Landon 2013 Lacrosse Preview

The Bears have had two scrimmages and the boys have showed that they can play, although there some rust is evident and a lot of questions from last year’s team. Landon played Boys Latin (Inside Lacrosse’s #1 in the preseason poll) and held their own against a potent offense.


The 1st question that comes to mind is– Where did all of those close defensemen and Joyce goalies go?


The four year Joyce Juggernaut is over with Alex starting for Georgetown and Will playing for the #3 Big Red of Cornell. Coach Bordley looks at a goalie (Jack Prutting), who sustained major fire in an impressive turnaround against a powerhouse Malvern Prep earlier in his career and a highly regarded soph G Hunter Sells, who showed some quick hands in the scrimmages. Will Murty will add his senior insights as to what to expect between the pipes.


[NOTE: the scrimmages were played in pinneys; so I may have missed more than a few players; I apologize in advance for any omission—see below]


The long poles graduated and one of them is starting for Princeton as a freshman. Nine close Ds return from last year’s team and true to the Landon formula, they got playing time as they have moved up the ladder. Mike Rhoads (UVa commit), a very aggressive LSM last year, will lead the Bear D this year. The new pole in the midfield is Cornell commit, super quick, Marshall Peters. During the scrimmage, defenders Andrew Mitchell (Army commit), Taylor Trumbower, Connor Lynch (Furman commit), Will Buckingham (Furman commit) and Colby Williams were seen making plays that may merit a place as a starting D.


The starting attack includes two returning players, senior Taylor Valencia (Delaware bound) and junior Sean O’Brien (Bucknell commit). Others who have shown promise for the 3rd spot include (in alphabetical order) Woody Axelson, Zach Buller (Jacksonville commit), Sam Gansler and Colton Rupp (Cornell commit). The depth of the midfield and the exceptional stick work of some of those players may see one or two of them contribute on attack. One of the hall marks of recent players, who occupy the offensive end of the field exclusively, are competitors who ride ferociously when the ball goes over to the opponents. Matt Danowski of Duke is the model for that attackman-becomes-tenacious-defender riding technique; he who shows that effort is likely to get that last position.


Last but not least is the midfield where the depth is incredible— seniors Phil Pena (Delaware commit) , Peter Laco (Penn commit) ,Garrett Fellows (Penn commit)  and Robbie Dunigan (Colgate commit) ; juniors, Jack Falk (UVa commit) , Sam Lynch (JHU commit) and Austin Petty (UVa commit), Riley McTigue, Leo Falcone,  Jack Bolen and Brandon Johnson.  There are talented sophomore and even freshmen middies, but given the above talent (7 Division I middies for major programs), it will be hard to get significant time. Coach Bordley.


The new rules make the face off position ever more critical. There Jason Murphy has shown dramatic growth in his skills over the summer (it pays to live with an X man who plays Div I lacrosse). Jason is also a finalist in the Independent Schools Art Competition (see below). He will battle with soph Jarrett Witzal (a top wrestler) and freshman Sam Offutt (UVa commit) in practices and to be sure, Coach Cassidy will work them into a game or two.

jason murphy's Forest Fire finalist for best independent schools art comp


All of that ability will be tested with a very tough 18 game schedule which includes 5 ranked teams. Here is the list—teams bolded are national ranked in the preseason Inside Lacrosse poll and the number in parentheses reflects the number of seniors and juniors who have committed to play lacrosse at Div I, II and III colleges (from [not 100% clear to me how accurate these numbers are; for example, Landon is listed as having 15 at, but the total number is 17[maybe more?]):


Middleburg Academy (1)
Good Counsel (0)
The   Hill Academy (14)
Spalding (0)
Penn Charter (Philadelphia) (6)
Culver   Military Academy (Indiana) (13)
Paul VI (12)
Gilman   (11)
Coronado (CA) (2)
Gonzaga   (10)
Bullis (7)
Potomac School (1)
Rockville   Pike (12)
St John’s (4)
St Stephens (6)
DeMatha (8)
St Albans (3)



Some of the schools with smaller numbers of commitments, like StA, have very solid players (Lehigh, Yale, and Harvard). THERE ARE NO PUSHOVERS IN THIS SCHEDULE; each game will pose a new and different test!




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It’s a little presumptuous to even pretend that this silly little “blog” merits anything called an editorial policy, but I cannot think of a more apt phrase to introduce an explanation of why BSN covers Bear Sports News in a particular style.


Hopefully, the below paragraph will explain to new readers what’s going on in this space; further, the “policy” makes some important admissions (maybe even a priori apologies) and makes clear how welcome your comments, criticisms, corrections and the occasional compliment(s) are!!!!


(a)  the content is mine, does not reflect the opinion of Landon, Coach Bordley or anyone directly related to Landon; 

(b)  that any errors that may exist are mine, inadvertent and correctable (please let me know and I will make ALL corrections); 

(c)  that the author (me) is a huge disciple of the Landon team concept and that I will do everything that I can do to mention all the players; however, universal coverage is not really possible through this medium. If someone believes that a player or group (Attackmen, Middies, Defensemen, Goalies, FOGOs, LSMs, SSDMs, etc.) should receive greater attention, I am open to such suggestions; 

(d)  I will TRY not to mention referees at any time and will limit references to the opposition; 

(e)  that BSN is a volunteer publication and that as the editor, publisher, statistician and writer [me], I am all too fallible and I apologize in advance for any error.  

(f)   TO REPEAT– BSN  gladly welcomes all comments, criticisms and  corrections; usually the right version is incorporated in the text. SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME ALL FORMS OF FEEDBACK (GOOD AND BAD) 

(g)  The goal is to provide timely and accurate chronicles of what the boys do on the field; it is meant to be a fun recollection of what transpired with an occasional vocabulary test word; no criticism of a player or coach is ever intended. If you feel that the words have not been kind to a boy or a coach, it was not intended and an apology will be instantaneously issued, if requested; 

(h)  Information about the players successes off of the field are almost as important as their athletic endeavors—PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANY ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, MUSIC, COMMUNITY OR WHATEVER ACHIEVEMENT; such subjects get high priority.


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