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Alumni Game a Celebration of Rye Lax’s Ever-Growing Popularity

July 19, 2011

The 2nd annual Rye Lacrosse Alumni Game, held June 25 at Nugent Stadium, was just as thrilling as the first go-round. For the second time in as many years, the odd-year graduates – wearing white this time – defeated the even-year red team 9-8 in overtime. Briggs Barton scored the game-winner.

The cast of the 2011 Rye Lacrosse Alumni Game

Many of Barton’s class of 2011 teammates played, including Max Bonsall, Michael Collins, Matt McReddie, Brian Pickup, and Gwynne Spencer. Several current college laxers – such as Donald Keough (Notre Dame), Kevin Gordon (Colgate), Mike Linehan (Marist), Neil Davis (Fairfield), Cole McCormack (Cornell), and Robert Santangelo (Union) – joined the fray as well. The young guns weren’t the only graduates to suit up, however, as Andy Ball, Ken Giaquinto, Adam McReddie, John Wood, and Eric Moy all hit the field. Moy, who played goalie for the red team, even donated the pinnies from Fong’s, his family’s dry cleaning store on Elm Place.

Four sets of brothers – the McReddies, Davis’s, Kochs, and Buttricks – played in the game.

“It was a lot of fun, and all 30-plus players took the game seriously,” said George McReddie, who is stepping down as Rye Lacrosse Association President, but will organize the contest going forward. “They all love the game and take the opportunity to play it any time they have the chance. The older guys said it was a lot faster than they remembered!”

Eric Moy, class of 1986, manned goal for the red team

After the game, which helped raise money for the Association, the competitors enjoyed a barbeque courtesy the Post Road Market.

Garnets Tuned Up for Section Playoffs

May 13, 2011

With the Section playoffs just around the bend, the Rye girls’ lacrosse team headed to Ossining May 12 for the penultimate game of the regular season. Prior to the contest, head coach Lisa Zweigenhaft emphasized the importance of playing hard and cohesive, while using the match-up as postseason test drive.

Emma Brinkman fights through traffic.

Rye took Zweigenhaft’s message to heart, and defeated the Indians 15-8.


Rye Sticks It to Harrison, 13-5

April 25, 2011

Friday, the 15th was cold in Harrison despite the sun, but the Garnets were hot – eight different players scored to thump the Huskies 13-5.

Coming off season-opening losses to John Jay-Cross River (10-6), Iona Prep (10-7), and Somers (7-5), Rye’s stickhandling and passing were crisper than they’ve been all year. It paid off with 5:40 left in the opening stanza when senior Briggs Barton came around the net from the goalie’s left and whipped a lefty, underhand shot that connected.

Senior captains Christian Bonaventura, Michael Collins, Matt McReddie, and Max Bonsall

A fast break off the ensuing faceoff led to a Garnet shot that bounced off the pipe, but Rye was not to be denied. In rapid succession came a terrific cross-field pass that freshman Chris Santangelo put away, a spectacular, falling, lefty goal by Greg Stern, and Briggs again, surprising the keeper by going high this time.


Garnets Fall to John Jay-Cross River, 10-6

April 11, 2011


The 2011 Rye boys’ lacrosse squad played defending Class B champion John Jay almost even for 42 minutes April 5. Unfortunately, high school games are 48 minutes long, and the Indians scored three goals within the first six minutes, a disadvantage the Garnets were never able to overcome.

Briggs Barton scores the first of his four goals.

The home team was able to draw even, however, ending the first half on two spectacular scores by senior Briggs Barton. The first came on a bad-angle shot from the goalie’s left with 53 seconds in the half to make the score 5-4. The second goal, a mere 10 seconds from the clock, was produced by a powerful shot that came from the goalkeeper’s right, pulling the Garnets into a 5-5 draw at halftime.


Rye Teams Look to Paint Spring Months Garnet and Black

March 25, 2011

Dirt, concrete, water, turf, rubber, and grass. They’re all surfaces that Rye’s spring teams play on, and they should all be settings for even more Garnet greatness this season.


Last year ended painfully as the ninth-seeded Garnets fell to No. 8 Harrison in the Class A Sectionals. The memory of that loss is seared in the minds of Rye’s 11 returning players.

