Much Abbreviated, but important information to be shared.

  • Alumnus honored by Middlebury
  • Current Bears recognized at Baccalaureate and Commencement


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Middlebury College recently recognized eight seniors with the department’s annual Athletic Awards.


John P. Stabile Memorial Trophy
Awarded annually to the male athlete who best exemplifies the Middlebury Spirit —Max Greenwald (center) (Landon School) – Men’s Hockey1MG

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School Honors

(Apologies for the less than complete list; some of those handing out the awards spoke faster than the ability to record them; SORRY)



  • English-
    • Foster essay Henry Smith,
    • Justin Connor
    • Most Improved Writer -Matthew Keegan
  • History- Am Government- Kyle Grafmeyer,
  • History Outstanding Achievement- Nic Blasey
  • Math– Josh Engel
  • Performing Arts-
    • Singing Ericksen Johansen;
    • Ourisman award Ericksen Johansen;
    • Handbell Grant Hani,
    • Music Josh Engel
    • Strings Josh Hunter;
    • Band-Henry Smith,
  • Science
    •  Overall– Josh Engel
    • Physics- Zach Weiner,
  • Studio Arts- Brian Merkel,
  • World languages-
    • Spanish Grant Hani,
    • Latin Tommy Mottur,
    • Chinese Isher Gill,
  • Academic national and state
    • Presidential-
      • Josh Engel
      • Grant Hani
      • Brian Jordan
      • Zach Wiener
    • Aiken Award –
      • Josh Hunter
      • John Walker-Turner
    • Maguire Ethics-Jack Concannon



  • Valedictorian — Josh Engel
  • The William Harrison Triplett—Mark Ebo
  • The Carroll Mercer Marbury Award Logan Giles
  • The Upper School Headmaster’s Award—Josh Hunter


WaPo All Met Awards


All Met Lax
Griffin Brown      1st team M
Justin Shockey   HM F/O
Joey Epstein      HM A

All Met Golf
John Kalavritinos
Evan Katz

All Met Baseball
Randy Bednar    HM P

All Met Tennis
Sachin Das


Look for occasional random Bear Essentials during the Summer


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The Last BearLaxTraxFax for 2016, thanks John Nichols

Thanks John for all the hard work that you do putting together this tremendous addition to BearSportsNews1jn

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Navy (Patrick Keena) 10

Brown 11

Navy’s upset win over Yale earned them the right to face the high-powered Brown Bears in the quarterfinals.  To make the task more daunting for the Middies, the game was played on Brown’s home field.  While Brown’s top attack, Dylan Molloy, was sidelined with a foot injury, Brown had the balance of their potent attack and top-rated FOGO and goalie.  Navy scored first, but three straight by Brown over the next 7 minutes gave the Bears a lead they would not surrender.  Patrick’s lone goal pulled Navy within one at 10-9.  Navy’s next to last goal of the day proved to be the final goal of Patrick’s collegiate lacrosse career.  John Connor’s, Navy’s outstanding goalie, put on a show, making 21 saves on the day, stealing the spotlight from the All-American at the other end of the field.  The Middies’ heroic efforts came up short in the end, but the game was one of the most thrilling of the tournament (maybe with the exception of the Finals).  Navy’s loss marks the end of 2016 D-I lacrosse season for all Landon Alums.

Congratulations to Patrick on his graduation and commissioning.






Tufts (Luke Kurtz) has made it to the quarter finals of the D-III tournament.  The Jumbos picked up two wins to move on to the D-III quarterfinals, downing Emmanuel 25-6 and Cortland State 19-6.  Ithaca was next up for the Jumbos.  The Bombers came into the game with what appeared to be a high-powered offense that was the equal of the Jumbos, but Tufts prevailed in 20 of 29 faceoffs, denying Ithaca offense the opportunity to score.  Tufts moved on with a 19-7 win.

Tufts then face St. Lawrence in the semi-finals and Jumbo’s offense roared again, posting a 23-12 win to move on to the championship game.

Tufts came to the D-III championship game as the two-time defending champion and faced another traditional D-III power-The Salisbury Seagulls.  Salisbury put together a run of 8 unanswered goals covering all of the second period and into the third period to seemingly blow the game open.  Tufts answered with their own fusillade, scoring the next 7 straight to pull within one with early in the fourth.




