Brunswick School’s nationally ranked lacrosse team overcame its latest challenge on Friday and it did so before a national TV audience.
The Bruins, who are ranked third in the Inside Lacrosse National High School Power Rankings, played Haverford School on ESPNU Friday afternoon and the teams certainly put on a good show.
Receiving a hat trick from senior midfielder Blake Borges, Brunswick recorded a hard-fought 9-8 win over host Haverford in Haverford, Pa. With the well-earned win, the Bruins upped their mark to 7-0.
“For the most part, it was a back and forth game against a good team that was scrapping for every ground ball,” Brunswick coach David Bruce said. “It was the first time that everyone played live on ESPN.”
Indeed, the game of course, had extra hype for the schools involved and the fans, as it was televised on ESPNU.
“They were really excited and it was really fun,” Bruce said of competing in the big game. “We’re trying to give our guys experiences that they will remember for a long time.”
With the score tied at 7-7, Borges scored the go-ahead goal with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. Spinning his way from a Haverford defender, Borges snapped a shot into the right corner of the goal, giving the Bruins an 8-7 lead.
Senior midfielder Luke Waters added a goal late in the fourth quarter, increasing the Bruins’ lead to 9-7. Haverford closed to with 9-8 with a late goal and had a chance to tally the equalizer, but junior goalie Luke Schlank and the Bruins’ defense made a crucial stop in the closing seconds to keep their team’s perfect season going.
Coulter Mackesy, a senior attack, tallied twice, as did Waters. Sophomore midfielder Tomas Delgado and junior midfielder Thomas Gaine added one goal apiece for the Bruins, who led the majority of the matchup.
“We played well in the first half and we did a good job of controlling the ball on offense,” Bruce said. “The third quarter, they scrapped away and tied the game at 7-7. We had a couple of good chances, but Haverford’s offense played well in the third quarter.”
Behind Borges and Waters, the Bruins finished strong offensively and closed the game out behind their defense.
“Borges had three goals in the game and was a star offensively for us and defensively Schlank had a bunch of key saves for us,” Bruce said. “Colin Mulshine had a great game on defense against their attackman.”
Unbeaten Brunswick plays host to Lawrenceville School on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Lawrenceville tested the Bruins earlier in the season, as Brunswick posted an 11-8 triumph.
“Any time you are a top-10 team, you get your opponents’ full attention and best game,” Bruce said. “Teams have been playing us tough. Today, we won enough of the individual battles to win the game.”
Next week, Brunswick will also face Darien (May 1) at Darien at 1 p.m.