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Landon defeats Bullis for IAC championship

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xLandon v. Bullis IAC 1bBullis’ Michael Chiararmonte (6), faces off against Landon’s Justin Shockey (19) on the dot. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA—Considered this season the best team in the nation for boys varsity high school lacrosse, the Landon Bears (21-0) completed an undefeated season and IAC Championship, soundly defeating the Bullis Bulldogs (18-3), 18-7 at Landon High School on a rainy Friday afternoon.

The game could not have started off worse for the Bears. The Bulldogs scored at the 9:34 and 7:34 marks to take a 2-0 lead. This would be the high point for the Bulldogs.

Over the next 12 minutes, the Bears would score nine unanswered goals, never looking back. Complete domination was the name of the game for the Bears.

Bulldogs head coach Jeff Bellistri said, “First three or four minutes went Bullis’ way. That’s about it. Then Landon played to a level we couldn’t match...”

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Bullis Wins IAC Tournament

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Bullis IAC ChampsMembers of the Bullis high school boys basketball team hoist the IAC trophy after defeating Georgetown Prep. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC – Bullis captured the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night with a thrilling 62-60 victory over Georgetown Prep before a sold-out crowd.

The contest marked the third meeting between the IAC rivals with both teams each having won a game in the season series.

Bullis junior guard Vado Morse sank a pair of foul shots with 1.8 seconds left to give the boys basketball program its first IAC tournament championship in three years.

“Vado, he’s come a long way,” said Bullis senior Chyree Walker. “From when I first arrived at Bullis, his game has always shown that he can be a good player and over the years he’s been working and it really showed tonight.”

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Landon captures second-straight IAC lacrosse title

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landon  lacrosseBETHESDA – For the second straight year, Landon lacrosse reigns supreme in the Interstate Athletic Conference.

 

The Bears captured the IAC title Saturday afternoon with a 14-9 win over archrival Georgetown Prep at Bordley Stadium’s Triplett Field.

“We knew this game was going to be a game of runs and it wasn’t even close,” said Landon senior attack Colton Rupp, a team captain who finished with two goals.

Landon jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back; the Bears led from start to finish. After taking a 7-3 halftime advantage, Landon outscored the Little Hoyas in the third quarter, 4-3.

The win marked Landon’s 30th IAC championship and the program’s third title in four years. The victory also gave the Bears an outright league championship.

Landon (20-2) was led by senior midfielder Kennedy Dunn and junior midfielder Griffin Brown who each netted a hat trick in the win.

“He just went off,” Brown said about Dunn. “It was incredible to watch.”

The Bears also received a solid performance from Johns Hopkins-bound senior goalie and team captain Hunter Sells who registered seven saves against the Little Hoyas.

Meanwhile, Georgetown Prep (13-4) was led by senior midfielder Jack Olson who scored a hat trick and registered an assist while junior midfielder Terry Lindsay finished with two goals and two assists in the loss.

Landon head coach Rob Bordley has spent four decades at the helm of the program and once guided the Bears to 22 consecutive IAC titles from 1981-2002. Saturday’s win over Georgetown Prep marked Bordley’s 605th career victory over a 40-year span.

“Coach Bordley has been like a father figure to me,” said Rupp. “He’s just the most intense guy I’ve ever met. He gets us prepared for every game.”

Landon’s senior class will graduate with a rare achievement that will not soon be forgotten.

“Our legacy was winning an IAC championship outright,” said Rupp, who will join former Landon teammates Jack Bolen and Marshall Peters at Cornell University next season. “We haven’t done that in a while.”

 

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