LANDON LACROSSE 10 SAINT STEPHEN’S/SAINT AGNES 8

All of the Bears’ opponents are well coached and stocked with talent. The last 6 games schedule, ending with the SSSA game, was filled with major rivals, heavy college recruit talent and very, very good coaches. Today’s (actually a 2 day game started on Friday, suspended due to rain and restarted today) match more than meets the “gauntlet” test. The Bears walked off the field with a well-earned 10-8 victory with contributions deep within the roster.

The game started on Friday with the Saints scoring at 11:13 and the visitors responded with a Sean O’Brien feed to Jack Bolen for a goal @ 8:14. SSSA got their second goal at 3:18. Soon thereafter, the Saints were penalized and the Bear EMO converted a Nate Buller pass to Sean who hit the net for a goal @ 2:50. A few seconds after the score was tied, the game was suspended at 2:25 for heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

The Sunday restart repeated the opening script with Sean finding Jack who picked a corner to retake the lead @ 0:25.1

END OF 1ST QUARTER BEARS 3 SAINTS 2

The home team got back their momentum by scoring consecutive goals at 8:27 and 8:06 to take a 4-3 lead.

Landon retook the “mojo” with three consecutive notches within 5 minutes. Jack benefitted from a nice Zac Buller assist @ 7:12. Colton Rupp pushed the Bears to a lead with a goal @4:34. Finally Rob Adkins, on an EMO play, connected with Sean for a nice goal @2:34, a lead which the boys in Brown would not relinquish.

HALFTIME BEARS 6 SAINTS 4

Sam Lynch started the 3rd period with a turnaround move and a 10 yard goal @ 11:28. The Saints got two consecutive, unassisted goals (at 8:50 and 7:33) to narrow the Bears’ advantage to 7-6

The referees gave the visitors an EMO advantage which the Bears realized on a Sean to Sam goal @ 4:12. The SSSA EMO showed its proficiency with their 7th goal at 2:57.

Throughout the game the Landon D showed its tenacity, forcing many turnovers and keeping bodies between their opponent and Hunter Sells (13 saves). The defensive unit started with the usual crew of two way middies but aided by SSDM work by Luke Kurtz and Leo Falcone; their LSM buddies (Brandon Johnson and Trey Lundelius) frustrated the talented SSSA middies. The Saints attack is composed of three major recruits; so the Bear long poles (Tom Evans, Landon McKenzie and Drew Firstenberg) had to work hard, communicate well and play sound defense against the high-powered SSSA O.

END OF 3RD QUARTER BEARS 8 SAINTS 7

The boys in Brown added to their margin with the first two goals of the last period. Sean identified Zac Buller as someone who might score and verified his buddy’s premonition with a pretty goal @ 9:03. The next goal started with the hard work of Jarett Witzal, who won the face-off and he carried the ball to pass to Colton @ 7:28 for the Bears’ 10th goal and a 3 point margin.

SSSA did not give up and scored at 4:58. That effort fired up the home team and it looked precarious for the Bears when the visitors committed a turnover in their offensive end, but as the Saint started up the field, his progress was interrupted by a nice rap check by Sean. If that did not deter the home team, their foul with a little less than sixty seconds remaining did. Landon literally ran out all but seconds.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 10 SAINTS 8

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD”

Hunter Sells 13 saves, 1 GB
Sean O’Brien 2Gs 3A 1 CT
Landon McKenzie
Trey Lundelius

 

 

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