<<RHS Girls’ Tennis>>

By Melanie Cane

After an opening loss to Mamaroneck, the Garnet Girls’ have been on a tear.

On September 12, they swept John Jay Cross River 7-0. Rye won all of their matches in two sets, except for the third doubles team of senior captains Claire Woodruff and Ainsley Shulz, who went deep into the dark to pull out a 10-2 super tiebreaker win.

Two days later, Rye beat Harrison 5-2.

Once again, Woodruff and Shulz, this time at second doubles, gutted out a super tiebreaker, winning 6-3, 4-6, 10-6. Junior Elena Nunez won 6-4, 7-5 at second singles. At third singles, Catharina Austahl won easily 6-0, 6-0. Woodruff and Lexi Francis won 6-1, 6-2 at third doubles, and Liz Peron and Courtney Lopp won at fourth doubles. First singles player Nikki Francis lost to Deanna Giambo, one of the top players in the Section. She is 3-2, having lost to the top player from Mamaroneck. Joci Stone and Steffi Rodilosso lost at first doubles.

On September 18, the Garnets had an awesome win — their sixth in a row — against Byram Hills. Down 3-1, after simultaneously losing second and third doubles in super tiebreakers, Garnet Catharina Ausfahl at third singles came back from being down a set to win her super tiebreaker. After that, Francis at first singles outlasted her opponent to win 7-5 in the second set. Tied at three, freshmen Liz Peron and Courtney Lopp at fourth doubles had to win. They lost the first set 6-1, then came back and won 6-2 and 10-7. Coach Campbell called it a “fantastic day.”

Coach Campbell said, “We’re good. All of the girls know how to play sound doubles, which gives us a deep lineup and has enabled me to give different girls an opportunity to compete. We have a nice mix of talented underclassmen and experienced veteran leadership. Best of all, the team is having a great time together.”


<<Girls’ Sports Roundup>>

By Melanie Cane

<<Holy Child Cross-Country>>

In their first meet at Sherwood Island on September 13, the Gryphons came in fourth out of seven teams. The top three finishers were Claire Furio, Sophia Flissler, and Emily Clemens. 

Assistant Coach Christine Farrell summed it up as “A good race overall and a great way to start the season. Each runner identified skills to work on for upcoming meets.”

Having finished second in the league last year, the team has its sights on the league championship this year. Head Coach Cassie McWilliams and Farrell will look to the three senior captains, Flissler, Molly Semprevivo, and Annie Ryan, for assistance.

<<Rye Country Day Field Hockey>>

The Wildcats have won their first three games, and they’re feeling pretty good about that. They bested two competitive New England teams, Cheshire (3-1) and Kingswood Oxford (4-2), before besting Holy Child September 14 by a score of 5-1.

“Our win against Holy Child was terrific,” said an exultant Coach Georgette Summers. “The girls played a great game and as one complete unit.”

She added, “The team is really coming together and improving with each game,” said Coach Georgette Summers. “With only six returning players, it’s been important to build trust and get the new players on board with our philosophy.”

So far, the standout players have been Paulina Harasimowicz, Olivia Friedberg, Alana Jones, Elizabeth Friedberg, and Gemma Green.

Their next game is at Gunnery on September 23.

Rye Neck Girls’ Soccer

By Mitch Silver

Last weekend, Rye Neck held its annual Homecoming Gala, a two-day orgy of sports and more sports played in front of the hometown fans. Fueled by free eats served up by volunteer parents on the school’s outdoor basketball courts, the crowd Saturday morning saw the Panthers’ field hockey squad edge Edgemont by a 1-0 score. Then they simply moved one field over and settled in to watch Head Coach Amy Bushnell’s girls host the Hendrick Hudson Soccer team.

The first half was all-even on the field, and on the scoreboard. Senior Sophia Wice, last year’s high scorer, opened the Panthers’ account just four minutes into the game by heading in a corner kick from sophomore Natalia Ruscitto. Hen Hud came back. In fact, they should have been ahead at the 27:30 mark, but they missed the second of two sitters at the left goal post.

The Sailors eventually cashed in with 18:23 left in the half when Alyson DeSclafani launched a high shot that went just under the crossbar and over the outstretched fingers of Rye Neck’s eighth-grade keeper, Sophia Capparelli. Capparelli would come up with a huge save six minutes later with a last-second grab near her right post, one of 14 shots she stopped on the day.

At halftime, Coach Bushnell tweaked a few assignments. “Hen Hud was sliding their weak-side midfielder over, creating some confusion in terms of finding a mark,” she said after the game. “We broke it down: if we could win the next 40 minutes on an extremely hot and humid day, we’d win the game. The girls dug deep in the second half, and gave it their all until the end.”

