BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols 03.27.2017

BLTF 032717

BEARS vs. BEARS

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 15

Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 6

 

Cornell picked up their first win of the season in this mid-week contest.  Colgate jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game, but the Big Red kicked it into gear and scored 5 straight to take a lead they would not surrender.  The end of that 5 goal run started a “Bear Sandwich” in which there were goals in succession by Colton, then Griffin, then Colton again.  Soon after that, Griffin assisted on a goal that pulled the Raiders within one, but another Big Red scoring wave, this time 8 unanswered goals, stretched into the fourth quarter and proved to be the difference.

 

Colton totaled three goals for Cornell with Marshall contributing 2 ground balls and a caused turnover. Jack took 2 shots on the day.  For the Raiders, Griffin had one goal and one assist as cited above, plus five ground balls.

 

Navy (Tom Evans) 11

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 6

 

In the week’s other Ivy vs. Patriot League/Bears vs. Bears match, the PL evened things up as Navy won each of the game’s four quarters to secure a non-conference win.  Landon again saw playing time for the Big Green.

 

Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 10

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 9

 

Cornell fell to 0-2 in conference play while Penn was able to move up to 1-1.  With 10 minutes left in the game, Cornell was up two.  However, the Quakers scored the last 3 of the game to get the win.  Cornell won the last faceoff of the game and got off a couple of shots in the last two minutes, but could not convert.

 

Although the Landon men at Cornell were kept off the score board, they recorded 8 ground balls between them, accounting for 25% of all of Big Red’s ground ball production on the day.

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 18 OT

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 17

 

You may have noticed that UVA games are rather high-scoring affairs this year.  The new coaching staff imported from Brown has definitely changed the pace and character of the Wahoos.  This game unfolded as a bit of a mirror image of the UVA-Cornell bout of a few weeks ago.  UVA led early in the game, stretching their lead to 5 goals with just under 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter.  Then things started to click for the Blue Jays who went on a 9-1 run that gave them a 3-goal lead with just over 2 minutes remaining in the contest.  Virginia stormed back, scoring 3 goals in 1:40 of game time to force overtime.  In overtime, UVA won the faceoff, but turned the ball over, which ultimately led to the Blue Jays’ winning goal.

 

Jason was 12 of 24 on faceoffs and both Jack and Michael saw playing time for the ‘Hoos.  For Jack this was his first action of the year after having been sidelined with an Achilles injury.

 

OTHER GAMES

 

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 8

Villanova 13

 

Villanova dominated scoring in the first half of the contest then split goals with the Bison in the second to pick up the win.  Sean got 2 goals on 8 shots while Jarett was 11-for-23 on faceoffs with 6 ground balls.

 

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 9 2OT

Loyola 8

 

The Bison picked up a huge Patriot League win over the Greyhounds.  Since coming to the PL, Loyola has been the top team in the league.  The win keeps the Bison in picture for the conference’s tournament.

 

Sean scored once on 11 shots (Keep Shooting!) with his goal putting the Bison up 8-7 late in the fourth quarter.  Loyola was able to knot if up at 8 with two minutes remaining.  Each team had opportunities in the first overtime period, with Sean’s shot for Bucknell going wide.  The Bison won the second half faceoff and were working the ball in when Loyola forced a turnover.  The Bison offense quickly rode that turnover back in their favor and moved the ball quickly to the crease for the game winner.

 

Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 8

Penn State 15

 

Cleveland State’s first season has been marked by one-sided losses against some tough D-I competition.  With a virtually all freshman roster, the Vikings have seen more than their share of final scores of many to few.  Justin has appeared in 8 of the team’s 10 games so far, gaining valuable experience under intense fire.

 

Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunigan) 8

Army 10

 

Army won the fourth quarter in a closely contested game.  Colgate led 3-2 at the end of the first period as Robby Dunigan’s timely assist led to a goal just ahead of the buzzer.  The Raiders had a three goal lead midway through the second period when Griffin scored, but Army shut them down for 27 minutes, during which the Black Knights scored 5 goals to take the lead.  Colgate battled back, taking the lead back after scoring two straight, only to see Army close out the game with a three goal run.  Griffin registered 3 points in the contest with 2 goals and an assist.

