BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 04/18/2015

As spring is sprung, the Bears, present and past, are moving►







  • Current Bears
    • Varsity baseball is undefeated (4-0) in IAC play with an overall 9-5 record
    • Varsity Golf lists a 2-0 record
    • Varsity Tennis beat Prep
    • Varsity Track ran in a competition at Episcopal
    • Varsity Lacrosse record is now 13-1 with wins over Prep and Bullis


  • Alumni news about
    • Darion’s NBA stock value rises with offensive performance at Portsmouth
    • Two Bears are inducted into the BYU Lacrosse Hall of Fame


  • Bear Diamond Tracks—several alumni contributed to their college games,


  • Golf, tennis, and track reports


Varsity News


Varsity Lacrosse

The Bears won two big IAC games over Prep 6-5 in two overtimes and then in one of the most inconceivable endings ever experienced in lacrosse, beat Bullis 7-6.

It’s interesting that this Buffalo sportswriter cited Timon’s early season loss to Landon as a measurement of the Tigers’ ability.

Sorry about the meager information about many of the spring sports. Any report about baseball, fencing, golf, rugby, sailing, tennis, track or ultimate Frisbie would be most welcome and published.

Alumni News

Bear Hoops Trax

UVA Basketball: Darion Atkins dominates Portsmouth Invitational










From his days within the White Rocks to his four years at THE University, Darion Atkins established a reputation as a defensive stud, earning him the Defensive Player of the Year both in the ACC and the NCAA. His role in Coach Bennett’s pack-line defense made him focus on that aspect of his game. The Big Bear competed at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, where many of the seniors vying for precious NBA draft selections had an opportunity to show their talents. Darion was the competition’s All-Tournament team, scoring 20 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks.

THAT’S A BEAR!!! How appropriate would it be for Memphis to draft a Grizzly Bear?


The BYU Lacrosse Hall of Fame inducted Rick Kirschner (L ’83 Princeton ’87 and BYU JD ’93). Rick is Oak Hill School’s upper school head and lacrosse coach. Rick also was part of Landon’s Landon’s teacher/coach/mentor team- teaching, coaching lacrosse and administering.

Also, Rex Hardy (L’96, BYU) is the Marketing Manager for Nutracella Corp. and lives in Park City, Utah. {according to LinkedIn.}







Bear Diamond Trax  Jack Falvey (2011), Amherst, the Lord Jeffs went 4-1 for the week.

Kyle Colgain (2011), Denison, picked up his first loss with a 5 inning effort. The Big Red went 1-4 for the week.

Ian Kelso (2011) Washington University, pitched 2/3rd’s of an inning in a win for the Bears. The team went 3-2 for the week. Nice picture from Facebook.  J

Jay Graham (2011) Dartmouth Big Green Infielder and reliever; the team went 5-0 over the last seven days.

Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever:  The Bison went 1-4 for the week. Max had a no-decision appearance.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. Sean started and pitched 4.2 innings against St. Mary’s. The loss brought his record to 2-2. The Scots had a 0-2 week.

Bear Tennis Trax

Alex Reinke (2014), Southern Methodist University, the Mustangs lost in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference. Alex had some better luck meeting Andy Roddick at the Moody Coliseum; see below :















Bear Golf Trax

Brent Bubes (2014), Maryland, the Terps are playing at the Wolfpack Classic in Raleigh, NC.

Ralph Blasey (2014), Davidson golf. The team has not played in a week.

 Bear Track Trax

Oliver Hightower (2014), Kenyon Lords.  The results for the Lords’ men at their own Invitational showed that they were in last place. Could not find any reports on Oliver.

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Stags. The team ran in the Azusa Pacific Invitational and a thorough review of the results finds no mention of the big brother Hightower, BUT the below picture (from Facebook) proves that he ran and seems to suggest that he did well.
















Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers competed at the Big South Challenge yesterday, but no times have been posted.

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, came in 8th in the decathlon at the Atlantic 10 championships (back in February). The team ran in Princeton this week, but there was no decathlon and no Jordan.


Published in: on April 20, 2015 at 12:03 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Lacrosse 7 Bullis 6

The Bulldogs of Potomac really do not like the Bears. Perhaps their dislike has something to do with their 4 consecutive losses to Landon. The home team invited their opponents for a night game, a perceived advantage. The night game did not work; for the visitors won. However, the last 2:51 of the game included some of the most bizarre moments that lacrosse has ever witnessed.

