BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

a two week summary


Princeton (Mark Strabo) 7

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 3

Princeton picked up their first Ivy League win while Dartmouth remains winless in league play.  Dartmouth pitched a 3-0 shutout in the first half, but Princeton returned the favor in the second half posting a 7-0 shutout.  Mark had one ground ball for the Tigers.


Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 11

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 4

Dartmouth put up another good first half only to have the Quakers pull away in the second half.  Penn’s win secures their slot in the Ivy League’s tournament May 6 & 8 in Providence.


Drexel (Hank Brown) 6

Delaware (Philip Pena) 5

Delaware and Drexel are battling out for the last slot in the CAA tournament and Drexel’s one goal win gives them a tie breaker edge, if needed.  Delaware has yet to play Fairfield (Bears vs. Bears) and Drexel faces UMass in their final CAA regular season game.  Drexel needs to win and Delaware lose for the Dragons to take advantage of the win.  Any other outcome puts the Blue Hens into the tournament.



Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 14

Lafayette 7

Sean scored once and Jarret was 11-for-17 on faceoffs with 6 ground balls for the Bison.

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 15

Lehigh 7

Jarret dominated the X in this game, winning 22 of 24 faceoffs, further contributing a goal and 12 ground balls.  Sean also scored once for the Bison.  Bucknell next plays Holy Cross in the PLL tournament quarter finals.

Jarret’s face off win percentage is 63.8%, placing him 6th in D-I lacrosse.


Bucknell’s Jarett Witzal Named Epoch/LM Player of Week


Freshman faceoff specialist Jarett Witzal’s near-perfect performance in Bucknell’s 15-7 win Saturday over Patriot League men’s lacrosse foe Lehigh has earned him Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week honors.


The Bison, ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Top 20, have enjoyed a late-season resurgence. Since a lopsided loss at Loyola on March 26, after which they sat at 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League, they have reeled off four straight victories, including three conference wins heading into the postseason. Bucknell hosts Holy Cross in the Patriot League quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Witzal has fueled the Bison’s rebirth. He went 22-for-24 against Lehigh and added a goal, preventing the Mountain Hawks from ever establishing a rhythm. In Bucknell’s nine wins, Witzal is 131-for-189 (70.9 percent). In four losses, he is 24-for-54 (44.4 percent).


Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 6

Holy Cross 12

Holy Cross had a 6 goal third quarter to pull away with three of those goals scored in a 45 second span.  Robby Dunigan took 2 shots and scooped up one ground ball for Red Raiders.


Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 14

Lafayette 9

Colgate’s 6 goal first quarter led to a 10-4 halftime lead.  Robby had a solid game with 2 goals, 3 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers.   Those impressive numbers led Coach Murphy to exclaim, “…the young man I’m probably the most proud of is Robby Dunigan. I’ve always been a firm believer that if you can have an effective ride, you can win a lot of ballgames. He was a one-man wrecking crew down there and I’m really proud of the effort that 24 gave us.”

Colgate wraps up their 2016 season on May 7 when they travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 10 OT

Syracuse 9

It’s been a tough year for Cornell in the Ivy League but they’ve done well against the ACC.  The Big Red scored a win over the Syracuse Orange to tag on to their earlier win over UVA.  Colton Rupp had one assist for Cornell, that one tying the game at 9 and allowing for the shot at an overtime win.  Jack contributed one ground ball as well.


Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 13

Lehigh 12

Cornell picked up another good out of conference win.  Colton scored 2 goals on 8 shots and gathered up one ground ball.  Marshall Peters scored his first goal of the season, converting on a fast break clear after a save at the opposite end of the field.  Jack also had one ground ball.  Colton scored the game winner with a mere one second left on the clock.

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 5

Brown 22

The Big Red ran up against an irresistible force, falling to the #1 team in the Ivy League.  Colton had one goal and one assist in the loss while Marshall had 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.  Jack had two ground balls as well.

Colton is Cornell’s top goal scorer with 22 goals and number #2 on the team for points with 23.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 10

UMass-Lowell 11


Delaware (Philip Pena) 10

Towson 7

The Blue Hens have had a tough time of it this season.  On the other hand, Towson is one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association which was ranked #7 nationally going into the game.  Delaware’s upset of Towson puts the Blue Hens in contention for a slot in the CAA tournament.


