Landon Hockey 2 DeMatha 3

No doubt about it, the Bears skated of the ice with looks of disappointment. No doubt about it, the home team played well enough to win for 30 minutes. No doubt about it, the Stags used the re-icing time to recharge their batteries; for they scored the tying and go-ahead goals within 0:50 seconds at the beginning of the third period.

Landon scored the first goal @13:11 when Ryan Giles feathered an incredible pass to Drew Wellington who scored from the DM crease. During this period, there was a lot of transitions from end-to-end, but the Bears had more than their fair share of possessions for this 15 minutes. Quick smart passes, intercepting DM passes, initiating good breakouts and good defensive coverage marked the home team’s play.

Ty Morton made 5 saves including a spectacular stop of a Stag from point blank range at 3:40. His teammates put 9 SOGs.


A penalty against Landon resulted in a quick visitors’ PP goal at 12:06.

Not much later, the teams set up for a face-off in the circle to the left of the DM goalie. Will Jarrett drew it perfectly back to Tommy Kenary who blasted a shot for a score @8:45.

A critical moment occurred at 2:29; a Stag forward swooped in on Ty and blasted a shot at the Bear goalie who made a brilliant save and Owen Concannon swept the rebound away.

The middle period saw 13 Bear SOGs and Ty turned away 13 Stag shots.


At 14:43 and then 13:33, the Stags scored and took the momentum. Passes which clicked in the 1st period were whistled for icing. Body check which turned the puck over through the first 30 minutes saw the Stag move through. One v. One’s which Landon won earlier went to the visitors. It seemed as though the DM team was more accustomed to combatting close plays all the way through the 45 minutes. That is not to say that Landon gave up; they continued to battle- but with less success.

Landon SOGs 6 and Ty saves 10.



If at the beginning season, the coaches predicted that Landon would win 20 games, would be undefeated in IAC regular and tournament seasons and would earn the #2 spot in the MAPHL regular season standings. This was a very good team which benefitted from six exceptional senior leaders and Bears hockey has a bright future.






Published in: on February 22, 2018 at 6:15 am  Leave a Comment  

DeMatha Hockey 3 Landon 2

Sadly the Bears’ season ended against the Stags. The visitors scored two quick goals in the 3rd to take and control the game.


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Published in: on February 22, 2018 at 3:41 am  Leave a Comment  







Heimdal, the Hockey God (Norse)

Somewhere the Hockey God decreed that it is difficult, if not impossible, to beat a tough opponent THREE TIMES IN A ROW. Having had highly contested matches against the Hoyas ( 5-3 [1/19]  and 5-2 [2/16]), winning a 3rd game seemed highly improbable as per the Deity of the Ice .According to sources,  the visitors were missing 3 skaters; the Bears had one player sick and a couple others under the weather. Heimdall, pictured above was shocked by the Bears’ not only violated his dictate, but determined that the margin did not contradict the Rule of 3 because this was more than a mere victory.

While this Quarterfinal MAPHL game was noteworthy (and the BSN sheet is filled with salient points), the job of describing 11 goals would exceed my word allotment; so here is a summary, which does convey the intensity of the win:

Period  Scorer                             Assists                 time   Comments

1          Nicholas Khramtsov        Ethan Weinstein 10:47   far corner

            Owen Concannon              Nico K, Jake D    2:19

             JH Lages                            Will Jarrett, Nico 0:27.0


2        Drew Wellington                Ryan Giles          14:34    Ryan’s hands!!!

  Will                                       Ethan                   13:00

           Will                                        Tommy K., JH    4:47     F/O win & play    

           Matt Brille                            Will                       3:37     incredible deke

Owen                                   Nicholas, Joey G 0:53.3

at the 8th goal, the referees indicated that there would be no more “stop clock” timing

3       GP goal                                                              7:30

          Matt                                        Kyle Radimer     5:24     2021 to 2021!!!

Jake D.                                   Will                      3:57     2nd A to GP player; perfect pass to Will

          Kyle                                        Nico                    0:45

 Saves by period                            1                 2                 3       total

Ty Morton                                       6                 6                 1       12 (1GA)

Max Weinstein                                                                     2

Bears SOGs by period                  10               26               7       43



CHANGED TIME — now at 3:45 at Bears Den

2/21 Rockville 3:45 pm against DeMatha


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BEARS HOCKEY 11 GP 1 MAPHL Quarterfinals

Yes, that’s the right score. After the 5-2 win in IAC championship, it’s a surprise.

Semifinals tomorrow against? where? when?