Baseball captains Forrest Henderson and Kevin Turco

The 2011 edition will be a veteran team, comprised of 10 seniors and nine juniors, many of them up from the JV squad. The senior co-captains are Kevin Turco and Forrest Henderson. Head coach Michael Bruno said the team goals for this year are nothing less than a League and Section championship.


Rye Lacrosse in Good Hands

March 11, 2011

Tommy White, Brendan Wood, Christian Bonaventura, and Jack Hasselman with Rye’s future lacrosse greats.

The Rye varsity and JV boys’ lacrosse teams hosted a clinic at the high school March 5, with help from both the Rye Lacrosse Association and Rye Youth Lacrosse. The current Garnets provided valuable lessons for the young prospects, and looked ready as ever for the upcoming varsity and JV seasons.

Rye Laxers Score One for Don Bosco’s Boys & Girls Club

February 18, 2011

Members of the Rye boys’ lacrosse team visited the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester twice this month to introduce the sport to children from the Boys & Girls Club. The clinic was put into motion by Garnets’ senior Christian Bonaventura and his mother Linda. They came up with the idea one day on the way home from school.

Robinson Alvarez with Rye’s James Goldszer and Tommy White

“There was a surprisingly great response from all the kids at Don Bosco, many of whom had never seen a lacrosse stick or game,” said Christian Bonaventura. “All the kids wanted to learn and play as quickly as possible, so they could throw around with us or score a goal. It was a perfect experience for our team and the kids we met.”


Garnet Greats Get Together for Lacrosse Alumni Game

July 29, 2010

Despite a field temperature close to 100 degrees – so hot the heat shimmered in waves off the Nugent Stadium turf – the Rye Lacrosse Alumni Game went off without a hitch on a Sunday in late June. Nearly 30 former Garnets came out for the first such contest in three decades, with teams separated by year of graduation. Alumni from odd years donned red uniforms, while evens wore black.

John Wood, Tom Buttrick and Stephen Collins were teammates in the 70s and 1977 RHS graduates.

Most of the participants graduated within the last 10 years, but the game did feature three graybeards from the class of 1977, including Detective John Wood, and one apiece from ’80, ’81 and ’84.

It’s a battle of the 1980s as Andy Ball defends Phil DeCaro.

In the end the Red team eked out a 9-8 overtime victory against their Black counterparts, but the nail-biting finish did not prevent the foes-for-a-day from getting together for a terrific postgame tailgate. The event, which the Rye Lacrosse Association hopes to turn into an annual affair, was organized by George McReddie.

Boys Advance to Semifinals; Girls Fall at Nyack

May 26, 2010

The sixth-seeded Rye boys’ lacrosse team defeated No. 3 Pelham 9-5 on the road yesterday in the Class C quarterfinals. The Garnets jumped out to a 6-1 lead by halftime, and extended the lead to 9-1 entering the third. Although the Pelican made things interesting with four unanswered goals in the fourth, Rye held on to advance to the semifinals where they will face second-seeded Bronxville on the road Thursday at 4:30.

Christian Bonaventura in Rye's 15-1 first round victory.

Against Pelham, junior captain Matt McReddie led with three goals, while senior captain Cole McCormack and junior Briggs Barton scored two apiece. Mike Linehan, also a senior captain, dominated early and often for the Garnets. He made 10 saves, many in dramatic fashion in the early goings as dirt from Pelham’s natural field kicked up and created a cloud of dust around him.

On the girls’ side, their season unfortunately came to an end in the Class C semifinals against No. 2 Nyack, the team who defeated them in the Section championship last year. Nyack ousted Rye 8-6 this time, as the 11th-seeded Garnets fought valiantly to the end, cutting a three-goal defecit to 7-6 before the second-seeded favorite pulled away.

In today’s action, the top-seeded Rye Country Day boys’ lacrosse team will battle for the NYSAIS State championship with Hackley at Randall’s Island at 3 p.m.

Garnets Set to Battle Briarcliff Saturday Morning in First Round

May 21, 2010

Cole McCormack, Mike Linehan, Matt McReddie and the sixth-seeded Rye boys’ lacrosse team will begin their quest to win back the Class C Section crown Saturday in the first round against No. 11 Briarcliff at home at 11 a.m. in Nugent Stadium.

Team celebrates in victory against Iona Prep