Occasionally during the summer, BearEssentials will be published. ANYONE WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR BEARS OF THE PAST, PLEASE EMAIL @


There likely will be a graduation edition.



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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 05/29/16


Current Bears


  • Middle School Track earns its 7th consecutive IAC crown

Bear Trax

  • Luke Kurtz and the Tufts Jumbos lost to Salisbury (Brian Menendez ’16) for the NCAA Div. III lax Championship

Two recent contacts about Alumni who no longer play college sports, but merit remembrances precipitated a new, occasional feature—BEAR ESSENTIALS

Bear Essentials

  • As UNC lacrosse team prepares for its 1st NCAA Championship Game since 1991, it’s appropriate to review the Bear Essentials of the play of Stephen Muir (’88) that game
  • On the 40th Anniversary of his doubles win at Roland Garros, it’s appropriate to review the Bear Essentials of Fred McNair (‘69), also a Tar Heel, 1st Grand Slam win.

Current Bears

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Middle School Track

Coach Hunt’s MS Track team earns its 7th consecutive IAC crown









bear trackWith the Luke’s loss today (he gets an award for the latest Bear playing), the next news will be in the fall.

If anyone hears of some achievement over the summer, golf or anything else, please let me know .






STEPHEN MUIR, ’88, was a three sport athlete at Landon (football, basketball and lacrosse) and went to Chapel Hill to play lacrosse.


At UNC he was on the undefeated 16-0 team which beat Loyola (11-9),  Syracuse (19-13) and finally Towson [State, an appendage since dropped] (18-13) in the Carrier Dome. Leif Elsmo, then a CBS lax analyst, described the victors as “the most talented team yet assembled” with three All Americans and 1 HoF player.  A video of the 1991 game is linked here.

1991(somewhere in there is Steve)

Stephen passed recently, but his spirit has been detected during UNC’s current run to the NCAA Championship games. The good news is that there is already a young Bear named Muir.


FREDERICK V. McNAIR IV ’69 was honored at the French Open for his 1976 doubles championship at Roland-Garros.


Fred was the 1969 USTA Scholastics Singles Champion while a Bear and played for 6 (that’s right, he played as a 1st Former) years on IAC Championship teams.

Prior to turning professional, McNair played tennis for the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-time All-American and an NCAA doubles finalist in 1973.


As a professional he won the German Open and the Masters. McNair was also a mixed doubles runner-up at the French Open in 1981, partnering Betty Stöve. In 1978, he was a member of the US team that won the Davis Cup. In nine years on the professional tour, McNair won 16 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 67.


This year Roland-Garros honored Frederick McNair on the 40th anniversary of his 1976 men’s doubles victory in Paris. On 11 June 1976, it was no mean feat when McNair and Steward shocked Brian Gottfried and Raul Ramirez, the favorites to win – with relative ease (7-6, 6-3, 6-1). More recently, Fred won USTA championship titles for the over-35s in 1989 and the over-40s in 1995.


He and his brothers have contributed a number of McNair Bears to Landon.

All suggestions for future Bear Essentials would be GREATLY appreciated. Landon has a lot of interesting sports figures.


Go Bears!!!


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End of Season Awards and Accomplishments for Landon Lacrosse

bearclanlaxcolorAwards and numbers really reflect the years of hard work of the recipients plus the support which they get from all their teammates, coaches, parents and Bear Brothers who cheer them on.

Go Bears!!!

