It certainly didn’t take long for Brunswick School’s lacrosse team to display its dominance against Kent School in Wednesday’s matchup at Cosby Field.
Two quarters into the game, the Bruins lit the scoreboard for 12 goals and entered halftime with an absolutely commanding 12-goal lead.
Carrying the momentum from the outset, Brunswick, ranked No. 2 in the country in the Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings, coasted to a resounding 15-0 victory over visiting Kent in a New England West Division I game.
The Bruins held possession throughout the majority of the first half and the game, with junior FOGO Andrew Greenspan consistently winning the faceoffs.
“Whenever we had possession, we possessed it really well,” said Greenspan, who has committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame. “We moved the ball around, played unselfishly, our defense made all the stops and we were able to clear it effortlessly.”
Senior attack/captain Henry Caponiti, who will play lacrosse at Georgetown University next season, scored in the first half, while senior midfielder Leo Hoffman (will play at the University of Pennsylvania), senior midfielder Will O’Connor (will join the team at Michigan, junior attack Will Coale, junior midfielder Tomas Delgado (committed to Duke) and sophomore Casey Quinson also registered first-half goals to pace the surging Bruins.
“Our guys were moving the ball really well, they had a good tempo early on,” Brunswick assistant coach Brendan Gilsenan said. “Offensively, they were dodging hard, I saw a lot of opportunities to make good passes and they were connecting early on offensively.”
Senior captain Luke Schlank played in goal during the first half for the Bruins, while sophomore Tucker Williams and junior Cameron Shipman each played in the second half. The Bruins didn’t have to play much defense during this matchup.
“Defensively, we had a few runs, but we were packed in really tightly and we were communicating well, so it was as good a first half as we could play,” Gilsenan said. “We just had a few defensive runs in the first half, so we mostly had the ball on offense.”
Leading 12-0 to start the third quarter, senior midfielder Wells Faulstich (will compete at United States Air Force Academy), scored off a dodge, making it 13-0 at the 2:36 mark. Faulstich tallied off a behind-the-back shot with 9:20 to go in the fourth quarter and Bucknell-bound senior middie Patrick Mullen converted a perimeter shot late in the final quarter to seal the Bruins’ scoring.
“It was really good how everyone was sharing the ball and everyone was focused on playing well and playing our game,” said Coale, who recorded two goals and two assists in Brunswick’s 14-4 triumph at Deerfield Academy this past Saturday. “Everyone was being unselfish, looking for the right looks.”
Coale is in his first season with the Bruins, after competing at Brien McMahon in Norwalk.
“It’s a lot of fun, coming out and competing against nationally-ranked teams,” Coale said. “This team is super fun and super supportive.”
Hoffman also had two goals and two assists in the win against Deerfield, while O’Connor tallied twice.
“We’re starting to get our rhythm down,” Gilsenan said. “We have the potential to be very, very good. Coming off of Deerfield in particular, we feel like we have a decent amount of confidence. But we’re still trying to play our game and be smart and not get too overconfident, because we have a tough schedule, we’re going to see some really good teams.”
Indeed, there was plenty for Brunswick to be pleased about with Wednesday’s performance.
“The team played great, the energy was great,” Brunswick senior defender Michael Neviera said. “The guys are always positive, we always pick each other up and never get mad at each other. On defense, we were all communicating, we kept the defense packed in.”
In the second half, the Bruins focused on certain aspects.
“We definitely worked on passing the ball as fast as possible and swinging it around,” Neviera noted.
The Bruins will look to raise their record to 4-0 when they host Loomis Chaffee School on Saturday at 3 p.m.
“We’ve been very unselfish,” Greenspan said. “We’ve been dodging a lot from the attack. Our defense has been amazing and we’ve been doing all the little things right, which has led to our success.”