BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 05/01/16

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Chris Hudnut ’11

Current Bears

  • Baseball #2 in IACs.
  • Lacrosse beats GP
  • Golf plays very well in IACs, but made #2; 3 Bears made All IAC
  • Ruggers run over Roosevelt

Bear Trax

  • An insightful look at the time and effort required to prepare for at Landon and then play College Basketball by Chris Hudnut
  • John Nichols Bear Lax Trax Fax

Current Bears

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BASEBALL

The 8-6 team (4-4 in IAC; 2nd place) split both against GP and then StA plus lost to St. Paul’s.

 

FENCING

Had matches against St. Anselm’s, GP and Gonzaga; no results posted yet.

 

GOLF

Coach Duquette: “Landon played great golf at the IAC Tournament, Prep careered.  The scores for the top 10 All I.A.C. are the lowest that I have seen.”

Monday April 25, 2016

Chevy Chase C.C. Par 70

Weather   80, Sunny

 

2016 I.A.C. Tournament Results

Georgetown Prep    363

Landon                    370

Episcopal                 402

Bullis                        410

St. Albans                430

St. Stephen              452

 

ALL I.A.C

John Kalavritinos             Landon                            67

Jeff Samit                         Landon                            70

Evan Katz                        Landon                            73

 

LACROSSE

The 13-3 Bears beat Lawrenceville 11-5 and then in a classic conflict against the GP team won a convincing 10-6 (or actually 5) contest.

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RUGBY

 

From Coach France–

Landon Rugby defeated a tough and physical Eleanor Roosevelt team 48-19 at home.

At half – the score was 29-7. Landon had to work hard for the win against strong tackling and rucking from Roosevelt. Men of the match were Ben Goodfriend, in the forwards and Wesley Pan in the backs.

Tries Scorers:  Ben Goodfriend 3, Luke Schermer 1, John Shieh 1, Nick Blaséy 1, Nico Kenary 1,

Landon Fyhalf Wesley Pan had an outstanding kicking game: 5 conversions and 1 penalty goal

 

Landon parents provided post-match hospitality to E. Roosevelt and guests, submarine sandwiches and water/gatorade.

 

Landon and Roosevelt thank Potomac Rugby Referee Jason Wallach for the match.

 

SAILING

1ST meet not scheduled @ Landon.net

 

TENNIS

Landon lost to StA 4-3 and then beat Gonzaga 6-3. Another match’s score was not posted

 

TRACK AND FIELD

No recent results have been posted.

 

BEAR TRACKS

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Special  Reminiscence by Chis Hudnut of his Years in Basketball

 

[NOTE: Many Bears aspire to continuing their athletic careers in college. As a favor, Chris agreed to write about the effort which he devoted to hoops at Landon, a PG year at Lawrenceville and 4 years  Colby (two times all NESCAC; an injury prevented a 3rd). The last few months of any college experience, especially just after a long basketball season, is VERY demanding of a senior’s time; so Chris’ taking the time to think about his career, organize the ideas and write them is greatly APPRECIATED. Thanks to this Great Bear!]

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The first time I became truly serious about basketball was the summer before Junior year at Landon. Coach Luther explained how I needed to fully commit to the team, and do all of the summer league and workouts. It was a great experience, and I began to bond with my great teammates. Once I made the team that winter, the total commitment of our culture at the time was instilled in my blood. Coach Luther, along with the phenomenal assistant coaching by Coach Botti, Coach Parker, and Coach Phillips established my role as a rebounder and somebody who boxes out every time and plays hard. I really took that to heart, and the establishment of a role was one of the most important aspects to effectively crafting a team culture. Practices were very intense, with constant competition. Each practice started with a “Botti Special,” which was basically the most intense test of will and hustle, ranging from defensive slides to diving for balls to taking charges to all out sprints. This enforced the mental toughness in our team that made us successful, and confirmed our identity as mentally and physically tough; an identity that showed itself by our league-leading defense in each of those years. Practices were intense and competitive by nature, and it was a constant battle. The games were the easiest part of our week, as they should have been, and we were always prepared mentally to face any of our opponents.

