Gilman, IL’s #15 ranked team nationally and riding a four game winning streak, was ready. Over twenty or so years of competition, the Greyhounds knew that the game against visiting Bears would tough. And it was– with Landon taking a hard fought 10-8 victory over one of the MIAA elite programs.

The brown clad Bears arrived at Roland Park with energy and initiative– Sean O’Brien making a quick turnaround bounce shot @ 10:41. Not long thereafter, Colton Rupp made a great pass to a cutting Nate Buller for a goal @ 9:20. The ‘Hounds responded with a nice goal at 6:45. Landon tacked on another goal on another Sean question mark move and shot @ 4:33.

The home team showed their metal with goals at 3:49 and then at 1:11. It should be expected that the home team should be able to score—their offense includes big time recruits going to UNC, Notre Dame and Colgate.

The Bears’ D was resolute; Hunter Sells made many exceptional saves (9 in total) and had some help from his friends who carry long poles (Tom Evans, Landon McKenzie, Paul Padalino, Brandon Johnson, Drew Firstenberg) and all of the middies who played both ways. If one sits within 40 yards of the coaching box, you know that the Landon coaches spend much (all?) of their spare time at opponents’ games; for the moment a player from the other side touches the ball, his tendencies (all right, will come back, shooter) are communicated by Penn Leachman, Paul Padalino, Will McGettigan or Michael Cooke). Frankly the kids on the other teams must feel a bit naked as their tendencies/weaknessesare revealed.




The next period was as tough in terms of hard work, but not as productive in numbers of goals. Landon added to its scoreboard with two goals, both by Sean, getting an advantage through an unmarked substitution and then coming from behind goal, @ 9:16 and 5:51




Back and forth was the theme of the next period. Gilman tied it up with goals at 8:48 and 6:17. The Bears took the lead again with a nice look from Sam Lynch to Ryan Pride who caught the pass and buried it with a quick stick @ 4:57. The resolveof the ‘Hounds did not dissolve and the home team evened up the score at 0:59.0




The brothers Buller communicate oh so well on the field; as Zac possessed the ball, Nate the younger made a nice cut betwixt the elder and the goal. The superb pass from Zac set up Nate for a sweet goal @ 11:24.

Surprise! The home team replied with an assisted goal at 10:12. 7-7

Control of the ball is incredibly important in a close game like this and every faceoff in the last quarter was won by the Bears (Sam Offutt 4/4 and Jarett Witzal 2/2) with help from wingmen (Jack Bolen, Riley McTague, Brandon and Drew).

After the tying goal Landon possessed the ball and worked it around to Zac who showed a nice goal line extended move which resulted in a score @8:38. Another win at X and the ball came to Ryan who found Riley McTague who buried it @ 8:05. 9-7

The ‘Hounds drew within a single goal with an unassisted goal at 6:56. The two goal margin was reestablished by Sam Lynch who inverted and came from behind to put another by the Gilman goalie @ 5:50. The remainder the game evidenced the same level of effort and competitiveness with both teams having opportunities. In one of the scrums to control the ball, ome of the ‘Hounds was called for a slash and the Bears ran the ball around for the remaining 0:37.






could have easily been shared by all of the Bears, but is awarded to

Sean O’Brien 4 goals

Hunter Sells 9 saves, 5 GBs and 1 shot

Sam Offutt 4/4 at X in the last quarter

Published in: on April 20, 2014 at 1:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 10 Gilman 8

Longer story later

Published in: on April 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm  Leave a Comment  


These teams know each other too well. If the Bulldogs were to beat the Bears, it would make the Potomac team’s season (8-4). The home team denied the visitors, gradually building on a one goal margin and blanking their opponents while scoring four goals in the last period.

The first goal was scored by Bullis at 11:48 for their last lead of the dame. Sean O’Brien showed his shooting prowess with a turnaround shot which caught the corner @5:35. As the clock wound down, Sam Lynch ran down the alley and when he hit the 15 yard line, he nailed a goal @ 0:48.6


Sam and Sean combined early in the second period as #10 fed #1who nailed a massive shot @ 11:27.

The visitors tied Landon with goals at 4:49 (an EMO goal) and then at 2:43.

Sean had his head up and made an exceptional cross crease pass to Colton Rupp @ 1:23 to resume the Bears’ advantage.


Minutes 25-36 of the game were primarily defensive in mode. There were several occasions in which the Bullis team could have reasserted themselves but Hunter Sells denied these Bulldog opportunities.

