Leong and Dellar help Potomac School slow down Sidwell Friends
April 13, 2010The Potomac School
Potomac School seniors Stephen Leong and Tristan Dellar have much in common: Each is tied for a team-high 19 groundballs and they have committed to play for Dickinson (Pa.), a top Division III program, next year.
One other similarity emerged in an 8-5 victory over visiting Sidwell Friends on Friday in McLean: Each helped slow Sidwell's offense. Leong won 9 of 14 faceoffs to give the Panthers repeated possessions and Dellar, the team's top defenseman, helped hold Sidwell to two second-half goals.
The game pitted two of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Potomac (3-2, 2-0) is the defending MAC tournament champion. Sidwell Friends (4-2, 1-1) had entered with two victories over teams from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
"These were two evenly-matched teams," Sidwell Friends Coach Jeff Ransom said. "But Potomac out-worked us. . . . Now we've got to work to make sure we see them again in the MAC tournament."
On Friday, the Panthers led 3-0 following goals by juniors Mikey Duffy and Andrew Lee and senior AD Hoffman. The Quakers tied the game at 3 following a goal by junior Grant Wong with 5:28 left in the first half.
The Panthers answered with a 4-0 run, including goals on three consecutive shots, and led 7-3 following a goal by junior Matt Carney late in the third quarter.
Wong finished with two goals and one assist and also took 15 faceoffs (he won seven). Junior Zach Barsness scored two goals for Potomac.
"We knew Sidwell wasn't going to make many mistakes," Potomac Coach Ian Healy said. "An emphasis for us was to keep it up-tempo and try to wear them down."
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