2016 Landon Lacrosse Awards

1 The Steve Muir Most Valuable Player Award

Griffin Brown

2 Offensive Player of the Year

Drennan Greene

3 Defensive Player of the Year

Justin Conner

4 The George Boiardi Award

Tyler McTague

For Tenacity, Dedication, & Enthusiasm

5 The Jack Crawford Award

Andrew Whicker

For Unselfishness, Hard Work, & Commitment


All IAC Awards

  • Joey Epstein,
  • Andrew Fowler
  • Justin Shockey
  • Griffin Brown

2017  Team Captains

  • Andrew Fowler
  • Ryan Pride
  • Justin Shockey

(plus sometimes a 4th player is asked to assume a leadership position based on summer efforts)


Names                        goals         assists     points

Joey Epstein             43               24              67


Griffin Brown          41                23              64


Drennan Greene      44              15               59


Ryan Pride                 15                19              34


John Geppert            15                16               31


Zack Johnson           19                 9                28


Colin O’Brien            14                 11                25


Nate Buller                 9                   11               20


Justin Shockey         11                   5               16



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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 05/22/16










Current Bears


  • Baseball wins IAC Championship game
  • Golf completes 10-0 season
  • Rugby wins Division Championship Game
  • Lacrosse lost to SSSA in IAC semifinal

Bear Trax

  • All but Bear lacrosse and track alumni have ended their seasons.


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The 13-6 team (9-4 in IAC) beat GP 4-1 in 8 innings and beat Bullis in the IAC finals.

Landon rallies late, then holds off Bullis for IAC baseball title (WaPo coverage; it’s good)

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Coach Duquette:

The Landon Golf Team won its second consecutive Washington Metropolitan Golf Championship led by John Kalavritinos’s 3 under par 69 on the rain soaked  P.B. Dye Golf Course. Jeff Samit’s even par 72, West Shaw’s 75, Evan Katz’s 78 and Cole Gibson’s 79,  score of 373 enabled Landon to edge Georgetown Prep 375 by 2 shots and Gonzaga’s 375 by 3 shots. It was a great team effort beating two outstanding teams.

Landon was down by 6 strokes after nine and came roaring back to win the title. It was fitting that a giant rainbow appeared in the sky as we were heading home from the match. I am so proud of the team, Great Season!

With his 69 today, John Kalavritinos tied the school record for lowest scoring average of a 72.8, tied with Morgan Egloff 2015

John Kalavritinos leads Landon to Metros golf title





The season with a loss to SSSA 8-12, but a 17-4 season record exhibits heavy doses of teamwork, talent and coaching PLUS along the way, the Bears beat these teams (rankings per

Maryland MPSSA                                             rating         record
Ranked by LP-4     Churchill                               96.90         16- 2
#1 in Montgomery North

#1 Calverton

Maryland MILL/MAC/WCAC/Indep
Ranked by LP-3     Calverton                                  94.04         13- 6


#1 John Carroll                                                               97.54           19-6

North Carolina
Ranked by LP-1     Cardinal Gibbons                     98.26         18- 3

New Jersey

Ranked by LP-24   Lawrenceville                            98.32         14- 9
Ranked by LP-25   St Augustine Prep                    98.32         10- 7

Ranked by LP-3      McCallie School                     92.67         10- 6


Ranked by LP-8      Robinson                                   96.58         15- 2





In the MVARC DII finals the Bears completed an undefeated season and won the Division Championship against Bell Multicultural High School 19–5.






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Track Trax Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina team— NCAA East Regionals May 26.  


In response to last week’s Sunday Edition, a reader commented that it was nice to have a report on other sports. The Goal of BSN is to cover as many of Landon’s teams. Time and a technical incompetence limit more stories about all of the Bear efforts.

The Fall season includes a number of teams, which logistics limits the BSN staff from covering. Anyone who is willing to send scores, short reports or full Sports Illustrated-worthy 1,000 word essays would be welcomes and posted– with or without attribution.


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Saints 12 Bears 8

Landon had a miserable 2nd quarter. Bad passes, unforced turnovers and ill-timed switches led to the visitors earning a 5 goal lead. A spirited 3rd period brought the margin down to -2 and a quick Bear goal to start the last segment made it 7-8. The Saints replied with goals towards the end to make the final score 8-12.

The distraught looks on the faces of the 10 seniors showed how much this loss, after so much work, hurt.

A good group of young men left Bordley Stadium this year and for some forever.

