BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 05.20.18

BearSportsNews  Sunday Edition 05.20.2018

Beach Week Coming
















  • Inside the White Rocks
    • Spring Sports
      • Golf earns 3rd at Metro’s
  • Bear Tracks
  • Winter Sports:
    • Darion is off to the playoffs
  • Spring Sports:
    • Baseball 6 Bears playing -all but one season complete; one career complete
    • Golf 1 Bears playing in NCAA’s
    • Lacrosse 24 Bears playing -2019 grads (minuses), PG (5th year), Transfer, riding SOs. JRs









Spring Sports

  • Varsity Baseball – (7-7; 4-5 IAC)
  • Varsity Golf (8-2) 8-2 (4-1 in IAC); 2nd place IAC Tourney; 2nd place Freeman Memorial Tourney at Bear Trap Dunes, 3rd place Washington Metropolitan Championships.

From Coach Luther, whose frequent and thoughtful reports deserve a Bear award







The Varsity Golf Team has just returned from the day-long tourney at the Washington Metropolitan Championships, played at PB Dye Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD.  Funny thing about Ijamsville: if you bring enough rain gear, umbrellas, extra towels, change of clothes, and you spend three total hours over the course of three days as a group of coaches deliberating what happens in the event of a storm-shortened match as well as the best format to use to start the match, Ijamsville ends up being sunny and hot the whole day, with a pretty refreshing wind too.  As soon as we got through the tourney though, the skies turned purple and, like the Garth Brooks song, “The Thunder Rolled.”

The Metro Championship pitted the top two Catholic League Teams, defending champs and overwhelming favorite Gonzaga, and Bishop O’Connell who had a very strong season and lost only to Gonzaga, against the top two IAC teams, Prep and your Landon Bears.  Prep and Gonzaga were both undefeated going into today’s match.  The Eagles came out of the gate blazing – their number 1 and number 6 players (a freshman who was by far the longest hitter in the tourney) were both 5 under par through 7 and 9 holes respectively, and their number 2 player was 2 under par through 7 holes. Gonzaga’s #1 reached 5 under par by birdieing 5 consecutive holes.  It looked like they were going to run away with the cup, as many expected.  but then the back nine happened, and they came back down to earth, the number one shooting +5 on the back for a 72, good enough to be the medalist, but certainly looking like he would threaten the Metro championship scoring second.  Their number two player shot 3 over on the back nine for a 73, second lowest score of the tourney.  And their freshman bomber really unraveled and shot 12 over par on the back nine to shoot 79, in one of the strangest front 9-back 9 combos I have ever seen.  Gonzaga finished the day still shooting an impressive score of 383.  But Prep was just steady all-day long.  Not too many birdies, not too many bogeys.  and 74-75-75-75-78-80.  Ho-Hum!  But they won the whole thing by 10 strokes.  In all seriousness, they played an incredible match and found a way to get it done by just being solid.  You gotta tip the cap to them.

Like Gonzaga, most of the Landon Bears found the back nine to be really tough.  We just didn’t have the advantage of -5 cushions before the scores started slipping.  Johnny Muller, even par through 8 holes, finished +12 for the day.  Jonathan Caplan, +4 after 9, added another +10 to finish with an 86.  Stuart Powell shot an 88 with a +6 at the turn and +10 on the back.  West Shaw struggled early but actually had a strong stretch to finish his high school career, shooting an 84.  Peter King did not differentiate which 9 was tougher, and had a 46-45, 91 finish.  Our freshman sensation, Charlie Bundy was today’s bright spot for the Bears.  After a start similar to many of his teammates, 3 putt bogeys on his first two holes, Charlie settled down and played the next 16 holes in one over par, and shot a 75 which was good for a tie for 4th place for the individuals.  Team score of 417 for Landon.


But the Bears found the silver lining.  Today, we wanted to honor the request of one of our biggest fans, Landon alumnus, Michael Connolly, who keeps it real simple for me to relay to our team when he tells me, “Beat Prep. Beat Gonzaga!”   A tall order the way they played.  But the Bears ended up on the Podium, beating O’Connell by 14 strokes to come away with Bronze.  Our guys are excited for a summer of tourneys and are already planning their team practice regimen, weight training, cardio, and prayer rituals for next season.  They are pumped.

`And speaking of fans, a huge shout out to Mrs. Shaw, Mr. & Mrs. Powell, and Mr. Bundy, who came out to cheer on their sons.  And another huge shout out to our alums who spent the day helping the team, Morgan Egloff (’16) joined Jeff Samit, John Kalavritinos, Cole Gibson, and Jack Jarrett (’17), and they all did their best to try and help the Bears stay calm and focused during their challenging holes today.  Thanks to each of you guys for your loyalty and support for your old teammates!








Professional Football

  • Terrence Fullum (L14) Sioux City Bandits Champions Indoor Football (5-1) web site not up to date.

Winter Sports

Darion Atkins, 21 points to 10 of 14 shots, his record in the French league, 6 rebounds and 24 evaluation, had made a copy more than clean. But it’s mainly the collective performance that seduced him: “Our defense has grown in strength for six games and tonight is a great victory. We will play Nanterre in the first round of the playoffs and it will not be easy. We will have to play the same way as tonight, as a team. Advances in defense? The coach sticks to the buttocks every day in training, every minute. It will be necessary to make a special preparation because their game is specific, with their propensity to shoot at three points. We had done well before the semi-finals of the Coupe de France and it had paid off.


  • Baseball (6)
    • Randy Bednar Jr., (L17) University of Maryland Terps, 24-29 RB: hitting .205, 30 hits, 14 rbi’s, 12 runs, 5 hr’s, 988% fielding
    • Drew Whalen, (L17) Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears 27-22; season ended
    • Matthew Brady, (L16) Carleton College Knights (10-21) season ended
    • Patrick Lightner, (L16) Marist College Red Foxes (26-21); PL: GS 32; BA .137, 3 RBIs ; .941 fielding season ended
    • Spencer Abraham (L15), Claremont McKenna College Stags (18-22) SA: 5 GP season ended
    • Sean P. O’Brien (L14), Macalester College Scots (21-17) SO: 2 IP, 1-0; Career 3-3, 16 appearances; season ended
  • Golf (4)
    • John Kalavritinos, (L17) Bucknell University (0-0) JK:
    • Evan Katz, (L17) Duke University, 2nd in regionals EK: Freshman Evan Katzconcluded his week with a five-over 76 that featured a birdie on 17. He would finish his first-ever regional tournament at four-over; off to 3rd consecutive NCAA Championship i May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
    • Mike Blasey, (L15), Davidson College –at the NCAA Regionals MB had a 71 on the last round but his Wildcats were 25th at the Raleigh regional. Not off to Stillwater. season ended

o   Morgan Egloff, (L15). Rollins Tars, ME : season ended.

