11/13/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer v NEPSAC Quarterfinal (Boston U. Academy)

Mariners Prevail in a Cold NEPSAC Quarterfinal Against  a Determined BU Academy Squad!

RHCD 5, BUA 1

Rocky Hill advanced to the NEPSAC semi-finals on Wednesday for the first time since 2015. The Mariners jumped out to an early lead when sophomore Garrett C. was the first to react when a corner kick rebounded off the BU Academy keeper. Later in the half sophomore Andrew F. doubled the lead from close range with an assist from junior Marlon M. Fuvich would complete a first half brace when he headed in from a corner kick from Monterroso. Marlon would add one of his own after halftime on a well-placed free kick from just outside the 18. After BU Academy pulled one back on a free kick of their own, junior David G. restored the lead when his well-timed run from left back was rewarded by a threaded pass from sophomore Garrett C.

Man Of the Match: Garret C.
Garrett has continued to improve all year in his ability to impact the game and help his team win. Today this took the form of both tangible results (a goal and an assist) and the types of plays that go less noticed during the course of the game. He does all the little things that make the difference, shielding a player off to hold possession, going in hard and getting in a toe poke to maintain possession, making the extra movement to get himself in a position to be available for a pass. It is these things, just as much as the beautifully threaded pass that leads to a goal (which he also provides), that help his team win, and make him a special player.

11/8/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ SENE Championship (STM)

Mariners Travel to STM for SENE Championship and Come up Short

RHCD 0, STM 3
Bennett F. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced off against St. Thomas More in the SENE finals on a frigid Friday afternoon. The Mariners knew they were in for a battle against the undefeated league leaders but came ready to play. Organized defensively and aggressive in pressing in the middle of the field, Rocky Hill made STM work for every opportunity. A well-timed run and finish gave STM the lead 20 minutes in, and they were able to double the lead before halftime when they rose the highest on a corner. Rocky Hill stepped up the intensity in the second half and were able to create a couple of chances, but the quality of STM’s play on the ball was too much, and eventually they put the game away in the second half on finish from close range.

Man of the Match: Bennett F.
Bennett helped anchor the defense as they worked to repel the numerous attacks STM was able to generate. He worked closely with his right back and communicated well with his center-back partner. They held an excellent line all game while also stepping up to intercept passes. His distribution on occasions where he won the ball and had time to get his head up was also impressive.

11/4/19 – Varsity Cross Country @ SENE Championship (at MacDuffie)

Great Individual Results at the SENE Championship!

Skye C. – SENE Female Runner of the Year

On Monday, November 4th, the RHCD cross-country team traveled to the MacDuffie School in Granby, MA, to compete in the SENE season championship. Thanks to a favorable forecast and a flat, fast course, the Mariners had all they that needed in order to end the season on a strong note.

Eighth-grader Skye C. blew away the girls’ field, taking first place for the females. Skye finished with a time of 22 minutes and 17 seconds—a full 20 seconds ahead of her closest female competitor—and was awarded the title of SENE Female Runner of the Year.

Rocky Hill’s boys had equally stellar performances, with three runners clinching spots among the top 15 finishers. Senior Zack W. was the first Mariner to cross the line, as well as the fourth finisher overall. Zack ran his second sub-19 minute 5k of the season, completing the course in 18 minutes and 50 seconds.

Junior Troy J. was Rocky Hill’s second finisher, taking 12th place with a time of 20 minutes and 30 seconds. Senior Nick M. was close behind, with a 14th-place finish and a season-best time of 20 minutes and 40 seconds.

Rounding out Rocky Hill’s top five runners were junior Greg T., who finished with a time of 22 minutes and 32 seconds, and senior Tom W., who finished in 23 minutes and 35 seconds.

Congratulations on an excellent season, Mariners!

11/6/19 – Girls Varsity Soccer @ SENE Semi-Finals (at CATS)

Lady Mariners Fall to CATS Academy in OT in SENE Semi-Final Match

RHCD 3, CATS 5 – OT

Having our semi-final go into overtime was indicative of the entire match vs. CATS Academy on Wednesday. Both teams played extremely hard and were very closely matched. The game was never further than just a one goal difference during regulation. On the offensive end, Kaeley Z. had all 3 of our goals, and defensively, Lauren Z. stopped their top-notch player on several break-aways. In overtime, we once again played evenly, but they were able to convert on their opportunities.

The season ended in a way that couldn’t have made me more proud of the team. Every player put out fantastic effort and had a real desire to win this match, however, even with the loss, they were all terrific sports and came together in a very supporting way. This team was full of camaraderie and high spirit!

