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Garnets Fall Shy of State Title in Double OT Loss to Garden City

December 8, 2010

Heartbreak, shock, and disappointment were all emotions felt by the Rye girls’ soccer team in the wake of their 2-1, double overtime loss to Garden City in the Class A State championship game November 20 at SUNY Cortland. But, more than anything, it was the sense of finality that pervaded the Garnets, and especially the 14 seniors.

“Beyond the win and loss column, we came together as a team,” said head coach Rich Savage. “Each player supported one another both on and off the field. The girls are more upset the season is over and that they won’t get to play together again.”


Rye Girls’ Soccer Team Advances to State Championship

November 19, 2010

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.

Max Robinson Finishes Fourth at State Championships

November 19, 2009

Rye senior Max Robinson finished fourth in the boys’ cross-country Class B State championship at SUNY Plattsburgh November 14. His time of 15:48.8 was less than seven seconds back of the first place winner. Mason Curtis, a junior, also participated in the elite event, and completed the race in 17:35.4.

Max Robinson

Both Robinson and Curtis earned their way their with impressive performances at the Section 1 finals. Robinson took home the Class B championship with a time of 16:51.48 in the 5K run, more than 15 seconds ahead of second place. Curtis placed seventh at 17.34.33, and teammate Taylor Love was ninth (17:36.79). Overall, the boys’ team placed third in the Section, as did the girls.

Panthers Blaze an Unforgettable Path to State Tournament

November 17, 2009

It goes without saying that the Rye Neck boys’ soccer team took their Class B Regional final loss to Center Moriches hard. The Long Island school’s 2-1 victory November 14 at Arlington High School ended a dream run for the Panthers.

What the team will remember down the road, however, is not that loss, but the indelible journey that concluded with them joining the elite eight in all of New York State.

“We told the kids at the beginning of this season that last year was over and to concentrate on what was ahead of them,” said co-head coach Bryan Iacovelli, who led the Panthers to the Section final in 2008. “This was a different team with a different make-up that improved as the season went on and peaked at just the right time. Coach Frank Gizzo and I knew that when their own expectations met ours, that’s when they would realize what they were truly capable of.”

Panthers celebrate their Section championship victory (Photo courtesy McWilton family)

The Panthers – seeded sixth in the Section playoffs – returned to the Class B championship game with three consecutive playoff victories, including a 2-0 win over No. 7 Bronxville, the reigning State champs, in the semifinals. Bronxville ousted Rye Neck from the final the previous year in a 5-1 rout. The Panthers held a 1-0 lead for most of the game November 5, until senior Adam Gutierrez dished to Ivan Martinez for a clinching goal in the 76th minute.


Garnets Shine at Sectionals; Qualify Seven Swimmers for States

November 13, 2009

There are two ways to qualify for the girls’ swimming State championships: finish first in your event at Sectionals, or hit the “magic” time standard.

The “magic” reference is of course just a cute way of saying “qualifying time”, but – as it happens – the Garnet girls’ swimmers have had no shortage of enchantment on their side this autumn. Rye followed up a perfect 7-0 regular season by finishing second overall at the Section finals in early November. There was such an abundance of strong performances among the 16 who participated that seven are now bound for the State championships. The Garnets will compete in nine different events at the Webster Aquatic Center in western New York beginning November 20.


Head coach Shannon Bolger and a handful of Garnets

“Assistant coach Jaime Saracino and I are very proud of all the girls,” said head coach Shannon Bolger. “They may compete as individuals, but at the end of the day they know they are a team and that’s what makes us successful. I think that is very important. They root for one another and encourage each other to be their best.”


Rye Neck and RCDS Soccer Teams Prepared for Playoff Battles

November 13, 2009

We have a light schedule this weekend with the autumn season coming to a close, but those games on tap are big ones. The Rye Neck boys’ soccer team (12-6) will battle Long Island’s Center Moriches (15-3-1) Saturday at Arlington High School in the Regional Final. The winner of the game, slated for 4 p.m., will advance to the State semifinals. Rye Country Day’s boys’ soccer team will also be featured in a heated playoff battle Saturday. The second-seeded school will face top-seeded St. Luke’s on the road at noon in the finals of the Fairchester Athletic Association. The Wildcats will be going for their fifth FAA title in the last six years.

Rye Country Day’s football team faces Hopkins at home. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Morning Round-up: Panthers Advance to Regional Finals

November 11, 2009

The Rye Neck boys’ soccer team is now three wins away from a New York State championship. They defeated Section 9’s O’Neill 2-0 Tuesday at Arlington High School, which is outside of Poughkeepsie. Their Regional quarterfinal victory advances them to the Regional finals, where Section 11’s Center Moriches (15-3-1) awaits. Center Moriches defeated Cold Spring Harbor in their Regional semifinal 1-0 to win the battle of Long Island. The two winners will meet Saturday at Arlington for a spot in the State semifinals.

After nearly 74 minutes of frustration, Rye Neck forward Adam Gutierrez finally cashed in with 6:20 remaining on an assist from sophomore Ivan Martinez. Martinez delivered a near perfect pass despite some serious congestion around him. Gutierrez banged it in, and the relief washed over.

“It was extremely frustrating,” said the striker, whose scoring opportunities were victimized by the crossbar, O’Neill’s goalie, and his own misfires throughout the contest. “But we ended up getting the win and we feel really good right now.”

Gutierrez added an insurance goal in the 78th minute after Phillipe Adam jammed an O’Neill player at midfield and blasted a pass down the pitch.

“I told the boys persistence and hard work pays off,” said co-head coach Frank Gizzo. “The didn’t give up and kept plugging away — that’s all you can ask for. I’m very proud of all the boys. We continue to gel more and more with each game.”


Morning Round-up: Rye Neck Enters Regional Play

November 10, 2009

Now that they’ve wrapped up Rye Neck’s first boys’ soccer Section championship since 1999, the Panthers enter the State fray beginning today in the Regional semifinals. Rye Neck will face Section 9’s O’Neill at 3:30 p.m. at Arlington High School. They are four wins away from a Class B State title.

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Rye Neck goalkeeper Dalton Mendes