BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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Everybody was back in action week, but there were No Bears vs. Bears games. T.Halm scored his 1st A and then 1st G for the Hawks

T. Halm #33; with fellow frosh Austin Strazzulla











#12 Army (Drennan Greene) 5

Holy Cross 3


Army was up 3-0 half way through the first period, but Holy Cross answered back with two goals in quick succession to move the score to 3-2 Army with five minutes left in the first.  Then the goalies took over and the teams combined for just three more goals over the next fifty minutes.  The two teams combined for 34 shots on goal but 26 of those shots ended up in the goalies’ sticks.


Bucknell (Sean O’Brien-Team Captain, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 16

Boston U. 9


Down by two at the half, Bucknell turned the game around with a dominating team effort in the second half.  The Bison outscored the Terriers 9-0 over the last two quarters, paced by a 19-8 shooting advantage for the half and a 15-4 ground ball advantage in the fourth quarter.  Sean had two goals and an assist and Jarret was won ten of twenty-four faceoffs with four ground balls.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 12

Lafayette 6


The Vikings picked up their second win of the season due to the compounding benefits of shooting a bit more frequently and a bit more accurately than Lafayette.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 3

#3 Duke 9


Cleveland State’s goalie kept this game close.  Duke, playing the second of its two road games this weekend, got just enough shots past the Vikings’ goalie to get the win.  But for his 17 saves, this game would have been a complete rout.  Cleveland State was down by just one goal at the half,  4-3, but Justin Guterding of Duke took over in the second half, scoring four goals and assisting on a fifth for Duke while the Vikings were shut out.


Colgate (Griffin Brown) 18

Canisius 5


Griffin lit up the scoreboard, scoring seven times on nine shots.  This game was decidedly one-sided as the Raiders outshot Canisius 55-15, won 20 of 27 faceoffs, and had a 33-13 ground ball advantage.  Griffin leads Colgate in goals this year and is second for total points.


Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 11

#8 Yale 13


A closely contested first half, which saw six ties and two lead changes, gave way to alternative short runs of goals by both teams.  Cornell opened up a two goal lead early in the third quarter, only to see Yale rally back with four straight to go up two.  Three straight Cornell goals to start the final period flipped the score board again, but Cornell closed out the game with their own three goal run.  Colton scored his first goal of the season and Jack played also.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 5

St. Johns 12


St. Johns scored the first five goals and coasted to the win, dominating most statistical categories.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 11

Wagner 5


The Statesmen shot often and well, had a 2:1 ground ball advantage and won 80% of the faceoffs to get the win in their first NEC conference game.


Jacksonville (Hunter Sells, Andrew Mitchell) 16

Mercer 8


The Dolphins picked up their first SoCon win in their league opener by scoring nine unanswered goals in the first half.  Hunter stopped nine of Mercer’s 17 shots on goal to record the win.


#9 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 13



UMBC went up 2-0 with 20 seconds left in the first period.  They didn’t score again for 38 minutes and by then the Blue Jays had scored ten times.  Sam saw time on the field in this game.


#9 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 14

Delaware 8


The Blue Hens hung with the Blue Jays through the first three quarters of the game, but Hopkins scored the last seven goals of the game to take the win.  Sam made his fifth appearance of the season.


#2 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 13

#7 Villanova 11


Maryland took on another highly ranked non-conference opponent in the Villanova Wildcats and got back into a winning mode.  Although the final score was close, Maryland held leads of three to five goals for most of the game with Villanova able to close that gap only by scoring three times in the final minute of the game.  Justin is now asserting himself as one of the top faceoff specialist in the nation, winning 17 of 28 faceoffs, collecting nine ground balls and recording his first shot and second assist.


Michigan (Will Amoroso) 12

Marquette 7


Michigan’s early run of six straight goals provided all the lead the Wolverines needed.


Navy (Tom Evans) 9

#6 Loyola 15


In this early match between Patriot League powers, each team scored five goals in the first half, but Loyola put up five unanswered goals in the third quarter as part of their 10-4 scoring advantage in the second half.


St. Josephs (Thomas Halm) 10

Drexel 9


Down 6-3 at the half, St. Josephs pitched a 5-0 shutout in the third quarter to get a lead they would not surrender.  Thomas contributed to the win with his first collegiate assist.


St. Josephs (Thomas Halm) 14



The Hawks had little trouble with NJIT, evening their record at three wins and three losses.  Congratulations go out to Thomas for his first collegiate goal!


#10 Virginia (Ryan Pride) 7

#4 Notre Dame 9


Playing at Notre Dame on Saint Patrick’s Day—what could possibly go wrong?  The way the game started it looked like the answer was “Everything.”  The Irish jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game but Virginia (more specifically Michael Kraus) answered back with four straight goals to knot things up.  Notre Dame scored the last two of the first half to take a 6-4 lead into the break.  Virginia dominated the third quarter, scoring three straight to take a 6-7 lead going into the final period but the Irish returned the favor in the fourth with their own 3-0 advantage to take an ACC win over the Cavs.

















