GHS places second in water polo tournament

October 15, 2017

Greenwich High School placed second in its 43rd annual Cardinal Water Polo Tournament held on Friday and Saturday.

The Cardinals were edged by Chelsea Piers Connecticut in the championship match, 5-4. The matchup featured Cardinals coach Jimmy Ramaley going up against his older brother, Paul, who coached Chelsea Piers.

Brian O’Leary recorded a hat trick to lead the Cardinals in the title game. J.T. Ruiz added one goal for Greenwich.

“This marked the first time since 2001 that Greenwich didn’t win the tournament, but we still played really well against a very good team,” Jimmy Ramaley said. “We have a lot of depth and if we had played another quarter, I think we would have won. But it was a great game.”

Jack Lewis led Chelsea Piers to victory with three goals. Greenwich went 2-1 in the tournament, defeating Gonzaga High School earlier on Saturday.

Brunswick School placed third in the tournament, defeating Phillips Exeter Academy in the third-place game, 16-4. They also beat Greenwich High’s B team, 14-4. Their defeat came against Chelsea Piers, which pulled out an 11-9 double overtime win against the Bruins. Lewis had the winning goals in overtime.”


The Gators won their first match of the season, posting a 27-25, 25-13, 20-25, 25-18 win over visiting Miss Porter’s School.

Grace Ryan had seven aces and eight assists, while Madlin Decker had nine kills and 10 digs in the win. Emma James helped spark Greenwich Academy’s strong defensive play.

“The girls did much better with their serving, which is something we have focused on,” GA coach Christy Girard said. “We focused on running a faster offense and our girls were more aggressive and communicated well.”


The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision on the road to formidable Hotchkiss School.

Meagan Campbell scored the go-ahead goal with 23:46 remaining in the second half. Julia Herzig made two saves in goal for Sacred Heart, while Emma Smith stopped five shots for Hotchkiss.

“Today we faced a strong opponent,” Tigers coach Alex Gheorghe said. “We had momentum, but we couldn’t capitalize. Hotchkiss is a good and skillful team.”

Sacred Heart took four penalty corners, while Hotchkiss drew three.

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