  • Lacrosse (24)– BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols May15,2018 next year after 4 L’14 college grads heading off to the real world, John will be tracking 1 L’14 transfer to grad school, 6 L’15, 5 L’16 ,2 L’17, 4L’17 transfers, 10 L’18 off to college

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BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols 05/15/2018

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In the first round of the NCAA D-I tournament, two of the eight seeded teams lost and three of the four teams featuring Landon alums on their rosters won.  Over the past ten years, on average two of the eight seeds lose in the first round and for that period there has not been an instance of all eight seeds winning in the first round.  As you may expect, the #8 and #7 seeds (both of which lost this year) have the worst record and #1 seeds have not lost in the first round in at least eleven years.  If you look back over the season’s polls, only once (April 16) did the USILA Coaches’ poll have all eight of the first-round winners ranked in the poll’s top eight.


First round results also set up a Bears vs. Bears match as #1 Maryland will play unseeded Cornell in the quarter final round.  That game will be played on this coming Sunday in Annapolis.  This is the first Bears vs. Bears game in the NCAA tournament since 2015.  In both 2013 and 2014 there were three such contests.  There is a chance for one more Bears vs. Bears game in D-I this season if Johns Hopkins beats Duke on Sunday.

















#1 Maryland (Justin Shockey)  14

Robert Morris 11


Robert Morris, which got to this game by winning a play in game on Wednesday, proved to be no push-over for the top seeded Maryland Terrapins.  With the growth of lacrosse nationwide, parity has improved and the top seeds can not rest on regular season laurels.  The Colonials were up early on the Terrapins, scoring four straight, dodging from behind the goal to get to the crease after Maryland recorded the first goal of the game.  Maryland found success in transitions in the first half but were still down three at the half. The Terrapins came out hard in the third quarter scoring four goals in five minutes to take a 7-6 lead.  Maryland incrementally stretched out that lead by not allowing the Colonials to string goals together while the Terrapins often scored in pairs.  The game was almost penalty-free with the Maryland being called for a cross-check with a minute and a half left in the game.  Robert Morris converted on the man-up opportunity for the game’s final goal.


Justin won six of ten faceoffs, took one shot and covered five ground balls for Maryland.  Next up for Maryland is Cornell on Sunday in Annapolis in a Bears vs. Bears contest.


#5 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 10 OT

Georgetown 9


Johns Hopkins last played Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA tournament.  Hopkins won that game and went on to win the NCAA title that year.  That game was also notable because it was a Bears vs. Bears game with Jake Byrne (Landon 2003) at attack for Hopkins and Jake Samperton (Landon 2005) at attack for Georgetown.


In this year’s match, the Blue Jays got an early jump on the Hoyas scoring the game’s first three goals.  After that, Georgetown took control of the game and outscored Hopkins 8-0 over the next 28 minutes.  But, the Jays were not done and, as they have several times this season, they mounted a steady second half comeback.  Kyle Marr, son of the Albany coach, was the hero in regulation for Hopkins, scoring all five of Hopkins’ goals down the stretch.  His fifth goal tied the game with a few ticks over four minutes remaining in regulation.  The ensuing faceoff was a nearly minute long grind by the two FOGOs with the Hoyas gaining possession.  Georgetown shot wide and JHU had the runout to gain possession back.  Hopkins had two scoring chances in the final seconds but were not able to put one away.


Overtime started with another FOGO grind, this one for just half of a minute, with the Hoyas ultimately winning possession on a violation.  The second of two Georgetown shots was blocked and possession went back to the Blue Jays.  After a timeout, Hopkins got the game winner as Shack Stanwick dodged to the crease and put away the game winner.


Sam had playing time for Hopkins as a short stick defender.


Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 10

Syracuse 9


This was the second meeting of these teams this year.  In early April, Cornell downed the Orange 13-8 in game in which they never trailed.  This game was more tightly contested.  Teams had attempted to throttle Cornell’s high-scoring offense by face guarding Cornell’s leading scorer, Jeff Teat, and forcing their Big Red to try to beat them five-on-five.  Syracuse adopted this approach and it was largely successful, but Cornell has had time to come to grips with this tactic.


There were three ties in the first quarter, then the Orange built a 6-3 advantage by putting home three goals in just in less than a minute and a half of game time.  After the teams swapped single scores, Big Red mounted a comeback over the closing minutes of the second quarter into the third.  With just under seven minutes left in the third, Cornell tied the game at seven.  The game would be tied at each integer thereafter until Colton Rupp put Cornell up 10-9 (GWG)with 5:35 left in regulation with a man-up goal.   Through the balance of regulation, the teams traded possessions with the goalies making saves.  Syracuse had the final possession, but their three shots were well wide of the goal and Cornell was able to hold on.  Colton had and goal and assist for Cornell and Jack had one ground ball.


Cornell will play #1 Maryland in our first NCAA tournament Bears vs. Bears game in Annapolis.


Virginia (Ryan Pride) 12

Loyola 14


Virginia and Loyola started the 2018 season against each other with a double overtime thriller.  UVA and Loyola have played their season openers against each other for the past five years with Virginia winning four of those five.  Virginia’s four wins have all been one-goal affairs and two were overtime games.  Loyola’s one win in that series was an 11-4 thumping.  The way this game started, it looked like a reprise of that Loyola thumping.  The Greyhounds used successive four- and five-goal runs to race out to a 10-3 lead late into the second quarter.  A pair of late goals by the ‘Hoos narrowed that margin at the half.


Those late scores by Virginia did not translate into momentum for the second half as Loyola was able to extend that five-goal lead out to seven by the end of the third quarter.  Virginia mounted a ferocious comeback, outscoring Loyola 6-1 in the final period.  The last of those goals came with just 14 seconds left in regulation and Loyola was able to run out the clock after that.


Loyola moves on to face #3 Yale on Saturday and the Virginia season comes to a close.  These two will see each other in next year’s season opener.






