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David Nearly Slays Goliath in Rye Field Hockey Clash

October 7, 2010

With one minute left in October 5’s field hockey game between Rye and Rye Neck, the Garnets possessed a 20 to zero advantage on short corners, and had forced the Panthers’ goalkeeper to make 23 saves. Despite statistics so overwhelmingly in favor of Rye, the numbers on the scoreboard – the only ones that matter – read 1-1.

The Garnets finally pulled ahead with 42 seconds left, when junior Emma Brinkman banged a shot past Yasmina Gourchane in heavy traffic to secure a 2-1 victory at Rye Neck. Brinkman’s goal, her second in the game, preserved Rye’s undefeated record (8-0).

“We came out flat in the beginning, but our girls didn’t give up until the final whistle,” said head coach Emily Fitzgerald. “It was the first time all season we trailed in a game, so it’s good that the girls got to know that feeling. They had to dig down deep while playing on a wet field.”


Panthers Edge Gryphons in Early Season Thriller

September 23, 2010

Rye Neck field hockey’s 1-0 victory over Holy Child had all the enthusiasm and intensity of a championship game. The only difference was that the spirited contest was played not in chilly November at a neutral location, but September 20 as the Panthers’ home opener.

Sophomore Athena Nathan banged home a rebound in front of Holy Child’s net 3:15 into the second half for the game’s only score. Jenna Cohen had the assist. If not for a heroic effort from Rye Neck goalie Yasmina Gourchane, however, the outcome could have been different. The junior fended off a barrage of shots in the contest’s final minutes, including a blast from Leslie Infanger that forced Gourchane to fully extend her left leg into the air for the kick save. She finished with six stops, all made in the exhilarating second half.

Yasmina Gourchane

“We worked on Yasmina’s ability to be aggressive in goal,” said Rye Neck head coach Nicole Bolnik. “ At the end of the game she implemented everything we taught and kept her head in the game while Holy Child pounded the circle. She did everything she needed to do for us to win.”


Morning Round-up: Another strong win for Rye

October 23, 2009

Rye’s field hockey team made it 11 wins in 12 games Thursday, when they defeated visiting Horace Greeley 4-1. Torie Stearns and Mallory Little each scored two goals for the Garnets, and Emma Brinkman, Olivia Nabhan, and G.G. Fitzgerald all had an assist. Rye has now outscored opponents 43-2 in their victories.

Torie Stearns

Torie Stearns


Morning Round-up: Garnets roll against Somers

October 20, 2009

Rye’s field hockey team picked up their 10th win in 11 games Monday, defeating Somers 6-0 at home on senior night. They’ve outscored opponents 39-1 in their 10 victories.

Olivia Nabhan unleashes a goal-scoring shot

Olivia Nabhan unleashes a goal-scoring shot

Torie Stearns scored two goals and dished three assists, while Olivia Nabhan scored two goals as well. The Garnets led 2-0 at the half, and then unleashed some devastating shots on the Tuskers in the second half. Annie VanWagenen scored off of a short corner, firing a rocket that was the perfect shot in that situation. Nabhan then made a superb play while driving to her right, by letting rip on a shot that found its way into the back left of the goal. Stearns dazzled Somers later in the half, cutting through a red storm of defenders — six in all — by herself to put her team up 5-0.

“We’ve been playing well lately,” said head coach Emily Fitzgerald. “We have some talented players who are great individually and working hard together as a team.”


Morning Round-up: Garnets top Huskies again

October 19, 2009

Rye’s football team stormed Feeley Field Saturday, and defeated Harrison 21-7 in the 79th installment of The Game. The win was the Garnets’ seventh consecutive against the arch rival Huskies, and earned them a berth in the Class A Section playoffs. They’ll play Nyack at home Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m.

Senior Cole McCormack rushed for over 150 yards and scored all three touchdowns for Rye. Instead of taking credit, the humble captain showered his offensive lineman with high praise. Check back here — and in the October 23 edition of The Rye Record — later for the full story on Saturday’s big win.


Morning Round-up: Rye Neck wins doubles title

October 15, 2009

One day after teammate Midori Takasaki won the League III-B singles championship, Rye Neck’s tandem of Caroline Lambillotte and Kalypso Buitoni captured the League doubles championship by defeating Briarcliff’s top team 6-3, 7-6 (3). The match was thrilling, and featured the power game of Buitoni and Lambillotte’s uncanny ability to stretch the court. For more on this match, Takasaki’s win, and the Panthers’ stellar season, check back here later this week and in the hard copy of The Rye Record that hits the stands October 23.

The 2009 Rye Neck girls' tennis team

The 2009 Rye Neck girls' tennis team

The Rye girls’ soccer team kept their unbeaten streak alive at home in a 1-0 win against Byram Hills. Catharine Greer scored the lone goal of the game on an assist from Maddy Chabot, and Lexi Hijazi made 10 saves in goal for the shutout. Dating back to last season, the nationally-ranked team is now undefeated over the course of 18 games, and has an 11-0-1 record this season. The Garnets have outscored opponents 42-5 during their incredible run.


Morning Round-up: Rye upends State finalist Harrison

October 10, 2009

The Rye boys’ soccer team (5-2-4) put together 80 minutes of skilled and  physical play in a 2-0 win over league rival Harrison. In front of a large and spirited crowd under the lights at Harrison High School, the Garnets took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when Adam Larsen delicately chipped a ball over the Husky defense to an opportunistic Buck Reynolds. The sequence actually began 30 seconds earlier when Kenneth Chang stripped a Harrison player at midfield and played a beautiful ball to the right flank. Chris Livingston displayed his usual deft touch, settled the ball, and swung it back to the left side of the field to Larsen. For Reynolds, the goal was his team leading 5th of the season (tied with Juan Chang). For Larsen, the assist was his first to go along with one goal at Valhalla earlier in the season.


Morning Round-up: Rye blanks seven straight

October 9, 2009

Rye’s field hockey continued their shutout streak Thursday, defeating John-Jay Cross River 7-0. The Garnets have reeled off seven consecutive victories while outscoring the opposition 27-0. Mallory Little and Annie VanWagenen combined for four goals, and Torie Stearns, Olivia Nabhan, and Rachel Francella had one each. Michelle Mulhearn recorded two assists, and Kaitlin Campbell and Tali Linton put together four saves in the shutout.


Morning Round-up: Garnets continue shutout roll

October 7, 2009

In a 5-0 rout of Horace Greeley, Rye’s field hockey team won their sixth consecutive game Tuesday at home. The Garnets are now 6-1-1, and have outscored opponents 20-0 over the course of their winning streak. Mallory Little led the way with two goals in the victory, and Torie Stearns, Annie VanWagenen and G.G. Fitzgerald each scored once. Stearns, Van Wagenen, Michelle Mulhearn, and Olivia Nabhan — the Lions Club Athlete of the Month — all recorded an assist.


Morning Round-up: Rye football gets back to winning ways

October 3, 2009

Six days after suffering their first loss since 2006, Rye’s football team exorcised their demons from the week before in 28-6 win at home against Sleepy Hollow. The feeling in the air at Nugent Stadium was business as usual, as the Garnets attacked early in the first quarter. On a 4th and 4 play, Rye’s Brendan Nagle annihilated the Sleepy quarterback on a sack that forced a turnover on downs. From there, quarterback Connor Eck and Brian Pickup hooked up on a pair of passes, including an 18-yard touchdown strike 4:49 into the game. In the pocket, Eck was like a ship’s captain in a raging storm. He was pressured on both sides by lunging Horsemen defenders, but did not flinch as he unleashed a perfect throw.