BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 06/07/2015

More Bears picked to be the Captain of their college teams

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  • Current Bears
    • Varsity Golf- Six Bears receive All MoCo honors from the Gazette
    • Varsity Lacrosse—national rankings, not yet final, are between #2 and #3.

0 Alumni Bears

  • Landon alumnus selected as a Lacrosse Captain, the 53rd Bear to hold that honor
  • Bear selected to Captain the Mules in hoops
  • Landon Alumni playing baseball, golf and tennis all have completed seasons.
  • Alumni track athletes have tournaments pending.

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Varsity News

 

Varsity Golf

Six members of the 2015 Landon Golf team earn more honors, including Player of the Year:

 2015 All-Gazette golf team

Landon School sweeps top honors on All-Gazette golf team

Player of the Year

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Morgan Egloff                                                  

Landon, Senior

Loyola University recruit headed what coach Jack Duquette called his “best team in 27 years.” Won the IAC tournament with a 67 at Columbia Country Club and set the Bears’ all-time lowest nine-hole scoring average (36.4).

 

Coach of the Year

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Jack Duquette

Landon

Guided an ultra-talented team, which included three sophomores and one freshman, to a dominant, undefeated regular season. The Bears captured the team IAC title and brought home their first Metros title in 15 years.

First team

Michael Blasey

Landon, Senior

Metros individual winner was the only player in the 24-person field to shoot under par (-2, 70) at P.B. Dye; a Davidson University recruit.

 

Second Team

Evan Katz, Landon, Sophomore

John Kalavritinos, Landon, Sophomore

Honorable Mention

Jeff Samit, Landon, Sophomore

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!! THOSE ARE BEARS

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Varsity Lacrosse

The team’s national rankings are very close as measured by the four major polls:

 

Individual honors are beginning to be announced; WaPo and AA soon.

Alumni News

Bear Hoops Trax

The Colby Mules have selected Chris Hudnut, L’11, as their 2015-2016 Captain.  Chris has racked up a number of honors during his three years at Waterville including, Maine All-State First Team for the second straight year,  All-Northeast Region Fourth Team selection and he received the Most Valuable Player award for the third year in a row. His numbers for his injury limited junior year are impressive: tied for second in the NESCAC in scoring (19.7), was fourth in rebounding (9.8), and seventh in field goal percentage (52.9).

Chris Hudnut, of Colby College, in a NCAA Division III basketball game against the University of Maine Farmington on November 19, 2013 in Waterville, ME. (Dustin Satloff/Colby College Athletics)

Chris Hudnut, of Colby College, in a NCAA Division III basketball game against the University of Maine Farmington on November 19, 2013 in Waterville, ME. (Dustin Satloff/Colby College Athletics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BearLaxTraxFax

Sellers Garrett selected as Captain of lacrosse team

The Continentals will be led in the 5th season as a NESCAC team by Bear L’12 Sellers Garrett. He started every game as a junior. He adds to the list of Landon alumni who captained their college team, which now totals 53.

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Bear Track Trax

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina, has the NCAA’s in later in June 

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, the team is at the NCAA regionals this weekend. No results posted yet.

 

 

Published in: on June 8, 2015 at 12:10 am  Leave a Comment  

END TO THE 2015 REVIEW– read this after the other piece posted, it will make more sense that way!!!

 Colton tied a Landon single year goal record, Nate’s two year total is record-setting and Joey broke Nate’s freshman record. Seven of the top ten on this list will be returning next year.

Defense was clearly a strength this year and three key defenders and the goalie are headed to colleges next year. There are a lot of seasoned talented rising seniors, juniors and sophomores prepared to move up.

Memorable games were the highlights of the season:

·        Crushing a very good St. Mary’s, the MIAA-A champion, in the second game

·        Another great game against an improving McCallie, which won its league

·        Beating big rival, Gilman

·        Beating Gonzaga in one of the hardest battles eve,

·        The unbelievably exciting O/T win over EHS

·        Beating Bullis twice

·        Beating a very good Prep team twice,

Memories for these boys and their fans for many, many years.

