BearLaxTrax 05.22.17 by John Nichols

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Salisbury (Brian Menendez)

Salisbury advanced to the D-III quarterfinals this week after downing Misericordia and Hampden-Sydney last week. Their quarterfinal opponent, Cabrini, was the one team that had beaten the Seagulls this year in a relatively low scoring (11-10 final) overtime game.  In the rematch, only Cabrini was low-scoring as the Seagulls demolished the Cavaliers 17-5.  Salisbury outscored Cabrini 5-1 in each of the game’s first three periods before splitting the last quarter 2-2.  In the category of “things I’ve never seen before,” the Cabrini goalie was called for a crease violation after he ran a clear and had his momentum overtake him as he went to goal for a shot.  To his credit, he was able to retreat in time to make a save when Salisbury successfully cleared the ball after his turnover.

The win put Salisbury into the semi-finals, to face Denison, champion of the North Coast Conference and key foe of Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague). Denison and Salisbury played last year in the D-III quarter finals, with the Seagulls prevailing 11-10 in overtime. In this year’s semi-final game, Salisbury’s goal was to avoid having Denison get their revenge.


On Sunday, Salisbury scored first and was able to build a five goal lead late into the third period.  Both of these teams have high scoring offenses, so their defense tends to get overlooked.  But defense is not an afterthought at either school.  This game was played close throughout with each possession valuable.  With scoring at a premium, Salisbury seemed to be in control up 10-5 with less than five minutes left in the third.  However, this year, like last year, saw Denison make a strong come back in the final period.  Down four goals to start the in final period, the Big Red started to force turnovers and get ground balls and they managed to cut the lead down to one twice.  Denison had one final possession in the closing seconds of the game and this year, unlike last year, they could not force overtime.  The Seagull defense picked off a past headed to a Denison player on the crease to ensure the win.


The D-III championship game is played on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, squeezed in between the D-I semi-finals on Saturday and the D-I title game on Monday.  For Salisbury, this is almost like being home.  In the last 10 seasons, including 2017, Salisbury has been in the final four 8 times, the championship game 7 times and won the D-III title 4 times (with 2017 yet to be decided) and they have won 90% of their games over that ten-year period (202-22).

Published in: on May 23, 2017 at 6:35 am  Leave a Comment  










Getting close to Pielage Amphitheater for 2017


  • Tennis and Rugby add trophies
  • Golf finishes a spectacular season losing to Flying High Purple Eagles.
  • Spring wins enough to capture IAC Founders’ Cup?
  • Darion Atkins voted MVP in League Tournament game
  • Bears on college Diamonds contributing







Inside the White Rocks

Hopefully next Sunday, there will be season summaries for each team.

  • Spring Sports


Baseball (16-9-2) season complete

Golf (7-2) Coach Duquette

Ended season losing to an “on fire” Gonzaga team at 2017 Washington Metropolitan Golf Championships 364-377. The Seniors, over the last four years, have won four I.A.C. Championships and two Metro Championships. Congratulations to Evan Katz and John Kalavritinos for having tied for the school record scoring average with Morgan Egloff

Lacrosse  (21-0; #1) season complete


Rugby (Coach France)

The Bears defeated Gonzaga “B” 73-14 to win its 2nd straight Metro Area Varsity Rugby Conference div. II championship








 Landon wins IAC boys’ tennis title outright for first time since 2004

The Bears closed the season with a 5-2 win over St. Albans in the tournament to claim the IAC boys’ tennis title outright (going undefeated in IAC play and then the tournament) for first time since 2004. Coaches Miller and Jacoby—GREAT JOB.







Track (Coach Hunt) season complete








Winter Sports


Darion Atkins (2011) led Hapoel Holon (22-11) beat Galil Gilboa 93-76 and heads to the Quarterfinals.

Diamond Trax


Matthew Brady, (2016) Carleton College Knights (9-27) is batting .500 (one AB) and 0.00 ERA (three appearances; 5 2/3 inn) season complete

Patrick Lightner, (2016) Marist College Red Foxes (29-21) 32 GP 28 GS; .262 at the plate with 15 runs, 14 RBI; .960 fielding

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College Scots (26-17) pitcher, 0-2 8.0 innings pitched

Spencer Abraham (2015) , Claremont McKenna College Stags (16-21)  5 GP 4 GS , .250 BA season complete


Golf Trax


Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College team is at the A-10 Championships.