Bears 7 Bulldogs 6


The game began quite auspiciously for the Bears. Within a minute of the faceoff, Rob Atkins blew by his defender on an alley dodge and beat the Bullis goalie for a goal @ 11:05. The home team was flagged for a penalty and the visitors clicked on a series of passes; Joey Epstein made a great pass to Nate Buller @ 7:02 for an EMO goal. Ball movement led to Griffin Brown receiving a superb feed from master passer Nate; the goal was @ 4:15. Luke Kurtz initiated the offense from the midfield and found Colton Rupp for the 4th goal   @2:08.




This twelve minute segment lacked the scoring of the first with only a score by the Bulldog leading scorer at 7:20.


The stands of the stadium were heavily populated by the visitors. The constant cheers from the many, many students provided source of constant support. The “we can’t hear you” cheer by the Bear fans was an apt critique of the home side of the stands.




A tally (at 7:20) by the future PSU Nittany Lion narrowed the margin to two in favor of the Bears. The Bears responded with two consecutive goals. First, there was a flurry of shots with rebounds being controlled by the visitors. The end result was a goal @ 5:01by Joey and an assist to Nate. The margin was increased to four goals as Nate found Colin O’Brien for a pretty goal @2:37.


Throughout the game, the referees found fault with some of the Bears’ play. In fact Landon was assessed a total of ten penalties, which resulted in the visitors facing 7 EMD situations. Some of the Bullis EMO chances were negated by their offsetting penalties—in particular a bizarre series of penalties. The net EMD performance was 1 goal against 7 chances.




The last segment created much angst among the Bear fans. The Bulldogs scored at 11:30, 10:23, 7:19 (their only EMO goal) and 3:57. That barrage was interrupted by a series of passes around the perimeter; the last pass went from Griffin to Colton who shot from about 12 yards and caught the far corner of the Bullis goal @ 10:59. That turned out to be the winning goal.

At 2:51 the bizarre began; the Bullis head coach asked the referees to examine a stick, not of any player, but one of the Landon coaches. The rules preclude any illegal stick from being on the sidelines and the crosse violated the rules in several dimensions. That resulted in a THREE MINUTE, UNRELEASABLE PENALTY AGAINST THE LANDON TEAM.

The Bulldogs took a number of shots, but only one was on goal. That was an extremely hard shot by the Bullis/PSU recruit. Hunter Sells made an awesome save with 0:54.7 remaining. Landon was still short a man; so getting the ball to the other end of the field was critical. Hunter made an outstanding 80 yard pass to one of his attackmen.

After a time out, the ball was given to Nate who evaded the Bulldogs for what seemed like hours but was closer to twenty seconds. There were two home defenders chasing him. Eventually the ball was passed to a Landon midfielder with the intention of consuming the remainder of the clock. He lost possession and in the ensuing scrum, a Bullis player was flagged for a two minute, unreleasable “hit to the head” penalty. The ball was put in play and it rolled over the Landon end of the field.

The Bullis coach, who had showed his detailed knowledge of the rule book, got some “learning” from the referees. They recognized the request and then penalized the Bulldog coach for asking for an illegal time out. At that point, the teams would have played with an equal number of players.

The conversation which ensued between the home coach and the referees resulted in the officials’ calling two unsportsmanlike penalties against the Bulldog coach. Those two fouls resulted in the Bears’ having an advantage of two players (the Bear serving the coach’s stick penalty offset one of the three Bulldogs’ fouls). The clocked showed only 0:29.5 remaining in the game.

Landon ran out the clock and for the second game in a row, the Bears beat a major IAC foe in a close game.






Khari loved great defense and he would have loved the Landon EMD team. Starting with the goalie, moving to the long poles and including the SSDMs, they stopped the potent Bullis offense in six of their seven extra man advantages.





Published in: on April 18, 2015 at 9:06 am  Comments (2)  

BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols



Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) 9

Delaware (Taylor Valencia ‘13, Philip Pena ‘13) 8

Drexel improves to 2-1 in the CAA while Delaware falls to 0-3 in conference play. Hank had 2 ground balls for the Dragons while both Taylor and Philip saw field time for the Blue Hens.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien ’14) 14

Lafayette 13

Bucknell gave up a four goal lead in the last 4 minutes of the game, but got the game winner with 23 seconds left in regulation. Sean had one shot and one ground ball for the Bison


Colgate (Robby Dunnigan ‘13) 14

Holy Cross 13

Colgate remains one of the top teams in the CAA with another win, raising their conference record to 5-2, tied for second in the conference with Loyola


Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13, Jack Bolen ‘14) 12

Canisius 6

Will Joyce picked up a save and Marshall Peters had 2 ground balls for the Big Red in a mid-week, non-conference tilt.


Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13, Jack Bolen ‘14) 14

Hofstra 5

The Big Red coasted in another non-conference game, in which Marshall Peters was a major force with 6 ground balls and 5 caused turnovers.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider ’11) 7

Towson 8

Charlie had one goal on three shots (all on goal) as the Stags lost their first conference game. His goal was the first of the game.


Hobart (Riley McTague ‘14) 7

Wagner 6

Hobart and St. Joseph’s are both sitting atop the Northeast Confernce with 4-0 records, but that will change with the teams meet this coming weekend.


Jacksonville (Zac Buller ‘14) 9

Bellarmine 17


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch ‘14) 11—2 OT

Penn State 10

Hopkins picked up Big Ten win


Navy (Patrick Keena ’11) 10

Army 7

Patrick scores 2 of Navy’s 6 fourth quarter goals, including Navy’s 8th of the game which proved to be the game winner.


Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) 10

Harvard 9

Penn picked up their second straight Ivy League win over Harvard which was coming off of a big win over Cornell.


Princeton (Justin Murphy Undergrad Asst ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) 15

Lehigh 16


Princeton (Justin Murphy Undergrad Asst ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) 16

Dartmouth 5

Princeton got their Ivy League record back up to .500 (2-2) with key games with Cornell and Harvard over the next two weeks.


Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ‘96)11



Virginia (Michael Rhoads ’13, Jason Murphy ’13, Brandon Johnson ’14, Jack Falk ‘14) 8

Duke 15

Jason was 11 for 21 on faceoffs with 3 ground balls for the Wahoos who continue with their 2014 struggles against ACC opponents and multi-year struggles with Duke. UVA’s loss sets up a new Bears vs. Bears game as UVA will now play Penn.




Updated D-I Rankings:

LaxPower Forum USLIA Coaches  

IL Media

Virginia 9 9 10
Cornell 7 10 9
Princeton 17 19 20
Johns Hopkins V V V
Fairfield V V V
Hobart V
Navy 20 18 19
Colgate V V V
Drexel V
Penn V V


LaxPower Tournament Bid Probabilities

Cornell 100%
Virginia 100%
Navy 49%
Johns Hopkins 42%
Princeton 40%
Colgate 31%
Hobart 30%
Drexel 22%
Fairfield 22%
Penn 14%
Bucknell 13%
Vermont 13%
Jacksonville 5%
Delaware 3%

Probabilities are based on LaxPower’s estimate of each team’s likelihood of winning their conference automatic qualifier bid or an at large bid. There are 10 AQ’s this year and 8 at-large bids.




Delaware (Taylor Valencia ‘13, Philip Pena ‘13) and Fairfield (Charlie Schnider ’11) meet in the only Bears Vs. Bears game this coming week.




Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) 5

Gettysburg 17

Dickinson lost to Gettysburg for the first time since 2010. Austin had one shot and one ground ball for the Red Devils.


Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) 9

Washington College 1

Austin took 4 shots, 3 on goal and gathered up 2 ground balls in the loss.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) 10

Williams 6

Sellers had 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers as Hamilton improved to 4-4 in NESCAC play.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12)6

Tufts 25

Perennial NESCAC power Tufts put on an offensive show against Hamilton. Sellers had one ground ball.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) 25

Wabash 1

Ohio Wesleyan continued their offensive show, but Tommy was limited to one shot.


Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) 9

Denison 8

OWU and Denison have been the top teams in the NCAC and each year’s contest has been the critical measure of each program. The Battling Bishops built a 6-2 lead in the first half, with Tommy contributing 2 goals, but Denison came charging back. OWU got the game winner with just 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

Updated D-III Rankings:

LaxPower Forum USLIA Coaches IL Media Poll
Ohio Wesleyan 4 4 4


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Landon Lacrosse 6 Georgetown Prep 5 in 2 o/t’s

The Bears and the Hoyas are true rivals; they boys do not have to circle the Landon-Prep game on their calendars, they just know. The result matters to both squads, witness the long faces of the Hoyas as they walked slowly up the steps of Bordley Stadium and in contrast, the Bears’ broad smiles and jump in their strides up the same stair case, even though they had just finished 56 minutes of a highly contested match. Bears 6 Hoyas 5


This was a battle. The Bears offense scored four straight goals and the Defensive team shut out the visitors for the first nineteen minutes. In fact, the Hoyas first shot (not on goal) was recorded at 6:11 of the first period. Messrs. Sells, McKenzie, Evans, Fowler, Padalino, Firstenberg, Powell and Gallagher established a tough perimeter for the visitors to pierce.