Drexel (Hank Brown) 4

Hofstra 10

Hank had one ground ball for the Dragons.  Drexel finishes out their 2016 campaign against UMass this coming week, hoping for a win and the right combination of tie breakers to make the CAA tournament.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 8

UMass 6

Charlie had a goal and 3 assists for the Stags in a key Colonial Athletic Association win over UMass.


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 11

Towson 18

Charlie contributed one assist in the Stags game against one of the top CAA team.  Charlie is averaging 2 assists per game this year, ranking him 17th D-I lacrosse.


Hobart (Koko Avedisain, Riley McTague) 12

Mount St. Mary’s 6

Hobart is in a battle for a slot in the Northeast Conference tournament and this win gives them against a team that is battling for that last slot.

Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 2

Bryant 15

Koko took three shots for the Statesmen who lost to one of the top teams in Northeast Conference.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 12 OT

Penn State 11

Coach Pietramala was back on the sidelines for the Blue Jays after missing several games with a back infection.  Big Ten games have been quite competitive this year and this game was no exception.  Penn State rallied to force overtime with 29 seconds left in the game.  The Blue Jays were able to secure the win in overtime.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 19

Michigan 13

Johns Hopkins improved to 3-1 in the Big Ten with Maryland up next.  The outcome of that game, and the Rutgers-Ohio State game will determine the order of the top three seeds in the Big Ten tournament.


Navy (Patrick Keena) 11 OT

Army 10

Even if no league issues are on the line, any time that Army and Navy play pride and honor are on the line.  This match was no different, plus it was also for first place in the Patriot League.  The game did not disappoint.  Patrick scored 3 goals and dished out 2 assists, taking 11 shots (Keep Shooting!).  His third goal created the final tie score of regulation.  The win assures the Midshipmen of the #1 seed and hosting honors for the Patriot League tournament.  The semi-finals and finals of the tournament will take place on Friday, April 29 and Sunday May 1 in Annapolis.


Navy (Patrick Keena) 5

Maryland 10

This game, originally schedule for February, came on the heels of Navy’s triumphant and draining victory over Army.  Patrick had one goal for Navy.


Navy (Patrick Keena) 7

Sacred Heart 1

Navy scored 4 goals in the first quarter and rode their defense to the win.  Patrick has one assist for the Middies.  Patrick is now ranked 15th for assists per game in D-I.  Patrick also earned first team all Patriot League honors this week.


Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 14

Harvard 13

Penn picked up a key Ivy win over the Crimson, as they, Yale and Harvard battle it out for 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds in the Ivy League tournament.  Penn’s Ivy League season is completed while Harvard and Yale face off this coming weekend.  A win by Yale makes Penn the #3 seed while a Crimson win creates a three way tie among these teams.

Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 8



Princeton (Mark Strabo) 13

Lehigh 6

The Tigers picked up their first win for new head coach Matt Matalon and Mark picked up two ground balls in the win.

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 12

Harvard 16

Princeton and Harvard fought to a 7-7 draw in the first half, but the Crimson scored five straight after the break to build a lead they would not surrender.  Mark had one ground ball for the Tigers.


Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 14


Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 13

Hartford 4

Vermont gave themselves a big leg up on getting a slot in the America East tournament with the win over Hartford.  The Catamounts finish out their regular season against Binghamton this weekend.  If Binghamton wins, there is a chance that there will be a three way tie for the last two seeds in the league tournament.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 8

Duke 14

Virginia closed out a winless ACC regular season after having no answer for the Blue Devils in the second half.  Jason was part of a brutal battle at the faceoff dot, winning 11 of 17 but sustaining an injury that was to keep him out of the lineup at the Georgetown game.  Jack had one ground ball for UVA.  UVA will miss the ACC tournament and will instead finish their regular season against Brown, one of the top teams in the country on Saturday, April 30.

This year Jason has won 62.4% of his faceoffs, ranking him 10th nationally.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 8

Georgetown 7

Jason missed the game, suffering from the effects of an injury suffered against Duke.  The win gets the ‘Hoos back to .500 and sets up the possibility (albeit remote possibility) of making the NCAA tournament if they can upset Brown this coming Saturday in Kennesaw, GA between Friday’s ACC semis and Sunday’s ACC finals.


