BearSportsNews Sunday Edition 04.22.2018












  • Spring Sports
    • Golf goes 5-0
    • Lacrosse wins two, including BEATING PREP on a Joey E goal
    • Tennis beats StA, Flint Hill and EHS
    • Baseball’s 4 game winning streak hits a rough patch
  • Bear Tracks
  • Bears making trax
    • in college football -Keith Simms
  • Bears making trax in professional indoor football, hoops, AHL and USHL (not pro)
    • Sam Anas is on Minnesota Wild Roster for Stanley Cup game
    • Ryan Giles playing for USA in U18 Cup at Russia
    • Terrence Fullum Champions Indoor Football
  • Spring Sports:
    • Sean O’Brien L14 drafted by MLL team
    • Baseball 6 Bears playing
    • Golf 4 Bears playing
    • Evan Katz, Mike Blazey and Morgan Egloff contributing to team scores
  • Lacrosse 24 Bears playing


Azalea Festival White Rocks








Spring Sports

  • Varsity Baseball – (5-6) 4 game winning streak interrupted by two losses to Bullis and one to Wilson
  • Varsity Golf (5-0) from Coach Luther

+Landon teed it up against Bullis in a critical IAC golf match in the cold and wind yesterday at Columbia.  3 inches of rain fell on the course in the 16 hours before the match, but the wind dried out the greens, which really speeds them up, and the severe back to front slopes left some surprisingly difficult putting conditions for both teams.    Bullis’ top player is a freshman phenom, named Sophie Simon, and she had scored back-to-back 36’s in her last two matches.  Bullis’ team was improving and building their confidence around her very strong play.  The winner of this match against would have a substantial advantage over the other team at winning one of the coveted spots in the 4-team Washington Metropolitan Championship Tourney at the end of the season (top 2 IAC teams, based on a combination of head to head play and place the team finishes in next week’s IAC tourney).

Out of the gate, our first pairing of West Shaw and Johnny Muller needed to keep the match with Bullis’ top 2 players in our favor to set up the rest of the day.  Although he struggled with his putting, West struck the ball really well, hit fairways and greens in regulation on nearly every hole, and managed the course well enough to card a low round of 39, one stroke better than Bullis’ top player.  Johnny Muller kept it going, despite an uncharacteristic double bogey on the toughest hole on the course and shot a 40, beating their #2 player and Senior Co-Captain by 6 strokes.  We were up 7 which was a great start for us.

Our second pairing of Charlie Bundy and Peter King found some difficulty with the slippery greens, carding some crooked numbers (double bogeys and higher) and after the scores were tallied, we had surrendered 5 strokes of our 7 stroke lead.  Noteworthy in this number though is that Charlie Bundy, coming off a huge tournament win on Saturday, had without a doubt his toughest 4 hole start of the year – 8 over par.  However, he showed the grit and determination that our team needed and finished the last 5 holes in 1 over par, which is a massive turnaround.

Up 2 going into the last group.  Stuart Powell had a similar start to Charlie – 7 over through 4 holes, but he also settled down to beat his counterpart from Bullis by 2 strokes.  Jonathan Caplan vs Bullis’ #6 player would ultimately decide the match.  Battling some nervousness, some knee-knocking putts, and a couple of pine trees that jumped in the way of his tee shots, Jonathan showed great poise, rallying from a triple bogey on hole number 6 and finishing with a score of 44.  Although he gave some strokes away around the green, he was solid, kept his focus on the next shot instead of dwelling on the mistakes he had just made, and was able to beat his opponent by 5 strokes.  Landon Wins.  Landon Wins.  Landon Wins!


Final Score:  Bullis 223 Landon 214.


+ Landon defeated St. Paul’s on Tuesday.  Final Score (top 4 scores count):  Landon 156 St. Paul’s 163



  1. Shaw                     40
  2. King                       42
  3. Muller                   36
  4. Powell                  45
  5. Bundy                   38
  6. Caplan                  44


St. Paul’s

  1. Baker                    35
  2. Rowland              42
  3. Burkom                43
  4. Foote                    43
  5. Wille                      46

HIGHLIGHT:  Coach Duquette recorded the first eagle of the year, holing out an 80 yard second shot from below an elevated green and over a large green side bunker.  You should have seen his celebration dance!


Record:  5-0  (3-0 IAC); Next Up:  SSSA on Monday 4/23 and IAC Tourney on Tuesday 4/24

THE winning goal proving that Joey paid attention in Mr.Sorkin ‘s geometry class—an acute angle is still an angle; FURTHER PROOF OF THE VALUE OF THE TEACHER/MENTOR/COACH philosophy!!!























Professional Football

  • Terrence Fullum (L14) Sioux City Bandits Champions Indoor Football (5-1) individual stats of games not listed.

College Football












Winter Sports


  • AHL

¶ Sam Anas (L11) Iowa Wild (31-26-9-6) Sam has 25 goals and 34 assists in 66 games.

