Garnets Fall to John Jay-Cross River, 10-6

 

The 2011 Rye boys’ lacrosse squad played defending Class B champion John Jay almost even for 42 minutes April 5. Unfortunately, high school games are 48 minutes long, and the Indians scored three goals within the first six minutes, a disadvantage the Garnets were never able to overcome.

Briggs Barton scores the first of his four goals.

The home team was able to draw even, however, ending the first half on two spectacular scores by senior Briggs Barton. The first came on a bad-angle shot from the goalie’s left with 53 seconds in the half to make the score 5-4. The second goal, a mere 10 seconds from the clock, was produced by a powerful shot that came from the goalkeeper’s right, pulling the Garnets into a 5-5 draw at halftime.

At halftime, Rye co-head coach Scott Dooley was asked for his strategy in the second half. “Ball possession. If we can tire out their defense, we can get some good looks.”

Unfortunately, it was not to be. Where the Indians were called for several face-off violations in the first half and fired a few skip shots that didn’t find twine, in the second half long-sticker Brian Pickup was called for a phantom slash to the head, and John Jay quickly took advantage of the extra man to go back in front midway through the third quarter. Three minutes later it was 7-5, as attackman Mike Daniello (three goals and two assists on the day) scored in traffic. Rye had a 30-second penalty advantage toward period’s end, but couldn’t seal the deal.

Almost immediately after the 4th-quarter face-off, a cross-checking penalty had Rye down again, and the Indians scored on a pass that sailed past two Rye sticks to an open attacker in front of the cage. 8-5.

With three minutes left in the contest and Rye down 10-5, Barton scored his fourth goal and Rye’s only marker of the second half on a beautiful gallop down the middle, capping it off with a swerve and shot at full speed.

Scott’s brother, co-head coach Brian Dooley, put it succinctly. “We have to work on everything. We have 15 tough games on the schedule.

Our goal as a program is to improve every day. Hopefully by May, we’ll be where we want to be.”

Rye’s next chance to get better came against non-league opponent Iona Prep April 7 post-press time. The Garnets host Somers Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.

— Mitch Silver

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