BEAR BITES AND BLTF for 3/4  to 3/11



  • The Bears looked good during the three preseason scrimmages. It is very hard to assess how good the team is for a couple of reasons:
    • Both teams were shuffling players in and out; so sometimes a top midfield might be playing three sophomores,
    • Occasionally, the middies and/or attack and/or defensive four were mixes of proven talent with untested promise,
    • The weather (heavy rain @ one scrimmage, snow @the 2nd and cold  & wind @ the 3rd) may have contributed to some sloppy play, and
    • The Bears had a number of players sidelined by injured players, whom one source said will all be ready by Tuesday
    • 3/10

** Georgetown Prep (MD) 9, Collegiate School (VA) 2 ** Gonzaga (DC) 10, St Mary’s Annapolis (MD)

  • 3/9

** Boys’ Latin (MD) 18, Memphis Univ School (TN) 5

** Loyola-Blakefield (MD) 9, Penn Charter (PA) 8

** St Johns DC (DC) 14, St Johns Catholic Prep (MD) 3 ** St Stephen/St Agnes (VA) 7, Mount St Joseph (MD) 2

  • 3/6

** St Paul’s (MD) 8, Cape Henry Collegiate (VA) 7 (OT



BLTF by John Nichols



Bears vs. Bears

North Carolina (Will Leighton-Armah) played Penn (Will Laco) in the week’s first BvB tilt.  The Tarheels dropped a 10-6 decision to the Quakers.  On Saturday, the Tarheels faced the Princeton Tigers (Mike Grossman, Jack Strabo, Brian Reilly, and Justin Murphy) in the first game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The ‘Heels held on in a back and forth game to best the Tigers 9-8.  Jack Strabo scored a goal on a nice transition play and you can view that play (and the whole game) in the Watch ESPN section of the ESPN website His goal comes @ 7:16 of the 3rd period, which tied the game at 6-6, comes about 1:22 in the game. 

The week’s third BvB game saw Bucknell (Sam McDonough) beat Hobart (David Chakola) 14-10 Saturday.

In the second game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic, Cornell (Joe Paoletta and Will Joyce) pushed defending D-1 champs and currently #1 ranked UVA to overtime, but eventually fell to the ‘Hoos 9-8.  Big Red was without the services of All-American Rob Pannell who will likely miss six weeks of action with a broken foot.


The week was full of upsets:

  • UMBC beat Maryland (Kellen Miller) Tuesday evening
  • Robert Morris beat Ohio State(Luke Howard) Friday
  • Loyola beat Duke (Josh Offit) Saturday.  Josh Offit scored a goal in that game.


Other Games:

  • Cornell (Joe Paoletta and Will Joyce) beat Canisius 19-4 with Joe Paoletta recording 2 ground balls.
  • Denver (Harrison Archer) proved too much for Penn State as the Pioneers put 14 shots in the goal—an amount equaling what the Nittany Lions had allowed in total over their last 3 games!  Harrison assisted on one goal and was credited with a ground ball.
  • Maryland (Kellen Miller) bounced back from their loss to UMBC and trounced Marist 17-4 Saturday
  • Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) dropped a pair of decisions this week, falling 16-10 to UVA (Coach Curtis’s goalie David Barton recorded 19 saves for the game.  The Catamounts faced the Fairfield Stags on Sunday, dropping a 14-7 decision.
  • Georgetown (CT Fisher) picked up their second win of the season, beating Harvard 11-10.
  • Navy (Matt Morrison)put one up in the wins column with a 12-7 win over Lafayette.
  • Penn (Will Laco) dropped a 8-7 decision to the up-and-coming Villanova Wildcats


This Coming Week:

Bears vs. Bears—Duke (Josh Offit) and North Carolina (Will Leighton Armah) didn’t end up playing each other in the ACC hoops championship game, but the lax facet of the tobacco road rivalry will be renewed on Friday.  Princeton (Mike Grossman, Jack Strabo, Brian Reilly, and Justin Murphy) will take on Penn (Will Laco) in an Ivy League contest.


Among the other games scheduled:

  • Maryland (Kellen Miller) will take on Villanova
  • Ohio State (Luke Howard) will host UVA




Tufts (Nick Rhoads and Mark Findaro) kicked off their 2012 season with a 15-8 win over Hamilton.  Nick Rhoads was 19 of 25 (76%) on faceoffs and gather up 11 ground balls to help drive the Jumbos to victory.


Tommy Minkler kept his point streak going, recording a goal and 2 assists in the Battling Bishops 10-5 win over St. John Fisher and was credited with an assist, 2 ground balls and 1 caused turnover as Ohio Wesleyan dropped an 18-7 decision to defending national champs Salisbury.


Austin Dodson saw his first action of the year for the Gettysburg Bullets, recording 4 shots, 3 on goal and 2 caused turnovers.  Gettysburg will take on nearby rival Haverford this week.


Sewanee (Drew Hayhurst) solved some of their stats reporting problems and now we know that Drew continues to start on D for the Tigers and scooped up 2 ground balls in Sewanee’s 11-9 win over Carthage.


Washington and Lee (Will Raul) won one and lost one this week.  The Generals beat Swarthmore 14-8 then lost to Franklin and Marshall in a battle of the ampersands.  Washington and Lee has their work cut out for them this week as the host Salisbury and then Tim Keena’s alma mater, Hampden-Sydney..


Dickinson (Marek Laco) picked up big win by beating Roanoke 14-9.  Dickinson has a pair of contest next week as they face Skidmore and Widener.




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