WHITE PLAINS — In one fluid motion, Will Fallo gathered in a sizzling pass from Rob Caffrey, scored the winning goal, dispatched the stick and helmet and took off down the field celebrating the whole time.
The run is over.
Lakeland/Panas finally beat Yorktown in the Section 1 Class A championship game. Fallo was the difference, sneaking in on the left side of the cage and scoring with 1:32 to go in overtime to keep an impressive season going with an 8-7 win.
It was pure drama.
"There's nothing like that," Fallo said after he made his way back down the field to collect all of his gear. "It's the most amazing thing ever. Top of the world. Cloud Nine.
"I was behind net and they were subbing. We caught them in transition and I think they were ball-watching. They ended up doubling the ball and I popped out."
Now it's on to the regional semifinals. The Rebels will play the Section 2 winner on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Yorktown High School.
Bethlehem and Shenendehowa were playing for the Section 2 title Wednesday night in Albany.
"It was a battle," 'Huskers midfielder Justin Mabus said. "We had a great opportunity and just missed at the end, so congratulations to them."
The section's biggest rivals have met in the final each of the last four years, but this was the first time the 'Huskers did not walk away with a win. Last spring, Lakeland/Panas let a lead slip away, then lost 11-10 in overtime.
It served as motivation for every step this season.
"We couldn't lose this one," Rebels midfielder Shawn Honovich said. "Losing this game in overtime two years in a row would have been too devastating to our team."
They almost did.
Yorktown won the overtime faceoff and took a couple of shots, but was high and wide. There was a groan from the sideline after each one sailed by the net.
"I thought it was over right there," Honovich said.
A flurry of whistles and turnovers caused some confusion before the game winner, but the Rebels adjusted quickly each time.
"I didn't see (Fallo)," Cornhuskers coach Dave Marr said. "I was asking the officials about the push before he scored. We did have chances to score. We missed and their guy didn't."
was very little separation the entire way.
It was a 3-3 game at the half, and never stopped going back and forth.
Honovich got the Rebels up. Joey Porcelli got Yorktown even. Honovich got the Rebels up. Mabus got Yorktown even. Caffrey's second goal, a left-handed sling from 12 yards out that buzzed the artificial turf all the way in, made it 6-5 late in the third period.
Yes, there was constant tension.
And it reached new heights in the fourth. Even the fans were sitting in near silence as both teams searched for some breathing room. Connor Mackay did give Lakeland/Panas space when he rattled in a shot with seven minutes to go.
The Rebels were on the verge of locking up momentum until Ty Schuldt took a pass from Mabus and inched Yorktown closer with 4:36 left to play.
Lakeland/Panas couldn't get a faceoff to stop the run the other way. Schuldt and Mabus teamed up again in the next minute, leaving it a 7-7 game.
"We are like brothers, so we always know where to find each other," Mabus said.
Kevin Interlicchio, who is heading for Johns Hopkins in the fall, was shut off the entire game by Andy Fazio and the Rebels' close defense. Fallo didn't have much room to maneuver, either, at the other end of the field until the very end.
"I don't know what happened leading into the play," Rebels coach Jim Lindsay said. "It was a broken play, but that was going on back and forth the whole game. You have to react on the fly and play the game."