Brunswick School

Ranked No. 2 in the nation, Brunswick lacrosse team finishes successful week with 16-6 victory against Hotchkiss

Photo by David Fierro: Brunswick School junior Patrick Mullen looks to move up the field while being pursued by a pair of Hotchkiss School players during a lacrosse game held at Cosby Field in Greenwich on April 23, 2022.

Playing a game for the third time in four days results in tired legs for any lacrosse team, yet Brunswick certainly didn’t look like it needed rest during its matchup against visiting Hotchkiss School today.

The Bruins, ranked No. 2 in the latest Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Power Rankings, were once again, relentless on both ends of the field, making it another challenging day for the opposition.

One day after cruising past The Hill Academy from Canada, Brunswick School, the No. 2 team in the nation, lit the scoreboard frequently again, while holding Hotchkiss’ attack at bay. Senior attack Henry Caponiti and sophomore midfielder Hudson Hausmann scored three goals apiece to lead the Bruins to a resounding 16-6 triumph against the Bearcats in a Western New England Division I game held at Cosby Field.

Brunswick registered victories against Taft School and The Hill Academy before taking the field against Hotchkiss today, when they upped their record to 9-0.

“Three really tough games in four days and I’m just really proud to get three wins in four days,” Brunswick coach David Bruce said. “Our legs are feeling it, so we could use a couple of days here to get some rest.”

Photo by David Fierro: Brunswick huddles around head coach David Bruce after its win against Hotchkiss School.

The Bruins’ next game is Friday at Trinity-Pawling School.

“We’ll go light for a couple of days, Trinity-Pawling is a good team – physical – so we’ll be ready for Friday,” Bruce said.

Junior attackmen Will Coale and Jackson Wolfram each recorded two goals and two assists for the Bruins, who took an 8-1 lead on Hotchkiss into halftime.

“Everyone was still tired and beat up from yesterdays’ win, but we came out strong wanting to win and stay undefeated,” said the Georgetown University-bound Caponiti, who is one of the squad’s leading scorers. “The offense played strong, we were moving the ball around and finding good, open shots. It was a good all-around team win.”

Junior midfielder Chris Gaine, sophomore midfielder Casey Quinson and junior middie Leo Hoffman each tallied two goals apiece for the Bruins, who like Friday’s matchup against The Hill Academy, enjoyed a significant possession advantage and played outstanding defense.

Photo by David Fierro: Brunswick’s Casey Quinson looks to pass the ball during a game against Hotchkiss.

Bruins junior midfielder/FOGO Andrew Greenspan helped the home team gain key possessions by consistently winning faceoffs.

“The team played very well today, very unselfishly,” said Greenspan, a Notre Dame commit. “We had a lot of good transition opportunities, we limited their transition opportunities. We moved the ball well and we did not play sloppy. Our defense really held it down and our offense was super explosive, putting up 16 goals.”

Myles Spiess, a senior midfielder added a goal for Brunswick, which received eight saves from senior Luke Schlank (will play at Georgetown).

Brunswick junior Hunter Spiess defends a Hotchkiss attackman during a matchup at Brunswick on April 23, 2022.

Hoffman opened the scoring, converting a shot early in the first quarter and after sophomore Liam Burke tallied for Hotchkiss at the 7:51 mark of the quarter, the Bruins took the lead for good when Hausmann scored with 6:03 left in the opening stanza.

Coal scored off a dodge, Wolfram tallied in transition and Hoffman converted a perimeter shot from 10 yards out, making it 5-1 with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

Hausmann, Gaine and Caponiti had one goalie apiece in the second quarter for Brunswick, which made it difficult for the Bearcats (5-1) to get rhythm going offensively.

Once again, senior Will Donovan, senior Charlie Johnson, junior Hunter Spiess, junior Luke Michalik, senior Michael Neviera and sophomore Lue Hublitz were outstanding on defense for the victors.

Brunswick senior Charlie Johnson sprints down the field with the ball against Hotchkiss.

“Every single guy on our team is super talented and physical,” said Hunter Spiess, who has committed to Princeton. “We’ve got really good leadership on our team. Michalik, Charlie Johnson, Will Donovan and Luke Schlank – everyone is pushing each other and that helps us.”

Hotchkiss began the second half with three straight goals, one of which came from Burke, to close to within 8-4. However, the Bruins pulled away, scoring the next eight goals to put the game away.

“We like to pack it in defensively and play physical,” Michalik said of the team’s defensive effort. “We like to get on hands and communicate a lot. This was a huge week for us with Taft, Hill and Hotchkiss, so to go 3-0 feels great. Now we’re looking forward to getting back to work on Monday.”

Brunswick junior Andrew Greenspan won numerous faceoffs for the Bruins against Hotchkiss.

Indeed, Bruce liked how his Bruins played in all aspects of the game.

“It didn’t go easy for us against Taft, I felt like our guys felt tight against a really good Taft team and I was worried that we wouldn’t rebound and play loose again and we did,” he said. “The offense put in a bunch, the transition was great and our defense was as good as always. Hotchkiss is a good team, they were undefeated going into it. We played really well to put up that many goals against a good team.”

Said Hunter Spiess: “We’ve been playing really well. Every single game we’ve treated it like it’s the national championship, there’s no days off. We just keep pushing and try to get better each day.”

Brunswick junior Hunter Spiess helped power the team’s strong defensive play against Hotchkiss.

Brunswick hosts Darien May 5 at 7 p.m.

“At the end of the day, we’re just focused on us and being the best team we could be, but we feel we can be the No. 1 team in the country and we know if we just keep winning then that’s what we’ll be,” Greenspan said.

Brunswick junior Luke Michalik helped anchor Brunswick’s defense.

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