Saturday’s third round games (round of 16) saw all three teams that we follow win and advance.  This coming week, quarterfinal matches will be played on Wednesday at the sites of the higher seeded teams and then the D-III tournament semi-final games will be played on Saturday.  After the semi-finals, teams will be given a break from the weekend and weekday scheduling with the D-III championship game to be played in Boston on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague):


Third Round Game:  

Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague)  11

Denison 10


This marks the third time these teams have met this year.  The Battling Bishops won the regular season meeting at Denison then Denison won the NCAC tournament championship game at OWU.  This rematch was similarly back-and-forth.  If one team put together a run of two or three goals, the other answered back with the same.  Consequently, the game was tied often and in the balance into the fourth quarter. The trading of goals led to Denison taking a 10-9 lead after the Bishops and tied the game up with a goal that stopped a Denison run.  However, the Bishops had the game’s last run, scoring twice to flip the scoreboard in their favor.  Still, there were over seven minutes left in regulation.  Denison managed two possessions and five shots over the balance of the game, but one was saved and four were wide of the cage.


Next for the Battlin’ Bishops is a quarter-final match with one of the tournaments top seeds, Gettysburg, on Wednesday.


Salisbury (Brian Menendez):


Third Round Game:

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 12

Christopher Newport  11


This marks the third time these teams have met this year.  Salisbury won both contests, a 6-5 squeaker at CNU and a 14-3 blowout in the CAC tournament semi-finals.  Christopher Newport was ready for the challenge and up for revenge after the CAC tournament thrashing that Salisbury applied to them.  Salisbury, though, was not about to let Cristopher Newport stop them on their path to a third straight NCAA D-III title.  The Captains took command of the game in the first half putting together runs for four and five goals to jump out to a 9-3 lead at the half.  CNU scored first to open the second half, then the Seagulls took over.  Salisbury scored nine unanswered goals to take a two-goal lead with two and a half minutes left in regulation.  The Captains would get back to within one with a minute left, but turnovers, not shots and goals, consumed the balance of the game.


Salisbury hosts Dickinson College of the Centennial Conference on Wednesday in a quarter-final game.


Tufts (Luke Kurtz):


Third Round Game:

Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 18

Ithaca 11


Tufts last played Ithaca in the quarter-final round of the 2016 NCAA D-III tournament, trouncing them 19-7.


Tufts and Ithaca traded goals early on then the Jumbos took advantage of a two-minute non-releasable foul on Ithaca by scoring four man-up goals to build a five-goal lead.  That lead held up over the balance of the contest, except for one spell of 26 seconds in the fourth quarter when it was cut to four.  Luke saw field time in this third round game.


Tufts hosts Wesleyan in a quarterfinal game this week, a fellow NESCAC team that they have beaten twice this season.



Sean O’Brien—Bucknell

Lacrosse is not over for Sean.  He was drafted by the Dallas Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse and has been signed to the team’s 25 man roster.  He saw his first professional action this weekend and scored the first goal of his professional career.


Sean wrapped up his collegiate career at Bucknell with 99 career points on 87 goals and 12 assists over his four years for the Bison.  With his running mates Connor O’Hara (85 goals, 13 assists) and Will Sands (102 goals, 141 assists), Sean part of a potent three-man offense surge which propelled Bucknell into the national polls.


Jack Bolen—Cornell


With Cornell’s win over Syracuse, Jacks playing career at Cornell continues.  Over the past three seasons, Jack has played in all but two of Cornell’s games.  Jack scored eight goals and contributed one assist (so far!) with the lion’s share of that production coming during his sophomore season.


Riley McTague—Hobart


Riley has had limited playing time over the course of his career at Hobart, but has excelled in the classroom as a Northeast Conference Honor Roll honoree each of the last two years (2018 Spring has not yet been released) as an International Relations major.


Sam Lynch—Johns Hopkins


Sam appeared in 25 games for the Blue Jays a short stick defensive middie, over half of those appearances coming this season (with more yet to come).


New Coverage Next Season: Rising Freshmen and Changes


Jack Falk—Duke*  Jack played three years at Virginia and is now in grad school at Duke


Michael Abizaid—Utah*

Shane Corcoran—Navy

Cam James—Loyola*

Nate Buller—Penn State*


Joey Epstein-Johns Hopkins

Brendan Gallagher—Dartmouth

Brett Gallagher—Dartmouth

John Geppert—Maryland

Alexander Hagerup—Fairfield*

Zach Johnson—Michigan*

Jace Menendez—Salisbury

Gilbert Sentimore—Utah*

Mo Sillah—Towson*

Drew Wellington—Bucknell

*: new school coverage

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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 05.13.2018





















  • Winter Sports
    • Wrestling racks up more awards
  • Spring Sports
    • Tennis beats Prep to sweep regular season and tournament crowns 2 years in a row
    • Golf goes 8-2
    • Lacrosse fights to the IAC finals but loses to that school from Potomac in the finals
  • Bear Tracks
    • Winter Sports
      • One Bear earns his University’s leadership award
    • Spring Sports:
      • Baseball 6 Bears playing -all but two seasons complete; one career complete
      • Golf 4 Bears playing
      • Lacrosse 24 Bears playing








Winter Sports

  • Wrestling
    • recognized by the MSWA for their excellent work off the mats, as well as on the mats.  We all are very proud of their accomplishments.  MSWA All-Academic Team webpage
      • Brendon Gallagher 1st team
      • Jelani Machen 2nd team
      • Patrick Kielb Honorable Mention
      • Axel Giron Honorable Mention

Spring Sports

  • Varsity Golf (8-2) lost to Gilman School at Bethesda Country Club 196-193. Next up. May 12 Bear Trap Dunes – Freeman Invitational Memorial Tournament. Then Metro Golf Championship. PB Dye Golf Club May 15
  • Varsity Lacrosse- (12-6) beat SSSA in the 2nd round of the IACs LANDON LACROSSE 13 SSSA 11 but lost to Bullis in the last seconds of the finals- Landon Lacrosse 8 Bullis 9
  • Varsity Rugby – (4-3)
  • Varsity Tennis-(9-2) beat GP in the tournament finals, taking the IAC double (regular season and tournament) two years in a row. Landon scored victories in the top three singles flights (Sachin Das, Rodrigo Pedraza Garcia and Cyrus Rahbaran, respectively), No. 2 doubles (Syed Aal-e-Ali and Michael Mehlman) and No. 3 doubles (William McClure and Williams Sears)
















Professional Football

  • Terrence Fullum (L14) Sioux City Bandits Champions Indoor Football (5-1) web site not up to date.

