Rye Rugby Club Makes Another Trip to States,
But Falls to Keio/FASNY in Final
By Melanie Cane
With a 5-1 regular season record, the Rye Rugby Club earned the No. 2 seed in the New York Metropolitan Division. In four of their five wins, the offense proved formidable, scoring 40 to 65 points. Their only regular season loss was against Keio/French-American School, a game in which the Garnets got off to a fast start, but their opponent came back and won 43-21.
And it was top-seeded Keio/FASNY whom they met in the State Tournament held in Binghamton the weekend of June 3.
The State semifinal game was a rematch of last year’s final against Saratoga. Rye won 52-10. The following day the Garnets met their nemesis.
Through rain and mud, the two teams sloshed it out in a defensive battle until the bitter end. Rye was down 10-5 when they got the ball into the try zone in the last seconds of the game. Unfortunately, they were not able to put the ball down, as a defensive player kept his hand under the ball.
Senior captain Cameron Kamer, who started the Rye Rugby Club in his freshman year, along with Paul Devlin, Jack Bryan, and Dylan Fisher, was pleased and proud of the team’s successful season. “Not many teams can say they have been to back-to-back state championships in their first three seasons.”
He added, “I’m so thankful for all the coaches, players, and supporters who’ve helped the club get to where it is today, and I can’t wait to watch it continue to grow in years to come.”
The Rye Rugby team