 

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 7

Harvard 14

 

The Big Green opened their Ivy conference play with a loss to the Crimson

 

Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 7

Sacred Heart 8

 

It all came down to the fourth quarter and Sacred Heart pitched a 1-0 shutout in the final period, saving all three of Hobart’s shots on goal and taking advantage of six Hobart turnovers in the quarter.

 

Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 9 OT

Air Force 10

 

Jacksonville remains winless for 2017 with outcomes either being one goal losses or outright thumpings.  The Dolphins rode a 4-0 second quarter to a 7-3 halftime advantage.  Unfortunately, Air Force matched that in the third quarter and the game was tied heading into the fourth.  Each team posted a pair of goals and so it was time for overtime.  Air Force, which had the advantage on faceoffs so far in the game, won the overtime faceoff and maintained possession until they capitalized with just 7 seconds left.  Andrew Mitchell had one ground ball for Jacksonville.

 

Navy (Tom Evans) 14

Lehigh 9

 

Navy picked up their second win of the week and a Patriot League conference win at that.  David Little broke a 74-year old Navy scoring record by 9 goals in the game, an amazing accomplishment considering he took only 9 shots on the day.  The win raises Navy to 2-3 in conference and keeps them in the mix for a spot in the Patriot League tournament.

 

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 13

Yale 16

 

Princeton’s strong offensive output continued, but Yale was ready.  Yale scored 5 goals in an 8 minute stretch of the third quarter to take control of what had been an even contest up to that point.  Despite giving up 16 goals, Princeton’s goalie had a strong outing, stopping 18 of the 34 shots that the Eli put on the cage.

 

D-I POLLS

 

The topsy-turvy year continues with wide some wide disagreement among the polls, particularly with respect to the last 5 slots of these top 20’s.  Quint’s a bit of an outlier on some of his rankings, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

 

 

 

 

 

THIS COMING WEEK, BEARS VS. BEARS

  • Dartmouth @ Cornell

 

D-III

 

BEARS VS BEARS

 

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 25

Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 3

 

There is a huge disparity between the top and the bottom of D-III and within the Capital Conference.  Brian Menendez scooped up one ground ball for the Gulls.

 

OTHER GAMES

 

Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 9

Frostburg State 11

 

The Saints have just two wins on the year, but, as with this game, they have been close and competitive in many of those contests.

 

Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 11

Kenyon 9

 

The Battling Bishops continue to post in-conference wins after suffering through early season losses to some of the top teams in D-III.  Now 2-0 in North Coast play, OWU has one out-of-conference game left and the big tilt left on their schedule is an Easter Sunday match against Denison.

 

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 27

Southern Virginia 7

 

The Gulls overwhelm another Capital Conference foe.

 

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 15

Roanoke 10

 

Salisbury easily handled a top 20 opponent with the score made to look close by Roanoke scoring 5 of the game’s final 6 goals.

 

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 9

Tufts 22

 

Eleven straight goals by Tufts, consuming all of the second quarter and continuing through the first half of the third quarter, determined the outcome in this NESCAC battle.

 

D-III POLL

 

Salisbury is the unanimous #1 in the USILA D-III poll this week, with Ohio Wesleyan getting some votes, but not enough to crack the top 20.

 

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Abbreviated Sunday Edition of BearSportsNews 3/26/2017

Landon Baseball 7 Paramus 7

The game ended 7 – 7 today after Paramus tied it up in the bottom of the seventh. They were the home team and made the call after we got the third out. It was 5 – 4 to Paramus through two innings and then it turned into a pitcher’s duel. Paramus rotated a few pitchers through and Jake Davidson came on in the third and threw five innings of quality work for us. Really good outing for Jake.

