RYE, N.Y. – Rye High School opened the second half of its Section 1 Class B field hockey championship semifinal against Nyack High School just like it did the game.
“We really picked up our intensity after halftime,” said junior Alex Bennett.
The increase in intensity led to Rye scoring twice in the second half, sending the second-seeded Garnets to a 2-0 win over the third seed Tuesday.
Rye advances to its fourth consecutive Class B championship game. The Garnets will play top-seeded Lakeland High School for a fourth straight time. The final is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, at Mamaroneck High School.
Alex Bennett assisted on Scarlett Sulliman’s goal to open the second half and she finished off a Vivian Sulliman insert pass on a penalty corner later.
“We were pleased with the way we played in the first 20 minutes of the game, but we felt they controlled the last 10 minutes,” Bennett said. “We wanted to put that last 10 minutes behind us and start over in the second half.
“After we scored our first goal, that set the tempo for the rest of the game. We were so pumped up after that and we knew we had them back on their heels.”
Bennett sent a pass into the circle that Scarlett Sulliman deflected in. Vivian Sulliman then set up Bennett, sending the insert pass on the penalty corner to her teammate and Bennett drilled a shot in.
Rye is hoping to reverse the results of the last three Class B title games.
“I think losing the last two years makes us want it even more this year,” Bennett said. “We want to put the past behind us. We have nine new starters and this is a new team this year. We want to continue with the good things we’ve been doing the past two weeks and put those into the game Thursday.”
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