This Coming Week


Lots of Bears vs. Bears matches this week:  Virginia (Ryan Pride) hosts Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) on Wednesday and Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) on Saturday, Army (Drennan Greene) plays Colgate (Griffin Brown) and Hobart (Koko Avedisian and Riley McTague) faces St. Josephs (Thomas Halm).


The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Virginia game gets the Doyle Smith Trophy.  Five of the past six regular season meetings between these two teams have been overtime affairs with Blue Jay wins in 2012, 2013 and 2017 wrapped around Cavalier wins from 2014-2016.




BEARS vs. BEARS—The War On The Shore: The Charles B. Clark Cup

#7 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 7   OT

Washington College (Will Oliver) 6


Over the past ten years, the War On The Shore has been dominated by Salisbury as the Seagulls won nine of those ten meetings with an average score of 14-6.  The last three games have been even more lopsided, with Salisbury outscoring Washington 51-8 since 2015.  So, this close contest between neighbors was not what was expected.


Salisbury never trailed in the game, but never led by more than two goals.  The Seagulls were up one with over eight minutes left in the game.  The Shoremen successfully killed of a pair of penalties and had an extended possession but were unable to put any of their shots past the Salisbury goalie.  With less than three minutes left, Salisbury successfully cleared the ball after a save but Washington got the ball back by saving a Seagull shot.  The Shoremen cleared the ball quickly and got the tying goal with just 25 ticks left on the clock. Overtime!


Both teams had scoring opportunities in overtime and Salisbury netted the game winner on their fourth shot of overtime.


Other Games

Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman) 11

St. Mary’s 7


The Cardinals found the right parts of the goal to shoot at, scoring on eleven of their fourteen shots on goal.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 2

Susquehanna 12


Susquehanna kept Marymount off the scoreboard for the first 49 minutes of the game, building a 11-0 advantage before the Saints scored their first goal with just under eleven minutes left in the game.


#15 Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 8

#3Cabrini 9


Ohio Wesleyan plays a challenging out of conference schedule, facing three perennial D-III powers (#1 RIT, #3 Cabrini, and #7 Salisbury).  The Battling Bishops were down by three early in the third quarter but fought back to pull with one with just over seven minutes left in the game.  The teams traded possessions from there on out and Cabrini, benefiting from a late penalty on OWU, was able to run out the clock.


#15 Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 21

Oberlin 8


Tyler picked up his first goal of his sophomore season to close out the scoring in OWU’s first North Coast Athletic Conference game.  The Battling Bishops powered their way to the win with three runs of four goals and one run of five while only allowing Oberlin back-to-back goals just once.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 7

Bates 15


Bates took more shots and put more of them on goal and that was enough to hand Trinity the loss.  Trinity’s midweek game against Salve Regina was postponed due to poor field conditions.  No date has been set for that out-of-conference match.


#4 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 20

Colby 6


Tufts kept the Mules off the scoreboard until there was just over two minutes left in the first half.  By that time the Jumbos had scored ten times, including three goals in 43 seconds—a feat they nearly matched in the third period when they scored three goals in 48 seconds.


Washington College (Will Oliver) 10

Bridgewater 6


The Shoremen built a 6-1 lead in the first half then traded goals with Bridgewater in the second half.  Will had one caused turnover in the game.



USILA Coaches’ Poll:

#4 Tufts

#7 Salisbury

#15 Ohio Wesleyan


Nike/USL Poll:

#3 Tufts

#8 Salisbury

#16 Ohio Wesleyan


This Coming Week

On Saturday, Tufts (Luke Kurtz) and Trinity (Spud Dunn) face each other in our next-to-last Bears vs. Bears regular season contest.  The Tufts-Cortland game that was postponed earlier in the season due to weather will be played the next day.

Published in: on March 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 03.18.2018



for Urus Éireann by birth or in spirit, a day late








  • Spring Sports
    • Baseball loses 2, but earns impressive win over Sidwell
    • Golf’s new line-up beats GC
    • Lacrosse upset by SJCHS, but then looks good against SMS
    • Rugby earns 2nd win in elevated league
    • Tennis wins


  • Bear Tracks
  • Bears making trax in college basketball, FOOTBLL, hockey and swimming
  • Bears making trax in professional indoor football, hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)
    • Sam Anas sets an IOWA WILD scoring record
  • Spring Sports:
    • Baseball 6 Bears playing
    • Golf 4 Bears playing
    • Lacrosse 24 Bears playing







  • Varsity Baseball – (1-2) all games were in wind, snow, sleet and wind chills in the 20s! The Varsity baseball team started its season after two weeks of successful scrimmages.  Coach Bill Reed hopes to build on the team’s second place IAC finish in 2017 and IAC championships in 2015 and 2016.  The Bears will have to replace some stalwart seniors, including Randy Bednar — 2017 IAC player of the year– now starting for the University of Maryland.  But, the Bears have three returning seniors, six returning juniors and six new varsity players to lead the club.

