Landon Hockey beats Calvert Hall 3-2 in O/T to earn 3rd MAPHL title in 5 years

The legendary Landon English teacher, Mr. Dixon, rest-in-peace, would be horrified by the attempt to create a new word and it is likely that a thunderbolt will strike somewhere soon by the brazen violation of his rules. However, this season, these boys and their coaches deserve the coining of the word—BEARACTER. It denotes the character of a group of young Bear men, led by teachers/mentors/coaches, whose players exhibit discipline, tenacity, resilience, intelligence, spirit and loyalty with their teammates and fellow Bears in the stands. The Landon 2014-2015 Landon Hockey is the picture next to the “word” Bearacter in the dictionary.

















As the Landon skaters hit the ice, the Bear fans (with the student section literally deafening the Ice Gardens) set an incredibly supportive atmosphere. The first period was a time of exploration with both teams testing their opponent’s defense. Jack Concannon made a key save (one of several) on a CH player firing point blank. But for the L goalie’s brilliant save, the momentum might have gone the way of the Cardinals.


LSoG 9 CHSoG 5

Hard work led to the Bears’ initial score. Patrick Giles went into the corner where he beat two CH players for the puck and moved it to Tommy Crittenberger who buried it for a goal @ 11:34.

The remainder of the middle section of the game was a constant combat. As the clock wound down, Jones Lindner moved the biscuit to Nico Kenary who put it in the basket @0:46.6.



LSoG 14/23 CHSoG 12/17

The last period of the game exhibited the skills of the Cardinals with their MAPHL Player of the Year feeding a Russian student at CH for a goal at 6:37. Again the Cardinals’ top player scored at 1:23.

Throughout the period the Bear defenders (Trevor Wolf [who crushed a Cardinal in the corner], Alex Norwinski, Brian Jordan, Ben Gilbert, Jacob Ruttenberg) played hard. They were supported by the back-checking forwards (Tommy, Colton Rupp, Michael Soraci, Jones Lindner, Matt Wellington, Aditya Krishnan, Drew Wellington, Walker Hague, Drennan Greene, and Patrick (2nd team All MAPHL).



LSoG 11/34 CHSoG 12/29

The disappointment of giving up the tying goal late in the last period, but BEARACTER prevailed. The Bears controlled the game from the face-off (with a few exceptions in which Jack made great saves). The puck entered the Landon O zone and the tenacity of this team was demonstrated by their fight for the puck. Alex Norwinski defeated the CH opponents for the puck and made a brilliant pass to The Tommy who scored @ 1:27 of overtime. See below. Victory was earned.









The Landon hockey teams have exhibited BEARACTER over the last five years or so. A hallmark of many of these squads has been a growth in their performance from November to February. Great credit is due to the coaches, Messrs. Farnstrom, Fidler and Anas. Their patient guidance both improves the individual skills and creates units of players who understand/execute the structure and who trust their teammates.

The 2014-2015 was marked by some disappointing losses, but those setbacks did not deter this Bear squad. After January 22, Landon won the next eleven games all impressively. The penultimate was against DeMatha and that included severe BEARACTER with a tying goal with 0:49.8 left in the game plus a winning goal in O/T. The Calvert Hall game involved the reverse pattern, an early Landon 2 goal lead was erased in the last period, BUT rather than folding the Bear resilience was shown in overtime.

Another source of the teams’ success is the seniors. This year’s 2015 crew, The Tommy, Colton, Jones, Matt, Trevor, Jacob, Walter and Alex, provided the leadership need to extend the influence of the coaches. When practice tends to lag, or when a underclassman loses confidence, when there is a need for a little more energy, these eight veterans use their experiences to drive their teammates to the goals. They will be missed next year, but their spirit will remain with next year’s team.

It has been a privilege to watch these boys over the past few months and their example creates great confidence for the 2015-2016 season.

Glad to know that these Bears will be ringing the Class of 2013 Victory Bell soon. Certainly, the joyous noise is well deserved.

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Go Bears !!!


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Landon Hockey 3 CH 2 in OT

Winning goal Tommy Crittenberger Assist Alex Norwinski.

More in a couple of hours on Facebook.


