5/22/24 – Varsity Golf @ RI Independent School Shoot-Out

Photo Credit Matt Taylor

The Mariners Perform Well but Finish Last at the RI Independent School Shootout

Wheeler 166
Abbey 173
SAS 187
RHCD 219

On a windy day at North Kingstown Golf Course the best golfers from Rhode Island’s independent school gathers to end the season at the 2nd annual Prep School Shootout. This tournament invites private independent school from across the state, and the players compete in a two-man, 18 hole low gross takes all format.

This year Rocky Hill Country Day was represented by Patrick O’Hara ’27 (East Greenwich, RI). and Alex Lehouiller ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), both of whom had a good day in tough conditions and coming in at a team score of 219. Though the super windy conditions didn’t do much to help shoot a lower score, both players had an enjoyable day and it was a nice way to send off the sole senior on the team. The team will miss Alex’s leadership and laid-back personality, and we commend him on two great years with us.

5/14/24 – MS Golf @ West Bay Christian

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Mariners Perform Well in Only Match of the Season

RHCD and WBCA met at Mulligan’s Island to compete in a MS chip-and-putt competition at Mulligan’s Island. Being all new to the game, the players were all excited to have a chance to finally use the skills they have been learning in a competitive format. Sam Butterworth ’30 (Wakefield, RI), Ari Mitchell ’30 (North Kingstown, RI), Kurt Solomon ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) , Sebastian Brown ’30 (Newport, RI), Liam Reynolds ’28 (East Greenwich, RI), and Isaac Burchard ’31 (Providence, RI) represented the Mariners.

By the end of the day, and mixing up groups each time they played around the course, everyone went home with both a number of great shots and things they can work on to improve. We are looking forward to these players continuing to play and hopefully seeing them on the varsity team in the years to come.

5/21/24 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse @ Austin Prep [McCoy Cup – NE Championship Semifinal]

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Mariners Fall to Tough Cougars Team in McCoy Cup NE Tournament Semifinal

ROCKY HILL – 6, AUSTIN PREP – 17

The Mariners ended their season on Tuesday, May 21, in a loss to the Cougars at Austin Prep in the NEPSAC McCoy Cup Semifinals.

Ariana Hernandez ’25 (Cranston, RI) had 4 saves in net for the Mariners.

The Mariners went 11 for 25 in draw control. Emma Morrison ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) was credited for 7, and Captain Jeremi Morrison ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) was credited for 4.

Maddie Ruzzo ’26 (West Greenwich, RI) had four goals for the Mariners. J. Morrison had 1 goal and 1 assist to Ruzzo. E. Morrison had 1 goal and 1 assist to Ruzzo.

Captains Hadley Wheeler ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), Mackenzie Carney ’24 (East Greenwich, RI), Elizabeth Howard ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), and Kaileigh Kelleher ’25 (Cranston, RI) were all standouts on offense for the Mariners.

Annalisa Gomes ’27 (Harrisville, RI) led the team in ground balls with 5. E. Morrison had 3 ground balls. J. Morrison and Howard had 2 ground balls. Carney, Kelleher, Izabella Macari ’26 (Warwick, RI), and Abby Millard ’27 (East Greenwich, RI) each had 1 ground ball.

E. Morrison and Millard each created 3 caused turnovers. J. Morrison created 2 caused turnovers. Carney and Macari each had 1 caused turnover.

Additional standouts defensively included Katie O’Neil ’25 (Warwick, RI), Tapiwa Gukutu ’25 (North Kingstown, RI), Aliona Nikulina ‘27 (Kyiv, Ukraine), and Delilah Tully ‘26 (Warwick, RI).

Special thanks to Zahara Ankoma ’27 (Providence, RI) and Angell Pogson ’27 (Warwick, RI) for their help as game managers.

Congratulations on a truly outstanding season, Mariners! Thank you, Senior Captains, for your guidance and leadership this season– wishing you the best in your future endeavors!

5/20/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse Vs. Wheeler [Al Brown Invite – NE Championship Quarterfinal]

Photo Credit Craig Brown

Mariners Pull it Together Late and Secure NE Tournament Quarterfinal Victory Over Warriors

ROCKY HILL – 9, WHEELER – 7

Wheeler is a familiar opponent for us, so going into the game we knew it would be a battle. However we were in attack mode from the start and it appeared after wheeler had a one goal lead at half they eased off the pedal a bit.

So in the second half we were able to keep the game close until the end, where we pulled out a narrow two goal win.

