Wildcats cruise to win in rivalry game

Playing with a point to prove and executing to near perfection, Rye Country Day’s field hockey team soundly defeated Holy Child 4-0 on the road September 17. The contest was a rematch of last year’s NYSAIS State championship game, which the Gryphons won 2-1.

Hannah Lowentheil, right, drives the ball

Hannah Lowentheil, right, drives the ball

The Wildcats avenged the loss by playing impeccably in the first half. They scored all four of their goals in those 30 minutes, and prevented Holy Child’s offense from getting into a rhythm.

“Winning this game gives us a huge confidence boost,” said RCDS head coach Georgette Summers, who has taken her team to three consecutive NYSAIS finals. “The decisive shutout is the best way we could have started on the road to the State tournament. The coaches could not be prouder of the girls for every aspect of their game – from warm-ups to the final minute, they put in maximum effort and played with such determination.”

Summers and her staff were pleased with Rye Country Day’s (1-0) endurance, stick-to-stick passing, and ability to see the field. Although the corner offense could have been more precise, the team’s cohesive “D” backed each other up and then supported the start of offensive surges down the field.

Senior captain Hannah Lowentheil finished on a pair of those offensive bursts. The forward opened the scoring 11 minutes in with a goal, and added another 10 minutes later. She also recorded an assist.

“Hannah played the best game we have ever seen her play in her high school career,” said Summers. “That puts a great deal of pressure on her to raise her level of play that much more over the season, but we are confident she’ll do just that.”

Senior Jane Ostrau and freshman Clare McClintock also netted goals, and juniors Allie Farber and Amanda Schulman recorded an assist each. Summers noted that Lowentheil could not have had such great success without the support of Schulman, Ostrau and fellow captain Isabel Beshar. The coach also praised the play of Farber, seniors Katie Sandling and Nealy Nimmocks, and junior Chris Cunninghman.

On the other sideline, the Gryphons (1-1) – who have won two of the last three State titles – did not seem to sweat the outcome.

“We are not extremely concerned over the loss,” said head coach Barbara Lorys. “When you take a look at our pattern over the past few years, it’s the final match-up the counts.”

Although Holy Child goalkeeper Carrigan Henderson gave up four goals, she finished with 10 saves under immense pressure.

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