Archive for the ‘RCDS Boys' Hockey’ Category

Vipers Show Fangs in State Title Run

April 25, 2011

Zack Coppola, Cal Hynson, and Ian Bass


Rye was represented well on the Bantam 96AA Westchester Vipers hockey team, which recently won the New York State Tier 2 U14 championship. The Garnets’ Cal Hynson, Rye Country Day’s Zack Coppola, Rye Resurrection’s Nicky Fiorentino, and Rye Town’s Ian Bass were all members, and helped qualify the team for the National Tournament in Buffalo.

Vipers: Zack Coppola, Cal Hynson, and Ian Bass

Wildcats Win FAA Tourney; Garnets Fall in Section Championship

February 28, 2011

It was an up and down weekend for Rye’s hockey teams. The top-seeded Wildcats won the inaugural Fairchester Athletic Association tournament championship by defeating No. 2 Hamden Hall 5-4 Saturday at home.


Last night, however, the No. 1 Garnets fell 1-0 to rival Pelham, the sixth seed, in the Division II Section title game at Tate Rink in West Point. More on both of these games later in the week.

Garnets Overpower Wildcats in Rivalry Game; Earn Top Seed in Sectionals

February 23, 2011

The Rye ice hockey team, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, entered the postseason exactly how they wanted to – on fire. The Garnets finished the regular season with six consecutive wins, 11 of 12 overall, including a “cherry-on-top” victory in the finale.

In the third annual battle for City of Rye supremacy, the Garnets (16-3-1) defeated Rye Country Day 5-4 at the Playland Ice Casino February 16. RHS held a 5-2 lead before the Wildcats cut the lead to two and then – after pulling their goalie – one with 20 seconds remaining.

Michael Benincasa goes after RCDS goalie Eric Herbst.

“It was a great win and it meant a lot for us to beat them, especially on senior night,” said Rye High head coach Jason Friesen, whose Garnets boast a 79-36-10 record since the start of the 2006-07 season. “It was an exciting game, and a meaningful one as well as far as getting ready for the playoffs.”

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Kingswood-Oxford K.O.s Wildcats at Home, 6-1

February 10, 2011

Rye Country Day School fell to Kingswood-Oxford, a Hartford-area prep school, 6-1 February 4 in a game delayed for an hour when the visitors’ team bus broke down. Unfortunately for the home side, the Wyverns started scoring the minute they got off the bus — just 18 seconds into the game — on a deflected shot from outside the faceoff circle. Then with 5:16 left in the stanza, Kingswood stuffed in a rebound to make it 2-0. It was 3-0 less than a minute later, though sophomore Anthony Faustini managed to pull one back in a goalmouth scramble before the period ended.

Anthony Faustini scores the Wildcats’ lone goal.

What made it especially tough sledding for the 3-11-2 Wildcats was the unavailability of sophomore netminder Jack Carroll. It meant the two freshman goaltenders, Michael Mossman and Eric Herbst, were thrown into the fray against older, wiser  opponents, who executed several neat three-man breakouts from their own end.

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Playoff Fever Picks Up Again Tonight

February 24, 2010

Three of Rye’s top teams take the court and ice tonight, beginning with the No. 3 Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team’s Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament Semifinal at second-seeded Hamden Hall (4:30 p.m.). Senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones will look to follow up her superlative performance in the quarterfinals against Holy Child, where she put up a line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, and eight blocks. In OJ’s four years as a Wildcat starter, her teams have made the FAA finals twice, but have never won the tournament.

Back home at Rye Country Day, the third-seeded boys’ basketball team begins their playoff quest when they take on No. 6 Hamden Hall at 4:30 in the FAA Tournament quarterfinal.

Finally, the Rye High ice hockey team enters the Division II Sectional tournament fray at home in the Playland Ice Casino. The top-seeded Garnets will take on Fox Lane in the quarterfinals. They defeated the Foxes just 16 days earlier, 4-1.

In other action, the Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team faces archrival Brunswick at home at 6 p.m.

Wildcats Edge Garnets in Electric Cross-Town Clash

February 24, 2010

Ice hockey fans were treated to an exhilarating fight for Rye supremacy February 19 at frosty Rye Country Day School, pitting the Garnets versus the Wildcats in a contest where nothing less than a climactic finish would have done.

Wildcat senior Jeff Horowitz delivered the goods by nabbing the puck in the neutral zone and breaking down the left side with less than 20 seconds remaining in the 5-5 game. With one man to beat, Horowitz shifted his body for a good look on goal and punched in the game-winner with 16.9 ticks left.