Winter Sports

  • College Basketball
    • Aaron Byrd L 16 was awarded Augusta University’s Leadership Award
  • Pro Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League
    • Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (23-10). Beat LeMans 80-70 DA: 27:13 min, 11 points, 3 reb.
  • Ice Hockey
    • USHL Hockey
      • Patrick Giles (L*18) USNTDP U18 (39-17-0-1 in USHL); lost to Youngstown in 1st round 1-5


  • Baseball (6)
    • Randy Bednar Jr., (L17) University of Maryland Terps, 20-25 RB: hitting .191, 27 hits, 14 rbi’s, 10 runs, 5 hr’s, 988% fielding
    • Drew Whalen, (L17) Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears 27-22; season ended
    • Matthew Brady, (L16) Carleton College Knights (10-21) season ended
    • Patrick Lightner, (L16) Marist College Red Foxes (24-18); PL: GS 32; BA .281 15 RBIs ; .941 fielding
    • Spencer Abraham (L15), Claremont McKenna College Stags (18-22) SA: 5 GP season ended
    • Sean P. O’Brien (L14), Macalester College Scots (21-17) SO: 2 IP, 1-0; Career 3-3, 16 appearances; season ended
  • Golf (4)
    • John Kalavritinos, (L17) Bucknell University (0-0) JK:
    • Evan Katz, (L17) Duke University, next regionals 5/14
    • Mike Blasey, (L15), Davidson College –the NCAA’s on 5/14

o   Morgan Egloff, (L15). Rollins Tars, at NCAAs Tars 13th  ME : tied for 32nd, shooting scores of 72-72-75 to finish at six-over (219) for the tournament.









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Landon Lacrosse 8 Bullis 9

Not all final chapters are written with a winning ending. The closing paragraphs of  the consummate Teacher/Coach/Mentor, Rob Bordley’s last game constitute a teachable moment.

Here is the lesson written by a gifted poet:

"If—" Rudyard Kipling, written circa 1895

 If you can dream- -and not make dreams your master; 
 If you can think- -and not make thoughts your aim,
 If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
 And treat those two impostors just the same:.
 If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
 Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
 Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
 And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools; 
 If you can make one heap of all your winnings
 And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
 And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
 And never breathe a word about your loss:
 If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
 To serve your turn long after they are gone,
 And so hold on when there is nothing in you
 Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on! '
 If you can fill the unforgiving minute
 With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
 Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
 And- -which is more- -you'll be a Man, my son!

Not surprisingly, the key couplet of “IF-“ is inscribed above the entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court:








To the game, Bullis hit Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field as a very different team from the boys that played here on April 6. The new faces on the Bulldogs squad were integrated better.

The Bears were first on the board with an exceptional middie play, Zach Johnson on a pass to John Geppert. The visitors responded with 3 consecutives goals -at 4:03, 3:16 and 1:31.



The first goal of the second period was @ 7:33 starting with a Bullis turnover in the Bears D end from which a streaking Ryan Giles earned a hockey assist on a pass to John who in turn threw the ball to a cutting Graham Hertzberg, who made an athletic catch and buried his shot.

The visitors replied with their 4th goal at 6:09.

Joey Epstein took the ball at about the 45 yard line, deked once, twice and his opponent fell to the ground. The shot was from about 30 yards out and hit the back of the net @ 5:12. Undeterred the Bulldogs scored at 3:42.

A pick allowed Joey E to get his hands free and make a pass to John, who turned a beat the opposing goalie @2:07.

It looked like the teams would break for halftime, but a Bulldog clear failed and the ball was scooped up by Drew Wellington who completed a 40 yard pass to Gilbert Sentimore, who was moving to the crease and as he fell, he scored @0:04.5


The Bears returned from their rest all fired up. Another broken Bullis clear resulted in John getting the ball and relentlessly driving through checks for his hat trick goal @11:35. Another visitors turnover resulted in the ball being in John’s stick who moved it to a cutting Joey E who bested the Bulldog goalie @9:45 +2 Bears.

Unfortunately, the waning seconds of the penultimate period, the visitors reduced the margin to 0 with goals at 6:34 and 0:04. Mitch Laughlin faced short range shots, likely goals, which he stopped at 5:00, 3:00 and 1:50.


One of the players, whose integration into Bullis’ offense back in April and who was controlled by Mo Sillah for most of the game, showed his talent with an impressive goal at 4:45.

The Bulldogs were called for a penalty and chose to shut off Joey, who stayed at midfield. The remaining 5 Bears played against the 4 Bulldogs and a Zach quick pass to John quickly avoided the Bullis goalie @ 1:27 for the tying goal.

Kipling’s “disaster” then hit the Bears at 0:08.6. The Men of Landon¸ with heads held high, surrounded their brothers, met their opponents in a handshake line and then heard more words of wisdom from Coach Bordley. The normal post-game regimen of fetching balls, cleaning up empty bottles, consoling each other and returning to their families was followed and the imposter treated with equanimity.













John Geppert


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Landon Lacrosse 8 Bullis 9

Bullis scored in last few seconds.

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BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols May 6.2018

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This week featured conference tournaments and closed out with the announcement of the field for the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournaments.  Johns Hopkins and Cornell were both conference tournament winners which got them slots in the NCAA tournament.  Maryland and Virginia received at-large bids.

Next week’s post will include information on those seniors whose collegiate lacrosse careers came to a close and a quick looks at where the next wave of Bears will be playing in 2019.  If anyone has pictures from their son’s senior day, please send those along to me at




Big Ten








#1 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 12

#4 Rutgers 9

The Terrapins closed out the first half with a three-goal run that put them up two at the half.  That turned out to be just enough.  Rutgers would close within one goal on at the start of the third period, but Maryland came back with a pair to make their lead three.  After that, the teams traded single goals.

Justin won three of six faceoffs for Maryland.


#2 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 6

#3 Ohio State 5

This tense, low-scoring semi-final suffered from five unsportsmanlike fouls, two ejections, and a bench-clearing brawl.  The Buckeyes scored first, going up 2-0 early in the second period.  After that, the teams traded goals with Hopkins working the game back to a 4-4 tie late in the third period.  The Buckeyes scored early in the fourth to get the lead back and, given the paucity of goals in this game, that lead looked good.  However, it was still just one goal and Hopkins has shown the ability to rally in the second half.  That they did, tying the game up with eight minutes left then getting the game winner with just eleven seconds to go.  Sam saw playing time in this semi-final contest.


#2 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 13

#1 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 10

A week after losing to the Terrapins in a triple overtime contest, the Blue Jays got their revenge in the Big Ten tournament championship game.  Maryland and Hopkins posted complementary 4-1 scores in the first two quarters to make things all tied up at five at the half.  As they have often done this year, the Blue Jays asserted themselves in the second half by scoring five straight goals to close out the third period after Maryland had opened second half scoring with a pair of goals.  Justin scored the first goal of the final period ( see it here ) to pull Maryland within two, but Hopkins answered back with three straight.  A couple of late Maryland goals cut into the Jays’ lead.  In addition to his goal, Justin was won ten of nineteen faceoffs and got to four ground balls.  Sam played on the defensive midfield for Hopkins.