Sam Anas’ record-breaking season with Iowa earns a call up from the Minnesota Wild for some Stanley Cup play. The Bear played in two NCAA Frozen Ice championship games; so, he can handle the pressure. Too bad the NHL does not use shoot out’s in the Cup because #7 can dangle with the best of them!!! Landon School

Wild recalls six players from Iowa

Anas, Lodnia, Mitchell, Grant, Menell, Palmquist join team in Minnesota








USHL Hockey

¶Patrick Giles (L*18) USNTDP  U18 (39-17-0-1 in USHL); is at world cup in russia, lost to Canada and beat Switzerland clinched conference) has 57 games (all) 10 Gs and 11As





















  • Baseball (6)
    • Randy Bednar Jr., (L17) University of Maryland Terps, 16-21 RB: hitting .206, 21 hits, 9 rbi’s, 6 runs, 3 hr’s, 976% fielding
    • Drew Whalen, (L17) Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears 26-20; DW: no stats yet
    • Matthew Brady, (L16) Carleton College Knights (7-6) MB: no stats yet
    • Patrick Lightner, (L16) Marist College Red Foxes (17-13); PL: GP 15 GS 13; BA .070
    • Sean P. O’Brien (L14), Macalester College Scots (12-7) SO: 8 IP, 1-0, NOT THE SEAN O’BRIEN drafted by the MLL
    • Spencer Abraham (L15), Claremont McKenna College Stags (15-20) SA: 5 GP
  • Golf (4)
    • John Kalavritinos, (L17) Bucknell University (0-0) JK:
    • Evan Katz, (L17) Duke University

¶Duke Victorious in Cary, Wins Second Straight Event

Evan Katz earned his second top-5 finish and best finish as a member of the five-man lineup thus far in his freshman campaign thanks to a three-under 69 that pushed his overall score to nine-under. Despite his three bogeys on Sunday, Katz snared a pair of birdies and two eagles. His three eagles for the tournament were tied for most among the field.

“Today I did a great job of staying mentally tough after a rough start,” Katz admitted. “After a couple of early bogeys, I hung tough and stayed in the moment, which allowed me to put myself in a position where a strong finish equated to a solid round. It was so much fun to be a part of my first win as a player in the lineup. It’s always nice when we get to drop an under par score, and we realized that goal the last two days.”

Finder credit-Jack Duquette








¶Blue Devils Conclude First Round of ACC Tournament in 9th place

Freshmen teammates Adrien Pendaries and Evan Katz both notched two-over 74s in their first-ever ACC Tournament rounds, combining for seven birdies.

Katz opened up with back-to-back birdies on 1 and 2, and would duplicate on 11 and 12. Five bogeys and a double, however, would create a roller coaster day for the first-year Blue Devil.

Katz responded nicely to a bogey-double sequence on 13 and 14 in particular, answering with a solid par on 15 and his fifth and final birdie on 16.

…Following that stretch, however, the freshman would round out his afternoon in clean fashion, shooting a bogeyless back nine that included the two birdies he would garner for the round.




o   Morgan Egloff, (L15). Rollins Tars, team tied for 1st at Rhode Island Invitational ME tied for 16th


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  • Lacrosse (24)
    • John Nichols BLTF last week and each week
    • Jack Bolen ’14 (#16) honored with his fellow Cornell seniors







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Coach Bordley’s 43 years as the Bear Lacrosse coach has defined success on an annual basis with a number of points of merit. The rivalry with Georgetown Prep is one of those measure. Year after year , it has been a measure of a good year. Even if either team is not winning as much as expected, Landon beating Prep or GP beating the Bears equaled a good season. The home announcer acknowledged this was a significant terminus of a long positive, even exemplary relationship with Coach Bordley.

Coach Bordley’s trip to Rockville Prep was victorious. All of his Bears worked hard to seal this deal.

Lacrosse does not adhere to the mathematical transitive principle. GP beat SJCHS; Landon lost. Landon beat SMS; the Hoyas lost. The Bears beat Cardinal Gibbons; Prep lost. And the StA games were a GP win and a Landon loss. The team located on Rockville Pike has a talented roster with commitments to Bucknell, Dartmouth (2), Georgetown, Navy, North Caroline, Notre Dame, Richmond and Villanueva. IMPRESSIVE!!

The home team scored 1st with an assisted score at 9:33. Joey Epstein, in the beginning of an epic display, beat the GP goalie @3:24 with an 8-10-yard blast from the wing.


John Geppert showed his leadership by nailing a shot on the run @9:52. The other Joey, of the Graham breed, inverted and scored on a power dodge from behind goal @4:06. GP replied with their 2nd goal at 0:52.3


The next quarter reflected the intense competition between the two schools. Forced turnovers and scrums for GBs marked the 12:00. Landon’s long poles were able to cause a number of turnovers led by Drew Wellington’s 4 over the 14 minutes. The Bears, throughout the game ran afoul of the referees by earning 9 penalties as opposed to the home team’s 4.

Joey E  mixmastered his defender and scored from GLE @8:14. The ball hit the turf in the GP O zone and a Hoya came up with the ball a mere 5 yards from the L goal. His slapshot hit the back of the nets at 6:53


GP equalized the score at 11:28 on an assisted EMO goal.

Joey E got his hands free from the wing to give the Bears the advantage @10:28.

5-5 shined from the GP scoreboard at 6:12 after an amazing shot by a Hoya. Possessions switched sides with excellent play both teams.

On the run, with no angle and with the GP goalie showing what appeared to be a 3” x 3” hole over his shoulder, Joey E nailed it @ 2:19.

The remaining 139 seconds were exciting and terrifying. A crucial moment occurred at 1:20 when one of the Hoyas had a golden opportunity to bury the ball in the back of the Landon nets. Fortunately for the visitors, Mitch Laughlin was not fooled, made the save and started the clear to his team’s O zone.

