12/11/19 – Boys Varsity2 @ St Thomas More JV

Mariners V2 Team Pull out Victory Over STM JV

RHCD 48, STM 47
Gavin Jenkins – 25 pts, 8 rebounds

The BBV2 team opened their season with an impressive come from behind win against a TOUGH St.Thomas More team. Down by 12 early in the second half, the Mariners went on a run holding STM scoreless for over 3 minutes capped by a huge 3 from Dylan Lehouiller (Saunderstown, RI) to tie the game and a and 1 floater from Marlon Monterrosso (Providence, RI) to take the lead late in the game. The V2 team was led by Gavin Jenkins (Middletown, RI) with 25pts and 8 rebs, Dante Garcia (Kingston, RI) with 9pts and 8rebs, and Keanu Palavra (Pawtucket, RI) with 7pts and 4 steals.

12/10/19 – Boys JV Basketball v Barrington Christian Academy

JV Mariners Have Strong Showing Against Varsity Program

RHCD 30, BCA 61
Bennett Fine – 11 points

The Rocky Hill JV team dropped their first game of the season to Barrington Christian Academy, 61-30. Faced with a significant height disparity, the Mariners fought hard the entire game, fighting back from an early deficit to cut BCA’s lead to 15 at halftime. While Rocky Hill was plagued by turnovers and foul trouble, the effort displayed by the Mariners bodes well for the rest of the season as the boys never gave up at any point during the contest. Offensively, Rocky Hill was led by Bennett Fine (East Greenwich, RI) with 11 points and Jonah Levy (Providence, RI) with 6 points. As a team, Rocky Hill converted on 7 of their 3 point attempts, an impressive number for their first game of the season. Up next, the Mariners will take on Highlander on Friday in Sharpe Gymnasium.

12/9/19 – Girls Varsity Basketball @ Barrington Christian Academy

The Lady Mariners Show Their Strength in Victory Over BCA!

RHCD 50, BCA 16
Paige Johnson & Taylor Cote – Inside Game Domination

Monday’s game was a big win for RHCD! The game was extremely physical, but the girls showed constant determination and strength. Every player contributed to this game whether in points, assists or rebounds. Charlotte Boss (Narragansett, RI) was our high scorer with 13 points with Kaeley Zito (Charlestown, RI) close behind with 11 points.

The highlight of Monday’s game was between Paige Johnson (Warwick, RI) and Taylor Cote (Warwick, RI). Together they dominated the inside game. Their communication and ability to pass, shoot and offensively rebound helped drive the score. They worked seamlessly together as teammates to seal the win. The team is now 3-0 as we prepare for the winter break!

12/7/19 – Girls Varsity Basketball v 3rd Annual Mariner Classic Tournament

Lady Mariners Bring Home the Championship at the 3rd Annual Mariner Classic!

GAME #1: RHCD 41 vs. Williams 9
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: RHCD 29 vs. Fishers Island 21

Tournament MVP – Kaeley Zito (16 pts, 2 steals, 1 assist)
All-Tournament Team – Paige Johnson (12 pts, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist)

On Saturday, the Varsity Lady Mariners won the Mariner Classic Tournament. After a tentative start in the first game, the girls refocused at halftime and dominated the second half, resulting in a 41 to 9 victory. Everyone contributed and did a great job. Some highlights were Kaeley Zito (CHARLESTOWN, RI) with 10 points, Paige Johnson (WARWICK, RI) with 8 points and 3 rebounds and both Lexi Cote (WARWICK, RI) and Skye Connell (NARRAGANSETT, RI) with 6 rebounds each. This second half surge set the tone for the championship game.

All 32 minutes of the second game was closely matched. The players on the floor were aggressive and played as a team. The bench was the extra cheering support that helped us seal the win. Some highlights were Kristina Greim (EAST GREENWICH, RI) 8 points and 3 rebounds. Charlotte Boss (NARRAGANESETT, RI) 5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

12/7/19 & 12/8/19 – Boys Varsity Basketball @ Storm King Tip-Off Tournament

The Mariners Weekend Continues at The Storm King Tip-Off Tournament in NY! The Team Continues to Strengthen.