Ivy League








#2 Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 7

#3 Brown 4

After losing to Cornell by 14 earlier this season, Brown tried the tactic that helped Princeton beat Cornell—face guarding the Big Red’s leading scorer, Jeff Teat, and holding him scoreless.  That tactic didn’t work as well for Brown and he scored one goal and contributed two assists and Big Red’s defense, led by its goalie who saved 19 shots, throttled Brown’s offense.  Colton was held scoreless on four shots and Jack played on short-stick defense.


#2 Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 14

#1 Yale 8

Yale did not attempt any special defense to isolate Teat and things did not turnout well for them.  Colton got Cornell’s first goal of the game and his second goal capped off a six-goal run in the second half—a run that staked Cornell to a six-goal lead midway through the final period.  The teams traded pairs of goals over the balance of the game.  Colton’s two goals came on four shots and Jack had a pair of groundballs.


Northeast Conference








#1 St. Joseph’s (Thomas Halm) 11

#4 Sacred Heart 9

St. Joseph’s scored first and never trailed in the game but they never led by more than three, so the game was always up for grabs.  Sacred Heart tied the game at eight to close out the third quarter, but the Hawks were able to re-establish their lead with a pair of goals to start the scoring in the final quarter.  Sacred Heart pulled back to within one with three minutes left, but the Hawks scored the game’s final goal with 1:42 remaining.  The win extended St. Joseph’s win streak to eleven games.


#1 St. Joseph’s (Thomas Halm) 8  OT

#3 Robert Morris 9

Last week, St. Joseph’s closed out their regular season with an 8-7 win over Robert Morris.  In this title game, St. Joseph’s built a 6-3 halftime lead but that disappeared in the third quarter as Robert Morris scored five goals and shut out St. Joe’s.  The Colonials clung to their two-goal lead until the Hawks got one past the RMU goalie with just under five minutes left.  With time ticking down on their season, the Hawks found a way to extend the contest, tying the game up with just twelve seconds left.

In overtime, both teams had scoring chances, but St. Joe’s two shots missed the cage. Robert Morris put two shots on goal, one saved and the last in the net with just ten seconds left in overtime.  Thomas scored once for St. Joseph’s with his goal breaking a 3-3 tie early in the second quarter.

Thomas played in ten of St. Joe’s fifteen games this year, starting once.  He scored three goals on thirteen shots and dished out one assist.


Southern Conference








#3 Jacksonville (Hunter Sells, Andrew Mitchell) 12  OT

#2 High Point 11

Jacksonville tie the game up at four all early in the second quarter, the third tie of the game.  Then High Point went on a tear, scoring the next six goals.  The Dolphins answered back with four of their but High Point’s goals with just under ten minutes left in the contest pushed that lead back out to two goals.  Jacksonville was able to rally down the stretch, scoring three unanswered goals to force overtime.  Still, two minutes were left on the clock after that third goal.  After losing the last faceoff of regulation, the Dolphins managed to get off two shots in the closing seconds, but could not find the back of the net.

Overtime was a simpler affair for the Dolphins-faceoff win>time out>shot>score>win.  Hunter saved nine of the 20 shots that High Point put on goal and had three ground balls.  Andrew also played in this game.


#3 Jacksonville (Hunter Sells, Andrew Mitchell) 10  OT

#1 Richmond 11

Jacksonville’s four-goal run to close out the first quarter built a three-goal lead for the Dolphins.  The Spiders chipped away at that lead, but Jacksonville was able to stop runs and hold the lead.  With Jacksonville up two with less than four minutes left in the contest, this SoCon championship game became the mirror image of Jacksonville’s semi-final contest.  The Spiders scored twice to knot things up at 10 with just over 90 seconds left in regulation.  Jacksonville possessed the ball over the balance of regulation, taking three shots, one wide and two saved.

Jacksonville won the overtime faceoff but turned the ball over before they could test the Richmond goalie.  The Spiders successfully cleared the ball, eschewed the timeout and scored on their first shot.  Hunter saved ten of the Spiders’ 21 shots on goal and Andrew played on defense for the Dolphins.

The loss closed out the 2018 season for Jacksonville.  In Hunter’s first season for Jacksonville he started thirteen of the team’s fifteen games, was credited with eight wins against six losses and saved 45% of the shots he faced.  Andrew’s playing time did not come until late in the year, but four games.



Army (Drennan Greene) 5

Notre Dame 17

With the ACC and Patriot League tournaments having been played last week, teams from those two conferences picked up one last regular season match before the NCAAs.  Notre Dame’s re-emerging offense and well-established defense were on display again as the Irish netted seven straight goals across the second and third periods to put this game out of reach.


Colgate (Griffin Brown) 5

Syracuse 17

Syracuse scored the first six and the last six goals of the game to hand the Raiders a loss in their final 2018 game.  Griffin had two goals on six shots in this game.  He started all 15 games this season for Colgate, led the team in shots (97) and goals (34), and was third in points with 37.


Virginia (Ryan Pride) 17


Virginia wrapped up its regular season schedule with a home contest against VMI.  The ‘Hoos jumped out to a commanding lead by scoring five goals in the first six minutes of the game.  Up by ten at the half, Virginia played deep into the bench in the second half.  Ryan got a substantial run as a short stick defensive middie in the second half.




The final USLIA Coaches’ Poll was published on April 30.  The chart below traces the rankings of all of the D-I teams that we track here.












Four teams with Landon alums made the NCAA D-I tournament with the opportunity for three of those teams to make it to the final weekend.  #1 Maryland (Justin Shockey) is the top seed and defending champion.  Games to be played near Washington include Maryland hosting Robert Morris, #5 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) and Georgetown at Homewood Field, and Virginia (Ryan Pride) playing at Loyola.  First round and quarter-final games will be broadcast on ESPNU and the semi-finals and championship game will be on ESPN2.






New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference (NESCAC)









#3 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 16

#6 Middlebury 12

Tufts hosted its NESCAC quarterfinal game against Middlebury, a team they beat 13-10 a week ago.  Tufts jumped out to a 3-0 lead and Middlebury answered with a single goal before the Jumbos strung together three more.  From there on out, Middlebury would never get closer than three goals and the Jumbos would build their lead to as many as seven.  Luke saw playing time in this quarter-final contest.