 

Published in: on June 7, 2015 at 4:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Landon Lacrosse 2015 Review

It’s difficult to capture a 22 game season in a long article, or a carefully crafted paragraph or even more dauntingly in a phrase, but Landon’s 2015 season can be summed up as consistently excellent lacrosse play. Thinking back over 1,056 minutes played, there were very few segments that fell below a very high quality of the game. Yes, Coach Leachman may have barked contrary words once or twice, but the point of his exhortations was not the past, but encouragement for the future.

 

A season is also defined by the quality of the opposition and the IAC was clearly the most competitive league in the contrary with Landon, Prep, Bullis and SSSA being included in most polls throughout some or all of the season. Teams which the Bears defeated 7 opponents who won their leagues:

 

  • Mary’s (MIAA- A),
  • Gonzaga (WCAC),
  • Calverton (MILL),
  • John Carroll (MIAA-B),
  • Robinson (VA5),
  • Winston Churchill (MoCo 4A/3A South) and
  • McCallie (TSLA and #1 in their region percom)

Polls, in my opinion, are highly subjective; they depend upon the knowledge and critical eyes of their voters. The Bears are ranked in the most recent, but not yet final, polls as follows:

 

The Strength of Schedule, which Laxpower.com publishes to support its computer ranking, is purely quantitative and here is its rankings of team which appear in the top 10 of all of the above posts

SoS #        Team                   Record

99.53              Hill                              13-1

97.62              Brunswick                 14-4

97.11              Landon                      20-2

 

97.02              GPrep                         13-4

 

96.76              Haverford                  26-0

 

96.73              Chaminade               13-4

 

96.26              Gonzaga                    18-3

 

96.05              Syosett                       18-2

 

95.69              Bridgewater-Raritan 22-0

 

95.06              Darien                                    17-3

 

94.77              West Genesee          17-2

 

94.46              Hun School              19-1

 

89.90              St. Ignatius                18-1

 

Not sure whether there is any statistical significance to the SoS, and it may be appropriate to quote Mark Twain on the use of numbers: “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.”

 

The Class of 2015 should go down in the Landon lacrosse annals; these Bears were players. Even though their time on the field may not have been exactly equal, there is no doubt that their support of their team and hard work during practices contributed to the season’s success. They are:

 

Robinson Adkins

Koko Avedisian

Ian Dabney

          Thomas Evans

         Drew Firstenberg

Samuel Krauland

Luke Kurtz

William Lincoln
Brian MacLaury
Landon McKenzie
Paul Padalino
William Poston
Colton Rupp
W. Sells
Vincent Steis
Joseph Tabb
Jarett Witzal

 

Seven of these seniors are scheduled to play in college next year and some may well be stars for their club lacrosse teams. Here are

the awards that their coaches gave to them:

 

  • the Khari Baten Award for courage, dedication & enthusiasm:
    • GARRETT WITZAL
  • the Jack Crawford Award for unselfishness, hard work & commitment:
    • ROB ADKINS
  • the George Boiardi Award for tenacity, humility & citizenship
    • LUKE KURTZ
  • Defensive Player of the Year
    • LANDON McKENZIE
  • Offensive Player of the Year
    • NATE BULLER ‘17
  • Most Valuable Player Award
    • COLTON RUPP
    • HUNTER SELLS

The returning members of the Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018 are both numerous and highly skilled—at both ends of the field.

The All American team includes Colton and the All Met team honors both Colton and Hunter. The Gazette Montgomery, in addition to Colton and Hunter, added Andrew Fowler ’17 plus it recognized Landon McKenzie as an Honorable Mention. To reiterate what was mentioned on Facebook:

These two Bears certainly deserve these accolades and more. It is, however, worthwhile to mention that the people who decide All league, All Met, All state and All American awards rarely have seen all of the boys play, rarely make their decisions on pure merit and may occasionally harbor views unrelated to individual merits. If one tracks these judgments against the individuals’ performance at the college level, there have been both serious omissions and unnecessary elevations. This long (apologies) statement is meant to tell the many players, who have not received these honors, should not be discouraged. Your talent, ability and most importantly, desire will be what the coaches observe when you get on the college fields. GO BEARS!!!

Enough said.

