The Last BearLaxTraxFax for 2016, thanks John Nichols

Thanks John for all the hard work that you do putting together this tremendous addition to BearSportsNews1jn

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Navy (Patrick Keena) 10

Brown 11

Navy’s upset win over Yale earned them the right to face the high-powered Brown Bears in the quarterfinals.  To make the task more daunting for the Middies, the game was played on Brown’s home field.  While Brown’s top attack, Dylan Molloy, was sidelined with a foot injury, Brown had the balance of their potent attack and top-rated FOGO and goalie.  Navy scored first, but three straight by Brown over the next 7 minutes gave the Bears a lead they would not surrender.  Patrick’s lone goal pulled Navy within one at 10-9.  Navy’s next to last goal of the day proved to be the final goal of Patrick’s collegiate lacrosse career.  John Connor’s, Navy’s outstanding goalie, put on a show, making 21 saves on the day, stealing the spotlight from the All-American at the other end of the field.  The Middies’ heroic efforts came up short in the end, but the game was one of the most thrilling of the tournament (maybe with the exception of the Finals).  Navy’s loss marks the end of 2016 D-I lacrosse season for all Landon Alums.

Congratulations to Patrick on his graduation and commissioning.






Tufts (Luke Kurtz) has made it to the quarter finals of the D-III tournament.  The Jumbos picked up two wins to move on to the D-III quarterfinals, downing Emmanuel 25-6 and Cortland State 19-6.  Ithaca was next up for the Jumbos.  The Bombers came into the game with what appeared to be a high-powered offense that was the equal of the Jumbos, but Tufts prevailed in 20 of 29 faceoffs, denying Ithaca offense the opportunity to score.  Tufts moved on with a 19-7 win.

Tufts then face St. Lawrence in the semi-finals and Jumbo’s offense roared again, posting a 23-12 win to move on to the championship game.

Tufts came to the D-III championship game as the two-time defending champion and faced another traditional D-III power-The Salisbury Seagulls.  Salisbury put together a run of 8 unanswered goals covering all of the second period and into the third period to seemingly blow the game open.  Tufts answered with their own fusillade, scoring the next 7 straight to pull within one with early in the fourth.




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