More later.

Sandy Murdock

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BearLaxTraxFax (02.19.18) by John Nichols



  • Griffin Brown Patriot Player of the Week





  • Colin O’Brien, Thomas Halm, Brian Menendez and Will Oliver saw their first play of 2018!



Ivy League play started this weekend and now all 14 teams that we follow have started their seasons.  This week’s games included several close contests, four of which saw goals in the closing seconds that either decided the contest or forced overtime.


Bears vs. Bears

#11 Colgate (Griffin Brown) 14

Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 11


Cornell has won 23 of the 24 match-ups coming into this game with Colgate’s lone win coming in 1964.  This meeting was closely contested throughout the first three periods, with the score tied seven times and sitting at 10-10 heading into the final period.  Griffin’s third goal of the day had tied things up at 10 and he then went on to put up three more in the fourth to give Colgate the lead for good.  His last two goals came a mere 18 seconds apart.  Griffin scored six goals on ten shots (keep shooting!) plus an assist and 5 ground balls.  Colton and Jack saw playing time for the Big Red






Other Games

#13 Army (Drennan Green) 14



Army threw a 6-0 shutout in the second quarter and never gave up more than two goals to NJIT in the other periods to coast to their second lopsided win.


#13 Army (Drennan Green) 9

#11 Rutgers 7


Army tried to administer an early knockout with a five goal run in the first quarter, only to see Rutgers rally back with four unanswered goals during the second period.  While Army shot more often and more accurately than Rutgers, the Rutgers goalie kept making saves to keep things close.  The Black Knights scored the final two goals of the game to cement the win.


Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 8

Richmond 9


Bucknell fell to the Spiders in yet another closely contested game.  This game was tied seven times with Richmond scoring the winning goal with just 31 seconds left in the game.  On the final faceoff, Jarett and Sean teamed up to get a possession for Bucknell, but the Bison turned it over and time expired.  Jarett was 12-for-20 on faceoffs and Sean scored twice for Bucknell.  Colin O’Brien also saw his first D-I action.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 9  OT

Mercer 10


Cleveland State took advantage of a couple of Mercer penalties to mount a fourth quarter comeback and force overtime, but the Vikings could not finish the job.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 9

Bellarmine 13


Bellarmine’s five goal advantage in the second quarter proved to be the difference maker.


Colgate (Griffin Brown) 21

Binghamton 7


Colgate put up 10 goals in the first period of this contest.  Consider that in this week’s coverage there were five games in which neither team scored in double digits for the whole gameGriffin scored once on six shots for the Red Raiders.



Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 13

Canisius 12


Dartmouth got the early lead in the game, going up by as many as four goals in the first half.  Canisius battled back in the second half forcing several ties and going up by one late in the third quarter.  Big Green was able to battle back each time Canisius pulled even and then got the game winner with less than two seconds remaining in the contest.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 11

Siena 12


Although this game was not one of those decided by a goal in the closing seconds, Hobart had an extended possession and the opportunity to at least tie the game in the closing minutes and got off five shots, including one that hit a post, but the Statesmen were unable to extend the contest.  Riley took one shot and scooped up a ground ball for Hobart.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Hunter Sells) 10

#20 Marquette 11


The Dolphins erased Marquette’s three-goal halftime lead by scoring three unanswered goals in the third quarter.  From there on out, the teams traded pairs of goals.  Jacksonville tied the game up at 10 with just over two minutes remaining and won the ensuing faceoff.  Unfortunately, they turned the ball over on a shot clock violation with just under a minute to go and Marquette scored with seven seconds left to get the win.  Hunter played the entire game in goal for Jacksonville, recording 5 saves.  In a curious side note, Jacksonville basketball legend Artis Gilmore was the game’s official scorer.


#8 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 5

#12 Loyola 12


This game was close in the first half, but the avalanche of goals by Loyola that accompanied the snow storm that swept through Baltimore in the second half turned the game into a rout.


#2 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 13

Marist 7


The Terrapins’ run of five goals in the first period plus a run of three early in the second period were enough to ensure the win.


#2 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 16

High Point 14


Maryland jumped out to a 10-3 lead midway through the second quarter, but still needed to hang on as High Point rallied and pulled within one early in fourth quarter and again with four minutes left. The Terrapins scored with two minutes remaining and held on to win by two.


Michigan (Will Amoroso) 9

Bellarmine 7


Michigan stifled Bellarmine’s offense for most of the game and then withstood Knight’s strong comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.


