The boys water polo team defeated Brunswick 17-14 at Hedges Pool on Wednesday, October 6, in a high-scoring shootout.
The Bruins, a perennial powerhouse just returning from a weekend title in the Beast of the East tournament and preparing for the upcoming Cardinal Tournament in Greenwich, Conn., sent a group of their younger players to face off with the Pelicans.
In the opening period the two teams traded goals as the defenses tried to find footing. Loomis sophomore Matt Ryckman tallied four first-quarter goals to give the Pelicans a 4-3 lead going into the second quarter.
Loomis extended its lead in the second quarter as the offenses continued to outplay the defenses. The Pelicans took advantage of power play chances, penalty shots, and excellent goaltending by senior Danny Cecere, who made five saves in the first half. Senior captain C.J. Owen scored three goals, Ryckman notched his fifth of the game, and sophomore Oliver Hutchison tallied a goal of his own. A trio of Brunswick goals late in the half brought the score to 9-6 in favor of the Pelicans.
The Bruins came out firing in the third quarter and scored four quick goals to erase the Pelican lead. Loomis responded with goals by Ryckman, senior captain Laith Hijazi, and senior Kai Junn Tham.
As the end of the game drew near, the Bruins continued to press, trying to cut into the Pelican lead. However, Cecere stood tall in goal, making six more saves in the second half, and thanks to timely goals from senior captain Kevin Cody, Hijazi, and Owen, the Pelicans were hung on and stole one away from Brunswick.
On Saturday, October 13, the Pelicans face the Big Blue at Andover at 2 p.m.