4/18/24 – MS Boys Lacrosse vs. “Round Robin” (Wheeler & Williams)

Photo Credit Art Entwistle

Mariners go 1-1 in Round Robin Play Against Blues and Warriors

ROCKY HILL – 6, WILLIAMS – 5
ROCKY HILL – 2, WHEELER – 3

GAME #1:
With two good weeks of practice, and our first games of the season under the belt, the Middle School Boys’ Lacrosse team took to the field again. Facing teams from Williams and Wheeler that the Upper School team had played their counterparts already, we knew these programs had the potential to have deep rosters and be well coached, like the older peers.

First up was the Blues from Williams and Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) came out firing this game. Potting several quick goals, his isolation dodges and decisive moves to the net allowed him many close in opportunities to pick apart the Williams goalie. Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI) got in on the action as well with a coast-to-coast goal with his long pole. Strong play in the midfield by Theo Weiner ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) complemented an ever-improving Kai Mitchell ’29 (North Kingstown, RI) at the faceoff dot. Williams would not go quietly and as we found ourselves in penalty trouble towards the end of the game, they stormed back. Taking advantage of defensive lapses and inattentiveness, Williams got in close on Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI), who played a great game, and put some excellent shots on net. While Bennett was able to turn several away, a few snuck in and brought the game down to the wire. A clutch ground ball by Theo and some good passing by Johnny Bioteau ’30 (South Kingstown, RI) helped run out the clock and sealed the 6-5 win for the Mariners.

GAME #2:
Our final game of the day was against the Wheeler Warriors hot on the heels of their 6-0 shutout of Williams. This was going to be a tight game from the first whistle, as evidenced by crisp passing and an effective attack by Wheeler. The Mariners battled hard all game and it was tight from whistle to whistle. Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) quietly shut down the top offensive threat for Wheeler all game but continued defensive miscues made it an uphill battle. Wheeler’s patient decision making allowed them to look for the second or third pass to get the shot they wanted and capitalize despite several big saves from Bennett.

Down 2-0 with less than 10 minutes, the skies opened up and it turned into a sloppy wet game. Our spirits never dampened though and a great look to the middle found Michael Jones ’29 (Canterbury, CT) all alone on the crease where he snuck a nifty shot top corner that the goalie never saw until it was already by him. This sparked an offensive run with many shots and opportunities to score that just couldn’t quite fall. That was until Jameson took over, split three defenders, and unleashed a blast that knotted the game up 2-2 with just over a minute to play. A procedural call on the faceoff took the ball out of Kai’s stick and allowed Wheeler to turn the field back their way and while Harrison locked down his attack man, one of the Wheeler midfielders found himself wide open on the crease for a quick shot past Bennett to put the Warriors on top 3-2 with almost no time on the clock.

Certainly lots of growth shown by the team. The coaches were happy with the resilient nature of the group, never putting their heads down as the score of the first game tightened up or as we faced our first real deficit of the season. This is hard to coach. The defensive miscues are easy things to work on and make for a good week of practices to prep for our next games. We look forward, with the lessons of yesterday preparing us for tomorrow!

Final Points:
Jameson Lax: 6 goals
Colin Delprete: 1 goal
Michael Jones: 1 goal

4/20/24 – Varsity Tennis @ MacDuffie (Tri-Meet) w Dublin

Photo Credit Matt Marion

Mariners Earn Two Conference Victories at MacDuffie Tri-Match with Mustangs and Wildcats

ROCKY HILL – 6, MACDUFFIE – 1
ROCKY HILL – 7, DUBLIN – 0

After a early start on Saturday and a long day ahead, the tennis team dominated both conference matches.

MATCH #1:
The first match was against MacDuffie School which they won 6-1. Will Hogan ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) proved he can not only sail but he can win on the varsity tennis team. He won easily in his first match ever playing with Henry Putier ’25 (Middletown, RI). They impressed everyone that witnessed it. Winnie Vincent ’24 (North Kingstown, RI) and Alara Kokturk ’27 (Coventry, RI) played exceptionally well together as they will be contenders for the league doubles championship.

MATCH #2:
The second match on Saturday was against Dublin. After being fully warmed up after the first victory, RHCD beat Dublin (7-0). Everyone played smart, focused and managed their emotions, proving the Mariners are once again a dominant team in the conference.

Next week we have two non-league matches before heading to Eagle Hill for a conference match up.

