2017 Brunswick Water Polo Wins Fourth Straight NEPSAC Crown
Hosting the Liquid Four, the NEPSAC Water Polo Championship, Brunswick topped Exeter in the title match, 14-6 on Saturday inside the Mehra Natatorium. The NEPSAC crown is the fourth in a row for the Bruins (23-2). Andover beat Loomis Chaffee in the consolation game, 10-8, to take third place in the 2017 Liquid Four.
In the championship match, Brunswick opened the first quarter with four goals and never looked back to claim the title. An opening backhanded goal by Kyle Yelensky started the run, as tourney MVP Thacher Scannell followed with a tally. The Bruins capped the quarter with two goals by Keegan Drew, including a tally set-up by a steal from Nico Apostolides. Brunswick goalie Christian Hartch made a pair of excellent saves in the final minute of the quarter to keep Exeter off the scoreboard.
Brunswick's Charlie Pang Named Water Polo All-American
Brunswick graduate Charlie Pang '17 was selected as a third-team All-American in water polo by NISCA/Speedo. The Bruins goalie, who is headed to Brown University in September, helped Brunswick win its third straight NEPSAC title this past fall.
The Bruins, keyed by the stellar goaltending of Pang, finished last season’s campaign with a program-best 21-1 record.
Photo Credit: Brunswick Athletic Communications
Brunswick Water Polo Wins Third Straight New England Championship
Brunswick won its third straight New England Championship on Saturday at Hotchkiss, topping Phillips Exeter in the title game, 13-4. The top-seeded Bruins (21-1) beat Choate, 15-4, earlier in the day in a semifinal match.
All-Tournament honors went to Nico Apostolides and Will Marvin, while Thacher Scannell was the tourney MVP.
Andover Water Polo Beats Exeter to Win First New England Championship
In 1994, after winning a semifinal game of the New England Championship tournament by beating Exeter for the first time ever, Andover—led in part by the great Rush Taylor '96, whose picture hangs at the Andover pool today—fell short to Loomis in the championship game. In 2006, after Andover Athletics legend and All-American Howie Kalter '07 scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to secure a two-goal win over Suffield in a semifinal game, Andover suffered a triple-overtime loss to Exeter in the championship game.
Deerfield Academy captures N.E. Championship with last minute victory over Choate!
From the Deerfield Academy website
November 13, 2010
New England Champions
Suffield 8 Deerfield 12
Finals Choate 10 Deerfield 11
Junior Chris Miao scored twice in the last 35 seconds, netting the second goal with 4 seconds remaining, to lead Deerfield to the New England Championship on Saturday. For the third time in four years, Deerfield and Choate met in a thrilling final. Choate, which had upset Exeter in the other semifinal, started strongly and led 5-2 in the second quarter, but Deerfield kept its poise and started to apply more defensive pressure. With Campbell Johnson sometimes drawing three defensive players, we had to count on scoring from the perimeter, and Miao, Jack Vallar, and Jamie Pielock all made key shots. Vallar's goal finally tied the game late in the fourth quarter, setting up a tension-filled final two minutes in which three goals were scored. Juniors Chris Miao and Austin Bridges were named to the all-tournament team. Senior Richie Beaumont was named the all-tournament goalie, and Johnson garnered the MYP Award.