Michigan (Will Amoroso) 9

Penn 12


The Wolverines took an early 3-0 lead, only to see the Quakers match that.  Michigan led by one at the end of the first quarter, but Penn had the scoring advantage in each of the three remaining quarters.  Penn’s good goalie play offset Michigan’s faceoff advantage.


Navy (Tom Evans) 7


Shut out in the first and fourth quarters, the Midshipmen did all the scoring they needed to do in the second and third.   Snowy conditions prevailed throughout most of the game.






St. Joseph’s (Thomas Halm) 6

Fairfield 11


Thomas started at attack for the Hawks in his first D-I game.  Fairfield controlled the game by dominating faceoffs.


#10 Virginia (Ryan Pride) 13

Drexel 8


UVA scored twice in the game’s first 14 seconds, but Dragons pulled within one in the second quarter, only to see the game slip away as UVA went on a five goal run.



Colgate moves into the rankings, UVA and Army into the top 10

Note: the USILA Coaches’ poll is released late in the week.


This Coming Week

There are two Bears vs. Bears contest this week as Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) travels to Colgate (Griffin Brown) and Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) visits Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague)

















Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman) 15

Randolph 10


The Cardinals scored six times in the second quarter and matched that production in the third to improve their record to 2-0.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 7

Methodist 6


In their season opener, Marymount was up 5-1 after three quarters only to see Methodist rally in the fourth quarter to tie things up at 6 with just 32 seconds remaining.  Marymount won the faceoff and went man-up when Methodist was called for an illegal body check.  The Saints used that advantage to get the game winner with 11 seconds left in regulation.  The final faceoff resulted in several flags flying and penalties being assessed to both teams, but no further scoring.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 7

#5 Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 12


Ohio Wesleyan plays a very tough out of conference schedule which includes #1 Salisbury, #3 RIT, and #7 Cabrini (plus in-conference foe #14 Denison).  The Battlin’ Bishops fell behind 5-0 early and, although they played RIT even from there on out, they could not close that initial gap.


#3 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 18

Widener 6


The defending D-III champions are off to a strong start to the 2018 season, going 3-0 with an average score of 16-7.  Two of those three wins are against teams ranked in the top 20 of the D-III preseason poll. Brian saw his first action of 2018.


Washington College (Will Oliver) 16

Birmingham Southern 7


Will Oliver saw playing time in his first collegiate game and the Shoremen’s first game, and first win, of the 2018 season.




The Nike/US Lacrosse weekly D-III poll is currently the only one published in time for inclusion in each week’s post.  Currently, Salisbury is ranked #3 in that poll and Tufts #8.


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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 02.18.2018






two more Bear trophies


⇒Apologies that last two Sunday Editions have been disrupted by my visiting my CO and CT grandchildren. LOTS of good Bear actions have occurred over the fortnight (with such success, maybe more time away would be good?)




  • Inside the Rocks
    • WINTER—
      • WRESTLERS excel at Melee on Metro and then make Bear mat history at Maryland Independent Schools tournament
      • HOCKEY takes the IAC in undefeated regular and tournament  seasons; onto MAPHL.
      • Basketball has two tough losses.
      • Indoor Track team results from Maroon & Black Relays and Mercersburg Invitational


  • Bear Tracks
  • Bears making trax in basketball, hockey and swimming
  • Bears making trax in professional hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)



  • Winter Sports


Landon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

  • February 16-17, 2018 Hartford Community College
    • History continues to be made by this Bears wrestling team! We had another phenomenal weekend.  As a team we place 6th out of 30 teams.  This is the highest team finish in Bear history in the Maryland Independent State tournament. The last highest place was 7th in 2001 with 6 place winners. We had 7 place winners which is the highest in school history. Finally, after having 10 State finalists, Landon has its first State Champion. This year, every wrestler contributed to the team finish.

Patrick Townsend (106) hit the #1 seed right off the bat (for the second year in a row) and was eliminated from the tournament.

At 120, Axel Giron lived up to his seed and took 3rd in one of the toughest weights in the tournament.  He wrestled several close hard fought battles and went 5-1.  His only loss was 7-2 to the eventual champion.

At 126, Lorenzo Lopez makes school history by going 5-0 and becoming Landon’s first STATE CHAMPION.  He battled every second of the final match to hang on to a 4-2 lead.

At 132, Patrick Kielb placed for the second year in a row.  He went 2-3 to take 8th place.

 At 138, Matt Amitay went 1-2 and was one round away from the top 8.