The Bears lost to Baltimore powerhouse Archbishop Curley and to Gonzaga before rebounding with a win Saturday over Sidwell.

In the Sidwell game, senior Xander DeNovio pitched six innings of no-hit ball in the Bears’ 8-2 triumph.  Sophomore Jack Cope paced the attack with 5 RBI and junior Dane Camphausen contributed two doubles.





Earlier in the week, senior Ryan Fruewirth and juniors Jed Rosenberg and Will O’Shea pitched against Curley.  Senior Zach Werhan and juniors Jake Davidson and Will Barufka pitched against Gonzaga.  Junior catcher Kit Dziak threw out two potential base stealers against Gonzaga.  The Bears staged a late inning rally against Gonzaga but came up just short in a 7-5 loss.

by Steve Davidson, whose exemplary career includes years as a sports writer


Match #1 – 3/12/2018 – Bethesda Country Club, front 9, Gold Tees.  par 35.

Conditions:  low 30’s, wind 15-20 mph and cold, greens aerated, rolled, and sanded, but running smooth and quick.




  1. West Shaw:  40
  2. Johnny Muller:  39
  3. Charlie Bundy: 43
  4. Jonathan Caplan: 46
  5. Steven Samit: 45
  6. Peter King: 45
  7. Bruce Han: 49
  8. Stuart Powell: 41


  1. Vernon Holleman: 43
  2. Peter Qiu:  42

Final Score:   Landon 208   Good Counsel 212

Notes:  Solid first win of the season for the Bears in some pretty cold, windy conditions on a course that plays tough on the best of days.  Johnny Muller continued to pace the Bears with a 39, staying within 2 strokes of GC’s #1, All-WCAC player, Brandon Keller.  West Shaw and Charlie Bundy put down solid rounds to keep it close through the first two pairings.  The match turned in the Bears’ favor when Stuart Powell carded his season best score of 41, which included 3 pars and a birdie for the day.  Steven Samit and Peter King brought it home by outplaying their two GC opponents by 7 strokes.  In the words of Coach Reed, “There was much rejoicing” … and shivering.

Record stands at 1-0.

Next up:  Bishop Dennis J O’Connell next Wednesday at Chantilly National.

  • Coach JR Bordley’s interview with Casey Vock after the St. Mary’s game

  • Varsity Rugby – (2-0) Beat Gonzaga Black 45-15.,
  • Varsity Tennis-(1-0) from Coach Miller “we lost to Wooton 2-5 in a scrimmage and we beat Maret in our home opener 7-0. We play Whitman in the “Battle of Bethesda” on Monday and then Gonzaga on Tuesday.
  • Varsity Outdoor Track and Field Apr7, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, the Potomac Invitational






Professional  and College Football

  • Terrence Fullum (L14) Sioux City Bandits (1-0) next game 3/18
  • Keith Simms  (L16) Oregon Ducks is excelling at Spring Training #24






Winter Sports

  • Pro Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League
    • Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (15-6) beat Klaipeda 88-78 DA: 17 min, 7 points, 8 reb,1 asst,1 stl  ) onto the Final Four of the Basketball Champions League
  • College Basketball
    • Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (21-12) Assistant Coach; lost 83-86 to Alabama in 1st round of NCAA’s.
  • Ice Hockey
  • College (4)
    • Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (20-14-3) D, has played in 6 games; B1G tournament lost to Ohio State 2-3 in O/T, in NCAA Tournament
  • AHL

Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (20-18-9-5) Sam has 20 goals and 31 assists in 55 games.









10th place tie in scoring in the AHL:

1st place in team scoring

setting a new all-time team scoring record of 49 points, with 16 games to go.

He also scored on a shootout loss Friday to up his shootout stats to 4 goals for 6 attempts – a very high %.


In the article below, there is a video clip of Sam at the point coming in and making a nice move and somehow making a pass to a wide open winger (increase the size of it to see it better):


Iowa is in third place in a very competitive AHL Central Division with 2 games in hand over others:

USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) (24-13-0 in USHL; clinched conference) has 56 games (all) 8 Gs and 11As Ranked #19 by NHL Central Scouting


  • Baseball (6)
    • Randy Bednar Jr., (L17) University of Maryland Terps, 9-8 RB: hitting .222, 14 hits, 9 rbi’s, 7 runs, 3 hr’s, 100% fielding
    • Drew Whalen, (L17) Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears 18-10; DW: no stats yet
    • Matthew Brady, (L16) Carleton College Knights (2-2) in AZ for spring MB: no stats yet
    • Patrick Lightner, (L16) Marist College Red Foxes (3-10); PL:10 GP 8 GS; BA .036
    • Sean P. O’Brien (L14), Macalester College Scots (7-6) SO: 4 IP, 1-0,
    • Spencer Abraham (L15), Claremont McKenna College Stags (13-8) SA: 4GP ,0/1, 1RBI