Div. III


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 17

Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 8


The Bantams won the lone BvB game in D-III this year.  Trinity scored 5 straight goals to close out the second period, then after allowing the first goal of the second half, scored another 6 straight.  Sellers had one ground ball and one caused turnover.





Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 9

Williams 10


Sellers had one ground ball in a back-and-forth contest.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 7

Connecticut College 9

Connecticut College outscored Hamilton 3-0 in the fourth quarter to gain the come from behind win.  Sellers had one ground ball and one caused turnover.


Hamilton (Sellers Garrett) 10

Rensellear 13

Hamilton made a furious late rally, scoring 4 goals over a span of 2:45 in the fourth period, but it was not enough to overcome Rensellear’s lead.  Sellers had one ground ball and one caused turnover.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Wesleyan 15

Wesleyan scored 5 straight goals over the third and into the fourth quarter to open up a close game.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 10 OT

Middlebury 11

Middlebury rallied to take the lead after scoring five straight goals in the second half.  The Bantams tied the game up late, but Middlebury found the goal first in overtime.

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 11

Skidmore 7

After falling behind 4-2 after one quarter, the Bantam defense limited Skidmore to one goal in each of the subsequent periods and the Trinity offense the last three goals of the game to ensure the win.

Marymount (Ass’t Coach Wes Lincoln) 9

Wesley 11

Marymount (Ass’t Coach Wes Lincoln) 4

Mary Washington 11

The Saints concluded their season with a pair of losses, dropping their record to 5-9.

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 28

Wabash 2

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 5

Denison 7

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 21

Depauw 5

Ohio Wesleyan (Ass’t Coach Tommy Minkler) 22

Wooster 6


Ohio Wesleyan has 3 losses this year to team ranked 1, 6 and 17 in the current D-III USLIA Coaches’ Poll.


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–by Jon Greene

The Big Red of The Lawrenceville School NJ – and they are Big, traveled to Landon Bear country Saturday. The NJ perennial good team is probably the biggest and most physical team the Bears have faced or will face this season.

The Big Red also drew first blood with a goal at the 12:30 mark of Q1.

The 1st qtr. had about an equal share of turnovers and missed opportunities. The Bears did, though, manage to take several shots on goal that just missed the mark.

The Bears then got into their rhythm with Nate Buller back in the line up and Joey Epstein found the back of the net with an excellent feed from Griffin Brown at 2:47. With 14 seconds left Drennan Greene found the corner of the goal with a nice pass from Colin O’Brien to end the first stanza.

Landon Lax 3 – The Big Red 1

The Landon D proved they were not intimidated by the oversized Big Red and forced numerous turnovers. Ground balls were a factor as well as Landon seemed to find the home turf working for them and doing a good job of capturing the majority of the sphere off the turf.

In transition from defense to offense, Ryan Pride dropped a nice shot in to make it a 4-1 game at 11:11 left in the second. Joey then dodges in position past his defender with free hands and fires his second goal of the day. Next Griffin B again finds the back of the net with a crisp assist from Ryan Pride opening a 5-1 lead. The Jersey boys responded with a goal at 0:27 and the half ends.

Landon Bears 5 – Big Red 2

The 3rd period started with a different Big Red defense adjustment. Not much help though as Landon adjusted as well. The Big Red tightened up the game with a goal at 8:14. Drennan responded by scampering around the goal from behind to beat his defender and goalie on a quick turn and deposited the ball into the opponents net at 4:43. Then the Bears picked up the scoring pace from there. At 1:31 Griffin B again beat his man and two other defenders for his 3rd goal at the 1:31 mark. Joey takes his turn and fires off a rip to the low corner with 16 seconds left. This was followed by the now familiar move of Justin Shockey taking the face off 5 seconds later and making a direct shot past the goalie at the 0:11second mark.

End of 3: Bears 11- Big Red 3

The 4th qtr. started with an assertive Big Red team. The sophisticated offense of the Bears though made it a bit tough for a comeback. Griffin B started the final quarter scoring with a rip past the goalie’s stick at 10:17. The Bears added one more by Drennan at the 9:27 mark. The Bears substituted with much of their up and coming younger talent finishing off the game in style despite two more goals by the Big Red in an attempt at a comeback.

