BETHESDA – 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.”