To get the Bears started, Colton Rupp got position directly before the GP goal, took some heavy stick whacks and executed a rock step that freed his hands. The result was a goal @ 6:31.

The visitors were flagged for a foul and their EMD could not stop a great pass from Rob Adkins to the stick of Nate Buller who buried his shot for the #2 Bear goal @ 2:34




Early in the period, the home team continued pushing towards the GP goal. A ground ball attracted a number of long-poled Hoya defenders and a den of Bears intent on gaining possession. Suddenly Joey Epstein emerged with the rock in his stick and immediately he drove toward the Hoya goalie, who the freshman beat @ 10:55.

The Bears tallied their 4th goal with the advantage of one less GP defender. This time Colton found a crack in the Hoya phalanx of stick and threaded an incredible assist to Nate, who quick-sticked past the goalie @5:35.

GP head coach Charlie Horning adjusted what his boys were doing and it worked as the Hoyas scored two quick goals, both on unsettled situations. David Lipka scored at 5:51 and then Mickey Aleisse at 1:52, both unassisted.




The halftime huddles must have been effective on the D side for the first goal of the 3rd quarter occurred at 2:26 by Hoya Keith Fernandez. (This goal probably was the result of uncharacteristic play by the Bears: three consecutive failures to clear.)The home team responded with a speed dodge by Griffin Brown down the alley @ 1:38.




The last quarter demonstrated how much the Hoyas wanted this game. They scored: Lipka at 4:50 and then Marty Gardiner at 4:00.

Landon had an opportunity to end the game when Colton fired a shot with less than 2 minutes left and the ball just missed the crossbar. The ball was turned over by the home team on a timer on violation @ 1:14. The Bears faced sudden death, but the ball hit the ground with seconds left in the GP offensive zone; Andrew Fowler came up with the ball to preclude a decisive score.




In the first overtime, the Bears’ first penalty of the game gave the Hoyas an opportunity to end the game. The Landon EMD did not surrender under heavy pressure.


The Hoyas were given an opportunity to score, but savvy positioning (and no push) by Andrew Fowler resulted in a Hoya being called for a crease violation. The Bears got the ball into their offensive zone and the ball was passed to Nate who swept from behind right to the top. Once there, he saw swift movement by Griffin Brown. A very difficult pass by #8 through the GP defense connected with #11 who took a low-to-high shot which beat the Hoya goalie and GP for a dramatic overtime win. . [See the below picture which shows the relative position of the passer and the shooter. Most importantly, it shows the ball in the back of the GP net!]










One indication of a change in the GP-Landon relationships was that Coach Horning walked across the field well after the game was over and shook hands with Coach Bordley—a real sign of respect between the two teams!!!





The man for whom this award is named exhibited leadership in everything he did—working hard in practices, being a coach on the field (letting teammates know what the opposition is giving), sacrificing his body for the team, playing harder when his teammates seem to have lost energy, doing the little things that make a difference, making clutch plays when needed and always exhibiting the quite confidence which matters at critical moments.


All of these attributes equally describe Colton Rupp, senior captain who leads the Bears into battle and who earned to important points in the GP game.










Beat Bullis Friday night in Potomac, time 7pm under the lights.

Go Bears!!!!

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Landon lax 6 Prep 5 in double overtime

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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 04/11/2015

Much news about Bears —> several Awards for these Current and Alumni Ursines


  • Current Bears
    • Winter WaPo All Mets
      • Tommy Crittenberger, PoY Hockey
      • Alex Norwinski, 2nd team All Met Hockey
      • Colton Rupp and Patrick Giles, Honorable Mention Hockey
      • Aaron Byrd Honorable Mention

>> plus all IAC and All Gazette awards for multiple sports

  • Varsity Track ran at Holton with a number of 1st place finishers
  • Varsity baseball earned two more wins and a close loss for an 8-2 total so far
  • Varsity Golf lists a 2-0 record
  • Varsity Tennis has a 1-2 start to the season
  • Varsity Rugby beat Model School 62-0
o    Rugby beat Model 62-0
  • Varsity Lacrosse record is now 11-1


  • Alumni news about

>> Sam Anas earns 2nd team AA in hockey

>>Bear Diamond Tracks—several alumni contributed to their college games,

>>Golf, tennis, and track reports

Varsity News


Varsity Lacrosse

The game against the #1 West team (Inside Lacrosse) , St. Ignatius was a battle and the visitors won. Friday’s scheduled game against Georgetown Prep was moved to 4/13 @ Bordley Stadium at 4:30pm.