Bear Track Trax

 Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats


Published in: on May 21, 2017 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols 905.15.2017)

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NCAA tournaments started this week.  In D-I, the one team featuring Landon alums on their roster, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (Sam Lynch) saw their 2017 campaign come to an end.  JHU was seeded #6 in the field and hosted the game for the first round of the tournament.  Getting a seed and a home game was the good news for the Blue Jays, having to face Duke was just the start of the bad news.  Then the day before the game, the Hopkins coaches found out that their starting goalie had just been declared academically ineligible.

Hopkins got off to a good start, scoring the first two goals of the game.  From there on out it was all the Blue Devils’ game, with Duke outscoring Hopkins 19-4 over the balance of the contest.

In D-III, two teams with Landon alums made the field—Salisbury (Brian Menendez) and Tufts (Luke Kurtz).

Salisbury was the top seed in the South bracket.  In their first game, the played Misericordia of the MAC Freedom conference, a conference which includes schools in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Misericordia had won both the regular season and conference tournament titles and then knocked off Lasell of Newton, Massachusetts, champion of the Great Northern Athletic Conference.  Salisbury coasted to a 24-3 win.  Things didn’t look easy at first as neither team scored until there were just under five minutes left in the first quarter, when Misericordia started the scoring.  The Seagulls came back with two after that to make it a 2-1 game after one quarter.  Likely what neither team was expecting.

Salisbury’s first two goals were the start of a 13 goal run which was interrupted by a lone goal by their opponent midway through the third period and then followed up by another ten goal run.

The win over Salisbury moved the Seagulls onto play the Hampden-Sydney Tigers.  Hampden-Sydney earned a spot in the tournament by winning the ODAC tournament, rising from the #4 seed to grab the conference’s automatic qualifier slot.  This game got off to a bit faster start, with the Seagulls up 7-3 after one period and 14-4 at the half.  The Tigers put up 7 in the final period to make the final score more respectable at 25-12.

The Seagulls move on to face Cabrini next in the quarter finals.  Cabrini was the only team to hang a loss on Salisbury this year, an 11-10 overtime game in mid-April.

For Tufts, the end of the 2017 must seem like a bad remake of the movie Ground Hog Day.  The Jumbos started off the season 11-0, then had to face the toughest opponents in the NESCAC (Bates, Wesleyan, Amherst and Bowdoin).  They dropped all four of those games, then had to go back through that grinder in the league tournament.  There they were able to exact revenge on Bowdoin before falling to the eventual tournament champion, Wesleyan.

The benefit of playing in the toughest conference in D-III was the at-large slot the Jumbos earned in the D-III tournament.  The bad news was that Bates, Wesleyan and Amherst were all in the same bracket.  Tufts and each of the other NESCAC teams won their first round games to set up an all NESCAC second round.

Tufts played Keene State of New Hampshire in their first game.  The Jumbos easily won this contest 26-14 in a game marred by 18 penalties, 9 on each team.  The win earned them the right to play Wesleyan again.  The third time was not the charm, as the Jumbo’s season came to an end with a 17-8 loss to the Cardinals.   In the three games Wesleyan-Tufts games this year, the Cardinals scored 17 goals in each game while Tufts scoring decrease by 4 goals game over game.

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The BELL has rung thrice


    • Lacrosse beats Bullis 18-7 to end an undefeated season, IAC champs and lay claim to a National title
    • Baseball lost IAC Tournament 1st round
    • Golfers already IAC Champions awaits Metros
    • Rugby – wins in semi’s; championship @ Landon’s Prindle Field 5/17
    • Tennis is UNDEFEATED IN IACs; tournament rained out
    • Track:  at IAC, Wes Feldman wins twice   


  • Darion Atkins voted MVP in League Tournament game
  • Bears on college Diamonds contributing


Inside the White Rocks




  • Spring Sports


Baseball (16-9-2)

A promising season ended in a tough lost to StA @ Armstrong Field

Golf (7-2) Coach Duquette

Awaiting the Metro Championships




Bears are 21-0. IAC and likely national champions. Great job by Coach Bordley, Coach Leachman and the brain trust. The growth of this team from their 1st game to the definitive victories in the IAC tournament shows the quality of the coaching and the players’ receptivity to learning. Their play on the field was as good as been seen within the White Rocks.




