Brunswick jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Exeter in the championship match of the 2019 NEPSAC Water Polo Tournament on Sunday, as the top-seeded Bruins cruised to a 19-5 title-winning victory inside the Mehra Natatorium. The championship win is the sixth-straight NEPSAC crown for the Bruins (2014-2019).
The Bruins opened the contest with a 6-0 first quarter run, as JP Ohl netted a hat-trick in the frame. Brunswick teammates Gavin Molloy notched two goals, while Danny Taylor added one marker. Molloy and Taylor each earned all-tournament honors.
Brunswick (23-2) added four more goals in the second quarter, as Exeter got on the board with two tallies, as the Bruins headed into the break with a 10-2 lead. Exeter’s Milo Walshe, another all-tourney pick, added one goal, as teammate Osiris Russell-Delano netted the first of a team-high four goals for the third-seeded squad from New Hampshire.
Tournament MVP Jake Charney and Taylor added two goals apiece in the third quarter, as Russell-Delano notched the three final makers for Exeter in the stanza.
In the fourth quarter, Charney, Molloy and Dillon Robinson added solo goals, as Gavin West chipped in two more goals to cap the championship scoring for the Bruins.
#3 Exeter 0 2 3 0 – 5
#1 Brunswick 6 4 4 5 – 19
(B): Jake Charney (3), Danny Taylor (3), Gavin Molloy (3), JP Ohl (3), Gavin West (2),
Patrick Mullen (1), Luke Apostolides (1), Ivey Gehring (1), Dillon Robinson (1), Kevin Tu (1)
(E): Osiris Russell-Delano (4), Milo Walshe (1)
(B): Angus Manion (4), Hayden Collins (3), Ryan Miele (1)
(E): Aidan O'Brien (8), Sebastian Beck (2)
In the consolation game on Sunday, second-seeded Loomis Chaffee bested fourth-seed Suffield in overtime, 10-9. The Pelicans rallied from an 8-3 third quarter deficit, netting the final five goals in regulation to force overtime, including the tying tally on a penalty shot with 18 second left.
In the first three-minute extra-session, Loomis Chaffee netted the lone goal of the frame, taking a 9-8 lead into the second session of overtime. The Pelicans added a needed insurance goal at 2:27, as Suffield converted a penalty shot goal at 1:36, trimming the Loomis Chaffee lead to 10-9.
The Tigers could not net the equalizer down the stretch, as the Pelicans secured a third-place finish in the tournament.
#4 Suffield 4 4 0 0 0 1 – 9
#2 Loomis 1 0 3 4 1 1 – 10
MVP: Jake Charney (Brunswick)
Gavin Molloy (Brunswick)
Danny Taylor (Brunswick)
Milo Walshe (Exeter)
Cooper Walshe (Exeter)
Matthew Rykeman (Loomis Chaffee)
Charles-Andrew Robert (Suffield)
Most Valuable Goalies: Hayden Collins (Brunswick) and Gus Hawley (Loomis Chaffee)
Tournament details: http://bit.ly/NEPSACWaterPolo2019