At 145, Senior Captain Brendon Gallagher became Landon’s only 2x State finalist. He had a heartbreaking loss with a takedown in the last 15 second for the tie and then lost in overtime.  Brendon went 4-1 for the weekend and second place.  He hopes to place for the second time at Nationals next weekend.

 At 160, Jonny Gherman went 2-2 and lost one round away from the top 8.

At 170, Jelani Machen lost a tough match in the semi-finals to the eventual champion but wrestled back to 4th place.  This is the second year Jelani has place in the top 6.  He went 3-2 for the weekend and has qualified for Nationals.

At 182, Senior Carter Johnson went 4-2 for the weekend and placed 7th.  This was also the second year in a row to place at states.

At 195, Senior Joel Desroches went 2-3 to take 8th place.

At 220, Nick Haller (yes, Nick took one for the team and bumped up) wrestled the best he has ever wrestled and went 2-1.  He was one round away from placing.  He won his first match in the Ultimate tie breaker. He won his last match ever 11-5. At 285,

Terrance Bridgers had a tough tournament.  He did not get seeded and drew the 3rd seed in the first round.  T had his opponent on his back at one point and almost had the upset of the tournament, but eventually he fell to his opponent.  He lost a second battle in the wrestle backs where again he had his opponent on his back, but never got the pin call.

Our goal was to break the top 5 in the team standings, but we fell short by 14.5 points. Congratulations to the all the Bear wrestlers.  This season has been amazing.  We will end the season next week with Axel, Lorenzo, Brendon, and Jelani representing Landon at the National tournament at Lehigh University.



Winter Sports

DA: averaging, 23.7 min, 8.3 points, 5.4 reb, 1.8 asst, 0.9 blk



College Basketball

Aaron Byrd (L’15) Augusta University Jaguars (15-12), 26 GP. 25 GS, 9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 54 assists, 22 steals. 2/21 1st round conference v. USC Aiken


Tone Cockrell (L’17) Marywood Pacers (15-10) 406 minutes, 4.4 ppg, 44 reb, 41 assists, 15 steals, CSAC FIRST ROUND – #5 MARYWOOD AT #4 ROSEMONT 2/19


Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (19-8) Assistant Coach;

Coach Joe McDonald (L12), GWU (12-15) Director of Player Development


Ice Hockey



College (4)

  • Connor Meike (L’12) Williams Eph Men (13-10-1) D, beat Williams 6-5 played; tied Hamilton 0-0,
  • Jack Barton (L’14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (6-18-2) F, lost to Babson 2-3 played. End of season,
  • Chris Javens (L’13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (4-16-1) D, (6-18-2) F, lost to Babson 2-3 played. End of season,
  • Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (16-13-3) D,


College Club (1)

  • Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Club, no news



Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (25-16-7-3) Sam has 18 goals and 22 assists in 45 games.


USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) US National U18 (20-9-1 in USHL) has 11Gs and 19 assists. won the 5 nations cup

Swimming (2)


Jack Chlopak, (L17) Connecticut College Camels, injured

Jason Tang, (L17) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers,8-1, the #4 Div. III team beat Div. I Boston College 214.5-83.5— Jason is injured.


