Landon Lacrosse 15 St. Ignatius 11

Founded in 1855 by the Jesuits, the St. Ignatius College Preparatory School occupies some prime real estate on the San Francisco Peninsula, Sunset District, about 10 blocks from the Pacific. There ~1,500 boys and girls are educated. Though the lax team did not start in the 19th century, over the past decade, the Wildcats have averaged almost 20 wins a season, mostly against West Coast teams, but recently increasingly against the East Coast teams including a 10-8 defeat of the Bears in 2015. Look at major Division I teams (like UVa, Princeton and others) and you will see a lot of SI alumni.

This was a match-up between #1 in the West and the #1 in the Mid Atlantic (yes, there are national rankings, but it is a matter of speculation to determine that Team A should be ranked ahead of Team B without any direct competition). According to people whose opinions are knowledgeable, the St. Ignatius players are among some of the most athletic which the Bears have faced.

Lacrosse is a game of possession and its importance is magnified by the fact that after every goal, the control of the ball is determined at the face-off X. During the pregame warm-ups, the Wildcats’ coaches worked out 5 players to prepare for the X game. The visitors knew that the Lord of Fogo Island posed a real challenge and their preparations did not beat the man who rules the X. Justin Shockey was 22/25 for the game.

Bears secured the first possession and Joey Epstein beat the SI goalie @11:33 after a nice dodge and an unsaveable shot.

The SFO team responded with a goal at 9:32 Landon tallied the next two goals: Gilbert Sentimore when he secured a GB on the crease and then scored @7:04; then Ryan Pride regained the ball after a shot and returned it to the SI nets @6:42.

SICPS got its second goal at 6:30.

Another Bear run of 3 consecutive goals widened the margin to +4. Joey E threaded a pass out to Zach Johnson who buried the shot @5:37. The ball come back to the Bears’ O zone and a clever pass by Ryan to Nate Buller on the wing position the attackman for a goal shot 1:54. In a scene reminiscent of a scrum in front of a hockey goal, Gilbert somehow grabbed the ball and moved it to Joey E who put in the back of the SI net @ 0:01.0.

 

END OF 1ST Q BEARS 6 WILDCATS 2

A pattern of trading goals became the script of the game. The visitors deposited three consecutive goals (at 10:42, 8:23 and 5:52). The Wildcats tried a Zone Defense, but Joey E demonstrated his ability to beat that tactic with his 3rd goal, Bears’ 7th @3:36 another which creased the far corner. The margin was reduced to +1 with a SI goal at 1:50

HALFTIME BEARS 7 WILDCATS 5

 

Landon then popped in 3 back-to-back-to-back scores: John Geppert put the goal net at risk of being torn when he lasered an 8’ step down shot @10:06. Another X win got the ball to Nate whose pass arrived in Gilbert’s stick. The Junior attackman got the shot off before he was crushed by an SI D for a Bear goal @9:04. The home team’s triplet of goals was registered @6:27 on a Joey E pass to Gilbert for the home team’s #10 tally.

The Wildcats went wild with four successive goals at 4:57, 4:48, 2:11 and 1:22. That run resulted in a tie!

END OF 3RD Q BEARS 10 WILDCATS 10

The face-off team Xman and wings came to the fore in the 4th Q. Joey E was the recipient of the 1st Bear possession and came from behind to take a shot which was beyond the circumference of the Wildcat goalie’s stick @10:31. Thirty-three seconds later, the Bear O was in its turf and Garrett Kurtz used his deception to create space, draw a slide and to connect with Will Oliver for the next goal @9:59. St. Ignatius soon thereafter tried to reverse the home team momentum with its 11th goal at 9:34.

The last Bear run sealed the victory: a rebound was captured by John Geppert who like the excellent football QB he is in the Fall, saw Zach open and the middie beat the SI goalie @8:19; then Joey E circumnavigated the Bear half of the field and as he approached GLE put his 5th ball in the back of the opponent’s net. To make an even ½ dozen, Joey E shot and scored @ 3:57.

A penalty against the SFO team allowed the Bethesda team to run around for a minute and then to use its speed players to keep possession for the remainder of the dame.

FINAL SCORE BEARS 15 WILDCATS 11

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR” AWARD

JOEY EPSTEIN-6Gs, 2As, 1 GB

ZACH JOHNSON– 2Gs, 3GBs, 1 OMS

JOHN GEPPERT- 1G, 4GBs, 1 CT, 1 OMC

JUSTIN SHOCKEY—22/25 FOs, 15 GBs

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  1. […] Bears are 14-0. They beat St. Ignatius  15 – 11. […]


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