Randy Bednar led all hitters with a 4 for 4 performance, coming only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. His work on the basepaths made a big difference today. Jed Rosenberg gave us a quality AB with his first varsity hit in the seventh, with two outs, that gave us a two run lead for the time being. Will O’Shea and Drew Whalen also added two hits each.

WRESTLING

Congratulations to Carter Johnson, Brendon and Brett Gallagher for being voted as next year’s team captains! It should be a special year.

GOLF

Landon: 186

Spaulding: 227

Landon:

Katz 36

Muller 37

Gibson 37

Samit 38

Shaw 38

Total 186

Jarrett 38

King 38

Nottingham 43

Lacrosse

#11/5 Landon lacrosse 11 #5/11 Brunswick 6 (both Bears) https://bearsportsnews.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/landon-lacrosse-11-brunswick-6/

Sorry for the brevity, but my son’s house in CT has limited WiFi. Catch up next week.

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Landon Lacrosse 11 Brunswick 6

 

 

 

This matchup of two Bears was also a game against two highly rated teams (depending on which poll you read, the two teams were ranked as high as #5 but no lower than #11). The ‘Wick roster included 17 recruits of big time programs. The ursine testosterone in the air at Bordley Stadium would have terrified any animal traveling near the assembled brown/yellow and brown/orange lacrosse players. To add to the atmosphere, the game was televised and well attended by both sides’ parents. Through 3 quarters, the competition was intense and the score close. Ultimately the MD Bears separated from the CT Bears.

 

For the 4th consecutive game, the opponent scored 1st. A visitor attackman shot and scored at 8:03. The CT netminder was stopping everything shot by the MD players. The scoreboard numbers were equalized based on a sudden play– a ground ball and a great pass by Joey Epstein to Will Oliver for Landon’s 1st goal 2:49.

The Brunswick Bears had a number of big middies and quick attackmen. The Landon Bears close D (Andrew Fowler, Drew Wellington, Cam James, and Carter Johnson), LSM (Brendan Gallagher and Mo Sillah) , multiple two-way middies, and G Shane Corcoran frustrated the visitors’ O. As a ‘Wick middie would get an edge or a Brown-jerseyed attackman would arrive at GLE, a MD Bear would quickly slide to deny the advantage and rotate behind to protect against the anticipated pass.

END OF 1ST Q MD BEARS 1 CT BEARS 1

The same Brunswick A tallied initial goal of this period and he did at the beginning of the 1st at 6:59.

With a call from the sidelines of Paul VI, the CT Bears switched into a zone defense daring Landon to shoot outside the visitors’ swarming sticks. The home team responded with an offense designed to crack the ‘Wick Zone.

Zach Johnson threaded a pass through the active D sticks and connected with Evan Schwartz who was crushed, but as he hit the turf, the Freshman back-handed the ball into the CT net. Soon afterwards, the MD Bears forced a turnover and Drew Wellington flew down the field. He saw Jace “Desi” Menendez, got him the ball and @ 3:13 deposited goal #3.

HALFTIME MD BEARS 3 CT BEARS 2

After the break, the ‘Wick zone required precise passes and quick releases by the shooters; the CT D were good at covering space and intercepting lazy passes. Nate Buller, who was being “faced” by an athletic middie, lasered the ball to Will Oliver (oddly there are 6 “Will’s” on the Landon roster) who buried it past the CT netminder @6:36.

The visitors did not back down and tied the score with goals at 5:50 and 4:10.

Nate again demonstrated his ability to pass and moved the ball cross the crease where Joey faked and shot for the go-ahead score @3:35

END OF 3RD Q MD BEARS 5 CT BEARS 4

The dominance of Justin Shockey (18/20 at the X) started to wear down the ‘Wick team.

His wins (with the help of his wing men John Geppert and Andrew) were the predicates to +2 on the BD Bear side of the scoreboard. First, @10:15 Garrett Kurtz received the ball and connected with Zach Johnson for a goal. After FOGO island captured possession again , the spheroid moved from Nate to John, who cranked it past the Brunswick G @9:22.

