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Rye Holds off Harrison in Rivalry Game

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison-Rye rivalry is best exemplified when the two schools’ football teams meet each fall.

The Huskies and Garnets squared off at McGillicuddy Field on Tuesday, but they played lacrosse, not football. Still, both teams felt the intensity of the rivalry.

“I think in any sport, Rye-Harrison, everything carries over I think from the football rivalry, so in any sport, you know it’s going to be a good game,” said Rye coach Scott Dooley.

The Garnets got the better of their rivals Tuesday, as they held on for their first win of the season, 10-6, against the Huskies (1-2).

“These guys feel it every day in school. It’s on their heads,” Harrison coach Jay Rabinowitz said of the classic rivalry. “They wanted this win.”

Rye led, 8-5, late in the third quarter, but the Huskies tallied a goal just before the end of the period. Rye responded with a quick goal at the start of the fourth, and Harrison was unable to put the ball in the net in the final 12 minutes.

“That was a little disappointing. Obviously, we made a stop and then we got the goal, brought it back to two, and then honestly, the turnovers killed us,” Rabinowitz said. “It was a little miscommunication between our offensive guys, and the offense we were trying to run today.”

Dooley said the fourth quarter was a culmination of what the team has tried to do up to this point in the season.

“We’ve just been kind of stressing playing all six guys together and just have everybody doing their part,” Dooley said. “We were just kind of bringing it together in the fourth quarter. It’s something we’ve been working on for two games now. They did a good job locking down their matchups and making sure they didn’t have anything easy in the crease.”

The shutout in the fourth quarter led to Rye’s first win of the season, and Dooley said it felt good to get it out of the way, particularly because the Garnets had just suffered a loss on Monday and had the potential to play tired on Tuesday.

“It was a crazy game against Iona Prep for our first game just yesterday. This was a great effort the day after the game, which was nice because it could go either way,” Dooley said. “The kids are exhausted, I’m sure, but they came out strong and everybody contributed, which is nice.”

Harrison will get another shot at Rye later this month. Rabinowitz said he and the Huskies will have a renewed vigor for the rematch.

“You’ll see a little bit of a different team that day as far as intensity,” Rabinowitz said. “We were flat today.”

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