Unlike the last game against the Bulldogs in Potomac, this match did not involve last second severe nerves about the score. Today the Bears shut out the visitors for all but five minutes of the game. Hardly a “cruise” over the last minutes, the Bears earned a 6-3 win and trip to the IAC Finals against Saint Stephen’s/Saint Agnes on an as-of-yet unknown date and time @ Landon.
The defensive pace of the game was established in the first period. The only goal was a Phil Peña unassisted effort @10:14. He blasted his shot from about 8 yards to the right of the Bulldog goal.
The Bear D was stingy with superb sliding, negating the Bullis picks and surgical stick checks resulting in many Caused Turnovers. The close D was primarily (in numerical order) Michael Rhoads, Andrew Mitchell and Connor Lynch; the LSM’s (Marshall Peters, Trey Lundelius) added to the Bullis’ middies; and the SSDMs (Jack Falk and Brandon Johnson) used their speed and athleticism to contain their opposite numbers. As usual the two way midfielders contributed to the defense. The last line of the Bear D was the goal line where Hunter Sells was virtually impregnable stopping 11 of the Bulldogs shots on goals.
END OF 1ST PERIOD BEARS 1 BULLDOGS 0
Mr. Peña again scored the first goal of this period @ 7:25 with a shot from a very hard angle that beat the Bullis goalie. About a minute later (@6:26) Peter Laco inverted and found a cutting Sean O’Brien for a brilliant quick stick goal. Over the next 5 minutes the visitors did all of their scoring: Kyle Nemeroff from Joseph Stein (6:20), Drew Petkevich unassisted (2:32) and Steven Shollenberger (1:09).
HALFTIME BEARS 3 BULLDOGS 3
The Bears’ coaching staff must have made good adjustments during the intermission; for the Bulldogs did not score for the remainder of the game and the Bears increased their offensive output (10 shots in the 3rd period as opposed to 9 in the 1st half).
The results were two Bear goals. The first saw Robby Dunigan invert and pass to Colton Rupp, who exhibited his hockey skills by scoring from the crease (as a Bullis long pole buried him) @ 9:41. As time expired the Landon team took a time out and Sean O’Brien assisted on Garrett Fellows’ goal @0:01.
END OF 3RD PERIOD BEARS 5 BULLDOGS 3
The last 12 minutes featured the referees. At the initial face-off they flagged the Bears for concurrently run technical (0:30) and personal (1:00) fouls. The Bear D was stout and was able to turnover the ball once resulting in a clear and a shot. The Bulldog EMO did not score. Later in the game, the referees called two personal fouls on the same Bear player. The two minute EMD of the Bears was brilliant again getting possession of the ball. The visitors swarmed Hunter trying to regain the ball; instead the sophomore goalie made a long pass. Though being down a man, the home team controlled the ball in their O zone. Robby Dunigan passed to fellow senior Peter Laco who beat the goalie @ 2:02 to crush the Bulldogs’ hope to recreate their almost comeback of the April 12 game.
FINAL SCORE BEARS 6 BULLDOGS 3
Thanks to social media, the crowd was following the RP- SSSA game at Rockville Pike. The underdog Saints beat the little Hoyas in overtime. SSSA has a VISL game on Friday and potentially that league’s finals on Saturday. Consequently fans need to watch http://www.landon.net/page.cfm?p=1437&teamID=78 or http://wiki.allmetsports.com/all-met/schools/montgomery/landon/boys-lacrosse/ for the date and time of the IAC championship.
KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD”
Connor Lynch 1 GB and 1 CT
Hunter Sells 11 saves, 4 GBs and one “hockey assist” on the EMD goal
Marshall Peters 5GBs, 3 CTs