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BearSportsNews—Sunday{Tuesday} Edition 05/17/16 Plus BearLaxTraxFax

Current Bears

  • Baseball wins IAC quarters
  • Report on JV Baseball season
  • Golf completes 10-0 season
  • Lacrosse to play SSSA in IAC semifinal
    • Game to be live streamed by
  • Rugby makes it to Division Championship Game for 3rd year in a row
  • Tennis bows out to StA in semi-finals

Bear Trax

  • Vermont Coach Curtis moves to Westminster School college
  • BLTF by John Nichols included
  • Max Kra’s career as a Bison reliever
  • Deion Wellington places #2 in Big South 400m.


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The 9-6 team (7-4 in IAC) beat Episcopal 5-3 in IAC quarterfinals.

JV Baseball

JV baseball wrapped up their regular season at 5-6-1, good for third place in the IAC.  They’ll next play Wednesday in the IAC JV playoffs, in the semi-final game, against St. Albans.

Highlights of the year include a sweep of St. Stephens/St. Agnes, a rout of the Heights and comeback wins over Bullis and Sidwell.

In the Heights game, sophomore pitcher Xander DeNovio shut the Heights down with 4 innings of 1-hit ball which included 11 strikeouts.  The Bears won 15-0.  He also got the win in the second St. Stephens game with another 4-inning masterpiece – no hits and 7 strikeouts – leading the Bears to a 4-0 victory.

In the Bullis game, the Bears prevailed 6-3 in an extended, 9-inning game.  Freshman pitcher Jake Davidson shut down the bulldogs over 6 innings of one-hit relief, featuring 7 strikeouts.  Freshman Jed Rosenberg singled to start the winning rally and scored what proved to be the winning run.

Against Sidwell, freshman Will Barufka had a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th to cap a rally which at one point saw the Bears down by 4 runs. The Bears prevailed, 7-6.  Davidson was the winning pitcher in that game with 4 innings of relief. 

Barufka leads the team in RBIs and hits, freshman shortstop/third baseman Will O’Shea has the highest batting average.

Sophomore Ryan Fruehwirth picked up the win the second St. Stephens game, pitching 4 innings and yielding no earned runs.  O’Shea paced the Bears’ attack with 3 hits as the Bears won, 8-3.

The Bears have also been led by the catching and hitting of Kitt Dziak (’19), the pitching of Rosenberg, the speed and defense of outfielders Alan Kupka (’18), Max Peraza (’18) and Mikey Amsellem (’18), stalwart defense from first baseman Zach Werhan (’18) and timely contributions from Daraun Gray (’19), Beckett Norris (’18), Jelani Cross (’19), Cullen Stout (’17) and Zach Kokinos (’19).

The Bears were a bit depleted this week, losing DeNovio and Fruehwirth as call ups to the varsity and Davidson to the Australia exchange program, but the team has great confidence heading into the IAC playoffs, led by head coach Drescher and assistant coaches Miller, Wray and Johnson.



Had matches against St. Anselm’s, GP and Gonzaga; no results posted yet.




Coach Duquette:

Monday May 9, 2016

Columbia C.C. Par 35

Weather, Cloudy 59


Landon                    192

St. Mary’s Ryken 228


Congratulation on finishing the season 10-0, Undefeated, Well Done Landon Golfers



Samit                    35        Wow

Katz                       37        Great

Shaw                     37        Great

Gibson                 41

Poirier                  42

Team Total         192


St. Mary’s Ryken

Ashton                 40

O’Neil                   42

Schwartz              43

Joseph                  50

Thomas                53

Team Total         228


King                       36    Well Done Peter

Jarret                    41

Dye                        44





The 17-3 Bears beat previously undefeated Churchill 13-7 and EHS 11-2 earning a bye in the IAC tournament.  Wednesday’s home 4:30pm game against SSSA will be streamed live by Nick Rhoads’ CruitCast.

CruitCast will be providing our live-streaming video and live-updating statistics service to Landon through the rest of the IAC Tournament. The purpose of the company is to simplify recruiting for college coaches. Through our feed distant recruiting coaches can watch live from an elevated camera tower, get live statistics from the game and instant access to pertinent player recruiting information and start the recruiting process. We also allow parents, friends, family, and of course alumni to also access our feed for a small $5.00 fee which gives them all the same access as the college coaches plus a week long access to the video to watch after the fact.

