LANDON LAX 6 RP 4

This portended to be a tough game because the Bears were coming off a disappointing loss, because it is VERY difficult to sweep your traditional rival and because after half and particularly in the 4th quarter IT RAINED and holding a lead under inclement weather is always challenging. What overcomes such adversity—character, team leadership and consistent, aggressive effort from all 40 boys. Today, the fans at Bordley Stadium saw the Class of 2012 and all 30 of the other Bear Brothers have those characteristics. BEARS 6 — RP 4.

[Coincidentally there were recruiting coaches from Brown, Dartmouth, Georgetown and Penn in attendance; they obviously knew that the game would be a fertile field for finding talent.]

As most recent games and the last game at RP, both teams played cautiously (maybe nervously) for the initial minutes of the game. The little Hoyas scored first, Thomas Brown unassisted at 8:15. Senior Captain  Hank Brown evened the score; as he swept from the right sideline to the left, the RP defenders repeatedly, aggressively checked him. Undeterred and perhaps incited by the little Hoyas tactics, he drove through them and nailed the goal at 2:26,

END OF 1ST Q BEARS 1 — RP 1

The visitors again took the lead at 11:33 on an unassisted goal by Kyle Shanahan.

Landon responded at 9:58 when Sean O’Brien turned his defender around, came from behind, caused a slide and delivered a pass to Senior Matt Potolicchio for a beautiful point blank goal. Senior Captain Charlie Schnider scored on an alley dodge, unassisted at 2:54. The visitors tallied a goal Shanahan from Liam Giblin at 1:12.

HALFTIME BEARS 3 – RP 3

Once again the visitors scored first in the 3rd period, but it proved to be their   last for the game, Shanahan scored unassisted at 10:56.

The Bears’ next two goals followed a successful, successive formula—Bear D holds RP, the clearing pass went to a middie, the Bear sped past the little Hoyas and a spectacular shot resulted in a home goal. Hank   was the initial designer of this goal methodology (at 9:58) and Jack Falk showed similar wheels and skills at 4:26. The final goal was further evidence of the Bear team work. RP got the ball in their defensive end, only to be swarmed by a variety of forechecking Bear attackmen and middies. From this scrum appeared Matt, who dunked the ball (showing his All Met hockey instincts), for the fifth goal at 1:44.

END OF 3rd Q BEARS 6 — RP 4

The Bear D shut out the visitors (averaging 12 Goals @ game) for a 21:04 segment beginning in the 3rd Q and extending to the final horn of the game. That dominance originated in the goal where Senior Alex Joyce closely resembled the Bear fans’ banner name “Stonewall” by making 15 saves, several of them exhibiting his incredibly quick hands/stick. He also contributed 6 GBs and beat the little Hoyas to the ball after the visitors’ shots at least 3 times. His defenders were instrumental in limiting their opponents—while all three close defenders would cover any RP boy within striking distance. Senior Alex Povich held his primary target (Liam Giblin, a JHU recruit). Similarly, Senior Captain Mark Strabo shut out his opposite number (Bear Altemus, like #12 a future Princeton Tiger). Finally, Senior Garrett Sellers flashed from his position to cut off other RP players from scoring opportunities. (Bucknell bound Shanahan scored some of his goals from a MF play). Phillip Pena, Mike Rhoads, Jack Falk, Marshall Peters and Andrew Mitchell (in number order) exhibited a high level of tenacity whenever the little Hoyas approached the circle in which Alex Joyce resided. There were others who contributed to the Bear D, but not all names were captured (and for which an apology is given). To add to the significance, the rain poured for much of the last 12 minutes, making the field slippery. The offensive player has the advantages in such situations; because they know when to plant their cut for a cut and their fakes are no less effective in the rain, but the D may react to those feints causing loss of footing.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 6 — RP 4

PLAYER

GOAL(s)

ASSIST(s)

POINT(s)

Brown

2

 

2

Potolicchio

2

 

2

O’Brien

 

1

1

Schnider

1

 

1

Falk

1

 

1

 

 

GBs         Team               Bear Leader

Team                            24

Bear leader         Joyce with 6

 

SHOTs             Team               Bear Leader

TEAM                  12

Bear Leaders     Potolicchio and Schnider with 3 each

 

CTs          Bear Leader

Bear Leader       Povich with 2

F/Os

3/9

SAVES

Joyce with 15

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

Has many worthy   candidates, but the exemplary work of

ALEX JOYCE

(15 saves, 6GBs and   great leadership)

merits this award

IAC CHAMPIONSHIP

SATURDAY, May 12, 2012

VS.

?

TIME AND LOCATION TBD (NO   RESULT FROM OTHER SEMIFINAL AT THIS TIME)

ALL GOOD BEARS SHOULD BE THERE

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