#1 in 3 of the 4 National Polls:

To summarize the numbers, the 2017 team beat (Inside Lacrosse Rankings references)

  • IL #7 (2x),
  • #10 (West #1),
  • #12 (NE#4),
  • SE #7,
  • top teams from

o  VA (6A),

o  TN,

o  2 MD (MD 43 West-1 &MD 32 East-2)


o  NC(05)


  • 7 of the WaPo Top 10 (as well as other teams which previously were in the Top 10)
  • They beat the WCAC champion (perhaps more)

The Bears

  • scored 275 goals (average =13);
  • the defense held opponents to 145 goals (6.9).
  • Highest score 18; lowest allowed 4 (2x)
  • Opponents record (19 teams; 2 repeats) 276-109




  • Rugby (Coach France )


Landon Rugby moved to 7-0 with a convincing 69-27 win against Eleanor Roosevelt in the MAVRC DII semi-final at Prindle Field Wednesday. They play Gonzaga in the final on Wednesday May 17 at home on Prindle.


  • Tennis


IAC Championships 5/11 and 12 rained out. Already won the regular season


  • Track (Coach Hunt)


The Bears took sixth place but we’re less than 20 points away from third place. Wes Feldman took first in both the 1600m and the 3200m

Coaches and Wes.







Winter Sports


Darion Atkins (2011) led Hapoel Holon (21-11) to a 91-77 win over 7th Maccabi Rishon  in the league tournament. The big Bear of Israel was voted the game’s MVP with a 25 point, 9 rebound performance.






Spring Sports


Diamond Trax


Matthew Brady, (2016) Carleton College Knights (9-27) is batting .500 (one AB) and 0.00 ERA (three appearances; 5 2/3 inn. )

Patrick Lightner, (2016) Marist College Red Foxes (25-19) 26 GP 22 GS; .217 at the plate with 11 runs, 11 RBI; .971 fielding

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College Scots (26-15) pitcher, 0-2 8.0 innings pitched

Spencer Abraham (2015) , Claremont McKenna College Stags (16-21)  5 GP 4 GS , .250 BA


Golf Trax


Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College team is at the A-10 Championships.


Bear Track Trax

 Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats



Nick Blasey (2016) is a scrum half for Dartmouth.  Dartmouth is at the CHRIS MUNN SEVENS

Jack Sears (2013)  Colby



Published in: on May 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment  


Since Landon Lacrosse has been a topic here for many years, several people asked, “is this the best Bear team ever?” The answer is that it is hard to compare talent between years, but what can be compared is “how well this Landon lax team played in 2017”. To that question, it is fair to say that this 21-0 roster played as a unit better than those which I have seen (including the undefeated 1992 team captained by my son). In each game of this season, the coaches taught and all of the players learned how to execute game plans better and better. This last win ranks as the #1 team performance. This team’s and coaches’ relationship demonstrated the value teacher/mentor/coach principle; the games were tests based on the lessons learned in practice.

To summarize the numbers, the 2017 team beat

  • IL #7 (2x),
  • #10 (West #1),
  • #12 (NE#4),
  • SE #7,
  • top teams from

o  VA (6A),

o  TN,

o  2 MD (MD 43 West-1 &MD 32 East-2)


o  NC(05)


  • 7 of the WaPo Top 10 (as well as other teams which previously were in the Top 10)
  • They beat the WCAC champion (perhaps more)
  • The Bears  scored 275 goals (average =13); the defense held opponents to 145 goals (6.9). Highest score 18; lowest allowed 4 (2x)

    ·        Opponents record (19 teams; 2 repeats) 276-109

LESSON #1-MATURITY:  the visitors scored the 1st two goals (at 9:34 and 7:34). The Bears did not panic and had confidence in the game plan. Result—three consecutive Landon goals.