Varsity Track and Field


Here are some of the individual highlights from the Holton Track meet:

o   Boys 100 Meters—1st Johari Johnson, 11.94

o   Boys 200 Meters—1st Johari Johnson, 23:00 o

Boys 800 Meters—1st Kevin Tsai, 2:18.60; Andrew Parker and Jackson Powell were 2nd and 3rd.o

Boys Shot Put—1st Keith Simms, 42.06.00o

Boys Discus Throw—1st Keith Simms , 111-05o

There were many more Bears who ran; here is a full report.


Varsity Hockey









In addition to the above-mentioned All Mets, there were many other accolades for the skating Bears:

  • Jack Concannon ’16:All-Gazette Honorable Mention
    Tommy Crittenberger ’15: Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year, All-Gazette First Team, All-IAC
    Patrick Giles ’18: All-Met Honorable Mention, All-Gazette Second Team
    Alex Norwinski ’15: All-Met Second Team, All-Gazette First Team, All-IAC
    Colton Rupp ’15: All-Met Honorable Mention, All-Gazette Honorable Mention, All-IAC

In the past five seasons, Landon Hockey has garnered from WaPo:


  • 2– PoYs (Anas and Crittenberger)
  • 4– 1st Team All Mets
  • 3–2nd Team All Mets
  • 9—Honorable Mentions
  • 1—Coach of the Year (should have been two)

Aaron Byrd ’15: All-Met Honorable Mention, All-Gazette Honorable Mention, All-IAC


A swimmer earned recognition —
Hayden Fralin ’16: All-Gazette Second Team



In what must have been a grievous oversight, WaPo did not add any of these grapplers to its All Met awards:
Ben Goodfriend ’16: All-IAC
Jarett Witzal ’15: All-Gazette Second Team, All-IAC

Alumni News


Hockey Alumni

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Quinnipiac University sophomore Sam Anas( Landon School 2011, Potomac, Maryland) was named to the 2014-15 AHCA/CCM Hockey Men’s Division I All-American Second Team. Further, Sam earned to the 2014-15 New England Men’s Hockey All-Star Team plus earned All-ECAC Hockey Second Team. These honors reflect that he was ranked eighth nationally in goals (23) and was one of 26 players, nationally, to score 20 or more goals this year. His 39 points ranked 33nd nationally as well. Note: he was the WaPo Hockey PoY for the 2010-2011 season.

 Bear Diamond Trax  Jack Falvey (2011), Amherst, the Lord Jeffs beat Williams at both ends of a doubleheader, but no statistics were published. Kyle Colgain (2011), Denison, pitched 4 1/3 innings and giving up 4 ERs against DePauw. The team went 3-1 for the week. Ian Kelso (2011) Washington University, the one game scheduled for the week was postponed.  Jay Graham (2011) Dartmouth Big Green Infielder and reliever; the team was 2-2 since the last Sunday Edition.


Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever: faced a batter against Lehigh. Then pitched 1and 1 /3 innings against Army and retired all of the Black Knights whom he faced. The Bison went 2-3 for the week.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. Sean pitched 3 innings against Concordia, gave up 1 hit, struck out 3, but walked 4. The Scots had a 0-4 week.

Alexander Mockett (2014), Sewanee, is no longer listed on the Tigers roster. Is that an incorrect reading of the site?

Bear Tennis Trax

Alex Reinke (2014), Southern Methodist University, the Mustangs lost to # 10 TCU.

Bear Golf Trax

Brent Bubes (2014), Maryland, the Terps are playing at a course in Columbus, OH.

Ralph Blasey (2014), Davidson golf, has played in all of the Wildcats seven tournaments.

 Bear Track Trax

Oliver Hightower (2014), Kenyon Lords.  The results for the Lords’ men at Marv Frye Invitational showed that they were in last place. Could not find any reports on Oliver.

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Stags. The team is competing at the Caltech/Chapman/Cal Lutheran/Whittier on Saturday, but the meet must not be completed yet.

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers competed at a meet but the records do not indicate that the 4×100 team from CC ran.

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, posted a 16.11 in the 110 Hurdles at the NCAT Aggies meet.



BEAT PREP in all sports on Monday!!!

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BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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Bucknell (Sean O’Brien ’14) 11

Mount St. Mary’s 12

The Bison suffered a tough loss against Mount St. Mary’s, the team’s third straight loss, as the Mount scored three unanswered goals in the final period. Sean scored twice for Bucknell, his first goals since the season opener.