The Brown jerseys (refs referred to them as red) retained possession by showing exceptional speed and passing under duress. Much to the incredulity of the GP coaches, the Black and White stripes called the Little Hoyas for a foul and a loose ball push.


The Seniors gathered for a post-game picture and decided to include the ultimate Senior, Coach Bordley












Joey Epstein

Mitch Laughlin

Will Bou

Joey Graham

Drew Wellington

NEXT GAME against #2 Gonzaga (15-3)  4/24 home 4:30 pm





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Landon Lacrosse 14 Robinson 9

Robinson Secondary School is a dominating lacrosse program in the Northern VA HS league, owning more than 10 state trophies. They have played the Bears every year within the vague boundaries of memory. The Rams roster includes Ty Xanders #70 prospect a FOGO going to Michigan and an attackman committed to Marquette. Their 2018 record was 6-0 and WaPo ranked them at #8, one above the home team

Landon’s play for the first quarter matched the temperature—COLD. Defender Drew Wellington obtained the ball at the end of the field, which he normally patrols and sprinted the length of the field. The Blue and Yellow jerseys did not perceive him to be a threat. So, #28 fired and beat the opposing goal for the White Jerseys’ 1st tally @9:14.

The future Marquette attackman evened the score at 6:51 and his RSS teammates added +1 and then +2 at 4:31 and 4:19. During this segment of the game, Landon’s passes were errant, its defenders appeared to have forgotten their teammates’ names and shots were directed at points high and wide of the goal.

Landon’s O hands must have warmed up; because @0:10.9 Joey Epstein’s machinations behind the goal forced a slide to the future JHU attackman, thus creating some space on the RSS crease for Gilbert Sentimore to fill. Once the pass from his buddy behind the nets arrived, #3 quick sticked the ball for a goal.


Coaches Bordley, Bordley, Healey at al. must have given their players some wise instructions for the somnolent offense woke up. Miscreant passes and shots were now on target. A minute and eighteen after half, John Geppert made a move in the midfield and as he turned Joey E appeared on the crease- pass connected and the equalizing goal was scored @10:42.  Soon thereafter a similar middie/attack play was successful—Zach Johnson to Gilbert @ 9:49. Landon’s 3rd consecutive goal, in a series of five uninterrupted Bear scores, was a Joey E to Gilbert @ 8:28. Followed up with a scrum in front of the Ram net and with a Gilbert ground ball which was transferred to John who beat the RSS netminder @7:11. Landon goal was, surprise a combination between Joey E (assist) and Gilbert (G) @5:11.

The Rams responded with a pair of goals at 4:17 and then 2:36.

The Rams averaged 14.5 goals a game this year. The Bear D limited their opponents offense—(in numerical order) Greg Strabo, Drew Wellington (1G, 2 Cts, 2 Gbs, 2 OMCs),Ryan Giles (6 GBs) Mo Sillah (2 GBs), Doug Chirite and Alex Hagerup (one of the best long pole face dodges seen in recent history and it assured a good Clear). Mitch Laughlin was tested in the 1st period when his teammates were gold.

The Bears amplified their +2 margin to +4 with a Joey E to Garrett Kurtz @ 1:49; then Joey E to Gilbert @ 0:37.6 and the same pair #1 to #3 @ 0:02.1(their 5th combination of the game).


The start of the next 12 minute segment saw one of the best executed series of passes—John with a hockey assist to Zach, with a Lax assist, to Gilbert for a goal @10:55. Possessing the ball once again on a Will Bou face-off win, Graham Hertzberg was able to corral a loose ball and quickly get it to Joey E for the dozenth goal @10:37

About this time, real game experience was added to the time sheets of (in numerical order) Will Carlson, Doug Landers, Lucas Anderson, Brett Gallagher, Jace Menendez, Guy King, Brendon Gallagher, Matt Kopp, Gavin Seasholes, Farley Price, Trey Armstrong and others (?).

The Rams executed a nice play to earn their 7th goal at 0:21.1


Zach blasted a shot past the RSS goal minder @ 10:26. This was the end of a quick Bear clear which was recorded when Hags showed his stick work with a face dodge which staggered the Robinson middie who tried to stop #40.

The visitors added two more goals at 9:38 and 4:38.



Joey Epstein

Gilbert Sentimore

Zach Johnson

Will Bou

Ryan Giles

Drew Wellington

Mo Sillah


4/20 @ PREP 6PM






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Landon Lacrosse 14 Robinson 9

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BearLaxTraxFax 04.17.2018 by John Nichols

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#16 Navy (Tom Evans) 9

Army (Drennan Greene) 8


In the first half of the 2018 men’s lacrosse edition of this storied rivalry, the teams traded leads throughout.  In those first thirty minutes there were five ties and three lead changes and at the break the game was tied at five.  Navy got the first two goal lead for either team by scoring twice in the third quarter before Army could score.  Army pulled within one, only to see Navy stretch their lead out to three goals.  A pair of late goals by Army, the last coming with over six minutes left in the contest narrowed the gap to one.  Army fired off a salvo of shots over the closing seconds of the game, but none found the back of the cage.


