LANDON LACROSSE 5 HAVERFORD 4

The Bears exhibited their full potential against last year’s #1 Haverford team and the visitors did not relinquish their 30 game streak without a fight at the inaugural LacrossePlayground.com Spring Classic Game. From the disappointment of the Calverton loss to the exhilaration of this win, which Coach Bordley was “up there with some of the Prep games!”

The first few minutes were played with the frenzy of a big match and the early jitters resulted in consecutive turnovers by both team. What was evident was the ‘Fords were a fast, athletic team requiring superb defense by the “home” team at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. The Bears got on the board first with a duck under move and a swift shot by Garrett Fellows with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter. The defense of both teams were the predominant theme of the initial 12 minutes—Alex Joyce (14 saves for ythe evening) was a wall in the goal, aided by close D’s Mark Strabo, Sellers Garrett , Alex Povich and Michael Rhoads (who frequently moved out to play LSM) and the smothering play of the Bears’ SSDMs, Marshall Peters and Brandon Johnson.

END OF 1ST Q SCORE — BEARS 1 ‘FORDS 0

An early blast by Hank Brown, unassisted at 9:30, put the Bears ahead 2-0. The visitors’ Sam Rohr scored their first goal at 3:55.

HALFTIME SCORE — BEARS 2 ‘FORDS 1

Impassioned half time speeches by coaches can change the momentum and the thunder from the visitors’ end of the field suggested that his charges may be fired up. No such shift was allowed.  The face-off, which started this period, resulted in the ball traveling through a thicket of sticks, legs and bodies, only to be deftly, finally scooped up by Taylor Valencia , who then deposited it into the ‘Fords’ goal after only 50 seconds expired. Rob Dunigan  swept  by his defender and put the ball in the back of the visitors’ nets.

END OF 3rd Q SCORE — BEARS 4 ‘FORDS 1

The intensity of the play, already very high, seemed to escalate in the final period with both teams flying around the field with both offensive prowess and defensive dexterity. The Bears registered their 5th goal on a terrific pass from Hank Brown to Matt Potolicchio with 8:37 remaining. The ‘Fords Will McNamara scored the team’s second goal at 5:15 and two minutes later, Zach Rego made the margin 2. Both coaches exercised their time out privileges and to add to the edge, the referees called two penalties on the Bears. Will McNamara scored his second goal on an assist from Billy Hupfeldt with only 0:23 remaining. The Bears’ ultimate ground ball vacuum, Peter Laco, gained possession of the ball. The clock stopped with 0:01 remaining and the horn blew, whereupon the Landon bench emptied onto the field only to learn that the referees ruled that there was time on the clock and that the players entry on the field constituted “too many players on the field.” The clock restarted and this time, the game ended.

LANDON SCORING

Player                  goal            assist

Brown                  1                 1

Fellows                1

Valencia              1

Dunigan              1

Potolicchio          1

DEFENSIVE STATS

Ground Balls

Team                   23               opponent            18

Player        Marshall Peters            4

Caused Turnovers

Michael Rhoads 2

Saves

Joyce                  14

          KHARI BATEN  THAT’S A BEAR AWARDALEX JOYCE
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