By Street Roberts '20
Nothing could go wrong for the Bulldogs on Friday, January 25th. It was a night to remember, a night to relish, a night to realize the beauty of St. Albans athletics. It began in a cold ice hockey rink, the venue for a matchup between two powerhouse programs: St. Albans and Georgetown Prep. The walls shook with raucous energy, the skates pounded against the ice, and the air echoed with the passion of the St. Albans BEEF Club.
A sea of red shirts and red jerseys, the BEEF Club surged behind the grueling battle of the Bulldogs against the rival Hoyas. The ‘Dogs found themselves in a fearsome tug-of-war, and by the start of the third period, it appeared that neither side would be able to break through the deadlock. This would soon change. Miraculous goaltending by Junior Max DeLorme kickstarted the ‘Dogs, spurring the team onward toward victory. Then, the gridlock broke. With 7:40 left in the 3rd Period, Sophomore Ethan Ouyang flew down the left-hand side of the rink, leaving Prep defenders in a cloud of snow and ice. Protecting the puck with his backhand, he deftly pulled the puck back to his forehand in front of the net, slotting the puck past the outstretched blocker of the Prep goaltender. Chaos ensued, and the bleachers in the BEEF club shook with pure joy, as the ‘Dogs celebrated the winning goal. The Hoyas had no response, finally succumbing to defeat after an open-net goal by Senior Finn McCarthy in the waning moments.
After the team piled off the ice into a swarm of fans, the BEEF club made their way back to St. Albans, where an equally exciting event was taking place. Facing off against another rival, the Landon Bears, the St. Albans basketball team had taken a reassuring ten-point lead heading into halftime, much to the delight of all the fans at the hockey game. Strangely, upon the arrival of the BEEF Club, the team struggled to regain their stride, and Landon soon clawed their way back into the game. While the momentum swing depleted the energy of St. Albans, it was not for long, and the ‘Dogs found an extra gear to keep fighting. They dove after loose balls and pushed through tough defense, willing themselves to victory. In the student section, the raucousness continued, highlighted by a performance from Nick Beatrice as “Moses parting the Red Sea,” an action that warned the Bears of their tenacity and spirit. With a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, Senior point guard Phillip Jordan led the team to a comfortable lead, forcing Landon to foul while the Bulldogs made free throw after free throw. It proved to be too much for the Bears, and the Bulldogs won 67-59, capping an incredible night for St. Albans athletics. As Headmaster Jason Robinson remarked the following Monday, “It was truly a special night.” The ‘Dogs look to continue their conquest of the IAC on Friday, with another hockey-basketball combo night on Friday (Hockey plays Landon at Fort Dupont at 4:30; Basketball plays Bullis at home at 7:30.) Get out to that. Until then, Roll BEEF.