  • Golf (4)
    • John Kalavritinos, (L17) Bucknell University (0-0) 1st match 3/24 JK:
    • Evan Katz, (L17) Duke University 5th in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico. EK:
    • Mike Blasey, (L15), Davidson College – MB:
    • Morgan Egloff, (L15). Rollins Tars, Southeastern Collegiate team #11 ME: 78


  • Lacrosse (24)


Published in: on March 18, 2018 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 8 St. Mary’s (Annapolis) 6

The match against this MIAA power is always and early test for both schools. Pertinently, losses by either team does not USUALLY foretell a bad season for either. A couple of years ago, the Bears beat SMS and the loser then won the MIAA A division. The 2018 match posed significance to the visitors; the Saints had crushed SJCHS (14-4) and beat the boys from Rockville Pike (7-6). The Annapolis roster includes commits to Maryland, OSU, PSU, High Point and ꭅale.

The 6pm game started in the sun and tolerable early Spring weather; by the end of the game, the conditions were more Februarian than acceptable. In spite of the retrograding temperatures, the Bears had some spring in their step. There was alacrity in the movement; vision in their play; and zest in their attitude. It was fun to watch, and it looked like the boys were playing without backpacks on- free and fun.

As with many of lax games, the opponents used the first few minutes to size each other up. By 6:48, the Landon attack figured out the Saints’ rotation; so, Joey Epstein drove behind the nets and precipitated an SMS slide. As the home D rotated, Gilbert Sentimore was left open for a second and the pass from the future Blue Jay to the future Ute resulted in a short-range, quick-stick goal @ 6:48.

Having established that early slides lead to goals by other Bears, Joey E drove around the GLE 5×5, created enough separation and beat the SMS future Penn State G for goal #2 @ 4:16


Another Will Bou (13/17 for the night) win at X saw the hard rubber ball end up in Joey E’s stick and another goal was recorded by him @10:07.

SMS earned two successive goals—both off of quick starts from behind goal at 9:31 and 7:56.

The Joey E and Gilbert[1] show was repeated @ 5:08. #1 beat the SMS defender one-on-one and then beat the SMS G with one of his laser shots @2:52.

The 2017 FOGO may be tearing up the X of the B1G, but his successor, Will B is succeeding in 2018. The future Spider was so successful against the Annapolis Xman, that a 3rd violation by the Saint opponent = a Landon EMO opportunity (a common phenomenon of last year is being repeated). The advantage did not consume much time, as Joey E fed Gilbert @2:41.


Minutes 24 to 36 were mostly a defensive battle. The home team scored at 8:35


The referees detected another infraction by the Saints and Landon put its sharpshooters on the field. Soon after the clock rewound, Zach Johnson passed to Graham Hertzberg, whose outside shot ripped the far corner of the home goal.

The Saints still had gas in their tanks and took the +4 margin down to +1 with successive goals at 6:10 (EMO), 3:24 and 3:17 (fastbreak off of the faceoff).

Landon won the next challenge at the X. The ball got to Zach Johnson (a middle linebacker in a midfielder’s body) reasserted the Bear moment with team goal #8 @2:28.

The remainder of the game was a continuous Bear possession. With the ball in one player’s crease, he ran a lap or so and passed it to a teammate; REPEAT/REPEAT/etc. This tactic reminiscent of Dean Smith’s hoops’ team was orchestrated  by several teachers/coaches/mentors who would cringe at hearing the Terpian tactic equated with the school down on Chapel Hill. Further, Martha Dippell Korngold might have sold her Bear Gear upon hearing “Don’t Shoot”. The next sound was the horn signifying the expiration of the game time.











in numerical order:

Joey Epstein 3G 3A

Mitch Laughlin 10 saves

Gilbert Sentimore 4G

Zach Johnson 1 G 1A

Graham Hertzberg 1 G

Ryan Giles   4GBs, 1 CT


[1] There were high pitched voices yelling “GILBERT” from the stands during the game. They may have been the PVI ladies who were clearly infatuated by #3’s forename.


Published in: on March 17, 2018 at 8:16 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Lacrosse 10 St. John’s 12

The boys did not want it to happen, but it did.

The temperature was in the low 40s and the wind made it feel even more frigid. The Cadets were the 2017 WCAC champions and added a Coach, who had a career as a college Defensive Coordinator.

The Bears came to Military Road with two wins and the home team had wins over Mt. St. Joe’s and Prep (plus a loss to St. Mary’s of Annapolis).

The visitors played the 1st half and scored one goal. SJCHS scored 9. Landon shots went high and/or wide. The first switch was made but the back up defender did not reach the spot where the Cadet shot; bad passes caused the O not to function and the same inability to connect turned a number clears into opponents’ fast breaks.

