On April 13, the Rye girls’ lacrosse team won a tough spring break test, topping a good North Rockland squad 12-10 at home. For the Garnets, the victory was not only an affirmation of the strides being made by the club’s younger players, it was also a statement game for a team hoping to make waves in the Class C playoffs this year.
The Garnets started strong on Thursday, taking a 9-3 lead into halftime thanks to their ability to control possession and make the most of their scoring chances. Late in the second half, however, the Red Raiders climbed back into the game when they were able to turn the tables on the draws.
“[North Rockland] did a better job on draws in the last 25 percent of the game and they were starting to attack the cage with desperation because of the score,” Hurlie said. “Defensively, I thought we did very well, overall, but late in the game we had some fouls and allowed some long possessions.”
Freshman goalie Amelia Cunningham shined, Hurlie said, especially given the ferocity of the Red Raiders’ attack in the second half.
“That was probably the best game she’s had so far, she made a lot of great saves,” he said. “The expectations are very high for her, but she is still a freshman so we need to make sure we do as much as we can in front of her as far limiting shots and chances.”
Margret Mitchell and Amanda Hartzell led the way for Rye on the offensive end, as both players tallied three goals and one assist in the two-goal win. According to head coach Dennis Hurlie, the duo gives the Garnets a solid one-two punch up front.
“[Hartzell] is a senior with a hundred goals already and [Mitchell] is approaching that as a junior,” he said. “[North Rockland] began to face-guard [Mitchell] at the end of the first, but we have a number of girls on the team who can finish.”
The Garnets have played a tough out-of-conference schedule so far, with games against North Rockland, Walton (Connecticut), and Georgetown Visitation Prep, but Hurlie feels that those games—and future contests, like an April 21 bout with Bronxville—should serve the team well as it sets its sights on a Section I title.
“With Bronxville on Friday, that should be another great test for us,” he said. “But all these good teams we’ve had on the schedule early on, we are hoping that this is going to get us ready for the Class C playoffs.”