By Nancy Haggerty
CHAPPAQUA — In what Garnets coach Scott Dooley characterized as his team’s most complete game of the season, the Rye boys lacrosse team kept its record perfect on Tuesday, pounding Horace Greeley 11-3.
Jack Hasselmann, Nick Franchecca and Chris Santangelo each scored three goals for Rye (5-0).
Sophomore Sam Mishkind had a pair for the Quakers.
Although yielding the first couple of shots, Rye otherwise dominated, leading 2-0 at the end of one quarter and 5-1 at the half before pouring it on with five third-quarter goals.
Time of possession heavily favored the Garnets in no small part due to their 26-15 domination on ground balls and 12-7 advantage on faceoffs
Hasselmann, who enjoyed his fourth multiple-goal game of the season, pointed to Santangelo’s faceoff wins as being key in the game.
Starting goalie Peter White had seven saves for Rye, including three in the first five minutes. His finest, though, came with 6.5 seconds left in the first half when he stoned Mishkind in close to preserve Rye’s four-goal advantage.
That stop followed a fine save on Santangelo by Greeley’s starting goalie, Noah Weissman, who finished with eight saves.
“We didn’t execute very well,” said the sophomore Mishkind, whose first goal, occurring with 3:20 left in the second quarter, came off a nice feed from Jack Grossman. “(White) had some good saves but we needed more shots and more quality shots. We have to pull ourselves together and work as a team.”
The loss dropped Greeley to 2-7 but two of those losses were by only one goal and only one of its prior losses was a blowout (nine goals.)
Dooley said his squad hadn’t taken the Quakers lightly after having edged them 7-5 less than two weeks ago.
“The first game they kind of beat us up the first three-quarters of the game,” he said.
That was far from the case Tuesday.
Rye’s extensive highlight reel included Hasselmann picking up a loose ball at midfield, sprinting deep into Greeley territory and beating Weissman.
White also stopped Ethan Frieder about one stride from his doorstep early in the third quarter.
“This is definitely the best team I’ve played with,” said Hasselmann, a senior and four-year varsity player.
Noting most of the team has played together since they were in little league lacrosse, he said, “We all know what each other is going to do.”