Landon Lacrosse 7 Bishop O’Connell 3

A sports truism is that a good team can win when they play below their capabilities. O’Connell is a solid lacrosse team with a number of recruits and a building program; so his is not a knock on the Knights. Maybe it was the frigid, windy conditions, perhaps it was the fact that the Bears were playing their third game in three days, or it might have been looking at the challenges of next week. Whatever the source, the Bears passed badly, did not have the best shots, and lost abnormally high ground balls. The good news is that the visitors still persevered by a 7-3 margin.

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Clearly the wind chill affected the play of the 1st period for there were few shots and one goal. Rob Adkins got the Polar Bears started with a feed to Drennan Greene @ 8:00. Most of the rest of the opening stanza was not pretty lacrosse by either team.

END OF 1ST PERIOD– BEARS 1 KNIGHTS 0

The beginning of this segment of the game started inauspiciously with the visitors incurring two penalties simultaneously. The EMD frustrated the Knights with great goalie play and a compact, opportunistic 4 D player effort. That success energized the Landon offense which then plunked four consecutive goals. [The details of what happened during this section were not recorded because temperature/wind precluded any legible notes, sorry.] Here are the goals and assists:

  • Luke Kurtz to Joey Epstein @ 11:01
  • Ryan Pride to Joey @ 10:23
  • Drennan two successive goals @ 9:31 and @ 3:37 (there may have been an assist on the second goal)

The Knights tallied their first goal at 2:21.

 

HALFTIME– BEARS 5 KNIGHTS 1

The home team narrowed the margin with a goal in the 3rd period.

 

END OF 3rd PERIOD– BEARS 5 KNIGHTS 3

 

The O’Connell midfielder, who plays with a long pole and plays offense with a 6’ shaft, scored by shooting down at Hunter Sells (10 saves) to start the last quarter.

 

The Bears responded with an unassisted goal by Ryan, who gathered a ground ball and nailed the goal @ 10:32 and then Kennedy Dunn, after a quick clear, had a clear path to the Knights goal where he buried it @ 6:26.

 

FINAL SCORE – BEARS 7 KNIGHTS 3

 

Post-game, it appeared as though Coach Bordley had the attention of his players and that the film will produce a lot of lessons. The week ahead will demonstrate how well they listened and can perform.

 

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD”

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Khari would be pleased that the “That’s a Bear” award is going to a defenseman, for that was his lacrosse position. Working in the trenches usually means that you get noticed when a mistake is made and there are not many metrics which quantify the long poles’ performance. The job description helps develop toughness.

Today, the “That’s a Bear” Award for the O’Connell game goes to Landon McKenzie. In a low-scoring game, the D’s small mistakes are magnified. Big #34 was tough, aggressive and quick. Landon, the player,  covered his opponent consistently well and was recorded for 3 GBs and 2 CTs.

“That’s a Bear”

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  1. […] Bears are 8-0 with wins over Timon of Buffalo, McCallie of Tennessee and WCAC’s Bishop O’Connell. One of the McCallie team’s parents sent Coach Bordley an email which expresses an outsider’s […]

  2. […] ago, a very experienced Bear team traveled to the Knights’ home field on a very cold day and the visitors won 7-3. In 2016, a young Landon team (for example, only 9 seniors and a large sophomore group of 12) […]


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