Navy wrapped up their regular season Patriot League schedule with the win and, with their 6-1 record, they are the leader in the clubhouse going into the league’s final week.  Army was one of three two-win teams battling for the final two slots in the league’s six-team tournament.  All three of those teams—Army, Colgate and Boston University—lost this past weekend and now Holy Cross, which beat Colgate, joins the group of two-win teams vying for those last two slots.  There are lots of permutations, but Colgate is 2-1 against the other three, giving them a bit of a leg up.  On Friday:

  • Boston U. plays Holy Cross—the loser of that game is out of the running
  • Army plays Loyola—Loyola needs to win to stay in the running for the #1 seed and hosting privileges, so Army is playing a motivated foe.
  • Colgate plays Lafayette—Lafayette is 0-7 in Patriot League play.



#11 Bucknell (Sean O’Brien-Team Captain, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 15

Lafayette 6


Lafayette got the first goal of the game, but Bucknell got the next six and never looked back.  Lafayette answered back with a pair of scores but after that the Bison’s subsequent runs of two, three, and four goals were interrupted by just single goals.  Sean had 2 goals and an assist on six shots and brother Colin got an assist, too.  Jarett was dominant on faceoffs, winning 16 of 23 while collecting five ground balls.


Bucknell is one of three one-loss teams in the Patriot League and one of the four that have already clinched a spot in the league’s tournament.  Bucknell faces Lehigh on Friday and then the tie-breaking calculus begins for the setting of the seeds and the determination of who will host.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 5

#17 Robert Morris 14


Robert Morris’ offense was almost surgical in their attack on the Cleveland State defense.  The Colonials put 87% of their shots on goal which created the opportunity for them to score nine more goals that the Vikings while taking three fewer shots.


Colgate (Griffin Brown) 10

Holy Cross 12


Up by three with less than four minutes to go, Colgate had kept Holy Cross scoreless for almost 24 minutes of game time.  But the Crusaders were not done.  A Colgate turnover was quickly converted into a Holy Cross goal, then four faceoff wins by Holy Cross were converted quickly into four goals, a total of five straight goals in less than two-and-one-half minutes.  That three goal lead was now a two goal deficit.  Colgate managed two more possessions over the last minute of the game but did not convert on any of their three shots.  Griffin had two goals on seven shots for Colgate.


Colgate missed an opportunity to separate themselves from Army and Boston U. in the chase for a spot in the Patriot League tournament.  Holy Cross’ win was their second conference win of the season, so they too are now in the hunt for a spot in the PLL tournament.


#8 Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 13

#9 Syracuse 8


Cornell was not ranked in any of the pre-season polls and placed fifth in the Ivy League’s pre-season rankings.  But, after dropping their Ivy League opener to Yale, Big Red has been on a tear.  Cornell never trailed in this game with their offense putting together a couple of mini-runs while the defense never let the Orange score more than two in a row.  Jack and Colton each had one ground ball and Colton took one shot.


#8 Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 12

#19 Lehigh 10


Big Red’s four goal run over a five minute interval that spanned the end of the first period into the start of the second proved to be the difference maker in this game as both teams were otherwise able to answer back when the other scored.  Colton had a goal on three shots and Jack saw playing time also.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 8    2OT

UMass-Lowell 9


Dartmouth rallied late in the game, scoring three goals in the final seven minutes of the game to force overtime.  Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first overtime period, but each team’s goalie bailed them out.  Big Green won the face off to start the second overtime period but turned the ball over before they could get a scoring opportunity.  UMass-Lowell put the game winner away with their first shot of that second overtime period.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 13

Princeton 24


The Tigers scored eleven straight goals over fifteen minutes of game time spanning the second and third quarters.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 14

Mount St. Mary’s 15


Mount St. Mary’s built a first half lead with a six goal run in the second period only to see Hobart close back to within one with their own five goal run.  The Mount took the lead for good with four straight in the final period.  Hobart answered back with three goals, including two within nineteen seconds of game time.  Hobart had two scoring opportunities in the final two minutes of the game, but on both occasions, the ball ended up in their opponents’ goalie’s stick.  Koko emphatically got on the scoreboard for the first time this year, netting two goals and contributing an assist for Hobart.


Hobart is now tied with Sacred Heart for fifth in the Northeast Conference standings with a 1-3 NEC record.  Hobart needs to beat league #2 Bryant this coming week so that they have the opportunity to make the league tournament by beating Sacred Heart in their final game of the regular season.


Jacksonville (Hunter Sells, Andrew Mitchell) 12

Richmond 14


The Spiders scored six goals in both the second and fourth periods, the first barrage giving them a two goal lead at the half and the second answering the Dolphins’ strong third quarter showing.  Hunter was in goal for Jacksonville for the full game, saving 11 of the 25 shots that Richmond put on goal.


Jacksonville is one of three 3-2 teams in the running for the four seeds in the Southern Conference tournament.  Two teams, Richmond and High Point, are in the best shape with 4-1 records.  Jacksonville’s game this coming week against Furman, another 3-2 team, will go a long way in setting the field for the tournament.


#7 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 12

#12 Penn State 14


Johns Hopkins lost more than a Big Ten game this week as one of the top playmakers on their offense—Shack Stanwick—was lost to injury early in the game.  Penn State jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first half, scoring five goals in each period.  The Blue Jays have played some of their best lacrosse in the second half of their games this year, but while Penn State surrendered a measure of their halftime lead, they were able to hold on for the win.  Sam saw action this week.


