Shawn Honovich of Lakeland/Panas battles John Jay’s Forrest Walter in the Rebels’ 13-12 overtime win today. (Photo by Ray Gallagher)
Just got back from what has to be considered the game of the year so far in Section 1 this season, folks.
Lakeland/Panas beat John Jay for the first time in nine years 13-12 on a goal by junior Will Fallo with 2:02 remaining in overtime.
This game had many interesting angles and plot twists.
In addition to the fact LP hadn’t beaten JJ for so long, here are a few more:
The game was delayed a half-hour because Lakeland/Panas’ bus broke down on Route 202, five minutes from the high school. Another bus was sent over to bring the team, which was waiting for it at FDR Park, to John Jay.
LP rushed through warmups as a result, and before it knew it, fell begind 7-2 early in the third quarter.
The Rebels then outscored JJ 10-3 in the second and third quarters and snapped an 8-8 tie with 10:38 remaining in the third period on Fallo’s first goal of the game.
John Jay then came back and outscored LP 3-0 in the fourth quarter to force OT.
JJ senior star Will Stewart, who had been sidelined since the Somers game with a shoulder injury, returned to the Indians’ lineup and played more than expected, scoring three goals. Stewart forced overtime, tying it at 12-12 on an unassisted goal with three minutes remaining in regulation. After his first goal, coaches and teammates jokingly told him to shake hands in celebration not high five (which is how he aggravated his shoulder injury vs. Somers).
As Jim Lindsay pointed out in our interview, the last time LP played at JJ in last year’s Class A sectional final, it lost to Yorktown 17-5.
Wow. What drama. What excitement. What a game.
We will be back with more team coverage. After the game, Ryan Rabs and I conducted video interviews with Fallo and teammates Shawn Honovich (three goals) and all-America attckman Jack Doherty (who was limited to one goal and one assist) as well as coach Jim Lindsay. We talked about the game, of course, and also looked ahead to Saturday’s Murphy Cup.
We also interviewed John Jay coach Nick Savastano, himself a Lakeland grad, to get his thoughts on the game and the way his young team has progressed this season.
You can also reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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