Footnote: The first time three hat tricks in the same game by three players this season: Joey, Griffin and Drennan.

Another footnote: Sandy missed the game for a wedding; so this writer can only say thanks for this opportunity to rekindle my early career as a reporter. If I left something or someone out, which I am certain I did, let Sandy know and I apologize!

Final Landon Lax 11 – The Big Red 5

The entire Defense


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Bear Sports News 04/24 Sunday Edition

Abbreviated due to attendance at niece’s wedding




Monday April 18, 2016

Woodmont C.C. North Course  Par 36   6700yds  Course rating, 72.4  Slope 132

Weather, sunny 82


Landon                      187

Georgetown Prep 198


The Landon Bears were led by the Junior captains, Evan Katz shooting  a 2 under par 34 on a difficult Woodmont North Course. Jeff Samit shot even par 36, and John Kalavritinos 1 over par 37. West Shaw 2 over 38. The bears are undefeated in Match play 7-0, and 3-0 in the I.A.C.’s  These are amazing scores on a challenging course. The Bears play in the I.A.C. Tournament this coming Monday at the Chevy Chase C.C.



Katz                       34   2 under Par

Samit                    36  Even

Kalavritinos        37   +1

Shaw                     38    +2

Gibson                 42

Team total          187



Jones                    37

Shrives                 40

Foster                   40

Magnerelli         40

Lamb                     41

Team  Total        198


King                       41

Dye                        42

Poirier                  46

Jarrett                   52


IMPRESSIVE NOTE for the season the top three Bear golfers have average scores within 0.9 strokes of each other (37.0—37.6-37.9)




Navy Lax Earns 10th Win of the Season, Deals Sacred Heart 7-1 Setback


[NOTE: be sure to read the quote so typical for Patrick!!!]

“…senior Patrick Keena (A / Vienna, Va.) dealt out two assists to become just the 32nd player in the program’s 109-year history to reach the 100-point milestone.  With 101 points (40-61), he is tied for 27th on the Mids’ career scoring list and is one of just 13 players in school history who have scored 40 goals and dealt out 60 assists.  He is the first Navy player to accomplish that feat since Nick Mirabito (96-62) in 2005-08.

“It’s really a product of playing with so many talented players,” said Keena, who was asked about joining an elite group of scorers.

Keena now needs just 2 points to become Navy’s first 50-point single-season scorer since Jon Birsner totaled 54 points (18-36) in 2006.”




Raiders Run Past Lafayette, 14-9


Head coach Mike Murphy specifically hailed the effort not only of Delaney but also of Robby Dunigan, who scored two goals and caused three turnovers as the Raiders limited Lafayette to just 7-of-17 on clears for the game.



The 2016 Jacoby Cup will be Saturday May 14th at 9am, so please mark your calendars and start nursing any nagging injuries back to health!


As before, we plan to play doubles round robin followed by a playoff of the top 4 teams.  Each alumnus (or faculty member) will be paired with a current varsity team member, however if any of you alumni have special team requests, please tell and we can potentially accommodate.  The finals will be wrapped up by 12noon so you’ll have the rest of the day free.  We are planning to start at 9am so please arrive early to warm up, meet your partner, and enjoy the coffee & breakfast which will be setup for you.


Please RSVP to me (301-512-6292,  ) or Nick Barquin (917-572-7135, at your earliest convenience to ensure a spot in the draw.


If you cannot play, you are of course welcome to come out for coffee, fellowship with other alumni & faculty, and time with Mac.  We hope to see as many of you as possible and, as always, Go Bears!


Patrick ’00 & Nick ’97



SORRY FOR THE BREVITY, the usual full report next week.



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Landon 11 – The Lawrenceville School 5

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Landon Lacrosse 8 StA 5

Before the game started, St. Albans and Landon jointly remembered the death of Noah Eig at the May 18, 1991 game. A storm quickly blew over the National Cathedral, the referees stopped the game and lightning struck a tree under which Noah and others sought shelter. Despite immediate medical help from a Landon father and ER doctor, the bolt of electricity killed the young boy instantaneously. At the ceremony it was announced that a memorial plaque will be reinstalled (the construction of the new athletic complex required its temporary removal). Three Bears sang “Landon Forever” in remembrance. It was a very thoughtful and touching ceremony by the hosts.