The Brown/Yellow Bears earned their 5th goal at 8:03.

 

 

 

 

 

The Brown/White/Orange Bears responded

  • @6:43 Joey to John G another monster shot
  • @6:25 Joey unassisted after an exceptional dodge

[yes, that’s 0:18 between goals; guess how the Bears got the ball that fast?]

  • @2:47 Will “OMC” Powell used his speed to get a shot

The CT Bears scored at 0:49.1and @0:46 the X man, Justin, fed Joey for the 11th MD Bear goal [yes, that 0:03.1 between the two goals].

 

FINAL SCORE MD BEARS 11 CT BEARS 6

 

All phases of the Landon team played well—D, the net play, LSMs, two-way middies, transition (D to O and O back to D), midfield play (6 goals), attack (5goals/6assists/ball movement) and total control of the X. Brunswick is expected to replicate if not improve upon its 2016 15-3 record and to win the Western New England Division 1 Lacrosse Standings.

 

Khari Baten “That’s a Bear” Award

The collective Landon Defense

Fogo Island Justin Shockey 18/20, 10 GBs, 1 goal

John Geppert 2 Gs

Will Powell 1G, 3 OMCs

Will Oliver 2 Gs

Joey Epstein 2Gs, 2As

A total  team effort

 

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Landon lacrosse 15 St. Mary’s Annapolis 7

Averaging 10+ goals per game, the 2015 MIAA champions, led by a stud goalie (recruit for #3 PSU) arrived ready for the annual test between the MIAA-A and IAC conferences. The game was a déjà vu of the last visit of the Annapolis to Bethesda. Coach Bordley was able to give playing time to almost every Bear on the active roster. The home team left the field having more than met the SMS challenge. Onto Friday and the Bears of Brunswick.

As with all 2017 games so far, the opponents scored first with a tally at 6:49.

Nate Buller scored his first of 6 goals with a nice sweep, separating form his D and freeing his hands @ 5:11. The home team beat the SMS goalie again by Will Oliver flying past the Saint midfielder, drawing a slide and then passing to Nate, who got his 2nd goal @ 4:21.

The Coach Healy offense (if you haven’t watched his instructive Hudl videos, you should; see your son) clicked again @3:25; this time the sweep freed John Geppert’s hands and he beat the visiting netminder for Bears’ goal # 3.  John’s shot was taken from almost exactly the same place as Griffin Brown (now at the ‘Gate) scored 6 goals against his grandfather’s alma mater in 2015.

The attack continued with FOGO Island (a/k/a Justin Shockey) dominance (17 of 19 for the game) who earned a hockey assist followed by a quick pass to Joey Epstein who found Nate and the result was another goal @5:28. To put a period on the period, Joey smoked his long pole and came to the crease to deposit goal #5 @ 2:58

END OF 1ST PERIOD BEARS 5 SAINTS 1

SMS Coach Lily fired up his Saints and They scored again at 8:17.

The Nate to Joey combination accounted for the next Bear goal @7:40.

Leo Maldonado showed some moves in the midfield and scored @0:47.2.

HALFTIME BEARS 7 SAINTS 2

The 3rd period began with 3 successive goals, all preceded by Justin’s F/O dominance. The 1st moved to Joey who beat the visitor goalie @ 11:19 (0:41 expired). Virtually the same transition from the midfield X resulted in Bear goal #9 by Landon’s #8 only 0:19 later (@11:00).

The next battle at FOGO island resulted in Justin possessing the ball again, sprinting the SMS nets and shooting the ball into the back of the Saints net @10:52.

The tenacious visitors responded with three consecutive scores (at 10:36, 4:03 and 3:02).

The home Bears replied with 3 tallies in the last two minutes of the 3rd period. A pass from Nate to Joey, who backhanded a shot as he fell to the ground @1:29. Nate beat the SMS goalie next for Bears’ goal #12. An EMO opportunity saw Zach pass the ball to John who fired from the Griffin Brown 6G spot for a goal @1:13.