The Bears scoring are about as deep as my memory recalls:

Player                          Goals               Assists             Total Points

 

Colton Rupp              49                    16                    65

 

Nate Buller                  39                    19                    58

 

Joey Epstein                30                    28                    58

 

Griffin Brown             23                    9                      32

 

Rob Adkins                 16                    12                    28

 

Drennan Greene          18                    2                      20

 

Ryan Pride                  8                      10                    18

 

Kennedy Dunn           15                    2                      17

 

Colin O’Brien             8                      5                      13

 

KoKo Avedisian         4                      7                      11

 

Luke Kurtz                  5                      5                      10

 

Thomas Halm              3                      2                      5

 

Will Powell                 3                      1                      4

 

Justin Shockey            1                      1                      2

 

Will Lincoln                2                      –                       2

 

Vinny Steis                 1                      1                      2

 

Chase Christensen       1                      1                      2

 

Brian Menendez          1                      –                       1

 

Joey Tabb                    1                      –                       1

 

Eriksen Johansen         1                      –                       1

 

Will Oliver                  1                      –                       1

 

Jarett Witzal                 1                      –                       1

 

John Geppert               –                       1                      1

 

Will Poston                 –                       1                      1

 

Sam Krauland             –                       1                      1

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Published in: on June 7, 2015 at 4:10 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 05/31/2015

Bears Spring Successes

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  • Current Bears
    • Varsity baseball- wins the IAC regular season,
    • Varsity Golf- wins IAC regular season and tournament championships plus the Metro Championship. It was undefeated!!
    • Varsity Lacrosse–wins IAC regular and tournament championships plus the WaPo #1 ranking
    • Varsity Tennis wins regular season IAC title

 

  •  Alumni Bears
    • BLTF will be published soon
    • Landon alumnus selected as a Lacrosse Captain, the 52nd Bear to hold that honor
    • Landon alumnus picked to coach the North in the College Senior All Star Game
    • Landon Alumnus received prestigious trophy for his lacrosse career
    • Landon Alumni playing their last season of baseball are mentioned
    • Landon Alumni playing golf and tennis all have completed seasons.
    • Alumni track athletes have tournaments pending.
    • Results of the 2015 Jacoby Cup are reported

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Varsity News

Varsity Baseball

Won IAC regular season.

Varsity Golf

The Landon Golf – from Coach Federowicz–

Landon won the Metro Championships at PB Dye Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md! The win is Landon’s first Metro Championship since 2000! The two top teams in the WCAC and IAC competed in very hot, sunny, and humid conditions. Results are as follows:

Team competition:

  1. Landon 370
  2. Gonzaga 401
  3. Good Counsel 423
  4. Episcopal 437

Landon had six of the top seven scores!!!

Medalist: Mike Blasey (Landon) 70

2nd place: tie at 74

Jeff Samit (Landon)

Teddy Zinsner (Gonzaga)

The next low scores all belonged to Landon!

75 – John Kalavritinos

75 – Evan Katz

76 – Morgan Egloff

77 – West Shaw

Very much a team effort.

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Varsity Lacrosse

The Bears won the IAC regular season and the IAC tournament. The team’s national rankings are very close as measured by the four major polls:

  • Nike/LM        T#3               (5/29)
  • LaxPower CCR #3               (5/29)
  • Ty Zanders #4               (5/20)
  • IL/UA #4               (wk12)

Individual honors are beginning to be announced

Montgomery Gazette

First Team

Andrew Fowler   D

                   Colton Rupp       A

                   Hunter Sells        G

Second Team

Nate Buller            A

Honorable Mention

Landon McKenzie D

All IAC

Hunter Sells                 Goalie                 

Colton Rupp                  Attack                 

Nate Buller                    Attack                 

Andrew Fowler             Defense   

Landon McKenzie       Defense     

Congratulations to Colton who earned All IAC in Football, Hockey and Lacrosse—That’s A Bear!!!

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Alumni News

BearLaxTraxFax

Keena selected as 2nd Bear to lead USNA lacrosse team

Patrick Keena L’11 was selected to lead the Middies for the 2016 lacrosse season. He led the Navy team in total points with 36 (14G, 22A) (as a Bear, he is the all-time point leader).

Patrick follows fellow Bear Matt Morrison L’09 who was the 2014 USNA lacrosse captain.

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UVM Coach/Bear leads North in All Star Game

University of Vermont men’s lacrosse head coach Ryan Curtis L’96, coached of Division I/II North Team for the 74th United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association /LaxWorld North-South Senior All-Star Game. The South won 23-15Curtis, the 2015 America East Coach of the Year, guided the Catamounts to a program-best third-place finish in America East.