Colgate (Robby Dunnigan ‘13) 12

Lehigh 8

Colgate started the season with four straight wins, only to lose the next four. With wins this week and last, the Raiders have a new win streak building. Colgate is one of four teams in the Patriot League with only 2 losses in conference play.


Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13, Jack Bolen ‘14) 9

Harvard 10

Harvard jumped out to an early lead and while Cornell battled back time and again to tie it up, the Big Red could not move out ahead of the Crimson. Cornell earned their last tie with just 40 seconds left in the game but Harvard scored right off of the ensuing faceoff and held on to win. Marshall had 3 ground balls and 1 caused turnover for Cornell.


Delaware (Taylor Valencia ‘13, Philip Pena ‘13) 7

Towson 12

Philip took one shot for the Blue Hens in their second CAA loss.


Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) 8

Hofstra 7

Hank dished out an assist on the game winner with just 4 seconds left in regulation.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider ’11) 10

U Masss 9

Charlie had one goal and one assist for the Stags. His assist accounted for Fairfield’s 9th goal and his goal the 10th which proved to be the winner as U Mass closed to within one with the game’s final two goals. Fairfield is tied with Towson atop the CAA standings and the two teams will meet this coming weekend.


Hobart (Riley McTague ‘14) 13

Sacred Heart 5

Hobart started the year with some losses to good teams (Cornell, Syracuse and Georgetown), then picked up two overtime wins against relatively weak conference opponents. This win over Sacred Heart puts them at the top of the Northeast Conference with a 3-0 record in conference play.


Jacksonville (Zac Buller ‘14) 6

High Point 9

Zac got off one shot and recorded one ground ball in Jacksonville’s loss to High Point.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch ‘14) 12

Ohio State 15

Johns Hopkins’ struggles continue as the Blue Jays dropped to 1-1 in the Big Ten, 4-6 overall.


Navy (Patrick Keena ’11) 7

Loyola 17

Navy lost a key Patriot League game which only further raises the stakes with this coming weekend’s match up with Army.


Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13) 14

Brown 11

Penn halted its four game losing streak, handing Brown only their second loss of the season, their first lost in the Ivy League. Will took one shot for Penn.


Princeton (Justin Murphy Undergrad Asst ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) 10

Stony Brook 13


Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ‘96)10

Albany 20


Virginia (Michael Rhoads ’13, Jason Murphy ’13, Brandon Johnson ’14, Jack Falk ‘14) 6

North Carolina 10

Jason Murphy continues to step up his face off game after some tough challenges at the start of the year. He’s moving up towards 50%, helped by this week’s 10 of 17 performance against the Tar Heels. Jack Falk had 2 ground balls, an area where the ‘Hoos have been deficient this year. Amazingly, this coming week’s game that pits UVA against Duke is essentially an ACC tournament elimination game as both teams are winless in ACC play.


Updated D-I Rankings:

LaxPower Forum USLIA Coaches  

IL Media

Virginia 7 6 6
Cornell 8 10 10
Princeton 14 14 18
Johns Hopkins 20t V V
Fairfield 20t 20 20
Hobart V
Navy V V V
Colgate V V
Drexel V
Penn V


LaxPower Tournament Bid Probabilities

Cornell 100%
Virginia 100%
Princeton 57%
Johns Hopkins 35%
Navy 34%
Hobart 27%
Fairfield 25%
Colgate 24%
Drexel 18%
Jacksonville 11%
Vermont 8%
Delaware 8%
Bucknell 8%
Penn 5%

Probabilities are based on LaxPower’s estimate of each team’s likelihood of winning their conference automatic qualifier bid or an at large bid. There are 10 AQ’s this year and 8 at-large bids.




Delaware (Taylor Valencia ‘13, Philip Pena ‘13) and Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) meet in the only Bears Vs. Bears game this coming week.




Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) 9

Haverford 7

After four straight losses, the Red Devils found the winning way again. Austin had 2 shots and 2 ground balls for Dickinson.

Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) 8

Middlebury 11

Sellers caused 3 turnovers for Hamilton.

Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) 9

Trinity 8

Sellers picked up another caused turnover and 2 ground balls against Trinity.

Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) 18

Wittenberg 4

Tommy scored 4 goals and got two ground balls as the high scoring Battlin’ Bishops remain undefeated.

Updated D-III Rankings:

LaxPower Forum USLIA Coaches IL Media Poll
Ohio Wesleyan 4 4 4


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St. Ignatius 10 – Landon 8

St. Ignatius 10 – Landon 8

St. Ignatius from San Francisco came to Landon to show they could play with the east coast teams and proved their point.

