Archive for the ‘RHS Girls' Lacrosse’ Category

Garnets Taken to School by Talented Fox Lane, 16-4

April 25, 2011

What happens when a good Class C team like the Rye girls’ lacrosse team takes on one of the state’s Class B powerhouses in the twilight fog of a damp April day?

Fox Lane, 19-3 overall last year and with its top six scorers (including a couple of All-Americans) back, defeated the home team at Nugent Stadium by a dozen goals in a game that wasn’t that close.

Junior Kelly Bonaventura launches one under pressure.

Start with face-offs. All-American midfielder Sammy Jo Tracy, headed for Chapel Hill in the fall, won 21 out of 22. That meant the Foxes controlled the ball 90% of the game. Except for a couple of steals by valiant Rye defenders, those possessions usually ended in goals or shots that just flew by the cage.


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.


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 Advance to Section Quarterfinals in 16-15 Overtime Thriller

May 21, 2010

In an epic Class first round playoff battle, the eleventh-seeded Rye girls’ lacrosse team upended No. 6 Nanuet on the road in overtime, 16-15. The two teams had met in the regular season and finished to a 13-13 tie, so we finally have a winner. More details on this game later. In an outbracket game the day before, Rye smashed 16-0 as Molly O’Brien eclipsed the 200-goal mark for her career. She now has 208 career goals for the Garnets. The girls have now won three consecutive contests, and head to Bronxville Saturday, May 22 for an 11 a.m. clash with the third-seeded Broncos, who dispatched 14th-seeded Ardsley yesterday, 16-3.

Molly O'Brien after her 10-goal game flanked by fellow seniors and coaches

O’Brien Scores Ten Goals as Garnets Enter Sectionals on High Note

May 21, 2010

If their 19-12 pasting of Pleasantville in the regular season finale is any indication, the Rye girls’ lacrosse team appears to have saved their best for last.

Senior co-captain Molly O’Brien scored an astounding 10 goals in the May 13 victory, bringing her career total to 198. It’s all but certain that she’ll cross the 200-goal threshold in the Class C Section playoffs, which began post press time as the 11th-seeded Garnets clashed with No. 22 North Salem in an outbracket game. Head coach Lisa Zweigenhaft called O’Brien unstoppable, and said, “she’s such a fun player to watch because when she’s going to the goal, you know you are going to like the result.”


The Memory of Maureen O’Shea Leads Garnets to Paradise Island

April 16, 2010

When she’s out on the field, beating defenders with dizzying spin moves and scoring goals at a prolific clip, Molly O’Brien of the Rye girls’ lacrosse team can still hear Maureen O’Shea’s voice echoing in her ears. “Fake high, shoot low!” barks the former head coach, who passed away at age 56 March 13 after a battle with cancer. O’Brien listens, and another goal is tallied on the Garnet scoreboard.

“She is the sole reason I stand where I do today,” said O’Brien, a senior captain. “When Emma Tucci (O’Brien’s co-captain) and I first found out Maureen was sick, we were overcome with sadness. I personally couldn’t fathom the idea of playing a game without her shouting for me to ‘catch, control, shoot’ from the sideline, and – as expected – it was really rough at first, as with any death.”

Molly O'Brien

O’Brien began playing lacrosse in the fifth grade, and O’Shea was there every step of the way. Their relationship began in the FairChester Lacrosse Association and continued at Connecticut Lacrosse Futures. O’Brien cites O’Shea’s 2007 hiring in Rye as a watershed moment for the girls’ lacrosse program.


New Beginnings and One Farewell for Rye’s Spring Sports

March 29, 2010

Spring is a time for new beginnings, but the season began on a somber note for the Garnet family. Maureen O’Shea, the 56-year-old coach of the girls’ lacrosse team, passed away March 13 after a battle with cancer.

Girls’ Lacrosse Team Dedicates Season to Memory of Coach O’Shea

In only three years as head coach of the Garnets, Maureen O’Shea was able to leave a lasting legacy.

“The first person that comes to mind when you think of girls’ lacrosse is coach O’Shea,” said Rob Castagna, Rye’s Director of Athletics. “Maureen was here for a short time, but made a tremendous impact on the program. The kids right away felt her passion for lacrosse, which was strongly matched by her knowledge of the game. She was an ambassador and advocate for it everywhere she went.”

Rye huddles up in what was their last game under the guidance of O'Shea

Castagna continued, “She saw the kids for everything they brought to the table. If one of her student-athletes had a high GPA, she knew about it and would put her up for an academic award. It was good to see her go out of the way to get girls recognized for the accolades they deserved.”

O’Shea – a 1971 Rye graduate – coached her alma mater to two Section finals. Each time the Garnets had the crown within their grasp, but came up impossibly short. In 2007, they fell 13-12 to Nanuet in sudden-death double overtime.