Trailing by two goals early in Wednesday’s game against visiting Choate Rosemary Hall, the Brunswick School lacrosse team found itself in an unfamilar situation. Yet the Bruins didn’t stay in it very long.
Ranked second in the nation, the Bruins rallied to register a 16-8 victory, improving their record to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in Western New England Division I action.
Following two quick goals by Choate to open the game, Brunswick responded with four straight tallys to take a 4-2 lead with 2:40 left in the first quarter. Jack Montinaro tallied twice and had an assist during the run. After a Choate goal in the final minute of the quarter, Cooper Moore scored with 43.3 seconds left in the quarter.
The Bruins outscored Choate, 4-1, in the second quarter to take a 9-4 halftime advantage. The visitors opened the second half with two goals the first 2:26, to close to within 9-6. But Brunswick broke the game open with four straight goals. Michael Gottlieb celebrated his birthday with a goal, while Moore lit the scoreboard twice more. Montinaro netted the Bruins’ 13th goal of the game to cap the run with 4:28 left in the third.
All three Brunswick goalies played in the game, including starter Patrick Burkinshaw (seven saves). Christian Barnard made two saves, while Will Prout, who also celebrated his birthday, stopped two shots.
Wilson Stephenson led the Bruins with seven ground balls, as Edward Glassmeyer picked up four ground balls. The duo also solidified the team’s standout defensive play.
Moore finished the game with four goals, while Montinaro had a hat trick with three assists. Xander Dickson had two goals and two assists, while AJ Delgado, Jack Ocken, Michael Gottlieb, Matt Restieri, Brody Firestein and Hugo Gorman each had one goal in the winning effort.