Brunswick keeps magical season alive with win over powerhouse Salisbury

When the Brunswick School lacrosse team came away with the stunning victory over Deerfield Academy earlier this year, it took a lot of teams throughout New England by surprise. The victory also made the Bruins a much more confident team.

Since the victory against Deerfield, Brunswick has been steamrolling through its schedule, losing only twice and beating top-notch programs along the way.

Last night, in front of a large crowd at Cosby Field on Senior Night, the Bruins added a victory against another perennial powerhouse to its tally, beating Salisbury School 10-6.

“There are really no words to describe this feeling,” Brunswick senior Charlie Better said. “To beat Deerfield and Salisbury in the same year is something we’ve never done before as a program. To enter the last three games of regular season play with a chance the New England Championship is amazing. We have a great group of guys, some great coaches and I can’t express how grateful I am and now special this is.”

Cam Stafford led the way for Brunswick, finishing with five goals. Alex Kelly, Jack Knight, Charlie Cobb, Marshall Dickson and Greg Nabhan each added one goal in the winning effort.

“This was an awesome win for us,” junior goalie Tommy Heidt said. “Hat’s off the Salisbury because they have a great team this year, but all the credit for tonight goes to our defense and our offense. We played the best game that we could play. It was awesome. Getting that early lead gives us a huge confidence boost for the defense. It lets us calm down and play the rest of the game.”

The Bruins got things rolling early in the game, as the combination of Cobb and Kelly each fired a shot in the back of the net to give Brunswick 2-0 lead only 1:52 into the game.

“We knew we had to shoot,” Bruce said. “We had to shoot because they have a young goalie and he played very well. I thought that we had to put up at least 10 goals, so getting that early lead was a huge momentum boost for us.”

“This season we’ve seen that 2-0 lead before, and we knew that they were coming back,” Better said. “We really respect their program and they have a really high-powered offense. We knew this would be a game of possession. Alex Kelly did a great job, along with Jack DeFrino at faceoff and our defense held them to what we were hoping for.”

Despite the lead, Salisbury came right back and forced a 3-3 tie at the break. Brunswick was able to ice the game midway through the third quarter.

With the game deadlocked at 4-4, Brunswick was able to capitalize while being a man-up, as Stafford took the pass from Knight and buried the ball in the back of the net for the one-goal lead. A little over a minute later, Stafford was back at it again, driving up the middle of the net and firing a shot that beat the Salisbury goalie for the 6-4 lead.

On the previous goal, Salisbury was called for a one-minute penalty and yet again Stafford was there to capitalize. From eight yards out, Stafford took the low shot that found the left corner of the net for the 7-4 lead with 3:50 to play in the third quarter. The Bruins kept the momentum rolling and added another goal with 1:11 to play in the third to make the score 8-4 heading into the final quarter.

Keeping Salisbury at bay all night was Heidt, who finished with 10 saves on the day.

“I had all my confidence tonight because of what the offense and defense were able to do,” Heidt said. “They let me play my best game tonight.”

“He came up huge for us,” Bruce said. “He was awesome tonight.”

With the victory, Brunswick improved to 11-2 on the season. The Bruins, who are ranked 41st in the country according to Laxpower.com are also ranked third in the New England West I Division, behind Deerfield Academy and Trinity Pawling. On Monday, Brunswick closes out its home schedule with a game against the No. 2 ranked team in New England

“It was an amazing night,” Bruce said. “We got a lot of fans here tonight and our alumni was here as well. Everyone was out here and wanted to see what this new generation can do. We played very well. Salisbury is a monstrous team and we had to play a perfect game to beat them and we came really close to that. I am really proud of these guys.”

To read more on the game, including more stats and quotes from players and Bruce, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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