LESSON #2—TEAMWORK: move the ball to the player who has the best shot. The “studies” for this work is the weekly Hudl videos in which Coach Healey illustrated the little things that matter—another step here, waiting for a cut, using a pick for maximum leverage—and here are the next results:

Goal by               Assist        Time          Notes                                    

Nate Buller          T Halm       9:16            awesome pass to a cutter on crease

Possession from super GB by Ryan Pride

on F/O

John Geppert      Zach Johnson 1:58      another exceptional pass

Joey Epstein       Garrett Kurtz    0:21.3 Joey dodge off of timed pass

LESSON #3—Depth is important—It is quite common for teams to run an offensive set of middies and another trio who only plays D. T Halm, Will Oliver and Ryan Pride, all recruited seniors, had a major role in this game. They frequently were taking the first shift in a period, working against Bullis’ regular D middies and these three Bears would continue their time on the field on the other end of the field. There was no drop-off in their functioning as O and D middies. T had two brilliant assists; Ryan came out of a Face-off scrum with 4 Bullis players whacking him; and Will used his exceptional speed to create O opportunities as well as cover the Bulldog “sophomores” (as featured in the WaPo recent article)

LESSON #3—D communications–After the initial Bulldog scores, the Bear D–Shane Corcoran (8 saves for the game), Cam James (held the UNC recruit to 1G), Andrew Fowler, Drew Wellington, Doug Chirite, Mo Sillah and others—controlled the high octane Bullis offense to only 7 goals (averaged 12 goals a game [other than Landon matches]).




LESSON #5—EXECUTE—the home team scored the next six goals. Bears at both ends of the field did their jobs. Pressure was exerted when the Bulldogs entered the Bears O zone, the speedy visitors would get a second of separation only to be greeted by a Brown jersey ready to force a turnover. As the ball moved back to the home end of the field, the offense moved the ball. While to many their play seemed random, their action was part of a complex set of plays and each has multiple options. Here are minutes 12:00 to 5:55 of the 2nd quarter:

Goal by               Assist        Time          Notes                                    

Zach                    Joey           9:58

Justin Shockey    —                9:52            FOGO to goal in 0:06

Nate                     —                8:39            sweep à separation

Nate                     Zach          7:36          well timed pass and drive

Gilbert Sentimore T Halm      6:51  great pass by T as #3 cut to crease

Nate           Garrett       5:55  as Paul Carcaterra says “there’s a reason that they call it execution”

The Bulldogs tallied goal #3 at 4:21.

LESSON #6—OUR FOGO IS BETTER THAN YOUR’S—Justin is a huge advantage and 0:02 after the Bullis goal, the Lord of FOGO Island got the ball to Will Carlson who passed it back to Justin for goal # 10 @ 4:19 (slow clock?).



Out of the time with their coaches, the visitors tallied the initial goal at 10:44.

LESSON #7 RESILIENCE AND DETERMINATION—the opposition scored a nice goal and could have easily altered the momentum. No!!! The Bears respond to challenges with an increased determination. Landon Goal #11 started with a pass from Ryan Pride to Joey—three Bullis defenders converged on #1; not to worry, the attackman drove to the hoop and beat the Bullis goalie again @9:51. LESSON #5 repeated; @9:39 Justin won the faceoff and scored (thus his position is not FOGO and is now FOSO: face-off score often).

LESSON #8 TRUST THE SYSTEM—no matter what the situation, be true to the reads and run the offense. The next goal involved synchronized cuts in the midfield and on the crease. Zach drove down one alley and saw Gilbert make a move similar to goal #8—the result was goal #13 @8:51.

The visitors got their 5th goal at 7:30.

LESSON #9 DO WORK—it was late in the game, but it was not over. Joey fed Nate to add to the lead @4:19. Justin got the ball back from X 0:04 later and fed it to Joey who rocketed a shot @6:12.

The next Bulldog tally was by the UNC recruit and his only of the game.

LESSON #10 PUSH THE BALLMo Sillah got the ball, cleared it and upon entering the box, passed it to Gilbert @ 0:07.7


LESSON #11DEVELOP PLAYERS—with a comfortable margin, Coach Bordley moved a number of younger players to get time against a major foe. At least nine of the Bear roster now know what playing in a championship game feels like. Hopefully, that time will be valuable in 2018.

The starting attack remained for the early part of the last period. Joey sped past his defender @ 10:28. The last Bear goal of 2017 was a pass from Nate to Joey @7:38.

Bullis notched its 7th goal at 6:27.




