Boys' lacrosse notebook

Landon plays a diverse schedule; Bullis thrives in overtime

By Christian Swezey
Monday, March 29, 2010

For years, Landon Coach Rob Bordley has tried to accommodate every team that asks him for a game. It has led to a schedule this year that includes teams from California, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District.

Three games last week showed the diversity in the schedule. On Thursday, Landon defeated W.T. Woodson (Va.), 10-4; it lost to Western Reserve (Oh.), 7-5, on Friday and to Conestoga (Pa.), 6-2, on Saturday.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the result," Bordley said after Friday's loss. "But I was impressed with their team's athleticism and they caught us off-guard with a zone [defense]."

Landon senior midfielder Joe Paoletta (Cornell) scored two goals against both Woodson and Western Reserve. Seniors Harrison Archer (Denver) and Will Korengold (Trinity) scored against Conestoga. And junior Patrick Keena (Naval Academy Prep School) led the way against Woodson with three goals and an assist.

At least one out-of-town coach will not need to ask for directions to Landon. Coronado (Calif.) plays the Bears on April 5 in Bethesda. Coronado Coach Alex Cade is a Landon grad who was a three-year starter in goal at Notre Dame.

Spring drama production

Bullis (5-1) has won two games in overtime and another by two goals. Senior Robert Fleming scored the winning goal in a 5-4 victory over Flint Hill on March 16 and sophomore Nick Fisher scored the winner in an 8-7 victory over Gonzaga on March 23. The Bulldogs also defeated Severn, 8-6, in their opener.

"We only have 25 kids, it's not a real big roster," Bullis Coach Bobby Pollicino said. "I'm proud of the way the guys have bought into the 'team' concept; they have a commitment to the program and I think that helped turn the overtime games into wins."

Pollicino is in his first year as head coach after having spent six years as an assistant there. The Bulldogs have several players who have committed to play in college. Fleming will play for Providence, midfielder Will Abbott has committed to Saint Joseph's, senior defenseman Jake Starke will play for Bates and junior defenseman John Kelly has committed to Johns Hopkins.

For a few Knights, more than one uniform

Players who have been guarded by St. Mary's Ryken senior defenseman Chris Rixey have one goal in three games. Rixey was a standout performer in an 8-7 loss to DeMatha on Friday in a rematch of last year's Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game -- he finished with four takeaways.

Thus far this year, Rixey has nine takeaways and 13 groundballs for the Knights (2-1, 1-1).

"The first thing their coaches said to me after the game," Knights Coach John Sothoron said, "was, 'Who is your number 11?'" a reference to Rixey's jersey number.

Rixey will play for Navy, and by next year the Knights will have players on all three service academy teams. They currently have a starting defenseman at Air Force, a second-line midfielder at Navy and a player at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.

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