Landon standout midfielder Peter Lamade is expected to play against No. 1 Georgetown Prep on Thursday after he has missed the past three games with a pulled groin. Lamade (six goals, five assists) had 21 goals and 18 assists last year and has signed with Duke.

"He's been running each day," Landon Coach Rob Bordley said. "We thought that if he had played [before Thursday] he might have re-pulled it."

Lamade, a senior, could become the latest in a long line of players from Landon (9-2) who come back from an injury to play well against Georgetown Prep. Last year, then-senior Matt Ward scored four goals in an 8-5 win over Georgetown Prep; he had missed the previous two games -- and did not start against Prep -- because of a badly sprained ankle.

In 2000, then-senior Ian Healy scored four goals in a 10-7 victory over Prep. That marked his first game back after he had missed the previous two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Landon is 125-2 all-time in IAC play and has a 10-year conference winning streak dating from a 7-6 loss to Episcopal in 1993. The Bears are 18-0 all-time against Georgetown Prep and also are undefeated against IAC opponents Bullis and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. They also have not lost to a team from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and lost only once to a team from Northern Virginia (Madison in 1995).

There is a chance that this could be the last time the Landon-Prep game is played on a weekday. Georgetown Prep Athletic Director Dan Paro said he hoped to play next year's game, which is at Prep, on a Saturday morning. He also said he would consider moving the IAC title game to a Saturday -- it is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 -- if Prep is the host.

Last year, people parked in the middle of Rockville Pike and Tuckerman Lane to attend the game.

"During last year's game, the police looked at me and said we couldn't play this game on a weekday again," Paro said. "I don't think Landon has had those problems. Yet."

Finding Light Amid Darkness

Penny Santos got her first varsity head coaching job under the most difficult of circumstances.

Santos, who joined the Old Mill girls' lacrosse team this season as an assistant under Vern Hines, took over the team when Hines died on March 26 at age 49. Hines also was the girls' soccer coach and a former wrestling coach.

"It's been very stressful but very rewarding seeing the progression of the team going forward and being able to get through what we've been going through," said Santos, a 1997 graduate of Old Mill. "I was very close with [Hines] and his family, as were the players."

The day after Hines's death, many of the players approached Santos and told her they were going to leave the team.

"I felt we needed to go on for the love of the sport and because that's what [Hines] would have wanted," Santos said. "I told them I'd respect their decisions, but [Hines] wouldn't have had it any other way but to have us play."

No players ended up quitting, and Saturday the Patriots made school history by winning the Long Reach High School tournament. "It's the first time Old Mill has ever brought home a trophy for girls' lacrosse," Santos said.

The Patriots defeated Wilde Lake, 13-5, then beat Atholton, 14-7, in the championship. Junior Kim Evans was named the tournament's most valuable player, senior Stephanie Shores was Old Mill's leading scorer with 11 goals and four assists in the two games, and senior goalkeeper Ashley Johnson made 16 saves in the championship game.