11/6/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer v SENE Semi Final (CATS Academy)

Mariners Prevail in SENE Semi-Final Match

RHCD 4, CATS 3
Marlon M. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced of against CATS Academy in the SENE semi-finals on Wednesday. As they are wont to do at home, the Mariners got off to really quick start when junior Daxton T. sent in a long diagonal cross that junior Marlon M. was able to bring down before sending the ball crashing into the net. Sophomore Andrew F. doubled the lead when he picked the pocket of the CATS center-back and lashed a left foot finish past their keeper. CATS worked their way back into the game when a good through ball forced keeper Drew T. to come out, resulting in him bringing down their striker in the box, and they scored the ensuing penalty to halve the lead. Monterroso struck again however, to restore the two goal lead, finishing after a strong run by senior captain Andrew Z. After halftime, CATS came out fast, scoring within minutes to draw back to within one and then tying the score a short while later. RHCD responded though, and Zito put the Mariners back ahead, finishing a nice through ball from Monterroso. CATS spent much of the remaining time pressuring the Rocky Hill goal, but the Mariner defense held firm and the final whistle meant Rocky Hill was headed to the SENE finals!

Man Of the Match: Marlon M.

Marlon once again demonstrated the impact he can have on a game. His pressing was superb, his work rate and effort meant that CATS defenders never had time to get comfortable on the ball. His hold up play was also sublime, he constantly managed to find space to get on the ball and start the attack. It was his finishing that made the difference however, his first goal was an excellent strike and his second was a lethal finish after CATS may have thought they’d warded off the danger. Finally, he helped win the game when his threaded pass sent Zito through to goal.

11/2/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ Chase Collegiate

Though Scoring First, Boys Varsity Soccer Loses an Important Game on the Road

RHCD 1, Chase Collegiate 3
Drew T. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill traveled to Connecticut on Saturday to face off against NEPSAC class D opponent Chase Collegiate. It was a tense and tight affair, with both teams struggling with footing in the muddy conditions. The Mariners were able to strike first when sophomore Andrew F. was able to keep his balance and finish after being picked out by junior Marlon M. Chase were then gifted an equalizer when an off-ball foul was deemed to be worthy of a penalty, which goalkeeper Drew T. could do nothing about. Chase grew into the game after this, and took the lead when they were first to react to a blocked shot off a corner kick, slamming home from the top of the box. Just after halftime they were able to double their advantage, when the Collegiate #9 was let loose down the right flank and was able to beat both center backs before slotting home. RHCD created a few chances, including Monterroso hitting the post, but ultimately couldn’t generate enough offense, falling 3-1.

Man of the Match: Drew T.
Drew played an integral role in keeping Rocky Hill in the game in the first half. He made several fine saves, including one from close range then he managed to knock high and wide. He also was aggressive off his line, demonstrating his improved ability to read the game. He could do nothing about any of the three goals.

10/30/19 – Varsity Field Hockey RIIL Semi Final v Tiverton HS

Mariners Season Ends in Tough Loss at Hands of Reigning Champion Tigers

RHCD 1, Tiverton 3

For the second consecutive season, RHCD girls field hockey made it to the semifinal game! It was not the outcome they hoped for losing 3-1 to Tiverton but they had a successful season, overall. Charlotte B. scored the goal off of Eve W.’s assist and Taylor C. had 5 saves in the net.

Our senior captains Elsa B. Eve W. and manager Pascale B. will be sorely missed on this team next year and we wish them all the best!

10/30/19 – Girls Varsity Soccer v Barrington Christian Academy

Mariners Face Off Against Non-League Foe on Senior Night

RHCD 6, BCA 0

Yesterdays game vs. BCA might have been in a constant drizzle, but all of the girls enjoyed being able to take part in our final regular season match. This match was special though, because we celebrated our lone senior and captain, Emma Stokes (Cumberland RI).

The outcome of the game was never in question as our team raced off to a 5-0 halftime lead. Because of our scoring cushion, we were able to use every healthy player and moved some of them into positions they don’t normally play. The highlight score of the match and lone goal of the second half was by our goal keeper, Paige Johnson (Warwick RI), who from 22 yards out, hammered a ball into the upper left hand corner of the net.

Next, we travel to CATS on Wednesday to compete in the league semifinal against a talented team which we tied 6-6 in our earlier regular season league game.