The Bulldogs roster is young, but it is led by a talented goalie (16 saves with 24 on goal and 42 in total) that will be playing for the Bulldogs of New Haven in the future. Landon’s squad did not include a number of injured players; so the rule “next man up” was issued by the coaches.

The first period was primarily played in the home team’s D zone and there their netminder showed his ability—stopping a number of shots. On the Bears’ first EMO opportunity, Griffin Brown passed to Colin O’Brien for a goal @6:40.  StA matched that tally with their goal at 3:25.




StA took the lead with a goal at 11:11. A nice pass from Drennan Greene from behind goal to Griffin B, who was streaking past his defender towards the 6’ x 6’ surface, broke the plane and ripped the nets for L goal #2 @10:17.

The Bulldogs replied at 7:15, but the Bears replied with a John Geppert pass to Drennan for L goal @2:34.



The Bear pattern of taking the momentum after the intermission adjustments was not followed in this game. Not until late in the twelve minute clock, there was some action. It began on a fast break with a pass from Will Oliver to Zach Johnson, who beat his former teammate with a goal @3:49. An EMO score by StA at 1:14 was aided by its EMO opportunity.

With the stern determination that fans have come to expect, Drennan drove from a behind wing and scored a goal @0:23.3




Joey Epstein took over the Bear O and scored three consecutive goals. The first was tallied after the StA defenseman pushed Joey to the ground and from that position, he beat the Bulldog goalie @9:59. Landon’s 7th score occurred when he got his opponent hung up in front of the StA goal. He outmaneuvered them both and put the ball in the corner @ 5:10.  His last one was the end result of a fast break; #1 got the ball, beat the Bulldog and deposited the ball in the opponent’s nets @ 4:40.

The Bulldogs scored again at 4:29.






Three who stepped up

Brett Gallagher

Brendon Gallagher

Mo Sillah


(I’ll be at a family wedding)

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Landon lax 8 St A. 5

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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 04/17/16


Current Bears


  • Golf beats Gonzaga
  • Rugby beats the Heights
  • Baseball and lacrosse have a tough week.


Bear Trax


  • Landon’s first professional hockey player SAM ANAS signs with the Minnesota Wild
  • Jarett Witzal was the Bisons’ Athlete of the Week
  • Deion Wellington and his Chanticleer’s 4x 400 m team wins race



Current Bears

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The 4-3 team (the always reliable WaPo includes a (L) 196 – 190 to Gonzaga; probably two errors; the score was for golf and the Bears won that match; see below) beat Bullis 7-1 and then lost 1-5 to the Bulldogs. In an non-conference game, the Bears lost to the Heights 1-3.



St. Anselm’s on 4/19—postponed



Bears beat Gonzaga 196-190; here are the details from Coach Duquette:

“Landon                 190

Gonzaga              196

 Huge Win today, the 6-0 Bears were led by Captains John, Evan and Jeff  who stepped up their games and led the bears to victory on a difficult course against a powerhouse team. Westy Well done!  


Kalavritinos        36   Wow

Katz                       36   Wow

Samit                    37   Wow

Shaw                     39   Well Done

Gibson                 42

Team Total         190

Jarrett                   42

Poirier                  48  .”


The Link Bears take on GP on Monday, another big match. Go Bears!!!




The Bears are 11-3. They lost to Gonzaga 9-14 and then Bullis 7-11. Next they play StA.



The Bears beat the Heights 57-0 on 4/15.



1ST meet not scheduled @




Landon is at the Woodberry Forest tournament.