Jeff Horowitz stretches for the puck

“He has done it all year for us,” said head coach Gary Bingham. “Jeff has scored numerous game-winners in the biggest of contests. He’s a nifty little player who has really stepped up for us this season.”

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Morning Round-up: Ice Garnets Earn Top Seed in Sectionals

February 19, 2010

The Section playoff brackets for hockey were recently announced, and — as the No. 1 seed — the Rye boys’ team earned a first round bye into the Division II quarterfinals Wednesday, February 24, at the Playland Ice Casino. If they’re victorious there against the winner of No. 8 Fox Lane and 9th-seeded Byram Hills, they could very well face Pelham in the Section Semifinal February 26 at the Ice Casino. The championship game is scheduled for February 28 at West Point’s Tate Rink. Rye, the No. 2 ranked DII team in all of New York State, has made it to the Section final the last three years, and lost for the first time in those three trips last year at West Point to Pelham.

Rye’s regular season finale is tonight at local rival Rye Country Day School.

ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

FRIDAY

Rye High School
Ice Hockey @ Rye Country Day, 5

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Boys’ Basketball vs. Brunswick, 5:30
Boys’ Hockey vs. Rye, 5

School of the Holy Child
Basketball @ Horace Mann, 4
Swimming @ Catholic Challenge, TBA

SATURDAY

Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Hockey @ WIHLMA Tournament, TBA
Fencing at ISFL Team Tournament @ Masters, 9 a.m.
Boys’ Hockey vs. King, 3
Wrestling @ NY/NJ National Qualifier,

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

SUNDAY

Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Hockey @ WIHLMA Tournament, TBA

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Fall in Rye Rotary Final

December 21, 2009

The Rye girls’ basketball team made it to the finals of their own Rye Rotary tournament December 19, but fell to Irvington 67-49. Catharine Greer was the leading scorer on both teams with 25 points. Against Preston the day before, the Garnets were 57-31 victors. Lillian McCabe paced the team with 29 points, Greer chipped in 12, and senior captain Karly Fitzgerald recorded six steals.

After falling 71-62 to Lakeland in the first round of the Walter Panas tournament, the Rye boys’ basketball team dropped a 53-52 decision to host Panas in the consolation game. The Garnets had a chance to win the game, but a last-second attempt rimmed out. Chris Twyman scored 23 in the heartbreaking loss. Brian Pickup led Rye the day before with 19.

The offensive-minded pair of Elizabeth Wulf and Kayti Faustini combined for six goals — each scored a hat trick — as the Rye Country Day girls’ hockey team bested visiting Princeton 7-0. Freshman sensation Wulf reached 50 goals for her career, and continues to add to her all-time scoring record at the school. Fellow freshman Nicole Grosser saved 27 in goal.

On Friday at Rye Country Day School, the boys’ basketball team defeated Hopkins 62-56. Jason Rogers scored 27, and Darren Douglas tossed in 13.

Jeffrey Horowitz scored all four of his goals in the third period of Rye Country Day‘s 5-4 win over Pingree in the second round of the Pingree tournament. The Wildcats erased a 4-1 defecit in the victory. Jack Carroll played goalie in relief of Omeed Alidadi, and stopped all 12 third period shots he faced.

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Morning Round-up: Alidadi Saves 31 in Victory

December 17, 2009

The Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team sent back Iona Prep Wednesday with a 2-1 victory. Jeff Horowitz scored the eventual game-winner on a breakaway in the second period, and Shayne Bingham also netted a goal for the Wildcats. Omeed Alidadi made 31 big saves in goal.

The Wildcats celebrate a goal
Coming off their win at the Princeton tournament, the Rye Country Day girls’ hockey team dropped a 6-0 decision on the road at Greenwich Academy. Nicole Grosser made 43 saves in the loss.

The Rye Country Day boys’ squash team kept their hot start to the season going with a 6-1 win against Horace Mann at home. Dan Judd, Matt Stevens, Michael Walsh, Grayson Clary, John Shuck and Thomas Galluccio all won for the Wildcats.

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Jeff Horowitz Scores Hat Trick in Loss

December 17, 2009

The Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team continued their double-edged string of good play and unfortunate results with a compelling effort at home against Portsmouth Abbey December 12.

Portsmouth snapped a 4-4 tie on a power play goal with 54 seconds remaining in the game. It was a gut-wrenching sequence of events for the Wildcats, who had tied the game just 25 seconds earlier when senior Jeff Horowitz scored to earn his first career hat trick at RCDS.

Jeff Horowitz

“When I scored early in the game, I thought to myself that I might have a chance to get another and maybe even three,” said Horowitz. “I just kept telling myself to go hard, and good things will happen. Well, when I saw my third goal hit the back of the net, I knew my hard work had paid off.”

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