#3 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 20

#2 Amherst 12

The Jumbos got revenge for their lone regular season loss.  Tufts’ seven-goal run that closed out the first quarter and carried into the early stages of the second provided enough of a cushion for the Jumbos.  Amherst was able to pull within two twice during the third period, but the Jumbos’ four-goal run to kick off the final period did them in.  Luke played in this conference semi-final.


#3 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 12

#1 Wesleyan 9

Well into the third quarter of the NESCAC championship game neither team was able to shake the other.  Up to that point, the game had been tied six times and neither team could establish a lead greater than two goals.  Then Tufts scored four times in less than five minutes to flip a one-goal deficit into a three-goal lead.  Wesleyan would close back to within two twice but got no closer.  The Jumbos goalie faced down the sharp shooting of Wesleyan.  While Wesleyan put over 70% of their shots on goal (25 of 34), 16 of those shots were saved.  Luke had a caused turnover in the game which contributed to the goal which gave Tufts a 6-5 lead in the third quarter.


Capital Athletic Conference







#2 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 14

#3 Christopher Newport 3

Last month, Salisbury ground out a 6-5 win at Christopher Newport.  This game was not a repeat of that tight contest.  Salisbury would have scored thirteen consecutive goals over the first three periods of the game, but for a single CNU goal early in the second period.


#2 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 11

#1 York 8

Salisbury lost three games in the regular season—two overtime losses and a nine-goal beating by York in late March.  Since that game, both teams have been undefeated.  With York up 5-1 early in the second period, it looked more like repeat than revenge.  Over the next eighteen minutes, the Seagulls scored seven straight times to take a three-goal lead.  The York goal that broke that string cut the lead to two, the closest it would be from there on out.  Salisbury’s ride was effective, forcing York into seven failed clears, two of which led to goals for the Seagulls.




Salisbury and Tufts won their respective conference tournaments to earn their conference’s automatic qualifier slots in the NCAA D-III men’s lacrosse tournament.  Those two teams were also among the top four seeds for the tournament.  Ohio Wesleyan was awarded a “Pool C” at-large bid.  The D-III tournament includes 36 teams, eight of which played first round games on May 8 to trim the field to 32.  The tournament’s second round Saturday further narrowed the field to 16.  Results from this coming weekend’s games will set up the quarterfinals which are schedule for May 16.  The D-III semi-finals will be played on May 20 and then the championship game is scheduled for Boston on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Salisbury is the two-time defending champ and has made the finals twelve of the past fifteen years, winning nine times.  Over the past eight years, Tufts has made five appearances in the championship game, winning three times.  Tufts and Salisbury have met split the four championship games they have played against each other.

Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague):


Second Round Game:

Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 13

Aurora 5

Aurora and Ohio Wesleyan last met in 2014 when OWU won 7-5.  This game was not that close.  OWU won the first quarter 3-2 and Aurora won the fourth quarter 3-2.  The Bishops’ 8-0 edge across the second and third quarters determined the outcome.

Third Round Game:  

Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) at Denison


This marks the third time these teams have met this year.  The Battling Bishops won the regular season meeting at Denison then Denison won the NCAC tournament championship game at OWU.


Second Round Game:

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 19

Morrisville State 5

Salisbury opened their NCAA D-III title defense with an 8-0 first quarter.  Over the rest of regulation, whenever Morrisville managed to tally a score Salisbury answered back, often with multiple goals.  Salisbury had a 4:1 advantage on shots and 3:1 advantage on ground balls.

Third Round Game:

Salisbury (Brian Menendez) hosts Christopher Newport


This marks the third time these teams have met this year.  Salisbury won both contests, a 6-5 squeaker at CNU and a 14-3 blowout in the CAC tournament semi-finals.


Second Round Game:

Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 25

Merchant Marine 8

Merchant Marine scored their first goal midway through the second period, but by then the Jumbos had already put thirteen on the board.  Tufts had 2:1 advantages on shots and ground balls and kept Mariners under 50% on clears.  Luke had one shot and one ground ball for the Jumbos.

Third Round Game:

Tufts (Luke Kurtz) hosts Ithaca

Tufts last played Ithaca in the quarter-final round of the 2016 NCAA D-III tournament, trouncing them 19-7.


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This was a game which the seniors, in particular, would not lose.

The 13-6 Saints’ hot offense has averaged almost 12 Goals a Game. The “other” Alexandria IAC (one League tournament championship) and VISSA team (champions in 4 of the past 5 years) has an impressive roster (highly recruited players heading to Amherst, Brown, Denver, Penn State, Providence, RIT, UMBC, UNC and Utah). Their coach, in a pregame informal comment, said that he came to Bethesda, MD to win the IAC.

The 21 Bear 2018 members of the squad led their brothers to a determined 13-11 win. The Saints were ahead for 0:41 of the 1st period and frequently attacked back to tie, but never lead in the remaining 40:21 of the game. Each time the visitors challenged the 2017 reigning champions, a Bear would step up and reply.

The home team first entered the score book when Mitch Laughlin made an important save which was transferred to a Landon fast break. Senior John Geppert exhibited his super speed by completing a One Man Clear and his appearance in the Home Team O zone compelled the Saints D to slide. That opened Joey Epstein ’18 to beat the SSSA goalie @ 9:54.

As with last Tuesday’s game at Kelleher Field, the Saints scored twice to take an early and their last lead of the game (at 7:43 and 7:39).

That did not sit well with the Bear seniors; so, Zach Johnson’18 flew down the field and drew a slide. That defensive response created an opportunity for the Bears future Ute, Gilbert Sentimore, who availed himself of the opportunity, received the pass on the SSSA crease and deposited the ball in the back of the net @6:58.

Bear goal #3 was a nice exchange between John and Joey E @0:38,4.

The visitors equalized 3-3 at 0:15.1, seemingly assuring of a tie at the end of the 1st stanza!

WRONG, after a Bear time-out, John retrieved a GB and fed Graham Hertzberg (as the cheering crowd reminded the visitors “he’s a freshman”) who blasted a goal @0:04,2


SSSA responded with another tying tally at 11:35, but the ’18 Bear combination of John, whose dodge caused the visitors D to rotate, and Gilbert benefitting from a crease interstice in the Saint D, buried his 2nd goal from point blank @8:59. A rare first half play was next, Zach bull dodged his way to the precipice of the 6’ by 6’ opening being defended by the opposition and the ’18 midfielder (Michigan ’22) blasted the ball past the SSSA goalie @6:47. What made this score unique? It was the only unassisted goal of the 1st half—that’s a symptom of a well-functioning offense.

