Landon Bears 8 – Saint Stephen’s Saints 6

On Friday afternoon, April 20th (Mothers Day at Landon), The Landon Bears faced the Saint Stephen’s Saint Agnes Saints. Heading into the game, the Bears were riding a 4 game win streak with an overall record of 7 wins and 5 losses and the Saints, with an overall record of 10 wins and 2 losses.

The First quarter was dominated by defense on both sides of the field. Neither offense could put the ball by Landon’s goalie Alex Joyce (Georgetown) nor Saint’s goalie Sam Beazell (Loyola).

End of 1st Quarter Bears 0 – Saints 0

No team hit the back of the net until Sam Lynch (Hopkins) found Pete Laco (UPenn) with 7:19 to go in the 2nd quarter, as Laco put the ball past Beazell with ease. A little more than a minute later, Charlie Schnider (Ohio State) made a few shifty moves and found Matt Potolicchio, who scored. To close out the first half, Potolicchio made a scrappy play after a scrum on the crease and dunked the ball to give the Bears a 3-0 lead heading into the half.

Halftime Bears 3 – Saints 0

Hank Brown (Drexel) opened up the scoring in the 3rd quarter at 10:03 with his usual dodge and finish down the right alley. Both offenses settled down for the next 4 minutes, as the Bears defense, led by Mark Strabo (Princeton), shut down Brent Armstrong (UNC) and the Saints. After strong play on defense, Potolicchio found Schnider at the 6:50 mark in the 3rd quarter. The Bears took a commanding 5-0 lead, but Armstrong responded with an impressive individual effort with 2:20 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Just 10 seconds later, with 2:10 to go in the 3rd quarter, Hank Brown picked up the ground ball after a faceoff win by Sam Lamson (9 of 15 on the day), and put the ball in the back of the net to extend the lead to 6-1.

End of 3rd Quarter Bears 6 – Saints 1

At the start of the 4th Quarter, both teams began alternating goals. Sophomore Midfielder, Altizer, received a pass from fellow Sophomore Attack man, Archer, and scored to cut the lead to 4. With 8:47 left in the game, Jack Falk (UVA) connected with Taylor Valencia (Delaware), and Valencia shot high to high past Beazell (Loyola). 4 minutes later at the 4:31 marker, Armstrong netted his second goal of the game to make it 7 – 3. Shortly after, Schnider found Sean O’Brien who stuck the bottom corner and extended the lead to 8-3. O’Brien’s goal was eventually the last to go by Beezle. With a minute left in the game, the Bears were in the driver’s seat as it looked like they would walk away with an 8-3 victory. But The Saints responded with 3 goals in the last 31.1 seconds. Altizer scored his second of the game with 31.1 seconds to go. Just 14 seconds later, Armstrong scored his 3rd of the game, completing a hatrick. With 2.9 seconds left, Senior Swaney scored to make it 8-6. The Saints last minute surge was not enough as the Landon Bears prevailed with an 8-6 win. It was a fitting win to cap an end of a fun-filled Mother’s Day at Landon.

Highlights:
Faceoff man, Sam Lamson, had a good day at the faceoff X winning 9 of 15. Alex Joyce made 11 impressive saves as he anchored the Bears defense along with Mark Strabo who had 5 groundballs and 2 caused turnovers. After the game, I was able to speak to Ohio State bound Charlie Schnider. “People are a little skeptical of our 5 loss season [4 of 5 by 1 goal}, but they don’t realize the tough competition we play. Our goal is not necessarily an undefeated season, but rather to bring home an IAC championship. The schedule Coach Bordley creates allows us to prepare for IAC competition.”

Poto: 2G 1A
Schnider: 1G 2A
Brown: 2G
O’Brien: 1G
Valencia: 1G
Lynch: 1A
Falk: 1A

Khari Baten “That’s A Bear” Award: Mark Strabo

Write up by Graham Shue

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