Aidan Royce ’26 (North Kingstown, RI) had 4 goals and Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI) and Quinn Brewer ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) both had 2 goals on the day. Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) also had a goal. Goalie Wesley Gould ’24 (Cumberland, RI) put up 9 key saves in the victory.

Great season for the boys as they had to bow out of the NE Tournament semifinals due to low roster numbers.

5/18/24 – MS Boys Lacrosse Vs. Battle for the Bay Tournament

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The Mariners Have Strong Showing at the Battle for the Bay Tournament

The Middle School lacrosse team has been working hard to build to our annual year end tournament and this year we were riding high on our recent success. All the teams in the tournament except for one were new opponents so it was a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and play some great lacrosse. That was until the skies opened and it was a torrential downpour for most of the day leading to cold hands, stiff joints, and very sloppy conditions. Ultimately, the day was great to see the growth and development of the team and while the final standings did not reflect the hard work put in by the team, it was a great challenge.

ROCKY HILL – 5, LCA – 1
Our first opponent was Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) and the boys came out firing. Jumping to an early lead, Jameson Lax ’28 (Hope, RI) led the scoring efforts as we put the team away quickly. With a small bench, everyone got in on this game and it was great to see contributions from the entire roster. Aiden Brewer ’28 (Saunderstown, RI) was everywhere in the midfield and was rewarded for his hard work with a goal to close out the game. Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) also had a nifty finish in tight on the crease to add to Jameson’s hat trick. The final score was 5-1.

ROCKY HILL – 0, SMCD – 2
Somehow, the rain got harder in our second game against St. Michael’s Country Day School (SMCD). This team had a size advantage over us everywhere but the goalie and had arguably one of the most skilled midfielders in the tournament. They possessed well in transition and the weather took its toll on our clearing game as it was difficult for us to get the ball over half field. Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) and Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI) shone in this game as they were up to the task with some great stick checks from H. Lax and some great saves from Ruzzo. The few chances we had against the pouring rain fizzled as their midfielders hustled back on defense and made us pay for slowing down on fast breaks. If the game was warm and dry, it’s maybe a different score but overall this was a great opportunity to see growth and we shut down one of their players and only allowed their top player to score once with good defense and goaltending. The final score was 2-0

ROCKY HILL – 0, AP – 6
After some very chilly downtime, we took the field again against eventual tournament runner-up Austin Prep (AP). Big and physical, this team had clearly played together for a long time. They were excellent in all phases of the game and steamrolled competition up to the championship game. AP was coming off a game where they beat a Wheeler team that beat us earlier in the season 13-0 and so our kids were worried heading into the game. They buckled down, never gave up, and kept the game close. Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI) was everywhere on defense and often led our transition down the field. J. Lax and Johnny Bioteau ’30 (South Kingstown, RI) got some good shots on net but were unable to capitalize. Kai Mitchell ’29 (North Kingstown, RI) was a man possessed and tirelessly worked in the midfield to control ground balls and played tenacious defense. The final score was 6-0.

ROCKY HILL – 2, LCA – 5
Due to points and wins we found ourselves in the consolation bracket and a rematch against LCA. They were coming off a game and were warm, loose, and ready for revenge. Contrasted against our teams’ cold feet and tired bodies, it was clear this game was going to be different. With the crease for the goalie turning to soup, it was hard for Bennett to get his footing and some hard early shots from LCA found the back of the net to give them the momentum. The conditions also saw us take our first significant penalties of the day and LCA capitalized on the man-up situations to push the score further ahead. Not to go quietly into the night. Theo Weiner ’30 (East Greenwich, RI), Brewer, and H. Lax pushed the ball in transition and J. Lax tried to close the gap late with two quick goals. Unfortunately, with shortened games and a running clock it was too little too late as we fell 5-2.

While the final tournament record of 1-4 does not represent the outcome we’d hoped for, what it doesn’t show is the tremendous growth of this team. With multiple first-time players on the roster the group gelled together and got better as a team which is what the coaches asked of them at the start of the season. While most teams end each season wishing for one more game, we can confidently say that this year had a lot of growth and that the future of Rocky Hill Lacrosse is bright.

Total Points:
Jameson Lax: 5 goals
Will Millard: 1 goal
Aiden Brewer: 1 goal

5/18/24 – MS Girls Lacrosse Vs. Battle for the Bay Tournament

Photo Credit Megan Williams

Mariners Face Tough Competition and Earn 2nd Place Finish in Battle for the Bay Tournament

ROCKY HILL: 4, Fay (MA): 3
It was a close fought game between RHCD and Fay with RHCD coming out on top. Midfielder Emma Morrison ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) had three goals, three ground balls, and five draw controls. Brenna Samponaro ’28 (Wakefield, RI) had three ground balls and one draw control. Olivia Micklich ’29 (Saunderstown, RI) contributed one goal.