Murphy receives one of Princeton’s Lacrosse Awards

Though Justin Murphy L’11 was sidelined his senior year, the Princeton coaches selected him for the John T. Schroeder Class of 1992 Award. Its selection criteria sound like Justin—“the embodiment of character and selfless devotion to the team has had the greatest impact on the success of Princeton men’s lacrosse.” In 2014 Brian Reilly received the same honor.

Bear Track Trax 

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the Stags came in T 56 at NCAA Div. III yet to come.

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina, has the NCAA’s in June 

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, the team is at the NCAA regionals this weekend. No results posted yet.

Bear Diamond Trax

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Hope that no one was missed!!

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2015 Jacoby Cup Results

From Patrick Guarnieri ’00

  

The tournament played in honor of Mac Jacoby, as we celebrate 60 years (!!) of his service to the school.  We had great weather, a strong showing of alumni, parents, spectators, and some great tennis capped off by a lacrosse victory over that other school on Rockville Pike.

 

Congratulations to winners Matt Coursen ’99 and senior Seth McNair ’15 who defeated George Hill ’70 and senior Gabe Goldberg ’15 in the finals.  Please see attached pictures of finalists & all Jacoby Cup participants (thank you Lowell Davis).

 

We sincerely hope you all enjoyed and will join us again next year.  Thanks for your support, and as always…Go Bears!

 

Sincerely,

Patrick Guarnieri ’00

 

 

PS – Know anyone else interested in Landon tennis or Jacoby Cup?  Respond with their email address and I will be sure to add them to the distribution list for next year.

Published in: on May 31, 2015 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Partial Post Season Bear Lacrosse team honors and statistics for 2015 season

2015 TEAM AWARDS

Coach Bordley and his staff selected these players for special recognition:

  • the Khari Baten Award for courage, dedication & enthusiasm:
    • GARRETT WITZAL
  • the Jack Crawford Award for unselfishness, hard work & commitment:
    • ROB ADKINS
  • the George Boiardi Award for tenacity, humility & citizenship
    • LUKE KURTZ
  • Defensive Player of the Year
    • LANDON McKENZIE
  • Offensive Player of the Year
    • NATE BULLER
  • Most Valuable Player Award
    • COLTON RUPP
    • HUNTER SELLS

Sometime soon All IAC, All Gazette, All Met and All American teams will be named.

 

During the season, individual statistics are not published for obvious reasons. Here are the 2015 records over the 22 games:

 

Player                          Goals               Assists             Total Points

 

Colton Rupp              49                    16                    65

 

Nate Buller                  39                    19                    58

 

Joey Epstein                30                    28                    58

 

Griffin Brown             23                    9                      32

 

Rob Adkins                 16                    12                    28

 

Drennan Greene          18                    2                      20

 

Ryan Pride                  8                      10                    18

 

Kennedy Dunn           15                    2                      17

 

Colin O’Brien             8                      5                      13

 

KoKo Avedisian         4                      7                      11

 

Luke Kurtz                  5                      5                      10

 

Thomas Halm              3                      2                      5

 

Will Powell                 3                      1                      4

 

Justin Shockey            1                      1                      2

 

Will Lincoln                2                      –                       2

 

Vinny Steis                 1                      1                      2

 

Chase Christensen       1                      1                      2

 

Brian Menendez          1                      –                       1

 

Joey Tabb                    1                      –                       1

 

Eriksen Johansen         1                      –                       1

 

Will Oliver                  1                      –                       1

 

Jarett Witzal                 1                      –                       1

 

John Geppert               –                       1                      1

 

Will Poston                 –                       1                      1

 

Sam Krauland             –                       1                      1

 

 

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Team Statistics

 

Goals for: 234                                     Goals per game average: 10.63

 

Goals against: 123                               Goals against average: 5.59

 

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Goalie Statistics

 

Sells = Save % = 63.67%                    Sells = Clearing % = 77.06%

 

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Faceoff Statistics (not yet tabulated)

 

The best lesson learned from these numbers is that the 2016 team should have a lot of offense even with the graduation of the Class of 2015. Without statistics, it is hard to make a quantitative observation, but from a qualitative basis, the D will RELOAD.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on May 21, 2015 at 3:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols

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D-I

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch ‘14) 16

Syracuse 15

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jay has transformed into a Phoenix in the post-season.  After losing to Ohio State on April 5, the Jays’ record stood at 4-6.  Since then, Hopkins has reeled off 8 straight wins and they are heading to lacrosse’s final four on Memorial Day weekend.  In their quarterfinal game against Syracuse they were down by one at halftime, but the Blue Jays outscored the Orange 5-1 in the third and had a seemingly comfortable 4 goal lead with a minute remaining in regulation.  Syracuse was able to score three goals in the span of 31 seconds to pull within one but we’re unable to regain possession until just 6 seconds remained.  Hopkins has posted two straight revenge wins over ACC teams and will now face Big Ten and in-state rival Maryland, a team they beat 15-12 in the regular season.  Maryland coasted by North Carolina 14-7.

 

In the other semi-final game, #1 seed Notre Dame will face #4 seed Denver.

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D-III

 

Ohio Wesleyan (Tommy Minkler ’11) 5

Gettysburg 9

The battle of the unbeatens in the D-III tournament saw the Gettysburg Bullets win and move on while the Battling Bishops of OWU saw their 2015 season come to an end with their first loss.  Gettysburg scored 5 straight goals in the first half and held on to win as the teams traded goals over the balance of the contest.

Gettysburg suffered the same fate in the D-III semis, falling to Lynchburg.  Lynchburg and Tufts will play for the D-III title this coming Sunday.

Published in: on May 19, 2015 at 5:49 am  Leave a Comment  

BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 05/17/2015

Victory Bell 4

Current Bears ring the victory bell

 

 

 

  • Current Bears
    • Varsity baseball wins the IAC regular season, but loses in championship
    • Varsity Golf- already claimed IAC and there is a about a great article about senior and his work with the Coach. Metros on Monday
    • Varsity Lacrosse beats Bullis and then GP to secure sole IAC championship, their 30th title
    • Varsity Tennis claimed regular season IAC title
  • Alumni Bears
    • BLTF will be published soon
    • Alumni playing baseball, golf and tennis all have completed season.
    • Alumni track athletes have tournaments pending.

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Varsity News

 

Varsity Baseball

Bears (8-2; 14-8) beat StA in an exciting 5-4 semifinal and then lost to GP in the finals. Won regular season.

Varsity Golf

The Landon Golf – there is a great story about senior and Loyola-bound Morgan Egloff and the coaching/mentoring by Coach Duquette.

Varsity Lacrosse

The Bears finished the season 20-2 and took home their 30th IAC title. They had to beat a Bullis team that was determined to win, but didn’t have enough to beat the Bears. Then, in a classic battle against Georgetown Prep, Landon won 14-9.

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It is important to put this season in context. Coach Bordley’s team faced a VERY demanding national schedule. Of the teams that they played, six were league champions:

  • St. Mary’s (MIAA- A),
  • Gonzaga (WCAC),
  • Calverton (MILL),
  • John Carroll (MIAA-B),
  • Robinson (VA5),
  • Winston Churchill (MoCo 4A/3A South)
  • McCallie (TSLA and #1 in their region per laxpower.com).

Plus Robinson and Churchill could win their state championships.

Finally Landon played against five teams which are listed in IL’s Top 25 (05/13/2015).

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Alumni News

Bear Tennis Trax

Alex Reinke (2014), Southern Methodist University, the Mustangs are next up in the NCAA’s starting 5/8.No results posted.

Bear Track Trax Oliver Hightower (2014), Kenyon Lords.  Season completed.

Mac Hightower, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Stags. C-M-S has the NCAA Div. III yet to come.

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina, has the NCAA’s later. 

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, has the NCAA’s later

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Published in: on May 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

IAC #1 LANDON LAX 14 GEO. PREP 9

A fitting finish to the 2015 season was Saturday’s IAC championship game. From the beginning to the end, the Bears led and added a 20th win to this year’s record (the 3rd XX win record. Clearly, the Coaching Staff had scouted the Little Hoyas and the home team executed the plan with great precision, speed, passing and as always stout defense. The Class of 2015 and their teammates will hoist Landon’s 30th IAC lacrosse trophy.

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THOSE ARE BEARS!!!