Landon added to its advantage with a Sean to Sam goal @ 10:18; this one tested Sam’s range, hitting beyond the10 yard distance,

The Bulldogs added a goal at 6:39.


Maybe it was Landon’s greater depth or superior coaching, but the last twelve minutes was all Bear time.

Colton bull dodged (a verb usually used for large middies or attackmen, but so appropriate here as, at least one blue pole was attempting to restrain #4) through Bulldog his defender and deposited a goal @ 9:23.

Having drawn the Bullis attention, Colton again drove to the goal and tempting a second Bulldog to charge towards him; with his head up Mr. Rupp fed through the opponents’ phalanx of sticks and found Zac Buller who quick sticked for a goal @ 6:14. Not to be outdone, the younger Buller (Nate) added another Bear goal @ 3:26. Sam Offutt contributed another tally @ 1:28 showing his athleticism by scoring as he was falling to the ground.

Landon possessed the ball for the remainder of the game, frustrating their opponents into a double foul at 0:00.



Khari Baten “That’s a Bear” Award

Hunter Sells 13 saves
Riley McTague 2 CTs and 5 GBs


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Landon Lax 9 Bullis 4

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Bears on the Diamond by Jim Colgain

 Max Kra (2012)  Has pitched 23 innings for the Bucknell Bisons and has a 3-0 record as a starter and closer.

Jay Graham (2011) is 1-0 as a pitcher for the Dartmouth Big Green

Nick Murray (2013) is starting at second base for the Lafayette Leopards as a freshman and contributing with the glove and bat

Keegan Doan (2010) is the starting Centerfielder for the Washington and Lee Generals and leads the team in HR (7), RBI’s (25) and is near the top in almost all offensive categories

Ian Kelso (2011) is a reliever for the Washington University Bears of St. Louis

Jack Falvey (2011) is a reliever for the Amherst Lord Jeffs

Alexander Mockett (2013) is a starter for Sewanee Baseball and as a freshman lefty has already thrown 37 innings this season

Kyle Colgain (2011) is a starter and reliever for the Denison Big Red and was recently selected as conference player of the week after starting and winning two complete games last week. Picture pirated by BSN from Facebook.


Published in: on April 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

BEAR LAX TRAX FAX by John Nichols

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Bucknell (Sam McDonough C ’10) romped over Lafayette 13-1. Sam had a groundball for the Bison on senior day.

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SamBSam on Senior Day 2014








• Colgate (Robby Dunigan ’13) downed Holy Cross 11-9.
• Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13) dropped a pair of games this week. Big Red dropped a 14-9 decision to Syracuse and then lost an overtime thriller to Hofstra 10-9. While the Big Red struggled, Joe went on a scoring binge. Joe had 4 goals against Syracuse and 2 against Hofstra while Marshall had a total of 6 ground balls this week. This year, Cornell won their first nine games scoring in double digits in each game. Over the last three games, they have suffered three losses while scoring 9 goals in each game.
• Delaware (Phil Pena ’13, Taylor Valencia ’13) lost to St. Joseph’s 12-9.
• Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) beat St. Johns 16-9. Harrison had four shots and one ground ball for the Pioneers.
• Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) downed UMass 13-9.
• Furman (Connor Lynch ’13) picked up the first win for their program, downing VMI 13-12 in double overtime. Furman scored the last two goals of regulation to extend the game, had several shots in the closing seconds of the first overtime period and then cashed in about one minute into the second overtime period.
• Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) lost to Lehigh 12-3 in a non-conference match-up.
• Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09) had split results this week. The Golden Eagles fell to Notre Dame 12-7 but bounced back to beat Providence 7-6. Cullen was 1-for-3 on faceoffs in the Providence game. Against Providence, Marquette was up 7-3 in the third quarter but gave up 3 straight goals and had to force a stalemate over the last 7 minutes of the game to walk away with the win.
• Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) faced Johns Hopkins in a historic rivalry game. The Blue Jays got the win over the Terrapins, 11-6.
• Navy (Matt Morrison C ’09, Patrick Keena ’11) lost to Army 14-7 in one of the great rivalries that spans all sports.
• Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) beat Harvard 8-7 to drop Harvard back into a tie for first in the Ivy League with Cornell.
• Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo C ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) picked up a pair of wins this week, first downing a tough Lehigh team 10-9 in double overtime, then picking up an Ivy League win over Dartmouth 13-10. In the Lehigh game, the Tigers extended the game by scoring with a mere 2 seconds left in regulation. Jack had two caused turnovers in the game and brother Mark had two ground balls. Princeton got Justin Murphy back at the X for the Dartmouth game and saw immediate improvement in the face off game. Justin was 16-for-26 on faceoffs with four ground balls and one goal.
• UVA (Mike Rhoads ’13) lost to Duke (again) 17-15.
• Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ’96) lost to Binghamton 9-6.