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BearLaxTraxFax by John Nichols

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Our beautiful Spring of 2015 continues








The “Weather” line from the official scorer’s report says it all:

Weather: are you serious? (25, heavy snow)


Bucknell (Sean O’Brien ’14) 8

Navy (Patrick Keena ’11) 7

Navy and Bucknell played a tight contest yesterday.   The Mids got the first goal of the game, built a two goal lead in the first half, withstood a Bucknell rally to start the second half and were back up by two going into the fourth quarter. Bucknell bounced back again and tied the game. Navy appeared to have quickly regained the lead off of the faceoff, but the goal was wiped out and Navy assessed a 3 minute illegal stick penalty. That call appeared to be a game changer as Bucknell scored 2 goals over the first half of the penalty time. However, Navy killed off the penalty and rallied for two more to tie the game up yet again. The Bison found the way to win with close-in goal with less than a minute remaining.

Patrick Keena had 2 assists on the day plus a ground ball for Navy and Sean O’Brien saw action for the Bison.

Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13, Jack Bolen ‘14) 16

Hobart (Riley McTague ‘14) 8

Marshall Peters had one shot, five ground balls and one caused turnover as the Big Red, propelled by an 8 goal outburst in the second period, picked up their first win of the 2015 season. Jack Bolen saw action as well.  Below, is a picture of Jack (#16) in last week’s game against Syracuse.












Colgate (Robby Dunnigan ‘13) 12

Lafayette 10

Up 8-2 at the half, Colgate held on to earn their build their record to 3-0, 1-0 in the Patriot League.

Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) 8

Albany 15

It was not just the weather that was ugly in Albany yesterday. The game was marred by 21 penalties totaling 23 minutes, including 8 unsportsmanlike calls and one ejection for fighting. Albany’s prolific offense is back despite the loss of 2 of 3 Thompson’s. Hank had one ground ball for the Dragons and appears to have put a shot on goal in the picture below, but he was not so credited in the stats line.







 Fairfield (Charlie Schnider ’11) 15

Manhattan 4

Charlie had a break out game for his new team, scoring 5 goals and contributing one assist in Fairfield’s rout of Manhattan.

Jacksonville (Zac Buller ’14) 12

St. John’s 11

Jacksonville ran out to an early lead then saw St. John’s make an equally ferocious comeback in the second half. Jacksonville scored last in regulation to force overtime, then tallied the winner off of the overtime faceoff.

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch ’14) 11

North Carolina 14

The Tar Heels held off Blue Jay rallies in the third and fourth quarter to pick up a key win. North Carolina is now 4-0 while Hopkins drops to 2-2.

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

St. Joseph’s 10

Penn rallies in the fourth 6-1 to overcome a 5 goal deficit and force overtime. Penn scores game winner @ 0:51 remaining in OT. Will Laco took one shot and both he and Peter had one ground ball for the Quakers.

Princeton (Justin Murphy Undergrad Asst ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) 14

Hofstra 12

Princeton used a 7 goal run in the third quarter to build what appeared to be a insurmountable lead then had to choke off Hofstra’s 5 goal fourth quarter rally to preserve the victory. Mark was injured and the erudite cognoscenti Quint Kessenich commented in an IL column that the Tigers missed the injured Jack Strabo.

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ‘96) 9

Providence 12

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

Rutgers 5

Jason had a great day at the X, winning 8 of 11 face-offs and gathering up 3 ground balls as the ‘Hoos improved to 3-0 on a snow field in New Jersey.

Updated Rankings:

Quint’s Top 20

LaxPower Forum

USLIA Coaches

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Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) rescheduled their game with Roanoke to March 24 due to weather

Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10) 6

Elizabethtown 8

Dickinson’s 2/21 game with St. Mary’s was rescheduled to this coming Wednesday

 Colby College (Sam Lamson ’12) and Hamilton (Sellers Garrett ’12) start their seasons this coming weekend.


The Landon Hockey MAPHL championship match will end after my list serve deadline; so subscribers will not be emailed the post until Wednesday @ 7pm. A report will be posted on my Facebook account (Sandy Murdock) soon after the game (short form) and later after I get home with more details. GO BEARS!!!

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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 2/22/2015

Big News, Bears

















  • Current Bears

    • Varsity Wrestling earned a number of places at the Maryland State Tournament and two Bears are off to nationals

    • Varsity Hoops season ended.

    • Varsity Hockey beat Spalding 5-1 and then in thrilling fashion beat higher seeded DeMatha 6-5 tying the score with a last second goal and winning in O/T. Bears play for MAPHL Championship on Tuesday.

