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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.
The 2016 title adds a third piece of championship hardware to the Bruins’ collection, as Brunswick won titles in 2014 and 2015.
In the title game, co-captain Will Marvin led the Bruins with a team-high five goals, while Apostolides added a hat trick and three assists for the champions.
The duo helped Brunswick open a 3-0 lead over Exeter. A feed from Apostolides to Marvin opened the scoring at 3:09 in the first quarter. Thirty seconds later, the pair reversed roles as Marvin set up Apostolides for a goal and a 2-0 advantage. A minute later Marvin notched his second goal of the game to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
Exeter answered with a man-up goal, but the Bruins countered with a goal to close the first quarter with a 4-1 lead.
Kyle Yelensky opened the scoring in the second quarter off an assist from Apostolides. Marvin followed with his third goal, as the Bruins took a 6-1 lead.
Exeter responded with a goal before Marvin added his fourth tally to cap the first half scoring at 7-2.
Five different Bruins scored in the third quarter. Yelensky found the back of the net early in the quarter, and Marvin collected his fifth tally soon after to build a commanding 9-2 lead.
The Bruins closed out the third quarter with goals from Apostolides, Scannell, and Simon Derby. Derby’s goal was set up by Jack Charney, while Cole Pierce assisted Scannell’s goal.
Keegan Drew scored the only Brunswick goal of the fourth quarter, as Exeter added a pair of late goals for the 13-4 championship final.
In the 15-4 semifinal win over Choate, six different players scored for Brunswick. Marvin netted four goals, while Yelensky and Scannell added hat tricks. Drew chipped in a pair of goals, and Derby and Apostolides had solo markers. Co-captain Charlie Pang had four saves in goal, while Christian Hartch made all five stops in goal in the fourth quarter.
The Bruins dominated the game from the start, jumping out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead. Helping build the early advantage was excellent Brunswick defense and several forced turnovers by Pierce and Scannell. The Bruins’ defense limited Choate to just one shot on net in the opening stanza.
In the first quarter, Marvin netted a trio of goals, as Scannell and Yelensky added tallies for the 5-0 lead.
Twenty seconds into the second quarter, Scannell scored a goal off an assist by Apostolides.
Choate countered with a tally before a Scannell goal gave the Bruins a 7-1 lead. Apostolides finished the half with another goal, as the Bruins took an 8-1 lead into intermission.
Derby opened the third quarter with a goal off an Apostolides assist, while Marvin and Drew gave the Bruins a commanding 11-2 lead with solo goals heading into the final frame.
Choate scored early in the fourth quarter, but the Bruins answered with goals by Drew and Yelensky.
Later in the fourth, Yelensky’s hat trick tally gave Brunswick a 14-3 lead. Choate answered moments later, before Peter Mullen capped the scoring with a goal in the waning moments of the contest.