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Landon 49 Episcopal 68

Landon Basketball 49 Episcopal 68
By Vernon Holleman
Last night, the Bear’s basketball season came to a heartbreaking end at Episcopal to a team that overpowered the Bears in the paint, and shut down the Bears offensively. From the start, Episcopal was hot, they started off on a 5-0 run making their first two baskets quickly. However, Miles Davis came down and hit a nice midrange jumper to keep the game from getting out of hand early. Justin Patterson hit a couple of free throws, Canin Reynolds hit a nice jump shot, but Episcopal’s offense was ready to play. They scored 25 points in the first quarter, the most the Bears have allowed in a first quarter of a game all year. The Bears offense was also struggling in the paint, as Mac Hollensteiner was unable to make his presence on offense, as he committed 2 quick fouls. The Bears started the game off in a hole, but it would get better. The Bears trailed after 1 quarter of play 9-25.
The second quarter was much improved defensively for the Bears. They only allowed 12 points, and were able to stop Episcopal from being so dominate inside of the paint, as Julian Larosiliere came up big with a couple of blocks, and Tejon Ford able to draw a couple of offensive charges. The Bear’s offense was also better, but not quite goof enough, as they improved from scoring 9 points to scoring 11 in the second quarter. At halftime, the Bears would have to regroup and lay everything they had out of the court if they wanted their season to continue, the Bears trailed 20-37 at half, and would need a miracle to stay alive for the IAC tournament crown.
The second half was much improved, but would not be enough for Episcopal’s hot second half shooting. The Bears actually tied the third quarter, and seemed to be instead of trying to win the game, win the second half, and at least end their season on a high note. Justin Patterson would have a much improved second half, and Kino Lilly would have a nice 3 pointer to keep the Bears tied in the third quarter. However, on a night where the Bears seriously struggled shooting the ball at 29%, they were unable to pull any closer than 17 points as the final quarter began. The Bears trailed 33-50 at the end of the thrid quarter.
The Final quarter was the best offensively, but the guys in white got hot, and would crush the Bears chance of at least winning the second half. The Bears would be able to get everyone off of the bench, and the bench players came up big. Mac Hollensteiner and Chris Duplesie both had big 3 pointers at the end of the game, and Mikey Amsellem had a couple of big rebounds and assists to end the game on a high note. The Bears however, would allow 18 points with Episcopal hitting 3 3 pointers in the final quarter. The Bears would end up losing 49-68, ending their IAC season.
The Bears will now enter the state tournament. The games currently are all TBD, as the IAC will finish its tournament this weekend, and the WCAC next weekend. Stay tuned on updates of the Bear’s final tournament. I would also like to take this time to thank all of my readers. I know that this has not been the most successful season for Landon Basketball, but I am glad I was able to share the ups and downs with you all. As many of you know, I am currently a junior manager at Landon, so I will be back next season. Because this is also my first experience writing for a tea, it would be great to get some feedback. If you would like to comment, please feel free to, or you can email me at Thank you for following the Bears through Bearsportsnews this season.

Published in: on February 17, 2018 at 12:59 am  Leave a Comment  


Bears#1 IAC











The Bears appeared to give the Little Hoyas ample opportunities to win. By a moment in the early 3rd period, the referees had sent the home team to the penalty box for a total of 14 minutes (the box was manned by Trey Armstrong); whilst the visitors had accrued 0 minutes over the same 30+ minutes. The only scores by the Hoyas occurred in the Championship match with man-up advantages. After the last GP goal, Landon’s D only allowed their rivals to put a single shot on goal—during the last14:12 minutes. If you examine that scorecard for the last Bears-Hoyas game, the team on Rockville Pike tallied 0 even strength goals.

IMPRESSIVE BEAR D (note: the blueliners: 2018- Henry Chipperfield, Peter Gilbert (c); 2019- Chase Blazer; 2020- Ethan Weinstein; 2021—Jake Cohen, Jack-Henry Lages; Goalies—2019—Ty Morton; 2020—Max Weinstein) — Theyre ba-a-a-a-ck! Also, to be noted: much of this protection of the L goal is attributable to all of the forwards whose energy, aggressive stick/player checking, and smart play added to The BEAR D.

The home team got on the scoreboard FIRST; when @ 11:49 Nico Kenary slid the puck to Ethan who cranked a BLAST from the point and as it flew towards the GP goalie, it changed direction when Will Jarett touched it and the puck crossed the goal line.

From 6:22 to 0:29.0 of the first fifteen minutes, the Hoyas enjoyed almost six continuous minutes of man up time. During that Bear PK campaign, the referees’ calls resulted in a GP +2 advantage for 0:45 seconds and then another 6-on-4 advantage for 0:10. The initial GP PP was defended, largely due to a spectacular Ty save. The 2nd Hoya advantage was frustrated by two important clearing plays by Drew Wellington and Peter. The initial visitors’ +2 advantage saw no GP SoGs. Hoyas PPs #3 and most of #4 did not result in scores largely due to Ty’s glove. After 8 minutes of PK, the home team finally allowed a goal at 0:29.0

Bears SOGs 5, Ty saves 9


The middle period had fewer GP PPs (2) and one Bear goal. In a classic tic-tac-toe pattern, Owen Concannon passed the puck to Spencer Davis and then to Joey Graham for a good ahead goal @5:11.

Bears SOGs 9 Ty saves 12


Inauspiciously and consistently with the past 6 Landon-GP hockey games, the visitors tallied an equalizing goal at 14:12.

At 9:34, the Hoyas were called for their first penalty and that resulted in a successful PP goal @ 9:04 on a thread-the-needle pass across the GP zone D by Spencer to JH (on the other wing) who quickly tapped it back to the Argentinian Assassin (a/k/a Nico) who blasted it into and almost through the opposing net.

