LANDON LACROSSE 7 DeMATHA 6

One could be easily tempted to flash forward to the excitement of the last minute of the game, but such a retelling of this game would take the focus away from the home team’s initial onslaught and the Bears’ effort to fight back. Both teams should be acknowledged for their extraordinary efforts; so the post will defer the gratification of the ending.

This is a GOOD Stag team. The recruiting reports indicate that they have seven Division athletes and several of these players were also on the WCAC championship football team. The math wizards of LaxPower.com ranked them ahead of the visitors based on their 12-0 record before today. It was the second game in a row in which the Landon opponent was undefeated.

The first period was a demonstration of the home team’s talents at both end of Huerich Field (for Landon historians know that the school’s first year was the Huerich Mansion). The Stags scored quickly and often (at 10:36, 6:18, 4:37, 3:09 and 0:09.5). Their athleticism was shown is superb shots, great speed and very aggressive defense.

END OF 1ST QUARTER STAGS 5 BEARS 0

The Bear defense started to assert itself; from good slides among the middies, great support from the poles (Tom Evans, Paul Padalino, Landon McKenzie, Brandon Johnson, Drew Firstenberg) and exceptional saves (Hunter Sells [10 saves]and an important Jack Prutting appearance during an EMD [1 save]); the visitors shut out their opponent (averaging 11 goals a game) for the next 30 minutes. Caused turnovers, tenacious ground ball wins and good solid positional defense were the hallmark of that period.

To add to that wall, the Bears benefited from domination at the X where Jarett Witzal won 12 out of 15 face-offs. His wingmen contributed with several good ground balls when the pinch ‘n pop did not work.

Down by five goals, Landon had to come back one goal at a time. The “ice breaker” was scored @ 6:56 Sam Lynch beat his man, forced a slide and fed Sean O’Brien for the goal. The Brothers Buller combined for the next goal Zac to Nate @ 3:11. The momentum continued @0:01.6 when Nate connected with Sean with another pinpoint powerful goal.

HALFTIME STAGS 5 BEARS 3

 The visitors narrowed the margin to one when Sam Lynch created enough space to get Sean room for another “slapshot” @ 11:10. The remainder of this twelve minute segment was a defensive battle between both teams. Several Landon shots were stopped by the USNA bound Stag goalie.

END OF 3RD QUARTER STAGS 5 BEARS 4

The tension at the beginning of the last stanza was palpable; no one wanted to make a mistake with such a close game. A Navy commit gave DeMatha a two goal cushion at 6:06.

The middle of this period was again fought heavily between the restraining lines with both teams riding well and forcing turnovers.

The last 90 seconds of the final quarter were exciting beyond belief and may not be adequately captured here. Colton Rupp figured out how to beat his defender and two consecutive roll dodges resulted in goals #5 and #6 @ 1:32 and 1:01(obviously withan absolutely essential face off win by Jarett in the interstices!). The Bears again possessed the ball again and moved it around. As the clock expired a brilliant skip pass from Sean found Sam with enough space to score the go ahead goal @ 0:07.6. No pandemonium yet because there was time on the clock; the faceoff ate much of the remaining ticks. The Stag shot was after the horn sounded and now a joyous celebration burst from the Bears’ bench and the fans.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 7 STAGS 6

 

 

KHARI BATEN

THAT’S A BEAR AWARD

Truly, every player deserves a piece of this award, but symbolically the following three will be recognized

Sean O’Brien —3 goals and 1 assist

Landon McKenzie —2 CTs and 4 GBs

Hunter Sells—10 saves

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

 

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