Here is what our viewers will have access to…


To register and support simply visit and register as a “Viewer” and make the $5.00 payment to our Paypal.




In the MVARC DII finals (for the 3rd consecutive year), Landon Rugby lost to Bell Multicultural 13-20. “This was Landon’s third year in a row in the MAVRC DII championship game. At a school where lacrosse is the big draw, Landon manages to field a good team of tough athletes who play a disciplined and aggressive style of rugby especially in the backline.  Despite high turnover each graduation, Landon manages to field a competitive team every season.”


Lost 3-4 in the semi-finals to eventual champions StA


No recent results have been posted.




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Ryan Curtis ’96 completes most successful season and opts for Prep School coaching







Two days after leading the University of Vermont men’s lacrosse team to its first America East title game in program history, coach Ryan Curtis is stepping down for family reasons, the school announced at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Curtis, who led the Catamounts for 10 seasons, has accepted a teaching and coaching position at Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut.

“I was given an opportunity to spend more time with my family, which was important to me,” said Curtis, who is married with two children. “As hard of a decision as it was, it was the right decision. My 10 years here have been great.”

UVM is fresh off its best season under Curtis. The Catamounts (9-8 overall, 4-2 in league play) won their first America East tournament game, beating Stony Brook in the semifinals on Thursday, before losing 17-16 to Hartford in the championship game on Saturday morning in Albany, New York.

“I think the time is right. I think we are leaving the program in a very good place, the foundation is very strong. The future is very bright,” Curtis said.

The offer from Westminster materialized recently, Curtis said.

“I wasn’t looking to leave, I wasn’t out looking for jobs,” Curtis said. “An opportunity kind of came up out of the blue. A better opportunity for my family.”

Athletic director Bob Corran, who is retiring at the end of this school year, said Curtis will be a hard to replace.

“I have a great deal of respect that he has come to this decision for the reasons that he did,” Corran said. “But still disappointed for us because we are losing a good person, losing a great coach.

“It’s really been very gratifying for me to see the progress that he has made, particularly over the last two, three years. This is a tough farewell.”

Hired in September 2006, Curtis compiled a 48-101 overall record, which included 16-36 against league foes. But Curtis’ Catamounts went 4-2 in league in each of the past two seasons, making the conference tournament both times, a program first.

“I feel like I have done my job. I think I was hired to try and build this program back up and I think we are in a great spot,” said Curtis, the 2015 league coach of the year. “I think we are going to be better next year.”

Ian MacKay (league offensive player of the year), Cam Milligan (all-league second team), Jack Knight (all-rookie) and Dawes Milchling (all-rookie) are among the players returning next year.

“I told the guys, when I met with them, I will be happier than anyone else when they win the conference next year,” Curtis said. “I think they can do it and I think all the pieces are there and, more important, the culture is there.”

Curtis, who signed an extension in June 2014, leaves with two years left on his contract. His salary for the 2015-16 school year was $83,315, according to UVM records.

UVM said it plans to begin a nationwide search immediately for Curtis’ replacement.

This story was originally published on May 9, 2016. Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 or Follow him on Twitter at



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NCAA Tournament

Round 1—the 4 teams with the lowest RPIs faced off with the winners moving on to meet the #1 (Maryland) and #2 (Denver) seeds

Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 5

Towson 18

Hobart earned a spot in the tournament by upsetting the #1 and #2 seeds in the Northeast Conference.  Their luck ran out against Towson, though.  The Tigers, winners of the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament, were reportedly miffed at having to play into the quarter finals and took it out on the Statesmen and appear to have taken it out on Hobart.

Towson proved its metal by upsetting defending champion Denver

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 8

Brown 17

Hopkins has had questions on defense this year and the power of Brown’s offense was unquestionable.  Brown shut out Hopkins in the first quarter and led 6-2 at half time.  The Bears blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Jays 8-1 to take a commanding 14-3 lead.  If Hopkins had managed to win this game, it would have set up a Bears vs. Bear game in the quarterfinals next weekend because…

Navy (Patrick Keena) 13

Yale 10

40.1The Captain breaks a Yale defenseman’s ankles with his patented move.






