By Paul Adkins

St. Stephen’s St. Agnes 7 Landon 5

On a sweltering 80+ degree day at Landon, the IAC Tournament Championship game brought together two hungry squads for a co-share of the IAC title with GP. SSSA has never won an IAC title and Landon looked to build on its strong tradition with #29.

The Saints were playing their 5th game in 7 days having run the table in the VISL, outlasted the Little Hoyas in OT and now faced a determined Landon squad.

A large, spirited crowd from both schools turned out to witness a game of momentum swings only to witness the Saints forge ahead in a late surge to put the game away.

LSM Marshall Peters started off the scoring in the game quickly by going uncovered straight to the goal @ 10:32. A series of possessions yielded only a few shots by both teams and some excellent point blank saves by Goalie Hunter Sells. Landon’s offense controlled the time of possession with Robby Dunigan, Sam Lynch firing shots just wide of the target. Both teams had trouble executing their offense against stingy defenses with wild scrambles for groundballs. With 12 seconds to go in the quarter, SSSA came up with all-in ground ball and found its star Sean Miller with an open snipe in the goal.


The Saints momentum continued as star Sean Miller showed his offense prowess with back-to-back goals at 9:32 and 8:48 quieting the Landon faithful. The Saints had taken control of the game with a hot goalie and its quick strike offense. Landon’s Philip Pena fired several shots on goal but the Saints netminder stopped all attempts. After several turnovers by both squads, the Saints struck again off a pipe rebound to make it 4-1. With 44 seconds to go in the half, Senior Marshall Peters once again used his speed and guile to cruise straight to goal unchecked to score for the Bears.


The Saints re-established momentum temporarily on a defensive mix up by Landon which allowed an SSSA longpole to go uncovered to point blank range and score. The Saints now led 5-2 and Landon had yet to get a goal from anyone with a short stick. Just as things were getting edgy for the Bears, at 7:41 Senior Garrett Fellows broke free with some shifty moves for an unassisted goal. SSSA 5 Landon 3. The rest of period consisted of some fine goalie play on both ends during which neither team was able to get any high quality close looks.


The Bears Sophomore faceoff specialist Jarett Witzal quickly took control and dished off to Senior Captain Peter Laco who fed a cutting Riley McTague for a score at 11:00. On the very next faceoff, Witzal once again possessed cleanly, passed to Laco who hit Fellows for a game tying goal at 10:48 to play. Tie Game 5-5. Momentum and confidence had swung back to the Bears. Over the next 4 minutes, Landon’s offense controlled the ball but was unable to convert on 5 consecutive shots – none of which were on goal. The Saints were finally able to wrestle control of the ball and capitalized on a very quick middie finding an alley and scored at 5:22. Saints up 1. Landon’s offense mounted a few final shots but weren’t able to tie it up. With 1:38 to play, the Saints found a wide-open man to seal the victory and to cap off the best week ever in Saints lacrosse history.


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