Literally. After a second Wice score on an assist by fellow captain Maggie O’Malley, it wasn’t until the last minute of play and an insurance goal by freshman Anna Murphy that the Panthers could finally chalk up the win.

Their coach didn’t even try to contain her enthusiasm. “With the thrill of Homecoming and a crowd that was large, loud and supportive, it was exactly what we needed to help give our girls that extra push. The team is off to a fabulous start!” That start includes wins over Dobbs Ferry, Pawling, and Yonkers Montessori Academy, as well as a pair of forfeits from Keio.

Senior Sophia Wice nets Rye Neck’s first score through a throng of Hen Hud defenders.

Sophomore Natalia Ruscitto executes a neat bit of ball control.

RHS Field Hockey

By Melanie Cane

The story of Rye High’s September 14 matchup against Nyack can be told in the statistics. The Garnets had 17 corners, the Indians had none. Rye took 25 shots, Nyack one. The Garnets won 5-1.

Rye began the game with three corners and two scrambles in front of the net, which they failed to convert. Then at 19:25 Nyack scored on a long shot, catching Rye’s defense off guard. After that, the Garnets maintained possession for the rest of the game.

The Garnets’ first goal came off a corner at 16:09. Lanie Agosta passed to Lotje Rogaar who passed the goalie on the right side. Seven minutes later, KJ Langer passed to Caitlin Antonizzi who scored on a tip in. The Garnets had several more corners in the half, but could not convert because the Indians crowded the net.

On the first play in the second half, Hanke Govaert retrieved the ball off the faceoff and dribbled down the field to score unassisted by shooting through the defender’s and goalie’s legs. Rye had four more corners before they scored again. Off a penalty corner, Rogaar passed to Govaert who drove the ball into the circle and pushed it into the left corner of the goal. Kelly Ott scored the final goal on a tip in off a corner play.

After losing to Lakeland in their season opener, the Garnets beat Somers and Nyack.

Coach Simon Hochstenbach praised his team for “playing hard and making adjustments. We created a lot of chances and penalty corners.”

Rye Country Day Boys’ Soccer

By Mitch Silver

A year ago, Head Coach Cristiano Pereira’s boys finished on the wrong side of a .500 season at 5-7-3. This year, despite losing standouts Felipe Gomez and keeper Noah Swan, they’re playing as if 2016 was just a bad dream.

The Wildcats opened on the road September 6 and beat Brooklyn’s Poly Prep 3-2 on two late goals by senior co-captain Cole Price, the winner coming with only five minutes left. The team wouldn’t play again for nine days, but when they did, they made two more Price goals, both sparkling breakaways, stand up against Fieldston. The game gave junior goalkeeper Mick Bronsky his first shutout.

Three days later they were at it again, disposing of the French-American School by a 3-1 score. Out-possessed by the visitors, the Wildcats were the beneficiaries of a Cole Price free kick lofted 36 yards until it nestled just inside the far post. When Coach Pereira asked if it was a pass or a shot, Price replied, “You’ll never know.” Juniors Lucca Piccinini and Brett Robinson joined Price on the score sheet as Bronsky stopped ten shots on goal.

The next day, a banged-up group of Wildcats, who were missing senior defender and co-captain Matt Molinelli, hosted a squad from Columbia Grammar. The visitors were nursing a 2-1 advantage when Price struck again, tying the score with ten minutes to preserve the team’s unbeaten record.

“They’re resilient,” Coach Pereira said. “They get down, but they don’t give up. You can go far in this game with that kind of attitude.” The Wildcats will only have to go as far as Dobbs Ferry to play The Masters School tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Defender Nishan Shehadeh works the ball out of the back as teammate James Leake (#11) looks on.

Speedy Cole Price will score one of his two goals against Fieldston as soon as the ball comes down.

Garnets Trounce Eastchester, 35-7;

Next Up: Unbeaten Yorktown and Archrival Harrison

By Mitch Silver

Who comes up with these schedules? After losing a 21-14 heartbreaker to Somers, last year’s Class A State champs, and then clobbering a solid Eastchester team 35-7 last Saturday, the Rye Garnets have two more mountains to climb in what’s starting to feel like the Himalayas. They travel to play undefeated Yorktown and all-everything back Brett Makar Saturday, September 23 at 1:30 p.m. before meeting the Huskies in Harrison for a special rivalry renewal Sunday, October 1.

The story up till now: Rye opened the season with a sloppy 34-12 win over Byram Hills before a second-half comeback fell short against the mighty Tuskers.