  • Alumni news about

   » Riflery

  • Seth Flanagan competing for Wofford competed at the NCAA riflery qualifier

   » Hoops

  • Darion’s #3 Cavaliers beat Pitt

  • Joe and the Colonials lost two games

  • Chris, Colby is injured

  • Danny won in Israel.

   » Hockey—

  • Sam and the Bobcats tied two and claimed the ECAC regular season title

  • Max played in a win and loss.

» Bear Lax Trax Fax—

  • John Nichols will be sending his review soon

  • Pictures of

    • Jack Bolen, Riley McTague and Marshall Peters; they’re smiling—it’s before the Cornell-Hobart game!

   » Diving and swimming

  • Jordan dove and John swam

           » Track

  • No news.



Varsity Wrestling

From Coach Katz on the State tournament at McDonough –

Congratulations to the boys who traveled to McDonogh this weekend. Our team comprised of 2 Seniors, 2 Juniors, and 5 Freshmen. All the wrestlers represented well.

In the end, the team placed 14th overall out of 30 teams. Luc Schermer (113), Burke McLaughlin (120), and Parker Swensrud (126), all gained valuable experience at the State level. Ben Goodfriend (132), Brett Gallagher (145), and Brian Gelb (182) were one round away from placing in top eight.

Brendon Gallagher placed 5th place (seeded 7th) and earned a trip to Prep Nationals next weekend.

Senior Miles Franklin (152) finally earned a place on the podium. After suffering a knee injury last week, he toughed it up and earned an 8th place.

Finally, Senior Jarett Witzal (170) became the sixth Bear in Bear Wrestling History to become a finalist at the State Tournament. In addition, last night in the Semi-finals,   Jarett earned his 100th career victory. Hopefully, he will continue to make history next week when he goes to Lehigh for Nationals.

Good luck to both Jarett and Brendon next week!

170 Medal Stand







Varsity Basketball

The Bears finished the season with two losses. They lose 3 seniors from the roster, although those boys will be missed.

Varsity Hockey 

The Bears beat Archbishop Spalding 5-1 in the 1st round of the MAPHL tournament. Then in spectacular fashion, Landon came back from two goal deficits, tied the game at 0:49.8 and scored in overtime to beat DeMatha.









A great game excellently captured in this picture of Patrick Giles score to win the game.

The MAPHL Championship is Tuesday at the Laurel Ice Gardens at 6pm against Calvert Hall. All good Bears should be there!

(Oh, by the way, almost 500 people clicked on the BSN post on the semi-final game, THANKS)



Alumni News

Bear Riflery Trax














Seth Flanagan competes for Wofford and scored, as shown above, in the NCAA’s qualifier at the Citadel.

Bear Hoops Trax


Danny Rubin, Hapoel Kazrin 8th place , beat 4th place Hapoel Midg 84-75.

Darion Atkins, UVA basketball (#2) Beat Pitt 61-49. This starter played 30 minutes he had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The UVA website included these DA quotes:

          Virginia Senior Darion Atkins

On the team’s defense performance:
“The last two games we did not perform defensively, and I think we came out right away and put our foot down on the defensive end tonight.”

On his individual defensive performance and role:
“Whenever I see someone driving, I come over and wait until they try to release their shot and then I go up for it [the block].”

On playing without Justin Anderson:
“Our defense has not let up. Because he is out, we need to translate our defensive momentum to the offensive end. We have people taking more shots, like London did tonight.”

On Evan Nolte’s performance:
“He is playing really well. He has filled Justin’s void well. He is experienced and has been patient to wait for his shot to play, and I think he is going to continue to give us more.”

On Marial Shayok’s performance:
“As soon as he hit the 3-pointer tonight he looked over at Justin, and Justin said, `Are you back?’ Marial said. `Yeah I’m back.’ I’m glad he hit that shot and hopefully he can keep staying aggressive on the offensive end.”

Joe McDonald, GWU basketball. The Colonials lost to Davidson 63-65. Joe started, played 35 minutes, scored 11 points, pulled down 11 boards, dished out 6 assists and 1 steal. At Richmond the Spiders won 56-48 with #22 starting, playing 35 minutes, scored 2 points, rebounded 5 and had 2 assists.

Chris Hudnut, Colby basketball, is injured, and his team lost two NESCAC games.

Bear Ice Trax

YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY HERE for Sam Anas→→ It would be awesome if Landon would add Hobey Baker Trophy to its existing Tewaaraton Trophy.