END OF 3rd PERIOD BEARS 13 SAINTS 5

The last period was an opportunity for the Bears’ extended roster to get some experience. The Saints got two goals (at 4:41 EMO and at 4:22), but Miles Tonkel showed his distribution talents feeding T Halm for goal @3:36 (EMO) and then to Leo Maldonado 2:36.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 15 SAINTS 7

EXPLANATION OF THE KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD

One of the parents asked me to repeat the origin and the purpose of the KB award. The selection of an individual for the KB award is meant to identify someone whose team play (not necessarily individual statistics) reflect the level of effort which Khari exhibited in his careers at Landon, at Williams and as a coach at several schools in Philadelphia, PA.  Khari was a member of the Landon class of 1990 , during his Bear career he was a major contributor to the football and lacrosse teams. He went to Williams College, studied history and was a fouryear member of the Ephmen Football team. Upon graduation, Khari joined the Landon faculty where he was a respected member of the football and lacrosse coach staffs from 1994 to 1996. 

Those honored for the SMS game (in numerical order):

·        Nate Buller

·        Paul Kern (66% save percentage)

·        Justin Shockey

BEAT THE BEARS OF BRUNSWICK FRIDAY 3/24 @ 4pm

 

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Landon lacrosse 15 St. Mary’s 7

More later in the blog.

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BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

BLTF 032017

 

This weekend marked the mid-point in the 2017 season and half a year’s play has only served to raise more questions that it has answered.  Mr. Sorkin would gladly tell you that if A>B and B>C, then A>C.  Results year-to-date are not subject to the transitive rule.

The second half of the season will feature more conference play with teams aiming to get favorable seeding in their conference’s tournament.  With only 5 teams, the ACC doesn’t have an automatic qualifying slot for the NCAA tournament.  In past years that has not been a problem, with all members frequently making the field.  A surging Big 10, in which perennial powers Maryland and Johns Hopkins have the worst records heading into conference play, is making a strong case to claim a good number of those at-large spots.  In the Ivy League, a resurgent Princeton team looks to shake things up and, after multiple losses to graduation, the loss of all the coaching staff, and early season losses, Brown looks to have come around to being as potent as ever.

BEARS vs. BEARS

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 17

Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco) 8

 

Princeton’s attack unit stepped on the gas early and the Tigers led 8-1 midway through the second period.  The teams were even in most statistical categories, with the Tigers’ advantage in shooting accuracy and goalie play compounding to produce the large margin of victory.

 

OTHER GAMES

 

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 12

Boston U. 6

 

Bucknell has suffered some early season losses and Boston U has posted some impressive wins. Patriot League play has been underway for some time now, given the large number of teams in the conference.  Coming into this game, the Bison were winless 0-3 in conference play, while BU was 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League play.

Bucknell scored 8 unanswered goals and held BU scoreless for 34 minutes to turn a close game into a blowout.  Sean scored twice for Bucknell and Jarett was 10 for 19 on faceoffs with 4 ground balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarett,  Campbell Blue, Kyle Hartman and Sean

Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunigan) 7

Boston U. 18

 

Colgate scored first then Boston U scored 14 straight.  Griffin scored twice for the Raiders and Robby took 3 shots in the game.

 

Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunigan) 16

Siena 11

 

A 7-0 first quarter was all the cushion the Raiders needed.  Griffin scored twice for Colgate and is the team’s leading goal scorer this season.

 

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 8

Yale 17

 

The 2017 season continues to be a struggle for the Big Red. Yale’s efficient offense tested the Cornell defense and goalie, putting 30 of 38 shots on goal.  Both Colton and Jack scored for Cornell, their goals coming just 20 seconds apart, late in the third quarter.

 

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 6

North Carolina 17

 

Dartmouth matched the Tar Heels in the first quarter, but it was all Carolina after that.  Landon got a caused turnover for Big Green.

