Brunswick water polo team wins NEPSAC title
Brunswick School added another NEPSAC Water polo title to its collection on Saturday.
A convincing 14-6 win over Phillips Exeter Academy in the championship game of the Liquid Four Tournament (NEPSAC Water Polo Championships) gave the Bruins their fourth NEPSAC championshp trophy in a row.
The Bruins, who hosted the tournament, finished their season with a record of 23-2. In the consolation game of the tournament, Phillips Andover Academy edged Loomis Chaffee School for third place, 10-8.
In Brunswick’s victory against Exeter in the championship matchup, the Bruins seized a 4-0 first-quarter lead and 8-1 halftime advantage. Kyle Yelensky opened the scoring and tournament MVP Thacher Scannell tallied, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Two goals from Keegan Drew made it 4-0 heading into the second quarter.
Goals from Nico Apostolides, Yelensky, Drew and Peter Mullen extended the Bruins’ advantage to 8-1, before Exeter tallied its lone goal of the first half. Drew recorded a hat trick, while Scannell, Simon Derby and Yelensky each scored twice to pace the Bruins. Apostolides, Tate Robinson, Mullen, Jake Charney and Danny Taylor had one goal apiece for the victors.
Jamie Cassidy and Jackson Parrell each tallied twice for Exeter. Christian Hartch was outstanding in goal for Brunswick, making 14 saves. Coached by Ulmis Iordache, top-seeded Brunswick advanced to the finals by upending Loomis Chaffee, 19-2, in the semifinals.
The Bruins opened a 10-2 halftime lead and never looked back. Drew had three goals, while Mullen, Tim Saunders, Scannell, Derby and Tate Robinson each had two goals in the winning effort. Hartch stopped six shots for the victors.
While Scannell was named the tournament’s MVP, Drew, Derby and Hartch earned All-Tournament Team honors.