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Rye High Boys’ Tennis

 

By Mitch Silver

 

When Shane Killian of the Rye tennis team walked off the Harrison High courts an easy 6-0, 6-2 winner last Tuesday afternoon, it seemed a portent of things to come. “I’ve played him before,” the Garnet veteran said. “I know what he wants to do, and I didn’t let him do it.”

 

But his victory over Ben Lubowitz at second singles was one of just two the Garnets would get on a windy April afternoon. Only seniors John Barber and James McFarland at third doubles could join Killian in the winners’ column, topping Santiago Ponce-Ocampo and Zack Greif 6-4, 6-2. Coach Sue Dickson’s other doubles teams went down in straight sets. Juniors Eddie Collins and David Weiner fell 1 and 2; seniors Guy Junkins and Andrew Graham lost 1 and 3; and Ken Nakamura and Zachary Gaouad were beaten 6-1, 7-5.

 

Meanwhile, Zachary’s sophomore twin Mehdi Gaouad lost at third singles 6-1, 7-6 (10-7), extending the Huskies’ David Griff for two hours before conceding defeat. And at first singles, Rye lefthander Alex Tretiak couldn’t beat the combined efforts of Adam Alper and leg cramps. He took a massage break in the second set and, though game, lost 6-3, 6-4.

 

After meeting league foes Pelham and Eastchester post-press time, the Garnets travel to Ardsley for an encounter this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. 

 

One for all and all for one is how the Garnets roll. 

Shane Killian won easily at No. 2 singles. 

Alex Tretiak cramped up in both calves at No.1 singles.

Rye High Boys’ Lacrosse

By Mitch Silver

 

Right before spring break, Rye High Boys’ Lacrosse played three crucial games in five days. Why crucial? Because losing the home opener 12-7 to Pleasantville at the end of March suggested a serious flaw in the team’s makeup: slow to non-existent starts.

 

The Garnets had come from behind to beat Class A power Mamaroneck two days earlier, but this time Pleasantville was up by 3-0 before the Garnets knew the game had begun. True, the Panthers are the top-rated team in Class C, the division one step below Rye, but, as senior co-captain Will Hynson said after the game, “They came at us in a zone press all over the field, and we were back on our heels.”

 

Would first-year coach Steve Lennon, last year’s Class B Coach of the Year at Eastchester, diagnose the problem and find the answer before the team faced the toughest part of their schedule — games against second-ranked John Jay, the top independent school in Iona Prep, and Class A’s top-rated Lakeland/Panas?

 

The evidence suggests Dr. Lennon has the right medicine. The problem was at its worst April 4 when Rye traveled to take on a tough Somers team on a slick, rainy field: the Garnets were losing 5-0 ... 5-0! ... when Teddy Aquilino managed to score at the buzzer that ended the first period. 

 

It got worse before it got better. Connor Gill scored for the Tuskers with a minute gone to make it 6-1. Rye’s Brendan Dugan scored on a one-timer from Ryan Kirkpatrick at the 7:24 mark to make it 6-2, but when Gill scored again with a minute to go in the half, things looked really black — and not the Garnet & Black kind of black.

 

Then Rye somehow received their collective wake-up call. First, Peter Chabot earned a clean faceoff win, taking a shot to the neck in the process that earned Rye an extra man opportunity. Kirkpatrick and Dugan teamed up again for a score with 25 seconds left to make it 7-3.

 

The second half was all Rye. Aquilino scored from in close while being shoved in the back: 7-4. Then the Garnets’ D tightened up. Junior netminder Alex Goldstein, starting only his first varsity game, made a couple of key stops. Defenseman Davis Ross scooped up a couple of key ground balls. When Billy Chabot maneuvered past two Tuskers to score down low at the three-minute mark, Rye was within two. 

 

Chabot would score again with eight seconds left in the quarter, Rye‘s third end-of-period score, when he sprinted up the right side and hit the net with a low stick-side shot. Somers 7, Rye 6 with one period to go.

 

It was all over but the shouting, even though Somers managed a score with three minutes gone. Peter Chabot would win seven of the nine remaining faceoffs, including one that set up Aquilino for a shot off the pipe. He got his own rebound, fed Hynson on a cut to the net, and Rye was back within one at 7:38.

 

A minute later, Aquilino faked a little dump-off pass, whirled, cut inside and scored to tie the game at 8. Peter Chabot won another faceoff and that other Chabot, Billy, scored on a deflection to push Rye in front at 3:22. 

 

Then came a key moment in the game: Billy missed an open net with Somers goalie Tyler Carr double-teaming behind the cage. Carr recovered the ball and tried a quick clear up the middle. Aquilino was quicker, intercepting and scoring with 90 seconds left, nullifying a late Somers score and winning the game.

 

Afterwards, Aquilino said, “We definitely ignited the flame in the second half. Once we get a goal, we go off ... though it’s definitely better to get a good start.”

 

The 11-8 win over Pelham three days later, with Billy Chabot scoring four times, and a 15-3 rout of Fox Lane on the Saturday before the break — with Aquilino and Spencer Hunt each getting three — proves that Aquilino and Lennon know their stuff. 

