Seventeen student-athletes earned all-IAC honors for their work during the 2021 fall season, the varsity soccer team won the IAC title, and Kris Fletcher ’23 was selected as All-Mets and IAC Player of the Year for boys’ soccer. Here is a wrap-up of the fall varsity season for 2021.
The Bears finished second in the team scoring at the IAC Championships, second in the Montgomery County Private School Championships, and sixth in the Maryland Private School State Championships in the squad’s most successful season since 2017. Asim-Hakim Florian ’23 led the way with a string of stellar performances that included a 16:47 5K personal best and the Maryland XC Invitational, a third-place finish at the IAC Championships, a convincing individual victory at the MoCo Private School Championships, and sixth overall at the State Championships. First-time cross country runner Owen Kelly ’24 steadily improved each week to become the Bears’ consistent No. 2 runner. Also pitching in to help the varsity XC Bears on the road to success were senior captain Jack Mangino, new-to-XC junior Joel Brown, sophomore standouts Seamus McNamara, Ari Kalish, Brannon Hamilton, Nicolas Alway-Roza, and Dylan Furbay, and hardworking freshman Cyrus Bajoghli. Another team captain was Phil Strabo ’23.
Head Coach Paul Padalino described a feeling of gratitude all season having the opportunity to compete and be together after missing it all the year before. The group worked to overcome the disappointment of difficult losses to finish the season with three wins in close games over IAC opponents with an overall record of 6-3, a league record of 3-2, and a second-place finish in the conference. Season highlights include winning at Bullis on a Friday night and a come- from-behind victory over St. Albans which the Bears secured with a field goal in the closing seconds. After a physical and hard-fought game against Georgetown Prep, several players stepped up to fill in for injured teammates against a talented Episcopal team. Many of these players helped lead the team to a 13-12 victory. On the All-IAC first team were: Mac Albert ’22, Alex Armour ’24, DeAngelo Dickerson ’22 who also received an honorable mention on The Washington Post’s 2021 boys' football All-Met team, Zak Oehrlerking ’22, Carter Phillips ’22, and Hunter Taylor ’22. Second team selections include: Aaron Hart ’22, TJ Kim ’22, Ethan Ming ’23, and Chris Wells ’23. The following student-athletes were team captains: Dickerson, Kim, Oehlerking, Phillips, Taylor, and John Wyatt ’22.
Head Coach Bill Reed and All-Mets/IAC Player of the Year Kris Fletcher ’23 led the team to an IAC Tournament Championship, a 13-3-3 overall record and a league record of 7-1-2. During the season, the Bears beat Georgetown Prep twice, completed regular season sweeps of Bullis, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, and Episcopal. The tournament title was sealed against St. Albans 1-0. Fletcher, who was also named Player of the Year for The Washington Post’s 2021 boys' soccer All-Met team, shattered two all-time Landon season scoring records: 26 goals and 61 points. He also had nine assists, just two assists shy of the all-time record. Other IAC first-team selections include: Conrad Brady ’23 (captain) who received an honorable mention on The Washington Post’s 2021 boys' soccer All-Met team, Moshe Fishman ’23 (captain), Carlos Febles ’22. and Zac Osmond ’22. Ben Ellwood ’22 also served as a captain.
This was the third year of volleyball as a club sport at Landon. Head Coach Beverly Sivaslian welcomed 23 players, the greatest number of players yet. The team played its first unofficial game against the Stone Ridge varsity girls' team. They also competed in a grass volleyball four-man tournament with the Holy Cross varsity girls' team and held a joint volleyball practice with the Holton-Arms JV and varsity teams. Team captains included: Chike Nezianya ’22, Henry Nichols ’22, and Daniel Samuels ’22.
Head Coach Chris Ros points to the homecoming game against McDonogh as a season highlight. When a key player fouled out, the rest of the team took on the challenge and stepped up to ultimately win the game 8-7, coming from behind in the last quarter and scoring three goals within the last two minutes of the game. Tournament play started slowly but progressed and ended very successfully this year. The first tournament was the Battle of the Beltway where the team lost three games. Next was the Beast of the East, during which the Bears beat three teams to make it to the semi-final game. Then came the Gilman Tournament, where the team won two out of three games. Finally, they ended the season by becoming the B-Division champions at Easterns. The team’s overall record was 12-10, and team captains included: Charlie Alberino ’22, Spencer Durbin ’22, and Reese Finnell ’22.