Lawrenceville, where I did a PG year, was a great experience, and brought different aspects of team identity. I had a bigger role offensively, as we did not have multiple Division I talents to carry us like at Landon. It was a good experience in terms of navigating adversity at times, and provided me with a great chance of facing some of the best high school competition in the country in schools like St. Benedicts. I began to develop my offensive game as I had a larger scoring role than at Landon. Lawrenceville also provided a great opportunity to get in the weight room and improve physical strength.

The best advice I got in my college search process in regards to athletics was: “go where you’re wanted most.” Colby College and its coaching staff headed by Damien Strahorn clearly was far and away the paradigm example of the program who wanted me most. Coach Strahorn has been a great mentor and saw a lot of potential in me, and remains one of my closest relationships that spans far outside of basketball. I decided to go there early on in the year at Lawrenceville, and was excited to be a part of turning around a once-great program and moving it forwards. My role on the team at Colby was to be a go-to guy in regards to scoring and general production on the court. As the years progressed, we had to navigate adversity as the core of our young team was in my class. This was great, as I have made six great friends who were my classmates, and additionally became close with the whole team. As I continued to progress my offensive game, I became more and more comfortable being the go-to guy and the person who other teams attempted to stop through double and triple teams. Everything was going great, I made all-league, but we were not achieving wins in the post-season, so the individual accolades meant little to me. Junior year, everything was clicking with our team, and I incurred a season-ending injury against Bowdoin. One of my goals that season was to be the NESCAC player of the year, and the injury ended that chance. This was a tremendous test of my inner strength to not go into a dark place. I’ll never forget having a dream the night before our playoff game that I was sidelined for, in which I was sprinting through a field for what felt like an infinite amount of time. It made it that much tougher. My teammates battled so well in that time where I was sidelined, and I took solace in remaining involved by trying to motivate our go-to guys to be aggressive, and although it was so hard to watch the contests and not be able to contribute on the court, I felt good about still influencing the team in some capacity. Coming back senior year, it felt great to be back on the court. Things did not come nearly as easily to me, and our team dynamics had changed a bit. It was a very up and down season, but we always competed hard. As a captain, I attempted to influence my teammates in a good manner, and hold the guys together through some tough times. I was frustrated with my play at times, as I was not quite the same player as I was before my injury. That being said, I felt like our class helped the program progress nicely in our four years, and while we did not achieve our goals of winning a championship, we forged lifelong bonds that will be maintained through our great alumni network. I was briefly tempted to try to play overseas, but following a great internship in New York the previous summer, I knew that I wanted to get my career on track following graduation.

All in all, basketball has taught me many lessons. The most important of which is accountability. In order to succeed as a team, everybody must have each other’s backs with great help defense and chemistry. You are only as strong as the weakest link, and must have a team full of reliable individuals. If I ever coach later in life, the experiences I had at all three institutions playing basketball will greatly aid my ability to effectively communicate the necessary aspects of what it takes to be successful. I will always be grateful to the Landon community of coaches who helped instill in me the key aspects of successful basketball as my career began, and grateful to Coach Kane at Lawrenceville and Coach Strahorn at Colby, along with the assistants.

 

Chris Hudnut ‘11

 

Bear Lax Trax Fax by John Nichols

D-I Lacrosse

 

BEARS VS BEARS

 

Fairfield (Charlie Schnider) 10

Delaware (Philip Pena) 5

Charlie had one goal and one assist as well as three ground balls and caused turnover as the Stags earned the #2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.  Delaware ended the season tied with Drexel for fourth in the standings, but lost out on making the CAA tournament based on the Blue Hen’s loss last week to Drexel.

