LANDON LACROSSE 14 CALVERTON 10

Another of the Bears’ early season games is against the Cougar and the scores are always close (’15 L 13 C 6; ’14 L 10 C 7; ’13 C 11  L 10; and ’13 L10 C6). This year’s version was no different with the visitors taking an early 2-0 lead, then Landon gaining a six goal lead and finally holding on to a 14-10 win. Maybe not the Bears’ best game, but a win is a win.

 

Calverton has a roster, which would make Mr. Carberry proud, has three players from China and one residing in Coquitlam, BC plus players from the foreign countries of Utah and Pennsylvania. As in the past, this well-coached team tested the Bears.

A Cougar (a Drexel recruit) got them started with two quick goals (at 10:23 and at 7:25). At the other end of the field, the CS goalie was a wall in front of the nets and the home team was not beating him for the first half of the first quarter.

The Bears’ first score was a nice alley dodge by Brian Menendez @ 6:29. Colin O’Brien spotted and passed the ball to Drennan Greene who buried it @ 5:19.

The last minute of the initial twelve minutes saw three goals; two by the Bears – 1st Griffin Brown fed John Geppert @0:49. The Cougars responded with a tally at 0:37.2. Instant Offense a/k/a Justin Shockey won the face-off and sprinted to score @0:25.5. (His usual modus operandi is to score at the beginning of a period, but this was more than acceptable.)

 

END OF 1st PERIOD BEARS 4 COUGARS 3

 

For the first four minutes, the Landon O clicked. Griffin’s speed moved him past the Cougar defender and #11’s sweep ended with a goal @10:15.  Colin’s vision next spotted John who buried the ball @9:42.  Less than a minute later, a fast break led by Griffin created havoc in the CS defense and Colin showed on the crease. After multiple fakes at close range, #2 scored @ 8:40.

The Cougars pulled one point closer at 5:29.

The path to the intermission was punctuated by two Bear goals: @ 3:13 Griffin connected with Brian for his second goal and the team’s 8th. Will Oliver jetted past his Calverton defender to score @2:33.

 

 

HALFTIME BEARS 9 COUGARS 4

 

As Joey Epstein caused the opponents’ D to move, the slide created a crack through which he found and passed to Drennan, whose hops to catch the ball placed him high above the crease for a “dunk” shot @10:24. The Cougars got their fifth goal at 8:46.

Griffin then connected with Drennan for a goal 5:45 on a EMO play, but this time #10 used a hockey shot technique, going low on the CS goalie. The visitors added a goal at 4:56.

Zach Johnson bull dodged his way to close to the Cougar goalie and he scored the dozenth goal @3:35.

 

END OF 3rd PERIOD BEARS 12 COUGARS 6

 

The visitors demonstrated their competitiveness with two goals to open the last quarter at 11:52 and then 8:35. Momentum was moving to the North side of Bordley field. On the ensuing F/O Andrew Whicker won the draw and got the ball to the Captain. #11made it clear that this is the Bears’ House, sprinted, fired and scored @ 8:24. To plagiarize the tag line of ESPN lax analyst Eamon McAnaney, Griffin’s drive was right down Wilson Lane. Momentum stopped.

Buoyed by two consecutive EMO opportunities, the Cougars scored at 4:41 and 2:07 to narrow the margin to three.

Joey finished the game with a clever short range bounce shot which beat the CS goalie @ 1:52.

 

FINAL SCORE BEARS 14 COUGARS 10

 

 

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

 

Colin O’Brien

Griffin Brown

Brian Menendez

 

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NEXT TUESDAY LOYOLA @ LANDON at 4:00pm

 

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  1. Great account of the game, sandy! May I remind you, however, that the game was played on Triplett Field, it’s past and current and future name, before it was surrounded by stands known as Bordley Stadium. It’s not “Bordley field.” Thanks! Knight


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