Sam Anas, Quinnipiac- the#11 Bobcats tied rival λale 2-2. Then, the next night tied Brown 2-2. Sam started and scored the tying goal to capture the ECAC regular season championship.














Max Greenwald, Middlebury, then lost to Amherst 0-4 and beat Hamilton 3-1.

Jack Barton, Northern Junior Cyclones, EHL, won two games and lost one, but the website provides little information.

Mike Anderson, Princeton Hockey Club, lost their playoff game to Seton Hall.Mike played in only 12 games and had 7 points.

Matt Coster, Cornell, no access to the team’s website.

Orlando Arevalo, MIT lost to Harvard 1-10 with another Engineer in goal.

Bear Lax Trax Busy weekend, so John Nichols’ encyclopedic report is not ready for publication.

Here are some pictures of Bears— Jack, Riley and Marshall before their game

















Jack in the Syracuse game, covering a top Orange middie











Bear Track Trax

Oliver Hightower, Kenyon Lords.  Must be injured, no report of his running at two consecutive meets.

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Stags meet was February 21, but no results mentioned.

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers, next runs March 7th.

Swimming and Diving

Jordan Gear, USC, beat Utah 158-139; Jordan’s score was 306.6 .

John Freeman, Williams, at the NESCAC championships contributed to the Ephmen’s 3rd in the 400 yard medley relay, 12th in the 200 yard relay(the team qualified in a preliminary which they won) came in 17th in the 50 yard freestyle. (these may be inaccurate; the “results” are mystifying to a non-aquanaut, sorry).



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Landon hockey 6 DeMatha 5 in overtime

BearSportsNews has been covering Landon sports for 5 years. That’s roughly 250 contests. Some have been extremely exciting games. Tonight’s win over WaPo All Met Sports #5 team sets a new standard for incredible tenacity, talent and enthusiasm as the Bears won in sudden death overtime 6-5

What added to the remarkable nature of this contest was that the Bears were missing three important players. The drama was driven by Landon’s two comebacks and the pièce de résistance was their scoring the tying goal at 0:49.8.

While there were players who scored the goals, considerable credit is due to players adjusting to new line mates, the extra effort exerted by the 3 lines who played at the Ice Gardens (normally the rotation is 4 deep), the defenders pinching at the point and retreating expeditiously when warranted and a goalie standing stalwart. Things that are not recorded won this game: winning one v. one battles, blocking hard shots launched from the point, maintaining great position in front of the Stags’ goalie (a talent for which the sick Trevor Wolf is known), sprinting during transitions to support the O and to help the D (even when the skater was at the tail end of a shift), passing the puck well on breakouts and within the zone, etc. Those are the little things which contributed to this epic win.

The support which the Landon hockey team received from the fans in the stands. At the beginning of the 3rd period, the famous “Ms. Keep Shooting” arrived, increased the decibels, encouraged other to join her chorus and added to the thrill of victory.



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Both teams were on top of their skates early in the first period, and the home team registered two goals, 1st at 7:47 and then at 7:12 (an incredible shot from the point which caught the corner of the Landon goals). Ordinarily two quick goals can dispirit the opponents; the Bears did not cave in.

DM was called for a penalty at 4:39 and just before the man advantage expired, @ 2:43, Jones Lindner fed Drennan Greene who sent it to Ben Gilbert for a slap shot goal.


LSoG 16 DMSoG 8

Landon beat a DM powerplay and soon thereafter Ben returned the favor of the pervious assist from Drennan by passing the puck to #18, who tied it up @ 12:46. The Stags regained the lead and added to it with a powerplay goal at 8:19 and another score at 4:17. The Bears did not collapse in response to the quick DM scoring. Patrick Giles reduced the deficit with a brilliant goal @ 4:01. Unfortunately, the Hyattsville school injected the sort of action, soon thereafter, which frequently breaks the opponents’ spirit; the Stags buried a goal at 3:32 and did so shorthanded. At the end of this stanza of the game, a DM skater received a 5 minute penalty.


LSoG 15/31 DMSoG 8/16

Landon tallied a goal during the major penalty, the puck was brought to the crease where the Bears repeatedly tried to jam the puck past the DM goalie. Michael Soraci assisted on a goal scored by Tommy Crittenberger @ 14:02. The home team tried very hard to maintain their margin of one. Under a minute Coach Farnstrom pulled the goalie and Brian Jordan shot the puck and Patrick put the puck past the DM goalie for the tying score @ 0:49.8.


