Garnets Take Home the Trophy Again

Rye High’s lacrosse team came of age May 7 on Rye Country Day School’s home turf. Seven different Garnets scored goals before a standing-room-only crowd as Rye rolled to a 12-2 win, their eighth-straight in the City series. The Garnets held their crosstown rivals to just five shots on net in the annual Mayor’s Cup clash.

RHS senior captains Max Bonsall, Christian Bonaventura, Michael Collins, and Matt McReddie with Rye Mayor Doug French

In 2010, the Wildcats were undefeated going into the duel, and their 13-6 defeat was one of only two they would suffer all year. The loss of a dozen players to graduation from that NYSAIS championship squad showed all over the field, however, against the slicker, deeper Garnets.


Junior attackman Greg Stern picked up where he left off in the 12-8 victory over New Canaan May 5, when his three goals and an assist earned him LoHud Player of the Day honors. He topped that tally with three goals and a pair of assists against Rye Country Day.

Jake Heller trucks downfield with Greg Stern in hot pursuit.

Senior Jack O’Callaghan also whipped in three, and sophomore Jack Hasselmann had two. Unfortunately, senior Sam Teitler suffered a serious knee injury late in the game and had to be helped off the field.

Devon DiPalma gets low.

The home fans had little to cheer about all day. And when they did, their customary shouts of “Let’s go, Rye” seemed, in the circumstances, wonderfully non-partisan. Finally, with 4:40 left in the game, RCDS senior Marco Prouve scored with a man up to elicit some real applause from the crowd.

Briggs Barton attempts to crack the RCDS defense.

Despite the score, the Farber brothers stood out for the Wildcats, who fell to 6-7, with freshman Michael making 15 saves, several of them beauties, and junior Andrew netting the final goal of the day with 7.7 seconds left on the board.

Matt McReddie (42) and Briggs Barton (6) attack the Wildcat goal.

Rye co-head coach Scott Dooley chalked up the victory, which pushed the Garnets into winning territory (6-5) for the season, to “a combination of things. We had some pre-season injuries, so we’re just regaining the fitness level we need. And the young kids have come to believe in the system. That’s why we’re starting to get goals from everyone, not just one or two guys.” Dooley, a high school All-American attackman himself in his years at Yorktown High, knows whereof he speaks.

To the victors goes the Mayor’s Cup.

With many of the fans hurrying off to watch the Kentucky Derby on TV, Mayor Doug French was asked which horse he liked. “Mucho Macho Man,” he answered. Like the Garnets, the Mayor’s horse finished in the money.

Mitch Silver

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