Scored 3 points at the Bullis Invitational.




bear track

Ice Hockey

  • College–> NHL


Sam Anas (L’11, QU ‘16) signs a two way contract with the Minnesota Wild. As Sam posted:

Yesterday was a day I will never forget. Excited to announce that I have signed with the @minnesotawild! Tough to say good bye to Quinnipiac a year early but I look forward to the next chapter of my life


 Excerpts from Wild sign Sam Anas from Quinnipiac to ELC indicate that this expert thinks that Sam may be playing in the NHL soon:

“The Minnesota Wild organization is suffering from a deficit of players   who consistently put the puck in the net.  General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brent Flahr have been aggressive in the young NCAA offseason in signing players who have found success in the college  ranks. Today, the team made another move to add some offense to the ranks by adding Quinnipiac’s leading scorer, Sam Anas.  


            The Wild need more offense and want to take a look at a player who scored 132 points over a 121 game NCAA career.  The total includes 69  goals scored with 63 assists.

                  …his skill and hockey IQ led him to immediate and lasting success in his college career.  He is known for his speed, quick stick and above all  else, his hockey instinct.





Diamond Trax 

Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever, 15-22 (6-4 Patriot) team record, went 1-2 for the week by. Max is 1-1 in 12 appearances as a reliever for the season.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. The Bear is 0-1 in 4 appearances.  Team record for season is 12-10.

Spencer Abraham (2015), Claremont McKenna College Stags, 8-22; in four plate appearances, Spencer is hitting .250.

Andrew Kvasnicka, (2015) , Swarthmore College,16-10 The rookie  has appeared in 13 games (started 1)  for the Garnet with a hit, 2 runs, 4 walks and an RBI plus he drew 3 walks. Andrew also pitched a complete inning

Garrett Zoukis, (2015) , University of Cincinnati, the Bearcats are 17-19. Garrett was started one and played in two games.


Golf Trax

Ralph Blasey (2014), Davidson College

Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College is playing in the Wolf Pack Classic and shot a 227, tied for 85th place

Walter Egloff, (2015) , Loyola University Maryland

Lax Trax

More to be reported soon by John Nichols.

Yesterday three Bears had major impacts in big games:

  • Patrick Keena, L’11, USNA ’16 and Navy Captain had 3 goals and 2 assists in an 11-10 O/T win against arch rival USMA
  • Colton Rupp, L’15 and Cornell, had two goals and the O/T winning tally against Lehigh 13-12
  • Charlie Schnider, L’11, Fairfield, had 1 G and # As to lead Fairfield 8-6 over UMass

3 Bears

Jack Bolen, Jackson Powell, Colton Rupp and Marshall Peters pictured after a game at Hanover, NH last week.

Landon McKenzie had not arrived by the time of this picture. Marshall also had a goal against Lehigh.

Athlete of the Week: Jarett Witzal ’19, Lacrosse

Devan Schulte, Senior Writer
April 14, 2016
Filed under Bison Athlete of the Week, SPORTS

Hometown: Bethesda, Md.

High School: Landon School

Position: F/O Midfield

2016 Statistics:

.604 Faceoff Percentage win

34 Ground Balls

Jarett Witzal ’19 had a record-setting performance on April 8 under the lights of Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, as the face-off specialist collected 21 of 27 face-off wins to propel the Bison men’s lacrosse team to a 15-10 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. This impressive performance set the Orange and Blue single-game record for face-off wins. Witzal has played in only 11 collegiate games, but the Bethesda, Md. native has already made a huge impact on the Orange and Blue’s success. He currently boasts a .604 face-off win percentage after winning 122 of his 202 face-off opportunities, placing him at 17th in the national rankings for the season.

Although Witzal has already attained a great amount of recognition for his success on the lacrosse field this season, he is still adjusting to the speed of collegiate play. The freshman played soccer and lacrosse and wrestled at the Landon School before coming to the University, and his athletic background has proved pivotal in helping him transition to Division I competition.

“I think the biggest difference between high school and college is the pace of practice. In college, at all times you are playing at game speed and giving it your all,” Witzal said.

His ability to adapt and adjust to the increased pace of Division I athletics has led to his two-time selection as the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Corvias Faceoff Specialist of the Week. Witzal also strongly attributes his success on the 50-yard line to his life-long career as a wrestler, as the two sports share similar qualities.

“It’s a one-on-one battle, you versus the guy on the other side of the line, and that is what I like about it. Facing off is very personal because it is a one-on-one battle, so you can’t blame your difficulties on anyone else besides yourself. It allows me to hold myself accountable for my actions on the field at all times,” Witzal said.