LSoG 15/46 DMSoG 3/19

To start the next period, the announcer explained that there would be a 10 period during which the FIRST score would be the winner. The Bears’ tenacity was rewarded with a Tommy to Michael to Patrick winning goal @ 7:19. The cheers of the Landon fans were pure cacophony filled with joy and extreme expressions of Bear Pride. The boys had persevered.


LSoG 5/51 DMSoG 1/20

Truly a team effort following a well designed game plan. Though there were many readily available excuses, they persevered. CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Landon met and defeated the Cardinals earlier in the season.


Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 4:56 am  Comments (2)  

Landon Hockey 5 Archbishop Spalding 1

The Archbishop Spalding Cardinals frequently cause problems for the Bears; if memory serves, they denied Landon a perfect season in 2011with a bizarre 9-9 tie. Earlier in this year’s hockey campaign, the Bear pasted the Cardinals 8-1 at their house. The Severn school was missing several players to their Club hockey commitments and the team’s recent game, a 3-0 win over Calvert Hall, suggested that they posed a bigger threat to the Bears’ progress to the MAPHL semi-finals. That trend line was broken as Landon won 5-1. Patrick Gilles netted a natural hat trick!


Though the Bears’ Den home team controlled the puck for much of the first fifteen minutes, there were no scores by either team. The Shots on Goal were even at 10-10.



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The excellent positional hockey by the Bears (designed by Coaches Farnstrom and Fidler) paid dividends in the next period. Early on, Patrick Gilles was positioned properly and intercepted an SA break out pass, turned, skated a few strides and scored the 1st goal @ 14:09, assisted by Brian Jordan. Big 22’s streak continued when Jacob Ruttenberg got the puck to the Freshman, who scored his second goal @ 5:03.


LSoG 11/21; SSoG 3/13


After a resurfacing of the ice between periods, the Cardinals, facing the end of their season, came out with high energy, attacking Landon with more intensity. The stonewalling of the Bear D( Trevor Wolf, Alex Norwinski, Brian Jordan, Ben Gilbert and Jacob Ruttenberg), of all the Bear forwards (who skated hard to check the opponents) and of the Bear Netminder, Jack Concannon (26 saves and a shutout for 44:04.05) stifled the visitors.

The AS initial energy was diminished when Patrick scored his natural hat trick @ 14:35. At center ice, he intercepted a Cardinal pass and skated in on a breakaway.

Extra insurance came from Michael Soraci with an unassisted goal @ 12:26. A little later, Michael, broke away from the AS defense and was bearing down on the Cardinal Goalie. An opponent pulled #6 down and earned a Penalty Shot. He channeled his best TJ Oshie (note Soraci is a close rhyme to Sochi, too) and handled the puck with guile and deception to score Landon’s 5th goal @ 5:20.

In the waning moments, a Cardinal shot was redirected into the far goal corner ending the shutout at 0:55.5



LSoG 16/37; SSoG 13/26






Published in: on February 20, 2015 at 6:49 am  Comments (1)  

Landon Hockey 5 Spalding 1


Patrick Gilles a natural hat trick

Michael Soraci 2 goals including a penalty shot

Jack Concannon 27 saves and a shutout for 44:04.5

More details later

DeMatha tomorrow 5pm @ Laurel

Published in: on February 20, 2015 at 3:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols




Bears vs. Bears

Virginia (Michael Rhoads ’13 (red-shirted?) , Jason Murphy ’13, Brandon Johnson ’14, Jack Falk ‘14) 14

Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) 10


Drexel got out of the box hot, scoring the first three goals of the game. Then the onslaught of snow and UVA’s offense took hold. Coming off an extended half time break due to the need to clear snow off of the field, the ‘Hoos came out hot and put the game away in the third quarter. Jason Murphy saw more action at the X, winning 4 of 5 face-offs and gathering up one ground ball. Jack Falk also got one ground ball in his first NCAA D-I action. Hank Brown contributed to the Dragon’s offense taking two shots and getting one ground ball.


Maryland (Kellen Miller ‘11) 8

Navy (Patrick Keena ‘11) 1


With all of the shifting in schedules associated with Maryland’s move to the Big Ten, this game that has traditionally been played later in the season moved into February this year. Maryland’s defense clamped down on Navy’s offense, shutting the Mids out until the third quarter. Patrick got off two shots.