It has been said that 21-0 sets a Landon record for wins in a season. The #21 is also an iconic number in Landon lore; it was the number which George Boiardi wore. His leadership skill is the subject of a book.


Landon also took the JV IAC lacrosse title with a win over Georgetown Prep. Coach Derwinski predicts that several of his students will likely contribute in the 2018 Varsity Season.


To reiterate a point made previously, the coaches did a masterful job of bring a talented roster to an undefeated. Chronicling their success has been a great privilege.

Go Bears

Published in: on May 13, 2017 at 9:20 am  Comments (4)  

Landon lacrosse 18 Bullis 7


More to come.

Published in: on May 13, 2017 at 3:45 am  Leave a Comment  


On April 7, the last time that the Saints and the Bears played, it was a 16-11 win. The quarter-by-quarter score tells a different tale- Q1L2 S2; Q2 L6 S6; Q3 L13 S 9; Q4 L 16 S 11. The IAC semi-final was different from the outset.

For the first twelve minutes, the Saints had more turnovers than shots on goal. The visitors’ offense, which produced 4 goals in the previous game’s first quarter and ½, was constantly denied opportunities to shoot and sometimes even pass by the Bear D. The SSSA wanted to play, but the Landon middies/LSMs/D/goalie didn’t allow their opponents space or time in which to create.

Landon scored Goals #1-6 before the Saints scored their 1st. Of the initial 10 registrations on the scoreboard (over 2 periods), Landon put up 9.

Period/goal        Scorer                 Assist        Time Notes                           


  1. Joey Epstein     —                                 10:55 dodge from behind
  2.         Gilbert Sentimore Nate Buller 9:06  pass & multi-fake on crease
  3.         Garrett Kurtz       —                     8:56  wing speed dodge
  4.          Gilbert                  T Halm        1:34  pass threaded a needle

L 4 SSSA 0


  1.          John Geppert      Joey E        10:49 pass to cutting JG
  2.         Joey E                 Garrett         6:44  two man game

SSSA score at 4:12

  1.          Nate                     —                 5:31  sweep
  2.          Joey E        Justin Shockey   5:25 0:06 since last goal—FOGO
  3.         Joey E                 —                 1:01  Landon was 2 men down



SSSA score at 10:17

  1.          Ryan Pride          Nate           9:09  cross midfield pass beats S slide

SSSA score at 6:33

  1. John                    Nate                   4:28  great ball movement/fast break
  2. Nate                   John                     3:50 return of favor

L12 SSSA 3


  1. Garrett                —                 9:30 speed to burn
  2. Brett Gallagher —                8:01 power dodge

SSSA scored its goals #4-7 at 6:50 (EMO), at 6:13, 4:19 & 0:02.2

The Landon bench played some of the 3rd Q and all of the 4th Q.

















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Landon lacrosse 14 SSSA 7

From the field, more later.


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    • Baseball IAC Tournament this week
    • Golfers beat Bullis; already IAC Champions
    • Lacrosse is 19-0; IACs Tournament this week
    • Rugby beats Bell Multicultural; Tournament Wednesday
    • Tennis is UNDEFEATED IN IACs ; Tournament 5/11-12   
    • Track —




Inside the White Rocks











·         Spring Sports


·         Baseball (13-7-2)

The baseball team secured second place in the IAC and an all-important bye in the IAC playoffs with a thrilling, 7th inning, come from behind win at Episcopal on Thursday.  Having beaten the Maroon earlier in the week, 8-0, and seen St Albans lose to St. Stephens/St. Agnes, the Bears would take second place with a win over Episcopal.  Georgetown Prep won the regular season championship.

It wasn’t easy.  The Bears were stymied by Episcopal’ s starting pitcher and were losing 2-1 entering the 7th inning.  But, the Bears rallied.  Sophomore Will Barufka led off with a walk.  He advanced to second on sophomore Will O’Shea’s ground out and then scored the tying run on senior Randy Bednar‘s line drive single up the middle.  After Bednar stole second, senior Drew Whalen knocked him in with a single.  Starting pitcher Ryan Fruehwirth (’18) preserved the lead in the bottom of the 7th and pitched a dominant complete game victory.

