VIDEO: Rye Country Day Julia Massaro and Taylor Regan.
PURCHASE Rye Country Day’s Taylor Regan might only be a freshman, but she likely already scored the most important goal she’ll have as a Wildcat.
Regan scored on a feed from Zoe Verni with 1:01 left in double overtime to give RCDS a 12-11 win over No. 1 Hackley in the final of the New York Association of Independent Schools tournament Wednesday at Manhattanville College. It’s the No. 2 Wildcats’ first NYSAIS title since 2007.
The Hornets, the two-time defending champions, entered the game on a 53-game winning streak against private schools.
Despite it being her first year on varsity, Regan wasn’t shy about wanting to make her mark on the game.
“I just knew that I wanted the ball really badly,” said Regan, who finished with three goals and two assists. “I was going to do whatever I could do to get that ball.”
Hackley defeated Rye Country Day 14-7 on May 6. Wildcats junior Julia Massaro said her team wasn’t ready for the Hornets’ defensive tactics in their first meeting.
“We kind of just re-changed our offense so that we could adapt to how they were playing against us,” said Massaro, who had three goals, including the 200th of her career, and an assist.
Hackley came from behind to tie the score in regulation and again in the first overtime, which was not sudden death. Wildcats coach Georgette Summers credited her three seniors — Ruby Aresty, Stephanie Sabatini and Kat DiCaprio — with keeping the team positive despite the letdowns.
“It’s fantastic,” Summers said of the win. “Hopefully the start of many more.”