WATER POLO Greenwich wins Mid-Atlantic title
Greenwich High School concluded its water polo season in championship style.
After losing in the championship games of the Beast of the East Tournament in September and their its own Cardinal Tournament, Greenwich capped its season with a first-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Championships this past weekend. The Cardinals posted a 10-5 win over Navy Aquatic Club in the championship match.
“The boys really wanted to end their season on a high note,” GHS second-year coach Jimmy Ramaley said. “Despite not winning those tournaments, I am really pleased with the way the team performed all the way to the end. They definitely deserved this championship.”
The Cardinals defeated Gonzaga College HS 22-3, Navy B 15-4, and Tiger Aquatics from Pittsburgh, 13-7, on Saturday. On Sunday, they faced local foe Chelsea Piers in the semifinals and registered a 16-9 triumph. Over the course of the games, had over 13 different scorers.
In the final against Navy Aquatic Club, balanced scoring and strong defense helped the Cardinals control the tempo throughout. Juniors John Caruso, Charlie Clark, Thomas Hoffmeister and sophomore Manuel Pemberthy each scored twice for Greenwich.
Senior captain Tegan D’Agostino and junior Alex Hanna each added single tallies in the winning effort. Clark was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He totaled 16 goals, five assists and 11 steals during the tournament.”
“It felt good to end the way we did and it showed what we can accomplish for the years to come. I struggled a little bit early on in the season, so it was nice to finish strong,” Clark said.
Senior captains D’Agostino and Niki de la Sierra finished the tournament with nine and eight goals, respectively. Senior captain and goalkeeper Kyle Laufenberg anchored Greenwich’s defense, registering 30 saves and 10 steals.
“I am so happy for our seniors, I know they were disappointed after some of those tough losses, but to keep their heads up and continue to work hard really showed their commitment to the team,” Ramaley said. “To finish the year 26-4 is not an easy feat and I know they will look back on their high school careers as a success.”