RHS Girls Lacrosse Wins Section and Keeps Rolling

The Garnets finished the regular season 13-3, on their way to a section championship.

Published June 7, 2024 2:21 PM
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The Rye High School Girls Lacrosse team not only won the Section 1 Championship, but they also got to settle a couple of old scores on their way.

The Garnets, 13-3 in the regular season, easily won their first-round playoff game against third-seed John Jay Cross River on May 20 by a score of 10 to 7. Last year John Jay had eliminated Rye in the playoffs, so returning the favor made this year’s win even more satisfying for Rye.

Senior Lilly Whaling scored three goals for Rye and junior Mary Sack added two. The win over John Jay set up the highly anticipated Section 1 Championship game versus top-seeded Nyack at Lakeland High School.

Nyack was one of only three teams to beat the Garnets this season, edging them 13-11 on April 10.

The Red Hawks ended their regular season at 15-1 and had a record of 17-1 entering the championship, while Rye had a combined regular season and playoff record of 15-3. Many championship games are eagerly anticipated, but this one exceeded all expectations as two excellent teams competed to the best of their ability for the entire 48 minutes.

Nyack jumped to a quick 2-0 lead and led 6-5 at halftime. In the second half, Rye took a 10-7 lead with eight minutes to play. Nyack quickly closed the gap to 10-9 and appeared ready to tie the game. With a brilliant save by junior goalie Katherine Ebeling, Rye held on to win its first Section 1 title in seven years.

In addition to her late-night heroics, Ebeling had six saves in total in just the second half, frustrating Nyack’s attempts on her goal. Strong defense and great goal tending limited Nyack to only nine goals, which was well below their season average of 15.5. Sack and senior Della Goodman were both strong offensively, each scoring three goals in the win.

Rye played Section 9 champions Cornwall Central at Lakeland High School on May 28 and dominated the game from the opening whistle, winning in a lopsided affair by 15-0. Goodman and junior Caroline Doyle each had 3 goals.

On June 1, Rye played Section 2 champions Queensbury High School on their home field in front of a partisan Queensbury crowd. The Spartans entered the game with a record of 19-0 and holders of six straight consecutive Section 2 titles.

Queensbury started the game determined to advance to the New York State semifinals and quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead. But Rye regained their footing and entered halftime tied at 5-5. The Garnets had a big third quarter to take a 10-6 lead and ultimately held on to win 11-8.

Doyle, White, Sack and Mary Ebeling each scored two goals as Rye advanced to the New York State semifinal game against Fulton on Friday, June 7, at SUNY Cortland. The finals will be on June 8.

The last Rye girls’ team to advance to the Final Four was the 2008 team, so the 2024 group has etched its name in history with an opportunity to achieve what no other Rye team has.

One of the primary reasons Rye has one of the best teams in New York State is its depth. Many of its reserves who play limited minutes would start on most high school teams in the state. However, all strong teams have key players and some of those key players (Doyle, Sack, Lilly Whaling and senior Mali White), all earned All-Section recognition for their play this season.

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