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Lakeland takes Garden City, 3-2 in overtime

When Bridget McGovern first sent a long pass to the left side of Garden City’s defensive zone, it appeared to be going out of bounds as it rapidly accelerated on the turf.

Shannon Scavelli kicked it into high gear though, and controlled the ball before it left the field of play. Once Scavelli had it on her stick, the sophomore forward made the biggest impact on the season to date.

Scavelli ripped a drive, from 12 yards out, by Garden City goale Kaitlyn Williams with 2:55 remaining in overtime, lifting Lakeland to a 3-2 victory over the 2008 Class B state champions at Vestal High School.

Lakeland (21-0-1) will be making a Section 1-best eighth appearance in a state championship game. The Hornets will play Maine-Endwell (Section 4), who beat Amherst (Section 6), 4-1, in the final Saturday, 10 a.m. This is also Lakeland’s third trip to the final in the last four years. Lakeland won the state Class A championship in 2006 and was a Class A finalist in 2007. The last time Maine-Endwell played a Section 1 team in the Class B state final was 2005, losing to Putnam Valley, 1-0 in double overtime. In 2004 Maine-Endwell shocked Rye that day, 1-0, scoring with two seconds remaining in the second overtime period on a penalty corner. Rye outplayed and outshot Maine-Endwell on that day.

Emma Bozek forced overtime, scoring with 1:47 remaining in regulation, on a beautiful crossing pass from Chelsea Remling.

“Shannon was our only forward,” said Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen of the 7 v. 7 overtime period. “Shannon is always looking to give the ball to someone else. I told her she needed to be the one to shoot. Shannon did a great job of chasing the pass down, gave herself a great angle and just blasted it. It was a great thing for Shannon to step up and do it.”

Lakeland led 1-0 at halftime as Nikki Schultz scored off of a broken penalty corner with 4:50 remaining in the first haf. Garden City took the lead, scoring twice (Alex Bruno at 7:16 and Katie D’Antonio at 15:23) in an eight-minute span. This was the first time Lakeland trailed all season and it was the most goals allowed in a game by the Hornets.

Sarsen called a time out with nine minutes on the clock and promptly made a few adjustments. Sarsen took Megan Bozek and Emma Bozek and moved them back to the forward line from midfield and had Remling go from defense to right mid.

“Megan and Emma were needed in the midfield because Garden City has a great passing game,” Sarsen said. “But we then needed to score so Megan and Emma went back to forward. I moved Chelsea because she was fresh and we needed her quickness in the midfield.”

Sarsen said she did not see any panic or concern in her team’s collective eyes during the timeout.

“They knew what they had to do and where they had to be so they went out there and did it,” Sarsen said.

Remling set up the equalizer, sending a free hit from the right wing across the field right to Emma Bozek’s stick. Bozek welcomed the pass and then ripped a drive from 10 yards out


November 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. its true i got word from all the girls

    Comment by lhsfh | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Congratulations Lakeland Tony Maine Endwell beat Rye 1-0 in 2004 In 2005 Putnam Valley Beat Maine Endwell 1-0 in overtime

    Comment by fhfan | November 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. fhfan, thank you for correcting me. I spoke too fast. I covered the Rye-Maine-Endwell state final and in was a state of shock when Maine-Endwell scored to win the game. I could not believe it because Rye dominated the game.

    Comment by section1fhock | November 21, 2009 | Reply

    • I don’t think you can put what Sharon Sarsen does into words!!! The number of wins this women has with field hocky and lacrosse is unmatched. Year in and year out competing for a sectional title in both sports. What seems to be no “rebuilding” years. The question I have is will Sharon be or is she already the most winningnest coach in NY state if not the country?

      Comment by kdog | November 21, 2009 | Reply

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