First Quarter

St. Ignatius controlled the ball for extended periods taking a 1-0 lead at 8.02 with a feed from behind.

Late in First Quarter Landon evens the score on a feed from Joey Epstein to Nate Buller on the crease.

First Quarter Ends 1 – 1.

Second Quarter

St. Ignatius pulls ahead 2-1 with a goal off a bull dog in the slot at 10.20.

St. Ignatius continues to control the ball and takes a 3-1 lead on a feed to the crease.

Landon finally gets some momentum going on a three goal run starting with a goal by Buller from the crease on a feed from Colton Rupp. This was followed by a goal by Rupp on a feed from Luke Kurtz. The Bears take a 4-3 lead with 4.2 seconds left in half following a caused turnover by the defense, great clear and terrific finish by Rupp.

Second Quarter Ends 4 – 3 Landon.

Third Quarter

St. Ignatius scores first in the second half on a feed to crease at 11.00 to tie the score 4-4.

The Bears follow with an extra man goal by Buller on a feed from Epstein to take a 5-4 lead at 9.07.

St. Ignatius bounces back to tie the score at 5-5 on a fast break goal after a nice defensive steal on a double team at 7.46.

The see-saw continues with the Bears striking again on a feed from Epstein to Buller at 7.00 to take a 6-5 lead.

The Bears finally get a two goal lead on yet another feed by Epstein to Buller at 3.15.

This advantage is short lived as St. Ignatius scores on a shorthanded goal by a defensive player to make it 7-6 with 2.17 to go.

The Bears strike right back at 1.27 on a beautiful sweeping dodge by Buller to take an 8-6 lead.

Third Quarter Ends 8 – 6 Landon.

Fourth Quarter

St. Ignatius outscores the Bears 4 to 0 in the Fourth Quarter. One goal at 8.49 after a turn-over on a procedure call in the offense end followed by St. Ignatius taking advantage of a quick whistle.

Much of the quarter goes by until St. Ignatius goes on a three goal run at the end of the game scoring the game winner with 44 seconds to go the game.

Final Score 10 – 8 St. Ignatius

Landon was kept in the game by Nate Buller’s offensive performance with six goals.

Landon faces Georgetown Prep at home on Friday at 4.30.

Published in: on April 8, 2015 at 3:55 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 04/04/2015

From the Bear, the best to all on this Passover and Easter weekend

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  • Current Bears

    • Varsity baseball, according to a source, is a very exciting 5-1

o    Rugby beat Eleanor Roosevelt HS 25-5

    • Varsity Lacrosse goes 11-0 , beating Gilman, Gonzaga and Coronado
  •           Varsity Hockey player’s outside team wins nationals
  •            More  wrestling awards for Jarrett Witzal


  • Alumni news about  

» Hoops

  • Darion gets a National Award
  • Danny, Hapoel Kazrin, on a break.


>>Bear Diamond Tracks—several alumni contributed to their college teams (thanks to Mr. Luther, we have added a few),

>>Golf, tennis, and track reports

Varsity News


Varsity Lacrosse

The Bears beat major powerhouses and rivals Gilman 11-4 then Gonzaga 7-6 in one of the most exciting, well played HS games in the DMV or anywhere.

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Then they met Bear alumni- coached, Alex Cade ( a story about this ’94 graduate) Coronado 9-4. The challenges continue with a Tuesday game against the #1 West team (Inside Lacrosse) , St. Ignatius Tuesday at Bordley Stadium at 4:30pm. Then on Friday, Georgetown Prep will come inside the White Rocks; nothing else needs to be said!

Varsity Hockey

Many Bears play the Landon Varsity schedule and then contribute to an outside high level team. Alex Norwinski, an ALL IAC defenseman, also plays for the Ashburn Xtreme as a winger and they won the Tier II U18 National Championship. Here’s a picture of Alex and his proud Dad, Derek with the team’s trophy:Norwinski Natl champ








Varsity Wrestling

From Coach Katz:

Jarett’s final wrestling accomplishments:
2 Team All Gazette
2 x National Prep Qualifier (Finished Top 12 2015)
3 x MIS States place winner ( Finished 2nd 2015)
2x IAC Champion
104 Wins-8th All Time on Landon Win List
This wraps up an amazing wrestling career at Landon



Alumni News


Bear Hoops Trax

Darion Adkins added to his trophy case. Below is a picture of the Big Bear holding the 2015 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year!