ROCKY HILL: 5, Pine Point (CT): 3
After a hard fought win against Fay School, the RHCD MS Girl’s lax took it to Pine Point and emerged victorious with a 5-3 win. Morrison contributed three goals and had six draw controls. Samponaro netted two goals.

ROCKY HILL: 9, St. Michael’s: 4
Morrison netted six goals, contributed one assist and had eight draw controls. Samponaro netted two goals and contributed one assist. Ivy Tandon ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) and Addy Tandon ’31 (East Greenwich, RI) had one shot each and Goalie Everleigh Pascale ’30 (Newport, RI) had two saves.

ROCKY HILL: 7, Austin Prep (MA): 2
Morrison had three goals, one assist, six draw controls, and three ground balls. Micklich had three goals, one assist. I. Tandon had two ground balls and Talia Koppen ’31 (East Greenwich, RI) contributed one goal and had one ground ball. Goalie Callie Light ’30 (Wakefield, RI) had three saves.

ROCKY HILL: 8, Wheeler: 4
Morrison netted three goals, contributed one assist and had five draw controls. A. Tandon and I. Tandon each netted two goals. Samponaro contributed one goal, two assists, and had one draw control. Ava Blair ’29 (East Greenwich, RI) also had one draw control.

ROCKY HILL: 5, Moses Brown: 7 (Championship Game)
It was a tough fight for the Mariners as they took on Moses Brown in the championship game, with a hard fought fight until the end. Morrison netted five goals with Micklich assisting one of the goals. Goalie Pascale had three saves. Congrats on a great season!

5/15/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse Vs. St. Andrew’s [SENE Championship]

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Mariners are 2024 SENE Champions After Defeat of Saints

ROCKY HILL – 12, ST ANDREW’S – 4

The Mariners and Saints faced off in a rematch of last year’s championship. This was the third meeting of these two teams this season. Both prior games were great and everyone knows it’s difficult to beat a team three times in one season. St Andrews always plays us well but we were ready for them.

Since the last time we played them we have been preparing to play them in the championship. Of course we came out nervous and timid but as they seem to always do they locked in and rallied back down 2 goals after the first quarter.

Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) and Tate Webster ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) our senior captains were focused. You could tell they weren’t going to let us lose. But the player that surprised us most by his play was Jacob Lax ’26 (Hope, RI). He was making plays all over the field all game long and I don’t think we would’ve won without his performance.

Well done Mariners and congrats!

5/13/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse Vs. Dublin [SENE Semifinal]

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Mariners Start Off Slow but Stage Huge Comeback Over Wildcats in SENE Semifinal

ROCKY HILL – 22, DUBLIN – 5

Everyone had a hand in this win and it was one of the best games we have played all year. Dublin did shock us by tying up the game at 2 after the first quarter.

Once again as they’ve done all year, when needed, they checked their egos at the door, calmed down and proceeded to win the game handily. Our attack really stood out Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), Aidan Royce ’26 (North Kingstown, RI), and Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI) have lead the way in scoring all year so obviously the playoffs weren’t any different.

Next up is the SENE Championship!

5/11/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Marianapolis

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Mariners Take Care of Business in Non-Conference Showdown Against Golden Knights

ROCKY HILL – 10, MARIANAPOLIS – 2

We took them very lightly to start the game but Tate Webster ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) had a monster performance on both the offense and defensive sides of the ball he played every position as we went into the half tied for the first time all year 2-2. Webster rallied the team and we slowly opened up an 8 point lead.

Jack Zito ’27 (Charlestown, RI) had 10 groundballs on the day. Aidan Royce ’26 (North Kingstown) with 21 shots on goal for the day.

5/14/24 – Varsity Tennis @ SENE Doubles & Singles Tournament

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Mariners Have Success at SENE Single & Doubles Championship

Hunter Freitas – SENE Singles Runner-Up
Brendan Clark & Carter Holubesko – SENE Doubles Runner-Ups

Rocky Hill played in the SENE individual singles and doubles tournament on Tuesday and certainly didn’t disappoint. After a great day of winning all of his singles matches, Hunter Freitas ’25 (North Kingstown, RI) lost in the singles final. Brendan Clark ’27 (Saunderstown, RI) and Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) also made it to the doubles finals and lost in a very close match (9-7). It was a good ending for the exceptional season they had. Great season by the Mariners!