 

 

After facing John Jay/CR post-press time, Rye travels to Iona Prep today at 4:30 p.m.

Isaac Sacks wins a faceoff for the Wildcats.

Tommy Chai gets to a loose ball at midfield. 

 

 

Rye High Boys’ Lacrosse

By Mitch Silver

 

Right before spring break, Rye High Boys’ Lacrosse played three crucial games in five days. Why crucial? Because losing the home opener 12-7 to Pleasantville at the end of March suggested a serious flaw in the team’s makeup: slow to non-existent starts.

 

The Garnets had come from behind to beat Class A power Mamaroneck two days earlier, but this time Pleasantville was up by 3-0 before the Garnets knew the game had begun. True, the Panthers are the top-rated team in Class C, the division one step below Rye, but, as senior co-captain Will Hynson said after the game, “They came at us in a zone press all over the field, and we were back on our heels.”

 

Would first-year coach Steve Lennon, last year’s Class B Coach of the Year at Eastchester, diagnose the problem and find the answer before the team faced the toughest part of their schedule — games against second-ranked John Jay, the top independent school in Iona Prep, and Class A’s top-rated Lakeland/Panas?

 

The evidence suggests Dr. Lennon has the right medicine. The problem was at its worst April 4 when Rye traveled to take on a tough Somers team on a slick, rainy field: the Garnets were losing 5-0 ... 5-0! ... when Teddy Aquilino managed to score at the buzzer that ended the first period. 

 

It got worse before it got better. Connor Gill scored for the Tuskers with a minute gone to make it 6-1. Rye’s Brendan Dugan scored on a one-timer from Ryan Kirkpatrick at the 7:24 mark to make it 6-2, but when Gill scored again with a minute to go in the half, things looked really black — and not the Garnet & Black kind of black.

 

Then Rye somehow received their collective wake-up call. First, Peter Chabot earned a clean faceoff win, taking a shot to the neck in the process that earned Rye an extra man opportunity. Kirkpatrick and Dugan teamed up again for a score with 25 seconds left to make it 7-3.

 

The second half was all Rye. Aquilino scored from in close while being shoved in the back: 7-4. Then the Garnets’ D tightened up. Junior netminder Alex Goldstein, starting only his first varsity game, made a couple of key stops. Defenseman Davis Ross scooped up a couple of key ground balls. When Billy Chabot maneuvered past two Tuskers to score down low at the three-minute mark, Rye was within two. 

 

Chabot would score again with eight seconds left in the quarter, Rye‘s third end-of-period score, when he sprinted up the right side and hit the net with a low stick-side shot. Somers 7, Rye 6 with one period to go.

 

It was all over but the shouting, even though Somers managed a score with three minutes gone. Peter Chabot would win seven of the nine remaining faceoffs, including one that set up Aquilino for a shot off the pipe. He got his own rebound, fed Hynson on a cut to the net, and Rye was back within one at 7:38.

 

A minute later, Aquilino faked a little dump-off pass, whirled, cut inside and scored to tie the game at 8. Peter Chabot won another faceoff and that other Chabot, Billy, scored on a deflection to push Rye in front at 3:22. 

 

Then came a key moment in the game: Billy missed an open net with Somers goalie Tyler Carr double-teaming behind the cage. Carr recovered the ball and tried a quick clear up the middle. Aquilino was quicker, intercepting and scoring with 90 seconds left, nullifying a late Somers score and winning the game.

 

Afterwards, Aquilino said, “We definitely ignited the flame in the second half. Once we get a goal, we go off ... though it’s definitely better to get a good start.”

 

The 11-8 win over Pelham three days later, with Billy Chabot scoring four times, and a 15-3 rout of Fox Lane on the Saturday before the break — with Aquilino and Spencer Hunt each getting three — proves that Aquilino and Lennon know their stuff. 

 

After facing John Jay/CR post-press time, Rye travels to Iona Prep today at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Holy Child Lacrosse

By Melanie Cane

Holy Child’s Lacrosse team pummeled St. Luke’s 18-7 on April 12 for their fourth win a row. Early in the game, the teams played evenly. The Storm scored the first goal and the Gryphons had several shots that St. Luke’s goalie saved. Twelve minutes into the half, Olivia Bonner scored on a bounce shot from the left side of the goal. St. Luke’s interfered with a pass at the Gryphons’ goal and scored on a breakaway.

Down 2-1, Holy Child tied it up on a shot by Lila Pfohl from in front of the goal and took the lead on a free shot by Maddie Warne. Then Holy Child goalie Symone Ryans made two beautiful saves and Pfohl scored again on a perfect pass from Molly Semprevivo.

After Holy Child’s fourth goal, St. Luke’s called a timeout with eleven minutes left in the half. A few minutes of frenetic play ensued. Both teams had multiple steals, but neither team scored.

Gryphon coach Catherine Conway called a timeout and the team returned to the field much more composed and cohesive. With 5:30 left in the half, Ryan Delane scored on a pass from Warne. Then Bonner scored off a crease roll. Warne shot over the goal before Emily Panarella ran the ball from midfield into the goal. With seconds left in the half, Bonner shot off the post, but then scored a free shot. In a stunning play, Delane spun around her defender to score with less than a second on the clock.

