Boys' Water Polo

Water Polo

The Hill School consistently has been one of the top Prep School teams on the East Coast, capturing five Eastern Prep Championship Titles. This accomplishment is highlighted by the fact that most members of the boys' team learn to play water polo at The Hill School.

2018 Eastern Prep Champions!

Practicing four to five times a week with competitive play twice a week, the boys quickly are introduced to the rigorous and fulfilling game. Training focuses on technique, decision-making, and tactical water polo. Developing a team of players who practice and compete with purpose, poise, and principle is a primary goal. Consequently, these athletes are provided with a strong foundation to play water polo at the college level. More than 30 All-Americans have graduated from The Hill and have successfully continued on to swim and play water polo for collegiate programs such as the U.S. Naval Academy, Brown, Bucknell, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Washington and Lee, Richmond, University of Massachusetts, Connecticut College, and Claremont McKenna College.

The Briggs S. Cunningham ’26 Swimming Pool provides an excellent training facility for deep-shallow water polo and swimming. The six-lane pool is equipped with Kiefer lane lines, Colorado timing, angled starting platforms, two pace clocks, and two maxi-duraflex diving boards. The underwater viewing window, video equipment and strength and conditioning room complete the comprehensive training center. A full-time trainer and staff physician provide each athlete with proper medical attention.

The Hill School actively seeks candidates who desire a strong athletic program, combined with a highly challenging academic atmosphere. Talented young men interested in such a unique co-curricular and scholastic environment are encouraged to contact the Admission Office or e-mail Coach Jones.

V Schedule & Results

Team Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Score Status
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Haverford School
The Hill School View Recap Loss 9-12
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Malvern Prep
Malvern Prep View Recap Win 14-9
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Gilman, Battle of the Beltway
Scott Natatorium View Recap Loss 15-6
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Battle of the Beltway, Landon School
Scott Natatorium View Recap Win 15-5
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Battle of the Beltway
Scott Natatorium View Recap Loss 17-5
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Battle of the Beltway
Scott Natatorium View Recap Loss 12-10
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Germantown Academy
The Hill School View Recap Win 18-10
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Episcopal Academy
Episcopal Academy View Recap Win 12-9
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Malvern Prep
The Hill School View Recap Win 13-8
V Boys' Water Polo vs.
Loyola Blakefield
Loyola Blakefield View Recap Win 16-7

JV Schedule & Results

Team Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Score Recap Status
JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Haverford School
The Hill School Details Tie 0-0

Hill outscored Haverford 13-10 in a four quarter scrimmage. Goals were scored by Tristan Herzog ’22, Robert Twombly ’20, Parker Miles ’21, Oliver Hutchinson ’22, Quinton Tang ’21, and Tommy Simpson ’21. Gilbert Saunders ’22 and Simpson combined for eight saves in the shallow and deep goals respectively.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Malvern Prep
Malvern Prep Details Win 10-7

Trailing 3-2 in the final seconds of the first, goalkeeper Gilbert Saunders ’22 scored the equalizer on a full pool shot. Down 5-6 at half, Hill scored four straight in the third to secure the lead. Huff Benedict ’21 scored the Blue’s lone goal of the fourth frame while tending the deep cage. Oliver Hutchinson ’22 led Hill with five goals. Benedict scored two more in the field. Robert Twombly ’20 notched a goal and stole four balls. Kyle Rohrbaugh ’22 stole three and assisted on two.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Germantown Academy
The Hill School Details Win 12-6

Hill jumped out to a 5-0 first quarter lead with goals from five different players including Zach Rubenzahl’s ‘23 first career goal and a full pool shot from goalkeeper Gilbert Saunders ’22 as time expired. Tommy Simpson ’21 put up two in the second to help extend the lead going into the half (8-0). Germantown Academy got on the board with two third period goals but Quinton Tang ’21 matched that. The Patriots put up four more in the fourth for the 12-6 final in favor of the Blues. Tang finished with four goals and five steals. Kyle Rohrbaugh ’22 packed the stat sheet with three goals, four assists, and four steals. Oliver Hutchinson ’22 scored a goal and led Hill with six steals and two drawn ejections. George Burkov ’23 assisted on two goals. Edward Deng ’22 recorded two steals. Huff Benedict ’21 turned away six from deep goal. Kyle Murray ’22 saved three.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Episcopal Academy
Episcopal Academy Details CANCELLED
JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Malvern Prep
The Hill School Details Loss 6-7

The Boys JV lost a tightly contested game in overtime to the visiting Friars of Malvern Prep. In a back and forth game which was tied at the end of the first, third, and fourth quarters, three Hill players scored and three Hill goalkeepers recorded saves. Oliver Hutchinson ’22 paced Hill with a hat trick and three steals. Quinton Tang ’21 scored two, assisted on one, stole four, and drew an ejection. Kyle Rohrbaugh ’22 scored a goal, drew an ejection, and stole a couple of balls. Robert Twombly ’20 contributed two assists and four steals. Huff Benedict ’21, Kyle Murray ’22, and Gilbert Saunders ’22 combined for seven saves.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Loyola Blakefield
Loyola Blakefield Details Win 7-6

It was tied at one at the end of one before a 3-2 second in favor of the hosts secured them a narrow halftime lead (4-3). The Blues equalized the score with a 2-1 third (5-5). Deadlocked at six late in the fourth, Huff Benedict ’21 scored the game winner off a timeout play. Oliver Hutchinson ’22 posted two goals, an assist, and one ejection drawn. George Burkov ’23 scored twice and stole three. Quinton Tang ’21 contributed one goal, three assists, two steals, and three ejections drawn. Parker Miles ’21 scored one for Hill. Kyle Rohrbaugh ’22 assisted on two and stole five. Benedict turned away thirteen, stole three, and provided an assist from deep cage. Kyle Murray ’22 swatted four and stole one from shallow.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
TBD, Gilman
Loyola Blakefield Details Loss 4-3

