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Bullis ready to break up IAC lacrosse party

Elite junior recruit Nick Fields was MVP of the Warrior 40 Regional Camp last summer. Doug Austin /ESPNHS

This story appeared in the March 2012 issue of ESPNHS Greater D.C. edition.

When Bullis bounced Episcopal in the final game of the 2011 football season, it signaled the end of a 32-year title drought and was the first outright IAC championship for the Bulldogs.

Seniors Kylor Bellistri and Nick Fisher and junior Nick Fields were three prominent figures on that squad, and they’ll be looking to recreate some of that magic on the lacrosse field this spring. The star nucleus is tasked with erasing another stretch of championship futility as they try to deliver the program’s first crown.

“Everyone bought into the team (approach), and we were able to accomplish something big in football,” says Fields. “Hopefully, we can build on that and accomplish more this spring.”

The chemistry the three have cultivated could be key to corralling that elusive lacrosse championship. The Bulldogs entered rarefied air in 2011, securing their first win against Georgetown Prep in 22 seasons and hosting the program’s first semifinal playoff contest. The star trio had its fingerprints all over Bullis’ run.

Bellistri, a Brown-bound attackman, is rated the No. 57 player in the ESPNHS 100 and led the conference in scoring with 49 goals and 24 assists. Fisher is a do-it-all midfielder and High Point commit who fuels the team’s transition attack and creates matchup problems. Fields is coming off an MVP effort at the Warrior 40 Regional Camp, which helped him emerge as the nation’s No. 3 junior. The Johns Hopkins recruit can neutralize opponents’ top scorers like the lax version of a shutdown corner.

While 2011 was a step in the right direction, Bullis is intent on cementing the 2012 season as one of the greatest in the school’s history. “I’ve been at Bullis since the third grade,” says Bellistri. “There’s no better way that I could leave here than winning a title in football and lacrosse.”