Navy was, by many accounts, a surprise at large selection, but they proved themselves worthy, downing the Yale Bulldogs, champions of the Ivy League tournament and a team which had been ranked #1 in country this year.  Patrick captained the offense dishing out 4 assists and scoring 2 goals.  Yale jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Middies rallied back with Patrick’s first goal tying the score at 4.  He then recorded an assist on the goal that tied the game at 6 and his next two assists helped Navy build a two goal lead in the third quarter—the lead that they would never surrender.  Patrick’s 6 points have him now tied for 24th for all time points at Navy.

The win extends the season for Patrick and the Middies with the high-scoring Brown Bears on the horizon.



Tufts (Luke Kurtz) has made it to the quarter finals of the D-III tournament.  The Jumbos picked up two wins to move on to the D-III quarterfinals, downing Emmanuel 25-6 and Cortland State 19-6.  Ithaca is next up for the Jumbos.



Diamond Trax Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever, 18-34 (8-12 Patriot) lost 2 out of 3 in the Patriot League semi-finals against Navy. Max’s career included 101 innings pitched 58 appearances (4 starts) and a 7-7 record over his four years. During his freshman year , he was the Bisons’ most consistent relief pitcher … ranked second in Patriot League in games finished (15) … led team with two saves (vs. Harvard, at Lehigh) … led Bison with a 3.52 ERA. Max was recognized on the member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. The Bear is 0-1 in 6 appearances.  Team record for season is 17-18.

Spencer Abraham (2015), Claremont McKenna College Stags, 11-26; in five plate appearances, Spencer is hitting .200 (1 hit 5AB’s).

Andrew Kvasnicka, (2015) , Swarthmore College,22-17 -1The rookie  has appeared in 15 games (started 1)  for the Garnet with a hit, 2 runs, 4 walks and an RBI plus he drew 3 walks. Andrew also pitched a complete inning

Garrett Zoukis, (2015), University of Cincinnati, the Bearcats are 23-27. Garrett was started one and played in two games.


Track Trax

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina team—team placed 2nd at the Big South Tournament. Deion Wellington (47.54)  finished 2nd in the men’s 400m dash.

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Landon Lacrosse 11 – Episcopal 2

The Maroon of Episcopal Lacrosse team came into Bear territory loaded for Bear as they were still feeling the sting of the double overtime loss last year to Landon. The Maroon are talented – but did not seem to get out of first gear to put their game plan into effect.

The Bear offense though seemed unfazed from the start and the entire game can be summed up by this writer simply as an "all hands on deck and firing on all cylinders" effort. Ground balls, ball control, defense toughness and grit combined with excellent execution by the Midfield to the Attack resulted in a complete team effort reflected by the final score. For us gentle observers and ball watchers the Attack spread the defense in the not so always obvious text book fashion to open up shooting lanes for the Mid Fielders. A strong finish to the season and great momentum going into the IAC playoffs with a fully healthy team since the first week of the season and with Andrew Fowler returning next week.

This writer is not going into detail on the play by play as Landon dominated from the first face off until the final buzzer. Here are the official stats other than ground balls from EHS:

Drennan = 3 goals

Nate = 2 goals and 2 assists

Joey = 2 goals and 2 assists

Will Powell = 2 goals

Thomas Halm = 2 goals

Justin Shockey = 8 of 11 face offs

Shane Corcoran = 4 of 5

Paul Kern 6 of 7

Although a complete team effort for the win there were two notable standouts for the game.


Will Powell

Shane Corcoran

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Landon Lacrosse 13 Winston Churchill 7

The team from Potomac clearly represented one of the virtues which their school’s namesake bespoke:


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:

it is the courage to continue that counts.”

                          -Winston Churchill


The 13-0, WaPo #8ranked team with a roster which includes several big time recruits (Syracuse, Brown, PSU and others) had not only lost in the Maryland State Championship since its last contest against the Bears (5-18). The team has set high expectations for the 2016 season. The Bulldogs lost last year’s WaPo POY to be on the UMd Terp roster.