The 3rd period saw 4 goals scored (Joey Epstein [twice], John Geppert [his second] and Miles Tonkel. The Cadets put two into the goal. Bears 5 Cadets 11

The last period of twelve minutes translated into the Bears’ needing to tally every two minutes. Then the home team added to the margin with their 12th goal. From 8:35 to 0:00, beat the home goalie 5 times: Gilbert Sentimore from Joey E @8:35; Miles @ 7:25; Joey @ 6:07, @ 3:38 and @2:09.


Khari Baten Award


Joey Epstein

Will Bou (21/28 [1]@ X)

Miles Tonkel

[1] numbers from memory; may be +/-


Published in: on March 14, 2018 at 5:42 am  Comments (1)  

LANDON lacrosse 10 Saint John’s 12

All good things must come to an end. Down 1-9 the Bears fought back to within 2, but lost to the WCAC champions.

More later.

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Published in: on March 14, 2018 at 3:30 am  Leave a Comment  

BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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A slightly lighter schedule this week as Cleveland State, Dartmouth, and Jacksonville all had blank schedules this week.


Trivia: There are just two D-I men’s lacrosse programs that will not play a regular season game against a team with Landon Alums on their roster this year.  Can you name them?  (hint—the two schools are just 35 miles from each other).  Please send your guesses to:

Bears vs. Bears

Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 12

Colgate (Griffin Brown) 11


Colgate scored the first five goals of the game and led 8-2 at the end of the first period.  The Raiders needed every one of those early goals, and more, as Hobart rallied down the stretch on the strength of their own five goal run in the final quarter.  Griffin scored once on five shots.


Other Games

#15 Army (Drennan Greene) 7

#17 Lehigh 9


Lehigh’s run of four goals in four minutes in the fourth quarter was the difference maker in this Patriot League match.


Bucknell (Sean O’Brien-Team Captain, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 12

Holy Cross 4


The Bison offense settled things quickly, scoring seven goals in a ten-minute span in the first quarter.  With the Bucknell defense only surrendering one goal in each quarter, that early run was more than enough to ensure the win.  Sean had two goals on ten shots (keep shooting!) and contributed three ground balls.  Colin took a shot in the game and Jarett was six for fourteen on faceoffs.


Colgate (Griffin Brown) 16

Boston U. 9


BU got out to an early lead, but Colgate’s run of six straight goals across the second and third quarters, turned the scoreboard in the Raiders’ favor.  Griffin had five goals on ten shots (keep shooting!) and a ground ball.


Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 18

Binghamton 2


Cornell put up ten goals before Binghamton scored their first.  Colton had an assist and Jack and Andrew saw playing time-this being Andrew’s first appearance in a D-I game.


Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 9

Penn State 7


Cornell trailed throughout the game, but their offense woke up in the closing seconds of the third quarter and their 7-1 scoring advantage from there on out flipped the score board in their favor.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 9

#11 Georgetown 12


Hobart dominated on faceoff and shots, but Georgetown made more saves and was more efficient in shooting.  At 6-0 Georgetown is off to its best start since the 2003 season.  Riley saw playing time for the Statesmen.


#10 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 18

#12 Syracuse 7


The Blue Jay’s faceoff dominance and more prolific shooting led to their run away victory.  Sam saw playing time for Johns Hopkins.


#2 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 10

#1 Albany 11


This battle between the #1 and #2 ranked teams may have been a preview of the NCAA tournament final.  For the first three quarters of the game, Maryland’s defense seemed to have shut down the potent Albany attack and Justin Shockey was more than holding his own against the Great Dane’s outstanding faceoff man who was leading the nation in faceoff win percentage.  Justin had won 10 of 18 faceoffs, producing possessions which had help stake the Terps to a 10-6 going into the final period.  From there on out, it was all Albany.  The Danes won all six fourth quarter faceoffs and scored five unanswered goals to get the win.  Overall, Justin was 10-for-24 on faceoffs with six ground balls and an assist.


Michigan (Will Amoroso) 14

Air Force 9


It took the Wolverines 18 minutes to get their first goal of the game, but in the last 18 minutes of the game, they scored 8 times, overtaking Air Force and getting their fourth win of the season.


Navy (Tom Evans) 3

#19t Penn 11


After a low scoring first half for both teams, the Quakers erupted in the final two periods, scoring four goals in each while their goalie gave up only one goal and recorded five saves.


Navy (Tom Evans) 15

Lafayette 5


The Middies may have had tough sledding out of conference so far, but with this win they are 3-0 in Patriot League play.  The offense, which was so muted against Penn put up six goals in first and fourth periods and the defense never allowed more than two to Lafayette in any period.  Navy forced 25 turnovers and limited Lafayette to 11-for17 (65%) on clears.  Thomas saw his first game action at Navy.