April 14 D-I Polls USLIA Coaches Poll Warrior Media Poll Quint’s Top 20 Lax Power Forum Poll
Maryland 5 7 9 6
Denver 3 3 5 4
Cornell 12t 12 13 11
Virginia 9 10 7 9
Penn 10 9 10 10
Princeton 14 14 14 14
Drexel 18t V 15 20
Colgate NR 18 NR V
Ohio State NR NR 17 V
Marquette NR NR NR NR
Bucknell NR NR NR NR
Delaware NR NR NR NR
V: received votes
NR: not ranked
This coming week:
• This week’s Bears vs. Bears game features Georgetown (Alex Joyce ’12) vs. Marquette (Cullen Cassidy ’09).
• Princeton (Brian Reilly ’09, Jack Strabo C ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) plays Harvard in a game that Princeton needs to win to improve their chances of making the Ivy League tournament.

Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) and Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) met in the year’s second D-III Bears vs. Bears match. The Red Devils downed the Bullets 12-7. Wes had one ground ball for Gettysburg and Austin had two for Dickinson.

• Colby College (Sam Lamson ’12)
• The Mules got their best win of the season, downing Bowdoin 11-7.
• Then lost 10-7 to Williams.
• Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10)
• lost to Centennial Conference leader Washington College 16-12. Austin had 3 ground balls.
• Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10)
• bounced back from the loss to Dickinson to down Ursinus 10-4. Wes was 1-for-2 on faceoffs with 2 ground balls.
• The Bullets are ranked 20th in the USLIA D-III Coaches’ poll this week.
• Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12)
• Beat Williams 9-6. Sellers had three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the game.
• Lost to Connecticut College 13-10 with Sellers picking up 3 ground balls and creating one turnover.
• Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11)
• Picked up wins over DePauw (16-2) and Wooster (13-5). Tommy got a ton of shots (13 across the two games) but didn’t find the nets in either game.
• This coming week Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) faces a tough test against undefeated North Coast Conference Rival Denison.
• Gettysburg (Wes Lincoln ’10) faces a similar tough task as they take on Washington College.


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One could be easily tempted to flash forward to the excitement of the last minute of the game, but such a retelling of this game would take the focus away from the home team’s initial onslaught and the Bears’ effort to fight back. Both teams should be acknowledged for their extraordinary efforts; so the post will defer the gratification of the ending.

This is a GOOD Stag team. The recruiting reports indicate that they have seven Division athletes and several of these players were also on the WCAC championship football team. The math wizards of ranked them ahead of the visitors based on their 12-0 record before today. It was the second game in a row in which the Landon opponent was undefeated.

The first period was a demonstration of the home team’s talents at both end of Huerich Field (for Landon historians know that the school’s first year was the Huerich Mansion). The Stags scored quickly and often (at 10:36, 6:18, 4:37, 3:09 and 0:09.5). Their athleticism was shown is superb shots, great speed and very aggressive defense.


The Bear defense started to assert itself; from good slides among the middies, great support from the poles (Tom Evans, Paul Padalino, Landon McKenzie, Brandon Johnson, Drew Firstenberg) and exceptional saves (Hunter Sells [10 saves]and an important Jack Prutting appearance during an EMD [1 save]); the visitors shut out their opponent (averaging 11 goals a game) for the next 30 minutes. Caused turnovers, tenacious ground ball wins and good solid positional defense were the hallmark of that period.

To add to that wall, the Bears benefited from domination at the X where Jarett Witzal won 12 out of 15 face-offs. His wingmen contributed with several good ground balls when the pinch ‘n pop did not work.

Down by five goals, Landon had to come back one goal at a time. The “ice breaker” was scored @ 6:56 Sam Lynch beat his man, forced a slide and fed Sean O’Brien for the goal. The Brothers Buller combined for the next goal Zac to Nate @ 3:11. The momentum continued @0:01.6 when Nate connected with Sean with another pinpoint powerful goal.


 The visitors narrowed the margin to one when Sam Lynch created enough space to get Sean room for another “slapshot” @ 11:10. The remainder of this twelve minute segment was a defensive battle between both teams. Several Landon shots were stopped by the USNA bound Stag goalie.


The tension at the beginning of the last stanza was palpable; no one wanted to make a mistake with such a close game. A Navy commit gave DeMatha a two goal cushion at 6:06.