Holy Child took a 9-2 lead into the second half. The Storm quickly tacked on one, but Charlotte Brosnan answered with a free shot. Gryphon Molly Mackie scored by charging the net and St. Luke’s answered on a steal. Up 11-4, the Gryphons scored twice before St. Luke’s responded. Then Bonner scored on a penalty shot, Delane beat her defender, and Pfohl scored on a free shot. Margaret Scala scored by scooping up the ball that Warne knocked out of her opponent's stick.

Bonner ended the game with five goals, and Ryan Delane and Lila Pfohl both scored three. Goalie Symone Ryans had nine saves. Senior co-captain Charlotte Brosnan won six out of nine draws. Fellow co-captain Charlotte Wertimer said this was the best game the team has played so far. “We played a really tight defense and became more of a unit which helped us win most of our draws.”

Coach Conway was impressed with how well the team came together after a slow start. “I called a timeout and told the girls to settle down. That was the turning point of the game.” She thought the defense, especially Wertimer and Ryans, had a fantastic game. “They held the double team really well and got the charging calls.” She added, “This was a solid team win. We are a really young team and today we clicked.”

Maddie Warne running the ball downfield.

Senior co-captain Charlotte Brosnan

Lila Pfohl, coming in for the kill, scored three against St. Luke’s.

Emma McCuin with the pass

 

Rye Country Day Softball

By Melanie Cane

Rye Country Day pitcher Kristen Brown opened the April 13 matchup against Greenwich Academy by retiring their batters in order. And with lots of fine play by her teammates, the Wildcats had little trouble shutting out their cross-county rivals 14-0.

In the bottom of the inning, Wildcat leadoff hitter, eighth grader Isabella Sanchez, singled. Therese Mooney sent her home on an RBI single. Mooney stole second and Shane Tomaino moved Mooney to third with a single. Cleanup batter Brown singled Mooney home. Sadie Guffey loaded the bases with a single and eighth grade catcher Lexi Secreto walked in a run. Patricia Bautista walked in another run, as did Sanchez in her second at bat. Mooney hit a two RBI double before the inning ended with the Wildcats up 7-0.

After she retired the side in order in the top of the second, Brown opened the bottom of the inning with a ground ball single. Guffey moved her to second on a fielder’s choice ground ball and Secreto singled her to third. Bautista hit an RBI single between second and third, which sent Brown home.

The Wildcats rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third. Sanchez singled and stole second. Mooney singled and Tomaino laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Brown walked in a run, leaving bases loaded. Guffey hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop, which drove in a run, but Mooney was out at third. Secreto walked to load the bases. Bautista hit an infield popup. An error at first base allowed two runners to score.

After the Gators failed to score in the top of the fifth, the mercy rule applied, and it was game over.

Brown had ten strikeouts and only allowed one hit. Mooney and Tomaino paced the attack with five RBIs and five stolen bases between them. Freshman Sadie Guffey and Secreto contributed two RBIs in their varsity debut. Sanchez made some great plays at centerfield and was very effective as the leadoff batter.

Coach Charles Martinez said the game was a great opportunity for the team to get the season going. “With eight new and young players on the roster, I feel the team really stepped up and played a solid game on both sides. We have played and won three games so far, and the team continues to work hard to improve in all facets.”  

Kristen Brown on the mound

Sadie Guffey contributed two RBIs in her varsity debut

Sabrina Reznik safe at first

Eighth grader Isabella Sanchez chasing a popup

 

Madeline Eck being congratulated by her Amherst teammates.

Rye High School Basketball star <<Madeline Eck>> was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year at Amherst College. Eck, a freshman, is the sixth Amherst player to win the distinction. She averaged 7.4 points per game.

Eck’s team went on to win the NCAA Division III Championship Title game by beating Tufts 52-29 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eck scored 11 points in the championship game.

Leon Chambers wearing one of the three gold medals he earned at the 2017 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta.

<<Leon Chambers,>> who rowed for RowAmericaRye throughout high school, won three gold medals in the 2017 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta the week of March 27. Chambers now rows with the Sydney University Boating Club. He won in the U-23 Lightweight Single Sculls, the U-21 Quadruple Sculls, and the U-21 Interstate Eights Championship.

“The singles race was very exciting,” Chambers told the paper. “After 500 meters I was way back in sixth place, but I pulled into first at the 1500 meter mark.”

He explained that the Australians have a different race strategy than he was used to in the U.S. “They start extremely quickly, and thereby hope to discourage those who don’t keep up. But I chose to race the why I was trained in America, and this time it worked out!”

One of the things Chambers prefers about rowing in Australia is that you compete in multiple events at the National Championships. “I competed in four different ones, whereas in America I prioritized just one.” He added, “In the Eight, we raced for our respective States (there are six in Australia, not 50), so a lot of pride is at stake.”

Chambers, who trains five hours a day, acknowledged that, “University life for athletes is unforgiving for those who don’t!”

— Melanie Cane