#1 Maryland (Justin Shockey) 11

#10 Rutgers 10


The Terrapins raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, but Rutgers responded in the second, outscoring Maryland 5-1 and knotting things at 5-5 at the half.  Both teams had one goal leads in the third period, but the game was still tied after three.  Rutgers scored first in the final frame and then things tightened up even more.  The teams held each other scoreless for almost eight minutes as time ticked down in the game.  The Maryland erupted, scoring three straight goals in a period of just one minute and twenty seconds.  That run put Maryland up by two.  Rutgers pulled within one but could not force a tie before time expired.  Justin was three-for-eight on faceoffs and made his third assist of the season.


St. Joseph’s (Thomas Halm) 14

Bryant 7


In this battle between two teams that were undefeated in Northeast Conference play, goalies made all the difference in the outcome.  Bryant led or dominated most statistical categories, but their goalie only saved a third of the shots that St. Joe’s put on goal while the Hawks’ goalie registered 61% for saves.  Thomas took one shot for St. Joe’s.


St. Joe’s sent a message about who is the top team in the Northeast Conference.  The win pushed their league record to 4-0 and puts them in a good position to get the #1 seed for the NEC tournament.


#13 Virginia (Ryan Pride) 13

#3T Duke 18


Duke dominated on faceoffs and that staked them to an early 5-1 lead.  The Blue Devils appeared to be in control of the game, up by five at the half and beating UVA at their own up-tempo game.  But as has been the case often this year, the ‘Hoos rallied in the third period and pulled with one goal (12-11) with less than three minutes left in the third period.  However, Duke was able go on its own run and extend their lead to seven goals to put the game out of reach.


The ACC tournament will be played in Charlottesville on the last weekend in April.  Syracuse and Duke are set as the #1 and #2 seeds, respectively, with UVA (1-3), Notre Dame (1-2) and North Carolina (0-3) battling for the two last slots.  Notre Dame and North Carolina play this coming weekend and North Carolina must win in order to put the ACC’s multi-team tie breaking rules into play.   The North Carolina-Notre Dame game will be on ESPNU at noon Saturday.




St. Joseph’s gets its first top 20 recognition this week and Cornell is now in the top 10 of all four polls.


The NCAA published its first Top 10 on Monday April 16, reflecting games through April 8:















This Coming Week


No Bears vs. Bears games this week.  The Patriot League wraps up its regular season on Friday with Army (Drennan Greene) and Colgate (Griffin Brown) looking for slots in the Patriot League tournament.




Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman)  3

Montclair State 14


Montclair State did a better job of putting shots on goal and when Catholic did put a shot on goal, that shot usually died in the goalie’s stick.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln)  8

Wesley 9


The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to have Wesley answer back.  After Wesley tied the game at four early in the third quarter, the teams traded pairs of goals until Wesley broke an 8-8 tie with just 46 seconds left in regulation.  Marymount won the final faceoff, but turned the ball over, allowing Wesley to run out the clock.


#9 Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 20

Wabash 6


Wabash scored the game’s first goal less than a minute into the game.  Then the Battling Bishops scored thirteen straight before Wabash got their second.


#9 Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 13

#11 Denison 8


This is the game.  D-III lacrosse is filled with great rivalries and this one between perennial North Coast Conference powers is one of the best.  Both of these teams are nationally ranked and play very challenging out-of-conference schedules.  However, I suspect that this is the game that each team circles on the calendar.  The Battling Bishops jumped all over Denison early, racing to a 6-1 by the end of the first quarter.  Denison fought back incrementally, but never got closer than three down.


The win puts OWU in the better position for the #1 seed in the conference’s tournament where they will very likely see Denison again in the championship game.


#9 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 20

Mary Washington 10


The Seagulls’ ten goal run which spanned the third and fourth quarters broke the game wide open.  Mary Washington had trailed for most of the game, but never by more than four goals.  That big second half run settled things.  Brian saw game time against Mary Washington.



Trinity (Spud Dunn) 6

#5 Wesleyan 11


Spuds back and playing hard and making up for the time he missed.  Trinity faces the grind of having to play some of the best D-III teams in their regular season conference schedule.  Wesleyan jumped out to an 8-2 lead into the second quarter and never looked back.  Spud contributed a pair of goals on seven shots, picked up two ground balls and caused one turnover.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 12

Middlebury 13


Middlebury scored the first four goals of the second period to build an 8-3 lead.  Then the Bantams began to chip away at the lead.  Twice in the second half Trinity was able to pull within one, but on each occasion, Middlebury scored and rebuilt their lead.  Trinity got one more chance after pulling within one with just 48 seconds left in the game and got off one more shot as time expired, but Middlebury’s goalie got the save to end the threat.  Spud had one goal and one assist for Trinity.


#6 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 12  OT

Endicott 11


Tufts need a goal with just over a minute left in regulation to force overtime.  After Tufts won the final faceoff of regulation the teams traded turnovers and Tufts’ shot at the buzzer went wide.  Tufts also won the faceoff to start overtime but did not turn it over and did get the winner 31 seconds into the extra period.  Luke saw playing time in this game.


#6 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 16

#4 Amherst 20


Jumbos vs. Mammoths.  Tufts fell from the ranks of the unbeaten as Amherst blitzed the Jumbos for fifteen goals in the first half.  Down by ten at the half, Tufts fought back over the last two periods, cutting Middlebury’s lead to just two with eleven minutes left in the game.  Then, as happens so often (see UVA vs Duke notes) when teams see their big lead fall, the Mammoths responded with four goals to effectively put the game out of reach.  Luke had one ground ball for Tufts.


