Archive for the ‘Fall NYSAIS Playoffs’ Category

Rachel O’Driscoll Wins Fairchester Championship

November 19, 2009

Holy Child senior Rachel O’Driscoll won the Fairchester Athletic Association’s championship in a time of 19:45 November 9 at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Conn. Sophomore standout Kendra McNulty and senior Katelyn Racanelli saved their best performances of the year for last, running 21:45 and 22:46, good for ninth and 18th, respectively.

Rachel O'Driscoll

McNulty and O’Driscoll earned All-League Honors while Racanelli scored All-League Honorable Mention. Senior Kirsten Hantho and freshman Ellen Lautenbach also turned in season-best performances to round out the scoring for the squad. The Gryphons placed third out of seven in team competition – a tremendous improvement from last year’s sixth place finish.

O’Driscoll did not lose a race this season in the FAA, and also placed third in the NYSAIS State championship November 8 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. She finished the 3.5-mile run in 23:01.30, just 27 seconds back of first.

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Wildcats Win Second State Championship in Three Years

November 12, 2009

Rye Country Day’s field hockey team never veered from the course they set prior to the NYSAIS State championship game November 8 at Manahattanville. Despite mounting frustration in a contest with undefeated and top-seeded Riverdale that remained scoreless for more than 57 minutes of play, the Wildcats refused to make adjustments.

Persistence paid off when senior captain Isabel Beshar slapped a shot in on a Jess Hanway assist to give second-seeded Rye Country Day all the goals they’d need with 2:47 left on the clock. The defense continued its stalwart play in the waning minutes, and the Wildcats (10-4) won their second State title in three years.

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Isabel Beshar jumps for joy after scoring the game-winner

“I am overjoyed,” said Beshar. “This has been my dream since freshman year – to lead the team to a championship as a senior. I could not be happier or more proud of the team. I’m sad to see the season end, but it could not have ended in a better way. This win was for our coaches, Georgette Summers and Brooke Fleming, who have taught us so much – not just about field hockey but also about being confident and united team players.”

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Back in Section Final

November 6, 2009
For the second consecutive year, the Rye girls’ soccer (17-0-2) team is going back to the Class A Section final. The Garnets — reigning State, Regional and Section champs — defeated fifth-seeded Byram Hills 3-1 at home. Lia Bellizzi, Natalie Moore, and Maddy Chabot scored for top-seeded Rye, and Tatiana Saunders made six saves in net. Now the Garnets will face No. 2 seed Eastchester Saturday at Yorktown High School in the Class A finale. Rye has not lost in 25 games dating back to last season’s postseason title run.
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The Garnets are headed back to Yorktown

Unfortunately, the Rye boys’ soccer team was not able to defeat Byram Hills in the Class A Section semifinal. The fourth-seeded Garnets (9-4-5) lost 1-0 to No. 1 Byram Hills on the road. Head coach Jared Small e-mailed over the following:

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Morning Round-up: Rye teams own overtime

November 4, 2009

As you can read in the three posts previous to this, Rye’s teams — field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer — swept the Election Day Sectional Tripleheader at Nugent Stadium yesterday. No game was lacking drama. Each went to overtime, where the Garnets eventually prevailed and advanced in their respective tournaments. Check out the stories and leave your comments!

Unfortunately, Rye’s volleyball team was ousted from the Class B Section quarterfinals on the road at Hen Hud. The Garnets — seeded ninth — fell to the top-seeded squadron 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-13).

The sixth-seeded Rye Neck boys’ soccer team took advantage of another home game; they ousted No. 14 Pleasantville 3-1 to advance to the Section semifinals. Adam Gutierrez scored two goals and Phillipe Adam chipped in the Panthers’ third. Amazingly, Rye Neck will get to host the semifinal game because No. 7 Bronxville upset Westlake in their quarterfinal.

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Ivan Martinez

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