4/19/24 – Varsity Tennis @ St. Thomas More

Photo Credit Matt Marion

The Mariners Play Tough in Match Victory Over Chancellors

ROCKY HILL – 6, ST THOMAS MORE – 1

RHCD visited STM on Friday. The team is back on track with a 6-1 win. It was a big day for Logan Brown ’28 (Newport, RI) as he played in his first Varsity match with Imanol Acevedo ’24 (Providence, RI). They both fought hard and prevailed at the end (8-6).

Brendan Clark ’27 (Saunderstown, RI) won 8-0 at his single spot while the rest of the team played great and showed incredible focus.

Next match is a tri-meet tomorrow at MacDuffie vs Mustangs and Wildcats.

4/20/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Dublin

Photo Credit Craig Brown

Mariners are Dominant Start to Finish in Conference Victory Over Wildcats

ROCKY HILL – 22, DUBLIN – 5

The Mariners started and stayed Dominant from start to finish. We remembered Owen Zimmer ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) at the beginning of the game with the girls team and fans.

Our guys were very hyped for their first home game, and it really felt as if we were playing man-up the whole game. Pretty much anyone that took a shot got a goal in this one. Also I was very proud of the way our kids handled themselves and the game with class. Dublin was a worthy opponent, but we had everything working in our favor on this day.

Shout out to Wesley Gould ’24 (Cumberland, RI) for locking down the net and making some big saves in absence of our starting goalie.

4/17/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ St. Andrew’s

Photo Credit Craig Brown

After a Slow Start Mariners Take Over in Second Half Over Saints

ROCKY HILL – 11, ST ANDREWS – 4

Even down a man the entire game and sometimes two,  St. Andrew’s put up a huge fight holding us to a 4-2 lead going into halftime.

Our guys rallied and settled into our game plan and started to pull away, eventually put them away with a dominant 4th quarter. Kian Garcia ’25 (Kingston, RI) with 4 goals. Great work behind the pipes by Aber He ’24 (East Greenwich, RI).

Next game is a conference game against the Dublin Wildcats.

4/20/24 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Dublin

Photo Credit Dawn Temple

Mariners Step it up in Second Half to Pull Away From Wildcats in Important SENE Victory

ROCKY HILL – 13, DUBLIN – 4

The Mariners improve to 3-2 on the season at home against the Wildcats on Saturday, April 20th.

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

The Mariners dominated draw control, going 18 for 21 against the Wildcats’ circle unit with Captain Jeremi Morrison ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) credited for 15, Izabella Macari ’26 (Warwick, RI) credited for 2, and Annalisa Gomes ’27 (Harrisville, RI) credited for 1.

Five players found the back of the net for the Mariners. Emma Morrison ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) had 5 goals for the Mariners. Kaileigh Kelleher ’25 (Cranston, RI) had 3 goals and 2 assists. Maddie Ruzzo ’26 (West Greenwich, RI) had 2 goals and 2 assists. J. Morrison had 2 goals. Captain Hadley Wheeler ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) had 1 goal and 1 assist, and Captain Elizabeth Howard ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) had an assist.

Macari led the ground ball effort with 5, followed by Ruzzo with 4. Howard and E. Morrison had 3 ground balls each. Captain Mackenzie Carney ’24 (East Greenwich, RI), Wheeler, and Gomes each had a pair of ground balls.

E. Morrison led in caused turnovers with 3, followed by a caused turnover each by Katie O’Neil ’25 (Warwick, RI) and Gomes. Abby Millard ’27 (East Greenwich, RI) and O’Neil were standouts on defense for the Mariners.

The Mariners look to make it three in a row away against St. Andrew’s on Wednesday April 24th at 4:00 pm.

4/17/24 – Varsity Tennis @ Marianapolis (Boys Varsity)

Photo Credit Dawn Temple

Mariners Face-Off with Golden Knights Boys Varsity and Come Up Just Short

ROCKY HILL – 3, MARIANAPOLIS BV – 4

The Mariners faced some rough seas in their first voyage against Marianapolis loosing 3-4. Two first time players Hunter Freitas ’25 (North Kingstown, RI) and Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) won easily in their singles debut.

Veterans Imanol Acevedo ’24 (Providence, RI) and Zachary Darrow ’25 (Warwick, RI) came from behind 2-5 to win 8-6. Everyone on board stepped up and fought hard as they chart their course to another championship!

Looking forward to our first conference match on Thursday at the St. Thomas More Chancellors.

4/16/24 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse Vs. Lexington Christian

Mariners Have Strong Team Performance in Victory Over Lions

ROCKY HILL – 16, Lexington Christian Academy – 5

The Mariners improve to 2-2 on the season at home against the Lions on Tuesday, April 16th.