The annual recognition of the Landon Seniors and their parents took place before the game started. The 10 members of the Class of 2016 and their folks were cheered by the stands. The names are listed n numerical order:


Drennan Greene                    Karen, Jon

Griffin Brown                         Stevie, Darius

Tyler McTague                      Lynne, David

Chase Christiansen              Anne, Mike

Brian Menendez                    Lisa; Rich

Justin Conner                        Ximena, Joe

Nick Mayer                             Sherry, Steve

Andy Whicker                        Sue, Larry

Grant Hani                             Tiffany, George

Eriksen Johansen                 Jane, Mark

Kyle Grafmeyer                     Kim, Rick

The determination, for which the former Prime Minister of England was renown, drove the visitors to lead at the end of the 1st period. Their tenacious, quick zone defense shifted to take away good shots even though the home team was efficiently moving the ball. Finally John Geppert received a clever pass through the WC Maginot line by Nate Buller and the midfielder beat the Bulldogs’ goalie (who also mans the nets for the school during hockey).

That advantage was quickly erased and then reversed by goals at 2:38 and then 1:38.




Zach “the Bull” Johnson used his combination of speed and strength to create room for a shot and his missile almost ripped through the nets @11:30. After the clock had ticked off almost 60 seconds, Landon scored again. The Bulldogs were called for offsides, a delayed penalty and played with that extra player against the normal complement of 6 Bear offensive players. That did not deter Ryan Pride who made a pass across to Griffin Brown who scored @10:31. A broken Churchill clear turned into a short field Landon fast break. Zach got the ball, had his head up and saw a streaking Nate Buller cutting toward the goal. The pass was perfect and Nate buried it @6:38.

The visitors showed their courage to continue and responded with two quick goals at 4:29 and then 3:41.

The home team replied. Griffin B and Ryan showed their two man game with a brilliant pass from the senior captain to the Blond Bomber @2:51. [For those who give some credence in numerology, #5 scored goal #5! This coincidence repeated twice in the remainder of the game. Extra points to anyone who identifies repeats of this quirky happenstance].

Justin Shockey may have changed the traditional acronym for his position from FOGO to FOGS (goal scored) with a drive from the X to a goal @2:45 (0:06 from the previous score).

Those stubborn Blue and Green opponents took a time out and the set play found an opening in the Brown and White defense at 0:11.4




Intermission adjustments have made Landon highly efficient, on both O and D, in the third stanza.

The D was missing two starters and a Den of Bear Defenders amply filled in.  Long poles– Mark Amoroso, Alex Hagerup, Mo Sillah, Griffin Valentine, Grant Hani, Drew Wellington, Brendon Gallagher and Carter Johnson (in reverse numerical order) and a number of middies played exceptionally well against a team which averaged 16 goals a game. They held the opposition to 2 goals in the last 24 minutes

Period 3 saw the home team O take command. Early Ryan showed his shooting range with a goal from the periphery in a gap of the zone. Soon thereafter (@9:35) Nate tallied the 8th goal. The next creasing of the back of the Churchill nets occurred @7:01on a great pass from Zach to Griffin B.

The Bulldogs got their 6th goal at 5:50.

Drennan Greene, some of whose previous shots took paint off of the goal’s metal frame, earned the 10th notch in the scorebook when his shot hit a post, bounced out, hit a defender and bounced in. Under the current NCAA rules, his shot counted as HIS goal. Under the old scorer interpretation, the accounting method would have given the “own goal” to the offensive player nearest to the ball as it broke the plane of the 6’ x6’.




Aware of his speed, the Churchill defender assigned to cover Ryan anticipated an outside move, only to see the Blond Bomber roll back to the middle and score @11:05. Joey Epstein completed the scoring with two successive dodges and resulting goals @ 10:45 and then @6:23.

Consistent with past teaching principles (they are teachers/mentors/coaches), the sports educators got the Bears of the future out on the field against strong competition. The gerbils (a term of art and endearment) included Messrs. Sentimore, Concannon, Camalier, Kurtz and Williams plus the senior stalwarts (Tyler, Chase, Nick Eriksen and Andrew Whicker [5 of 6 at the X, 5GBs and 1shot]) played hard for much of the remaining time.

At 1:39 remaining, the Bulldogs scored.






Ryan Pride

Andy Whicker

Mark Amoroso







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