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Wildcats and Gryphons Fall in Championship Tilts

November 19, 2010

The Rye Country Day and Holy Child field hockey teams may not have hoisted postseason hardware, but each made valiant run to the championship game.

For the seventh-straight year, the fourth-seeded Gryphons qualified for the NYSAIS tournament, making it all the way to the State title game before falling to No. 3 Nichols, 4-0. Bridget Cooney stopped 14 shots in the loss.

While RCDS (13-4-1) were bounced in the semifinals of the same NYSAIS tourney courtesy of Nichols, they rebounded in the FAA tournament. The Wildcats scratched and clawed their way to the title game, but were overwhelmed 7-0 by a Greenwich Academy team that, according to head coach Georgette Summers, plays “on another level”.

“This team is a success story,” said senior captain Amanda Shulman. “We graduated nine seniors last year, but we stepped up and I believe made for the strongest team RCDS has had in recent years.”

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Tierney Making Waves in Big East Field Hockey

October 7, 2010

Charlotte Tierney is having quite the season for the Georgetown field hockey team. The Rye native and former standout at Holy Child is second on the team in goals with seven, and third in points (16). Tierney was also named to the Big East Honor Roll in September when she recorded her second multi-goal game. All this and she’s only a sophomore, who didn’t even begin the season as a starter.

Charlotte Tierney

“It has been a wonderful experience to be given the opportunity to play on a Division 1 sports team,” said Tierney. “I love playing for Georgetown and feeling more a part of the community. I have made so many new friendships because of field hockey that will last my entire life. The sport has already made a positive impact on my college career.”

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Panthers Edge Gryphons in Early Season Thriller

September 23, 2010

Rye Neck field hockey’s 1-0 victory over Holy Child had all the enthusiasm and intensity of a championship game. The only difference was that the spirited contest was played not in chilly November at a neutral location, but September 20 as the Panthers’ home opener.

Sophomore Athena Nathan banged home a rebound in front of Holy Child’s net 3:15 into the second half for the game’s only score. Jenna Cohen had the assist. If not for a heroic effort from Rye Neck goalie Yasmina Gourchane, however, the outcome could have been different. The junior fended off a barrage of shots in the contest’s final minutes, including a blast from Leslie Infanger that forced Gourchane to fully extend her left leg into the air for the kick save. She finished with six stops, all made in the exhilarating second half.

Yasmina Gourchane

“We worked on Yasmina’s ability to be aggressive in goal,” said Rye Neck head coach Nicole Bolnik. “ At the end of the game she implemented everything we taught and kept her head in the game while Holy Child pounded the circle. She did everything she needed to do for us to win.”

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Gryphons Prepared to Soar this Fall

September 9, 2010

Holy Child boasts several autumn teams that could contend for Fairchester Athletic Association supremacy, including a field hockey squad on the way back up.

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After a three-year streak of NYSAIS championship appearances that included title grabs in 2006 and 2008, it was shocking to see Holy Child ousted from the first round of the annual tournament last November. Nevertheless, the Gryphons’ 9-7-3 finish can’t be considered anything but a success because of the squad’s inexperience.

Bridget Cooney

“Our team last year was very young,” said head coach Barbara Lorys. “Now that these girls have had a year of varsity experience, we are counting on them to be more productive, competitive, and successful.”

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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: Swim team finishes second at Section championships

November 5, 2009

The Rye girls’ swimming and diving team finished second to Ursuline at the Section 1 championships at Felix Festa Middle School in Nyack. The Garnets ended up with 194.50 points, 91.5 back of first place. Rye swimmers placed in the top three of three different races. Freshman sensation Melissa Fulenwider was amazing in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.29, which was just .18 back of the Section champ’s time. Fulenwider also tied for third in the 50-yard freestyle event. Courtney Ciardiello took third place in the 200-yard freestyle race. Check back here later — as well as in the November 20 edition of The Rye Record — for complete coverage of Rye’s stellar performance at the Section championships.

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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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Morning Round-up: Quarters and semis get underway

November 3, 2009

Rye Neck’s volleyball team participated in Section playoff action yesterday, as did some members of the Rye girls’ swimming team. The fourth-seeded Panthers defeated No. 5 Hastings at home, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23). They’ll head to No. 1 Croton-Harmon tomorrow for the Class C Section semifinals.

Garnet swimmers Courtney Ciardiello and Melissa Fulenwider fared better than well in the preliminary Sectional rounds. Fulenwider advanced to the finals in both the 100 (top seed) and 50 freestyle (2nd seed). Ciardiello will appear in the finals of the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Six local team are competing on the playoff schedule today, which includes an Election Day Tripleheader at Rye beginning at 11 a.m. when the field hockey team clashes in the Class B semifinals with No. 3 Briarcliff. See the full schedule below.

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Monday Round-up: Rye claims League title

October 27, 2009

On their first day of practice in the summer, the Rye boys’ soccer team decided they wanted to win the League III-B championship. The Garnets (8-3-4) made that goal a reality Monday, October 26, by defeating fiery Port Chester on the road 3-1.

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Tim Lonergan

“This is what we’ve been working on since day one,” said senior captain Tim Lonergan, the cornerstone of the Rye defense. “There couldn’t be a better feeling right now because there isn’t a bigger regular season title than this.”

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Morning Round-up: Another strong win for Rye

October 23, 2009

Rye’s field hockey team made it 11 wins in 12 games Thursday, when they defeated visiting Horace Greeley 4-1. Torie Stearns and Mallory Little each scored two goals for the Garnets, and Emma Brinkman, Olivia Nabhan, and G.G. Fitzgerald all had an assist. Rye has now outscored opponents 43-2 in their victories.

Torie Stearns

Torie Stearns

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