Once again, the visitors were found by the refs to have violated the rules and a Bear PP began at 4:50. The home team showed its passing skills with the puck moving from Drew to Tommy Kenary to Jake Davidson @ 3:06, so fast that Jake zipped it past the sliding GP goalie and made the margin  +2.

At 1:32, down 2, the Prep coach called a time out and pulled his goalie. Less than a ½ minute later, an empty net goal was recorded on a pass from Jack-Henry to Drew @ 0:56.0

At 0:34.3 a Prep player was called for a 5 minute major and he was disqualified.

Bears SOGs 13 (game 27) Ty saves 0 (game 22)





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Bears Hockey 5 Prep 2

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BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

BLTF 021218



Maryland (Justin Shockey) 10

Navy (Tom Evans) 4


Navy and Maryland met for the 93rd time on Saturday.  The teams first faced off in 1924 and Maryland now holds a 59-33 advantage (including 4 NCAA tournament wins) with one tie in the series.  The Terrapins scored five unanswered goals from midway through the second quarter until five minutes were left in the third.  That run and the Terps’ solid play in goal proved to be the difference in the contest.  Justin Shockey got his first taste of NCAA D I play, taking, but losing, three faceoffs.  Faceoffs were the one area of the game that the Middies dominated.


Michigan (Will Amoroso) 15

Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 5


Michigan rode a hot goalie to victory in their season opener.  While the teams’ stat lines are otherwise pretty similar, the difference in saves tells the story of the game.


Other Games

Army (Drennan Green) 18

UMass 6


Army comes into the 2018 season facing high expectations and they did not disappoint in their first contest.  The Black Knights’ two runs of goals—7 straight in the middle of the game, 5 straight at the end—were the keys to the game.


Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 14

Bryant 12


The Bison picked up their second win of the season in a game of back-and-forth runs.  Fortunately for Bucknell, their runs were a bit more frequent and more productive.  Sean scored three goals for Bucknell, and put eight of his thirteen shots (keep shooting!) on goal.  Jarett was 11 for 29 on faceoffs, collected five ground balls and took one shot.


Colgate (Griffin Brown) 18

Marist 12


Griffin Brown got his first two goals of the season as the Red Raiders opened their 2018 campaign with a win.  Colgate won despite drawing nine flags in the game, with four of those being for delay of game penalties against the same player!


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 8

Penn State 15


Hobart had a 7-6 advantage at the half, but the second half of the game belong to the Nittany Lions.  Penn State scored eight straight goals across the third and fourth quarters, keeping the Statesmen off the board until just over two minutes remained in the game.  Riley took one shot for Hobart.


Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Hunter Sells) 8

Duke 19


Duke, the virtual consensus #1 team to start the season had little trouble downing the Dolphins.  The homestanding Blue Devils raced to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.  Duke offset the Dolphin’s advantage at the faceoff X by forcing turnovers and winning ground ball battles.  Hunter played most of the second half in goal for Jacksonville, allowing seven goals on eleven shots.  He also gathered up four ground balls.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 14

Towson 6


The Blue Jays were up 5-0 after one period, and 11-2 at the half, making quick work of the Tigers.


Virginia (Ryan Pride) 13 2OT

Loyola 12


Down 8-3 early in the second half, UVA flipped the game on the visiting Greyhounds.  The ‘Hoos put together a 5-0 run in the third quarter to tie the game, then built a 12-9 lead in the fourth, only to see Loyola put up three straight to force overtime.  Defense outdid offense in a scoreless first overtime, but UVA won the faceoff in the second overtime and quickly converted the winning goal.




















(USILA Poll not available)


This Coming Week

There is one Bears vs. Bears contest this week as Cornell (Colton Rupp, Jack Bolen, Andrew Fowler) faces Colgate (Griffin Brown). In addition to this being Cornell’s first game of the 2018 season, this weekend also marks the start of the season for Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) and Saint Josephs (Thomas Halm).




The D-III season rolls out more slowly than D-I.  Teams in southern and mid-Atlantic states have begun play, while many schools in New England are not schedule to start until March.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 13

Lynchburg 9


Salisbury picked up their second win of the season, downing the always tough Lynchburg Hornets.  The Seagulls had a distinct advantage in shots in an otherwise even match.


Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman) 13

Sewanee 9


Driven by a 5-1 scoring advantage in the third quarter, Catholic got a season opening win over the Tigers in Charlottesville.


This Coming Week


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln), Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) and Washington College (Will Oliver) start their seasons this week.  We had missed Will and Washington in our preseason look, but with the addition of the Shoremen, the annual War at the Shore Game (Salisbury vs. Washington) becomes

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