Brinkman’s Scoring Burst Sends Garnets Back to Section Semifinals

Give Rye field hockey’s Emma Brinkman two minutes, and she’ll deliver the victory. The junior scored three goals in a matter of 113 seconds in the Class B Section quarterfinals November 2, removing any doubt from what was a one-score game. The second-seeded Garnets went on to defeat No. 7 Walter Panas 7-0, and remain undefeated at 17-0 heading into the semifinals with sixth-seeded Pleasantville post press time.

Emma Brinkman is congratulated after one of four goals

Rye was locked in a tightly-contested 1-0 game until Brinkman detonated with little over 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Careening through traffic like a bike messenger, Brinkman scored her first goal on an assist from Claire O’Callaghan. She was at it again one minute later, weaving her way into a nest of defenders to connect on a Katie Killup assist. Finally, with 8:43 left in the first half, Rye’s leading goal scorer stuffed in a Killup rebound that gave her team a 4-0 lead and demoralized the Panthers.

“I’m just that type of player,” said Brinkman, who added a fourth score and now has 24 goals on the season. “I’m there for the rebounds because I’m always involved in the scrap in front of the net.”

“Emma has had an unbelievable season,” said Rye head coach Emily Fitzgerald. “She gets so many opportunities because of her great vision and stick work. She’s a natural finisher.”

Brinkman’s fellow junior, Annie VanWagenen, put the Garnets on the board five minutes into the contest. VanWagenen forced a turnover at midfield when she stretched to disrupted the Panas offense, propelling Rye into attack mode. The Garnets capitalized, as VanWagenen blasted a high-speed missile into the Panthers’ goal. The shot was just one of many rockets VanWagenen fired at the opposition, and by the end of the game the Panas players were leaping out of the way in acts of self-preservation.

Annie VanWagenen

“I love my shot, it’s my favorite part of my game,” said VanWagenen, who is in fact credited with the strongest shot in the Section. “No one can stop it. It’s definitely a weapon for us.”

Killip added a goal in the second half, as did O’Callaghan. Kaitlin Campbell and Lacey Collins combined to give Rye its 12th shutout of the season. The ferocious Garnet midfield helped them achieve that as well, by disallowing Panas any kind of cohesion on offense. Senior captains Michelle Mulhearn and Rachel Chin played brilliantly on defense, stifling the few chances the Panthers had deep in Rye territory. Tori Virtue played a stellar game as well, although her efforts didn’t show up in the box score.

If the Garnets defeat Pleasantville post press time, they will likely face top-seeded Lakeland in the Class B Section final November 7 at Manhattanville College. The title game, scheduled for 2 p.m., would be a rematch of last year’s championship, which Lakeland won 3-0.

Campbell Wins Golden Dozen Award

Rye goalkeeper Kaitlin Campbell, a senior captain, was recently selected as a member of the 2010 Golden Dozen. The Golden Dozen Award is an annual academic and athletic award given out by the Section 1 Field Hockey Coaches Association to recognize senior players who have excelled both academically, athletically, and in extra-curricular activities and community service.

Kaitlin Campbell

Campbell has been the varsity goalkeeper since 2008 (she was brought up to the varsity  as backup goalie for Rye’s 2007 run-up to the State championship), having recorded 40 total shutouts and 120 saves, In 2009 she received the All-League Field Hockey Award, and was also a Silver Medalist at the 2009 Nutmeg State Games with her club team, the Connecticut Revolution.

Campbell is a member of the National Honor Society, a 2010 AP Scholar with Honors Award recipient, and has been on the High Honor Roll since 2007. At RHS, Campbell received the Award for Academic Excellence in AP Studio Art and her art work is currently on display at the Beaux Arts Exhibition sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Rye at the Rye Free Reading Room. She has 146-plus hours of community service volunteering with the RHS Breast Cancer Awareness club, where she is treasurer, the New Rochelle Humane Society, Impact, and the Ward Summer Institute. She has danced with the Rye School of Dance since 2nd grade and rows for New York Rowing Association. Campbell has raced in regattas throughout the Northeast, placing first in the Novice Eight at the Cooper Cup in 2010, third at the Philadelphia Youth Regatta, U18 Quad, and fourth at the New York State Scholastic Rowing Assoc Championship, Quad.

Art, dance, service, grades, sports … whew.

 

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