Archive for October, 2009


October 30, 2009

Stunning is the only way to describe Poughkeepsie’s incredible, last second 25-20 victory over Rye’s football team at Nugent Stadium in the Class A Section Semifinals Friday, October 30.

The Garnets, as well as every one of their supporters in attendance, had the wind knocked out of them when — on 4th and 10 from the 50-yard line — senior wideout Josh Graham reeled in a Jarrid Williams pass on the left sideline and raced to the end zone for a game-winning touchdown as time expired.

It was Graham’s third devastating play against Rye on a 4th down in the final quarter, which Rye entered up 20-7 (a lead they held until the Pioneers made it 20-13 with 3:30 left in the game). Poughkeepsie cut the score to 20-19 with two minutes remaining on a nine-play drive in which Williams completed just one of seven passes. The lone completion came on 4th and 10 from their own 34-yard line, and was good for 29 yards on a Williams to Graham heave. Rye then forced another 4th down, and caused another errant pass. A controversial call was made however. The referees said Rye interfered (the Garnets’ third pass interference call of the quarter) with Graham, who ran the same sideline route as the previous 4th down. That gave the Pioneers a 1st down at the Garnet 23, and Graham promptly ran in a 23-yard touchdown on a keeper play.

Poughkeepsie decided to go for two instead of a game-tying extra point. Rye senior captain Brendan Nagle hit Williams as he was throwing, which caused the ball to fall harmlessly to the turf. That play — along with Rye’s onside recovery on the ensuing kick — led most in attendance to believe the Garnets would move on to the Section championship in Mahopac next weekend.

The Pioneers had other ideas.

They stuffed Rye on three straight downs, and put the Garnets in a 4th and 5 situation from Poughkeepsie’s 45. Opting not to punt, Rye instead put the ball in the hands of junior quarterback Connor Eck. Eck rolled to his right, but was sacked for a loss of five and the Pioneers took over with 21 seconds remaining.

On 1st and 10, Williams once again heaved it down the left sideline to Graham, but the pass fell incomplete. Another pair of incomplete passes set up 4th and 10 with eight seconds remaining. Using his blinding, 4.39 40-yard dash speed, Graham flew down the sideline, caught the ball roughly 20 yards out, and sped past defenders to pay dirt. It was one of the most otherworldly comebacks — whether pro or amateur — these eyes have ever seen.

In the wake of Poughkeepsie’s incredible victory, a feeling of total shock was palpable. We saw it, but we didn’t believe it. Nugent was filled with a sea of stunned faces who had just witnessed one of the most gut-wrenching losses imaginable.

Your heart has to go out to these Garnets — especially the seniors. Rye controlled Poughkeepsie for most of the game, and led 17-0 at the half thanks in part to one of Cole McCormack’s finest performances. The senior captain gashed the Pioneer defense and finished with 31 totes for 159 yards.

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In the good news department, both the field hockey and boys’ soccer teams advanced in their respective Section tournaments with big wins at home earlier in the day at Nugent Stadium. Volleyball also won in straight sets on the road against favored Edgemont. More on these games to come …

Friday Playoff Tripleheader at Nugent Stadium

October 30, 2009

Halloween may still be a day away, but Rye sports enthusiasts are being served quite the treat today. Nugent Stadium will host three Section playoff duels inside its hallowed confines, beginning with the fourth-seeded boys’ soccer team’s contest with No. 13 Yonkers at 1:15. The second-seeded field hockey team takes to the turf at 3:45 for a Class B battle with No. 10 Walter Panas. In the nightcap the football Garnets, No. 1S, take on formidable No. 2N Poughkeepsie at 7:15.

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Brendan Nagle cashes in against Nyack

Also in Garnet action is the ninth-seeded volleyball team, who goes toe-to-toe on the road with No. 8 Edgemont at 4:30.


Morning Round-up: Playoff picture comes into focus

October 29, 2009

The postseason Sectional schedules are now official for our local public high schools, Rye and Rye Neck. The FAA and NYSAIS tournaments begin midway through next week for private schools Rye Country Day and Holy Child.



Section playoff schedules begins to materialize

October 28, 2009

Well, we got our hands on most of Rye/Rye Neck’s opening Section playoff games. Much thanks to the coaches who passed along the following information.

The action kicks off Friday at Nugent Stadium, when Rye’s field hockey team (No. 2 seed) takes the stage in a Class B duel with visiting Nanuet at 1. Immediately after, the fourth-seeded (Class A) Rye boys’ soccer team faces the winner of Ardsley/Yonkers at 3 p.m. Finally, at 7 p.m., the gridiron Garnets go toe-to-toe with Poughkeepsie in the Class A Section semifinals.

Also on Friday, ninth-seeded Rye’s volleyball team hits the road for a Class B Sectional battle with No. 8 Edgemont.

On Saturday, the reigning Class A State champion RHS girls’ soccer team begins their title defense when they play the winner of Sleepy Hollow/Yonkers at Nugent Stadium at 2 p.m.

As stated before, the Rye girls’ swimming team enters the Sectional fray Monday with the finals set for Wednesday. The diving portion of the team gets to work Friday at Pace.

What I know about Rye Neck’s Section playoff schedule begins and ends with the volleyball and girls’ tennis teams at the moment. Volleyball hosts Hastings at 4:30 on Monday. Caroline Lambillotte and Kalypso Buitoni made the Sectionals and are one of 16 teams from all of Westchester and Rockland to qualify. The Section tournament was set to begin today at 1 at Veterans Park in Yonkers, but the weather has likely postponed the event. I should have the girls’ and boys’ soccer match-ups soon.

