Landon Lacrosse 14 Coronado 3

This is another in the annual schedule of games played by the Bears. The Islanders are coached by Landon and Notre Dame  goalie, Alex Cade , who brings his team back to Bordley Stadium to expose them to high level play. His old coach recognizes the value to California lacrosse to get exposure back East. The Landon coaching staff uses this game to refine their game plans and to assess the roster’s depth.


The first 10 minutes of the ‘Nado and Landon game was close with two home team scores followed each by a visitors’ goal. Griffin Brown was first into the score book with a goal @ 8:00. The Islanders replied at 5:22. Less than a minute later (@4:17) Griffin B connected with Drennan Greene, who buried the ball in the back of the cage. The scoreboard (at 2:39) soon read 2-2 on a CHS goal.


The San Diego team saw the Bethesda players shot and back up those strikes. When the visitors did take possession, they were unable to get the ball to their end of the field. The first ‘Nado shot was registered at 5:53.


For the remaining minute, the Bear O clicked. On an alley dodge, Ryan Pride’s alley dodge and shot beat the visitor goal @ 1:03. Justin Shockey’s domination of the X contributed to two quick tallies. That next possession saw the ball move to Drennan, who repeated his moves near the crease, perfected on ice, with the Bears’ score #4@ 0:53.6 Another F/O win and the ball was controlled by John Geppert and he moved the ball to Will Oliver who recorded the Bears’ 5th goal of the period/3rd tally of the last 63 seconds.




During Period 2, the Landon O coaches wrote down many positive notes. When the offense moves the ball, the opposition D has to react and that shifting in the other team’s structure, holes open. If a player fills that space and if the player with the ball sees that, scores and positive reinforcement from the teachers/mentors/coaches will flow. A goal gets a G, but an assist earns an A.


Face-off won, Griffin B collects the ball and sees Joey Epstein open and he beats the ‘Nado netminder for the 6th Bear goal. An Islander faceoff violation gave the Bears a 30 second EMO opportunity; a series of passes resulted in a Ryan feed to Griffin G who deposited in the cage. A scramble around the visitors’ crease ended when Ryan gobbled up a GB in tight quarters; he then created some space and passed to Zach Johnson who ripped the nets. Finally, the old school crease play (yes, there were days when one player stationed himself at the top of the goal circle), as John Geppert passed through a forest of Islander poles to the  stick head of Thomas Halm who reflexed the ball past the poor CHS goal guardian.


The visitors’ attackman completed his hat trick with a tally at 0:11.1


Some notes: (1) the1st face off win for the visitors was at 4:40 of this segment and (2) substitutions began in this twelve minutes—Messrs. Brett Gallagher, Carter Johnson, Drew Wellington and Garrett Kurtz spent a significant time on the field.




The string of assisted goals continued from 24:01 to 36:00. Joey transferred possession to Drennan @ 5:55. Another quick face-off, this one by Andy Whicker, again resulted in the ball travelling to Joey and this time he donated the call to Griffin B 5:29.


Coach Bordley has a term of affection, “the gerbils”, indicating a younger, sometimes of lesser height/weight, but always of full Bear spirit. At the end of this penultimate term of the game, a non-gerbil, Brian Menendez (in fact a future Seagull) fed sophomore Gilbert Sentimore who garnered the honorific dozenth score.


The D prevented the Islanders from scoring from halftime until the end of the game. More fresh defenders played during this zero opponent goal time: Brendan Gallagher and Alex Hagerup.




Chase Christiansen, who has been held off of the field for most of his career due to injuries, registered the next Bear score @6:46. The last entry on the goal section of the scorebook was the work of a younger brother of last year’s lax captain; Garrett Kurtz probably beat his big brother by registering a goal in his freshman year @ 0:04.8






Gilbert Sentimore

Chase Christiansen

Garrett Kurtz







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