Colgate (Robby Dunnigan ‘13) 10

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis ‘96) 8


Vermont hasn’t beaten Colgate since 2011, but this year’s result is the closest game since then.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien ’14) 11

Bryant 5


Sean O’Brien recorded one shot as the Bison evened their record to 1-1.


Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13, Jack Bolen ‘14 ) 6

Syracuse 14


Marshall did what he could to get the Big Red offense clicking with one assist and Jack Bolen saw his action in his first D-I contest.


Delaware (Taylor Valencia ‘13, Philip Pena ‘13) 3

Ohio State 10


Fairfield (Charlie Schnider ’11) 9

Holy Cross 10


Charlie started in his first game for Fairfield after transferring from Ohio State last year. He recorded one assist and took 3 shots for the Stags.


Hobart (Riley McTague ‘14) 12

Siena 8


Jacksonville (Zac Buller ‘13) 4

Army 20


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch ‘14) 5

Towson 7


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch ‘14) 13

Villanova 10


A surprising 1-1 week for the Blue Jays.



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



Will and Peter Laco both started for Penn in their season opener. The Quakers got off to a good start with Will taking 3 shots (2 on goal) and Peter taking one. Both brothers had one ground ball as well.


Princeton (Justin Murphy Undergrad Asst ’11, Mark Strabo ’12) 14

Manhattan 4


Mark had one ground ball for the Tiger defense.


Pre-Season Rankings:





LaxPower Forum Inside Lacrosse Media
Johns Hopkins 9 9 9
Maryland 7 7 7
Virginia 6 6 5
Cornell 10 10 11
Penn 15 12 12
Drexel 19 20
Princeton 18 20


This Coming Week:


We have two Bears vs. Bears games this coming week—Navy (Patrick Keena ‘11) faces Bucknell (Sean O’Brien ’14) in the first Patriot League game for each and Cornell (Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13, Jack Bolen ‘14 ) travels to Hobart (Riley McTague ‘14).




Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) 17

Augustana 4


Tommy kicked off the 2015 with typical good offensive production—2 goals on 3 shots plus an assist.


Washington and Lee (Mike Rallo ’14) 9

Christopher Newport 13


This coming week, Dickinson (Austin Dodson ’10), Beloit (Stephen Bauer ’14) have their first games of thee 2015 season.



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BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 2/15/2015

All the news that’s fit for Bears⇒








  • Current Bears
    • Varsity Wrestling performs well at St. Albans meet
    • Varsity Hoops had a big win and fought hard against EHS. Good luck at the IACs.
    • Varsity Hockey secured its 10th consecutive IAC championship with two wins, now they face the challenge of MAPHL.
    • Whitewater kayaking, a new option for Bears
  • Alumni news about

» Hoops

  • Darion’s #2 Cavaliers beat NC State and Wake Forest; his interview is impressively articulate.
  • Joe and the Colonials lost two league games
  • Chris, Colby is injured
  • Danny lost to a top team in Israel.

» Hockey—

  • Sam wins two
  • Max started in a loss but also helped to beat the same tam at home
  • Jack’s team has not reported statistics for a couple of games.

» Bear Lax Trax Fax—by

  • John Nichols will be sending his review soon
  • Pictures of
    • Zach Buhler
    • Andreew Mitchell
    • Sam Lynch


» Diving

  • No news this week

» Track

  • Deion Wellington ran in a relay race for the Chanticleers.


Whitewater Kayaking

Landon has expanded the options available to the boys in academics and sports. What would Mr. Banfield say about this? He did not stop the McEwan’s from excelling at this sport. The White Rocks’ Wide World of Sports!

From the excellent Landon Communications’ Department:

Bear kayakers find whitewater success

Sophomores excel in outside-the-box sport

Like so many Landon students, sophomores Robert and Justin ’17 have embraced the “sound mind, sound body” duality that the school espouses — but their sport of choice doesn’t take place between the white lines of a playing field or the four walls of a gym or pool. They are whitewater kayakers who practice and compete on the challenging Class V rapids of the Potomac in Great Falls, Maryland, the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia, and the gushing waterways of Mexico and other far-flung locales.

“Landon has been really great about encouraging us,” Robert said. “Kayaking with Liquid Adventures [a school run by alumnus Tom McEwan ’64] counts as our fall sports requirement, so we’re really able to spend quality time on the water practicing and competing.”

