The Rye Country Day girls’ lacrosse team didn’t get the start they wanted April 3 at home in their season-opener, but they certainly got the finish right.
After shaking off the rust for most of the first half against Hopkins, the Wildcats’ season launched in earnest when RCDS rode a 7-1 run that began just before halftime to transform a 5-3 deficit into an 11-9 victory.
Senior captain Hannah Loewentheil did the heavy lifting on offense, showcasing an array of offensive moves in scoring six of the team’s 11 goals. Trailing 2-0 early in the game, Loewentheil tied the score with consecutive goals. The first came as she moved in from the right side of the field, overpowering a crowd of defenders by turning the corner and attacking the goal head-on. Loewentheil then displayed the razzle-dazzle in her game, beating a defender with a juke to get an open look. During one sequence of the 7-1 run, the veteran attacker caught a perfect lob pass from Meghan McDonough and cashed in for the score.
Asked if Loewentheil’s high-scoring act is something we can expect all year, head coach Georgette Summers responded, “I hope so. We need her and the others seniors to step it up and be dominant players for us.”
Rye Country Day’s ten seniors are indeed the strength of their team and – along with Loewentheil – goaltender Katie Yates showed why versus Hopkins. The senior made 13 saves, many of which were in one-on-one situations with an attacker.
“Katie played an amazing game,” said Summers. “She had one of the best games I have ever seen her play in our scrimmage against Holy Child last Thursday, and we were pleased to see the high caliber continue on Saturday. Her performance against Hopkins was key to our victory.”
In a fitting turn of events, Yates and Loewentheil teamed up for the eventual game-winner midway through the second half. Hopkins had cut the lead to 9-6 after allowing six unanswered goals and were threatening to make it a two-goal game. Yates came up with a big stop, however, and set the offense in motion. Loewentheil finished on the other end, giving RCDS the cushion they needed to hold off a late Hopkins surge.
Allie Farber and Skye Aresty each recorded two goals and two assists for the Wildcats. Isabel Beshar scored a goal as well.
Summers is hoping the opening-day success and leadership of her upperclassmen equates to even more victories.
“This is a tight-knit group of seniors,” said the coach. “This season will define their impact on the girls’ lacrosse program. I can tell they want that impact to be significant and I am confident they will reach their goals.”