 

Princeton (Mark Strabo) 7

Cornell (Marshall Peters, Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp) 6

Not so long ago, this game would have been for the #1 seed and hosting honors for the Ivy League tournament or for first place and the NCAA tournament automatic qualifier in the days prior to tournament.  However, this has been a rough year for both teams and they were vying for 5th and 6th place in this game.

 

Mark had one of his better (statistically) games this year, gathering up 4 ground balls and forcing a turnover.  Colton continued his highly productive freshman season, scoring his 23rd goal of the season.  Marshall Peters got in on the scoring too, recording his second goal of the season.  Jack Bolen made sure that all three of Cornell’s Landon Bears got on the scoreboard, scoring the goal that knotted things at 6 in the fourth quarter.

 

Patriot League Tournament—Loyola is the first team into the NCAA tournament!

5.1PL

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 13

Holy Cross 7

Jarret Witzal had another strong game at the faceoffs, winning 10 of 18 and collecting 5 ground balls.  The Bison jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first half and secured a slot in the semi-finals.

 

Navy (Patrick Keena) 3

Army 9

Army played their way into the semi-finals and then played their way into the championship game.  Navy downed Army in overtime a week ago to earn the #1 seed in the PLL tournament.  Army’s defense made sure that there was no repeat of the prior week’s outcome.  Army shut out the Mids in the first half, but still led by just two at the half.  A bit more offense for Army and continued good defense in the second half translated into a 9-3 win for the Black Knights.

 

Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal) 6  2OT

Loyola 7

Sean scored two goals, both in the 4th quarter, the first tying the game and 4 then the next tying the game at 5.  Jarret was 6-for-16 on faceoffs.  Bucknell had chances in both overtime periods, but the Greyhounds cashed in to advance to the PLL tournament final against Army.

 

OTHER GAMES

 

Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 3

Brown 16

Brown’s high powered offense looked like anything but that over the first half of the game, leading 5-1 at the half.  The Ivy League champs got back into character after the break, scoring 9 goals in the third quarter (roughly a goal every minute and a half) to blow the game wide open.  Landon, who has been injured for most of the Big Green’s season, played against the East Providence team.  The win iced the regular season Ivy title for the Bears and hosting honors for the Ivy League tournament.

 

Drexel (Hank Brown) 10

UMass 5

Hank had two ground balls for Drexel as the Dragons earned the right to extend their season.  Drexel is the #4 seed in the CAA tournament and will face Towson in the semis.  With a 6-8 regular season record, Drexel must win the CAA tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Penn (Peter Laco, Garrett Fellows) 8 OT

St. Joseph’s  9

The Quakers scored the last 4 goals in regulation to force overtime, but St Joe’s scored the winner in overtime. Penn’s regular season is complete and they earned the #3 seeding in the Ivy League tournament to extend their season.

 

Hobart (Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague) 15

Sacred Heart 10

Hobart punched their ticket to the Northeast Conference tournament with the win.  Koko had an assist as the Statesmen rode strong first and fourth quarter performances to secure the win and the #4 seed in the tournament.  In the semis, Hobart will face Bryant, a team that beat them 15-2 last week.

 

Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 8

Maryland 11

The Blue Jays and Terrapins met for the 105th time with lots on the line—the regular season Big Ten title, the #1 seeding in the conference tournament, the giant crab trophy, and a lifetime of bragging rights.  Maryland has quietly put together a solid season while most observers have focused on Denver, Brown, Yale and Notre Dame.  Maryland scored 5 straight in the second half to open up a 5 goal lead.  The Blue Jays scored twice in the closing minutes of the game to trim the final difference to 3.

 

Vermont (Coach Ryan Curtis) 17

Binghamton 9

Vermont needed a win to make the American East tournament but a shaky start put the continuation of their season in question.   However, Vermont’s 8 straight goals from the second quarter into the fourth, plus the four goal run that preceded it, put Vermont in the driver’s seat.  Next up for Vermont is Stony Brook in the America East tournament semi-finals.

