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