Washington College (Will Oliver) 7

Haverford 9


Haverford’s five goal run over the closing seconds of the first quarter and into the second flipped the scoreboard in their favor.  The Shoremen were never closer than two after that.




USILA Coaches’ Poll:

#6 Tufts

#7 Salisbury

#9 Ohio Wesleyan


Nike/USL Poll:

#4 Tufts

#7 Ohio Wesleyan

#8 Salisbury


This Coming Week


We have our final D-III Bears vs. Bears match as Salisbury (Brian Menendez) travels to Arlington to play Marymount on Wednesday

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Up in Connecticut watching grandsons play lacrosse.  Not able to research . SORRY

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Bulldogs 7 Bears 4

Landon lost to StA for the 1st in many years. Too painful to write more .

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Landon Lacrosse 10 Northern 7

The Patriots, undefeated (5-0, averaging 19.4 GAA; 2017 18-2, winning MD 32 South-1 last year), is an annual game on the Landon schedule.  Northern had some size and some young guns on its roster. They enter the field with their own flag in the front of the line and vociferous fans behind.

The visitors obviously knew that they had to stop Joey Epstein; so, they concentrated on his movements. The Bears’ first broke the 6’ x 6’ plane on the front of orange metal and net sideways pyramid @ 10:39. The play began with a pass from behind that did not reach the intended target. Instead the ball fell to the ground where Gilbert Sentimore scooped it up and fired a goal.

Joey E and Gilbert connected on two consecutive, almost identical plays. The attackman at X moved, the crease attackman mirrored that movement, the Patriot D prepared to slide, Joey passed, and Gilbert showed his soft hands by quick-sticking goals @ 9:47 and @ 5:41. That pattern impressed one of the Northern fans who thereafter yelled “Get #3” every time the home team brought the ball into their O zone.

The Patriots scored with one of their young guns at 4:53


There were no scores by any team for the first five minutes of the penultimate period. The home D was a virtually impenetrable web—Mo Sillah (3 CTs, 2 GBs), Drew Wellington (1 CT and 4 GBs), Alex Hagerup and Ryan Giles (1 A, 2 CTs and 5 GBs)—did not allow Northern much room to roam freely.

The Patriots started a mini-revolt by rifling the first goal of this period at 7:00 decreasing the Bear margin to only +1 and drawing rebellious cheers from the visiting fans.

The Northern invasion irritated Bear Captain, John Geppert, who initiated two replies. Forcing a slide from his MF position, John fed Graham Hertzberg for Landon goal #4 @5:30. Soon thereafter #7 found an open Garrett Kurtz for the next score @9:28.

Gilbert pleased the coaches when he fed Billy Banfield for the next tally @ 3:24. The next addition to the scorebook of a goal started with a Joey E assist followed by a “no, no, no…yes” (coach talk) backhand goal by Gilbert @ 1:52.


The Landon coaching staff ignores the sabermetricians who base their rankings based on a large scoring margin. Coach Bordley and his wise teachers/mentors/coaches place greater emphasis on the principle that  “the play’s the thing”  (Hamlet) to improve the future of the team. Numbers 15, 16,17, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31, 32, 33 and 35 were able to test their metal against the visitors.

The Patriots earned their 3rd goal at 9:05.

A CT in the Bears D zone resulted in Ryan sprinting down the field on a fast break. He passed the ball to Joey E who ripped a shot into the corner of the NHS goal @ 5:33.

The young Patriots responded with two responses at 2:56 and then 1:46.

Literally as the clock expired (@0:00), Joey G beat the Patriot goalie with a one-handed goal.


The team from Owings, MD did not give up and they successfully fed their crease attackman at 11:11 and 8:35.

John moved his team’s score to double digits with an 11-yard shot @ 5:00.

Speed in the MF and attack kept the ball away from the opponents to wrap up Win #7.





[numerical order]

Joey Epstein

Gilbert Sentimore

Will Bou

Billy Banfield

Ryan Giles

Drew Wellington

Mo Sillah

Next game at StA 4/11  4:45 (the Bulldogs did not practice today and instead  watched the Northern game).



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Sean O’Brien of Bucknell was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week:


Offensive Player of the Week
Sean O’Brien, Bucknell, Sr., M, Bethesda, Md./Landon
O’Brien recorded 12 points (10 goals, 2 assists) in Bucknell’s wins over No. 3 Yale (9-8 OT) and Mount St. Mary’s (14-9) last week. The senior finished the game against Yale with four goals and one assist before scoring six goals and tallying one assist against Mount St. Mary’s. In the two games, he also collected four groundballs.



#18 Navy (Tom Evans) 12

Colgate (Griffin Brown) 10


Navy’s five goal run in the middle of the second period provided the Midshipmen with a cushion that they would maintain until the closing seconds of the game.   Two late goals by Colgate, including the last which was scored as the final horn went off, only served to narrow the margin.  Shooting efficiency and accuracy tipped the scales in Navy’s favor, particularly in the second period when Navy put eight of their ten shots on goal, converting on six.

Griffin scored twice on six shots and collected two ground balls for the Raiders.

