Landon Lacrosse 11 Gilman 4

Gilman does not rebuild, it reloads. The Greyhounds came to Bordley Stadium with their normal pack of 10 college recruits (according to Laxpower.com). Ty Xanders, the self-proclaimed Mel Kiper of HS Lacrosse, covered their game against Haverford as a lead article, documented that the ‘Hounds the #1 ‘Fords on the ropes with a six goal advantage in that game and queried Coach Matthews about the upcoming game. The losses incurred by the Roland Park school include Haverford and Georgetown Prep (6-7 in o/t); they beat Malvern Prep. The visitors averaged 9 goals in their previous contests; one of their big time players, just returned to the line-up is headed to UNC. The Bears started slowly but used its depth to create a major score differential in the 3rd Quarter, Bears 11 Greyhounds 4

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On the Bears’ first possession, Rob Adkins found the alley, blazed by his defender and beat the goalie for the 1st “deposit” @ 11:19. Much of the remainder of the opening period was spent testing each other defenses, learning what the other team would be with rides & clears and otherwise exploring strengths/weaknesses. With surgical precision in passing and clock management, Nate Buller threaded a pass to Joey Epstein for the second goal @ 0:03.0.

 

END FOR 1ST QUARTER—BEARS 2 ‘HOUNDS 0

 

Colton Rupp opened up the scorebook early with Goal #3 @ 10:50. The visitors found the range with two goals at 3:32 and then 1:30. As the time neared the mid game break, Rob passed (loosely speaking; a video would show the senior being crushed to the ground and making a behind-the-back toss) to Joey for a score @ 0:47.3.

 

HALFTIME – BEARS 4 ‘HOUNDS 3

 

Clearly the impassioned halftime speech or was it the adjustment worked. The Bears scored six unanswered goals.

But before the list of offensive numbers is recited, attention should be placed on the defense. They held the ‘Hounds to one EMO scores on five penalties (includes one time with two men in the box for 0:30 seconds and then the remainder of the minute, unreleasable penalty). The Bears’ D was rock solid—

  • They rotated four close defenders (Landon McKenzie, Paul Padalino, Andrew Fowler and Tom Evans) ,
  • the LSM’s ( Justin Connor and Drew Firstenberg),
  • the two way Middies (too many to list) and
  • the guy at the back of the Maginot line who has a “butterfly net and who uses it to gather up opponents’ passes that come anywhere close to his crease, for example against Gilman, Hunter Sells intercepted two ‘Hound passes, grabbed four ground balls and oh by the way, had eight saves.

Much like the beginning of the 2nd period, Colton bulldodged his opponent and fired a goal @ 11:05 to give the Bears’ momentum. The parade of unassisted goals continued: Joey @ 7:36; Colton again @ 4:11; Ryan Pride @ 3:56; Griffin Brown, short-handed (Landon was on EMD), cleared the ball and scored @ 2:37; and as with the previous two periods (a score within the last minute) Nate @ 0:09.1. The Bears’ depth had an impact in this period.

 

END FOR 3rd QUARTER—BEARS 10 ‘HOUNDS 3

 

The last twelve minutes constituted an opportunity for Coach Bordley to get some of less experienced player some time against a top program.

The visitors got a goal at 9:24 and Koko Avedisian found Joey @ 1:44.

 

FINAL SCORE – BEARS 11 ‘HOUNDS 4

 

BIG GAME– Thursday APRIL 2 BEARS v. PURPLE EAGLES @ GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY AT 7PM

 

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD

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Khari loved great defense and he would have GREAT APPRECIATION for Bear #7

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Hunter Sells probably qualified for the “That’s a Bear” Award for every game this spring, but today he made the saves which kept the momentum going for his team, created a perimeter around his 6’ circle through which no Gilman pass or errant GB would be allowed and barked commands (“all left”, “slide”, “fire” and frequently “clear”)to his Bear Brothers. Impressive game!!!

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  1. […] Bears beat major powerhouses and rivals Gilman 11-4 then Gonzaga 7-6 in one of the most exciting, well played HS games in the DMV or […]


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