It was one of the most memorable title games in New York’s Section 1 in recent history as Lakeland/Panas outlasted Yorktown 8-7 in overtime to win the 2010 Class A title. The Rebels’ postseason run ended with a loss to West Islip in the state semifinals.
The following year, the Rebels made it back to the sectional final, falling to Mahopac.
But the last two years, Lakeland/Panas has found itself in the unfamiliar position of falling short of an appearance in the finals.
That means there’s a large group of Rebel players who have not had the experience of winning a sectional title.
Brian Prunty is hoping to change that this season.
The senior attackman has one final varsity season to try to accomplish that task before following the path of his brother Conor to Siena College.
The Rebels are coming off an uncharacteristic under .500 season, finishing 8-11, but had a five-game losing streak before leading to eventual two-time champion Mamaroneck in the sectional semifinals.
Now, here are Brian’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
As a team we have been doing a workout through Parisi Speed School. Many of us have been running and shooting as well.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We have another good schedule. We have the Somers Scrimmage with great competition before the season starts. We look forward to Yorktown, Mahopac and Somers every year. Then we also look forward to some of the out-of-section games like Shenendehowa, Penn Yan and Greenwich.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Junior Anthony Capozzi as a defensive middie. As well as him two sophomores Nick Vasquez, who is our FOGO,, and Kevin Prunty at attack.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Experience and athleticism.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
I think we will definitely contend along with Mahopac and Mamaroneck.
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