BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 04/17/16


Current Bears


  • Golf beats Gonzaga
  • Rugby beats the Heights
  • Baseball and lacrosse have a tough week.


Bear Trax


  • Landon’s first professional hockey player SAM ANAS signs with the Minnesota Wild
  • Jarett Witzal was the Bisons’ Athlete of the Week
  • Deion Wellington and his Chanticleer’s 4x 400 m team wins race



Current Bears

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The 4-3 team (the always reliable WaPo includes a (L) 196 – 190 to Gonzaga; probably two errors; the score was for golf and the Bears won that match; see below) beat Bullis 7-1 and then lost 1-5 to the Bulldogs. In an non-conference game, the Bears lost to the Heights 1-3.



St. Anselm’s on 4/19—postponed



Bears beat Gonzaga 196-190; here are the details from Coach Duquette:

“Landon                 190

Gonzaga              196

 Huge Win today, the 6-0 Bears were led by Captains John, Evan and Jeff  who stepped up their games and led the bears to victory on a difficult course against a powerhouse team. Westy Well done!  


Kalavritinos        36   Wow

Katz                       36   Wow

Samit                    37   Wow

Shaw                     39   Well Done

Gibson                 42

Team Total         190

Jarrett                   42

Poirier                  48  .”


The Link Bears take on GP on Monday, another big match. Go Bears!!!




The Bears are 11-3. They lost to Gonzaga 9-14 and then Bullis 7-11. Next they play StA.



The Bears beat the Heights 57-0 on 4/15.



1ST meet not scheduled @




Landon is at the Woodberry Forest tournament.




Scored 3 points at the Bullis Invitational.




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Ice Hockey

  • College–> NHL


Sam Anas (L’11, QU ‘16) signs a two way contract with the Minnesota Wild. As Sam posted:

Yesterday was a day I will never forget. Excited to announce that I have signed with the @minnesotawild! Tough to say good bye to Quinnipiac a year early but I look forward to the next chapter of my life


 Excerpts from Wild sign Sam Anas from Quinnipiac to ELC indicate that this expert thinks that Sam may be playing in the NHL soon:

“The Minnesota Wild organization is suffering from a deficit of players   who consistently put the puck in the net.  General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brent Flahr have been aggressive in the young NCAA offseason in signing players who have found success in the college  ranks. Today, the team made another move to add some offense to the ranks by adding Quinnipiac’s leading scorer, Sam Anas.  


            The Wild need more offense and want to take a look at a player who scored 132 points over a 121 game NCAA career.  The total includes 69  goals scored with 63 assists.

                  …his skill and hockey IQ led him to immediate and lasting success in his college career.  He is known for his speed, quick stick and above all  else, his hockey instinct.





Diamond Trax 

Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever, 15-22 (6-4 Patriot) team record, went 1-2 for the week by. Max is 1-1 in 12 appearances as a reliever for the season.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. The Bear is 0-1 in 4 appearances.  Team record for season is 12-10.

Spencer Abraham (2015), Claremont McKenna College Stags, 8-22; in four plate appearances, Spencer is hitting .250.

Andrew Kvasnicka, (2015) , Swarthmore College,16-10 The rookie  has appeared in 13 games (started 1)  for the Garnet with a hit, 2 runs, 4 walks and an RBI plus he drew 3 walks. Andrew also pitched a complete inning

Garrett Zoukis, (2015) , University of Cincinnati, the Bearcats are 17-19. Garrett was started one and played in two games.


Golf Trax

Ralph Blasey (2014), Davidson College

Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College is playing in the Wolf Pack Classic and shot a 227, tied for 85th place

Walter Egloff, (2015) , Loyola University Maryland

Lax Trax

More to be reported soon by John Nichols.

Yesterday three Bears had major impacts in big games:

  • Patrick Keena, L’11, USNA ’16 and Navy Captain had 3 goals and 2 assists in an 11-10 O/T win against arch rival USMA
  • Colton Rupp, L’15 and Cornell, had two goals and the O/T winning tally against Lehigh 13-12
  • Charlie Schnider, L’11, Fairfield, had 1 G and # As to lead Fairfield 8-6 over UMass

3 Bears

Jack Bolen, Jackson Powell, Colton Rupp and Marshall Peters pictured after a game at Hanover, NH last week.

