Greenwich High School began its water polo season by going 4-0 at the Battle of the Beltways Tournament held at the U.S. Naval Academy over the weekend.
The Cardinals posted victories against Loyola, Md., (10-5), Gilman School from Maryland, (8-5), Navy Aquatic Club (13-5) and Landon School (Md., 11-4).
“It was a good way to start the season and the boys were excited to get some wins,” GHS coach James Ramaley said. “We played a deeper bench than normal to get everyone on the same page. Our offense was sloppy, but that tends to happen early on in the season. Defensively, we were solid and to allow under five goals in every game while playing 20 guys shows that everyone played together on that end.”
Sophomore Manuel Pemberthy and junior Charlie Clark led the Cardinals with seven and six goals, respectively, throughout the four games. Ten other players had at least two goals on the weekend. Senior captain goalie Kyle Laufenberg totaled 30 saves and four assists during the four game for GHS (4-0).
BRUNSWICK WATER POLO
Seizing a nine-goal first quarter lead, Brunswick rolled to a 16-1 win over Phillips Exeter Academy Saturday in a rematch of last season’s NEPSAC championship game at Mehra Natatorium.
Ten different Bruins netted at least one goal, as Exeter faced a 9-0 deficit following the first quarter. Keegan Drew scored four goals, while Nico Apostolides had three to lead the Bruins (1-0).
Kyle Yelensky and Christian Hartch each tallied twice, while Timmy Saunders, Jake Charney, Michael O’Malley, Danny Taylor and JP Ohl added one goal apiece in the win.
The Bruins return to action at home against cross-town rival Greenwich on Friday.
SACRED HEART SOCCER
A hat trick from Lara Patricio resulted in a successful season-opener for the Sacred Heart Greenwich.
Patricio’s three goals lifted the Tigers past Newton Country Day School, 4-2, on Saturday.
Complementing Patricio offensively was Alana Frederick, who recorded one goal and one assist. Fernanda Serna assisted on two goals for Sacred Heart in its road win. Rachel Keefe added one assist for the victors.
Senior captain Athena Corroon was strong in goal for the Tigers, making eight saves. Sacred Heart hosts formidable New England foe Taft School Wednesday at 4 p.m.