The practice has certainly paid off. Last September, Robert and Justin finished first and second, respectively, in “The Animal,” an experts-only whitewater race on the Upper Gauley that is comprised of nine miles of unrelenting Class V rapids and attracts Olympic-level competition from across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.

For the classmates, the 1-2 finish was the culmination of years of hard work that began when Robert attended a kayaking camp at Calleva the summer after 4th grade. Justin joined his friend at the camp the following summer — and they’ve been kayaking together ever since.

“It has been so great to do a sport like this with someone who has been a friend since fourth grade,” Justin said. “We train together and we compete against each other to really push ourselves to get better.”

These days, the duo kayaks regularly with McEwan, and they credit his tutelage with taking them to the next level. “Tom brings a pretty competitive outlook to kayaking, with race training and a lot of focus on technique,” Justin said. “In the fall, he picks us up after school and we go out and train with a small group until it gets dark. A big part of the conditioning is doing a lot of long-distance running, then jumping in the kayak and paddling on flat water to build stamina and core strength.”

While a commitment to lacrosse in the spring limits Justin’s competitive season mainly to the fall, both Bears try to kayak year round and already have their sights set on future competitions in Maryland, West Virginia and even Mexico. In fact, Robert’s passion for the sport has already taken him to Mexico, where he counts the Alseseca River as one of his favorite spots to tame the rapids.

“Kayaking is a pretty cool sport in that you can do it almost anywhere in the world and there’s always a kind of mission that goes with it,” Robert said. “Sometimes you have to do lengthy hike-ins or repel into a canyon to get to the river before you can kayak. It’s part of what makes the experience so rewarding.”







Varsity Wrestling

From Coach Katz on the StA tournament–

The Bears had a successful weekend on the mats.  Due to injuries, we only had 7 wrestlers out of 14 weight classes.  Four of those wrestlers placed in the top eight and the other three were one round away from placing.

The team placed 13th out of 32 teams.

  • Senior Jarett Witzal led the way with a second place finish at 170 pounds.  Seeded 3rd place he avenged a loss from last year in the semi-finals against a wrestler from St. Johns.
  • Junior Captain Ben Goodfriend (132) wrestled to his seed and placed 5th.
  • Senior Miles Franklin (152) out wrestled his 10 th seed.  He might have placed better, but got injured and defaulted to 8th place.  Miles avenged several losses to a foe from Bullis in the “blood” round to put him in the top eight.
  • Freshman Brendon Gallagher (138) also out placed his 9th seed by making it to the second day (top eight). He avenged a loss to a wrestler from St. Christopher’s.  Unfortunately, he defaulted to 8th because he was sick the second day.

    The JV wrestlers traveled to Woodberry Forrest yesterday for thefinal JV competition of the year.  There were no team scores kept, but our wrestlers heldthere own.  We had 5 out of six wrestlers place in the top 4.

    • Parker Swensrud placed 1st (126),
    • first year wrestler Andy Whicker (170) placed 2nd.  This comes after winning the St. James JV tournament last week.
    • Burke McLaughlin(120) placed 3rd.
    • Shoun Shi (140) and
    • Tyler McTague (152) both placed 4th.

Congrats to all.  Next weekend, the Varsity travels to McDonogh for the Maryland Independent Schools State tournament. This is a qualifier for the Prep National tournament at Lehigh University.


Varsity Basketball

The Bears beat rival StA 50-49 and against EHS, they fought back in the 4th quarter to narrow the defeat  margin.

Good  luck in the IAC tournament!!!

Varsity Hockey 

The Bears beat SSSA 13-1 and then faced StA (which upset GP) for the title. They took the crown in a 4-2 victory










Tuesday they begin their drive towards a MAPHL in a contest on Tuesday at College Park against Spalding.

Alumni News

Bear Hoops Trax

Danny Rubin, Hapoel Kazrin 8th place , lost to 5th place Hapoel G/A 87-86 in a hard fought game, with the Danny playing 32 minutes, scoring 11 points and pulling down 6 rebounds and handing out an assist.

Darion Atkins, UVA basketball (#2) Darion started against the NC State 51-47. In 23 minutes he had 2 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. 1 block.

In a thrilling 61-60 win over Wake Forest, Darion in 29 minutes had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 1assist.

Campus Insider featured Darion in an interview; he did all Bears proud with his smooth talking. Very articulate!