GAME #1: RHCD 58, Storm King 71
Parker Mason – 29 Points, 11 Rebounds

The Mariners had to wash the first loss off for a quick turnaround to play the following day, in New York in the Storm King Tip-off. The Mariners played the host team NEPSAC Class C Storm King, who has been to three straight Class C New England Tournament final fours. The Mariners played a great first half executing on offense and having great team energy. With the Mariners first half efforts and teamwork, they went into the break trailing 35-34 at the half. In the second half the team was a half step slow, getting beat to loose balls, and giving up several offensive rebounds was the difference maker allowing Storm King to pull away for the 71-58 victory. Parker Mason (PORTSMOUTH, RI) highlighted this gaming scoring 29 pts & 11rebs, along with Denzel Corriea (WARWICK, RI) helped chipped in with 15pts!

GAME #2: RHCD 72, Springfield Commonwealth 64
Amier Gomes – 23 points – All Tournament Selection
Max Lehouiller – 18 points

Sunday’s consolation game was against Springfield Commonwealth. Commonwealth came into the game with great height and length. The Mariners countered by using speed. The Mariners were able to jump on Commonwealth early forcing turnovers and getting out on the break for easy scores. The Mariners lead at the half 39-21. Second half wasn’t as strong as the first Mariners were on the run still, but took a step back defensively allowing second chance points and uncontested 3pt shots to let Commonwealth back into the game. Ameir Gomes (PROVIDENCE, RI) was able to have a strong second half along with Max Louhillier (SAUNDERSTOWN, RI) to help the Mariners hold on to a 72-64 victory. Ameir Gomes finished the game with 23pts and walked away with All Tournament Team honors. Max Louhillier had his best game in a Mariner uniform finishing the game with a career best 18pts . Max was able to knock down shots rebound and defend at a high level.

Mariners finished a gauntlet of a weekend 1-2 with there heads held high against great competition. This weekend of games, will help the Mariners later on in the season. The team is playing well in moments and you can see what can be with this team in the future to come.

12/6/19 – Boys Varsity Basketball @ Zero Gravity Tournament (v Prestige Prep)

Boys Varsity Basketball Opens Up Regular Season With Loss at Zero-G Tournament (@ St. Andrews School)

RHCD 76, Prestige Prep 95
Ameir Gomes – 20 points

Rocky Hill boys basketball had a challenging weekend facing great competition. It started off on Friday afternoon facing Prestige Prep out of New Jersey. The Mariners started off the game hot leading by 6 midway through the first half, a few careless turnovers and a drought of scoring, helped Prestige back into the game and allowed Prestige to take the lead. The Mariners went on a five minute scoring drought, which made them trail by 18 at the half. In the second half the Mariners played better and took care of the ball more and was out scored by one point the second half to loose there opening game 95-76. Highlighted players in this game were Ameir Gomes (PROVIDENCE, RI) 20 pts, Kobe Polley (NEWPORT, RI) & Denzel Corriea (WARWICK, RI) each finished with 19pts.

11/17/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ NEPSAC Championship (v Brimmer & May)

The 2019 Boys Varsity Soccer NEPSAC Class D Champion Rocky Hill Mariners!

RHCD 2, Brimmer & May 1
Kobe P. – Man of the Match

On Sunday the Rocky Hill Country Day Mariners traveled to Loomis Chaffee and took home the NEPSAC Class D Championship! Facing a stubborn and defensively-minded Brimmer & May, RHCD dominated the initial run of play but were unable to finish. Several early opportunities went wanting, and as the Mariners honed in their threats, the Brimmer goalkeeper proved (with the help of his post) he was up for the challenge.

