Greenwich, Brunswick water polo teams start season with decisive wins
The Greenwich High School and Brunswick School water polo teams each opened their respective season in dominant fashion, cruising to victories over their opponents.
The Bruins recorded a decisive 15-3 road win over Phillips Exeter Academy on Saturday. The game was a rematch of the 2016 NEPSAC Championship matchup, which saw the Bruins post a 13-4 victory.
Eight different players scored on Saturday for Brunswick, which jumped out to an 8-0 halftime lead. Two goals from Tate Robinson, and Keegan Drew keyed Brunswick’s five-goal first quarter. Drew finished with a team-high four goals, while Simon Derby tallied twice. Robinson, Kyle Yelensky and Gavin Molloy added two goals apiece, while Thacher Scannell, Nico Apostolides and Jake Charney each had one goal.
Christian Hartch made three saves in goal for Brunswick, which travels to Choate Rosemary Hall on Saturday, where they will face Deerfield Academy and Williston-Northampton.
Greenwich High School went 4-0 over the weekend at the Battle of the Beltways competition. The Cardinals defeated Loyola High School from Maryland, 13-2, beat Naval Academy Aquatic Club 11-5, and posted wins against Calvert Hall (20-4) and Episcopal Academy (17-2).
Against Loyola, senior captain Brian O’Leary and freshman Jack Bruce each recorded hat tricks to pace the Cardinals, who received nine saves from goalie Kyle Laufenberg.
In their win against Navy, sophomore JT Ruiz tallied four times, while senior captain Mac Baxter registered six steals. Laufenberg had another strong game, making eight saves. Freshman Jack Holl’s four goals and Baxter’s three tallys sparked Greenwich’s triumph over Calvert Hall. Junior Niki De la Sierra led the way defensively for GHS, making seven steals.
O’Leary, Baxter, Kirk Schultz and Bruce had two goals apiece in Greenwich’s one-sided win over Episcopal. De la Sierra made 19 steals over the four games, while Baxter had 14. John Caruso had five assists, while De la Sierra added four. Laufenberg made 24 saves over the four games.
Greenwich (4-0) hosts Staples Tuesday at 4 p.m.