BETHESDA – Georgetown Prep simply had no answer for Landon on Friday afternoon.
The Bears captured a 13-7 victory over the Little Hoyas on Triplett Field at Bordley Stadium to remain unbeaten.
“There’s something special about coming on this field and playing Prep,” said Landon junior attack Gilbert Sentimore, who finished with two goals and two assists to help the Bears improve to 16-0. “Lots of alums on both sides and our coach [Rob Bordley] always reads us emails about alums saying they’d give anything to be back here on this field again.”
The Landon-Georgetown Prep lacrosse rivalry is like no other contest in the area. Dozens of people have been known to attend the game widely considered to be among the nation’s premiere high school sporting events.
Landon junior midfielder John Geppert, a Bucknell commit, finished with four goals to lead the Bears who also got solid contributions from Joey Epstein (3 goals, 5 assists), Nate Buller, Justin Shockey, Zach Johnson and Garrett Kurtz.
“This is the game we circle coming into the season,” said Geppert. “All the alums care about it. We had eleven emails sent in from alumni just mentioning how much they wanted to do this game, this specific game over again and I think that really got us going and that’s why we came out to the hot start.”
Landon jumped out to a 9-3 halftime advantage and remained in control throughout the contest. The Bears added two more goals in the third quarter to take an 11-4 lead into the final stanza.
“I think our preparation was really key,” said Sentimore. “Our defense definitely, they spent hours on end studying film, getting ready for matchups.”
Meanwhile, Landon senior midfielder Justin Shockey finished 19 for 21 in faceoff attempts against Georgetown Prep.
Geppert credited Shockey for Landon’s dominant performance against the Little Hoyas and throughout the season.
“It takes a lot of pressure off of us because if we turn the ball over, they score, we know we’re getting it right back,” said Geppert. “It just lets us sit in and be comfortable.”
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