UPDATE: The sixth-seeded Rye Neck boys’ soccer team will play Friday at home in a Class B bout with No. 11 JFK at 2:30.

UPDATE 2: On Saturday, the 10th-seeded Rye Neck girls’ soccer team heads to No. 7 Kennedy for a Class B contest at 2:30.

Post your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday Round-up: Regular season winds down

October 28, 2009

Ahh, it’s that time of the year again. When Halloween looms, it can only mean one thing at Rye High School: the Section playoffs are about to kick into high gear. What we know already is that Rye’s fall teams will be participating, and that most — if not all — are contenders for Section crowns. The football team will play at home Friday at 7 against Poughkeepsie, and the swimming and diving squad jumps in Monday, but the rest of the teams are still waiting for official word. It does look however like we might be privy to a triple header on Friday with the boys’ soccer and field hockey teams joining the football Garnets on the slate. Gonna be a doozy of a day if that’s the case! I don’t know yet what day the volleyball or girls’ soccer team will be playing.

As soon as I find out the official playoff schedule for Rye’s teams (as well as Rye Neck, Holy Child and Rye Country Day), I’ll post the information here.

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Rye Country Day’s field hockey team headlined a light day of action Tuesday. They defeated Hackley 2-0 on the road. Jess Hanway and Hannah Lowentheil scored, while Sammy Stavis and Allie Farber assisted. Kate Moelis made six saves in goal for the Wildcats.

Holy Child’s soccer team also picked up a road victory; they beat St. Luke’s 2-0. The Gryphons erased a 1-0 halftime defecit with goals from Mary Kate Mcerlean and Andrea Arnone. Molly Schauber and Arnone recorded assists, and Schauber also recorded six saves in goal.

In their regular season finale, Rye’s volleyball team lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-20) at Ardsley. Rebecca Choron led the Garnets with 15 kills.


Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Cross-Country @ Hopkins, 4
Boys’ Soccer vs. Millbrook, 4

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled



Monday Round-up: Rye claims League title

October 27, 2009

On their first day of practice in the summer, the Rye boys’ soccer team decided they wanted to win the League III-B championship. The Garnets (8-3-4) made that goal a reality Monday, October 26, by defeating fiery Port Chester on the road 3-1.


Tim Lonergan

“This is what we’ve been working on since day one,” said senior captain Tim Lonergan, the cornerstone of the Rye defense. “There couldn’t be a better feeling right now because there isn’t a bigger regular season title than this.”


Weekend Round-up: Rye and Briarcliff fit to be tied

October 26, 2009

Rye football’s 34-7 win in the Class A Section quarterfinals wasn’t the only action that took place over the weekend.

In a clash of undefeated teams, the Rye girls’ soccer team battled Briarcliff to a 1-1 tie. The game was called in overtime due to lightning. Lia Bellizzi scored for the Garnets — unbeaten in 22 games dating back to last season — and Lexi Hijazi made seven saves in place of Tatiana Saunders.

Rain was the name of the game Saturday at Nugent

Rain was the name of the game Saturday at Nugent


Garnets pass playoff test with flying colors

October 24, 2009

Rye’s football team ended Nyack’s reign as Section 1 Class A champions with a 34-7 victory Friday night at Nugent Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs. Cole McCormack devastated the opposition once again, rushing for nearly 160 yards and a score, while Connor Eck was brilliant through the air with 115 yards and two touchdown passes. The six-time Section champion (Class B) Garnets next play Poughkeepsie at home. The day and time are to be determined.

The Indians scored first against Rye (6-1), but the Garnets — who have won three State titles in four years — were able to reel off 34 unanswered including an Eck to Brendan Nagle 42-yard strike to begin the third quarter.

Morning Round-up: Another strong win for Rye

October 23, 2009

Rye’s field hockey team made it 11 wins in 12 games Thursday, when they defeated visiting Horace Greeley 4-1. Torie Stearns and Mallory Little each scored two goals for the Garnets, and Emma Brinkman, Olivia Nabhan, and G.G. Fitzgerald all had an assist. Rye has now outscored opponents 43-2 in their victories.

Torie Stearns

Torie Stearns


Morning Round-up: Rye inches closer to League title

October 22, 2009

The Rye boys’ soccer team moved one step closer to a League championship when they defeated Harrison 3-1 at home Wednesday. The Garnets (7-3-4, 3-1-1) scored three times in the first 20 minutes to seal the match early. Rye’s win propels it to a virtual first place position with one league match remaining.  The Garnets travel to Port Chester (9-4, 3-2) on Monday in what amounts to the League championship match in what is widely regarded as Class A’s strongest league. While a Rye win on Monday would secure the title, a loss or tie would mean that rival Byram Hills (11-2-1, 3-1-1) would claim another league championship.

Co-captain Tim Lonergan, head coach Jared Small, and co-captain Juan Chang

Co-captain Tim Lonergan, head coach Jared Small, and co-captain Juan Chang

The scoring against Harrison started when Chris Livingston headed in a Tim Lonergan throw-in just 10 minutes into the match.  For Livingston, the goal was his third of the season and second header goal against Harrison in as many matches.  Rye’s second goal came less than two minutes later when Brandon Robinson played a beautiful through ball to a streaking Buck Reynolds. Reynolds redirected the ball back to the center of the box where Arber Xhema (3 goals, 7 assists, 13 points) seized the opportunity and recorded his third goal of the season. Xhema returned the favor to Reynolds (6 goals, 3 assists, 15 points) a few minutes later to set up Rye’s third goal of the evening.