goal by Sean Day.
“It was nice to go up early,” Clarkstown South coach Adam Chagares said, “but having to deal with JoJo (Marasco) makes it tough.”
So top did having to deal with Greg Petre. The junior attackman scored a career-high six goals, including a behind-the-back shot off a nice feed from sophomore Kieran Donohue, who had three assists.
“After they went up 1-0 and having Luke (Haggerty) in goal, I was a little worried,” said Petre, whose previous career high was five goals (against Hen Hud earlier this season). “But our offense has gotten better since the Cold Spring Harbor game (a 7-3 loss last Saturday). We move the ball quicker and work off the ball better.”
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