BEARS WIN IAC LAX BY BEATING BULLIS 7-4

The story of the 2012 Bears’ lacrosse team has been a Band of 40 Bear Brothers and again the theme has been the display of character. Tonight at Bullis, we can put a BIG exclamation point on that statement of their constitution sentence. THESE ARE BEARS!

Tonight, when the teams played even, the Bears shut out the Bulldogs (average Goals scored per game 8.0); all of the home team goals were tallied when the Bears were serving a penalty. The Bear offense executed its game plan exquisitely—seven goals scored by 4 players and assists by 3.

The game started with a patented Matt Potolicchio hockey goal; the visitors took a shot, the ball rebounded and out of a mass of Bulldogs and Bears emerged #9 who had scooped up the ball and seemingly scored in the same motion at 9:21 unassisted. Five minutes later, Matt took the ball behind goal, drove towards the crease, caused a slide and hit Peter Laco, who quick-sticked it past the Bulldog goalie at 4:35.

END OF 1ST QUARTER BEARS 2 – BULLDOGS 0

Again, a rebound created an opportunity for Matt, who repeated scoop and shoot technique at 10:40. The Bears added to their margin at 7:59; this time Hank Brown inverted behind the goal and his move toward the goal forced a Bulldog defender to move toward #15 and exposed Matt perched in front of the nets è result GOAL at 7:59. The home team was given an EMO opportunity and Kylor Bellistri scored from the perimeter of the Bear’s zone at 5:24. Peter, joining the field as a midfielder, took the ball behind goal and passed it out to Jack Falk at 2:37.

HALFTIME BEARS 5 – BULLDOGS 1

The home team was given an EMO opportunity and at 8:27, Matt Opsahl scored. The Bears responded  with a long clearing pass from Alex Joyce to Charlie Schnider, who turned on the jets, streaked past the Bulldog defenders and buried a shot to close out the period.

END OF 3RD QUARTER BEARS 6 –BULLDOGS 2

The last scoring play of the prior period was repeated at 8:37, again speedy caught a great outlet pass, exploded down the field, and Charlie created separation and fired his second goal at 8:37.

The remainder of the game was a test of the Bear D. Heretofore, the referees had flagged the Bulldogs 5 times and the Bears twice. By the end of this quarter, the balance was 6 EMOs for the Bulldogs and 5 for the Bears. The primary defensive responsibilities were Matt Povich on Jake Dickstein (0 G, 0A), Mark Strabo on Matt Opsahl (1 EMO G, 0 A) and Sellers Garrett on Kylor Bellistri (3 EMO goals). To add a little excitement, Bellistri scored two EMO goals at 4:46 and 3:54.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 7 – BULLDOGS 4

PLAYER

GOAL(s)

ASSIST(s)

POINT(s)

Potolicchio

3

1

4

Schnider

2

0

2

Laco

1

1

2

Falk

1

0

1

Brown

0

1

1

 

 

GBs

TEAM                            25 

Bear Leader              Falk  with 4

 

SHOTS

BEARS            30

BULLDOGS     27

SAVES

JOYCE            10

BURKE            7

THE KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD” usually identifies an individual, whose effort and team play exemplifies’ Khari’s exceptional performance in those selfless dimensions. Tonight, the award could literally be divided 40 ways, but symbolically it will be given to ALEX JOYCE, MATT POTOLICCHIO, MARK STRABO and GARRETT SELLERS.

2012

IAC

LACROSSE

CHAMPIONS

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  1. My Dear Brother Bear Sandy,
    Thank you most especially for your faithful and diligent memorializing of Landon sports, most especially Football, Hockey and Lacrosse plus all the other sports you share and make comment on. You are a most learned and special Landon Bear yourself!
    Landon Forever,
    Dan & Cary Buckingham

    • Thanks Dan and Cary-

      I’m only as good as your son and all of the other Bears. My words reflect what they do and I feel most privileged to share these moments.
      Go Bears!!!

      Sandy

  2. I agree with Dan and Cary. Sandy is a Landon treasure.
    Go Bears.
    Bob Norris

    • Thanks, Bob. As you know, I get more enjoyment than I give in terms of “journalism”.

      The compliments are much appreciated and constitute massive, untaxable remuneration!


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