 

The first three Landon goals were from the midfield and all three shots hit the same spot on the GP goals. Griffin Brown got it started with a right/left dodge, a shot and a goal @ 10:39. Justin Shockey won the face off clean, moved towards the goal and fired the Bears’ second goal @ 10:33. The third strike came on a fast break started and finished by Kennedy Dunn @ 9:00.

The Hoyas responded with an EMO goal which hit a corner of the goal at 3:30.

 

Kennedy responded with a goal in which he changed direction to hit the corner of the GP goal @ 6:00.

 

The Hoyas’ sharpshooter nailed a goal with an underhand shot at 3:31.

 

Louis Oliver, back from an injury, showed his shooting skill with a goal @ 1:38 assisted by a great pass from Colin O’Brien.

With 0:45 remaining in the quarter, the Hoya shooter had a brilliant goal.

 

Throughout the game and particularly in this period, the Landon Defenders (Messrs. Sells, Fowler (6 CTs, 8 GBs), Powell, Conner, Firstenberg, McKenzie, Padalino, and Evans PLUS all of the two way middies) dominated maintained their defensive structure, slid smartly, were energetic on ground balls, showed great stick work (intercepting passes, checking to knock down/ intercept passes and cause turnovers) and cleared efficiently.

 

END OF 1ST QUARTER– BEARS 5 HOYAS 3

 

The midfield continued its offensive strikes when@ 8:39 Rob Adkins beat his GP defender on a speed dodge to score the home team’s 6th goal.

The GP goalie tried to get his team going with an interception of a pass, but ended up out of the crease. Joey Epstein got the ball to Griffin @ 2:45 to add to the Bears’ margin.

 

HALFTIME– BEARS 5 HOYAS 3

 

Quick Bear scoring continued in the 3rd quarter as Colton Rupp showed the lower body power which he uses to such advantage in football (All IAC), hockey (All IAC) and lacrosse. He just beat his opponent enough to free his hands and scored @10:54.

 

Another EMO for the visitors and another goal at 10:36; again the shot was perfect.

 

Koko Avedisian, playing as a middie, showed his Attackman skills with two successive feeds. He found Griffin as he made a sharp cut to lose his GP D 7:46. Against a Hoya zone defense, quick, sharp ball movement opens up space. Here Koko passed the 8” sphere to Griffin who scored @ 4:37.

Prep’s young middie showed his ability with a goal at 4:27.

 

Kennedy once again smoked the GP middies with a run from outside the restraining line. He shot and scored @4:07.

 

END OF 3RD QUARTER — BEARS 11 HOYAS 6

 

The GP team sensed that they needed to pick up their game and during the last quarter they fired 10 shots at the Bear goal. They got on the scoreboard first with a goal at 7:30.

 

Little things are crucial in all sports and add up to victories. At this point in the game, the Hoyas were getting some momentum. The GP offense gained possession after their most recent goal. They took a shot which missed the goal. Drew Firstenberg was the closest to that errant GP shot when it passed the end line and thus the Bears were awarded possession to break a possible visitor score.

 

At the other end of the field, senior Colton made sure that his team maintained its goal margin. He took a jump shot @ 4:48.

Landon thwarted two GP EMO opportunities with a Hunter Sells save and a CT. The Hoyas scored at 3:32 and then at 0:35. When Landon won another face-off, the players went to a running with the ball to deny GP possession. Without a goalie in the crease and without anyone between him and the goal, Joey E netted the ball @0:04.8 . On the ensuing battle at X, Jarrett Witzal sprinted from his GP opponent, saw that there was an empty net and scored @0:01.9

 

FINAL SCORE – BEARS 14 HOYAS 9

 

Both teams played with effort, enthusiasm and lax smarts. The Bears were just a little better today.

 

This team from game one to their 20th victory has been an example of how Landon plays lacrosse well. Coach Bordley and his capable assistants have instilled the values of teamwork, effort, toughness, high lax IQ and sportsmanship. The juniors, sophomores and freshmen (a higher percentage of the roster than recent years if my memory (far too fallible these days) will return with these lessons learned. That’s a great advantage for the 2016 season.

