POTOMAC – The nationally ranked Bullis boys lacrosse team captured the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament championship on Sunday by overcoming an early one goal deficit en route to a 9-5 home victory over St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in the rain.
“This is the best year in Bullis history without a doubt,” said Bullis head coach Jeff Bellistri, who guided the Bulldogs to an overall 21-2 record and the program’s first-ever IAC tournament championship.
The Bulldogs were led by senior attackmen Nicky Petkevich (Colgate) and Steven Shollenberger (Drexel) along with junior Alex Trippi (North Carolina) who each netted hat tricks in the win over St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes.
The talented Bullis trio scored all of the team’s goals and helped put the finishing touches on an unprecedented season in school history.
“Nicky is a great scorer, a great competitor,” said Bellistri, “but if you look at that entire attack unit, Steven Shollenberger scored a great goal at the end to kind of seal the victory. He had three goals and Alex Trippi had three goals and he had three assists. I believe it’s the best high school attack unit in the country.”
Meanwhile, Bullis junior goalie and Brown commit Jake Simon registered ten saves against the Saints (21-4).
Sunday’s landmark victory also capped a season in which the Bulldogs finished on a 19-game winning streak after a 2-2 start. Bullis went 3-0 against league rivals Georgetown Prep and Landon this year, beating the perennial lacrosse powers by a combined score of 34-14.
In their two wins over Georgetown Prep, the Bulldogs outscored the Little Hoyas, 23-7.
After trailing St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 2-1, heading into the second quarter, Petkevich and Trippi each scored goals in the period to help Bullis take a 3-2 lead at halftime. Bullis netted three more goals in each of the next two quarters to secure the victory.
“After that first half, once we started rolling on the offensive end we started going and we were clicking and that was it,” said Petkevich.