Greenwich High water polo earns thrilling OT winner over rivals Navy

In an exciting weekend of water polo, Greenwich High School pulled off a stunning come-from-behind overtime win over the Navy Aquatic Club, its arch rival, 15-14.

It was the final game of four which also featured a 12-5 win over Gonzaga College High School of Washington, D.C., a 19-5 victory over The Hill School of Pottsville, PA and a 13-9 defeat at the hands of the Naval Academy’s JV team.


Big Red spent almost the entire Navy Aquatic Club game chasing its hosting rivals. Three times the Cardinals fought back to early ties before falling behind by a seemingly insurmountable five goals (12-7) midway through the third quarter. A pair of goals by Matthew Fraser closed the gap to three before Navy scored the final goal of the period for a 13-9 advantage.

Ben Wurst started off the fourth quarter by putting away a man-up goal. Jack Robinson tapped in a rebound to get the Cardinals back into the game, down two, 13-11. Julian Fraser than earned a penalty shot which he nailed to close the gap to one. Matt Fraser followed with a counterattack goal and suddenly the game was deadlocked at 13-13.

With less than a minute and a half remaining, a power play goal by Matt Fraser gave Greenwich its first lead of the game, 14-13. Navy, however, responded with its first goal of the period to close out regulation time at 14-14.

The game went into an extra time, which would include two three-minute periods. After which, if neither team scored, the game would go to a shoot-out to determine the victor.

Both teams squandered opportunities in the first overtime period. Finally, with a minute remaining in the second overtime, Matt Fraser pounded in a power play goal to give the Cardinals the win, 15-14. The final goal was Matt Fraser’s eighth goal of the game. Julian Fraser had three goals, while teammates Mack Neary, Robinson and Wurst each had one. In goal, Steven Michaud recorded seven saves.

Earlier, the Naval Academy’s JV team handed the Greenwich its first loss of the season. The game was marked by very physical play in which Greenwich fought to a 5-5 halftime tie before giving way to the Academy’s greater depth and size, and losing 13-9. GHS senior captain Will Klingner recorded a hat trick, as did Matthew Fraser. Julian Fraser, Neary and Ed Moss each scored once.

Against Gonzaga, the Big Red got off to a slow start and the game stood at 4-4 early in the third period. Greenwich then steadily pulled away, scoring eight unanswered goals to lead 12-4 before the D.C. team put in the last goal of the game. Robert Peterson and Tyler Triscari led the way with four goals apiece. Matt Fraser nailed three while his brother added one goal.

Against The Hill School, Big Red put the game away early, leading 7-1 at the half before mounting the 19-5 win. Wurst and Triscari each paced Greenwich with four goals, while Julian Fraser added the hat trick. Ed Moss, Matt Fraser and Tim Hardman each with a pair. Klingner and Neary rounded out the scoring with one. In goal, Michaud pulled in 14 saves.

The Greenwich High School water polo team currently has a record of  20-1-1 and will play a four-game set in Montreal, Canada this coming weekend.

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