10/28/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer v LCA

The Mariners Look Strong in Battle vs 2018 NEPSAC Champs

RHCD 7, LCA 2
Marlon Monterroso – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced off against defending NEPSAC Class D champions Lexington Christian Academy on Monday afternoon. Soggy conditions weren’t enough to slow down the Mariner’s attack, as they were able to get out in front early when sophomore Andrew Fuvich (Coventry) latched onto a low cross from junior Marlon Monterroso (Providence) in the box and sent it home. LCA responded to draw level, but RHCD immediately restored the lead when Monterroso banged one in from just inside the box. Marlon would double the lead later in the half when he finished a long cross from senior captain Andrew Zito (Charlestown), expertly using his body to protect the ball. He then completed a first half hat trick when sent through on goal after nice one-touch pass from Fuvich. Monterroso did not let up after halftime, as he took a pass from senior Max Lehouiller (Sunderstown) and roped a fourth goal into the corner. LCA managed to pull one back on a long diagonal ball, but Zito then got in on the action, taking a through ball from Monterroso and cooly finishing under pressure. Marlon would later add one more on another laser from distance.

Man of the Match: Marlon Monterroso
It wasn’t just the FIVE goals. Marlon was a force all over the field, pressing like a demon, tracking back when necessary, showing for the ball in the midfield, and generally wreaking havoc all game. Any time he received the ball near the box defenders went into full on panic mode. His finishing was superb, as he demonstrated the complete arsenal of his skills as an attacker. When he plays like this Rocky Hill is awfully hard to stop.

10/23/19 – Varsity XC @ SAS Jacober Invite

Individual Mariners Shine at Jacober Invite

On Wednesday, 10/23, the RHCD cross-country team headed to St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, RI to compete in the 15th annual Eric Jacober Memorial Race. Saint Andrew’s 3-mile course wound through both woods and fields, and the course’s relatively flat terrain resulted in fast times across the board.

Although Dexter Southfield’s girls and boys teams swept the field, Rocky Hill’s runners had strong individual performances, including two top 10 finishes. Skye Connell, Rocky Hill’s first female finisher, placed third overall for girls with a time of 21:13. Skye pushed herself to stay with the lead pack of runners throughout the race, and her third-place finish prevented Dexter Southfield’s team from stacking the top five slots in the girls’ race.

Senior captain Zack Wilson was Rocky Hill’s first male finisher, placing eighth overall in the boys’ race with a time of 18:12. Junior Troy Johnson was Rocky Hill’s second male finisher with a time of 19:25, and senior captain Nick McConnell followed with a time of 21:06. Rounding out Rocky Hill’s top five boys were junior Greg Tatevian and senior Tom Wei, who worked together during the race to push each other’s pace. As a result, both Greg and Tom ran their first sub-22 minute 3-mile race of the season.

The RHCD cross-country team will be traveling to the MacDuffie School on Friday, 11/1, to compete in the SENE championship. This is the team’s final race of the season—come out and support if you can, and wish our speedy Mariners good luck!

Now, onto my athlete of the week nominations… Am I allowed to nominate Skye for athlete of the week again? (If so, her write-up is below.) I’ve also nominated Greg and Tom—they’ve made so much progress over the past couple of races!

Athlete of the week for cross-country (girls): Skye Connell
On Wednesday, 10/23, the RHCD cross-country team competed in the Eric Jacober Memorial Invitational, hosted by St. Andrew’s School. This field of runners was one of the faster, more competitive line-ups that our team has seen this season, but Skye didn’t let nerves affect her performance.

Skye had a fast, clean break off of the starting line, and she led the pack heading into the first loop of the course. She ultimately finished in third place, with a 3-mile personal record of 21 minutes and 13 seconds.

Throughout the race, Skye proved herself to be a fierce competitor. Dexter Southfield, one of the opposing teams, had an incredibly strong group of female runners, but Skye pushed herself to stay with their lead pack. Her third-place finish prevented Dexter Southfield’s team from stacking the top five slots in the girls’ race.

Way to go Skye, for getting Rocky Hill’s navy blue uniform up on the podium amongst all of Dexter Southfield’s maroon jerseys!

Athletes of the week for cross-country (boys): Greg Tatevian and Tom Wei
On Wednesday, 10/23, the RHCD cross-country team competed in the Eric Jacober Memorial Invitational, hosted by St. Andrew’s School. This field of runners was one of the faster, more competitive line-ups that our team has seen this season.

Greg Tatevian and Tom Wei ran as Rocky Hill’s fourth and fifth-slot varsity runners, and they helped our team hold our own against a fast pack of much bigger adversaries. Out on the course, Greg and Tom worked together to push each other’s pace. As a result, both of them ran their first sub-22 minute 3-mile race of the season! Congratulations, and keep up the great teamwork, guys!