Shortly after defeating Darien on Saturday, the Brunswick School lacrosse team learned it had an addition to its schedule in the form of Deerfield Academy – the No 2-ranked team in the nation.
Yet before the Bruins could turn their attention to hosting Deerfield Academy today, they had to contend with a formidable Ridgefield team Tuesday night under the lights at Cosby Field.
And as the results indicated, the Bruins were squarely focused on the Tigers.
Tallying 12 times in the first half, Brunswick earned a decisive 18-10 win over Ridgefield to raise its record to 9-1. Ranked 11th in the Under Armour Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings, the Bruins held leads of 8-2 and 12-4 over the Tigers after the first quarter and halftime, respectively.
“Ridgefield is a good team,” said Brunswick junior Charlie Johnson, who helped support the Bruins’ solid defensive effort. “It’s always difficult to come around from a great win on Saturday and stay focused and keep it up, but I think we did a good job of coming together as a team.”
Junior attack Tommy Quinson scored four goals, junior midfielder Myles Spiess recorded a hat trick and senior attackman Coulter Mackesy assisted on three goals in the victory.
“We played really well, we moved the ball really well and we shot well,” said Brunswick coach David Bruce, whose Bruins edged Darien, 9-8, this past Saturday. “The way we took care of ourselves and ball movement in the first half was impressive. We were able to jump out to a lead and we got some guys in the game.”
Spiess opened the scoring, tallying 1:06 into the first quarter. His second goal off a pass from Mackesy gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 7:21 remaining in the first quarter. Junior Owen Gues put the Bruins on top, 3-0 at the 7:09 mark. Freshman attack Kyle Colsey brought the Tigers to within 3-2, but Brunswick concluded the quarter with five straight goals – getting scoring from sophomore Tomas Delgado, Quinson and senior Luke Waters.
Spiess, sophomore Jackson Wolfram, junior Chris Gaine and Quinson added second-quarter goals for the victors. Ridgefield received a hat trick from Colsey and four goals from junior Luke Winkler. The Tigers raised their level of play in the second half.
“They won some faceoffs in the second half, which helped give them some momentum,” Bruce said. “But our guys played really well throughout. Now we have a huge game against Deerfield, that game just fell into our lap this weekend.”
Said Charlie Johnson: “Anytime we can play a team like Deerfield, which is highly-ranked and as highly- talented – that is what we want.”
Playing under the lights at Cosby Field Tuesday night was a little added bonus for the Bruins.
“It was really fun to play on a Tuesday night under the lights,” Johnson said. “It was our only game under the lights this year. You only get so many night games, so it’s a special feeling.”
Since losing to Lawrenceville School last week, Brunswick has rebounded well.
“We had a tough loss against Lawrenceville last Wednesday,” Johnson said. “After that, it’s easy for teams to slide. You can drop one or two more that you shouldn’t. We went down early against Darien, but we fought back and our last seven quarters we have played really phenomenal lacrosse.”