Senior Zach Lynch scored 23 points and sophomore center Billy Murphy had three of his five blocks on a sprained ankle down the stretch to lead Brunswick to a 69-59 victory over host Hamden Hall in the first game at the newly constructed Beckerman Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
Lynch finished with five assists, four 3-pointers and was 7 of 13 from the field as the Bruins (5-3, 4-0 FAA) closed the game on a 17-6 run.
"We had to overcome three weeks of rust and Hamden's first game on their new court," Brunswick coach Anthony Fischetti said. "We struggled to get into a rhythym in the first half, but the boys were able to finish strong."
The win was fueled by clutch 3-pointers from Lynch and Devin Mehra (10 pointers), both of whom connected from long distance twice in the final five minutes. Mehra is now 11 of 14 from beyond the arc over the last three games.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Bruins, who travel to St. Luke's on Friday at 6 p.m. in a showdown of the top two FAA teams.
Convent of the Sacred Heart came back from its holiday break in style, defeating host Hackley 99-73.
"It was our first meet back and it was a nice way to come back," CSH coach Maura Foster said. "We didn't go away or anything like that. We were a little tired, we swam hard Monday and Tuesday. We had a trio of double winners, and that was nice to see."
Christine McGuire claimed first place in the 200 freestyle (2:01.32) and 500 freestyle (5:33.08). Not to be outdone, Jillian Carter captured the 200 individual medley (2:23.91) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.81).
Lauren Church touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle (:27.25) and 100 backstroke (1:02.91). The trio also helped lead Sacred Heart to a relay sweep.
"Our relays did fine. It was a good meet," Foster said. "A couple of our young kids did well. Natalie Tanner had a nice meet, she swam in the 200 free relay and was second in the 500 free."
Convent of the Sacred Heart returns to action next Wednesday at Westminster.
Chase Collegiate continued its perfect season with a 70-39 victory over Convent of the Sacred Heart.
"They played well from start to finish and had two dominant players who combined for 47 points," CSH coach Whitney Edwards said. "We just couldn't stop them."
Edwards singled out the performances of Jenna Hascher and sisters Bridget and Sarah Mudd.
"They played well down the stretch," Edwards said.
Loomis Chaffee scored one goal in every period en route to a 3-1 victory over visiting Brunswick.
Tommy Dwyer had the tying score midway through the first period for the Bruins (3-6). Ben Weisburger and Brian DeAngelo were each credited with an assist, while Gryphan Richardson made 20 saves in the loss.
Brunswick outshot Loomis 32-23.
"I don't have much to complain about other than not finishing," Bruins coach Ron VanBelle said. "We had a lot of quality chanches, but we ran into a hot goalie who robbed us a few times. He answered the bell."
Brunswick plays at Worcester Academy on Friday.
Alexa Pujol more than held her own, turning away 42 shots in the loss.
"They're an incredibly strong team that had every facet of the game working," GA coach Moe Tarrant said. "I hate losing like this, but I think we'll be better for it in the long run. A great lesson plan was made for our next practice. Once we get back to playing in our Division, we'll be OK."
The Gators travel to Gunnery on Saturday.
Convent of the Sacred Heart swept St. Luke's 7-0.
Kaley Leonard (No. 1), Alli Huchro (No. 2), Cassie Burke (No. 3), Krystyna Miles (No. 5) and Courtney Fischer (No. 7) all won in three sets for the Tigers, while Caroline Antonacci (No. 6) prevailed in four games.
In the match of the day, Jenne Ingrassia rallied to a 13-15, 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5 victory over Allie Younh in the No. 4 position.