 

Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 18

Canisius 11

 

After a brief offensive slump, which saw the high-scoring Statesmen scored just 6 goals in each of three consecutive losses, Hobart’s scoring machine got back in gear.

 

Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 17

Wagner 5

 

Hobart wins its Northeast Conference opener.

 

Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 6

Duke 13

 

Jacksonville had great performances at the bookends—face-offs and goalie play—but lost out on every other statistical category in another one-sided loss.  Andrew had on ground ball in the game.

 

Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zac Buller) 6

Richmond 13

 

Richmond threw a 7-0 shutout in the first half and the team’s matched scored in the second half.  Andrew had two ground balls for the Dolphins.

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 7 OT

Syracuse 8

 

This game started off on an odd footing.  Pre-game chippiness between the teams led to 5 on 5 play for the first minute of the game as the refs assessed one minute unsportsmanlike penalties for both teams.  Hopkins scored three straight goals in fourth period to flip a two goal disadvantage into a one goal lead.  An apparent fourth straight goal for the Blue Jays was wiped out by a crease violation call, turning the ball over to the Orange.   Syracuse scored with 34 seconds left, then won the overtime faceoff and got the win on their second shot of OT.

 

Navy (Tom Evans) 7

Loyola 18

 

Navy dropped to 1-3 in Patriot League play while Loyola improved their conference record to 3-0, tying them with Army.

 

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 11

Rutgers 16

 

Rutgers took back the Tots Meistrell Cup for the first time since 2005.  The game story on the Tiger’s website described game conditions best:

 

“It’s not often that you see a college lacrosse game where the combined goal total is higher than the temperature.

 

For that matter, it’s also a rarity when the combined first quarter goals is higher than the wind chill.

 

On a frozen night in Piscataway, here were the numbers:

  • Combined goals – 27
  • Temperature at game time – 24
  • Goals in the first quarter – seven
  • Wind chill at game time – four”

 

Princeton trailed throughout much of the contest, but pulled within in 1 early in the fourth quarter.  Rutgers dominated from there on out, scoring 5 of the game’s final 6 goals.

 

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 10 OT

Notre Dame 11

 

The one thing the weatherman got right this week was the rain forecast for Charlottesville.  A severe weather delay halted the game late in the first quarter.  Notre Dame came out of the delay and built a 7-4 lead at the half.  Equally strong play by UVA in the third quarter gave UVA a 9-8 advantage heading into the fourth.  The Irish won the fourth 2-1 to force overtime.  UVA had chances, but suffered 2 turnovers in OT, the second one leading to a transition goal that gave Notre Dame the win.  The combination of rain and aggressive defensive play led to a sloppy game with each team committing 18 turnovers and a total of 84 ground balls.

 

Jason was 12 for 19 at the faceoff X and registered 2 ground balls.  Michael Rhoads saw time on defense.

 

D-I POLLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS COMING WEEK, BEARS VS. BEARS

  • Colgate @ Cornell
  • Dartmouth @ Navy
  • Penn @ Cornell
  • Virginia @ Johns Hopkins

 

D-III

 

Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 7

Shenandoah 10

 

Down 6-3 at the half, the Saints staged a comeback in the third quarter to tie the game up at 6.  Unfortunately, Shenandoah enjoyed a 4-1 scoring advantage thereafter.

 

Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 3

Christopher Newport 17

 

Christopher Newport threw a 9-0 shutout in the second half of the game.

 

Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 21

Oberlin 6

 

Ohio Wesleyan opened their 2017 North Coast Conference campaign with a win.  Tyler scooped up on ground ball for the Battlin’ Bishops.  OWU’s nine goal run that started in the second quarter and lasted well into the third determined the outcome.

 

OWU had been scheduled to play Catholic U. in Washington, DC this past week, but the game was postponed due to our winter storm.  The game has not yet been rescheduled by the schools.

