Boxwood Wins 2002 Wendland Memorial
The Boxwood Bicycle
Polo Team, winners of the 2002 Wendland Memorial: Gaither Limehouse, L.J.
Lopez, Bill Matheson, Lou Lopez, and Matthew Lopez. Matheson and Lou Lopez
were Wendland's teammates on the original Boxwood team in the early '70's.
(See photo below)
Bill Matheson and Lou Lopez, teammates on
the legendary (notorious? infamous?) Boxwood team of the 1970's, teamed
with Lopez's two sons and Charlottesville's Gaither Limehouse to win the
2002 Wendland Memorial, held in the historic Madison Bowl at the University
of Virginia November 23. Lopez's elder son, LJ, is a second-year student
at the University, and was instrumental in organizing the tournament.
Participants in the 2002 Wendland Memorial: Front Row: Eric Schmidt,
James Davisson, Taylor Freeman, and Seth Kopald of Aiken; Second Row: Michael
Preston, Steve Hall, Aaron Meisner, Doug McCoach, and Greg Jackson of Mt.
Washington; Third Row: Gaither Limehouse, LJ Lopez, Bill Matheson, Lou Lopez,
and Matthew Lopez. (Photo: Ellen Lopez)
Three teams entered the event: Aiken, South Carolina;
Boxwood; and Mt. Washington, based in Baltimore, MD. The Aiken squad boasted
two members of the defending champion Aiken Prep team, Taylor Freeman and
Seth Kopald, along with James Davisson and Eric Schmidt. The Mt. Washington
entry was participating in their first BPAA event, and seemed mightily pleased
with their silver medal finish. Both Boxwood and Mt. Washington added a
player from Charlottesville, Gaither Limehouse and Greg Jackson, respectively,
in order to give these local novices an opportunity to participate.
The event was held on a round-robin format, with each
team playing two chukkers against each of the other two. In order to minimize
the fatigue factor, only one chukker of each match was played before the
third team came on the field to compete. Boxwood and Mt. Washington drew
the first match, and their first chukker ended with Boxwood clinging to a
1-0 lead, the result of numerous wide shots by both teams. Aiken then took
on Mt. Washington, and led 3-2 at the end of the period on goals by Freeman,
Kopald, and Schmidt. Aaron Meisner and Doug McCoach scored for Mt. Washington.
Boxwood then returned to action somewhat refreshed, and ran up a 6-0 lead
on Aiken by the end of the chukker.
In the second half of the Boxwood-Mt. Washington match,
Boxwood managed to build a 4-0 lead before Mt. Washington scored with one
second left. That goal must have given the Maryland squad a lift, because
they scored three more against Aiken to win that game 5-3 and take second
place. Boxwood scored three more on Aiken in the second half of their match,
finishing ahead 9-0. Matheson led the way for Boxwood with four goals on
the day, with Lou Lopez adding three, Matthew and LJ Lopez two apiece, and
1. Boxwood (2 wins, no losses)
2. Mt. Washington (1 win, 1 loss)
3. Aiken (0 wins, 2 losses)
Boxwood 4, Mt Washington 1
Mt. Washington 5, Aiken 3
Boxwood 9, Aiken 0
Past Winners of the Jan E. Wendland Memorial
1996: Palm Beach
2000: Aiken Prep
2001: Aiken Prep