Every backyard battle growing up with eldest brother Josh and twins Andrew and Mike became a chance for the youngest to prove his skills. Now, Brennan looks back on those memories fondly — even the time Mike, the goalie of the group, bloodied his brother’s nose by hurling a tennis ball at close range and then laughed about it.
“It was pretty tough because it was always a competition,” Brennan said. “They didn’t want me showing them up, and I definitely didn’t want them showing me up.”
Brennan’s brothers have all graduated from the Pasadena school, but he has made sure the family legacy continues. On Tuesday, the attackman led the way against Broadneck with three goals and three assists as Chesapeake beat the visiting Bruins, 12-7, in an Anne Arundel County game.
The performance continued a strong start for the Cougars, adding to an impressive résuméthat includes wins over Severn and Severna Park. They currently hold third place in the county standings behind defending Maryland 4A/3A champ South River and unbeaten Arundel.
Chesapeake (8-1, 5-1) had gone through five coaches in as many years until Coach Rodney Beres arrived, and he’s sent the program on an upward arc, increasing the number of victories each of the past three seasons.
The Cougars kept pace for their best finish yet by surging past Broadneck (5-3, 3-3) with a late flurry. The Bruins led late in the opening half thanks to a five-goal second quarter, but the home team closed the game by scoring eight of the last 10 goals.
Senior goalie Ruston Souder (UMBC) made five of his nine saves in the second half as Chesapeake pulled away.
“We’re taking it as hard as we can, trying to see how good we can be,” said senior Nick Altmann, a Hofstra commit who scored both of his goals in the final quarter. “I think the offense is just clicking right now, so we have to keep it going.”
After Broadneck tied it at six midway through the third quarter on sophomore Kevin Smith’s third goal, Chesapeake controlled play.
Brennan set up the score that gave the Cougars the lead for good, finding senior Austin Brown for a long-range blast from 17 yards out. Two minutes later, Brennan hit senior Brennan Duerr (two goals, one assist) for a man-up goal to pad the advantage.
Though Brennan, a second-year varsity starter, never had the chance to play in high school with his brothers, he did have a relative on the field Tuesday in Broadneck goalie Michael Meeks. He scored on his cousin three times, including a pretty low-to-low rip with 9:48 left that extended the lead to three.
“I was the youngest of three myself, and it kind of speeds up the game for you,” Beres said. “You have to play at that level or else. For Pat, I think that was definitely a good thing.”