Navy is one of the three teams leading the race for the honor of hosting the Patriot League tournament.  They’ll need to win against Army this coming weekend and hope that BU or Army can hang a loss on Loyola.  Navy has the tie breaker advantage over Bucknell.  Colgate is one of the three 2-4 teams that are in the best position to get one of the two remaining seeds available and in the best position of those three to get one considering that their two remaining PLL opponents have but one league win between them.



Army (Drennan Greene) 7

Boston U. 8

The Terriers scored the last four goals of the game with the winning goal coming with just thirty seconds left in regulation.  That eighth goal was BU’s only lead of the game.  Army’s loss puts them in a predicament with respect to their chances to make the six team Patriot League tournament.  Army, BU and Colgate are all 2-4 in league play and vying for the last two available slots in the PLL tournament.  Of those three teams, Army faces the toughest opposition in their last two games and both Colgate and BU have the tie break advantage of head-to-head wins over Army.


#12 Bucknell (Sean O’Brien-Team Captain, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 9  OT

#8 Yale 8

Sean O’Brien put home the game winner with a few ticks over a minute left in overtime to give Bucknell one of its biggest wins of the season.  Bucknell has now beaten four teams that were ranked when the teams played and Yale, ranked third in last week’s USILA Coaches’ Poll, was the highest ranked of those opponents.  Bucknell rarely plays Ivy League teams, but their last game against an Ivy League opponent was in 2013 and was another 9-8 win, this time over a Cornell team that went 14-4 on the season and eventually lost to Duke in the NCAA semis.  You can see him shake the defender and fire the difference maker here: (click on the image to get the video to play).

Sean scored four goals on the day and contributed an assist.  His 15 shots (keep shooting!) led the team and accounted for almost half of Bucknell’s shots.  Jarett won six of 19 faceoffs and had two ground balls.  The game changed at the start of the third quarter when Jarett provided instant offense for the Bison who were down 4-3 at the half.  The Bison scored four goals in less than four minutes to start the second half with that run being propelled by four of Jarett’s faceoff wins.

 {Editor note: the GP lax twitter account posted a congratulatory tweet for the Hoyas/Bisons and the tweet’s picture was Sean O’Brien]

#12 Bucknell (Sean O’Brien-Team Captain, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) 14

Mount St. Mary’s 9




Sean O’Brien                         Colin O’Brien

Neither Sean nor his Bison teammates suffered a hangover from their huge midweek win over Yale.  Bucknell scored the game’s first ten goals, keeping the Mount of the scoreboard for the first 33 minutes of the game.  Sean had six goals and an assist off of nine shots.  Jarett won four of twelve faceoffs with two ground balls and Colin saw playing time as well.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 19

Hampton 6

The Vikings scored five in each of the first three quarters and four in the final frame to set a team scoring record against D-I foes.  Justin had on caused turnover in the game with that turnover leading to Cleveland State’s sixteenth goal.


#11 Cornell (Jack Bolen, Colton Rupp, Andrew Fowler) 15

Harvard 11

Cornell shook things up in the Ivy League by beating Harvard which had previously been undefeated in league play.  Cornell used a five goal run which spanned the end of the second quarter, through the third, and into the early minutes of the fourth to build a six goal lead.  Over the balance of the game every time the Crimson cut into the lead Big Red answered with a goal of their own to preserve their advantage.  Harvard finished out with two straight, but the last came with just 15 seconds left.

Colton, continuing to start at attack for Cornell, took one shot in the game and Jack played as well.


Dartmouth (Landon McKenzie) 7

#8 Yale 17

Yale remained undefeated in Ivy League play, blitzing the Big Green on the strength of runs of six goals in the first half and eight in the second.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 4

#6 Syracuse 11

The Statesmen scored first in this tradition laden, spirited, up-state New York rivalry then didn’t score again until ten minutes were left in the third period.  Meanwhile, Syracuse netted eight goals.  The teams closed out the game by trading three goal runs.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 9  OT

#19 Robert Morris 10

Robert Morris jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter but the Statesmen got back in the game incrementally and had a one goal lead after three.  Robert Morris scored twice in the first and Hobart answered with the last goal of regulation with just over four minutes remaining.  Hobart won the final faceoff of regulation and both teams had scoring opportunities but all shots were either wide or saved.  On to overtime.  Although Hobart held a 17-5 faceoff advantage going into overtime, Robert Morris won the faceoff and the Statesmen never possessed the ball again.


Jacksonville (Hunter Sells, Andrew Mitchell) 13

Air Force 12

With a five goal run from the closing moments of the third quarter into the middle of the fourth, Jacksonville flipped the scoreboard in their favor.  The Dolphins were up by three with four minutes left in the game when a lighting delay temporarily halted play.  Air Force came out ready to play and scored twice to pull within one with just over two minutes remaining.  Air Force won the game’s final faceoff but turned the ball over and Jacksonville was able to run out the clock.  Hunter played the second half in goal for Jacksonville, letting in five while stopping three, gathering in two ground balls, and forcing a turnover.

Jacksonville is one of four teams with 3-1 records in Southern Conference.  The Conference’s tournament includes the top four teams in the league.  With road games against fellow 3-1 teams Richmond and Furman, the Dolphins have their work cut out for them, but also have the opportunity to control their own fate.


#5 Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 13

Ohio State 10

The Blue Jays built several one- and two-goal leads only to have the Buckeyes battle back.  That trend broke with Hopkin’s three goal run which spanned the end of the third and the start of the fourth.  Sam saw playing time for the Jays.


