Rye on top of Hackley when thunder ends game

Rye on top of Hackley when thunder ends game

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Rye on top of Hackley when thunder ends game

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TARRYTOWN Yogi Berra’s may be gone but his sayings live on.

Friday, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” came to mind.

Rye's Emma Stearns (r) defends against Hackley's Ellie Arnold.

Rye’s Emma Stearns (r) defends against Hackley’s Ellie Arnold.

The Hackley and Rye field hockey teams walked off the field with one team and the referees thinking the game had ended and the other not so sure.

Friday night, nothing was any clearer.

Rye had just extended its lead to 3-1 early in the second half when thunder sounded. That mandates an automatic 30-minute delay. The problem was that, on Rye’s request, the game began 30 minutes early, since its players wanted to attend their school’s big pre-Harrison-football-game pep rally.

After getting confirmation from the refs, Rye coach Emily Townsend Prince had her team leave, believing it had just won to extend its record to 10-0.

But later Hackley coach Jenny Leffler said Hackley Athletic Director Jason Edwards disagreed.

“According to my AD, the game is not yet considered complete. He plans on having a discussion at his level,” she said.

The Hornets began the game with a 6-2 record. Win, lose or draw, Leffler indicated her private-school team got what it wanted out of playing one of the best teams in Section 1.

“I’m incredibly proud of my girls,” she said. “They know their reputation. … We’ll continue to fill our schedule with challenging teams.”

Rye was just that.

Rye's Fusine Govaert scores past diving Hackley goalie Morgan Connor.

Rye’s Fusine Govaert scores past diving Hackley goalie Morgan Connor.

Player of the game: Fusine Govaert scored just one goal (the game’s first), but she played a huge role, moving the ball to teammates when not repeatedly testing William &Mary-bound goalie Morgan Connor, who had a big game with 12 saves.

Stat line: Govaert scored with 17:15 left in the first half on an Abby Abate assist. Abate scored fewer than three minutes later on an Ellie O’Callahan assist. But Hackley cut the score to 2-1 with 25:30 left in the game on an Ally Petitti goal off a Katie Bogart feed.

Turning point: Less than two minutes later, though, Abate and Lanie Agosta got loose on a two-on-one and moved the ball back and forth before Agosta buried the goal.

Hackley reacts to cutting Rye's lead in half on a goal by Ally Petitti (11) from Katie Bogart (5

Hackley reacts to cutting Rye’s lead in half on a goal by Ally Petitti (11) from Katie Bogart (5

Quoteable: Connor was happy with her team’s play, remarking, “I think it says we don’t give up and I don’t think we under- or over-value any team.”

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