Greenwich water polo victorious in Annapolis Classic tournament

Greenwich High School’s Tyler Triscari works the ball towards the goal during last weekend’s game at the United States Naval Academy.

Greenwich High School’s Tyler Triscari works the ball towards the goal during last weekend’s game at the United States Naval Academy.

The Greenwich High School water polo team faced its most challenging test yet during last weekend’s Annapolis Classic Tournament.

The event, held at the United States Naval Academy, saw Big Red in a pressure-packed championship game, as they needed a last-minute effort against the Naval Academy’s junior varsity squad for Greenwich to secure a 9-8 victory and a four-game sweep to remain undefeated with a 29-0 record.

With GHS outscoring the Navy JV’s 2-1 in each of the first three periods, Big Red forged a 6-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. Goals by Ed Moss and Ben Wurst in the first period made it 2-1.

A man-up goal by Jack Robinson and a penalty shot by Nick Hyden made it 4-2 at the half. In the third, Greenwich added to its lead when Robinson put in a rebound and Julian Fraser scored a power-play goal for the three-goal advantage.

Navy started off the fourth quarter by scoring twice to close within one, 6-5. Wurst gave his team a little breathing room with his second goal of the game midway through the period.

The USNA squad then scored three unanswered goals to take the lead for the first time in the game. However, with 1:30 showing on the clock, Moss drew a penalty shot, which Robinson converted to knot the score at 8-8.

With only 29 seconds left in the contest Navy was in possession of the ball, however Tyler Triscari made a daring steal.

Greenwich High School goalie Steven Michaud looks to make the save on the Navy attacker during last weekend's tournament.

Greenwich High School goalie Steven Michaud looks to make the save on the Navy attacker during last weekend’s tournament.

With Triscari on his way toward the Navy goal, the player victimized by the steal grabbed Triscari from behind for a kick-out foul.

Triscari quickly passed the ball to Robinson, who was already on the counter-attack. Robinson returned the ball to Triscari, who was no longer covered and the GHS standout fired the game-winning goal.

Navy attempted to respond in the remaining seconds, but Greenwich covered the shot and ran out the clock for the dramatic win.

Steven Michaud’s play in goal was also a key to the victory as he made 13 saves, including four on Navy power plays. Big

Red’s Robinson also had one of his best games of the season, scoring three goals and drawing Navy into five kick-outs and giving his team five man-ups.

GHS had relatively easier times in its other three wins.

They defeated Gonzaga College High School of D.C. 15-2 in its opener, with Triscari and Fraser each leading the way with four goals. In the net, goalie Alex Jahns made only a pair of saves, but passed for three assists.

The Cardinals followed with an 18-8 win over Greenwich Aquatics, with Moss leading the way with six goals and two assists. In its final game of the weekend, GHS defeated the Navy Aquatic Club high school team 16-7. Triscari with four goals and Wurst with three were the team’s leading scorers.

GHS will have close to a two-week break before traveling up North to Canada to play three of the top Canadian teams in the Montreal Invitational.

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