Earlier in the week, Bednar, senior Louie Eisen and sophomore Jed Rosenberg pitched the Bears to an 8-0 win over Episcopal on Senior Day.  Seniors Whalen (home run) and Scott Prutting helped pace the attack.  The following seniors were honored:  co-captains Bednar, Prutting and Whalen; Eisen, Mike Dziak, Brett Cooker, Andrew Lowrie, Cullen Stout and manger Jack Porter.

Next up for the Bears is the IAC semi-final game against third place St. Albans, who defeated St. Stephens/St Agnes over the weekend.  The game will be played at David Armstrong Field at Landon on Tuesday at 4:30. Bears are seeking revenge for two, late inning losses to the Bulldogs earlier in the season.  The winner advances to a 3-game IAC championship series, beginning Wednesday and concluding on Saturday.  This is the first year of the new format.









Golf (7-2) Coach Duquette

Monday May1, 2017

Falls Road G.C. Par 35

Weather: Cloudy, Extreme wind  gusts


Landon         185

Bullis              199


Solid win today in difficult conditions, The wind gusts and strange pin locations made it difficult to score.  Great to see freshman Muller at the top of the leaderboard.   


Muller                   35

Katz                       36

Shaw                     37

Jarrett                   37

Samit                     40

Team Total          185


Gibson                  40

King                       43




·         Lacrosse


Bears are 19-0; ENOUGH SAID; MORE TO DO.


·       Landon Lacrosse 15 Episcopal High School 7

·      Landon Lacrosse 14 Winston Churchill 4

Big week: SSSA 05/09 4:30 @ home and the IAC finals 05/12

·         Rugby (Coach France )







Landon Rugby closed out its second consecutive undefeated MAVRC D2 league season with a 54-10 win over arch rival Bell Multicultural on Friday night.  Landon scored 5 straight converted tries to open the game, 2 by junior Aidan Howe along with one each by Maanik Lal, junior Burke McGlaughlin and Mitchell Pan, to take a 35-5 lead into halftime. The forwards produced quality possession and stood strong against an athletic, aggressive Bell forward pack.  The second half brought 3 more tries for the Bears, one each by Luke Peterson and Andrew Engel along with a third for Aidan Howe.  Great support work and tackling remain the key strengths of this year’s team, as well as the pounding forward runs by JD Desroches, freshman Tommy Kenary, Luke Peterson, junior Andrew Engel and Maanik Lal.


This Wednesday (May 10) brings the semifinals of the league tournament at Prindle Field. The hard work continues to reach the goal of 15 teammates playing as one.








·         Tennis

Coaches Miller and Jacoby with their undefeated varsity team. Bears are regular season IAC champs after a 4-3 victory over previously undefeated Bullis.








IAC Championships 5/11 and 12


  • Track (Coach Hunt)
May 11 2017 5:00 PM


I.A.C. Championships – Trials
Landon – William H. Triplett Field at Robinson M. Bordley Stadium









Spring Sports


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Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunigan) 9

Syracuse 11


Colgate wrapped up their 2017 season against neighbor Syracuse.  Syracuse was able to do something few teams had success at this year—keeping Griffin off the scoreboard.  Griffin took 8 shots on the game, but none found the back of the net.   Colgate was down by one with a minute and a half left in the game and managed to get off two shots in the closing seconds (one by Griffin) only to see the Syracuse goalie turn a Gilman clear into the game’s final goal.


Griffin had a spectacular freshman campaign.  He started 12 of 14 games and led the team in goals with 23.  He was named the Patriot League and team Rookie of the Year and also won the Colgate Crease Club Offensive MVP award.


This game also marked the end of Robby’s career at Colgate.  Robby played in 26 games, starting five.  He scored five goals and contributed eight assists, six of those this year.





IVY LEAGUE—Princeton (Mark Strabo) & Penn (Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco)


Both Penn and Princeton dropped their semi-final games in the Ivy League tournament.   Penn took eventual champion Yale to four overtimes due in large part to the spectacular play of the Quakers’ goalie Reed Junkin who turned away five shots (several of those from point blank range) in overtime before surrendering the game winner just over a minute into the fourth overtime.