Ariana Hernandez ’25 (Cranston, RI) had 5 saves in net while the defensive unit stood out tremendously during 3 penalty kills.

The Mariners went 14 for 23 in draw control against the Lions’ circle unit with Captain Jeremi Morrison ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) credited for 11 and Emma Morrison ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) credited for 3. The circle unit, composed of the Morrisons and Captain Hadley Wheeler ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) along with support from Maddie Ruzzo ’26 (West Greenwich, RI) continued their strong performance throughout the season, playing a big factor in team possession.

The offensive unit really began to gel in this game, controlling the clock and protecting the ball. Eight players found the back of the net. Kaileigh Kelleher ’25 (Cranston, RI) led the scoring effort with 5 goals and 1 assist. E. Morrison had 4 goals and 2 assists. Captain Mackenzie Carney ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) had 2 goals. Ruzzo had a goal and 4 assists. J. Morrison had a goal and 2 assists. Wheeler, Izabella Macari ’26 (Warwick, RI), and Annalisa Gomes ’27 (Harrisville, RI), each had a goal on the day.

Macari and J. Morrison led the team in ground balls with 4 a piece. Carney, E. Morrison and Gomes had two ground balls each. Ruzzo, Captain Elizabeth Howard ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), Abby Millard ’27 (East Greenwich, RI), Tapiwa Gukutu ’25 (North Kingstown, RI), Katie O’Neil ’25 (Warwick, RI), and Brenna Samponaro ’28 (Wakefield, RI), each had a ground ball.

Wheeler, Carney, both Morrisons, and Ruzzo, all had 2 caused turnovers. Gomes, Howard, Macari, O’Neil and Delilah Tully ’26 (Warwick, RI), had one caused turnover.

The Mariners look to build on their success on Saturday, April 20th, when they host Dublin at 1:30 pm in conference play.

4/12/24 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse @ Williams

Photo Credit Craig Brown

Mariners Succumb to Tough Blues Squad in Season Opener

ROCKY HILL – 6, WILLIAMS – 16

The game started rough with Williams leading 10-0 after 1q. Shaking off the rust, our team rallied back and played them even 6-6 over the next three quarters!

Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI) had two goals Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI), Tate Webster ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) and Aiden Royce ’26 (North Kingstown, RI) had one goal each.

Hayden Taveras ’24 (Coventry, RI) and Naseem Ankoma ’26 (Providence, RI) were dominant at the faceoff x and not one player was discouraged or gave up. Super proud of how they played against a strong Williams team. Looking forward to our approaching SENE games this week against St. Andrew’s and Dublin!

4/12/24 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse Vs. Dana Hall

Offense was a Struggle as Mariners Fall to Tough Dragons Team

ROCKY HILL – 2, DANA HALL – 13

The Mariners fall to 1-2 on the season at home in a nonleague game to the Dragons on Friday, April 12th.

Ariana Hernandez ’25 (Cranston, RI) and the defensive unit played outstanding against a fast Dragon’s offense. Hernandez had 13 saves in net. Standouts for the defensive unit include Abby Millard ’27 (East Greenwich, RI), Delilah Tully ‘26 (Warwick, RI), Izabella Macari ’26 (Warwick, RI), Lily Sokol ‘26 (Middletown, RI), and Katie O’Neil ’25 (Warwick, RI).

The Mariners went 10 for 17 in draw control against the Dragons’ circle unit with Captain Jeremi Morrison ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) credited for 8 and Emma Morrison ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) credited for 2. The circle unit, composed of the Morrisons and Captain Hadley Wheeler ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) along with support from Maddie Ruzzo ’26 (West Greenwich, RI) had a strong performance against the Dragons throughout the game, demonstrating tremendous resilience and effort.

The offensive unit struggled a bit under pressure with some forced plays and turnovers but never gave up. Captain J. Morrison scored off a draw and Ruzzo scored off an 8-meter. Kaileigh Kelleher ’25 (Cranston, RI) was a standout on offense, facilitating ball control and creating shot opportunities. Captain Mackenzie Carney ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) and Annalisa Gomes ’27 (Harrisville, RI) particularly stood out on the ride, pressuring the Dragons in their transition.

Wheeler led the team in ground balls with 4. Captain Elizabeth Howard ’24 (Saunderstown, RI), Macari, Sokol and Ruzzo, each had 2 ground balls. Millard also had a ground ball.

The Mariners look to turn things around on Wednesday, April 17th, when they host Lexington Christian Academy at 4:00 pm.