Brunswick rolled past Loomis Chaffee by a 20-5 margin to win the 2018 NEPSAC Water Polo Championship, held at Phillips Exeter on Saturday. The Bruins, ranked fifth in the tourney draw, dispatched top-seeded Phillips Andover in the semifinals earlier in the day, 19-9. The title is the fifth in a row for the Bruins (24-2), dating back to 2014.
Nico Apostolides was named Tournament MVP, while Keegan Drew, Kyle Yelensky and goalie Hayden Collins earned All-Tournament honors. For Drew, this is his second-straight All-Tournament nod, while Apostolides was honored in 2016.
In the title game, Brunswick jumped out to a 5-1 lead over the third-ranked Pelicans after one quarter and built a 12-2 lead at the half. Eight different Bruins scored in the first half, as Apostolides, Drew, Yelensky and Gavin Molloy each netted a pair of tallies.
Loomis Chaffee was outscored in the second half 8-3 by the Bruins, as the entire Brunswick roster played in the championship.
Championship vs. Loomis Chaffee:
Score by Quarters:
#5 Bruins 5 7 3 5 – 20
#3 Loomis 1 1 1 2 – 5
Gavin Molloy (3), Nico Apostolides (2), Jake Charney (2), Kyle Yelensky (2), Danny Taylor (2), Keegan Drew (2), Tate Robinson (2), JP Ohl (1), Ivey Gehring (1), Will Prout (1), Robert Jacobson (1), Tim Saunders (1)
Hayden Collins (7) Aidan Marks (1)
Semifinal vs. Phillips Andover:
#5 Bruins - 19
#1 Andover - 9
Nico Apostolides (6), Keegan Drew (5), Kyle Yelensky (4), Gavin Molloy (1), Gavin West (1), Dillon Robinson (1), Tim Saunders (1)
Hayden Collins (10), Koo Delaney (3), Aidan Marks (1)