Landon Lacrosse 8 Paul VI 4

The Bears and the Panthers tangled two years ago and the visitors beat the home team 13-7 in Fairfax. The WCAC team then was an ascending team within that league. According to an expert PVI might well earn its league crown. Its roster is filled by recruits for big time colleges (Maryland, JHU, OSU and Dartmouth).

The Panthers got on the scoreboard first with a goal at 8:07. In fact, they controlled the ball for much of the 1st quarter, but the Bear D (G- Shane Corcoran, D-Andrew Fowler. Drew Wellington, Carter Johnson, LSMs—Mo Sillah and Brendon Gallagher) did not fold. They held their positions, clogged passing lanes, checked many shots into the upper atmosphere and surprisingly, limited the vociferous nature of Coach Leachman.

Coach McGettigan rotated all 4 Bear midfields for much of the game. In fact, Landon’s 1st goal was @ 6:48 on a nice pass from Will (OMC[1]) Powell to Jace Menendez (wearing his big brother’s old Landon #; Brian plays for the #1 Seagulls).

During this first period and throughout, Justin Shockey reestablished his dominance as the Lord of Fogo Island; by the end of 48 minutes his record at X was 15 wins and one marginal violation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[#19’s island in Newfoundland;

he must be a bit Canadian]

End of 1st Period Bears 1 Panthers 1

The second stanza started a little more auspiciously. The referees found fault with the Papal team from Fairfax and confined one of their players in the penalty box. The Bears moved the ball (the PVI players counted the passes they reached 22) and Joey Epstein found a gap in the PVI EMD and passed out to John Geppert who buried a shot @9:17.

The very enthusiastic Panther parents cheered loudly when their boys scored a goal at 5:48.

The visitors were found to have committed another indiscretion and the home team converted this EMO opportunity. The Panthers dropped into a zone defense to test the Bears’ sharpshooting. Again, Joey found John for a long-distance goal @2:42. Soon thereafter, Joey drove by his defender and beat the goalie for score #4.

Halftime Bears 4 Panthers 2

While Justin won the F/O, a turnover got it back and retained it for almost half on the 3rd period. They eventually scored at 6:18.

With 2:25 left in this quarter, the Bears set up for an in-bounds play. Nate Buller passed to Garrett Kurtz (big brother Luke is a starter for the Jumbos of Tufts) @2:25 for the home team’s 5th goal.

End of 3rd Q Bears 5 Panthers 3

The deeper Bears’ bench evidenced its benefits in this last stanza, A third EMO goal repeated the Joey to John play @11:05.  Joey beat his man on a dodge and bounced a shot past the PVI netminder @ 6:46.

The visitors responded with a goal at 5:13.

After a lot of work (ground balls, riding, passing), Nate Buller, #8, beat his D and the G for goal #8 @ 2:45.

 

Final Score Bears 8 Panthers 4

 

 

 

 

 

[1] One Man Clear, a nick name earned last season, and this initial game suggests that he will retain the title.

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