GREENWICH — The streak began in 2014 and continued on Sunday.
Since winning its first NEPSAC water polo championship in 2014, Brunswick School has reigned supreme each time it has competed in the tournament, including Sunday’s appearance before its home crowd at Mehra Natatorium.
Imposing its will from the outset, top-seeded Brunswick won the NEPSAC Tournament for the sixth straight season, upending third-seeded Phillips Exeter Academy, 19-5, in the tournament’s title game on Sunday.
“It’s always good to keep the tradition going,” said Brunswick senior co-captain Jake Charney, who earned Tournament MVP honors. “It’s a nice feeling to know that all the work we put in pays off in the end.”
Charney registered three goals in the championship game, while junior Danny Taylor, junior Gavin Molloy and sophomore JP Ohl also recorded hat tricks for the Bruins.
Sophomore Gavin West tallied twice, while freshman Patrick Mullen, sophomore Luke Apostolides, Ivey Gehring (sophomore), Dillon Robinson (junior) and Kevin Tu (senior) each had one goal in the winning effort.
The victory capped a season that saw Brunswick post a record of 23-2.
“This was a great way to end the season,” Bruins coach Ulmis Iordache said. “I’m very proud of them. We have a young team, so a lot of guys are coming back next year and I’m looking forward to that.”
Charney, Molloy and Taylor were named to the All-Tournament team for Brunswick. Milo Walshe and Cooper Walshe earned All-Tournament honors for Exeter, while Matthew Rykeman (Loomis Chaffee) and Charles-Andrew Robert (Suffield Academy) were named to the All-Tournament team.
Ohl scored the first goal of the title game, tallying at the 6:28 mark of the opening quarter. Molloy gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter, then scored again exactly one minute later.
Taylor converted a shot with 4:40 left in the first quarter and Ohl notched a goal 13 seconds later, giving Brunswick a 5-0 advantage. Ohl’s third goal of the first quarter put Phillips Exeter Academy in a 6-0 hole. Apostolides opened Brunswick’s scoring in the second quarter, making it 7-0. After senior Lawrence Lee tallied for Exeter with 5:38 to go in the second quarter, the Bruins seized a 10-1 lead, behind goals from Mullen, Gehring and Tu. Brunswick took a 10-2 lead into halftime.
“Our team played very strong, organized, disciplined defense,” Iordache said.
Bruins junior Hayden Collins and Gus Hawley of Loomis Chaffee were each named the tournament’s Most Valuable Goalies. Sunday’s triumph also concluded a season in which the Bruins captured the Beast of the East Tournament in Pennsylvania and the Cardinal Tournament at Greenwich High School.
“It has been a lot of fun watching the growth of our program,” Charney said. “When I was in seventh grade, I remember seeing the team win New Englands by one goal and losing in the Cardinal Cup Tournament. The team didn’t go to the Beast of the East back then, so seeing the progression of the program has been an amazing experience.”
Said Molloy: “We have just been getting better and better every single year. The program here in Greenwich has gotten so good, it’s become dominant.”
In the consolation game of the tournament, second-seeded Loomis Chaffee edged fourth-seeded Suffield, 10-9.
Brunswick rolled past Suffield, 22-3, in the semifinal-round of the NEPSAC Tournament on Saturday.
“We were a super close team from the very start,” Charney said. “Some of us have been playing together as a team for six, or seven years, more than during the high school season, and that’s what makes the difference.”