St. Josephs (Thomas Halm) 7

St. Johns 12


St. Johns’ shooting barrage that resulted in five goals in the fourth quarter broke the 7-7 tie at the end of three quarters.  St. Josephs put four of their five fourth quarter shots on goal, but all were saved.


St. Josephs (Thomas Halm) 11

Monmouth 5


St. Joes got their first win of the season, propelled by 2:1 advantages in faceoffs and ground balls.  Thomas took one shot for the Hawks.


#7 Virginia (Ryan Pride) 8

Manhattan 5


Virginia got three goals in a five minute span in the third quarter to loosen up a game which had been tightly contested up to that point.  Manhattan’s goalie was key to keeping things close, making 18 saves.


#7 Virginia (Ryan Pride) 15

Stony Brook 14


A closely contested first half gave way to a chippy and volatile second half.    Virginia outscored Stony Brook 8-1 in the third period, scoring twice off a two man advantage for a full minute.  Stony Brook scored five times in the final period while holding Virginia to a single goal, but UVA was able to escape with the win.  The ‘Hoos 19 turnovers largely negated their strong showing on faceoffs.




The polls consolidated around Albany as the #1 team after their win over Maryland and Cornell showed up in Quint’s Top 20 for the first time this year.


















Bears vs. Bears

Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman) 7

Clark 12


The good news is that Catholic got to go to Florida for Spring break, the bad news is they lost to Clark.  The Cardinals had several man-up opportunities in the final period, including one 6-on-4 advantage for a minute, but Clark was able to kill of all of those penalties.  Sean saw playing time in this game.


Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman) 8  OT

Mary Washington 7


The Cardinals scored the first two goals of the game, but after that neither team led by more than one goal and the score was tied six times.  Both teams had opportunities in overtime, but Catholic was able to net the winner with just over a minute left in overtime.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 7  OT

Shenandoah 8


Marymount held a three goal lead midway through the fourth quarter, but three Shenandoah goals in four minutes forced overtime.  Marymount won the faceoff in overtime and got a shot off, but eventually turned the ball over to Shenandoah.  The Saints were a man down after a slash with 34 seconds left in overtime and Shenandoah was able to get the winning goal while up a man.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 5

Lebanon Valley 9


Down 3-0 early in the game, Marymount was able to close most of the gap and trailed by just one after three periods.  Unfortunately, Lebanon Valley pitched a 3-0 shutout in the final quarter.


#15 Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 17

Alma 4


But for spectacular play by Alma’s goalie, this game would have been even more of a rout.  The Battlin’ Bishops took 53 shots in the game (keep shooting!), put three-fourths of those shots on cage but Alma’s saved 22 of those shots. Tyler saw playing time for OWU.


#8 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 20

Kenyon 2


The Seagulls second straight game with a North Coast Conference team yield better results than the first.  Salisbury won the first half 11-0 and Kenyon scored first in the third period, only to see the Seagulls rack up another nine straight.  Brian got some playing time in this contest.


#8 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 9

#19 Stevenson 7


Salisbury scored twice in the fourth quarter and kept Stevenson off the board in the closely fought contest between D-III powers.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Skidmore 13


Six straight goals by Trinity to open the second half broke a halftime tie, but Skidmore scored five unanswered goals in the final period to get the win.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 9

Williams 10


Trinity’s three goal lead at the half disappeared over the first six minutes of the third quarter.  Although the Bantams were able to tie things up by the end of the third, Williams was up two heading in the final seconds of the game.  Trinity netted a goal to pull within one with nine seconds left, won the ensuing faceoff and got a shot on goal, but it was saved as the clock expired.


#7 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 24

Keene State 10


These two teams combined for 104 shots on goal (two of which came from Luke), and 39 turnovers.  Tufts raced out to a 6-0 lead after the first period, then had another six goal run in the middle of the second half.


#9 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 16

#17 Stevens 7


This game had only a slightly more moderated pace as the team combined for “just” 88 shots and 32 turnovers.  Up by two at the half, the Jumbos dominated the second half, outscoring Stevens 9-2 to walk away with the win.  Luke played in this game.  Tufts is now 3-0 and their average score across those games is 21-7!


Washington College (Will Oliver) 12

Stockton 7


Will had two ground balls for the Shoremen who picked up their fourth win of  the season.  Washington’s six goal run from late in the first quarter through the five minute mark of the second proved to be the difference in the game.



USILA Coaches’ Poll:

#7 Tufts

#8 Salisbury

#15 Ohio Wesleyan


Nike/USL Poll:

#6 Tufts

#11 Salisbury

#12 Ohio Wesleyan


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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 03.11.2018






Bears emerging in Spring



  • Spring Sports Preview-first game for each team
    • Varsity Baseball Mar14, 2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Archbishop Curley High School
    • Varsity Golf Mar12, 2018 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Good Counsel High School Away Bethesda Country Club
    • Varsity Outdoor Track and Field Apr7, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, the Potomac Invitational
    • Varsity Tennis Mar12, 2018 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Wootton High School, Home
    • BSN’s goal is to cover all Bear Sports- personal limitations do not permit coverage of all teams. Some coaches share highlights. ANYONE WILLING TO WRITE UP EACH CAME/MATCH/MEET WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. The Basketball Season was well reported by VERNON HOLLEMAN and volunteers for Spring sports would be great.