Landon McKenzie had not arrived by the time of this picture. Marshall also had a goal against Lehigh.

Athlete of the Week: Jarett Witzal ’19, Lacrosse

Devan Schulte, Senior Writer
April 14, 2016
Filed under Bison Athlete of the Week, SPORTS

Hometown: Bethesda, Md.

High School: Landon School

Position: F/O Midfield

2016 Statistics:

.604 Faceoff Percentage win

34 Ground Balls

Jarett Witzal ’19 had a record-setting performance on April 8 under the lights of Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, as the face-off specialist collected 21 of 27 face-off wins to propel the Bison men’s lacrosse team to a 15-10 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. This impressive performance set the Orange and Blue single-game record for face-off wins. Witzal has played in only 11 collegiate games, but the Bethesda, Md. native has already made a huge impact on the Orange and Blue’s success. He currently boasts a .604 face-off win percentage after winning 122 of his 202 face-off opportunities, placing him at 17th in the national rankings for the season.

Although Witzal has already attained a great amount of recognition for his success on the lacrosse field this season, he is still adjusting to the speed of collegiate play. The freshman played soccer and lacrosse and wrestled at the Landon School before coming to the University, and his athletic background has proved pivotal in helping him transition to Division I competition.

“I think the biggest difference between high school and college is the pace of practice. In college, at all times you are playing at game speed and giving it your all,” Witzal said.

His ability to adapt and adjust to the increased pace of Division I athletics has led to his two-time selection as the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Corvias Faceoff Specialist of the Week. Witzal also strongly attributes his success on the 50-yard line to his life-long career as a wrestler, as the two sports share similar qualities.

“It’s a one-on-one battle, you versus the guy on the other side of the line, and that is what I like about it. Facing off is very personal because it is a one-on-one battle, so you can’t blame your difficulties on anyone else besides yourself. It allows me to hold myself accountable for my actions on the field at all times,” Witzal said.

Although Witzal faces a lone opponent at the center of the field, the Bison wings provide crucial support to ensure his success. He attributes his recent accomplishments to his teammates, as he recognizes their imperative presence in making sure the Orange and Blue win full possession after each face-off.

“My wings Alex Spring ’16, Matt Gilray ’18, Grayson Helm ’17, and Brock Ghelfi ’16 were helping me all night when I couldn’t get to the ground ball in time. I knew one of my wingmen would be there to pick it up. It was a full team effort, and I couldn’t have broken this record without the help of my teammates,” Witzal said.

As a first-year starter, Witzal relies heavily on his older teammates to  guide him, teach him, and provide him with positive feedback. Witzal relies most heavily on the team’s two other face-off specialists for advice, Sam Hahn ’18 and Jake Dunlop ’18, as the three players collectively work to create and execute a game plan for each match.

As a result of the support and encouragement from his peers and teammates, Witzal says that his goal for the rest of this year’s season is to be the best teammate possible.

“I want to be the best I can be on the field or the sideline to help put my team in the best position to win the game and Patriot League Championship. Our team this year has our eyes set on a Patriot League Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.  If we accomplish those two goals, I believe our best lacrosse will come in May, and hopefully will bring us to Final Four weekend,” Witzal said.

Before the Bison can get to the Final Four, they will have to combat two Patriot League foes on April 15 and 22. Witzal recognizes that the team must stay focused and determined to overcome what he deems its biggest challenges: beating Lafayette and Lehigh.

“These next two games can make or break our season. A Patriot League tournament is on the line and I believe our best lacrosse will be played in these next weeks,” Witzal said.

Despite his class year, Witzal classifies himself as “weird, loud, and hyped” on game day. On the night of April 15, he hopes that his excitement and enthusiasm will help lead the Bison to a key Patriot League victory and a berth to the Patriot League tournament.


Track Trax

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina team of Braylon WilkersonMalcolm SimmonsDeion Wellington and Nick Seabright won the men’s 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:15.56 at the Big South Triangular Meet.

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, Charlotte Invitational 20′ 6.25″ in the long jump.


Please forward links to teams where any other Bears are playing any SPRING Sport at the college level, including club teams.



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