Although Witzal faces a lone opponent at the center of the field, the Bison wings provide crucial support to ensure his success. He attributes his recent accomplishments to his teammates, as he recognizes their imperative presence in making sure the Orange and Blue win full possession after each face-off.

“My wings Alex Spring ’16, Matt Gilray ’18, Grayson Helm ’17, and Brock Ghelfi ’16 were helping me all night when I couldn’t get to the ground ball in time. I knew one of my wingmen would be there to pick it up. It was a full team effort, and I couldn’t have broken this record without the help of my teammates,” Witzal said.

As a first-year starter, Witzal relies heavily on his older teammates to  guide him, teach him, and provide him with positive feedback. Witzal relies most heavily on the team’s two other face-off specialists for advice, Sam Hahn ’18 and Jake Dunlop ’18, as the three players collectively work to create and execute a game plan for each match.

As a result of the support and encouragement from his peers and teammates, Witzal says that his goal for the rest of this year’s season is to be the best teammate possible.

“I want to be the best I can be on the field or the sideline to help put my team in the best position to win the game and Patriot League Championship. Our team this year has our eyes set on a Patriot League Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.  If we accomplish those two goals, I believe our best lacrosse will come in May, and hopefully will bring us to Final Four weekend,” Witzal said.

Before the Bison can get to the Final Four, they will have to combat two Patriot League foes on April 15 and 22. Witzal recognizes that the team must stay focused and determined to overcome what he deems its biggest challenges: beating Lafayette and Lehigh.

“These next two games can make or break our season. A Patriot League tournament is on the line and I believe our best lacrosse will be played in these next weeks,” Witzal said.

Despite his class year, Witzal classifies himself as “weird, loud, and hyped” on game day. On the night of April 15, he hopes that his excitement and enthusiasm will help lead the Bison to a key Patriot League victory and a berth to the Patriot League tournament.


Track Trax

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina team of Braylon WilkersonMalcolm SimmonsDeion Wellington and Nick Seabright won the men’s 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:15.56 at the Big South Triangular Meet.

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, Charlotte Invitational 20′ 6.25″ in the long jump.


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Published in: on April 18, 2016 at 1:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon lax 7 Bullis 11

Very tough loss for the Bears. A narrative would be difficult to write; so hear are the very basic numbers:


Player Goals Assists
Zach Johnson 4  
Griffin Brown 1 1
Joey Epstein 1 1
Justin Shockey 1  
Olin O’Brien   1
John Geppert   1



Khari Baten “That’s a Bear” Award


Zach Johnson 4Gs, 2 GBs


Published in: on April 16, 2016 at 3:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 9 Gonzaga 13

walked into Bordley Stadium with resolve to reverse last year’s loss to the Bears. The younger Bears worked hard and but for several small mistakes, the result might have been different.


For the initial sixteen minutes, the home team was able to contain the visitors. Landon scored first on a pass by Drennan Greene from behind to Griffin Brown, who received the ball and shot @7:58. The black uniformed team responded with a goal at 0:07.4.




Griffin B regained the lead with a goal @10:53.


The remainder of this second period involved six consecutive Purple goals – 4 by their senior captain (plus an assist)




The visitors’ eight goal was scored at 10:32. On a fast break, John Geppert fed Griffin B who got a goal @ 6:18. The black jerseys put two more into the Bears’ goal.


The white jerseys started a run with a superb Ryan Pride pass to a Drennan on the crease @3:50. Justin Shockey beat his opponent at the X, sprinted towards the goal and buried Landon’s 5th goal @ 3:42.




An early strike created some optimism among the fans. This time Griffin found Ryan who reduced the margin by one. The visitors quickly retaliated with two goals one at 4:58 and the second at 2:41 (an EMO goal).


The Landon Senior Captain was not willing to concede this game and within a minute and three quarters he scored three goals: #11 found the back of the Gonzaga goal @ 1:43, @ 0:47 and @0:40. With the home goalie out of his crease in an effort to regain possession, the visitors added a 13th tally.






Griffin Brown 6 goals , 1 assist and 3 GBs


Published in: on April 13, 2016 at 5:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon lax 9 Gonzaga 13

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