Riley van den Broek finally got to experience the joy of leaving the field victorious on the last day of the season.
The senior attackman did his part Wednesday at Manhattanville College, propelling Rye Country Day to an 11-3 win over Fieldston in the NYSAIS championship game with five goals and two assists. It’s been five years since the Wildcats last celebrated a win in the final and posed with the hardward.
“It’s the first time in a while for us,” van den Broek said. “It was awesome, especially because last year we lost in this game by one goal. That was really painful. To come back to the same field and win it was a great feeling.”
Hackley won the game last year by a 10-9 margin.
“We used that as motivation,” RCDS coach Matt Rosolen said. “We didn’t want to walk off that field with the same feeling we had after the game last season. And with our schedule, I think we came in battle-tested. We knew what we were capable of doing.”
Justin Weissman added three goals for the Wildcats and Will Halloran finished with one goal and three assists.
Rye Country Day won the regular-season meeting between these teams 14-10, but goalie Sean Price (18 saves) and the defense set a different tone this time.
“The offense was clicking,” van den Broek said. “The defense played its best game of the season and Sean was awesome in goal.”