A midfield dodge by Captain Joey pressured the Saints D with a swift move left of goal freeing Captain John for a hands-free shot and the goal @5:24.

The “we-ain’t-going-to-give-up” Saints narrowed the Bears’ advantage with two consecutive goals at 3:36 and then 1:26.

The one goal margin kicked up the ‘18 competitiveness; Zach to Gilbert @ 0:07.6


The next period saw the Saints reduce the Landon margin to +1 with goals at 5:50 and 1:38. Joey’s reply was an acute angle shot from about 17 yards @2:56.

The 3rd period saw a barrage of SSSA shots and Mitch showed that a ’19 goalie was supporting his senior teammates with some key saves. Also noteworthy on F/Os and around the crease was Zach’s timely and critical ground balls (#4 had a game high  total of 6 GBs).


For the last time in this contest, the visitors tied the score at 9-9 at 11:12.

The Bears responded with two consecutive goals—Joey on a 7 yard goal @ 9:12. From the far end of the field another brother of ’18, Drew Wellington possessed the ball, cleared it into his O zone and blasted the Saints’ goal net @7:50.

And the Bear goal/Saint goal pattern continued

  • SSSA at 5:51
  • John to Graham @ 4:49
  • SSSA at 5:31

A big Mitch save followed by a Zach GB and clear

  • John with a quick reversal of direction and then a pass to Graham ’21 for his 2nd goal @4:49
  • SSSA’s 10th goal at 4:29
  • +2 resumed with a Joey E to Graham @ 2:23

Landon’s D blunted several SSSA attacks and then the home team was able to possess the ball for the remainder of the game.



Good luck to SSSA in the VISSA TOURNAMENT




Joey Epstein

Mitch Laughlin

Gilbert Sentimore

Zach Johnson

John Geppert

Graham Hertzberg

Drew Wellington


Friday May 11 home v. Bullis, time TBD




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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 05.06.2018














  • Spring Sports
    • Baseball is #3 seed in IACs
    • Golf goes 8-1
    • Lacrosse beats SSSA to secure the top seed in the IAC Tournament
    • Tennis beats SSSA to reach 6-1


  • Bear Tracks
    • Terrence Fullum Champions Indoor Football
    • Spring Sports:
      • Baseball 6 Bears playing
      • Golf 4 Bears playing
      • Lacrosse 24 Bears playing








Spring Sports

Baseball defeated St. Stephens/St. Agnes Saturday morning, 5-3, to snap a three-game losing streak and even its IAC record at 4-4 (overall record at 6-7).  The Bears have split with St. Albans, topped Episcopal twice, lost two to Bullis (in which they were ahead in both games late) and now split with St. Stephens.

#1.  Georgetown Prep, 8 – 2

#2.  St. Albans, 7 – 3

#3.  Landon, 5 – 5

#4.  Bullis, 4 – 6

#5.  St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 3 – 7

#6.  Episcopal, 3 – 7

Landon v. EHS in the midst of the Azalea Festival parking


Thanks to Steve Davidson for this report


  • Varsity Golf (8-1) from Coach Luther
  • After last week’s win at the IAC Tourney by Prep, Landon needed to win today in order to finish undefeated in head-to-head competition in the league and earn a share of the league title.

We had to make some lineup adjustments due to two of our starters also playing in the WISH festival (kudos to Jim and Michael for what everyone has said was an amazing experience yesterday), and we were hoping that the shakeup might play to our advantage.  Our #1, Senior co-captain West Shaw, stumbled out of the gate with an opening hole bogey after a beautiful drive down the middle.  But he carded birdies on back to back holes in the middle of the round on the way to a very solid 37.  Steven Samit coming off of two great matches, perhaps felt some extra pressure as we paired him up in the #1 group, and unfortunately never got going, shooting a 47 despite a great birdie on the par-3 7th hole. Senior co-captain Peter King had an edge to his game but kept things cool and collected on the course as he shot a 38.  Stuart Powell, also coming off a strong week for the Bears, got rattled on the opening two holes and finished with a 46.  Our last pairing of Johnny Muller and Charlie Bundy needed to close the gap substantially to give us a chance, and with both guys scoring 37’s, things were looking up.

Our final score of 195 was the best 9-hole match score of the year for us, and our top 4 finishers scoring in the mid-30’s would have stacked up against every team we have seen all season long.

Unfortunately, as our good friend Neil Phillips used to tell me when we coached together, “Andy, some days the other guys play better, and you just gotta tip your cap to them.”  Today was one of those days, as Prep’s top two scorers finished 2-under and 1-under par, guys who played in their 2nd and 3rd pairing.  Their #3-5 scores were 37, 38, and 38, and the score they dropped was a 41.  They shot a very impressive 182.

  • Analysis:  The difference today was less in the number of great holes – West and Steven had 3 birdies between them, as did their two counterparts from Prep; Peter King had 1 birdie and his counterpart (who shot the low round of the day) had 2; and Johnny Muller had 3 birdies, while his counterpart (2nd lowest round) had 4.  That’s only a 2 stroke difference in number of birdies for all 6 players.  The bigger difference was in the number of “crooked scores” – double bogeys or higher.  While Prep’s starting 6 had 2 double bogeys and 1 triple bogey (and one of those doubles was by the player whose score was dropped), Landon had 4 double bogeys, 2 triple bogeys and a quadruple bogey (1 of the doubles, and 2 triples dropped).  So for those bad holes, prep was +7 on 3 holes (+5 on 2 holes for scores in the top 5), while landon was +18 on 7 holes (+10 in 4).   That’s a substantial amount of strokes lost on less than 10% of the total holes played and counted.

The part that matters most moving forward is that we know that even with our top 4 playing well together, we have some more room to improve and we can make some good things happen all the way through the Metro Championships in a couple of weeks.

The other part that matters most is that our fan base yesterday was outstanding, as Bill Scott, the reigning #1 Fan of the Landon Golf Program, made the drive out to Derwood to cheer on his favorite team.  Not to be outdone, Mr. Trivia himself, Charles Franklin, came out to support the Bears!   Thank you, Bill and Charles, for being there and cheering on the guys.

