The Garnets just defeated Pittsford Mendon 1-0 at Tompkins-Cortland Community College in the NY State Semifinals, and will now play in the title game Saturday at SUNY Cortland. Rye advanced thanks to a Pittsford Mendon player scoring on their own goal.
Archive for November, 2010
In the days leading up to the Fairchester Athletic Association title game, the Rye Country Day boys’ soccer team learned their opponents – Stamford’s King – had talked a little trash in a Connecticut newspaper. It might have been easier, or at least more direct, for the Vikings to hand-deliver a few gallons of gasoline for their top-seeded rival’s already raging fire.
Proving that actions speak louder than words, the turbocharged Wildcats ran over King 4-0 at home November 13 to reclaim the FAA championship, their fifth in seven years. Rye Country Day simply would not be denied. They scored three times in the first half while not allowing the second-seeded Vikings a single shot on goal.
What does a tight-knit soccer team do when they’re playing in the New York State Regional Finals and one of their leading scorers is tackled from behind in the box, with a clear chance at goal, and no penalty kick is awarded? And worse, what if they lose that player, Vania Ludman, to a broken collarbone on the play?
If the team is the Rye Garnets, they don’t fall to pieces or let their anger and frustration defeat them. Instead they dig down deep and fight back harder on the field. After struggling in the first half against Section Nine champs Cornwall, unbeaten Rye (21-0) rode a Carter Talgo blast from outside the box with less than 10 minutes to play Saturday afternoon at Middletown High School to win 1-0 and advance to the Class A State soccer semifinals.
Wildcats Win FAA Championship and Qualify for NEPSAC Bowl Game
Rye Country Day’s young football team has taken the Fairchester Athletic Association by storm in what arguably has been their best season under head coach John Calandros.
Boasting a 5-1 record in league play and 7-1 overall, the Wildcats captured their first-ever FAA title by shutting out Hopkins 20-0 on the road in the regular season finale. The defense smothered the strong Hopkins running attack; senior Yawer Amin and junior Chibueze Nwakeze led the defense with 13 tackles apiece. The shutout was Rye Country Day’s fifth of the season.
Even after the Gryphons’ season had come to an official end November 11 at Greenwich Academy, fans of the scrappy volleyball team continued to chant “Ho-ly Chi-ld!” at the top of their lungs. It was a testament to a band of sisters who, even in losing the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament final, displayed tremendous heart, as they had done all season long.
Make no bones about it, Holy Child’s 3-2 (23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-11) loss to Convent of the Sacred Heart was a heartbreaker. The Gryphons came back in both the first and second games to take a 2-0 lead. In game one, they rallied from an early 9-2 deficit to tie it at 15-15. Momentum swung in their favor when Danielle Riverso made a spectacular dig, setting up Stephanie Taylor for the spike and a 17-15 lead. With Holy Child up 24-23, Elizabeth Murphy served a blistering ace for the game-winner. The senior credited the supporters on hand, who filled the tiny gym and created a deafening atmosphere.
The Rye Country Day and Holy Child field hockey teams may not have hoisted postseason hardware, but each made valiant run to the championship game.
For the seventh-straight year, the fourth-seeded Gryphons qualified for the NYSAIS tournament, making it all the way to the State title game before falling to No. 3 Nichols, 4-0. Bridget Cooney stopped 14 shots in the loss.
While RCDS (13-4-1) were bounced in the semifinals of the same NYSAIS tourney courtesy of Nichols, they rebounded in the FAA tournament. The Wildcats scratched and clawed their way to the title game, but were overwhelmed 7-0 by a Greenwich Academy team that, according to head coach Georgette Summers, plays “on another level”.
“This team is a success story,” said senior captain Amanda Shulman. “We graduated nine seniors last year, but we stepped up and I believe made for the strongest team RCDS has had in recent years.”
In an epic rematch of the first- and second-seeded teams in the Class B Section field hockey championship at Manhattanville College, the Garnets lost another heartbreaker, 1-0, to nemesis, and defending State champion, Lakeland. For the second straight year, the Hornets took the measure of Rye, scoring in the gloaming of the second half on a smash by standout Emma Bozek.
While Rye stars Emma Brinkman and Annie VanWagenen were slowed by ankle injuries, the Garnets dominated the first half of play and even managed to put the ball in the back of the net with less than 90 seconds to play. The goal was disallowed, however, because a Lakeland player deflected the shot from outside the circle.
The Rye Neck boys’ soccer team fell to a bigger, stronger, more technically adept Bronxville unit 4-1 in the Class B Section championship at SUNY Purchase November 6. Seeking revenge for their semifinal loss last year to this same gritty Panthers’ squad — the only time they’ve missed the finals in the last five years — the second-seeded Broncos kept the pressure on from the opening whistle, finally breaking through on a brilliantly-executed corner kick low to the near post at the 25-minute mark.
The Rye crew team’s Reid Esler (coxswain), Dan Sundaram, Connor Antico, Thornton Ellis, and Whalen MacHale placed first in two events November 7 at the New Canaan Crew Fall Sprints. The Garnets, pictured, won both the Men’s Novice 4x and 4+. In addition, Rye took second place in four other events, including the Men’s JV 4+, Women’s Novice 4x and 4+, and the Mixed Novice 8+.
The Rye girls’ swimming and diving team has put together another banner season. They finished first in their Conference and also at Divisionals, and followed those accomplishments with a hard-fought third-place effort at the Section 1 meet earlier this month.
Now it’s on to the State championships this weekend in Buffalo. Rye is sending six of their best to the competition – Melissa Fulenwider, Courtney Ciardiello, Kelly O’Neill, Shannon Toal, Katie Konopka, and Coco Darelius.