  • Bear Tracks
  • Bears making trax in college basketball, hockey and swimming
    • sorry, this news is a year late Christian Webster (L09) named to the 2017 NABC 30-Under-30


  • Bears making trax in professional indoor football, hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)
  • Spring Sports:
    • Baseball 6 Bears playing
      • Randy Bednar (L17) off to a good start
    • Golf 4 Bears playing
      • Mike Blasey, (L15) scores for ‘Cats
    • Lacrosse 24 Bears playing









  • Varsity Lacrosse– (2-0) Bears opened season with wins over Paul VI 9-8 and Paul’s 6-5.
  • Varsity Rugby – (1-0) After two consecutive undefeated MAVRC D2 seasons, the Bears took on St. John’s College High School in their 1st DI contest. The result, Landon 59 – SCJ O, is an auspicious start for this team
  • Baseball, Golf and Tennis – all start their seasons this week









Professional Football

  • Terrence Fullum (L14) Sioux City Bandits (1-0) next game 3/18

Winter Sports

  • Pro Basketball –LNB Pro A Basketball Champions League
    • Darion Atkins (L 11) SIG Strasbourg, France (15-6) Portel 85-62 DA: 28 min, 8 points, 12 reb,1 asst, ? blk
  • Coach Christian Webster, (L09) Va Tech (21-11) Assistant Coach;
    • a year late Christian Webster named to the 2017 NABC 30-Under-30





  • Coach Joe McDonald (L12), GWU (15-18) Director of Player Development


Ice Hockey

College (4)


  • Christian Meike, (L’14) Michigan Wolverines (20-13-3) D, has played in 6 games; B1G tournament beat Wisconsin twice to move onto Ohio State


Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (27-18-8-5) Sam has 20 goals and 26 assists in 52 games.


USHL Hockey

Patrick Giles (L*18) (27-2-1-13 in USHL) has 11Gs and 19 assists. Ranked #19 by NHL Central Scouting



  • Baseball (6)
    • Randy Bednar Jr., (L17) University of Maryland Terps, 7-6 UM lost to Delaware 1-7, Randy started and was 3 for 4 with an RBI; lost to Bryant started RB:, hitting .279, 12 hits, 9 rbi’s, 7 runs, 3 hr’s, 100% fielding
    • Drew Whalen, (L17) Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears 16-8; DW: no stats yet
    • Matthew Brady, (L16) Carleton College Knights (2-2) MB: no stats yet
    • Patrick Lightner, (L16) Marist College Red Foxes (1-7); PL: 6 GS;
    • Sean P. O’Brien (L14), Macalester College Scots (2-2) SO: no stats yet
    • Spencer Abraham (L15), Claremont McKenna College Stags (12-7) SA: 4GP ,0/1, 1RBI


  • Golf (4)
    • John Kalavritinos, (L17) Bucknell University (0-0) 1st match 3/24 JK:
    • Evan Katz, (L17) Duke University 5th in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabos, Mexico. EK:
    • Mike Blasey, (L15), Davidson College -team tied for 14th at the Wexford Intercollegiate and 11th at Ft. Lauderdale Intercollegiate MB (79-74 = 153 | T-61st,; MB:
    • Morgan Egloff, (L15). Rollins Tars, ME: will play 3/11.







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Landon Lacrosse 6 St. Paul’s 5

Winning ugly is a sport euphemism used when a team is not performing up to expectations, but still is able to eke out a win. The Bears first two contests—against Paul VI and Saint Paul’s—qualify for that moniker and there is something to be said for being able to win without playing your best. Lacrosse is supposed to be a Spring Sport, but Friday’s contest against the Crusaders was played in winter weather.

The team from Brooklandville broke into the scoring box first with an EMO goal. The Bears responded with successive goals–@ 7:21 Guy King beat the SPS goalie with a blast. Much to the vocal dismay of Crusaders’ Coach, the Bears were award an EMO opportunity. The ball whipped around the periphery of the visitor’s D and it arrived in Joey Epstein’s crosse and he moved it up to John Geppert who blasted a shot from about 7 yards and found the corner of the 6 foot by 6 foot @ 1:30.

The first period was sloppy—passes by both teams just missed, shots went wide or high, ground balls seem to take minutes to result with possession and the Crusaders had a high incidence of off-sides calls.

The teams reversed ends of the field and the Bears liked their new positions with 2 goals in the 2nd period. John showed his dodging prowess and freed his hands for a goal @ 6:51. Joey Epstein put a move on his Marquette-bound defender and scored @ 10:41.

