School notes: Panneton outstanding
Niskayuna graduate Mark Panneton capped a superb season with the Stevenson University men’s lacrosse team Sunday by scoring five goals in the Mustangs’ 16-14 NCAA Division III championship-game win over RIT.
Panneton, a high school All-American and Empire State Games participant, was named the D-III tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after connecting for 16 goals in Stevenson’s five victories.
Stevenson (Maryland) set a program record for wins, going 22-2, and ended on a 10-game winning streak. The Mustangs won their first NCAA championship.
Panneton had 62 goals and seven assists to go with 44 ground balls. The sophomore attackman’s 62 goals are No. 2 on the all-time Stevenson single-season list. Only two other Mustangs reached 60 goals.
The business communications major scored at least one goal in every game, and had as many as eight in a game, against Hood in a 22-3 triumph.
Panneton was twice named a Suburban Council first-team all-star.
Blogged the other day about boys' lacrosse teams that had scored 20 goals or more in Section II tournament games.
Add Queensbury to the list. The Spartans beat Scotia-Glenville in the 2001 Class B championship game, 20-5.
Niskayuna became the second team to pile up 20 goals in a title game when it beat Ballston Spa for the Class B top spot Saturday, 20-4.
As for the Section II girls' championship games, the record for goals scored is also 20. Scotia-Glenville beat Albany Academy in the 1996 Division II final, 20-12, and Niskayuna beat Averill Park in the 2007 Class B final, 20-5.