Landon Lacrosse 8 Bullis 6

In 15 games this year, the Potomac Bulldogs have scored goals in at least double digits, except three games—a loss to Georgetown Prep and two losses to the Bears. One can attribute low scores to the superb Landon defense and goalie (holding the opponent to well below their average) , but it might also be attributable to the observation (ascribed to Matt Ward ’02 during an ESPN broadcast) “it’s hard to score when you do not have the ball”. Today the home team usually departed from the faceoff X with possession and were successful keeping it away from the Bulldogs. The offense was able to convert their opportunities to win the game, 8-6.

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Landon was meticulous in its offensive possessions testing the Bullis zone D with sharp, quick passes intended to create space for shots. Such a pattern saw a hard feed from Joey Epstein to Koko Avedisian, who beat the Bullis goalie for a score @9:52.

Like other lacrosse games this season, much of the first dozen minutes were spent testing the opponents’ O and D systems. The Bullis clear had a lot of problems in this Q.

 

END OF 1ST QUARTER– BEARS 1 BULLDOGS 0

Justin Shockey started the next segment of the game with a clean faceoff with (for the game, the sophomore was 13/15 at the X). The white eight inch sphere moved quickly around the Bear O; the last pass was from Joey E to Rob Adkins who scored @11:15.

The visitors’ first score was attributable to a Bears broken clear which resulted in a goal at 10:34. A dodge by Colton Rupp set his hands free and he put in Landon’s goal #3 @9:18.

The Bulldogs showed great resilience with consecutive goals at 7:39 and then at 6:05, which tied the game.

 

AT HALFTIME– BEARS 3 BULLDOGS 3

To start the second half, Justin beat his opponent at the X and the ball got to Colton in 11 seconds for a score @ 11:49.

The visitors responded with two consecutive goals—one that tied the game at 7:55 and another at 7:17, an EMO goal at 7:17, to take the lead.

Landon was awarded an extra man opportunity and converted it. The pass sequence ended with a pass from Griffin Brown to Joey E @ 3:54.

 

END OF 3RD QUARTER BEARS 5 BULLDOGS 5

The home team asserted control for most of the last dozen minutes. Nate Buller was able to get past his defender with a straight speed dodge for a goal @11:49.

The next Bear tally started deep in their defensive zone. Griffin beat his man to a loose ball, scooped it up, sprinted by the retaining line at the other end of the field and got the ball to the Landon point man. In hockey he would have been credited with the second assist. His pass caused Colton to go to his knees, but he exhibited both the athleticism and game sense by flicking the ball to Joey E, who lasered the ball into the Bullis goal @6:57.

The Bears completed their troika with another skill play. This time Colton feathered a pass to Griffin, who was in the midst of a number of Bulldogs. #11 caught the ball, took a step to create space and with a good deal of composure and talent, switched his stick to get a better angle AND buried it @ 4:41.

Landon controlled the ball for much of the remainder of the time. Once the ball entered the offensive zone, Bullis would drop back in a zone. The Bears would remain outside and force the visitors to come out to play man-to-man.

Bullis scored at 1:44. Winning at X again, a number of the home team players exhibited their speed, frequently beating double teams with deceptive running. The clock ran to 0:00.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 8 BULLDOGS 6

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KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

 

JUSTIN SHOCKEY—13/15 at the X, 5/5 in the 4th Q, 7 GBs, two fast breaks from faceoffs that resulted in goals and 1 shot

 

JOEY EPSTEIN —- 2 Gs and 2 As plus a number of GBs

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IAC FINALS SATURDAY AT BORDLEY STADIUM AT TBD AGAINST GEORGETOWN PREP

 

 

 

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  1. […] Bears finished the season 20-2 and took home their 30th IAC title. They had to beat a Bullis team that was determined to win, but didn’t have enough to beat the Bears. Then, in a classic battle […]


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