 

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 17

Mary Washington 5

 

With 10 minutes left in the second period, Mary Washington was up 3-1, then Salisbury unloaded the offense, scoring 10 consecutive goals in 17 minutes of game time across the second and third quarters.  Salisbury played 49 players in the game, including Brian.

 

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 7

Bates 14

 

Bates’ 5 goal first and third quarters proved to be too much for the Bantams to overcome.

 

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Emmanuel 6

 

Trinity scored 5 straight in the last 8 minutes of the third quarter to blow open at game that had been tied at 6 all prior to the run.

 

D-III POLL

 

Salisbury is ranked #1 in the USILA D-III poll again this week, with Ohio Wesleyan getting some votes, but not enough to crack the top 20.

 

THIS COMING WEEK

 

Our second D-III Bears vs. Bears contest this year takes place on Wednesday as Marymount travels to Salisbury.

 

 

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BEARSPORTSNEWS SUNDAY EDITION 03.19.17

 

 

 

 

Winter sent a late season reminder of what snow is, but some of the Bears were able to claw their way out.

HEADLINES:

 

  • All but baseball and lacrosse were snowed out, but both teams won
  • A Bear wins a Silver Medal in National AAU 1,500m race!!!

 

 

 

  • Publication Notice

INSIDE THE WHITE ROCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Sports

 

Baseball

Coach Bednar’s 9 beat Maret 8-2 in their opening game

Golf

Coach Duquette’s team matches against Bishop Ireton and Bishop Spalding snowed out.

 

Lacrosse

 

Snow caused the Gonzaga game to be postponed to Sunday April at @ I St.

 

The team played the perennial Tennessee powerhouse, with a roster of recruits and undefeated. The Bears prevailed over McCallie 17-9 with 13 of the home team’s players in the scorebook (G’s and A’s)

 

Rugby

 

Coach France’s squad starts officially on 3/20 vs. The Heights. Postponed due to snow.

 

 

Tennis

 

Snow makes it hard to see the white lines; so the matches were postponed or cancelled.

 

Track

 

Coach Hunt’s runners were snowed out outdoors, but the promise of LUKE MICALE, who won the AAU Silver Medal 1500 m, is BRIGHT. This young man will make Coach Reed happy, too, Luke appears to be a really good midfielder!!!

 

 

 

 

 

BEAR TRAX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Sports

 

Hockey

 

 

Pro

Sam Anas (L11), Iowa Wild (29-24-6-2), AHL, played in 52 games, 11 G 12A. he is now tied #4 in points for the Wild.

 

 

MNDT

Patrick Giles (L18), US Men’s National Development team (20-28-1-2) The team has 6 games on its schedule.  Pat has played in all 51 games with 7G. 11A.

 

 

 

NA3HL

Alex Norwinski (L15), College Station Spirit (6-36-2-1) NA3HL, SEASON COMPLETE Defenseman played in 47 games, 4 Goal, 10 assists.

 

Trevor Wolf (L15), College Station Spirit (6-36-2-1), SEASON COMPLETE Defenseman, 34 games played 3G 8A,

 

club

 

Hoops

 

College

 

Christian Webster (L09) Va Tech Hokies (22-11) lost in 1st round of NCAA Quarterfinals to Wisconsin.

 

Joe McDonald (L12) GWU Colonials, (20-14), in NIT beat Toledo and plays UIC in Chicago next.  Director of Player Development.

 

Pro

Darion Atkins (L11) Hapoel Unet Holon (14-7); 21 GP, 14.8 pts, 9.1 reb, 0.6 stl, 0.8 assists.

 

 

Danny Rubin (L10), Bnei Herzliya (13-8) 28 GP, 15.6 min.  4.8 pts, 1.9 reb., 0.9 assist, 0.8 steals

 

Spring Sports

 

Diamond Trax

 

Matthew Brady, (2016) Carleton College Knights (3-2) beat Loras College.

