BearLaxTraxFax 02.23.16

bear trackBY JOHN NICHOLS

 

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First things first—Congratulations to the Landon Bears for the IAC and MAPHL hockey championships!

 

BEARS VS. BEARS

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoades) 14

Drexel (Hank Brown) 7

UVA picked up their first win of 2016 using a strong second half performance. Jason Murphy had another strong showing at the X, winning 14 of 18 faceoffs and securing 12 ground balls. On one of his cleaner wins Jason picked up his first assist of the year. Hank Brown registered a goal for Drexel, running a clear after a forced turnover on the Drexel crease and scoring with just 10 seconds left in the first half-a virtual 2 goal swing for the Dragons. Michael Rhoads saw his first action of the 2016 season for the Wahoos.

 

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 13

Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 8

The Bucknell Bison are off to a 3-0 start, their best start since 2007 when Bucknell won their first five games. The game was close early on, then the Bison went on a 7-2 run to put the game away. Jarret Witzal had another strong game, winning 16 of 22 faceoffs and collecting 6 ground balls. Charlie had a goal and an assist for the Stags.

 

 

OTHER GAMES

 

Colgate (Robby Dunigan) 11

Binghamton 4

 

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 7

Penn State 8

Both Marshall and Colton started for Cornell, Colton in his first D-I game. Colton scored his first collegiate goal on 2 shots. Jack Bolen had two ground balls. Cornell held a 3-2 lead at the half but Penn State scored 5 straight in the third quarter. Cornell then fought back with 4 of their own to tie the game back up at 7 when Colton Rupp scored his first goal. Penn State broke that tie with just under four minutes remaining and held on for the win.

 

Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 12

Siena 9

Both Riley and Koko contributed to Hobart’s win. Each had one shot with Riley finding the back of the goal for his first of the season. Riley’s goal was one of six that Hobart scored in the third quarter which gave the Statesmen a lead they would not relinquish.

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch, Hunter Sells) 8

Loyola 9

Hopkins suffered its first loss of the season. Loyola scored first never trailed, although Hopkins cut the deficit to one with over 8 minutes left in the game. The Greyhounds managed to keep the Jays at bay for the rest of the game to secure the win.

 

Vermont (Coach Curtis) 14

Holy Cross 8

 

Penn (Garret Fellows, Peter Laco) 12

Michigan 10

The scoresheet listed game time weather as “Perfect for Lacrosse!” and it was a fine start for the Quakers. Penn put up 6 in the third quarter to build enough of a lead to withstand the Wolverines’ 6-2 advantage in the fourth quarter.

 

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 21 —Mark is recovering from a lower body industry; he expects to be ready for JHU on 3/5 and one could forecast that many Bears should be in attendance for that Bear v. Bear contest.

NJIT 4

 

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 8

Sacred Heart 10

Sacred Heart scored the last 3 to take the lead and seal the win.

 

Navy (Patrick Keena) 5

Delaware 1

 Live video of this game was delivered free over the Patriot League network. The only thing worse than watching this game would have been sitting in the rain watching this game. Navy scored just 14 seconds into the game. It took another 35 minutes of game time until the next goal was scored when Delaware tied it up. Navy scored the next four, including two on assists dished out by Patrick to post the Mid’s second win this year.

 

This week’s D-I Polls:

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This Coming Week:

Three Bears vs. Bears games on the schedule:

Bucknell at Colgate

Hobart at Cornell

Penn at Virginia

 

Games you can go see: Johns Hopkins hosts North Carolina on Sunday 2/28.

 

 

D-III Notes

 

No games to report on yet, but another Bear has joined the coaching ranks. Tommy Minkler is now one of the assistant coaches at his collegiate alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan. Tommy is a 2015 graduate of OWU and a 2011 graduate from Landon.  During his Battling Bishop career, he won 3 letters in men’s lacrosse and was a 3-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection as an attack.  He helped the Bishops win 2 NCAC tournaments and advance to the NCAA Division III playoffs 3 times. Tommy is joined by Keith Long, who played at Falls Church High and VMI and was an assistant at DePauw last year. It was Keith who described Tommy as a great leader on the field after the OWU- DePauw game.

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