NORTH BETHESDA — The visiting Landon Bears met the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas on the gridiron Friday in the latest installment of the area’s top boys lacrosse rivalry.
Landon senior Joey Epstein scored four goals to lead the Bears to a 6-5 road victory over the Little Hoyas.
“I don’t care what the sport is,” said Landon head coach Rob Bordley, “whenever Landon plays Prep, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, it’s going to be a dogfight.”
That was evident as Landon rallied from a 1-0 deficit early to take a 3-2 lead into intermission.
Epstein, a Johns Hopkins recruit, scored an unassisted goal with 8:14 left in the third quarter to put the Bears ahead, 4-2, before Georgetown Prep midfielder James Flannery added a goal, moments later.
Georgetown Prep tied up the game, 4-4, with 11:38 left in the fourth quarter when Thomas Graham scored on a goal assisted by Kaleb Fernandez.
Epstein’s goal, with 10:28 remaining, gave Landon a 5-4 advantage before the Little Hoyas tied the game on Graham’s assist to Fernandez.
However, Landon broke the deadlock when Epstein scored with 3:19 remaining in the contest.
“Probably pound for pound, he’s probably the strongest kid on the team,” said Bordley. “I think it’s safe to say he’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached in 48 years in any sport – he is a beast.”
Since 1981, Landon has won 31 Interstate Athletic Conference championships and captured four national titles.
Bordley, who graduated from the Bethesda private school in 1966, is celebrating his final year as Landon’s head varsity coach.
Friday’s win against Georgetown Prep marked a milestone victory for Landon’s lacrosse program.
“This Landon lacrosse program is Rob Bordley,” said Epstein. “There was a long streak of never losing to Prep and it feels only right for him to go out with a win against these guys.”
However, there is a chance Landon and Georgetown Prep could meet again next month in the IAC Tournament.
“There’s definitely a chance we could see them in the semifinals or the championship,” said Epstein. “We’ll see how the standings play out the rest of the way.”