Middle School Field Hockey Drops Hard Fought Home Finale
- RHS 0, Cole 2
- Genevieve Bradley: 3 saves
Middle School Field Hockey team suited up for the last game of the season against Cole Middle School on Thursday. Donning their blue and white jerseys, the players lined up against a talented team and gave their friends and family members on the sidelines a great game to watch. Each and every member of the team rose above the level they had been playing at all season, impressing both their coaches and each other as they advanced down the field using effective passes, field positioning and exemplary free hits. In the team’s most aggressive defensive game yet, our players at the back of the field worked hard to stop Cole’s experienced offense. Rocky Hill ultimately fell to Cole 0-2, but the score tells nothing of how much time the ball spent in the midfield, and how much growth each of our players exhibited. Coaches Boss, Frost and Piccoli could not be more proud of this team and look forward to seeing our returning 7th, 6th, and 5th grade players next year!
Mariners Punch Ticket to Finals
- RHS 1, MacDuffie 0
- Goal by Andrew Zito
- Strong game by Drew Tamburini in goal
In a well-played and exciting SENE semi-final contest, Rocky Hill was able to outlast MacDuffie 1-0 on Monday afternoon. It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half, with MacDuffie attempting to use the wind at their backs to get behind the Mariners back line. RHS countered well however, and had several opportunities before a cross from freshman Garrett Corsi found a streaking Andrew Zito, who finished strong and clean to give Rocky Hill the lead. In the second half the Mariners continued to play solid defense in the back and to hold their own in the midfield. Several chances went begging but the defense held firm and the Mariners were able to hold on for a narrow victory.
Freshmen Davis Lee was tasked with filling in for senior captain Peter Chen and he did not disappoint. Partnering excellently with Kobe Polley, they combined to thwart MacDuffie’s attempts to play over the top and also were aggressive in winning the ball. Davis showed remarkable composure as the pressure mounted late in the game and was a major factor in the Mariners notching the shut-out.
The team travels to St. Andrews on Wednesday for the championship match up.
Rocky Hill falls to Class B Marianapolis
- RHS 1, Marianapolis 3
- Lone Mariner goal scored by Marlon Monterroso
- Seniors Peter Chen, Perry Clark, and Ding Wen were honored before the game.
Rocky Hill faced off against class B opponent Marianapolis on Wednesday afternoon in East Greenwich. Marianapolis got on the board first, converting after a penalty call for an inadvertent handball. Both teams struggled to break through the other team’s backline, and despite some good opportunities the half ended 1-0. Some defensive breakdowns early in the first half led to two quick Marianapolis goals and a 3-0 lead. RHS tried valiantly to get back into the game, and managed to pull one back when captain Andrew Zito was taken down in the box and sophomore Marlon Monterroso converted from the spot. RHS could get no closer though, and fell 3-1.
“Captain Peter Chen left it all out on the field in his final regular season game as a Mariner. His cover defending was excellent and he aggressively broke up play in the middle of the field. He was a force in the air and also continued to show improvement in his distribution play,” commented Coach Schatz.
The Mariners host the SENE Semifinal on Monday.
Mariners Grab Important League Point with 2-2 Tie vs Bancroft
- Goals by Marshall Lind and Chase Schulte
Rocky Hill and Bancroft battled to a well-fought 2-2 tie on Wednesday in East Greenwich. The Mariners started strong and got on the board first when freshman Marshall Lind was in the right spot and found the back of the net on a long corner kick from sophomore Marlon Monterroso. Strong midfield play by Bancroft and fierce defending by RHS center-backs Kobe Polley and Peter Chen marked much of the rest of the first half. The second half looked much the same, as Bancroft continued to grow into the game, now aided by having the wind at the back. The Mariners held on bravely, but with 10 minutes left Bancroft finally broke through, heading a corner kick home to tie the score. Confident now, they added another three minutes later to take the lead. All looked lost, but with just minutes remaining Monterroso sent in a cross from the left side and sophomore Chase Schulte turned it in expertly with the outside of his boot to rescue the draw.
“Chase’s first varsity goal was a big one, rescuing a draw with only minutes left. He has proven himself to be both a high energy influencer as an opportunist, getting himself into good positions,” said Coach Schatz.
The Mariners return to the pitch on Friday.
Middle School Field Hockey Drops Game at Pine Point
- MSFH vs. Pine Point, 0-1 Loss
- Genevieve Bradley: 4 saves
The RHS Middle School Field Hockey Team’s trip to Pine Point in Stonington, CT proved an excellent challenge. Every member of the team stepped up to play their roles even more aggressively than usual. A scoreless first half left the Mariners ready to fight hard but a few veteran players were injured, which impacted the team’s performance. Fifth grader Sayuri Lakhkar and sixth grader Olivia Chatterly aggressively stepped in to support their teammates. The ball spent more time in the defensive zone during the second half, allowing Kristina Greim and Jillian Pogacar to show off their block tackles and their steadfastness, while Genevieve Bradley in goal proved an absolute force with a handful of saves and tenacity throughout the game. The match ended in a 1-0 loss, but the girls are looking forward to their final game against Cole Middle School next week.
Mariner Successful in Final Game of Season
On Tuesday, 10/30, the A team concluded their season with a home game against St. Andrews. The Mariners quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead highlighted by Dudley’s beautiful header off a Collin Zito corner kick. This early lead enabled the team to experiment with giving players the opportunity to play at a variety of different positions. The game went back and forth with both teams having their opportunities until late in the game when Rocky Hill took over by scoring three goals, among them Reid Beland’s first of the year, to secure the win. As always, everyone played with spirit and our defense recorded another shutout.The team finished the year with a final record of 6-1.
Mariners Defeat Classical, Move On To State Semifinals
- RHS 3, Classical 2
- Charlotte Boss 2g, 1a; Faythe Schulte 1g, 1a
- Natalie Wilson successfully defended a stroke
Rocky Hill defeated Classical in the RIIL State Quarterfinal matchup. Keeper Taylor Cote recorded 2 saves and Natalie Wilson recorded 4, including one penalty stroke. All three Mariner goals were scored off penalty corners. This victory keeps Rocky Hill alive in the playoffs, heading to LaSalle Academy to face Tollgate on Thursday!
Rocky Hill Scores Big on Senior Day
- RHS 2, Woonsocket 0
- Charlotte Boss, 1g, 1a; Chloe Ponte 1g; Elsa Block 1a
The Mariners pulled off a win in their senior game against conference opponents Woonsocket. Honored before the game were seniors Bri Harter, Jaylene Lanzot, Chloe Ponte, and Faythe Schulte. Both Rocky Hill keepers got in on the action, with Taylor Cote grabbing a save and Natalie Wilson collecting five.