Like last season, Greenwich’s boys water polo team ended its 2019 campaign in championship fashion.
The Cardinals put the finishing touch on their season by finishing first in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Championships at the Naval Academy in Anapolis, Md., this past weekend.
In the tournament’s championship game, the Cardinals posted a 20-8 win over Buxmont Water Polo Club from Pennsylvania. Junior Manuel Pembertty and senior captain Charlie Clark each recorded a hat trick to power Greenwich. Senior goalie Eric Ducret had 11 saves and registered five steals for the Cardinals.
“It’s always great to finish the season with a championship,” Greenwich coach Jimmy Ramaley said. “I’m so proud of our seniors. They are one of the hardest working group of kids I’ve ever met and they really set the tone for the program. We won our last eight games, including the big one at Brunswick.”
Greenwich outscored its opponents, 92-27, during the Mid-Atlantic tournament. The Cardinals beat Potomac, Capitol and their own Greenwich B team to advance to the championship game.
During the tournament, Pembertty totaled 13 points, senior captain Thomas Hoffmeister scored 12 goals, Clark had 11 and junior Jack Bruce tallied 10.
Senior captain John Caruso and classmates Alex Hannah and JT Ruiz added eight goal apiece. Spencer Plavoukos, a senior captain, posted a team-high 10 steals, while Bruce and Hoffmeister had nine assists.
Greenwich finished the season with a record of 26-3. They placed second at both the Beast of the East Tournament and their own Cardinal Tournament. The Cardinals also finished second at the Steve Pal Memorial Tournament in Southern California.
Greenwich’s 11 seniors finished their high school water polo career with a record of 89-19-1 — good for an .830 winning percentage.
Greenwich’s varsity B team produced a successful tournament, finishing fourth out of 10 teams. In the third place game, the Cardinals’ B team was edged by Navy Aquatic Club, 14-13, in sudden death overtime.