 

 

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD

The emphasis of this award is team work; so it’s only appropriate that one of the “That’s a Bear” Award go to the Class of 2015 members of this roster AND the Moms and Dads who have supported their Bears for all of the boys’ Landon Career—

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2015 seniors and parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, individual efforts merit this award:

 

KENNEDY DUNN                 3Gs

GRIFFIN BROWN                 3Gs

ANDREW FOWLER             6CTs, 8 GBs

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Kennedy after his first goal

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Griffin on the loos

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Andrew charging upfield after a CT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO St. MARYS (MIAA- A), GONZAGA (WCAC), Calverton (MILL), John Carroll (MIAA-B), Robinsin (VA5), Winston Churchill (MoCo 4A/3A South) McCallie (TSLA and #1 in their region per LaxPower.com)—all League Champions, too. Plus maybe Churchill and Robinson could win their state championships?

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Landon Lacrosse 8 Bullis 6

In 15 games this year, the Potomac Bulldogs have scored goals in at least double digits, except three games—a loss to Georgetown Prep and two losses to the Bears. One can attribute low scores to the superb Landon defense and goalie (holding the opponent to well below their average) , but it might also be attributable to the observation (ascribed to Matt Ward ’02 during an ESPN broadcast) “it’s hard to score when you do not have the ball”. Today the home team usually departed from the faceoff X with possession and were successful keeping it away from the Bulldogs. The offense was able to convert their opportunities to win the game, 8-6.

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Landon was meticulous in its offensive possessions testing the Bullis zone D with sharp, quick passes intended to create space for shots. Such a pattern saw a hard feed from Joey Epstein to Koko Avedisian, who beat the Bullis goalie for a score @9:52.

Like other lacrosse games this season, much of the first dozen minutes were spent testing the opponents’ O and D systems. The Bullis clear had a lot of problems in this Q.

 

END OF 1ST QUARTER– BEARS 1 BULLDOGS 0

Justin Shockey started the next segment of the game with a clean faceoff with (for the game, the sophomore was 13/15 at the X). The white eight inch sphere moved quickly around the Bear O; the last pass was from Joey E to Rob Adkins who scored @11:15.

The visitors’ first score was attributable to a Bears broken clear which resulted in a goal at 10:34. A dodge by Colton Rupp set his hands free and he put in Landon’s goal #3 @9:18.

The Bulldogs showed great resilience with consecutive goals at 7:39 and then at 6:05, which tied the game.

 

AT HALFTIME– BEARS 3 BULLDOGS 3

To start the second half, Justin beat his opponent at the X and the ball got to Colton in 11 seconds for a score @ 11:49.

The visitors responded with two consecutive goals—one that tied the game at 7:55 and another at 7:17, an EMO goal at 7:17, to take the lead.

Landon was awarded an extra man opportunity and converted it. The pass sequence ended with a pass from Griffin Brown to Joey E @ 3:54.

 

END OF 3RD QUARTER BEARS 5 BULLDOGS 5

The home team asserted control for most of the last dozen minutes. Nate Buller was able to get past his defender with a straight speed dodge for a goal @11:49.

The next Bear tally started deep in their defensive zone. Griffin beat his man to a loose ball, scooped it up, sprinted by the retaining line at the other end of the field and got the ball to the Landon point man. In hockey he would have been credited with the second assist. His pass caused Colton to go to his knees, but he exhibited both the athleticism and game sense by flicking the ball to Joey E, who lasered the ball into the Bullis goal @6:57.

The Bears completed their troika with another skill play. This time Colton feathered a pass to Griffin, who was in the midst of a number of Bulldogs. #11 caught the ball, took a step to create space and with a good deal of composure and talent, switched his stick to get a better angle AND buried it @ 4:41.

Landon controlled the ball for much of the remainder of the time. Once the ball entered the offensive zone, Bullis would drop back in a zone. The Bears would remain outside and force the visitors to come out to play man-to-man.

Bullis scored at 1:44. Winning at X again, a number of the home team players exhibited their speed, frequently beating double teams with deceptive running. The clock ran to 0:00.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 8 BULLDOGS 6

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KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

 

JUSTIN SHOCKEY—13/15 at the X, 5/5 in the 4th Q, 7 GBs, two fast breaks from faceoffs that resulted in goals and 1 shot

 

JOEY EPSTEIN —- 2 Gs and 2 As plus a number of GBs

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IAC FINALS SATURDAY AT BORDLEY STADIUM AT TBD AGAINST GEORGETOWN PREP

 

 

 

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