#1 Maryland (Justin Shockey)

#15 Penn State

Maryland either trailed or was tied with Penn State throughout this contest.  Midway through the fourth period, the Terrapins got the run they needed to take the lead.  Goals in quick succession turned the game’s last tie into a two goal lead for Maryland and Penn State could not answer back.  Justin, and the rest of the Maryland FOGOs were frustrated by Penn State’s FOGO, as Justin won just 6 of 16 faceoffs and, all-in, Maryland won just 9 of 28.


St. Joseph’s (Thomas Halm)

Sacred Heart

St. Joseph’s put together a four goal run in the latter half of the third quarter to retake the lead after Sacred Heart had taken a two goal lead midway through the third.  Sacred Heart managed to tie the game up twice after that, but two Hawks goals a minute apart with less than five minutes left in the game proved to be enough to pick up the win.


#10 Virginia (Ryan Pride) 15

North Carolina 12

UVA persevered in the rain in Chapel Hill to pick up their first ACC regular season win of the season which was also their first regular season ACC in over four years.  The Wahoos built a five goal lead in the first half and when a three goal run by the Tar Heels in the third quarter cut into that lead they answered with their own three goal run.  Virginia’s advantages on ground balls and shooting accuracy contributed to the win.




Maryland (Justin Shockey) replaced Albany as the #1 team in three of four polls.  Albany had taken over the #1 slot earlier this season after the Great Danes downed the Terrapins.  When the other University of Maryland team beat Albany this week, the College Park team got the top slot back (for the most part).  Bucknell’s (Sean O’Brien-Team Captain, Jarett Witzal, Colin O’Brien) win over Yale propelled them to the cusp of the top 10.















This Coming Week


Navy (Tom Evans) travels to Army (Drennan Greene) for this service academy/Patriot League rivalry game.  Navy needs the win to stay in the hunt for hosting honors for the PLL tournament and Army needs the win to help them make the tournament’s field of six



Catholic (Asst. Coach Tom Minkler, Sean Feldman) 6

Susquehanna 15

Susquehanna erupted for six straight goals in the second period to put this Landmark conference game out of reach.  Sean got some field time for the Cardinals.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln)  3

St. Mary’s 11

St. Mary’s shutout Marymount for 34 minutes, from end of the first quarter to just short of two minutes into the fourth quarter.   The seven goals that St. Mary’s scored over the Saints’ dry spell were enough to get the win.


Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln) 6   

#17 Christopher Newport 14

Fourth quarter scoring, 7-3 in favor of Christopher Newport, matched the scoring across the first three quarters.  The Cardinals have the unenviable task of playing against three Capital Athletic Conference opponents that are ranked in the top 20 nationally.  One down, two to go.


#12 Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague) 23

Wittenberg 4

Ohio Wesleyan was already up 7-1 when they hung a twelve goal run on Wittenberg.  Tyler took two shots in the game.


Midway through their North Coast Conference games, the Battling Bishops are 4-0, setting up next week’s rivalry game with Denison which is also 4-0 and ranked eighth nationally.


#9 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 6

#17 Christopher Newport 5


The Capital Athletic Conference is home to three nationally ranked teams.  Salisbury has come back to the field a bit this year and teams like #2 York and #17 Christopher Newport are giving the Seagulls a run for their money this year.  In this closely played game, both teams had fewer than 40 shots and 30 ground balls.


#9 Salisbury (Brian Menendez) 9

#8 Cabrini 8

The Seagulls took a break from playing in-conference nationally ranked teams to play yet another out-of-conference nationally ranked team.  Salisbury never trailed in the game, but three straight fourth quarter goals by Cabrini evened the score at eight with ten minutes left in the game then Salisbury took the lead back with seven minutes left.  Over the balance of the game the ball moved up and down the field has Cabrini had four possessions and Salisbury three, but no one scored.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 4

Connecticut College 10

Spud saw his first field action of the season, contributing an assist and placing one shot on goal.


Trinity (Spud Dunn) 14

Hamilton 9

The Bantams picked up their first NESCAC win of the season and Spud was out there again.  Although he did not score, Spud was back in the flow of the offense taking eight shots, three of which were on goal.  Trinity spotted Hamilton a four goal lead in the first quarter then rallied back with five of their own.  That was the end of big runs for Hamilton while Trinity had two good runs left in them.


#3 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 11   

Williams 8

Tufts ran into a good faceoff guy and a strong goalie which would spell a loss for most teams.  However, the Bantams were highly efficient in their shooting, keeping pressure on the Williams defense and goalie.  Luke had one caused turnover which allowed Tufts to gain possession after losing a faceoff.


#3 Tufts (Luke Kurtz) 14

#5 Wesleyan 10

The NESCAC is one of the toughest conference in D-III men’s lacrosse.  This game featured two of the nation’s best teams—Tufts ranked at #3 coming into the game and Wesleyan at #4.  Tuft’s 4-0 advantage in the second quarter staked the Jumbos to four goal lead and Wesleyan never got closer than that.  Luke took one shot and had on ground ball.


Washington College’s (Will Oliver) game with Muhlenberg was postponed to April 17 due to weather issues.



USILA Coaches’ Poll:

#3 Tufts

#9 Salisbury

#12 Ohio Wesleyan


Nike/USL Poll:

#3 Tufts

#13 Ohio Wesleyan

#14 Salisbury


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