  • Your Varsity Golf Team crossed the Potomac to face PVI today at Country Club of Fairfax, a very challenging course with slippery greens and a lot of blind shots where you can’t see where your ball lands.  To make the day a bit tougher we were without our two senior captains, both of whom had been playing some outstanding golf for us.  Ok, Game on!  Johnny Muller and Vernon Holleman went out against their top two, Johnny, shooting even with their best player through 8 holes, carded a brilliant birdie on the last hole while their guy shot a bogey. Vernon made some extra strokes due to those blind tee shots and finished with a 48, 4 shots behind their #2.  The second pairing was Charlie Bundy and Steven Samit against another pair of Panther Seniors, and with a tough double bogey finish, charlie ended with a 44 while Steven scrambled to a bogey from behind some trees and shot a 45. But their two seniors shot a 42 and a 45.  They were up 4 going into the last pair. Again two Seniors from Pvi against two semi-experienced Bears, Jonathan Caplan and Stuart Powell, with one of their seniors heading off to play college golf.  Fortunately due to some wayward tee shots and several missed short putts, he posted a 48, while his playing partner finished with a double bogey for a 50.  Door open.  Jonathan Caplan felt the pressure today and between that and the pollen the course got the better of him; his 49 finish meant we had to keep Vernon’s 48 as one of our top scores AND needed Stuart to finish with a 44 or better.  Door closing.  But Stuart chose “better” – shooting a very impressive 40, giving the Bears the Win by 4 strokes (214-218).  Huge round by Stu, sporting his fresh new victory haircut and Ray Ban wayfarers, and looking a lot like Anthony Michael Hall in “16 Candles.”

Bruce Han wrapped up the match with an exhibition we called “Bruce takes on the World,” as he single-handedly faced 3 PVI panthers, one of whom is a personal friend of Jordan Spieth (true story!).  Bruce may or may not have been victorious against all three , but you can be sure that if you ask him you will hear some lengthy recounts of his adventure.

Bears are now 8-1; 4-1 in IAC play.












Professional Football

  • Terrence Fullum (L14) Sioux City Bandits Champions Indoor Football (5-1) web site not up to date.

Winter Sports


  • USHL Hockey
    • Patrick Giles (L*18) USNTDP U18 (39-17-0-1 in USHL); is at iihf u18 world cup in Russia, lost in finals though Patrick scored. 2017-18 season 11 G 11 A, starts 2018 USHL Clark Cup Playoffs Tuesday, May 8 (7 p.m. ET)



  • Baseball (6)
    • Randy Bednar Jr., (L17) University of Maryland Terps, 20-25 RB: hitting .188, 25 hits, 13 rbi’s, 10 runs, 5 hr’s, 987% fielding
    • Drew Whalen, (L17) Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears 27-22; DW: no stats yet
    • Matthew Brady, (L16) Carleton College Knights (10-21) MB: no stats yet
    • Patrick Lightner, (L16) Marist College Red Foxes (23-17); PL: GP 15 GS 13; BA .137; .941 fielding
    • Spencer Abraham (L15), Claremont McKenna College Stags (18-22) SA: 5 GP
    • Sean P. O’Brien (L14), Macalester College Scots (15-12) SO: 2 IP, 1-0,



  • Golf (4)
    • John Kalavritinos, (L17) Bucknell University (0-0) JK:
    • Evan Katz, (L17) Duke University, next regionals
    • Mike Blasey, (L15), Davidson College – MB’s winning the medal led the Wildcats won their 1st title in 50 years and Davidson earns an AQ to the NCAA’s

o   Morgan Egloff, (L15). Rollins Tars, team off to NCAAs ME :



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Landon Lacrosse 9 SSSA 7









The home team had an impressive 11-5 record coming into the IAC regular season finale and with six wins at Kelleher Field. SSSA is undefeated in its Virginia League games and a double overtime loss to the Hill Academy. Its roster includes highly recruited players heading to Amherst, Brown, Denver, Penn State, Providence, RIT, UMBC, UNC and Utah. The contest held major potential consequences for both team.

Maybe it was the uncharacteristic weather (no snow, or rain and with a temperature 400 above the most recent game conditions, but the Bears came out cold.

The Saints took a quick two goal lead with scores at 6:52 and 5:28.

John Geppert continued his hot streak with a goal @2:26


The team in dark brown jerseys, not a haberdashery advantage with the thermometer above four score (credit to A. Lincoln), accelerated in this period. A SSSA penalty was called and expired as Landon was still in EMO mode. A brilliant pass from Zack Johnson to Joey Epstein resulted in a Bear goal @10:10.

The Saints went ahead, for the last time in the game, with a goal at 11:20.

That inspired a run of four consecutive goals—Joey E set up at X behind goal and feathered a pass to John, whose step down shot ripped the net for his 2nd goal @10:20.

 The second goal in this stream of Bear entries in the scorebook was example of the opportunism needed to win a tight game. A teammate took a shot and the rebound was not controlled by the SSSA goalie. On the ground, the ball was controlled by Joey E (credited with GB), was shot by Joey E (credit with shot) and goal @ 3:16 (credited with goal).

Another EMO opportunity resulted in Goal #5—a pass from Garrett Kurtz to Graham Hertzberg was transferred to a shot behind the Saints’ goalie @ 2:58. John’s 3rd goal was an alley dodge @ 0:47. The Saints did not waste the remaining seconds and put one past the Bear goal tender at 0:10.2.


Possession was the key strategy for the 2nd half. Battling against a UNC stud at the face-off X, Will Bou kept it competitive with winning 50% of the face-offs, The Bear D, Ryan Giles (3 CTs, 5 GBs), Drew Wellington, Mo Sillah (both of who neutralized their opponents), Doug Chirite and Alex Hagerup PLUS Mitch Laughlin (11 saves including a couple of stops of potential SSSA momentum swinging goals) PLUS consistent defensive play by the middies (John, Zack, Greg Strabo, Brett Gallagher, Billy Banfield, Jace Menendez and Miles Tonkel) kept home team well below their season average of 12 goals per game.

John registered his 4th goal @ 9:59. The SSSA team advanced their numbers on the scoreboard at 5:00 to #5.

To finish off this penultimate period, Joey E fed Gilbert Sentimore who was immediately crushed by several Saint Ds. The future Ute, again opportunistically, rolled his falling body and as he fell to the ground, shot without the benefit of seeing the goal. Landon score #8 @0:17.5


Joey E got his 4th goal @ 10:55 to set a +4 margin for his team. The Saints replied with #6 and 7 at 9:41 and then 2:48. An unreleasable penalty with less than a minute remaining sealed the home team’s fate.




KHARI BATEN “That’s a Bear” Award

[in numerical order]

Mitch Laughlin

John Geppert

Will Bou

Ryan Giles

IAC Tournament home, Tuesday May 8, time? Opponent?





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Landon Lacrosse 9 SSSA 7

Bears win IAC regular season.

Next game Tuesday- what time, what opponent? Home.

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