Patrick Lightner, (2016) Marist College Red Foxes (7-6) 2 GP 2GS .200 BA beat VCU and Patrick was brought in as a PH late in a close game.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College Scots (8-5) pitcher, 6 innings pitched

Spencer Abraham (2015) , Claremont McKenna College Stags (8-8)  1GP

 

Golf Trax

 

Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College just finishing Spring Break

 

Bear Track Trax    Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats,

  There will be no BSN SE next Sunday, 3/26/17; the editor/writer will be in NYC, being taken to Hamilton by his grandson as a 70th Birthday gift

 

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Landon Lacrosse 17 McCallie 9

On its annual trip north, the McCallie School Blue Tornado came to Landon to gauge their program’s growth with a contest with the Bears. The traditional Tennessee powerhouse is ranked #10 in the Southeast, is undefeated and has a roster which includes highly recruited players headed to Drexel, Hofstra and Princeton. While the Bears’ team includes played from DC, MD, VA and OR, the visitors count most of the Southeast states as homes for their boarding students. The 2017 season began with a13-3 win over the state’s lax champs for the last few years.

Triplett Field at Bordley Stadium looked like one of the bowls at Wisp Ski in mid-January. The field held a nice 4” blanket of snow over the 6,600 square yards and the stands contained enough frozen H20 to make a good sized Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome. The Landon maintenance team attacked those obstructions to play on the field and observation from the benches with a furry. Both the surface and the sitting areas were perfectly prepared for their intended purposes on March 17.

Those expectations translated to a very nice goal by one of their athletic middies who hit the lower corner of the home goal at 7:43 from about 12 yards.

 

The Lord of Fogo Island took over at X and through Justin Shockey, Landon controlled the ball. Successive possessions resulted in the following sequence:

 

­Goal                    Assist                 Time

Buller                   ——-                    5:50

Oliver                   Geppert               5:30

Buller                   Epstein                5:11

Buller                   ——                      3:20

This string was interrupted when Justin was called for a violation and the Blue Tornado scored at 2:45.

The Landon O again attacked the McCallie cage:

­Goal                    Assist                 Time

Shockey    ——-                    2:37 off a fastbreak  F/O win (thus not a FOGO)

Buller          ——-                     1:30

 

END OF 1ST Q              BEARS 6            BLUE TORNADO 2

The McCallie Coach reinvigorated his team at the break and his team scored at 11:20. That attack inspired a series of Landon goals:

 

­Goal                    Assist                 Time

Epstein                Buller                   10:15

Halm                    Epstein                9:57

Sentimore           Shockey              9:20

Schwarz              Sentimore           8:53

Camalier             ——                      3:29 (season shooting = 100%)

Epstein                ——                      1:03

 

The Blue Tornado answered with its 4th goal at 0:26.0

HALFTIME                   BEARS 12          BLUE TORNADO 4

During the 3rd Quarter, Joey Epstein earned a goal unassisted @ 10:00 and soon thereafter (@7:55) he fed the ball to Will “OMC” Powell for the team’s 14th goal.

The future Bear talent flooded the field for the remainder of the match. The youngsters were particularly effective against the athletic McCallie team’s O. The Bear D shut out the visitors from 11:20 of period #2 until 1:39 of the penultimate period.

END OF 3RD Q    BEARS 12          BLUE TORNADO 5

During the last period, Miles Tonkel fed Gilbert Sentimore @ 9:11 for goal 15 and then Thomas Halm assisted on a goal by OMC @ 7:42.

 

The visitors incited their own offensive run with goals at 5:30,3:40, 2:43 and 2:19.

To bring an end to the battle between the Free State and the Volunteer State, Colby Camalier found Charles Nagel for the last goal @ 0:59.

 

FINAL SCORE BEARS 17 BLUE TORNADO 9

 

KHARI BATEN AWARD

 

This was a team win; so, the list is long (in numerical order):

Joey Epstein

Nate Buller

Justin Shockey

Cam James

Drew P. Wellington[1]

 

[1] Middle initials are not usually used in Bear Sports News; can anyone guess why the Pea?

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Landon lacrosse 17 McCallie 9

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