Landon Lacrosse 6 Georgetown Prep 5 in 2 o/t’s

The Bears and the Hoyas are true rivals; they boys do not have to circle the Landon-Prep game on their calendars, they just know. The result matters to both squads, witness the long faces of the Hoyas as they walked slowly up the steps of Bordley Stadium and in contrast, the Bears’ broad smiles and jump in their strides up the same stair case, even though they had just finished 56 minutes of a highly contested match. Bears 6 Hoyas 5


This was a battle. The Bears offense scored four straight goals and the Defensive team shut out the visitors for the first nineteen minutes. In fact, the Hoyas first shot (not on goal) was recorded at 6:11 of the first period. Messrs. Sells, McKenzie, Evans, Fowler, Padalino, Firstenberg, Powell and Gallagher established a tough perimeter for the visitors to pierce.

To get the Bears started, Colton Rupp got position directly before the GP goal, took some heavy stick whacks and executed a rock step that freed his hands. The result was a goal @ 6:31.

The visitors were flagged for a foul and their EMD could not stop a great pass from Rob Adkins to the stick of Nate Buller who buried his shot for the #2 Bear goal @ 2:34




Early in the period, the home team continued pushing towards the GP goal. A ground ball attracted a number of long-poled Hoya defenders and a den of Bears intent on gaining possession. Suddenly Joey Epstein emerged with the rock in his stick and immediately he drove toward the Hoya goalie, who the freshman beat @ 10:55.

The Bears tallied their 4th goal with the advantage of one less GP defender. This time Colton found a crack in the Hoya phalanx of stick and threaded an incredible assist to Nate, who quick-sticked past the goalie @5:35.

GP head coach Charlie Horning adjusted what his boys were doing and it worked as the Hoyas scored two quick goals, both on unsettled situations. David Lipka scored at 5:51 and then Mickey Aleisse at 1:52, both unassisted.




The halftime huddles must have been effective on the D side for the first goal of the 3rd quarter occurred at 2:26 by Hoya Keith Fernandez. (This goal probably was the result of uncharacteristic play by the Bears: three consecutive failures to clear.)The home team responded with a speed dodge by Griffin Brown down the alley @ 1:38.




The last quarter demonstrated how much the Hoyas wanted this game. They scored: Lipka at 4:50 and then Marty Gardiner at 4:00.

Landon had an opportunity to end the game when Colton fired a shot with less than 2 minutes left and the ball just missed the crossbar. The ball was turned over by the home team on a timer on violation @ 1:14. The Bears faced sudden death, but the ball hit the ground with seconds left in the GP offensive zone; Andrew Fowler came up with the ball to preclude a decisive score.




In the first overtime, the Bears’ first penalty of the game gave the Hoyas an opportunity to end the game. The Landon EMD did not surrender under heavy pressure.


The Hoyas were given an opportunity to score, but savvy positioning (and no push) by Andrew Fowler resulted in a Hoya being called for a crease violation. The Bears got the ball into their offensive zone and the ball was passed to Nate who swept from behind right to the top. Once there, he saw swift movement by Griffin Brown. A very difficult pass by #8 through the GP defense connected with #11 who took a low-to-high shot which beat the Hoya goalie and GP for a dramatic overtime win. . [See the below picture which shows the relative position of the passer and the shooter. Most importantly, it shows the ball in the back of the GP net!]










One indication of a change in the GP-Landon relationships was that Coach Horning walked across the field well after the game was over and shook hands with Coach Bordley—a real sign of respect between the two teams!!!





The man for whom this award is named exhibited leadership in everything he did—working hard in practices, being a coach on the field (letting teammates know what the opposition is giving), sacrificing his body for the team, playing harder when his teammates seem to have lost energy, doing the little things that make a difference, making clutch plays when needed and always exhibiting the quite confidence which matters at critical moments.


All of these attributes equally describe Colton Rupp, senior captain who leads the Bears into battle and who earned to important points in the GP game.










Beat Bullis Friday night in Potomac, time 7pm under the lights.

Go Bears!!!!

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  1. Seniors, proud of you guys (especially the d)! Must go back to that 7th grade coaching!

  2. […] Bears won two big IAC games over Prep 6-5 in two overtimes and then in one of the most inconceivable endings ever experienced in lacrosse, beat Bullis […]

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