Landon Lacrosse 12 St. Mary’s 6

The annual Bears v. Saints game is an important test for both schools even though one is an MIAA school and the other from the IAC.

The 2015 was billed as a matchup of two highly ranked teams and the Bears showed early prowess on both ends of the field with a 14-5 win. It was an interesting display of the Landon offense to move the ball through the SMS phalanx as well as the Bear D to handle the Saints’ talented attack. The Annapolis team finished 15-5 and earned the MIAA A championship.

Equally historic was a 2011 game on Pascal Field and then both squads were highly regarded. The home team took a 10-6 lead into the last quarter, but the Bears roared back with a last second tying score by Joe Paoletta and in overtime Luke Howard emerged from a scrum and roared down the field (don’t shoot, don’t shoot, don’t shoot, don’t shoot, YES) for a 11-10 victory.

This March match-up was between two relatively young teams. SMS has 5 underclassmen starters and 14 on the roster. The Bears are also youthful and many of the players without prior varsity experience were on the field against an MIAA competitor. Coach Bordley’s squad still has depth even though a couple of players were not able to get on the field in Annapolis.

[The sightlines and pace limited the ability to capture detailed descriptions; hopefully in the future with greater familiarity with the numbers, the reports will include more depth. See also the BSN philosophy at the bottom of this post,]


The first period, as is frequently the case, was a time of each team sizing up the opponent. The visitors scored first with Nate Buller beating the SMS goalie @10:47. The home team responded with a tying goal at 7:18. The next addition to the scorebook was by John Geppert @6:09. The Saints replied with a EMO tally at 5:01. That challenge caused the Bears to attack again. Colin O’Brien fed Drennan Greene, who dodged and made a hockey-like shot (reminiscent of Matt Potolicchio and Colton Rupp both of who played with abandon around the crease.) Under a minute, the home team deposited a ball in the L goal. The Bears did not relent and @ 0:01.6 Nate found Thomas Halm, cutting in front of the Saints goal, for a nice quick stick goal.

The Bears’ passing and movement on offense were notable.




A combination of some Penn defensive adjustments, dominance at the X and the plethora of Bear middies took effect of the next 12 minutes.

First, Justin Shockey  success at the X (it’s now actually a dot) [he was 10/11 for the game] caused his opponent to be flagged for a 3rd violation, thus incurring penalties on the next two F/Os. The first thirty second EMO clicked with a goal by Griffin Brown assisted by Nate @ 11:43. Back at the midline, Justin’s presence there caused the SMS X-man to flinch again. This EMO did not get the ball into the net within its time advantage. Soon after the home team returned to even strength, Griffin delivered the ball to John for his 2nd goal @ 10:45.

The sophomore middie, #7, obviously found his groove and scored @4:29, qualifying for a hat trick. As the big clock on the scoreboard rolled toward all zero’s, Griffin G moved the ball to Drennan who shot low at the goal as he drove to the front of the net @00:17.1

The Penn admonition obviously worked for the D—Andrew Fowler (3CTs,4 GBs) , Griffin Valentine, Justin Conner, Will Amoroso, Drew Wellington, Carter Johnson, Mo Sillah; for the stoppers Shane Corcoran and Paul Kern; and for the many D middies (like Brian Menendez, Brett Gallagher, plus more). For almost 25 minutes, the SMS score did not move from the #3.The combined efforts were very effective.




The 3rd section of the game was when the coaches began to insert the clean Brown jerseys (the color does not easily highlight the dirt smudges as seen in Tide ads). In numerical order, the following Bears got on the field over the last two periods (in numerical order)—Gilbert Sentimore, Sean Feldman, Tommy Shull, Owen Concannon, Colby Camalier,  Garrett Kurtz. There were a few errors but the level pf yelling from the coaches suggest that these future players learned from practices.

Ryan Pride threaded a pass to Drennan who hit the ice/field as he scored @ 11:02. The big creaseman Thomas, who had 5 shots for the game (some of them “creative”) placed the ball in the back of the orange iron –shaped wedge with white netting for the 2nd goal @ 4:46. Drennan notched his 4th score @1:50 of the penultimate period.

The Saints did not give up and got another goal at 0:28.7



The dozenth (a neologism?) goal was the work of Colin @ 11:12.

SMS scored at 10:30 then an EMO goal at 8:19.




John Geppert

Andrew Fowler

Justin Shockey


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The content is mine, does not reflect the opinion of Landon, Coach Bordley or anyone directly related to Landon, (b) that any errors that may exist are mine, inadvertent and correctable (please let me know and I will make ALL corrections); (c) that the author (me) is a huge disciple of the Landon team concept and that I will do everything that I can do to mention all the players; however, universal coverage is not really possible through this medium. If someone believes that a player or group (offense/defense; middies/attack/ LSMs/close defense/goalies/FOGO/coaches/manager/ etc.) should receive greater attention, I am open to such suggestions. I will not mention referees at any time and will limit references to the opposition;(d) that BSN is a volunteer publication and that as the editor, publisher, statistician and writer [me], I am all too fallible and I apologize in advance for any error(s).




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