5/7/24 – MS Boys Lacrosse @ Williams

Photo Credit Dawn Temple

Mariners Earn Big Victory Over Blues in Only Away Game of Season

ROCKY HILL – 8, WILLIAMS – 2

In a rematch of our first game of the season, your Mariners hit the road for to play the Blues from Williams. In our first really warm game of the season, conditioning and water breaks were key. The team came out flying and came away with a well deserved 8-2 victory. One of the benefits of playing a team at the beginning and end of the season was the opportunity to see our growth. With contributions from across the roster, it was a great team effort for the win.

The tone was set early by Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) who opened the scoring on the first possession. Kai Mitchell ’29 (North Kingstown, RI), new to the sport just last month, was everywhere all at once and was a force in the midfield. His tenacious fight for ground balls helped keep us on offense and directly set up a Johnny Bioteau ’30 (South Kingstown, RI) goal to push the lead to 2-0. Trading offensive opportunities, the game tied up at 2. A breakaway by Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI) turned the table and while the goalie made a nice save on his shot, Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) was right there to scoop up the rebound and put it past the goalie. Bennett Ruzzo ’27 (West Greenwich, RI) stood tall in net making several big time saves before turning the ball around to push our offense.

The Mariners never looked back and poured on the offense. We possessed well, fought for ground balls, and played better defense than we had in our previous games. There’s still room to improve, and we have our work cut out before the Land of Fired tournament, but things are coming together at the right time for a strong end to the season.

Total Points:
Jameson Lax: 4 goals
Will Millard: 2 goals
Johnny Bioteau: 1 goal
Harrison Lax: 1 goal

5/2/24 – MS Boys Lacrosse Vs. Round Robin (St. Philomena & Gordon)

Photo Credit Art Entwistle

Mariners Go 1-1 in Round Robin Against St. Philomena and Gators

ROCKY HILL – 4, GORDON – 0
ROCKY HILL – 1, ST. PHILOMENA – 7

The Middle School team took the field for another tournament play-day against the Gators from Gordon and a strong team from St. Philomena School. It was the tale of two games but both provided plenty of learning and growth opportunity.

GAME #1:
Against Gordon, we played a small side game as they were down a few players. Opening with a strong face off win, Kai Mitchell ’29 (North Kingstown, RI) set the tone by helping to control the middle of the field and stay on offense. Johnny Bioteau ’30 (South Kingstown, RI) led off the scoring with a good hard shot from close range. His feet never stopped moving and he worked hard to keep the pressure on the Gordon goalie. Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI), receiving to start, made the most of his opportunities with two really nice goals to put the game away and Bioteau added his second as well. Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI) made some nice saves and distributed the ball well on clears. Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) was his usual steadying presence, making good clean checks to force turnovers and then often brought the ball upfield himself to create offense for his teammates. This was a great opportunity for some of our younger players to contribute to the win and a 4-0 shutout was a nice start to the day.

GAME #2:
Our second game was a different story. St. Philomena arrived with 26 players and more 8th graders than our whole team. After their own shutout of Gordon they came out firing on all cylinders. Strong in all three phases of the game, excellent goal tending and a clear game kept the Mariners on our heels from the opening whistle. Mitchell battled valiantly at the face off dot, often winning the first clamp, but a relentless midfield attack resulted in a St. Phil’s attack. Ruzzo stood tall making some great saves against high quality shots. On the offense side, it was difficult to get anything going against a large and athletic defensive unit and if we did get a shot off, their goalie was often up to the challenge. It was a great game to learn and grow and while the score wasn’t in our favor, it was a good experience overall. As is often the case, our goal was scored by Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) but we fell 7-1 at the final buzzer.

We look to our first away game of the season against Williams. They will surely look to avenge their season opening loss to us in what should be a great game.

Total Points:
Johnny Bioteau: 2 goals
Will Millard: 2 goals
Jameson Lax: 1 goal

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

4/9/24 – MS Boys Lacrosse vs. “Round Robin” – Moses Brown & Mount St. Charles

Photo Credit Dawn Temple

Mariners Have Strong Showing in First Round Robin of Season Against Quakers and Mounties

ROCKY HILL – 3, MOUNT ST CHARLES – 1
ROCKY HILL – 4, MOSES BROWN – 3

The Boys Middle School team took the field for the first games of the season with many questions. What kind of team would we be? Could we control the pace of the game? Would we stay out of the penalty box? Most importantly, who was going to take the opening face off? The answers would come quickly as we headed into our first matchup against the Mount St. Charles Mounties. With half the team new to the sport or to Rocky Hill, the early practices clearly paid off as the team worked well together.

Kai Mitchell ’29 (North Kingstown, RI) stepped up to take face-offs and, while a totally new experience for him, battled hard throughout the afternoon. Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) settled in nicely at attack and worked one-on-one opportunities to get high quality shots. He also moved the ball well and distributed to other players to keep pressure on the defense. Speaking of defense, our back row of Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Warwick, RI) in net with Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI), Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI), and Quinn O’Connell ’27 (East Greenwich, RI) at defense stayed strong through the game. They turned away a number of good chances for Mount with Bennett making nice saves and quickly turning the ball around to go back the other way. Colin played controlled defense and made some really nice stick checks to take the ball away while Harrison was calm, cool, and collected quarterbacking the defensive unit. It was great to start the afternoon off with a win as Jameson’s 2 goals paced us with Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) potting another for the 3-1 win.

