Landon 14, Robinson 9
Five players scored at least two goals apiece in No. 1 Landon's 14-9 decision over Robinson in a nonleague boys' lacrosse game yesterday in Bethesda.
But according to senior attackman Austin Bordley, the credit for most of those goals belonged to Jake Byrne.
"He draws their number one defensemen, and then he dodges them and finds someone in the crease," Bordley said. "We've got a number of guys who can finish. He does a lot of the work, and I think we're just there at the right time."
Byrne, a senior attackman, had three goals and three assists, while Bordley, sophomores Jake Samperton and Gibbs Fogarty and senior Johnny Walsh added two goals apiece for the Bears (8-1), who led from start to finish. It was the second straight year Landon has defeated the Rams (3-2).
Byrne got the Bears on the right footing by scoring the first two goals. He added two more assists in the first quarter as Landon built a commanding 7-1 lead with only 13 minutes elapsed. The Bears never led by fewer than four goals.
"Byrne is a great player to play with, and I've learned a lot from him," Fogarty said. "The way he plays, when he's not scoring he's opening up a lot of things for the rest of us."
Several Bears showed the ability to finish near the net, especially in the first half when 12 of the team's 25 shots resulted in goals. Walsh got himself open on cuts to the net to score two straight goals in the second half, and Bordley made a nice move to score one first-quarter goal and made a nice pass to Samperton for the first goal of the second quarter.
"We certainly are aware of [Byrne], but Bordley stepped up and shot the ball well -- a lot of guys really did," Robinson Coach Tom Tufts said. "At any time in the game, they have six guys on the field who can really put the ball in."
Robinson, the reigning Virginia AAA champion, got three goals from John Decanio and two apiece from Jeff Buck and Adam Fassnacht, who also provided good work on faceoffs.
But the Rams had trouble clearing the ball on defense, giving Landon's offense too many opportunities to score.
The Rams' fortunes against Landon seemed in trouble early.
Fassnacht won the opening faceoff and then raced downfield for a good shot, but the ball hit the crossbar. Robinson's second shot, by Decanio, was stopped in the dirt by goalie Matt Harrigan (10 saves).
Meantime, Landon calmly set up its offense on its first two possessions, and its first two shots on goal resulted in scores by Byrne.
"I thought we got some good opportunities on offense, but we just denied ourselves the ball too much," Tufts said.