Gilman posted a 2-1 first quarter lead. After a scoreless second frame, the third period mirrored the first. Hill scored the lone goal of the fourth but fell short 4-3. Oliver Hutchinson ’22 scored twice and drew an ejection. Parker Miles ’21 posted a goal. Kyle Rohrbaugh ’22 stole two and assisted on a goal. Robert Twombly ’20 matched Rohrbaugh’s steals. Kyle Murray ’22 blocked six and stole two from shallow goal while Huff Benedict ’21 saved nine and stole four from the deep.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Haverford School
Haverford School Details CANCELLED
JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
William Penn Charter
William Penn Charter Details Win 9-7

Down 3-2 at the half, Hill closed the gap early in the second. The teams traded goals until Blues scored two late to secure the 9-7 victory. Quinton Tang ’21 paced Hill with five goals and two ejections drawn. Oliver Hutchinson ’22 scored twice. Parker Miles ’21 and Sheldon Tang ’23 also found the back of the net. Goalkeepers Huff Benedict ’21 and Kyle Murray ’22 turned away three and five shots from the deep and shallow cages respectively.

JV Boys' Water Polo vs.
Gonzaga High School
The Hill School Details Loss 6-10

Hill trailed 3-1 after one with a goal from Oliver Hutchinson’22. The visitors put up another two in the second while Quinton Tang ’21 notched one. Jihwan Sung ’22 scored his first career goal and Tang struck again in the third. Tang matched the Zags’ two in the fourth for the 10-6 final. Hutchinson saved two and assisted on two from deep goal.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Doug Jones | djones@thehill.org
Coach Jones joined the Hill faculty in August of 2006 and currently serves as a counselor, instructor of Psychology, the head coach of boys’ water polo, and assistant with the swimming program. He attended Hill’s perennial rival, Lawrenceville, where he lettered in swimming and water polo. Coach Jones was a four-year starter and senior co-captain for the Johns Hopkins University water polo team. He earned Mid-Atlantic Conference all-tournament team and all-academic honors. As the head coach of both swimming and girls’ water polo at Saratoga High School in California, he led teams to several league titles and four Top 8 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sectional finishes. Coach Jones has coached water polo at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and Macalester College. In the fall of 2005, the University of Arizona Men’s club team placed third at the College Water Polo Association Collegiate Club National Tournament. The 2018 season marks Coach Jones’ 13th year at Hill and his 23rd year coaching water polo at the collegiate, high school, or club level.

Assistant Coach
Jay Spencer '84 P'13 '14 '18 '23

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Water Polo Beyond The Hill

The following alumni currently are playing college water polo (includes sixth formers who have committed for next year):

Tiernan Brunner '19 - The United States Naval Academy

John Nelligan '19 - The United States Naval Academy

Ulas Cini '17 - Connecticut College

Bobby Lee '17 - The United States Naval Academy  

News

Five Teams Voted Into the Trophy Room

The field hockey, boys’ water polo, boys’ ice hockey, and boys’ indoor and outdoor track and field teams were recognized for their outstanding seasons with induction into the School’s Trophy Room.

Twenty-three Hill student-athletes earned All-MAPL distinction for the fall 2018 athletics season, while six water polo players earned All-Eastern Prep Tournament honors. 

Records and Highlights

Eastern Prep Champions: 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2018

Top 10 All-Time Single Season Scorers
Name                                Goals    Season               Games               G.P.G.

Darren McKay                  156        2007-08              28                        5.6
Jamie Todes                    150        2000-01              29                        5.1
Leif Kennedy                    147        1995-96              32                        4.6
Lunsford Schock             127        2013-14              19                        6.68
Andrew Bingham             120        2003-04              23                        5.2
Andrew Hayes                 120        1993-94              26                        4.6
Robert Sutherland           107        2011-12              20                        5.35
Brady Berg                        107        1996-97              26                        4.1
Holden Malone                107        2008-09              27                        4.0
Peter Reeves                    106        2002-03              33                        3.2

All-Time Single Game High Scorer
Lunsford Schock: 17 Goals vs. Horace Mann (November 3, 2013)

All-Time Single Game Saves Record
Lane Jubb: 27 Saves vs. Lawrenceville (November 11, 2005)

All-Time Single Season Saves % Record
Lane Jubb: 62% (2005 – 317 saves)

All-Time Single Season Saves Record
Clayton Witter: 382 Saves (2008 - 61% Save average)

All-Americans
1982      Frank Hogan (4th Team)
1983      Victor Mestre (HM)
1984     Victor Mestre (1st Team)
              David Reavy (3rd Team)
              David Dietz (5th Team)
1987      Andy Lewandowski (HM)
1988      Chris Hagge (HM)
1989      Steven Brotschul (2nd Team)
1990      Keith Binder (4th Team)
1991      Keith Binder (4th Team)
1993      Andrew Hayes (3rd Team)
1995      Leif Kennedy (5th Team)
1998      Pat Alexander (5th Team)
              David Naftalin (HM)
1999      David Naftalin (2nd Team
              Phillip Jolley (4th Team)
2000      Jamie Todes (2nd Team)

2002      Chris Hathaway (3rd Team)
2011      Rob Sutherland (5th Team)