Rocky Hill thought they’d taken the lead through a deflection from senior Max L., only to see the referee call it back for a foul. Counter-attacking proved to be the biggest threat Rocky Hill would face, and despite senior captain Kobe P. and his back-line snuffing out the majority of threats, one first half chance beat keeper Drew T., only to ricochet off the post. The sophomore keeper was just able to get a hand to the rebound, deflecting it away from the Brimmer attacker who was poised to put it in.

The second half saw a determined Mariner team redouble their efforts, with the midfield beginning to win the all-important second balls, helping RHCD to regain control of the match. The break-through finally came when senior captain Andrew Z. was able to get around the defense on the left flank. He squared the ball to junior Marlon M., who deftly slid a pass to Andrew F., well-positioned in front of a goal. The sophomore made no mistake, slotting and home to give the Mariners the lead. Later in the half, Rocky Hill would double the lead when Zito found Monterroso at the edge of the box. The junior darted past his defender and slammed home his effort, setting off a wild celebration. Brimmer wasn’t dead yet though, and with less than ten minutes remaining a well-struck shot from distance got over the head of Tamburini, halving the deficit. The Mariners stayed poised though, defending well and winning some timely free kicks that helped run down the clock. When the final whistle sounded, Rocky Hill could celebrate their first NEPSAC championship since 2011. Congratulations boys!

Man Of the Match: Kobe P.
As he has been all season, Kobe was the difference maker in the back. With Rocky Hill dominating possession and pushing their fullbacks forward, Kobe and his center-back partner Bennett F. were tasked with defending a lot of space and often isolated in one-on-one situations. They proved they were up to the task, covering in behind their fullbacks and constantly stepping up to win balls in the middle of the field. Kobe in particular put in a commanding performance, dominating the back and using his pace, excellent positioning, and timing to erase threats before they could happen. On the rare occasion Brimmer was able to get into the defensive third, Kobe kept the defense organized. On the ball he was calm and collected, picking out feet in the midfield and helping to keep possession and start the attack. His growth as a soccer player over the last few years has been amazing, and Rocky Hill couldn’t have won it without him.

11/16/19 – Boys Varsity Soccer @ NEPSAC Semifinal (v Chase Collegiate)

Mariners Revenge their Recent Loss to Chase in NEPSAC Playoff Match!

RHCD 3, CHASE 2 – OT
David G. – Man of the Match

Rocky Hill faced off against Chase Collegiate in the NEPSAc semi-finals on Saturday. It was a thrilling affair, with both teams coming ready to play. Chase Collegiate had the better of the first 20 minutes, as Rocky Hill had trouble dealing with the difficult field conditions. A combination of a blocked clearance and a misplayed ball in the back led to an easy finish from close range and Chase’s first goal. With the majority of Rocky Hill’s threats ending in offside calls, Chase was able to maintain the pressure, and they doubled the lead when a man went unmarked and unchallenged at the back post on a corner kick and headed home. Despite the slow start and the 2-0 deficit, Rocky Hill did not crumble, and instead fought back valiantly. The opener came about from a heads up play from junior Marlon M., running onto a clearance ball from Bennett F. and then sliding the ball across for senior captain Andrew Z. to slot home from close range. The Mariners built off of the energy that goal created, and were able to level things when a cross from Andrew Z. was beautifully headed home by sophomore Andrew F. Despite a red card and the ensuing man advantage, the second half was scoreless and the game moved to a golden goal overtime. An early threat was snuffed out by senior captain Kobe P. and goalkeeper Drew T., and moments later, Marlon sipped between two defenders and crossed the ball. Senior Max L. got a piece as her turned towards goal, and sophomore Garrett C. was able to beat the goalkeeper to the ball, touching it across the face for Zito the hammer home for the win!

Man of the Match: David G.
David stepped up in huge fashion today, coming off the bench and helping to mostly shut down the opponent’s biggest threat. He was quick, both in play and his decision-making, time and again either denying his man any space or simply winning tackles and taking the ball away. He was strong in the air, and aggressively challenged anything in his area. His performance was essential to our success today.

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.