After losing to Landon 18 straight times, Georgetown Prep finally beats Bears, 8-5

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 25, 2003|By Mike Keegan | Mike Keegan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Georgetown Prep coaches and players will never hear the question again: Is this the year?

After 18 straight losses to Interstate Athletic Conference rival Landon, the Hoyas topped the Bears for the first time, 8-5, yesterday at Landon's Bethesda campus.

"I got an e-mail from one of my old assistant coaches," said Hoyas coach Kevin Giblin. "It said, `Do you think you can finally get a win so we can get on with our lives?' "

They did, handing Landon only its third IAC loss in the 22-year history of the league, and the first since 1993. The Bears have won all 22 IAC lacrosse titles, sharing it with Georgetown Prep in 1993 when the Bears lost to Episcopal (Va.).

"We were all sick of the pity the day after," Hoyas attackman Chris Lehman said. "People say, `Good game.' But you know in your heart you feel [bad]. ... It feels good, finally."

Lehman led all scorers with three goals, none bigger than his third with 5:19 to play.

"We needed that one," Lehman said. "Because it was getting a little tough, and we'd been up before."

Just last year, in the IAC tournament final, the Hoyas gave up a small lead and lost in overtime. Landon's Matt Ward, now a freshman at Virginia, scored the game-winner with Georgetown Prep's John Bennett defending him.

"The one goal he scored on me was in overtime," Bennett said. "That was kind of hard to live with. So I kind of channeled that energy [yesterday]."

The Princeton-bound Bennett, playing long stick midfielder, checked Landon's top middie, Peter Lamade, holding him scoreless. It was Lamade's first game back after missing two weeks with a strained groin muscle.

The rest of the Hoyas defense was effective as well. Defenseman Nick Veith denied Landon's top scorer, Jake Byrne, the ball, and held him to just one assist.

"We should've dealt with it a little better," the Hopkins-bound Byrne said of Veith shutting him off. "We'll go home and hit the drawing board because we plan on playing them again."

The rematch is likely, with the Hoyas and Bears both favored to reach the IAC Tournament final in mid-May.

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