Landon, No. 1 nationally, pulls away from Annapolis

Bethesda school scores five unanswered goals

Boys lacrosse

March 23, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Landon boys lacrosse team, ranked No. 1 nationally out of Bethesda, scored five unanswered goals in the second half yesterday to pull away from visiting Annapolis, 9-3.

It was the season opener for both teams.

"They came out in the second half and played a lot tighter zone, like a sagging man-to-man defense and we couldn't crack it," said Annapolis coach John German. "We tried to feed it inside and put a lot of balls on the ground. They were a little bigger than us and came up with more of the ground balls."

Josh Lesko scored all three goals for the No. 8 Panthers, who got a 21-save performance from goalie Robby Haberlein.

Ted Hayes led the Landon attack with four goals and one assist. Landon had a 45-30 edge in ground balls won, dominating the category in the pivotal second half.

With Broadneck, No. 6 Severna Park and Arundel all coming up fast on the county schedule, German said he couldn't have asked for a better early-season test to get his Panthers prepared.

"It's a learning experience for us. We just needed to execute a little better in the second half," he said. "We had to have a top-quality game in the beginning to get us going."

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