Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols for 05.12.14

MAY MADNESS akin to May Madness by John Nichols

The NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament got off to a wild start this weekend. Half of the seeded teams were eliminated in the first round (including the #2, 3 and 4 seeds!) and one of the play-in teams made it into the upcoming quarter finals. With these upsets, no seeded team will be playing another seeded team in the quarterfinals this coming weekend. Wins by Maryland, Drexel and Denver coupled with losses by Cornell, Penn and UVA halved the number of teams with Landon alums left in the field. We are guaranteed at least one ursine team in the final four as Drexel and Denver will play for one of the semi-final slots. If Maryland can beat Bryant, that will make two Landon teams in the final four and set up a potential Bears vs. Bears national championship game on Memorial Day.



Here is what happened (by seeding)

#1 Duke easily dispatched Air Force 20-6. Air Force had earned the game based on their play-in win over Richmond.

#2 Syracuse lost to Bryant 10-9 in a game that went down to the very last play. Bryant rode a strong face-off game and great goal tending. Syracuse’s last second shot caught a pipe and skipped out of bounds, ending the season for the Orange and propelling Bryant into the quarter finals. Bryant earned the game against Syracuse by beating Siena 9-8 in a play-in game.

#3 Loyola, a team that was a mere 0.1 seconds short of a perfect season coming into the game, had no answer for the all-Thompson attack of Albany.  The Thompson attack trio scored 11 goals and dished out 7 assists in the Great Dane’s 13-6 win. Brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson are #1 and #2 in the NCAA record books for total points for a season-both achieving that mark this year!

Bears vs. Bears:#4 Penn (Will Laco ’11, Garrett Fellows ’13, Peter Laco ’13), the Ivy League tournament champ, fell to neighbor Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) 16-11. Hank scored the Dragon’s first goal on a nice hard shot from 12 yards out. It came at the 8 minute mark in the first quarter and you can check it out on Watch ESPN replays. The game turned hard in the closing minutes of the first half when Drexel scored 3 goals in 11 seconds (not a typo, 3 goals in 11 seconds), to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 half time lead. Drexel’s four goal run at the start of the third period and three goal run at the start of the fourth period put the game away.

#5 Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) hosted the North Carolina Tar Heels in what some considered a final four quality match up.   Denver was up 5-1 at the half and traded goals with UNC to coast to a 9-5 win. Harrison had 2 shots for the Pioneers.

#6 Notre Dame hosted Harvard and the Irish had little trouble with the Crimson as Harvard’s offense, which went missing sometime late in the first quarter of the Ivy League championship game, remained largely off the radar in the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame coasted to a comfortable 13-5 win.

BEARS vs BEARS:#7 Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) faced Cornell (Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Marshall Peters ’13) in a rematch of a first round game from last year. In last year’s contest, Cornell blitzed Maryland 16-8. Early on, it looked like the 2014 game would be a reprise of the 2013 match. Cornell led 5-1 at the half, but in the second half the Terrapin defense stiffened, allowing only 2 goals on just 8 shots while the Maryland offense started to click. Maryland recorded 24 shots in the second half. The game winner came with a mere 2 seconds left on the clock, giving Maryland their first lead of the game and the only lead they needed. Joe had 4 shots and 2 ground balls for the Big Red. If you go back and check out the replay on Watch ESPN, you will hear the announcer give props to Joe and Coach Bordley at the 1:50 remaining mark of the second quarter. Marshall’s primary assignment for most of the game was covering the Terps star middie, Mike Chanenchuk, who was held in check. On the last play, Marshall was in a zone and was not directly involved in the gut wrenching final goal by the Terp #1.

#8 UVA (Michael Rhoads ’13) fell to Johns Hopkins 14-8 in a game that your author suffered through in person.

Next Up:

The quarterfinals:

#7 Maryland (Kellen Miller ’11) faces Bryant in the first quarter final game on Saturday at noon.

#5 Denver (Harrison Archer ’10) plays Drexel (Hank Brown ’12) in a Bears vs. Bears match up on Sunday at 2:30, the last of the four quarterfinals games

Here’s a late picture which features the 7 Landon Bears that played in the regular season game between Princeton and Cornell.




(l to r) Brian Reilly ’09, Joe Paoletta ’10, Will Joyce ’10, Justin Murphy ’11, Marshall Peters ’13, Mark Strabo ’12 and Jack Strabo ‘10

More to come on Seniors and their careers.

Thanks, John for your comprehensive report.


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