More Preseason Lacrosse Information

Inside Lacrosse asked the coaches of Saturday’s the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic to describe their defensemen and the Cornell Coach gave a very high accolade to his long pole:


Junior Jason Noble via Cornell’s Ben DeLuca: “I would say from a mentality standpoint, he reminds me a lot of George Boiardi with his speed, his tenacity and his competitive drive…. He’s obviously been taught by one of the best in [former Georgetown standout and current The Hill Academy coach] Brodie Merrill.”

The last BSN edition included Inside Lacrosse ‘s top 25 high school lax teams. A different section of that website, POWERADE FAB 50 Rankings, issued its ranking of the best 50 HS teams. According to the panel of experts, who made this assessment, decided that the Bears should be listed as #4. Ahead of Landon are

  1. Calvert Hall
  2. Haverford School
  3. Saint Anthony, LI

Other teams of interest to the Bears’ season:

        7. Rockville Prep

        14. Gilman

        15. Loyola Blakefield

        18. Gonzaga

        20. St. Paul’s

        29. Bullis

        30. McDonogh

        34. Boys Latin

        42. St. Mary’s, Annapolis

        45. SSSA

        Others receiving votes: DeMatha ~56

This publication at  has detailed explanations about why each team should be considered. As to the Bears, the judges explained:

Landon is coming off a heartbreaking 7-6 overtime loss to Georgetown Prep in the IAC title game. Landon had a remarkable season, going 19-3, and head coach Rob Bordley will have the Bears primed for another run at the IAC crown and a top ranking in the FAB 50. Senior Charlie Schnider (Maryland) and goalie Alex Joyce (Georgetown) are both ESPNHS 100 players and Mark Strabo (Princeton) will help anchor the midfield [sic]. The strength for the Bears this season will be their midfield. Landon has a strong crop of sophomores as well in Jack Falk (Virginia), Sam Lynch (Johns Hopkins), Andrew Mitchell and goalie Jack Prutting. Coach Bordley claims it’s the best midfield he’s had at Landon since the national championship team from 2002 led by Matt Ward.

To put Coach Bordley’s quote in context, here is an abbreviated roster of the 2002 team (summary- 16 college players and 6 All American team members):

defense: Chris Ourisman (UVA), Dave Evans (Duke), Andy Blechman (PENN) (AA, HM, Academic), Tony Vita (Princeton), Phil Mufarij (2005/Georgetown)

– midfield: Pete Lamade (Duke/UVA) (2x AA,2nd and HM), Brendan Healy (Maryland) (3x HM AA), Travis Meyer (Middlebury) (Div III, Academic AA), Erik Kudla (Princeton), Alex Staffier (2003/PENN), Mark Kovler (Princeton) (3x AA-HM, 3rd, 1st /Academic)

– attack: Matt Ward (UVa) (3x AA, HM, 3rd & 1st; Tewaaraton Trophy winner, NCAA Final Four MVP Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award’ USILA Player of the Year), Jake Byrne(JHU) (2xAA, HM), Austin Bordley (2003), Jake Samperton (2005/Georgetown), Gibbs Fogarty (2005/Duke)


There may also be a few all ACC or Ivy and/or NESCAC or other awards in the group and as many as 5 captains in this group. The point is that this comparison is quite a compliment from the Coach.


Published in: on March 9, 2012 at 10:12 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thanks,Sandy!!!

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