Here is my game story on Rye’s 8-5 win over Byram Hills yesterday.
ARMONK As the Rye girls lacrosse team was putting the finishing touches on its 8-5 win over Byram Hills on Friday, Garnets sophomore midfielder Payton Emery went down with a knee injury.
For Rye coach Dennis Hurlie, the walk from the sideline to an injured player on the field is a familiar one. The reigning Class C champion has suffered its fair share of injuries, starting with the Garnets’ lone captain and senior, 2012 all-American Scarlett Sulliman, who tore her ACL five games into the season.
The depleted Garnets roster has struggled at times. Entering the game, Rye (4-7-2) was on a six-game winless streak, with its last victory coming April 19 against Fox Lane.
Still, Hurlie understands injuries are part of the sport.
“We can’t use any excuses because plenty of other teams have issues,” Hurlie said. “Everybody has stuff going on and it’s all relative. These are small inconveniences in the big scope of things.”
In addition to Sulliman, the Garnets lost goalie Micheline DiNardo for three games due to a concussion. Starting attacker Momoko Yoshida missed Friday’s game with a back injury suffered in Rye’s 16-16 tie with Fox Lane on Wednesday.
“We just have to keep staying positive and keep getting better,” Hurlie said. “And people need to step up.”
Rye sophomore midfielder Charlotte Tucci did, scoring four goals, all coming in the first half, as she helped the Garnets take a 7-4 lead into halftime.
“I think offensively I told myself I need to be more aggressive going to the goal without Scarlett,” said Tucci, who is already committed to play at Duke. “I think I’ve been doing that pretty well. My teammates have been helping me.”
DiNardo, playing in her first game back, also had a solid day in net, making eight saves. The freshman had several key stops down the stretch to help the Garnets maintain their three-goal lead.
“In the end I just really picked it up,” DiNardo said. “I was just so excited to play and be back.”
While the Garnets’ record will mean a high seed for sectionals, that doesn’t necessarily bother Hurlie.
“You never know,” Hurlie said. “You just play and hope you’re playing your best in the end. Then the seedings come out and you just go play.”
That just might be the case for the Garnets. Rye lost to Byram Hills 12-6 earlier in the season.
“I think it builds up a lot of confidence for our team,” Tucci said. “Knowing that we can beat someone that we had lost to pretty badly the first time we played them.”