Morning Round-up: Rye unbeaten over 12 games

Not surprisingly, the Rye girls’ soccer team is looking like a full-fledged juggernaut. The 2-0 win over Somers at home yesterday pushed their 2009 record to 5-0-1, and their unbeaten streak — dating back to last year’s State title playoff run — to 12 games.

Lia Bellizzi

Lia Bellizzi

Versus Somers, Lia Bellizzi, the 2008 All-American, scored Rye’s two goals. Junior goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders shut the Tuskers out with eight saves.

“We looked very good against the strong play of Somers,” said head coach Rich Savage. “The last time these two teams meet was six years ago when Somers beat us with a score of 5 – 0. Needless to say, we were ready for the challenge this time around.”

Savage went on to say that the midfield play of Carter Talgo, Kaelyn Lucas and Maddy Chabot controlled the pace of the game by doing an outstanding job of generating passing combinations and scoring opportunities for the forward line. Furthermore, Talgo was able to draw a penalty kick for the Garnets with an outstanding offensive play.

The defense, led by Sophomore Kelly McRedmond and Juniors Catharine Greer and Amanda Benincasa, was outstanding. They were consistently first to the ball and prevented Somers from generating many scoring opportunities. Saunders was solid in goal once again. After six games of play this season, the defense has only permitted one goal. Not only was Tatiana’s play stellar defensively, she ended up with an assist by ended up kicking the ball 40 yards to Bellizzi. Upon receiving the ball Lia finished with a dazzling shot in the upper corner of the goal. Bellizzi’s first goal came on a penalty kick.

The Garnets are back in action today vs. Port Chester.

Rye’s girls in the pool appear equally as prolific as their soccer counterparts. The Garnets’ swim and dive team, which also features athletes from Blind Brook and Rye Neck, followed up an impressive win over Harrison Tuesday with another dominant showing yesterday at Manhattanville against Keio Academy. Rye bested the Unicorns 99-60, taking first in every event as well as second.

Katie Konopka, Allison Fulenwider, Courtney Ciardiello, and Melissa Fulenwider got things going with a 2:02.47 finish in the 200 medley relay. Catherine Tompkins won the 200 freestyle in 2:10.00, with Dana Egan behind her at 1:15.95. Kelly O’Neill (2:21.21) beat teammate Shannon Toal (2:21.69) by a hair in the 200 IM, and Amanda Owens won the 50 freestyle in 26.97 (Allison Fulenwider was second). In the 100 butterfly, Chiharu Takei’s 1:09.48 was good enough to edge JJ Cates. Konopka (58.34) bested Kelly Delane (1:00.00) in the 100 freestyle, and Ciardiello eked out a victory over Samantha Clark in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:05.39. The team of Cates, Owens, Lena Krikorian, and Melissa Fulenwider were tops in the 200 freestyle relay. In the 100 backstroke, O’Neill (1:06.37) topped Charlotte Nixon’s 1:11.40, and Melissa Fulenwider won the 100 breastroke with a great time of 1:11.88. Finally, in the 400 freestyle relay, Emma Herbold, Celia Palmer, Owens, and Egan beat out Kate Whiston, Maeve Potter, Megan Bugniazet, and Callie Decaro.

Rye’s next meet is Tuesday at John Jay-Cross River.



Rye High School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Port Chester, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis vs. John Jay-Cross River, 4:15
Volleyball @ Fox Lane, 6

Rye Neck High School
Field Hockey vs. John Jay-Cross River, 4:15
Girls’ Tennis vs. Valhalla, 4:15
Volleyball vs. Alexander Hamilton, 6

Rye Country Day School
Boys’ Soccer @ King, 4:15
Girls’ Soccer @ Greens Farms, 4:15

School of the Holy Child
Volleyball @ Greenwich Academy, 4


Rye High School
Football @ Eastchester, 1:30
Volleyball @ White Plains, 9:30 a.m.
Boys’ Soccer vs. Keio Academy, 7

Rye Neck High School
Boys’ Soccer vs. Briarcliff, 1
Football vs. Tuckahoe, 3
Girls’ Soccer vs. Dobbs Ferry, 11

Rye Country Day School
Football @ L.I. Lutheran, 1

School of the Holy Child
Cross-Country @ Gressler Memorial Run (at White Plains H.S.), 9
Soccer vs. Hackley, 1


Jarden Westchester Triathlon


Rye High School
Football (2-0)
Field Hockey (3-1-1)
Boys’ Soccer (3-1-3)
Girls’ Soccer (5-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (2-0)
Volleyball (4-2)
Girls’ Tennis (2-3)
Boys’ X-C (4-1)
Girls’ X-C (5-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (0-2)
Field Hockey (2-2)
Boys’ Soccer (3-3)
Girls’ Soccer (1-1-1)
Volleyball (2-4)
Girls’ Tennis (4-1)
Boys’ X-C (5-3)
Girls’ X-C (4-3)

Rye Country Day School
Football (0-1)
Field Hockey (2-0)
Boys’ Soccer (0-1)
Girls’ Soccer (2-1)
Girls’ Tennis (2-0)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (2-1-1)
Soccer (1-2-1)
Volleyball (0-4)
X-C (3-1)


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