Heading back out for the second game, we took on a small Moses Brown team that played a scrappy game against Mount just before. They were missing a few kids so we adjusted and played 7-7 which created additional space on the field but also moved players out of position. The Mariners stepped up to the challenge and played well. This was a much closer game but an opportunity for the team to really have to bear down and play good sound lacrosse. On the back of a Jameson hat trick, we jumped out to an early lead. We also had our first clean face-off win for Kai! Lots of good things were happening all around but Moses Brown would not go quietly. They kept the pressure on and got several point-blank shots on Bennett and while he was a brick wall most of the day, a few snuck by him. With the game close, it was up to the offense and they responded. With authority, Johnny Bioteau ’30 (South Kingstown, RI) curled around the cage, took a pass and fired a goal in to put it out of reach and our midfielders, especially Theo Weiner ’30 (East Greenwich, RI), held the ball to end the game 4-3 to go undefeated for the day.

There is always room for growth, and we have plenty to work on before our next set of games. Overall, the team played well and stuck together. Every player touched the field today and had a way to contribute. If we continue to play like this, it will be a great season!

Final Points:
Jameson Lax: 5 goals
Will Millard: 1 goal
Johnny Bioeteau: 1 goal

5/18/23 – MS Boys Lacrosse @ Moses Brown B

Mariners Finish Off Season With Tie Against Quakers

ROCKY HILL – 7, MOSES BROWN B – 7

The boys MS team tied Moses Brown on Thursday 7-7. The undermanned team fought very hard all day. The scoring was led by Kai Wheeler ’27 (Saunderstown, RI), who had his best game of the season. Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) and Campbell Koppen ’27 (East Greenwich, RI) also played well and the rest of the team moved the ball well and competed all day.

The defense once again played superbly as a unit with Jack Zito ’27 (Charlestown, RI), Dustin Bottaro ’28 (East Greenwich, RI). Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI) and Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) all performing brilliantly.

Bennet Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI) in goal and Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) also played particularly well. This game was a testament to how far this team has come in learning how to fight hard every second in adverse conditions.

5/11/23 – MS Boys Lacrosse @ PCD

 

Mariners Play Best Game of Season in Tie With Knights

ROCKY HILL – 4, PCD – 4

The middle school boys team traveled to Providence Country Day and secured a 4-4 tie by scoring in the last seconds, it was the best game of the season for the undermanned squad which fought hard the whole game. Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) led scoring with two goals while Kai Wheeler ’27 (Saunderstown, RI) And Campbell Koppen ’27 (East Greenwich, RI) had one each.

The defense was superb all day with Jack Zito ’27 (Charlestown, RI), Dustin Bottaro ’28 (East Greenwich, RI), Harrison Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) and Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) playing their best defense of the season. Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI) stifled the opponents in net and Aidan Brewer ’28 (Saunderstown, RI), Michael Jones ’29 (Canterbury, CT) and Ezra Tolosa ’28 (Warwick, RI) filling crucial midfield roles. Ryan Ya ’27 (Cranston, RI) was the player of the game at midfield.

5/8/23 – MS Boys Lacrosse vs. Wheeler

Mariners and Warriors Tie in Epic Battle of Equals

ROCKY HILL – 7, WHEELER – 7

The boys middle school team tied 7-7 versus Wheeler on Tuesday. It was a hard fought competitive game. Weston Price ’27 (Saunderstown, RI) scored multiple times for Rocky Hill and the defense with Dustin Bottaro ’28 (East Greenwich, RI), Colin Delprete ’28 (Warwick, RI), Jack Zito ’27 (Charlestown, RI) and goalie Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI) playing well.

Rocky Hill played very well in the first quarter but got a little sloppy as the game went on. Rocky Hill plays again on Thursday.

4/26/23 – MS Boys Lacrosse Vs. Friends Academy

Mariners Lose Tough Back and Forth Game to Quakers

ROCKY HILL – 6, FRIENDS – 7

The Rocky Hill middle school lost a tight one goal contest against Friends this week. The offense was led by Jameson Lax ’29 (Hope, RI) at attack and Campbell Koppen ’27 (East Greenwich, RI) and Ryan Ya ’27 (Cranston, RI) at midfield.

The defense again played well against a physical Friends squad, as Rocky Hill’s younger players continued to improve and gain experience. The team continues to work hard in the fundamentals and the close game results reflect that hard work.

4/20/23 – MS Boys Lacrosse Vs. Williams JV

Mariners Show Development in Victory Over Blues

ROCKY HILL – 10, WILLIAMS JV – 5

The middle school team defeated Williams 10-5 on Thursday. It was a stellar game for many of Rocky Hill’s younger players.

Goalie Bennett Ruzzo ’29 (West Greenwich, RI) led a strong defensive effort, with Dustin Bottaro ’28 (East Greenwich, RI) really showing excellent technique improvement in dominating ground balls. Midfielders Aidan Brewer ’28 (Saunderstown, RI), Ezra Tolosa ’28 (Warwick, RI), and Will Millard ’30 (East Greenwich, RI) were key to moving the ball well from stick to stick with great improvement in their efficiency from the previous week.

The team has worked hard and had by far their best week of practice so far and it showed up in the results.

4/13/23 – MS Boys Lacrosse vs Moses Brown B

Mariners Start of Slow But Climb Back Into Game In Loss to Quakers

ROCKY HILL – 7, MOSES BROWN B – 9

On Thursday, the middle school boys lacrosse team played Moses Brown. It proved to be an excellent first game for the team. It took the first quarter for the boys to get excited and get used to being back out playing competitively. They truly pulled together and battled back to a 7-9 loss. Weston Price ’27 (Saunderstown, RI) had a great game with a few goals.

We are looking forward to further growth as the season progresses.