Joe McDonald, GWU basketball. The Colonials have had a tough patch with losses at Duquesne 78-62 and the League leader VCU at home. Joe started both (except for injuries last year, he has started every game, right?), played heavy minutes in both, scored 18 points, pulled down 17 boards (led GWU in one game), dished out 6 assists and 1 steal.

Chris Hudnut, Colby basketball, is injured, and his team lost two NESCAC games.

Bear Ice Trax

YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY HERE for Sam Anas→→ It would be awesome if Landon would add Hobey Baker Trophy to its existing Tewaaraton Trophy.

Sam Anas, Quinnipiac- the Bobcats beat St. Lawrence 1-0. Then the team beat Clarkson 4-2. Sam started and assisted was without a point for the first time in 8 games.

Max Greenwald, Middlebury, beat Williams 2-0 at home and then lost to the Ephmen 4-5 away. .

Jack Barton, Northern Junior Cyclones, EHL, won two games, but the website provides little information.

Mike Anderson, Princeton Hockey Club, lost their last game of the regular season to West Chester.

Matt Coster, Cornell, no access to the team’s website.

Orlando Arevalo, MIT beat Southern New Hampshire 4-2 with another Engineer in goal.

Bear Lax Trax

Busy weekend, so John Nichols’ encyclopedic report is not ready for publication.

Here are some pictures of Bears—

Zac Buhler and Dad after the Army-Jacksonville game in which the bearded Bear played:











Andrew Mitchell playing for USMA prep against the US Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island:





Thanks, Adrianne Gerkin


Sam Lynch, JHU’s website







Bear Track Trax

Oliver Hightower, Kenyon Lords.  At the All-Ohio Championship, which was contested at Otterbein University. Those Lords who did compete combined to score 12 teams points, which put Kenyon in 15th place in the final standings.

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Stags next meet is February 21.

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers, The 4×400 relay team of Lipscomb, Hass, Styles and Deion Wellington placed fifth with a time of 3:18.43 at the Samford Invite. Are there other Bears running winter track?

Swimming and Diving

Jordan Gear, USC, next meet is February 20.

John Freeman, Williams next meet is the NESCAC championships starting February 20.




Published in: on February 16, 2015 at 1:49 am  Leave a Comment  


The Bears skated off their Den with their 10th consecutive IAC hockey championship, having had an undefeated regular season (one tie) and having swept the two playoff games. Landon outshot the Bulldogs 34 to 14, the home team showed exceptional team offensive and defensive coordination and eventually beat their rival in front of a boisterous fan section.









The early play did not demonstrate that one team was superior; both competitors played hard and under control. The opponents each incurred a penalty and both man up situations were successfully defeated. The third penalty was against the home team, but a break out pass from Alex Norwinski hit Patrick Giles in stride, the big freshman attracted the StA defense to him and he moved the puck, at just the right moment to Michael Soraci who buried it for a short-handed goal @ 3:16.

StA scored later in the same powerplay and tied the game at 1-1 at 2:28.


Landon Shots on Goal = 8; StA SoG= 5


In the middle period, Landon controlled the puck for much of the time, but the Bulldog goalie made many tough saves. The visitors were whistled for a penalty and a tremendous play put the Bears ahead @2:05 with Alex again starting the play with a pass to Brian Jordan who got it to Ben Gilbert who scored.

The outcome of the game might have changed when the Bulldogs had consecutive breakaways and both times Jack Concannon saved the dangerous shots. His play kept the momentum in Landon’s favor.


Landon SoG = 17/25; StA SoG= 3/8


The game was tied again at 11:44 with a nice StA goal, but Landon took control of the game. First, Patrick Giles passed the puck to Tommy Crittenberger, whose slap shot ripped the nets @ 7:58. Second, Brian passed the puck to Jacob Ruttenberg who scored @ 3:38.

The Bulldogs did not fold, but the Bear D (not just the backline of Alex, Trevor Wolf, Brian, Ben and Jacob) frustrated every thrust into the Landon offensive zone was broken up. This was a team effort; for example, when the StA skaters got off shots, players like Drennan Greene and Ben dropped to the ice to block the puck far from the goal.

It was an exceptional game and demonstrated the benefits of the systems installed by Coaches Farnstrom, Fidler and Anas. By playing as a team, the Bears were well positioned for both defense and offense.



Landon SoG =9/34; StA SoG= 6/14


GREAT 10th IAC Championship and off the MAPHL


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