 

Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 11

Brown 19

Virginia’s 2016 season ended in the rain in Georgia against one of the top teams in country.  The game was neither broadcast nor streamed, even LiveStats broke down and the only real time evidence of play was occasional twitter feeds.  Jason missed his second straight game for the ‘hoos.  Jack had a pair of ground balls for UVA.  The loss drops UVA’s record to 7-8, disqualifying them for the NCAA tournament.

 

Syracuse is the second team in!

5.1 ACC

THIS COMING WEEK—MORE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS!

8 of the 10 automatic qualifier slots will be on the line this coming week as conference tournaments take over for regular season games.  Ten tournament winners plus eight at-large teams will make up the field for the NCAA D-I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.  The field for NCAA tournament will be announced Sunday, May 8th.

 

Thursday Semis, Saturday Finals:

5.1 CAA-BIG5.1NEC

 

D-III Lacrosse

 

Trinity (Spud Dunn) 11

Amherst 22

The Bantams’ regular season came to an end with the loss to Amherst.  The game turned on third quarter play when Amherst scored 10 to Trinity’s one.  Spud had one ground ball for the Bantams.

 

Hamilton (Sellers Garret) 10

St. John Fisher 7

The Continentals wrapped up their 2016 campaign in a non-conference tilt.  Sellers had 4 ground balls and a caused turnover in his final collegiate lacrosse game.  Sellers has started all but one of Hamilton’s game since his sophomore season with 86 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers in his Hamilton career.

Ohio Wesleyan (Assistant Coach Tommy Minkler)

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Ohio Wesleyan 8

Kenyon 4

Kenyon sought to slow down the game against the high scoring Battling Bishops, following the model of Denison’s earlier win over OWU.  Kenyon was just the third team to keep OWU under 10 goals and the only unranked team to do so.  However, the Battling Bishops’ defense was up to the task.  The win set up a rematch with Denison

 

Ohio Wesleyan 11 OT

Denison 12

With 4 minutes left, OWU was up 4 and seemed to be headed towards winning the tournament and claiming the North Coast’s automatic qualifier for the D-III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.  Denison was able to score the final four goals (two of which were man-up goals) of regulation and then got the game winner in overtime to derail that dream.  OWU will have to wait for next week’s NCAA tournament selection show to see if their season will continue.  There are a limited number of at-large slots for teams from conferences with AQs, so despite another strong showing this year may not be enough.

 

SPRING SPORTS

 

 

Diamond Trax Max Kra (2012), Bucknell Bisons, reliever, 16-32 (7-12 Patriot) team record, hit a 10 game losing streak. Max is 1-1 in 16 appearances as a reliever for the season.

Sean P. O’Brien (2014), Macalester College pitcher. The Bear is 0-1 in 6 appearances.  Team record for season is 15-16.

Spencer Abraham (2015), Claremont McKenna College Stags, 10-25; in five plate appearances, Spencer is hitting .200 (1 hit 5ABs.

Andrew Kvasnicka, (2015) , Swarthmore College,22-17 The rookie  has appeared in 15 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 21-22. Garrett was started one and played in two games.

 

Golf Trax

Ralph Blasey (2014), Davidson College

Mike Blasey, (2015), Davidson College  In addition to Davidson carding a season-low 289 to climb two spots up the leaderboard, freshmen Jack Lang (79-74-70 = 223) and Mike Blasey (81-76-70 = 227) fired personal-best rounds of one-under 70 to lead the Wildcats on the final day of the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate hosted by NC State. In the A-10 Championships, Mike carded a 80-84-85=249 (+33)

Walter Egloff, (2015) , Loyola University Maryland

 

Track Trax

Deion Wellington, Coastal Carolina team of Jerome Coaxum Jr., Deion WellingtonTre Stanley and Braylon Wilkerson scored another win for the Chants, as the team finished first in the men’s 4×400 with a time of 3:11.79 at the Georgia Invitational.

Jordan Marshall (2014), Davidson Wildcats, next at the A-10 championships at GMU 5/7-8

 

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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