The Crusaders responded with three successive goals at 8:33, 1:43 and 0:23.1. All were on broken plays. The scoreboard after 36 minutes showed 4-4 as the numbers.

The Bears took the lead when one of their shots resulted in a scrum in front of the crease. John got control and before the Crusader D could react, scored @10:45. SPS responded with an equalizing goal at 6:33. Both team had chances for victory, but to no avail. Coaches, first SPS then Landon, took time outs to set up THE play. Joey E, set on the wing, used a nice pick to free his hands and blasted at 12 yard goal @0:55.9.

The Crusaders got possession, called their last time out and got the ball to their ace attackman. He made his best move only to feel (he did not see) Mo Sillah’s stick delete the ball from his stick. The ball stayed in the air for a long time; G Mitch Laughlin  threw the ball (a la Bob Cousy for the Celtics in 1963 against the Lakers in the NBA Finals) into lower earth orbit and it did not return to the planet’s surface until after the horn sounded at 0:00.







#2 Mitch Laughlin 9 saves on 17 shots

#7 John Geppert  3 goals, 2 GBs

#28  Drew Wellington 2 CTs, 4 GBs, 1 one man clear

#34 Mo Sillah 3 CTs , 4 GBs





Published in: on March 10, 2018 at 7:39 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Lacrosse 6 Saint Paul’s 5

More later after I get feeling back in my fingers.

Sandy Murdock L’65

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Published in: on March 10, 2018 at 4:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Bears 9 Panthers 8

Panther Field was a cauldron of emotion, play and weather. The home team was READY; they were clearly motivated by the 2017 loss to Landon (4-8) in a successful 15-5 season, by the enthusiastic home crowd and their “Mission to Create Special Memories to Last a Lifetime” expectations for 2018. Their roster includes players committed to JHU, OSU, Dartmouth, Bryant, Lafayette, UMBC, VMI, Trinity and Dennison.


The visiting team took the lead with the first goal on a beautiful pass from Joey Epstein to John Geppert @ 9:23. The middie  fired straight on from about 10 yards for a zinger in the corner; 1-0. The Panthers got two successive tallies, but as the first period began to expire Garrett Kurtz beat his man and the PVI goal for the Bears @1:36.

After 12:00, Mitch Laughlin had two saves and Will Bou was 2/5 at the X. The Bear O recorded 4 shots.

[NOTE: this post may be filled with errors. The lights were not great; it was raining; the new roster #s have not been memorized; Coach Bordley brought a new scorebook which moved many of the key boxes for inserting the stats.]


PVI took the lead for the last time when they scored early in Q2.

John swept to his left and nailed a running goal @ 7:16. Much to the dismay of the vocal and omniscient home fans, a PVI player was sent to the penalty area and whilst he was there, Joey connected with John @ 6:25 for another blast past the PVI goalie. John’s 4th shot was both on goal and for a goal @ 2:15. John’s positioning benefitted from the movement of and pass from Zach Johnson, who earned an Assist.

During minutes 12:01 to 24:00, Mitch Laughlin added four more saves and Will Bou was 4/4 at the X. The Bear O recorded 8 shots.

Throughout the game, but especially during this segment, the Bear Ds—Greg Strabo, Carter Johnson, Drew Wellington, Mo Sillah and Dog Chirite—frustrated the PVI O. Positioning, slides, sticks on gloves, good balance (the Panthers used a lot of spin moves) and good communications were the reasons why, plus some excellent coaching.


In what might have been a momentum-changing moment, the Bears were playing EMD against the home team. Mitch made a key save and Landon D moved the ball to Joey E who beat the PVI D @ 10:31.

The home team narrowed the margin to +2, but Garrett showed his elusive stickwork and shooting skills with a goal.  @ 10:31

For the 3rd Q, Mitch stopped 6 more shots and Will Bou won 2 of 3 at the X. The Bear O recorded 8 shots.


A penalty carried over from the 3rd and goal #8 came from Joey E @11:12. Soon afterwards, the visitors sped down the field and the ball was in the cradle of John on a fast break—his goal #5 (there were some intervening misses) @ 10:47.

Thereafter, the Bears learned a lesson—no one gives up when playing them. A win would have made the PVI season and the 3 goals scored in the closing minutes brought the margin to one.

For the final segment, Mitch stopped 6 more shots (total of 18) and Will Bou won 4 of 6 at the X (11/14). The Bear O recorded 8 shots.


It is a tradition that Bears, not necessarily the individual who stood out, but the players who did the little things needed to win, It is called the Khari Baten Award:









In numerical order, the KB award winners are

  • Mitch Laughlin
  • John Geppert
  • Garrett Kurtz
  • Drew Wellington
  • Mo Sillah

BEAT  St. Paul’s School




Published in: on March 7, 2018 at 8:51 am  Leave a Comment