Friday night’s matchup between neighborhood water polo rivals Greenwich High School and Brunswick School will feature two teams that are in top form as the season nears its conclusion.
The Bruins sport a record of 17-2 after finishing 4-0 on its recent trip to California. On Saturday, which marked Brunswick’s final day in California, the team posted victories against Monte Vista (12-5), Harker School (19-6) and Mountain View (14-3).
In their 12-5 win over Monte Vista, Thacher Scannell scored four goals to pace the Bruins. Keegan Drew and Nico Apostolides each scored one goal, while goalie Christian Hartch made 12 saves for Brunswick.
Against Harker School, Brunswick built an 11-0 lead, before prevailing, 19-6. Kyle Yelensky had a team-best five goals, while Drew, Apostolides, Jake Charney, Timmy Saunders and Gavin Molloy each tallied twice. Simon Derby Scannell, Peter Mullen and Tate Robinson added single goals, which Hartch stopped six shots in goal.
Behind quick passing, Brunswick opened a quick double-digit lead en route to topping Mountain View, 14-3. Scanell, Drew and Yelensky each recorded a hat trick, while Apostolides, contributed two goals for the victors. Derby, Saunders and Danny Taylor each had one goal and Hartch made nine more saves in the winning effort.
Greenwich High School was also on the road over the weekend, defeating the Naval Academy Aquatic Club, 18-6, Walt Whitman High School (19-6) and Thunder Water Polo from Dallas (6-5).
Against Navy, junior Niki de la Sierra netted four goals and sophomore Charlie Clark scored three times to power the Cardinals. Junior goalie Kyle Laufenberg made nine saves in the win.
In its win against Walt Whitman, Greenwich was sparked by senior co-captain Mac Baxter’s three goals. Laufenberg made nine saves.
In its close victory against Thunder Water Polo Club, de la sierra tallied twice, including the game-winning goal with 54 seconds remaining. Freshman Jack Bruce assisted on both of de la Sierra’s goals.
“It was a good weekend,” GHS coach Jimmy Ramaley said. “We got to use a lot of different lineups and mix up the rotation a little bit.”
Greenwich and Brunswick will face each other Friday at 5 p.m. at Mehra Natatorium located at Brunswick’s King Street campus.