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Bear Diamond Trax 

Thanks to Andy Luther, additional Bears are being tracked. 

Jack Falvey (2011), Amherst, the Lord Jeffs are 10-6. Jack, who wrote BSN posts about the Varsity basketball games during his senior year at Landon, has not been able to play yet.

Kyle Colgain (2011), Denison, the team went 1-2, but Kyle did not pitch.  

Ian Kelso (2011) Washington University Bears pitcher, pitched 1 2/3rds of an inning and did not give up a run in a loss. Then he pitched a scoreless inning in a 4-2 win. The team went 3 and 2 for the week. The senior has a 2.57 ERA.

Jay Graham (2011) Dartmouth Big Green Infielder and reliever; the team was 2-2 since the last Sunday Edition and Jay gets an At Bat.

Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever: the team went 1-3 with Max pitching 2 and 1/3rd of innings in loss against Navy.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. Sean had a rough outing against St. Thomas; the opponent obviously had a lethal batting line-up (scored 32 runs in 2 games against the Scots). The team went 0-4 for the week

Alexander Moffett (2014), Sewanee, the Tigers are9-17. The lefthander is 2-4 in 14 appearances and has a 5.56 ERA. He has struck out 30 batters

Bear Tennis Trax

Alex Reinke (2014), Southern Methodist University, the Mustangs went 0-2.

Bear Golf Trax

Brent Bubes (2014), Maryland, the Terps must be on Spring break, but oddly not down in FLA.

Ralph Blasey (2014), Davidson golf, has played in all of the Wildcats seven tournaments.


 Bear Track Trax

Oliver Hightower (2014), Kenyon Lords.  The only reported results for the Lords at Marv Frye Invitational were for the women.

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Stags. The team participated in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, but no results for Mac were posted in either the 400 or 800 races

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers competed at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic but the results did not include Deion.

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, competed in the Vert Klasse Meet

but I must admit that I cannot find Jordan anywhere in the results.



Thanks to all who read the BSN posts; recently as many as 3,000 people have clicked on the site.


Published in: on April 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 9 Coronado 4

The annual match with an opponent, who has almost as many Bear alumni coaches (3) as does Landon (4), did not follow the normal script. In many of the past years, the Landon starters built up a lead and then the gerbils/Baby Bears came into get some experience. The Islanders scored first, but the Bears then rang up 8 successive goals; while the Bear D shut out the visitors for more than 30 minutes. Bears 9 Islanders 4


As with most games, the teams spent much of the 1st period assessing where the other’s strengths/weaknesses may be. The ‘Nado team scored late to take a 1-0 lead




The momentum changer was, like he was against Gonzaga, Nate Buller. He set up behind goal and drove to Goal Line Extended and got his hands free for a shot goal @11:05. ‘Nado was called for a penalty and on the EMO Colton Rupp found Nate on a cross crease pass. #8 was 2 goals for 2 shots @8:37. Then, Rob Adkins saw Nate at the opposite edge of the goal and the Sophomore tallied his 3rd goal @ 7:19.


After that flurry of goals Coach put in his second string attack (not a derogatory term given the Bear starters) and they showed their talents with 3 more goals. First, Sophomore Thomas Halm got the pass from a fast breaking middie and found classmate Colin O’Brien for the goal @ 5:32. The troika was complete when Junior Drennan Greene (who played the first twelve minutes) dodged past his ‘Nado defender for a goal @ 1:57.




Some of the starters came out to begin after the intermission. While Landon had a man advantage, Griffin Brown moved the ball to Colton for a goal @ 1:31. Forty seconds later (to show the ‘Nado defender that his loose stick work did not deter him), #4 used a power dodge to score @0:51.5.



There is no quit in an Alex Cade coached team and his Islanders scored at 8:22, 0:56 and 0:05.3. In between the initial opponent scores, Koko Avedisian got the ball to Drennan who scored @6:25.


The experience crew who played well against this California powerhouse included (in numerical order) Paul Kern (4 saves), John Geppert, Will Amoroso, Andrew Whicker, Brian MacLaury, Doug Chirite and Griffin Valentine.




[note: there will be a guest writer for the St. Ignatius game; go Bears!]


Khari Baten “That’s a Bear” Award


This recognition usually is for the work in a game, but this award is made for the six goals he scored in the last two games. In the critical moments of each of these games, Nate Buller bulled his way past defenders and scored. The Sophomore is not a one way player; his fierce rides and play around the goal have resulted in numerous ground balls and several checks which caused turnovers. That’s a Bear, Nate!


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