Yorktown defeated Lakland/Panas 9-6 in last year’s sectional final. No surprise that the teams will be meeting again this year. (Vincent DiSalvio/Journal News file photo)
Coming tomorrow: A look at the Class B final between John Jay and Brewster.
Here are some quick facts and stats to know about the Class A final.
No. 1 Yorktown (17-3) vs. No. 2 Lakeland/Panas (14-6),
3 p.m., Thursday at John Jay
â€¢ Yorktown is going for its 27th sectional title in 29 years.
â€¢ Yorktown defeated Lakeland/Panas 9-6 in last year’s title game.
â€¢ Yorktown defeated Lakeland/Panas 10-9 in the Murphy Cup on May 3. Yorktown led 8-4 in that game before falling behind 9-8 in the fourth quarter. Yorktown scored two goals in the final 1:16, the first coming from Brendan Kurpis and the winner from John Ranagan with 16.7 seconds left.
â€¢ Yorktown has won 10 straight games, the second longest active streak in Section 1. Rye is first with 18 straight.
â€¢ Yorktown’s leading scorer is Kurpis, who has 75 points. In addition to Kurpis, Kevin Interlicchio, John Ranagan, Rocky Bonitatibus and John Froats all have 43 or more points.
â€¢ Yorktown starting goalie Michael Bonitatibus has a 7.17 GAA and a .606 save percentage.
â€¢ Lakeland/Panas Jack Doherty is second in Section 1 with 91 points. John Jay’s Chris Bocklet is first with 100. Doherty, a junior, has 56 goals and 35 assists.
â€¢ Lakeland/Panas’ other leading scorers are Keith Rodriguez (56 points), John Fitzpatrick (52 pts.) and Mike Malan (36 pts.)
â€¢ Lakeland/Panas goalie Michael Mackay has a 5.54 GAA and a .632 save percentage.
â€¢ Lakeland/Panas last won a sectional title in 2003, defeating Suffern 11-7.
â€¢ Lakeland/Panas has won seven straight games and 10 of 11. Its lone loss was to Yorktown in the Murphy Cup.
â€¢ Lakeland defeated Yorktown 7-4 in the 1997 sectional final. In that game, current L/P coach Jim Lindsay scored four goals.