L/P Loses OT Heartbreaker to Shen

by Jordan Griffith on
Sun, Apr 24, 2011 3:18 AM

Updated Tue, Apr 26, 2011 9:35 AM
L/P Loses OT Heartbreaker to Shen
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 4/23/11 at Panas HS
       Shenendehowa (6-1)
       Lakeland/Panas (5-3)
Shenendehowa: Tim Coll (4G, 1A); Nick Vincent (2G)
Lakeland/Panas: Tony Laguerre (3G); Robert Caffrey (2G, 1A); Brian Prunty (2G); Conor Prunty (1G, 3A); Brian DiMarco (1G)
First quarter
LP (5:20) Rob Caffrey unassisted | 1-0 LP
SH (5:01) Max McAuliffe unassisted | 1-1
SH (4:42) Tim Coll unassisted | 2-1 SH
LP (2:46)John DiMarco unassisted | 2-2
LP (1:44)Caffrey from Conor Prunty | 3-2 LP
LP (1:11) Tony Laguerre from Sam Vaimberg | 4-2 LP
Second quarter
LP (10:48)Conor Prunty from Caffrey | 5-2 LP
LP (6:28) Laguerre unassisted | 6-2 LP
SH (5:48) Coll unassisted | 6-3 LP
SH (1:46) Nick Vincent unassisted | 6-4 LP
Third quarter
LP (11:41) Brian Prunty from Chris Monteferante | 7-4 LP
LP (10:40) Brian Prunty from Conor Prunty | 8-4 LP
SH (3:48) Coll unassisted | 8-5 LP
SH (1:56) McAuliffe from Coll | 8-6 LP
SH (1:00) Vincent unassisted | 8-7 LP
LP (0:13) LaGuerre from Conor Prunty | 9-7 LP
Fourth quarter
SH (6:11) Brian Rogers unassisted | 9-8 LP
SH (4:02) Coll unassisted | 9-9
SH (1:54) Mike Jenkins unassisted | 10-9 SH
Shenendehowa Flips the Script on Lakeland/Panas
CORTLANDT MANOR, NY — The Lakeland/Panas players fell to the ground in disbelief.
The script had officially been flipped.
Shenendehowa (6-1) — which lost a 10-9 overtime game to L/P in last year's NYS Class A quarterfinals — exacted revenge on the Rebels with a 10-9 overtime victory of its own on Saturday at Walter Panas High School.
Mike Jenkins scored the game-winning goal on a man-up opportunity with 1:54 left in the first sudden-death overtime, capping an impressive 6-1 run to close out the game.
For the Rebels, the way it ended was disturbingly familiar. They had lost their previous game against Carthage — a 15-14 heartbreaker on April 21 — in a similar fashion. Like Shenendehowa, Carthage scored its game-winning goal on a man-up, burying it with 41 seconds left in regulation.
“What we need to do is find a way to win these games,” Lakeland/Panas coach Jim Lindsay said. “Over these past two games, we found a way to lose them instead of find the way to win them. We have to learn from this."
Lakeland/Panas certainly started on a winning track, scoring five straight goals to build a 6-2 lead midway through the second quarter. Junior middie Tony Laguerre scored two of his game-high three goals during the stretch.
Shenendehowa's Tim Coll (game-high four goals) and Nick Vincent responded with back-to-back goals to close out the second quarter, cutting Lakeland/Panas' lead to 6-4 at the half. The Rebels came out the break on fire, getting a pair of goals from freshman attackman Brian Prunty inside the first minute and 20 seconds of the third quarter. Prunty's lightning-quick strikes extended L/P's lead back to four goals at 8-4.
And then the offensive fireworks fizzled out.
Lakeland/Panas managed just one goal over the final 24 minutes and 46 seconds of play. Shenendehowa goalie Bob Wardwell, an All-American headed to Syracuse, settled in after giving up four first-quarter goals. Wardwell finished with 19 saves, including a handful of game-saving ones as the game hung in the balance.
"We were cutting, we were moving off the ball," Lindsay said of the first-half scoring run. "We were doing good things. As the game moved on, (Wardwell) started seeing the ball and making some big saves."
L/P freshman goalie Mike Zingaro (17 saves) was impressive in his own right, making two saves late in regulation to force overtime.
"Mike played great and kept us in the game," Lindsay said. "He made big saves and cleared the ball well."
While Zingaro held up his end of the bargain in net, the rest of L/P's defense struggled in crunch time. Shenendehowa outscored the Rebels 5-1 over the final 15:48 of regulation. Coll, who scored a game-high four goals, triggered the surge with 3:48 left in the third quarter and capped it with a game-tying goal at the 4:02 mark of the fourth.
In the overtime, Lakeland/Panas controlled possession early but ended up getting a shot deflected. The Rebels were then whistled for the penalty that setup Shenendehowa's game-winning score.
"It's disappointing to lose the game on a penalty like that," Lindsay said. "But in the grand scheme, our goal wasn't to beat Shenendehowa. Our goal was not to win every game. Our goals were to keep the Murphy Cup [given to the annual winner of the Yorktown vs. L/P rivalry game] at home and to win the section. We can still reach those goals if we bounce back from this and get ready for our next game."
L/P — mired in a three-game losing streak — will take on John Jay-Cross River in its next game on April 26 at home.


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