Undefeated Wildcats Pick Up Where They Left Off

In their first four games, the Rye Country Day boys’ lacrosse team blew out the competition, continuing a run that’s seen the reigning Fairchester Athletic Association and Western New England Division II champions net 22 wins in their last 24 games.

Then, at home against Kingswood-Oxford April 17, RCDS proved they could win the close ones too.

With 3:30 left in a tie game, senior captain Harry Razook fired the game-winner off the far pipe and into the net from 15 yards out. The Wildcats held on in the final minutes to preserve an 8-7 victory that put their record at 5-0.

Harry Razook

“This win continues to build our confidence and shows us that our hard work in practice pays off at the end of games,” said head coach Matt Rosolen. “I can’t say that I expected us to be 5-0 at this point, but I knew that our defense would be able to keep us in every game. By allowing only 4.4 goals a game, they have done just that.”

The defensive effort begins with senior goalie Chandler Grinnell, who made 10 saves against the Wyvern. Rosolen says the captain has made all the stops they expect him to make, and many of a spectacular nature as well. The coach couldn’t think of a soft goal Grinnell has given up this season.

Chandler Grinnell

Protecting the net is a defense led by seniors Jack Mandy, a captain, and Jake Sternberg, and juniors Hunter Massad and Jake Heller. Each plays exceptional one-on-one defense, which makes the already suffocating team effort even more stingy.

Senior captains Chris Seter and Harry Razook have spearheaded the offensive attack. Seter scored three goals and dished two assists against Kingswood-Oxford, while Razook chipped in two goals and a pair of assists as well.

Chris Seter

“Coming into the year, we knew Seter and Razook had to carry the offense, at least to start the season,” said Rosolen. “They have a ton of experience and plenty of talent. They are both workhorses who can create their own opportunities as well as set scoring chances for their teammates.”

The key to the Wildcats’ season will be the development of their less experienced attackmen. In their first taste of varsity action, senior Willie Thomas, sophomore Andrew Farber and freshman Tommy Garry have scored some important goals and made big plays to help lessen the load on Razook and Seter’s shoulders.

If an undefeated Rye Country Day is only a work-in-progress, their “mid-season form” should be a lacrosse sight to behold.


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