Goals from Ava Butz and Kayla Ketchabaw lifted Greenwich Academy to its first win of the season on Saturday, a 2-1 triumph on the road against Millbrook School.
“This was huge, you could feel it was coming,” Greenwich Academy coach Erin Brawley said of the team’s victory. “They played for each other today and really wanted it.”
Butz, a junior, gave GA a 1-0 lead with 58 seconds remaining in the first period. Skating the length of the ice with the puck and moving past several defenders, Butz scored from close in for the game’s first goal.
Millbrook tied the score at 1-1 on a goal from Nikki Bessinger with 10:41 left in the second period. Dora Harag assisted on the game-tying goal.
The Gators (1-2) took the lead for good at 2-1 when Ketchabaw, a junior, tallied with 52 seconds to go in the second period. Butz set Ketchabaw up for the go-ahead goal.
“Both of our goals were scored with one minute left in each period, which was awesome, because that’s what happened against us our first two games,” Brawley said.
Freshman goalie Lianna Seeley starred in goal for GA, making 27 saves.
“Seeley was great,” Brawley said. “We had a lot of penalties, so she had a lot of shots coming out her. She hung in there, stood strong and made some great saves.”
Junior Ada Shaffer helped lead Greenwich Academy’s effective defensive effort.
“Ada Shaffer played the best game I’ve seen her play in the two years I’ve coached the team,” Brawley said. “She was diving all over the ice and blocking shots, doing anything she could to help us win this game.”
Up next for GA is a matchup against The Gunnery on Wednesday at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford.
A two-goal second period propelled Brunswick past host Westminster School in a NEPSAC matchup held on Saturday.
With the win, the Bruins raised their record to 3-2-1. In the victory, Brunswick goalie registered a career-high 35 saves.
After Danny Judge gave Westminster a 1-0 lead at the 6:56 mark of the first period, the Bruins went ahead with two second period goals.
Will Forrest tallied the equalizer, scoring off an assist from Beanie Richter 2:43 into the second period. Connor Welsh put the Bruins in front, 2-1, scoring at the 17:43 mark of the second period. Shayan Farjam assisted on Welsh’s goal.
In the third period, Henry Dale gave Brunswick a 3-1 advantage with a goal 6:26 into the period. James Shannon set up the goal. Rohlf made 35 saves on 36 shots.
Brunswick placed second at the Loomis Chaffee Duals on Saturday, going 3-1 at the tournament. The Bruins posted victories against Lawrenceville School (49-28), Loomis Chaffee School (69-6) and rival Northfield Mount Hermon (43-27). Their loss came aginst St. Benedict’s in the championship match (56-18).
Brunswick senior Luca Errico went 4-0 on the day with three pins to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler accolades. Chris Perry was 4-0 as well, while Clayton Ostrover, Alex Burdick and Enzo Vera were 3-1 for the Bruins.
Against St. Benedict’s Prep in the championship match, Chris Perry won a 6-4 decision in the 138-pound match. Errico pinned his foe in the 145-pound match in 3:29.
Alex Burdick (182) won by pinfall in 1:26 for the Bruins. In Brunswick’s victory over Northfield Mount Hermon, Andrew Shaffer (195), Michael Neviera (285), William MacGillivray (126), Jackson Wolfram (132) and Errico (145) each pinned their opponents. Vera (120) won his match, 12-2, and Perry was victorious, 5-0.
In the Bruins’ convincing win against Loomis Chaffee, Burdick, Ostrover, Kyle Pagnani (113), MacGillivray, Perry, Errico, Will Donovan (152) Christopher Santoro (160), and Nadji Ngbokoli (170) each gave Brunswick pinfall victories.
Against Lawrenceville, Burdick, Pagnani, Perry, Errico and Donovan pinned their foes. Brunswick also placed second in the tournament last year and finished third in 2017.