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Wildcats Defeat Gryphons Again, 18-10

May 9, 2011

Two programs that are starting to enjoy better days hooked up on a perfect spring afternoon for lacrosse when Rye Country Day traveled across town to take on the up-and-coming Holy Child sticksters at Gryphon Field.

Before the April 26 game, Wildcats coach Georgette Summers was asked what it would take for her young, speedy players to come away with a victory and put last year’s 5-11 record entirely out of their minds. “The key is moving their keeper around – who’s really good – and hope that we’ve got the conditioning in this heat.”

Allie Farber fires on net for a score.

Warming up on the east end of the field, their opponents’ senior goalie, Rachel Vallarelli, was indeed a good one. Vallarelli, who’ll play at UMass next season, represented Hudson Valley in the Empire State Games and has made the U.S. U-19 training team.


Holy Child Athletes Look to Make Their Mark This Season

April 11, 2011

The Gryphons’ softball and track and field teams headline what appears to be a promising batch of spring programs.

Track and Field

Declan Foley, head coach of cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field for five years, has his biggest team to date, with 33 athletes on the roster. They’ll be hard put to equal the 2010 season, when school records were broken in every individual event from 100 meters to 800 meters, as well as the shot put and numerous relays.


Gryphon Goalkeeper Earns Spot on National Team

August 20, 2010

Rachel Vallarelli, the goalkeeper for Holy Child’s lacrosse team, was recently named to the United States U-19 Women’s National Lacrosse Team. Vallarelli was one of 24 athletes selected from a pool of more than 175 of the nation’s premier players. They will represent the U.S. at the Federation of International Lacrosse U-19 Championship in Germany next summer.

Rachel Vallerelli

Vallarelli, entering her senior year at Holy Child, represented Hudson Valley at the Empire State Games in July, and participated in the Women’s Division National Tournament. She also was named to the Long Island Team Camp All-Star squad this summer, where she earned a second MVP trophy for her efforts.

Hungry Softball Program Spearheads Gryphons’ Season

March 29, 2010

Judging by the recent weather, one would assume spring sports are already underway. In fact, the season doesn’t begin until early April, when Holy Child rolls out a handful of programs with the potential to make school history.


The Gryphons seemed destined for the State championship in 2009, even with no seniors on the roster. When their season ended shockingly in the semifinals, the team adopted a take-no-prisoners mission for 2010.

“These girls have unfinished business to take care of,” said Jen Cirillo, Holy Child’s third head coach in three years. “We are all excited about this upcoming season. It’s ours if we work together.”

Chloe Giordano

Cirillo, who spent eight years as coach at New York City’s Nightingale Bamford, wants to pick up where the Gryphons left off. To reach the NYSAIS State final, she’ll look to senior captains Molly Schauber, GeriAnn Capasso and Alaina Cipollone. Cipollone is the team’s starting pitcher, and has been a devastating ace since her freshman year. She’ll be joined in the rotation by sophomore Kathleen Samuelson.