Princeton’s prolific offense ran into a hot goalie in their match with Brown.  The Bear’s goalie recorded 20 saves in the win, 18 of those in the first three quarters.  The game was tied at 10 each after three quarters, setting up a decisive fourth.  The Tigers scored twice to open the final period, then Brown cut loose with a string of seven unanswered goals, opening up a five goal lead with two minutes left in the game.   The Tigers managed three goals in the last 90 seconds, but could not close the gap further.


This game marks the final collegiate game for all three Bears-Mark Strabo, Garrett Fellows, and Peter Laco.  Mark had been a been a consistent starter for Princeton’s defense until a series of injuries sidelined him.  In 25 games, Mark had 36 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.  In 16 games as a Quaker, Peter had three starts and recorded one goal and one assist.

BIG TEN—Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch)


In a repeat of their match up a month ago, Ohio State won the ground ball battle over the Blue Jays by a comfortable margin to advance to the final.


Maryland won the title in one of the few conference tournaments to go “chalk.”  Maryland had dropped an overtime game to the Buckeyes two weeks ago in Columbus and this contest was similarly close.  The game was tied 8 times and, but for a brief period in the first quarter, neither team could get up by more than one.


NORTHEAST CONFERENCE—Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian)


Hobart continued their late-season run, exacting revenge on Sacred Heart for a one-goal loss early on in NEC play.  But the Statesmen fell short in the title game against Bryant, bring their 2017 season to an end.  The goalies shone in this game with each recording 10 saves.  The Bulldogs scored 4 of their five goals in a 14 minute stretch from the end of the second period into the third to gain a two goal lead.  Hobart came back with in one when they scored with 11 and a half minutes left in the contest, but that proved to be the last goal of the game.

SOUUTHERN CONFERENCE—Jacksonville (Andrew Mitchell, Zach Buller)


The Dolphin’s season came to an end with their loss to the Air Force Academy Falcons.  Andrew Mitchell had three ground balls and a caused turnover.  Jacksonville had taken Air Force to overtime earlier in the season, but the Falcons’ 9-3 advantage over the second and third quarters provided all the cushion they needed.


For the season, Andrew started all 14 games for Jacksonville this year and was #2 on the team with 7 caused turnovers.  Zach appeared in four games this year and scored three goals.




Only one team with Landon alums made the D-I field this year—Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch).  The Blue Jays received the #6 seed and will host the Blue Devils in the first round.  Maryland got the top seed while defending champ North Carolina starts on the road against #8 seeded Albany.






Tufts (Luke Kurtz)


Tufts fell to the #5 seed after their final regular season game loss to Bowdoin.  Back at Bowdoin for a rematch, the Jumbos got the win when it mattered the most.  Tufts 5-0 third quarter gave them enough of a cushion to hold off Bowdoin.  Luke had 2 ground balls and a caused turnover to help Tufts advance.


Friday, Tufts faced Wesleyan in the semis.  The Jumbos had lost to the Cardinals two weeks ago by a single goal.  However, it was all over by half time and Wesleyan raced out to a 14-3 lead at halftime.  Luke had one ground ball for Tufts.


NCAA D-III Tournament


Salisbury and Tufts get to continue their seasons in the NCAA D-III tournament.  Salisbury will host the winner of the May 9 Misericordia vs. Lasell game on May 10.  Tufts will play Keene State on May 10.  Tufts’ bracket includes NESCAC foes Bates, Amherst and Wesleyan-all four of the teams from the NESCAC that are in the tournament.


Diamond Trax [unfortunately unable to update—next week]


Matthew Brady, (2016) Carleton College Knights (9-21) is batting 1.000 (one AB) and 0.00 ERA (two appearances)

Patrick Lightner, (2016) Marist College Red Foxes (19-18) 21 GP 18 GS; .215 at the plate with 2 runs, 5 RBI; .978 fielding

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College Scots (21-13) pitcher, 8.0 innings pitched

Spencer Abraham (2015) , Claremont McKenna College Stags (16-19)  4 GP 4 GS , .255 BA


Golf Trax


Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College team is at the A-10 Championships.


Bear Track Trax    Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats




Nick Blasey (2016) is a scrum half for Dartmouth.  Dartmouth is at the CHRIS MUNN SEVENS

Jack Sears (2013)  Colby









Published in: on May 9, 2017 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews Sunday Edition

Due to commitments at the Azalea Festival, the Sunday Edition will appear tomorrow as the Monday Edition.



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