The middle of this period was again fought heavily between the restraining lines with both teams riding well and forcing turnovers.

The last 90 seconds of the final quarter were exciting beyond belief and may not be adequately captured here. Colton Rupp figured out how to beat his defender and two consecutive roll dodges resulted in goals #5 and #6 @ 1:32 and 1:01(obviously withan absolutely essential face off win by Jarett in the interstices!). The Bears again possessed the ball again and moved it around. As the clock expired a brilliant skip pass from Sean found Sam with enough space to score the go ahead goal @ 0:07.6. No pandemonium yet because there was time on the clock; the faceoff ate much of the remaining ticks. The Stag shot was after the horn sounded and now a joyous celebration burst from the Bears’ bench and the fans.






Truly, every player deserves a piece of this award, but symbolically the following three will be recognized

Sean O’Brien –3 goals and 1 assist

Landon McKenzie –2 CTs and 4 GBs

Hunter Sells—10 saves



Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 5:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 7 DeMatha 6

Down 0-5 at half, the Bears shut out the Stags 30 minutes and won on a goal @ 0:07.6.

Long version of a thrilling game to be posted later. The Stags played very, very well.

Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 7 DeMatha 6

Down 0-5 at half, the Bears shut out the Stags 30 minutes and won on a goal @ 0:07.6.

Long version of a thrilling game to be posted later. The Stags played very, very well.

Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment  


It’s an odd in April to still have hockey news, but there are two great articles about Bears who skate on ice. Alumni are also contributing in Rugby. Also a big wins by our golf, fencing and Middle School track squads.


All reports of alumni and current Bears are welcome—baseball, tennis, etc.


Hockey Ice Trax


Sam Anas

Landon, the IAC, MAPHL, Potomoc {sic} (original version included because it is so unusual for an NCAA press release to misspell a home town; that’s particularly  odd since Caps/NHL and Princeton hockey player, Jeff Halpern, also is a native of this DC suburb) and Maryland have never had someone named the NCAA Rookie of the Year in hockey until now! THAT’S A BEAR!!!

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Jake Sofer

Student, athlete, entrepreneur (and not necessarily in that order)


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Jake Sofer, Bear alumnus, now RPI goalie gets some ink for this multi-tasking—engineering student, hockey goalie and entrepreneur . Be sure to read the article. His app is designed to maximize salesforce strategy and is attracting some investor. With the confidence characteristic of someone who routinely stops 110 mph spheroids with his body, Jake said:

“I don’t want to work for Google,” Soffer says. “I want to create the next Google.”

That’s a Bear.

Rugby Scrum News

In the Colby men’s rugby’sfirst official tournament as a 7s club, the men put forth a solid showing at the National Qualifier in Malden, MA. In the first game of pool play, they led from start to finish in a 34-0 rout of Babson. In game 2, they withstood a second half rally by Western New England to win 12-5. They finished 1st in their pool and earned a quarterfinal bye before losing to Western New England 15-12 in the semis. Jack Sears ’13 scored a try.


Varsity Golf

From Coach Duquette–Thursday April 10, 2012 at Mount Vernon C.C. (Par 35) the Bears beat EHS 182-211. The team just missed the school record for a Par 35 course by a single stroke:

Egloff                   35

Samit                    35

Katz                      37

Kalavritinos         37

Bubes                   38

Total                     182

Blasey                  39

Spak                      40


Landon Fencing

A lost post from Facebook heralded a fencing win over Georgetown Prep: “Landon JV and Varsity Fencing teams won over GT Prep. Both of my boys were the anchors to pull the wins. The high schoolers didn’t like not winning to a 4th grader. Seth earned the win in overtime Go Bears!”. There were pictures, too.


Middle School Track


Coach Hunt sent the results for a home track meet at which his Bears finished first with 112 points, trailed by Potomac with 57, Bullis with 29 and The Heights with 9. Coach Hunt’s running Bears  dominated the meet with the following boys recording firsts:


100 Meter           Jacob Solomon           12.10

200 Meter           Jacob Solomon           26.40

800 Meter           Arihant  Chadda                 2:38.00

1,600 Meter        Peter Gilbert                 5:10.00

110 Meter Hurdles       Myles Lam          20.60

4×100 Meter Relay      Bear A                 4:25.10

High Jump          Ishmael Leggett           4-08.00

Shot put              Jonathan Haynes        32-02.50

There were many Bears who scored points, but there is not enough space to mention all of the contributors.




Published in: on April 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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